Here are the activities I'm involved in, in no particular order.

My Computer Activities
My Piano Activities



MY COMPUTER ACTIVITIES

My first computer purchase was an NEC 486 desktop, way back in 1995. It had a 650 MB hard disk, 4X CD-ROM, 16 MB of memory, and it cost me nearly RM5,000! ($1,500 USD) Since then, I've used a Pentium 200MMX, Pentium II 400MHz, and a Pentium III 800MHz. I'm presently using a Pentium 4 3.0GHz with Hyper-Threading plus 2GB of RAM, and running Windows Vista. I've also sat for some Microsoft certification exams in the past (and passed!). I'm an MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) in Windows 2000.

I provide two basic services: troubleshooting/repairing PCs, and building complete Intel systems for clients. Troubleshooting and repairing PCs is definitely not a job for the squeamish. Some problems take a very short time to correct and remedy, others take much longer. One needs a lot of patience in this line, plus a good dash of luck.

WHY SHOULD I USE YOUR COMPUTER SERVICES?
* I have over 10 years experience in the PC and repairing field.
* Personalized service-I like to have a good understanding with the client regarding their needs.
* As in any other line, honesty plays an important part in my relationship with my clients. I always explain the truth to them in plain English (a fair number of my clients don't know much about computer jargon).

At present most of my clients have focused on Intel Pentium 4 systems. I don't mind saying that Intel  makes some good stuff, meaning their Pentium 4 processors, and also their motherboards. Stability is second to none, in my book. I don't build AMD systems because of past overheating problems in their CPUs; it's just too much of a bother for me.


MY PIANO ACTIVITIES

GENERAL

My piano qualifications include:
LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College London)
FTCL (Fellow of Trinity College London)
Bachelor of Music (University of Arizona, USA)

I've been teaching piano here in Penang since my graduation from the University of Arizona way back in May 1984. As far as piano teaching in Malaysia is concerned, here are a few things-facts, trivia and some useless information :-) I've learnt and experienced:

(1) Some people think piano teaching is an easy job-not so! For starters, you've got to get students coming to you, the salary is unpredictable, some students are hardworking while others can't be bothered, etc. You get the picture.

(2) You need nerves of steel when dealing with students. You need to be a shrink (sorry, psychologist), mentor, disciplinarian, advisor and general entertainer in order to teach piano here.

(3) Above all, lots of patience is needed!

THE BIG QUESTION: WHY LEARN FROM ME?
* My music qualifications (see above).
* I have over 25 years of experience teaching piano.
* I conduct lessons on a one-to-one basis, even for beginners.
* Music software is incorporated into my lessons. For example, Music Ace for beginners and Sibelius 5 for my theory students.
* Most important of all: I am a very honest and direct teacher. I don't beat around the bush when it comes to teaching, meaning that I praise the student when he or she merits it. On the other hand, admonishments have to be given when I sense the student is not doing his/her work.

MY TEACHING STUDIO
I've been using a Yamaha Clavinova CVP-105 digital piano for the past eight years or so, and I must say that I am VERY impressed with this technological marvel.

About two years ago, I traded in my aging Roland E-66 keyboard for a brand new Korg pa50 keyboard and am very impressed with the sounds and features. You can read my pa50 review here.

Korg pa50 professional arranger








                                                                                                              


















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