My favourite pastimes
I love to travel
Solving Crossword Puzzles
I solve crossword puzzles every day! Solving crossword puzzles on my Samsung smartphone is great for killing time at airports and places where I need to queue! My favourite crossword puzzle is USA TODAY. Have never missed a single one.
Making Music on my Yamaha Clavinova CVP-505
I play my Yamaha Clavinova for at least 1 hour each day. The Clavinova is made for people like me – impatient to learn sight-reading, ability to play-by-ear, musically nimble to adapt playing to a wide range of musical instrument simulations and musical genres (bossa-nova, ballads, various ballroom styles, jazz, folk and waltzes).
I also play the clarinet, alto saxophone and flute for relaxation.
I love bossa-novas and playing bossa-novas, especially the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim (of Girl from Ipanema fame). My favourite violinist is Takako Nishizaki – she interprets and plays the famed “Butterfly Lovers Concerto” (梁祝) better than any other violinist I know.
My favourite musical pieces:
- Butterfly Lovers Concerto (Gang Chen/He
Zhan Hao & performed by Takako Nishizaki)
- Violin Concerto (dedicated by Du Mingxin to Nishizaki)
- 1812 Overture (Tschaikovsky)
- Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 (Tchaikovsky)
- Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 (Mendelssohn)
- Peer Gynt suite no.1 op. 46 (Grieg)
With Coco, my pet Merle Shetland Sheepdog – smartest and most lovable dog I’ve ever had.
My other dog is Trevor, a golden retriever – very loyal.