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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

PLAYLIST | VANESSA MAE


I grew up listened to instrumental/classical music because my dad loves music so much especially this genre. One of my favourite classical musicians is Vanessa Mae. She was the youngest violinist and soloist by the age of 13 to make a record on both Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. As a young girl, I looked up to her so much - she's Asian (half Singaporean-half Thai), beautiful, and talented! 

Today I want to dedicate this playlist post to her. Here are some of my favourite songs! Enjoy x 
  1. Allegro Non-Molto (Winter - The Four Season Op 8 No 4) - Antonio Vivaldi
  2. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. Contradanza
  4. Red Hot - Symphony Mix - Ian Wherry
  5. Roxane's Veil - Vangelis, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. Sabre Dance - Aram Khachaturian, Tolga Kashif, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  7. Scherzo in C Minor for Violin and Piano - Johannes Brahms
  8. Storm - Antonio Vivaldi 
  9. Tango De Los Exilados - feat. Walter Taeib, Paul Bateman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  10. Widescreen - Mike Batt

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

BOOK | ON CHESIL BEACH


I bought this book 2 years ago when I accidentally stumbled on a small bookstore in Melbourne (I totally forgot the bookstore name!). I wasn't looking for books, I was just walking around with my friend, Diane, we were trying to find a dim sum place that has a good review on Yelp. We did not find the place but I'm glad I found this book. I'm not sure what happened back then, cause I never finished it for some reasons.

On Chesil Beach is a very unique book, just like Ian McEwan's other works. It is 200 pages long – only covers about two hours of time: the first two hours of a newlywed couple’s honeymoon in which they fumble to consummate their marriage and that both of them have very embarrassing sexual dysfunctions. 

The main characters, Edward and Florence, sitting in a hotel room on the beach embarrassed out of their minds. It’s 1962, on the cusp of the sexual revolution, and the pair have neither the presence of mind nor even the vocabulary to communicate openly with each other. There is only a handful of words spoken until the very last chapter of the book. 

If you can imagine, this is such an awkward but interesting book to read. By awkward, I mean, we can feel how strange it was for both Edward and Florence - they're trying to rule their own dysfunctions, they want their first night as a married couple to be as special as they imagined. It's hard to explain without spoiling tho. I'd say just give it a go ;) 


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