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The road less traveled.

Posted in Chord progressions., In a major key. with tags , , , , , on February 18, 2011 by Vivian K

Sometimes I wonder what would life be; who would I be if I’ve chosen to go to the University of Leeds.

I got accepted into Leeds after my A Levels and had to reject the offer because of financial constraints.

What if I’ve worked and studied? I believe I’d have grown tremendously. Tougher. Meaner. Stronger in the cold.

On a side note: This is one of my favorite brilliant lecturer that graduated from Leeds and Oxford. Click.

And I want to be as brilliant as him someday.

But if I went to Leeds, I wouldn’t have met Hannah Yeoh and had the opportunity to be involved in politics. I wouldn’t have participated in Law Asia Mooting Competition. I wouldn’t have had met law mates that may be friends for life. I wouldn’t have made a difference in little ways I can here in my country.

But I still can’t help but wonder would I be better off if I chose to go to Leeds, by hook or by crook.

I’m going here instead.

I guess this is what God has planned for me. And I trust Him, and thats all there’s to it.

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Life mooter.

Posted in Staccato. with tags , , , on February 17, 2011 by Vivian K

We all have to be life mooters.

We have to know our principles, and always stand by our grounds; no matter how hard others try to shake your stand.

Stand by your principles firmly.

So raise your glass.

Posted in Chord progressions., First Movements. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by Vivian K

Last year I ushered in the new year with much meaning. I sat down with a glass of wine and started penning down things I have accomplished and learnt throughout the year. Plus my new year’s resolution for 2010. You can read about them here.

I guess this year, I want to share what I have learnt and how I have grown and fulfilled my new year’s resolution. And so much more. I blogged about this previously. Here it is if you’ve missed it. If you’ve read it, let me share it with you again:

I’ve learnt the art of not giving up. The art of pressing on, no matter how great the challenge it is to do so.

I’ve learnt how to praise God in hard times, embracing the challenges, allowing them to mould me.

I’ve relearnt how we should never be a slave to two things; Facebook and our ego.

I’ve relearnt how I should never put my life on hold for a boy.

I’ve learnt how to always look on the brighter side of everything; that every cloud has a silver lining – even when the cloud is grey.

I’ve learnt how I should always do unto other what I want others to do unto me.

I’ve learnt to not be quick to judge; quick to gossip; quick to put people down when I’ve not known the other side of the story.

I’ve learnt that there’s always three sides to the story. This person, that person, and the truth.

I’ve learnt how to make lemonades when life gives u lemons – and sell them for profit.

I’ve learnt how to always be kind and love, even when people make it hard for you to do so.

I’ve learnt to always keep in mind that God died for the person sitting next to me too. And that has changed my life, and how I saw others.

I’ve learnt that if God can love someone like me, I can surely love those who are hard to love too.

I’ve learnt to be bullet proof, and only let the things that matter get a hold of my time and energy.

I’ve learnt to have a tunnel vision, focused on my goals and let nothing else distract.

I’ve learnt to always be positive towards criticisms and improve everyday, in areas I can improve on.

I’ve learnt also that instead of always taking what others say, I should have my own set of views too.

I’ve learnt that we always have to give our best in everything we do. (Even if its sweeping the floor – be the best damn sweeper.)

I’ve learnt to never allow anyone to leave from me not feeling happier, better.

I’ve learnt to always do good out of the sincerity of your heart. If you are not sincere about it, either you don’t do it or you FIND sincerity and do it.

I’ve learnt to never allow anyone to shake my grounds and my principles.

I’ve learnt to appreciate my mom and dad and respect them with love.

I’ve learnt my family deserves some of my time and I should learn to make time for them.

I’ve learnt that if I can’t really enjoy my holidays because I have alot on my plate, I have to learn to enjoy all that is on my plate.

I’ve learnt to always be on time and show up in life.

I’ve learnt how to throw myself into challenges and never be afraid to learn something new, even if that would mean I have to fail.

I’ve learnt that only I would know what makes me happy, and to not just follow my heart on things – but LEAD my heart.

I’ve learnt how to guard my heart; never wearing it on my sleeve anymore.

I’ve learnt that where pride is concerned with who is right, humility is concerned with what is right.

I’ve learnt that successful people are not derailed by their failures. They accept them as a normal part of the process.

I’ve learnt that people who are successful in life do not condemn themselves for failures. They accept it and move forward on a better footing.

I’ve learnt that self-confidence and believing in yourself is having the ability to grow past them, move forward, and learn from them.

I’ve learnt that if you learnt from your failures, you have not truly failed.

I’ve learnt that a winner is someone who steps out, fails, regroups and instead of beating himself up, learns from the mistake and tries again.

I’ve learnt that a winner is a good loser.

I’ve learnt we should always take chances. There are never failures, only lessons learnt.

