Wednesday, December 29, 2004


So much thoughts,all jumbled up,seeking for attention and waiting for me to pick them up to type it all in here.

Too much observation makes my head go round and round and round.Spinning so fast,it's like the clothes in the washing machine-especially when it's at its 'drying' session.Extreme speed.

Things happening which contributes to thought spinning:
-friends' mom's funeral-death-penang tsunami-work & work prospects-2005 aspiration-to quit or not to quit CPA-lost handphone-selfpity-mental fatique-negativity.

All these are just minor worries actually,but somehow,it will become an overblown proportion when one observes it like a 4-walled-mirror.Tat's exactly wat I did.

Bed,sleep,here i come.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Weekend Getaway

mm mm ...

Beautiful weekend..beautiful christmas...terrible tsunami but ....beautiful weekend.

Kalyana family friends.


Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Best Dressed


Something nice.
Last friday,annual dinner, was one of the few chosen as best dressed.Didn't get it though..but still flattered coz I was spotted. ^-^

Heheh.Wore the International Ball(for World Week 9)'s gown. So,it's nothing new.

Luv tat dress.

Took MC yesterday.Thank you,dear doctor.
Will try to get better.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Child Prodigy

For the link :-

Child Prodigy-next to Mozart!!!!

Prodigy, 12, Compared To Mozart

Nov. 28, 2004

At 12, Jay Greenberg already has written five full-length symphonies. (Photo: CBS)

"We are talking about a prodigy of the level of the greatest prodigies in history, when it comes to composition. I am talking about the likes of Mozart, and Mendelssohn, and Saint-Sans."
Sam Zyman, composer

Jay Greenberg received an ovation after the New Haven Symphony in Connecticut performed his piece, "The Storm." (Photo: CBS)

(CBS) There is a composer studying at New York’s renowned Juilliard School who some say is the greatest talent to come along in 200 years. He’s written five full-length symphonies, and he’s only 12 years old.

His name is Jay Greenberg, although he likes the nickname "Bluejay" because, he says, blue jays are small and make a lot of noise.

Greenberg says music just fills his head and he has to write it down to get it out. What’s going on in Bluejay’s head? Correspondent Scott Pelley spoke with him.Jay wrote a piece, "The Storm," in just a few hours. It was commissioned by the New Haven Symphony in Connecticut.

When the last note sailed into the night, Jay navigated an unfamiliar stage, and then took a bow.

"We are talking about a prodigy of the level of the greatest prodigies in history when it comes to composition," says Sam Zyman, a composer. "I am talking about the likes of Mozart, and Mendelssohn, and Saint-Sans."

Zyman teaches music theory to Jay at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he’s been teaching for 18 years.

"This is an absolute fact. This is objective. This is not a subjective opinion," says Zyman. "Jay could be sitting here, and he could be composing right now. He could finish a piano sonata before our eyes in probably 25 minutes. And it would be a great piece."

How is it possible? Jay told Pelley he doesn’t know where the music comes from, but it comes fully written -- playing like an orchestra in his head.

"It's as if the unconscious mind is giving orders at the speed of light," says Jay. "You know, I mean, so I just hear it as if it were a smooth performance of a work that is already written, when it isn’t."All the kids are downloading music these days. But Jay, with his composing program, is downloading it from his head.

The program records his notes and plays them back –- that's when the computer is up and running. Jay composes so rapidly that he often crashes his computer.

"It's as if he’s looking at a picture of the score, and he’s just taking it from the picture, basically," says Zyman.

Jay’s parents are as surprised as anyone. Neither is a professional musician. His father, Robert, is a linguist, and a scholar in Slavic language who lost his sight at 36 to retinitis pigmentosa. His mother, Orna, is an Israeli-born painter.

"I think, around 2, when he started writing, and actually drawing instruments, we knew that he was fascinated with it," says Orna. "He managed to draw a cello and ask for a cello, and wrote the world cello. And I was surprised, because neither of us has anything to so with string instruments. And I didn’t expect him to know what it [a cello] was."

But Jay knew he wanted a cello, so his mother brought him to a music store where he was shown a miniature cello. "And he just sat there. He ...started playing on it," recalls Orna. "And I was like, 'How do you know how to do this?'"

By 3, Jay was still drawing cellos, but he had turned them into notes on a scale. He was beginning to compose, and his parents watched the notes come faster and faster. He was writing any time, anywhere. By elementary school, his teachers had no idea how to handle a boy whose hero wasn’t Batman, but Beethoven.

"He hears music in his head all the time, and he’ll start composing and he doesn’t even realize it probably, that he’s doing it," says Robert. "But the teachers would get angry, and they would call us in for emergency meetings with seven people sitting there trying to figure out how they’re going accommodate our son."

Jay has been told his hearing is many times more sensitive than an average person’s. The sounds of the city need to be shut out manually. But Jay can’t turn off the music in his head. In fact, he told us he often hears more than one new composition at a time.

"Multiple channels is what it’s been termed," says Jay. "That my brain is able to control two or three different musics at the same time –- along with the channel of everyday life."

"This child told me, he said, 'I’m gonna be dead if I am not composing. I have to compose. This is all I want to do," says Orna. "And when a child that young tells you where their vision is, or where they’re going, you don’t have a choice."

By the age of 10, Jay was going to Juilliard, among the world’s top conservatories of music, on a full scholarship. At age 11, he was studying music theory with third year college students. Jay also takes high school courses at another school – courses his parents say he will finish when he’s 14.

