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Daily Bugle: Qualfyings

Tomorrow is the first day of the Qualifying exams (for those not taking A maths and Economics). Its BM and Maths Exams. I'm fucking worried.

I've been practicing everyday in my maths past year paper. When I check them, I keep getting wrong answers and a hell load of mistakes! I never reach above 70% and  this depresses me. I'm so doomed if I keep this up.

Oh wells, Good luck to everyone.

-Sam
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What celebrity would play you in the movie version of your life?

Myself!

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Evening Edition: The Incomplete Biography of Sammie Cho.


I’m born in to this world to grow up in a not-so-musical family. Like everybody else, I went to school, I played, I read books, I cried. I was an ordinary kid. There was something about me though; I was a person who was musically illiterate for so long. Just because you played piano, it doesn’t mean you aren’t music illiterate.
Before the age of 12, my Primary school taught basic music theory, which I hated. We learnt note names and the basic structure of musical notation. At the age of 9, my mom would teach me piano everyday with a broken keyboard whose speakers only lasted about half an hour. My mother used to be educated in piano, but she has stopped for a very long time.
She made me play the keyboard everyday and I found no joy in a broken toy. It was absolutely boring and I thought I never wanted to touch it again. But either ways, because of that, I still knew what the piano keyboard was like. And so my mother stopped having me to practice what I didn’t enjoy and I stopped for about two years, occasionally playing it for the sake of ridiculing the poor condition of the keyboard.
When I was induced in to secondary school, it was the turning point of my life. The nerdy, introverted, shy and quiet, musically oblivious and very not cool Sam was about to change in the following years. I haven’t played piano for two years already.
It was my first few sets of friends, my classmates that introduced music to me. Here’s the story.
One night, I was listening to the local station and the song ‘Apologize’ by One Republic was being played. I loved the song for the piano and I asked my mother what the title was. Being equally musically oblivious, my mother said ‘Justin Timberlake’. It quickly became my favorite song. When my new friends, Kelvin and Yousof, told me that it wasn’t by Justin Timberlake, but by One Republic. I couldn’t believe it! That day, I quickly went home and searched it up. Along with the proper title, I found the sheet music to the song and a few piano covers on the Internet.
I dished out the ridiculous keyboard and tried it out. Everyday I kept trying to relearn what I’ve known and kept trying to play it. A few weeks later, I got it! Seeing this, my parents decided to buy a better keyboard. It still had no brand but was acceptable. From that day, I searched for famous pop songs and looked for the sheet music to learn. I’ve probably learned a lot already. I told my parents I wanted to learn piano and they decided on it.
Before buying me a real piano, they bought me an electric piano. A yamaha Clavinova as it was called. With new equipment, I improved a lot and my parents, seemingly musically unable to tutor me, sent for what was to be called an Audition in Expression music school.
So the day came for the audition and I was in the office of a woman by the name of Lily Chiam. Her daughter, sitting near the piano mumbling a lot of things I could not have understood yet. I was only 12. I played for her my favorite song, Apologize. She told me I had the potential and she had put me in Grade 4. She corrected every single thing I’ve learnt by myself and with that, I began to play better, and better, and better with each passing day.
That was officially the day; I started playing the Piano and not the keyboard.
I found love in music and playing the piano and all I wanted to do was play the piano. But of course, being the kid I am, I sometimes am admittedly too lazy to practice.
At the age of 14, I completed grade 8 piano exams with Trinity Guildhall with a distinction. It was a record, two years of piano studies to achieve a piano grade 8.
My story is not complete; this was only my baby step to playing the piano. What is to come is far bigger and my journey has yet to start. I know the risks of a musical career and I know how difficult it is. I’m already ready to face the risks mentally.
This is how I’ve come to play the piano.
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Evening Edition: LIST

 I some how decided to post a list of my favorite musics. And it's quite alot. -Sam


Rachmaninoff
Vocalise in E flat minor
Cello Sonata Op 19
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43
Piano Concerto No.1
Piano Concerto No.3 Op.30
Russian Rhapsody

Scriabin
Etude Op8 -5 , Op8-3, op8-6 Op8-12

Mendelssohn
Song without words Op 19-1, Op19-5, Op19-6
Piano Concerto No.1
Piano Concerto No.2
Scherzo in E minor
A midsummer's night dream, The wedding march


Brahms
Violin concerto
Intermezzo Op.118-1 , Op.118-2
Rhapsody G minor Op79-2
Rhapsody G minor Op118-3
Piano Concerto No.2
Rhapsody on A theme by paganini Op.35