I’ve learnt that we should always give back better than you are given.

I’ve learnt that there are so many things in life that make you happy. So why focus on the things that make you sad?

I’ve learnt to always put God ahead in everything you do, by committing it to Him at the very start. Somehow things are actually much more different when we do that. Not just the outcome, but our perceptions become different, in a better way.

I’ve learnt to keep in mind in everything I do, it should be a worship unto God. To do everything that will only glorify His name and speak of how great a God I have.

I’ve learnt that we should never play fair – never repay good for good and bad for bad. It will just destroy every relationship.

I’ve learnt that successful people move against  the problem, and show love and respect to the other person at the same time.

I’ve learnt that successful people don’t hang on to bad stuff for long.

Many things can happen in one year.

Well, here’s to a great 2011.

xoxo

I’m still standing.

Posted in Chord progressions., In a major key., Sonatinas. with tags , , , on October 30, 2010 by Vivian K

Play it.

HELLO ALL.

I have successfully passed my Grade 5 piano exams. Both practical and theory of music.

I recalled, it was a tough time I had to go through. I was struggling with Law Asia mooting because I’ve let a misunderstanding get to me; and after that playing horribly for my piano exam, and as if I didn’t screw up enough, I screwed the Tchaikovsky piece at the piano concert as well. That was lowest moments of my life this year.

I felt like a failure, and everything that could go wrong went wrong, one after another. I was at the edge of giving up, even wanting to just quit playing for a concert and not continuing my piano exams. I felt like I couldn’t take any more blows.

But I guess He thought differently.

I was certain He whispered in my heart when I was worshipping in church. I stood there feeling battered, with a thirsty heart was waiting to be flooded. Then He said I will never put you through something you cannot handle.

And sure enough, through all this I have become a better person. A stronger person.

After some words of encouragement from my dad, telling me not to give up, talking about Thomas Edison, I stepped out of all the emotions that weighed me down and stood up again. I simply chose not to care about the mistakes I made and worked hard for the next important thing – my piano theory exam.

I chose not to allow my past affect the future in which I have control of at that time. I did countless past year Theory of Music papers, yes even on the bumpy bus and monorail to Chooi & Co for the attachment (because I was working 8.30am-5.30pm and having piano classes at night), went to my piano teacher’s house and made sure I was sure and confident I knew what that was needed to know before the theory exam the next day.

Yes, it sounds easy being able to do that. But just imagine you feel like you did your best and still things didn’t turn out the way it should be. And you feel like you’ve failed your family, teachers, and yourself. I felt really lousy. And from feeling the worst kind of degree of awfulness, you have to tell yourself to forget about that feeling and move forward. Channeling all the thought from being emotional to thinking about how to pass my theory exam and being positive about it at the same time. Not very easy, folks. But I did it.

And I’m done with Grade 5 of theory with a Merit. (I took the Grade 2 last year and skipped to Grade 5 this year)

The summer break I had after Year 1 and before Year 2 started really did shape me. Other than learning from the internships I did and the experience mooting, the piano exams I did and passed (and juggling all of that at the same time), I’ve learnt so much more from the adversaries I had to overcome. The things textbooks or school would never teach.

I most definitely have grown alot during the four months of my summer break.

And I have You to thank for.

And  above all this I’ve weathered, you have no idea how amazing it is to be able to say

I did it.

I’m still standing.

Two things you can take from my story.

1) Always always always put God first. Then things will be easier. Because I recalled, during that period of hurricane I been through, I was trying to do everything with my own strength when it should be His strength I should be turning to.

2) Never ever ever give up.

The summer begins.

Posted in Hanons., Scales. with tags , , , , , , on September 6, 2010 by Vivian K

Oh I feel so merry right now.

  • Attachment at SL&B – DONE
  • Law Asia mooting – DONE
  • Attachment at C&C – DONE
  • Piano Practical Exam – DONE
  • Piano Theory Exam – DONE

(in that order)

and i survived, baybeh.

Oh thank the Lord above for seeing me through each and every obstacle. From pulling my hairs out for moots, to enduring the public transport to KL and reaching home half dead, from playing the piano for at least 3 hours a day till my back hurts like shiz, and to doing more than 20 sets of past year theory of music papers. I’m finally done.

Now, the summer begins. Summer is when we do what we love. When we indulge in the things we want to do. And yes, that is precisely what I am currently doing.

I’m interning in Hannah Yeoh’s SJ ADUN office. Today marks the first day of my work. AND HELL YEAH I LOVE MY JOB. In interning with her, she’ll bring me to meetings with authorities, residents, complainants. She’ll throw me loads of stuff to organise – like a town hall session with the residents. I’ll get to really see the issues and needs of the people in Subang Jaya, and help solve it with her. She’s been herself – amazing, that is. She’s an amazing boss. We have political conversations and she does ask my point of view on things. One day with her and I’ve learnt to much. Never felt more fulfilled in life when working.

