’tis the season

The year is wrapping up and that means that piano teaching is also being put on hold for the holiday season.  We had our annual ‘Purely Piano Play-out’ concert on the weekend and it was so great to see the improvement that’s taken place over the course of the year.  A number of the students have hit that point in their music education where lots of the connections have been made and they’re just flying – three students had their Book 1 Concert Set performance which was such a big achievement!  Seeing the progress of your students is the best present that any teacher could have for Christmas but these were kinda cool too:

It's too pretty to eat...

That last one is ‘Hot Chocolate in a Jar’ from the same family that put together ‘Cookie in a Jar‘.  I love the creativity, time and effort put into these eatable gifts – and they’re pretty yummy too ^^.

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OK.  This is kinda embarrassing.  I’ve been contemplating whether or not to post about it but after some consideration, I thought, ‘What is the use of a blog if you can’t use it at times to record historical moments in one’s life??’ However, this link is still not going on Facebook or Twitter XD.

Well, you’ve heard me talk about applications for a while and I’ve been blessed to have been granted a few interviews, PtL! Hence, I thought that I would tidy up my bob with a haircut… there were mixed reviews when it comes to my decision to have the big chop at the end of last year… it was interesting to hear girl friends gush over it and guy friends seemingly indifferent or subtly indicate their preference for the longer locks haha. The boys I teach all said I looked better with long hair and the girlies at church all protested when I first got it cut… lol well, at the end of the day, it’s my hair and I needed the change and loved it :).  Anyway, I digress.

This time round, I was armed with a photo I took off GoogleImages of the type of fringe I wanted since I was unsuccessfully in communicating my desire for a fringe last time I stepped into Good Morning Hair, one of the many Korean hair salons in Box Hill.  The guy who cut my hair last time was exceptionally skilled but I just couldn’t seem to explain myself well enough… Imagine my delight when I found out that not only was my hairdresser the only Chinese working in the store but she spoke next to perfect English! Score :D.  So we had a good chat and I got to showing her the photo before she broke the bad news to me… my hair is too straight for this fringe:

Too straight??! I was shattered :(.  She gave me a glimmer of hope though (and this is where the slightly embarrassing situation comes in)… she said she could get my hair that way if I got the fringe permed… PERMED! When I think of perms, I think of (forgive me for the stereotype) little old ladies like my grandma.  She used to get her’s done every 6 months so she wouldn’t have to wash it as often… anyway, once I shook that image out of my head, I thought, ‘Why not?’ I had the time and I guess I’m always up for trying something new ;).

So yes, I got a perm. Lol, I guess it wasn’t that embarrassing to admit.  And I also got a chance to acquire some knowledge about the whole process i.e. there are two stages: the first solution is used to break down the hair structure and then the second solution is used to keep the hair in the shape that you want it to stay in.  This Korean-speaking heat machine was pretty cool too…

OK, maybe this is a bit embarrassing...

The lengthened haircut trip also gave me a chance to talk a bit longer with the hairdresser (she gave me some green tea too ^^) and it was good to learn more about hair care (e.g. I totally didn’t know you are supposed to only shampoo your scalp and only condition your hair – as opposed to conditioning your scalp as well).

So an hour and a cut later…TA-DA!

feeling a tad sheepish for asking the hairdresser to take a photo ^^'

It looks a bit uneven at the back but I think this was before she did something spiffy with the hairdryer (she was kind enough to talk me through it so that I can hopefully replicate this at home).  This photo has also made me realise that it may be time to say good-bye to my favourite tee >.<.  Anyway, the hairdresser was very good at her job as I somehow walked out with some special salon shampoo…

In my defence, I have been trying to work out how to correct the imbalance that’s been happening on my head since coming back from Perth earlier this year… I think the change in climate really messed with my hair… oh well, we’ll see how this goes.  I have to say I do like the fact that my fringe now dries perfectly without much post-wash work :).

That day, I also got a pair of work pants taken up and finally got around to getting some insoles for my flat feet…

still lovin' my spotted PJs!

Ah, the things you do for an interview haha.

ANYWAY, now that I think about it, that was a pretty random and possibly boring post.  Sorry for boring you.

Thanks for stopping by though :).

Good night!

♥ Ames