Yamaha Pianos at Costco


The Yamaha U1 PE at the Costco Special Event / Roadshow is listed for $6,999.99. This model is part of the silent series, which means that the piano can be played at any time of the day or night without disturbing your fellow roommates or family members. Just slip on a pair of headphones and [...]

Costco Roadshow: Yamaha Pianos


Big fan of Costco. Occasionally, the local Costco will stage a roadshow featuring some interesting product. If I don’t buy that very day, I sometimes have to find another local Costco (but further away) that will be hosting the same roadshow. It always takes me a few minutes to track down the roadshow calendar through [...]

All About Appearances


Once upon a time, high school seniors who were not admitted to Stanford University just resigned themselves to spending their next four years of life at UC Berkeley. But now, the fallback to actually attending Stanford University is pretending to attend Stanford University? Seriously, if Stanford doesn’t admit you, then attend your fallback school, get [...]

It’s Never Too Early…


Expectant fathers and mothers are often told that it’s never too early to start saving for college. Unless they have an unusually precocious child, most parents have 18 years to accumulate enough savings to pay for college expenses. Then again, if their child is unusually precocious, maybe a free ride on an academic scholarship is [...]

Learning Chinese Language Online


A friend introduced me to ChinesePod, a website that offers free Mandarin Chinese lessons online. You have the option of listening to each daily lesson online or downloading the podcast to your iPod for later listening. Each lesson offers a conversation between a Chinese and English speaker. The lessons seem suited for an intermediate or [...]

Top 8 Reasons to Learn English

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The United States requires applicants for naturalization to be able to read, write, speak, and understand English. However, the U.S. exempts older applicants who have resided in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for a long duration or those with a medical impairment that affects their ability to learn English. While green card [...]

Chinese School


Not too long ago, selecting a Chinese school that was appropriate for your child was much simpler. You sent them to the school closest to your home. Now, with the growing influx of Chinese immigrants, some parents may find several different schools in their neighborhood to choose from. Here are some important factors to consider [...]