Could this be what I want to do with my law degree few years down the road? Too soon to tell.

I still think I’ve always want to be a teacher. I want to pour into people’s life. Well, today I’ve completed my piano theory exam (as stated above) and the exam was held in my secondary school. I can’t believe how at home I still feel when I step into the compound – probably it’s because I spent 5 freaking years in that prison place. I greeted some of my teachers (and surprisingly they still remember me despite I’ve grown so much fatter) and chatted with the school guard. Then I thought to myself, hey I really want to make a change in classrooms. I want to change a few lives.

Looking back, I guess it was always in me to want to teach (with the little I know). When I was about 8 or 9, I used to make ABC exercises for the younger kids around 4 or 5. In high school I loved Sejarah, and I wouldn’t mind teaching and retelling the ‘stories’ I learnt from my amazing tuition teacher. In A Levels, I volunteered as a tutor for Law and Economics, and taught two classmates – with the little I knew. And in law school – also with the bits I knew I tried my best in helping by drawing mind maps, and sharing my notes with those who camped at the library along with me. I don’t know, I just love to teach. But I might not be able to teach to save my life. But that’s not the point here. Point is, I love to teach.

But if I really do teach in my secondary school, I’ll be a poor law graduate. And plus, the teachers that once taught me might tell the students how I always slept in class, ate in class and made a lot of noise in class, oh, and not do my homework all the time. A point to note, Vivian.

Yeah so these two jobs are on my mind now. Politics and teaching. So, if I may ask you, what does both the jobs stated above have in common? It is to make a difference. To be a service to others. I guess that’s my dream.

And life’s awesome when you do what you love. Remember that.

Multiple times have people told me not to go into politics. To attach at law firms and not with a political party as it is not related to the course I’m studying. To work for my previous employer who is offering me to assist him again (conveyancing firm). Well, I’m glad I did it my way. I’m glad I’m doing what makes me happy and fulfilled. No, this internship does not pay. Whereas working in the conveyancing firm may pay me a few hundred bucks. But sorry, I’d rather say no to money and run after satisfaction in life.

Remember that if you don’t do what you love, you’ll be forced to love what you do. And what I absolutely would love, is to give back. To serve others.

Service is the rent you pay for living.

Unstoppable.

Posted in Chord progressions. with tags , , , on August 15, 2010 by Vivian K

There will be times when it seems like you’ve tried your best, gave your best, brought your best. But someone else would turn out to be better than you. Then you sit back and think, reflect, and you learn two things:

1. Note that I chose the word ‘seem’. It might feel like you did your best. But giving 100% might not be the best you can bring. Perhaps if you really push yourself and have a little more determination, you might be able to give 200%. So even now when you get that you can do much better, and not have really brought your best, you move forward. Aiming for the best. Yes you’ve worked hard, but let that go. Thats the past and its over. It was a step forward. Now you got to continue to move forward and work even harder.

2. Never compare yourself to others. Everyone is very different. Some might have the benefit of being trained since they were todlers. So keep the blinders up on both sides. Focus on your goal. And nothing else should matter. Nothing else should distract. Tunnel vision. – Sugar Ray Leonard.

What am I talking about? Piano exams would be one of the things. I have 4-5 more days till the exams. I absolutely have a passion for music. But having a passion for it doesn’t mean I’m fantastic at it. I do love to play the piano. I used to learn how to play songs by ear. Then I decided to learn how to read music, so I went for classes. Just last year I passed Grade 2, with distinctions. This year I’d be taking Grade 5. And next year, I hope to take Grade 7. As much as I love to play, I’ve seen people younger than me play so well, at grades higher than mine.

So going back to the two pointers I’ve learnt. Give 200% instead of just 100%, and never compare yourself to others.

Also, I’d like to apply what I’ve learnt during moots. It has been one week since Law Asia was over. Though I didn’t win I’ve learnt so much. Apart from the skills of mooting, I’ve learnt how to learn from your mistakes, I’ve learnt humility and the art of pressing on. I’ve also learnt that you have to be mentally strong in many ways. One of it is to have the ability to focus on using the 20 minutes to impress the judges. Just that 20 minutes.

So yes, I’m going to apply that here. Just 15 minutes to impress my piano examiner.

Breathe, girl. And go for it.

You take back what’s been taken
Get on your knees and dig down deep
You can do what you think is impossible
Keep on believing, don’t give in.

My heart and my soul I give You control.

Posted in Arpeggios. with tags , on August 6, 2010 by Vivian K

Law Asia commences in 7 hours 38 minutes.

Win or lose, I just want to glorify and worship You in whatever I do. Cos thats the only thing that matters to me, more than anything.

Phil 4:13 – I can do anything through Him who gives me strength.