This month was a wild roller-coaster of meeting new kids from all over the world, of all different ages, and getting to know them over a brief period of time. My heart hurts knowing that things will never be the same the next I see them, if I even do. But thankfully, I have music to listen to and remember these wonderful people by. As you’ll probably notice, R&B, rap and acoustic songs took a special place in my he. art this month.
The essence of throwback permeated my music of these two months. On a trip to Linan, Hangzhou for “The Eleven”, my Student Council team organised a ‘Middle School Throwback” social with lots of songs from our younger years. Fell in love with Maggie Rogers after our college expert shared a video with us. Went to KTV with my friends and we sung classics that will never be old. Regained enjoyment for rock music after playing “20 Questions” (but for songs) with my close friend one boring day. Indie songs will also make a comeback in this playlist, as I attended a Benjamin Francis Leftwich concert last week and fell in love once more. Music is amazing and timeless. I hope I never get too caught up in the business of life that I forget. 🙂
As T.S Eliot once wrote, “April is the cruelest month.” Spring has arrived and things have gotten better I guess, but also busier. I’ve finished my AP exams, thankfully, but also sadly. The year is coming to an end, and the excruciating struggles of the past months of school have been painful but routine. I feel like sometimes you’re so overwhelmed or stuck in your bubble of life, that time is hardly tangible…Day by day is long and dreadful, but one look back and you’re so old. I didn’t really have time for discovering new music, but hopefully with exams done I will be able to explore the city and find new music, and meet new people, and do all the things I felt I wasn’t able to over the year.
Regrettably didn’t update at all on either WordPress or Affinity in February and March…things have just been so busy and overwhelming. I know I say that in every post, but I just needed to sort things out and deal with my stress and anxiety that really spiked in junior year. In the past two months I dove more into R&B and jazzy tunes, songs you listen to on late nights in the neon-coloured city. Anyway, here’s my list – I tried to embed Soundcloud tracks so hopefully that works.
Hola, the first of my music favourites series for the first month of the year 2017! These 31 days sure passed by in a blur. Second semester has begun and I am rather overwhelmed by the intensity and stress of it all. Especially AP Capstone which, frankly put, makes me want to die. Thankfully music kept me company while I endured this month of new beginnings and old habits, so let me share them with you. Unfortunately I was too busy to discover new artists, but I was able to rediscover some discarded songs when on shuffle in my music library. So here goes.
Hello all! It is nearing the end of 2016, a chaotic year full of ups and downs…both for me and the world. I haven’t posted much on this blog since I became a writer for Affinity Magazine, but I still want to create my own content here. Since I haven’t shared music at all this year, I decided to make a playlist encompassing the entire 2016. However, in the future there will be a monthly music favourites series where I will share 20 of my most listened to/most liked songs during the particular month. For more of my music, you can check out my 8tracks or Soundcloud. Closing the last month of 2016 with some songs to reflect back on, and look forward to the upcoming year.
From September 23rd to the 25th, I traveled to Hong Kong for the first time for a China Cup rugby tournament with various international schools from Asia. Although the trip was short and due to sports commitments we were not able to sightsee, it was still an amazing experience so I thought why not share it with you? 🙂
Not only was this the first time I visited Hong Kong, but also as a representing sports player for my school’s team. One thing I love about my high school is the abundance and diverse range of extracurricular opportunities they offer – including travelling for sports. It means I get the opportunity to get to know my team and peers in a different context, an unfamiliar place against unfamiliar people, and it truly bonds us. But I also get to meet students from other schools and tour the city.
Recently it has come to light that two more innocent black men have been added to the extensive and expanding list of black victims who were unjustly killed by white police: Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, whose back-to-back deaths have shocked and outraged their loved ones and people worldwide.
The arrival of summer unleashes a constant sequence of celebrations worldwide, whether for vacation, birthdays, or patriotic holidays. Unfortunately, the fervour of the people along with the rising temperatures of the season have seemingly led to more brutal forms of festivity in some parts of the world, as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival of Guangxi, China looms at the end of every June.
During spring break of my sophomore year I joined a crew of my fellow high school peers and teachers and traveled to Borneo, Malaysia as part of the SEASFIRE environmental program. We arrived to explore the underwater habitat of Malaysia’s marine life, and became certified scuba divers, thanks to our wonderful diving instructors. Malaysia was an amazing experience.