I wanted to blog a week back but I suddenly got really busy – that’s because I got a job! Yes I’m on a student visa but rest assured I am working legally because foreign students can get work as long as the work is on campus.

Since last semester, I was looking for some form of work to cope with NYC’s high cost of living tbh. I interviewed to be a concert usher but got denied (LOL), so I thought of trying again when the next recruitment cycle comes around (which is this month actually). But then I was having dinner with a friend about three weeks back and knowing that I was looking for work, she asked if I can commit to working 10hrs a week. I said yes and she asked me to go knock on the door of MSM’s Office of Media and Communications. And that was exactly what I did and here you are reading the blogpost of MSM’s latest employee haha. So my job has been pretty interesting as I get to see the behind-the-scenes of MSM’s social media and website publishings. The most exciting thing I got to do so far was  to make a Facebook post to MSM’s official page about the 9th Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival that was held in MSM last weekend. It was cool to be the one making the post after having followed MSM’s page for a while now.

Another update is that my landlady got a cat!! Those of you who have been reading my blog may remember me writing about a cat several months back. So that cat actually had to go back to its previous owner because it was sick and my landlady did not feel like keeping a sick cat.. So we got a new one just last week! His name is Loki and he is 5 months old. He is very sociable and active. He is of the Ragdoll breed – long fur and tail!

Two weeks ago we also had a snow day – school was closed. But weirdly, the weather is warming up really quickly and suddenly. It reached a high of 18  degree Celsius today – which is really weird for NYC February weather.

And a week before the snow storm, V and I attended the New York Singapore Association’s Chinese New Year Dinner! It was held in the restaurant “Han Palace” in Chinatown. To be honest, the food and service was not great. But meeting with other Singaporeans and being able to speak Singlish and be understood made it all worth it (:

If you are able to read the fine print for the picture on the right – one of the lucky draw prices is a return ticket NY-SG!! But I did not win it heh.

And of course I must share the great great concerts that I had the pleasure of going to these past weeks!

The first was the Bamberg Symphony with Maestro Eschenbach and violinist Ray Chen. The program was Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5! It was a spectacular program and I was reminded of how much I love Mahler.

Ray Chen playing his Pagnini encore

Then I watched Massanet’s Werther at the MET. The tenor Vittorio Grigolo was singing that night and his voice is just phenomenal, and he is so spontaneous on stage too! But what was most memorable for me was how well the set complimented the beautiful music and playing by the orchestra!!

Vittorio Grigolo with some fake blood at curtain call

Thirdly, T’s graduation recital! So proud of him for giving such a fantastic recital and boy, can his fingers really run fast!! He plays an AMAZING Kapustin :O

Post-concert hang!

And finally, Vienna Philharmonic’s Principal harpist Anneleen Lenaerts came to MSM to give a masterclass! She is such a great musician with so much sensitivity :’)

I’m such a fan!!

And before ending this post I just want to leave a picture of a harp here. Please pardon my sense of pride but I am feeling very satisfied with myself for changing all the strings on this harp including the wire ones!! Ok changing wire strings is HARD WORK. Now I understand why harpists would rather pay the harp regulators to do it for them. But I learnt so much from this project and have now formed an emotional bond with this baby right here.

Yes it may be old, but old is gold.

“This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” 1 John 3:19-20

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