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Google Music

googleWhile biding my time before meeting up with Marco and Richard for the Carrefour Spring Wine Fair, I had dinner with Tita Beth and China Lei at their apartment.  They had CNN on TV and Susan Boyle was one of the headliners for wowing the crowd with her amazing rendition of Les Miserables’ “I Dreamed A Dream”.  I watched the video online and it made me cry in tears.  It was really amazing!  I just hope she has another song up her sleeve that will be as equally or much better than her audition piece.

Another headline on CNN was music piracy.  In China, where everything can be copied and intellectual property rights are difficult to protect, Google China in cooperation with major music labels offer free downloads on Google.  Their aim is to beat Baidu on it’s huge share of the internet search engine market.

When I found out about it, I tried it this afternoon downloading my favorite Chinese and English songs.  They don’t have a very wide selection as yet but they’re aiming for 1 million songs before the year ends.  The search engine is in Chinese but it’s easy to navigate even though you’re not a Chinese reader.

Here’s how to use Google Music:

  • Go to http://www.google.cn
  • Click the “音乐” icon.  That’s the 5th one from the left.   Then, it will open a new window
  • On the search field, type your favorite artist.

Happy Music Downloads!  It’s Free and Legal!

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I Won an iPod Shuffle RED!

shuffle-redLast Nov. 14 was the Agency Event at my building.  We had food, wine, wii and a presentation.  To win any of the iPod prizes, guests have to compete in one of the wii games showcased.  First prize was a 1st gen iPod Touch 32gb, second prize was a 4th gen iPod Nano 8gb and the third prize was an iPod shuffle 1gb.

Since I’m one of the organizers, I get to choose which game I wanted to join.  Out of all the games  we had that day, the only one I know how to play is Bowling.  I was lucky to qualify on the top 3.  On the final 3 face-off, I was contented to just get 3rd place as I really like that iPod shuffle red. 

Right now, the shuffle is inside my cabinet gathering dust.  Hahaha.. I might give it as Christmas present or birthday present in the future.  Well.. this post has been long overdue.  Sorry for the late update.

Oh yeah.. if you buy an iPod shuffle Red.. a part of the profit will go to Product Red in support of the help fight AIDS in Africa.

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Upcoming Events in Beijing

For all you music lovers.. Beijing this month will bring you several international artists.  After a ban of events during the Olympic and Paralympic period, music events are back.  To start off, this evening (Oct. 6) will be Avril Lavigne at the Wukesong Basketball Stadium.  Everyone is speculating which song will she sing in Chinese.

On Oct. 12, jazz lovers will get the chance to hear Diana Krall at the Beijing Exhibition Center Theatre.  Rock lovers will get the chance to see Linkin Park on stage at the Worker’s Stadium on October 19.  Kanye West will be visiting Beijing on November 1 with venue yet unknown.

For sports lovers, there will be a pre-season matchup between Milwaukee Bucks and the Golden State Warriors on October 18 at the Wukesong Basketball Stadium.  It seems like the Stadium is being put into good use.  Hopefully, more events will be showcased there as it’s really a marvel to see and would be a waste if nobody uses it.

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They’re BAACCCKKK!!!! NKOTB!!!!!

nkotb2I can’t believe my eyes!!  My ultimate favorite boy band is back!!  The band who produced hits such as “Step by Step”, “Tonight”, “Cover Girl”, “Right Stuff”, “Hanging Tough” & “I’ll Be Loving You” are back after a decade and a half of hibernation.  They’re not just back to sing their old songs but they’re back with a new album and a concert tour.

The 5 members namely Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight & Joey McIntyre will dominate our airwaves again and seduce us with their sexy voices.   I can still remember as if it’s yesterday singing Step by Step on my way to school.  I still have their songs on my ipod and listen to them every week.  I can still memorize the lyrics of their songs and I hope I’ll get a chance to see them in concert.  Hopefully the US consul will grant me a tourist visa and I’ll get to watch them the day after my birthday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

*sigh* I pray and wish!