July 2006

The Chronicles of China I, II, III

July 29, 2006 18:16

I'm back!
Pt I
On the day before we left, my dad and I walked into this bookstore just for the heck of it. While he was in the DVD section browsing, I was dying of boredom. So I did what I always do when I'm bored. I walked around in circles. Somehow or other, I ended up in the CD section where something caught my eye. I stared in disbelief. Never had the letters 'H-E-I-F-E-T-Z' looked so good together. I ran to the rack. I rolled my eyeballs up and down. And the to the right! And the left! I began to run in circles again, this time out of excitement. Something stopped me, for fifteen feet away were the words "Deutsche Gramophone".

I swooned and did the Eypgtian head dance. "Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrach, Jasha Jeifetz, and Milstein! Holy crap Ginette Neveu? Woah, Menuhin recorded unaccompanied Bach? I need to hear his Beethoven! Who's this? AHHHH! The opera!! Tosca, Aida, Barber of Seville, Fedelio, Carmen... I never knew Itzhak Perlman sung?!? Oh wait! That's not him, it's Levine. "

I emitted a piercing MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA before rubbing my hands gleefully together. The stares of people nearby escaped my glance.

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Tell me they don't look alike...

Pt II:Dinner
So we're sitting at this fancy place waiting for food right? Everyone from the Science thing is there (Business trip on Dad's part) and I don't know a soul. The waitress comes and they order a bottle of red wine and some orange juice. And not the orange juice that's fresh with pulp. Bleh.

The waitress comes around pouring the orange juice into the big glass and the wine into the little one. I'm all like, 'Bleh, this is going to be a long night.'

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That is, until she pours me a glass.

Either China has no drinking age, or no one cares. ;)

I thought of Sydney right away.

Pt III: Bill's Erhu

Bill requested an erhu from China. I doubt he was serious but I couldn't resist the temptation to try.

While taking an after dinner stroll with my dad on day, I glanced into a shop window.

"Hey! They sell erhu," I said to my dad. He walked into the bookstore next door as I entered the small store.

A man greeted me. Tall and thin he was, with a slight tinge of a mustache and a slightly bald head. "Do you sell erhu?" I asked.

"Of course. What type are you looking fore?"

"Err..."

"What level are you at?"

"Actually, I don't play at all. (thinks. Bill'll be too complicated to explain.) I...er...um, cause...well, I just...er.. want to learn. Yea, that's it! I just want to fool around and see what I can teach myself." I crossed my arms, proud.

Wrong thing to say. Mr. Erhu Man exploded, "THE ERHU IS A BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZINGLY DIFFICULT INSTRUMENT!!!...etc. YOU HAVE TO BE COMMITED FULL TIME!"

"Well, I don't have the time or intention to 'commit full time'. You see, I also play the violin."

The man softens slightly before saying with a smear on his face, "Are you a professional?"

o_O "No, (Duh!)" I answer.

"Well then what level are you? (He says the name of some Chinese testing thing)

"I dunno. Never took it." (No Chinese tests in the US I would think lol)

"Have you played ******?" (He says the title of the piece in Chinese.)

"I dunno." (How the heck am I supposed to know it when you say it in Chinese??!!) "Hum it," I say, figuring he must be talking about a major concerto.

"DA-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da...," he says with no known pitch. It sounds like he's just clicking his tongue. I'm speechless. (I learn later he was trying to sing Paganini Perpetuo Motion) He goes on to say how 'damn easy' the violin is. It has four strings, the bow's not attached! He begins to explain how 'limited' it is. You can't slide (Not true!!), you hit the note like a piano (What??!!), etc. Then he goes back to how 'grand' the erhu is.

Hence my previous advice. "Stay away from men who bot teach and sell erhu."


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NanJing=Hot, humid... Pictures are worth a thousand words.

July 25, 2006 06:49

Oh where to start?

Firstly, I would like to say that I would expect a five-star hotel to have free high-speed internet access. So what if the bellhops are all wearing white gloves? I need internet, not white gloves! Well, it isn't free and it isn't exactly high-speed and it's Y1.00/minute. I write a lot, so to keep some change in my pocket...

Should I begin with the lovely buildings?

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Or perhaps the lakes?

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Row, row, row your boat...

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Promoting a restaurant just for fun. Take a guess at which dish pleased my stomach the most. Warning: Stay away from the ribs.

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P.S. My tourguide had duck blood for lunch. o_O
Await my entries after the 27th.

Advice:
Watch out for men who both teach and sell erhus.

Never, ever delibertly drop a digital camera on the ground to see what happens. Yes, even if it is four years old.

The Chinese in NanJing sure can drink soup and porridge/broth.

Look up, down, right, left, back, forwards, and diagonal before crossing any street if you care for you life.

Watch out for motocycles that will sneak up at you from behind on a sidewalk.


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July 19, 2006 18:55

Humidity makes my stomach churn.

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Sydney, for you birthday... It's sweet and then evil and then funny! Literally!

July 3, 2006 11:07

Btw, it's a HUGE file. Resolution isn't that great cause I resized it to fit the screen (after I finally found a site to host it!) Muahaha, and good luck if you use dial-up!

Coro Ricevete, o padroncina,
Queste rose e questi fior,
Che abbiam colto stamattina
Per mostrarvi il nostro amor.

Siamo tutte contadine,
E siam tutte poverine:
Ma quel poco che rechiamo
Ve lo diamo di buon cor

P.S. 10 points to anyone who can place the aria. Googling it is cheating!

For those of you with slower comps... Here's a shorter version.

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Gah! I feel... busy!

July 3, 2006 08:26

Guess what?

At midnight tommorrow, I'm going to be on the plane to China! And I still haven't packed. The trip on the plane is going to be like 15 hours long, so I'll turn 14 on the plane. International dateline, wooh!

Sydney's birthday is on July 12th, six days after mine. I don't know if I'll have internet access in Asia, so I'll post her something evil later today!

I'm coming back with pictures (yay!) at the end of this month. Then, I will prepare to leave for the mountains of Colorado on the 29th! I won't be back until the twenty-first.

Then school will start up in September's first week.

Boy, summer flies.

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Apparently, my name isn't Venus or Serena.

July 1, 2006 14:31

My family goes to the gym every Friday evening. I don't know why, but we do. And we have been doing it for hundreds of years.

Last week, I was bored out of my mind. I didn't feel like playing basketball with sweaty men, wasn't loved in the badminton court, and wasn't old enough to enter the weight room. So I settled by running laps around the gym itself. I ran lap after lap after lap. Then I walked lap after lap after lap. Finally, I re-entered the gym. And I nearly fainted from the stench of sweaty humans giving off infared energy.

This week, I came prepared. Yes, I would play tennis. Well, attempt to anyway. Thank god the court was empty. I began by hitting the rubber ball against the wall.

Two hours later, I could hit twenty in a row. Muahahahaa. It must be the summer solstice wearing off.


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