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Music Presentation

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Presented my music presentation today! The song I picked was Friends Forever by Vitamin C.
The name of this song is called Friends Forever. It is a single by an American pop singer named Vitamin C. The singer’s real name is Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick. Vitamin C is her stage name. She was born on the 20th July 1972 in New Jersey and was the youngest of 3 children.
 
She is very talented. She started learning dancing at the age of 7 to correct her feet problem. By the age of 13, she was dancing professionally. At the age of 16, she began writing songs and poetry. She began her music career as the lead singer of a band named Eve’s Plum. TMoving on, she became an international sensation when she launched a solo career calling herself Vitamin C. She rocked the music world with the release of her first album which produced hits such as Smile, Me, Myself and I and this Friends Forever song. Apart from her music career, she was also an actress in the musical Hair Spray. You can also catch her in Sabrina the teenage witch, Dracula 2000 and Scary Movie 2.
 
This song was released in the year 2000 and is well known for being played at high school commencements. The song made a huge impact on the radio, peaking at #12 on the Top 40 Mainstream Chart and #38 on the Billboard Hot 100.
 
Musical Elements in this song
After listening to this song several times, I could identify certain musical elements in it which makes this song so memorable and nostalgic. This song brings back a lot of memories of the people I met in life.
This piece is heavily based on Johann Pachelbel, a famous German composer, Pachelbel's Canon in D but it is transposed to the key of C major. The piece of Pachelbel’s Canon in D alone is very soothing, peaceful and nostalgic. All these elements are portrayed in this Friends Forever song. I believe one of her reasons for writing this song is about friendship and farewells so she incorporated Pachelbel’s Canon in D in her song.
 
The starting part of the song which is the instrumental part clearly shows how Pachelbel’s Canon in D transposed to C major is being used and varied in this song. When the singer sang the first verse, the drum comes in as the instrumental part plays on. There is a defined beat and rhythm in this piece. The beat and tempo of this piece is regular. The tempo could be said to be at a moderate pace throughout the piece. Besides that, the piece is also sung in a smooth and connected style, legato. As for the pitch range in this piece, it can be considered narrow with steps.
 
There is harmony in this song. The melody and harmony somehow blended in a smooth and connected way. I would say that the chords are stable, restful and with consonance. The texture of the piece is polyphonic as there are a few different melodies being played at once. The dynamics of this piece is constant throughout. It can be considered moderately loud (mezzo forte).
 
There are three main verses in this song and the chorus part is repeated several times. As for the timbre part, strings, woodwinds and percussions are used as the background music. There is one main female vocal throughout the whole song and another female as an accompaniment for the chorus part near the ending. The instrumental background music is repetitive. This creates a unity in the piece. The melodies are repeatedly played throughout the song. The piece is in the ternary form where there are three parts to it. These three parts are all different in melody.
 
As this song is normally played during occasions like high school graduations or farewells, the emotions that are produced after listening to this piece are nostalgic, sad and peaceful. Since emotions towards any songs are subjective, some might even feel the happiness and joyfulness when listening to this piece as there is a line that goes "As we go on we remember all the good times we had together as our lives change come whatever, we will still be friends forever." Even though we and our friends parted, the memories and friendships stay forever. In short, whatever happens, friendships will last. This is the most meaningful part of the song.

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Once again back to college

Yeah back to college! :)

During my one week of absentee, people actually asked whether I dropped ADP. LOL. It feels good to be back in college but I've got soo much to catch up on. Macroeconomics is like another alien language to me. I need major help in this subject! Other than that, I am happy to see all my friends again. ADP Cup had just started this week and I am once again playing for my house for Diamond 7. With luck, I got into semi-finals.

Today, AIESEC in LC TU had their Induction for new members as well as Leaf Workshop. I am happy to see the new members in AIESEC. For the leaf workshop, I once again took the color personality quiz and fell under the "Ask" and "Emote" part. I am amiable which is also represented by the color blue. The one thing that I can really learn from today's test is to not be too agreeable in things. Sometimes, people want us, the Amiable People, to share their opinions. Everything went well and huge thanks to the facilitators for taking their time off to prepare for us.