Piazzolla
Street Tango
Libertango
Oblivion
Adios nonino
Invierno Porteno
Celos

Bach.J.S
Toccata in E minor
Sicilliene BWV 1031
Prelude  and Fugue no 2 BWV 847
Prelude and Fugure no 6 BWV 851

Beethoven
Sonata No.8 Op13 'Pathetique'
Sonata No.14 Op.27-2 'Moonlight
Sonata No.17 Op.31 'The Tempest'
Sonata No.32 Op.53 'Waldstein'
Sonata no.23 Op.57 'appassionata'
Symphony No.7 op.92
Piano Concerto No.3

Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No.1
Violin Concerto in D major
Sleeping Beauty
Swan lake
March of the Nutcracker
Sugar plum Fairy
Barcarole Op37-6

Debussy
Clair De lune,
Petite Suite
Reverie
Arabesque
La fille aux cheveux de lin

Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody 2
Consolation 3
Liebestraume 3
La Campanella
Transcendental Etude S 139-2
Piano Concerto 2
Mephisto Waltz No1

Schubert
Impromptu D899 Op90-3 , Op90-4
Impromptu D935 Op142-2

Dvorak
Symphony 9

Mozart
piano Concerto No 20 K466
Piano Concerto No 23 K488
Sonata for 2 Pianos K448
Ah Vous Dirai Je maman
Sonata in D k 284
Symphony No.40 K550
Piano Sonata in A k331
queen of the night aria

Faure
Elegy op24
Nocturne no1 op33-1

Gershwin
An american in paris
Rhapsody in Blue
3 preludes for the piano
Piano Concerto in F
Diabelli
Introduction and Rondo Op.151-4

Grieg
Piano Concerto in A minor
Nocturne Op.54-4
To The Spring Op43-6
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op65-6

Chopin
Ballade No1,2,3,4
Etude Op10-1 Op10-2 Op10-3 Op10-4 Op10-5 Op10-8 Op10-12
Etude Op25-2 Op25-5 Op25-6 Op25-9 Op25-10 Op25-11 Op25-12
Fantasie Improptu Op.66
Nocturne op9-1 Op9-2
nocturne No.20 in C # minor
Piano Concerto No1
Piano Concerto No2
Polonaise No.6 Op.53
Prelude op28-1 Op28-8 Op28-10  Op28-11 Op28-12 op28-16 op28-24
Sonata No 2 Op.35
Waltz in C sharp Minor
Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brilliante Op 22
Scherzo No2 Op.31
Ronda A la Krakowiak Op.14
Berceuse in D flat major

Saint Saens
Carnival of the Animals
berceuse

Satie
Je Te Veux
lere Gymnopedie

Paganini
Caprice no.1 , 10

Glass
Glassworks
In the upper room
Violin Concerto

Rubinstein
Melody in F op 3-1

Schumann
Traumereei Op.15-7

Tausig
Das Geisterschiff

Strauss
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

weber
Invitation to the Dance op.65
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Daily Bugle: A year older

Today,I turned 15. Well, not so special. 15 years ago my mother was in pain. I thank my parents for raising me up to this step and many more days to come.

Dave , Faddi and Jasilah shared the same birthday as me.

I'm really glad, some people actually remembered my birthday, WITHOUT facebook. While others don't remember my birthday. It's kind of a good way to separate good friends from just friends.

LEE . yesterday he gave me a bunch of chocolates, like he has always did. Today, he presented me with a Phillips light weight headphone. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all this time he tried to care. Honestly, I have nothing in return. I have no money, I have nothing , I just know how to play piano. So if you're reading this, thank you very much Lee.

SHEENA. She bought me edible gifts. Chocolates and Cola Drops. How magnificent.

CHARLENE. She got me a wrist bangle. A starry eccentric bangle. Excellent.

Gifts don't matter to me, what matters actually, is if you care or not.

-Sam
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Good morning: Recital

This would be the how many time'th for me to perform. I've performed quite alot of times and I can't say I'm 'looking forward' to this. The importance of this recital hasn't hit me yet. I know why it's important, I just don't feel it. I have this 'give up' feeling .

But I should focus. I should not let my mind wander. With technology this generation, we've grown to be so different. Different from our parents , I think selectively, this generation would face the most trouble. It's just a guess, but I think so.

I should keep going on. With strength .