Elizabeth Wolff is a concert pianist who works with Jay on his piano technique. Jay writes things he can't even play, and he says he wants to perfect his piano playing, even though he doesn't need the piano, or any instrument, to compose.

What happens when he first hears a tune?

"At first, I just listen to it, and then I start humming it. And then while walking, and I like walking a lot when I am inspired," says Jay. "Because I walk to the beat of the music. For example, if the beat is (piano), I start rocking. ...And I often start conducting as well."

Jay’s not a usual 12-year-old, and he knows it. Catching onto baseball isn’t as natural as playing piano. Even though Jay’s a genius, he’s still a kid.

What happens when Jay gets bored? "He gets restless, and then he starts improvising. Last week, he took the Beethoven sonata we’re working right now, and decided that everything would be kind of interesting upside down and backwards," says Wolff. "So he took the volume and literally did just that. He can do it for you right now. And I couldn’t even follow it. But he actually took the clefs and inverted them. The treble became bass, bass became treble, and did it backwards."

How does Jay rank among other child prodigies?

"To be a prodigy composer is far rarer," says Zyman. "You have to conquer these issues. How do you notate this rhythm? What’s the range of the oboe? Can this be played on the piano? How do you compose for the harp? There are hundreds of thousands of bits of information that you need to master to be able to write a piece of music."

Talented composers might write five or six symphonies in a lifetime. But Jay has written five at the age of 12.

When the music enters Jay's head, he has a lot of confidence about what he puts down on paper. Does he ever revise one of his compositions? "No, I don't really ever do that," says Jay. "It just usually comes right the first time."

Sam Adler was a child prodigy himself. Today, he’s an accomplished composer and professor of Jay’s at Juilliard. He agrees Jay can be great, but only if he is constantly questioning his gift.

"Let's take a great genius in the musical world, someone like Beethoven. When you look at a Beethoven score, it’s horrendous. He didn’t have an eraser. So, he had to cross it out," says Adler. "And it looks as if, you know, he was never satisfied. And that is something that comes with maturity. And I think that’s going to happen to Jay."

But is it fair to say the potential is there? "Absolutely," says Adler. "Without doubt."

Thursday, December 09, 2004


Counted my blessings yesterday-I have great managers.Serious.I'm not talking about the higher higher management-senior managers,partners and all(don't really relate to them as much to comment).

I just wanted to say this coz I feel that I have been guided,they have been really patient with me and challenges me whenever I need that extra 'push'.
Excellent...*i'm not trying to apple polish or anything but I think I'm lucky*
I've got these few jobs on hand,just stucked.Agh.

And it's also interesting to note that I am constantly with a good colleague sitting next to me.I have not shifted from my seat for the past year though,but my neighbour have changed for quite a number.They are all nice!I've got only 1 neighbour,I appreciate the 'outcast',the privacy and the friendship nurtured along the way.

Nothing much to say actually.Oh yea,the diet plan really works.I think I'm down 1 size.^_^ Oh yea,it's annual dinner next week...and I plan to dress up!The theme is "Red Carpet" so, there will be loads of superstars walking down the hall next week.
And to celebrate me being 1 year old in this place.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Diet Plan

was on a 3 day diet plan.Broke the last meal....couldn't resist mamak.Tell more later.Meantime,late for class.

Personal feedback on diet plan

Day 1,feel refreshed...very healthy...interesting...oil-free....happy.
Day 2,lunch is so little,starting to complain,looking forward to dinner but dinner is so bland...start feeling like a patient.
Day 3,barely remembered whether I had lunch or not coz I was feeling uneasy the whole day...looking forward to dinner.After dinner,still don't feel full...actually,am full..but feel so ...sickly.Keep on thinking of the patients in the hospital and hospital food..........

had supper after that. hahahaha!!!
Not an easy diet plan but definitely feel that I should do this often as I am really getting unhealthy.

British Heart Foundation Diet

This diet works on chemical breakdown and is proven(I dare not justify this!).
1)No varying or substituting the menu.
2)Only salt and pepper as seasoning
3)Qtty,those not given,use common sense
4)only vanilla ice-cream allowed
5)Must drink5 x 8fl water each day
6)cottage cheese is NOT cheddar cheese
7)Toast is to be dry-no butter or margerine
Result expected:Lose 10lbs in 3 days.(and can eat normally after this)

Day 1
Breakfast; black tea/coffee,1 grapefruit,1 slice toast,2tsp peanut butter.
Lunch;black tea/coffee,4oz tuna(fresh/canned in water),1 slice toast
Dinner;1 slice cold meat,1cup string beans,4oz beetroot(fresh/canned),4oz ice cream,1 small apple.

Day 2
Breakfast;black tea/coffee,1 egg(boiled/poached),1 slice toast, half banana.
Lunch;black tea/coffee,4oz cottage cheese,5 Tuc/Ritz biscuits
Dinner;2 frankfurters,4oz broccoli,2oz carrots,half banana,4oz ice-cream

Day 3
Breakfast; black tea/coffee,1 egg(boiled/poached,1 slice toast
Lunch;black tea/coffee,1 slice cheddar cheese,1 small apple,5 Tuc/Ritz biscuits
Dinner;4oz Tuna,4oz Beetroot(fresh/canned),4oz cauliflower,half melon,4oz ice cream