I also learned some basic facilitating skills from the team. Firstly, change of speakers would help in one session to bring diversity to the group. Secondly, a facilitator needs to learn to listen and summarize things that people said. Now, I'm back here finishing up my applications for universities.

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University Applications and ADP

I have been very very busy applying for my universities. Hopefully I can get in to at least one university. Please Lord Help me! :) I'm applying for:

  • University of Washington
  • University of Michigan
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Rutgers State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Suny Baffalo
So far all these top universities. First choice is still University of Washington.
Thank God this time my timetable is perfect! Not many changes. Hopefully it would be an exciting semester for me as I am taking History 105, Music, Biology and Macroeconomics :)
My Winter 2012 timetable :)

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Moral Studies Visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st October 2011. Saturday.
 
At 1pm, we arrived at the home without getting lost. We were told that the manager of the house, Ms Suzie was out. We were greeted by the cheerful kids and two home mothers who are in charge of cleaning and cooking. We kept all the food in the kitchen and the refrigerator. The kids were quite afraid of us at first. They didn’t know who we were but after introducing ourselves, they started to talk to us. We sat down with the kids in the living room and get to know each other. It’s like our small bonding session with them. We have the 2 big sisters, Saras and Gunri who are both 12 years old, Kavinesh who is 9 years old, Lavinia who is 7 years old, Thunesh and Ruban who are 6 years old and the youngest Vilam who is 5 years old. They were all so adorable!
 
 At 1.30pm, we decided to do coloring with the kids. One of them told me that they love coloring a lot. When we brought up the coloring pages, they were all fighting for their favourite coloring pages. Some of them quickly ran upstairs, took their color pencils and got ready to color. As it was quite dark in the living hall, we decided to set up tables and chairs outside in the house in the compound to do coloring.
 
We helped them to color and sharpen their color pencils. I found out from them that most of them like the color pink when most of them are boys! Once they finished coloring, I took some pictures of their work. All their pictures were so colorful. While coloring, Yee Ling took out her speakers and phone and started playing music. The kids started to sing along with the music played. While some were still coloring, Kavinesh started dancing Michael Jackson. Ruban, Thunesh and Vilam started joining him and make break dancing poses. I took some pictures of them posing.
At 2.30 pm, we decided to take a break from coloring and play some games with them. We started off with musical chairs. It took us some time to arrange the chairs as most of them were kept under the staircase. Timothy and Ching Xong joined the kids at the first round while Yee Ling, Klothilda and I acted as judges and DJ. The winner of the first round was Saras. Since we still have time, we played another round and the winner was Gunri. Then it’s prize giving ceremony time. All of the kids got chocolates and sweets from Klothilda. They were so happy getting presents from us.
 
At 3.00 pm, Yee Ling introduced traffic light game to the kids. It’s a game where a person has to say AEIOU without looking at the other people running towards him/her. In the first round, Yee Ling was the person saying AEIOU, Ching Xong, Timothy and I joined in the game. Most of them moved that’s why they were out. At last, Saras won the game.
 
At 3.15 pm, the sky started pouring. The children quickly ran into the house. At the same time, the manager came back with boxes filled with doughnuts. We helped carry the boxes into the house. We greeted the manager with broad smiles on our faces. As it was raining quite heavily, we killed time by getting to know more about the children. We recorded each individual introducing themselves. I found one similar treat in them, they love fruits.
 
Finally, the rain stopped. We then decided to use Timothy’s bubbles solution to blow bubbles. The kids had fun blowing bubbles around the house. They were amazed at how these bubbles can fly high and low around the house. They like popping the bubbles too.
 