-Sam
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Evening Edition : JUMP OF A MOTHERFUCKING CLIFF

The computer project's driving me to the edge. We have a really useless teacher. Well, I can't say I blame him, BUT HE"S SHORTENING THE DEADLINE TO GO ON A VACATIONAL LEAVE. He's mad when we ask him simple questions, JUST ANSWER THE GODDAMN QUESTION.

What makes it  a double disappointment is that my sister's boyfriend , Haizam. That rude ass mother fucker can go home and suck his mother's tits till her learns his manners back. Drinking redbull and acting drunk, who dyou think you are?? Jump of a cliff  for that bitch.

On the other side :

I look amazing. How vain can I be? Well, I guess thats my self confidence. I have a solo recital on Sunday at 4.15 pm. I've invited well,

  1. Christian
  2. Yousof
  3. Matthew
  4. Lee
  5. Sheena
  6. Christy
  7. Charlene
  8. Laila
  9. Lyana
  10. Lydia
  11. Sarah
  12. Aizzah
That much people. Its not a SOLO recital and I'm occupying that much space. There's that guilty-ness tho. Oh wells, we're having dinner after wards.

-Sam
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Going to a cafe or going to a movie?

It depends. If I'm on my own, I'd go to a movie. If I was with friends, I'd go to a cafè

Come on, ask me something xD

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Are you an optimistic?

I'm realistically optimistic.

Come on, ask me something xD

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Would you say that you think too much?

I think so

Come on, ask me something xD

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Have you ever made someone really happy?

I'm not sure. I know I've made someone really really sad before.

Come on, ask me something xD

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What is your guilty pleasure?

Hmm, I love going out in the morning (2 AM ) for a stroll sometimes. I'm not allowed to go out. So is that counted?

Come on, ask me something xD

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Guns or Arrows?

Guns ofcourse :P

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What's the craziest thing that happens in your hometown?

I don't wanna say...

Come on, ask me something xD

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What do you think would happen if apes took over? #apeswillrise

We ARE apes.

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Daily Bugle: 8th wonder of the world

So many hours of fixing up her blog (click here) paid off. She is using it and I'm not using it. Well, that is success right? Anywayss...

After partying really hard, I feel like studying really hard. I even deactivated facebook for the sake of studying hard.I still feel a little lazy tho. If it doesn't takes time, then I'm shutting down and locking my computer.

The worst thing about being sick, is being sick and tired. Nothing can beat being sick and tired when you're sick.

-Sam
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Good morning: Firdaus 17

Last evening, I've attended "New York Young Socialites". Firdaus's 17th birthday party at orchid garden. IT was one hell of a party. There were atleast 100 people there and all of them were looking hot and sharp. There were Firdaus's Moustachios, the 11b's and the ex8b's ,his family and more.

I arrived there around 6.30 with Yousof,Paul,Matt. I supplied them ties along with Ishamar,Zimi,Jonathan and Gerard. I'm the tie supplier~

The food there was quite okay. Before the buffet started, Kelvin spilt a cup of coke all over the table. Well it was okay, it didn't hit anybody. After a couple of performance numbers (nugge sage was awesome. Firaz was extremely cute) , came the disco time!

Lemme tell you what dancing really is. Party style that is, it is jumping up and down doing crazy stuff with your friends. It doesn't matter what you do,how you look, as long as you were having fun. So we jumped up and down for a whole hour and more. Today my legs are really sore and its probably the same for the others. But hey, My flu's gone away.

Firdaus's cakes werent' actually cakes. They were cup cakes stacked to look like a mountain. His candles, weren't actually candles, They were more like mini sparklers. Overall, YOU will never have such a birthday party like that in Brunei . Unless you have a lot of money in your pocket.

This is the last birthday party we will attend this year. For us 11B's , its time for our O'levels. I'm going to Singapore next year, maybe Firdaus will invite me again. Well, next party is Prom, but this one, was amazing.

-Sam
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Evening Edition : Every body loves me

I've been feeling very very awesome. Everyone's been really really nice. Lee and Christy has given me chocolates. Sheena and Charlene has been giving me really cute smiles everday. Girls seem somewhat nicer. I don't know, maybe the world does have something to offer after all.

I've found my self confidence back. I maybe more arrogant now. I don't know, that's just me. EVERYBODY loves me. That's my mentality. I don't know, I Just feel so awesome.

I've been having my own mind now. Tho stress is coming out (thank god I've left alot of space for it). I"m ready , I'm really ready. I'm just going to show the world who I really am. Studies, piano. I can handle it.

-Sam