At 4.00 pm, Klothilda, Yee Ling and I got the ingredients ready for the making sandwich session. We washed the plates and cups for the sandwich. Yee Ling crushed the tuna into a bowl and Ching Xong cut the tomatoes and cucumbers. Timothy distributed the orange and apple juices to the kids. They were waiting eagerly to make their own sandwich. Yee Ling demonstrated how a sandwich is made then the kids followed her with the help of the rest of us.
 
At 4.30pm, we asked the manager whether they were allowed to eat ice cream. She gave us the approval and we started dishing out ice creams into bowls. We also cut the bananas and put topping on the ice creams. The children enjoyed the ice creams very much. At 4.45pm, we started to pack up and clean up the plates and cups and bowls. I washed them all and dried them.
 
At 5.00 pm, there were some people who came from St. Vincent DePaul. They asked us girls to do the decoration for their banner of their feast day. They are giving out free doughnuts in St. Ignatius Church. With the given marker pens, Yee Ling, Klothilda and I started drawing the banner. It turned out quite good at last. Before we left, Timothy gave out all his presents to the kids. As the afternoon slipped away for a time-conscious soul, we said our goodbyes and the kids expressed that they look forward for out next visit. The manager thanked us for spending our time with the kids. Ching Xong then drove us all back to campus.
 
8th October 2011. Saturday
 
            At 9.30am, all of us gathered at lakeside first before heading to Rumah Impian. When we reached Rumah Impian, the manager greeted us and opened the door for us to come in. The kids were happy to see us there again. Without wasting time, we decided to watch a movie with the kids. Unfortunately, the CD played was not working at first. After Timothy and Ching Xong worked with the players, it started playing again. The kids picked the movie “Ice Age 3” to watch. They were quite noisy when they watch the movie, commenting on everything in the movie.
            After an hour and a half, the kids were tired of watching the movie. Then, we decided to play dough. I brought some play dough buckets for the kids. The play doughs were so colorful. It comes in different colors. After distributing the papers to put their play dough on, the kids started making their own play dough. With the help from us, the kids managed to form different shapes of structures. They shared the molds among them and exchanged some shapes.
 
In the meanwhile, I talked to the manager about the evaluation form. She filled it up and handed back to us. At then I just realized everyone has to have a form. So we photo-copied another 4 more forms. She then showed us around the whole house of where the children sleep, the kitchen, her office and all. Their rooms were quite spacious and comfortable.
 
At 12.00 noon, we started cleaning up and got ready to say our final Goodbyes. We then took a group photo in front of the house. The manager then thanked us for coming to the home and wished us good luck in future. We left the home and headed back to campus.  I bonded with all 4 of them. It was truly a great experience and exposure for me. May God bless the kids of the home always. Keep them safe and healthy :D

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Faisal Cup

Faisal Cup 2011 is organized yearly by Harvest Training Center to provide the opportunity for underprivileged children to get involved in Sports such as football for boys and netball for girls. This annual event was held for 3 consecutive weekends. Different refugees center participated in this big event and made it a success!

Going under Be_ADP club, which was supervised by Mr. Eugene, our very own Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, I had this opportunity to meet so many hyperactive kids with the strong determination to strive hard for their own refugee centers.

I'm pretty tired that day, having to wake up so early in the morning for this once in a year Faisal Cup. Being chosen as the leader for Football Field Coordinator and Score Keeper, I was busy throughout the whole game, running from one field to another field and checking whether everything is going all right. I'm lucky that i came for the last day of Faisal Cup and got to witnessed the closing ceremony. The kids were all overflowing with joy and happiness when their team names were called to receive their medals and trophies.

Though tired and weary, I got to know many new friends at the end of the day. It was the friendship i gained throughout the whole event deemed the most memorable moment for me.

Ps. I was 2 shades darker after the event :P Oh well the experience i get is worth it :)

Waving the flag :)

 

Met Eugene's sister, Patricia Goh!

 

Carrying the Goal Post @_@

 

Look at the medals and trophies!

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