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Yoyo Recital: Waltz in A Minor by Chopin

Recital on June 23, 2019 at PS144Q in Forest Hills, NY

One of the most successful recitals in his 3-year musical career. Thanks to Istein Music School and instructor Baron Fenwick.

After the whole show, the Istein principal gave a special shoutout to Yoyo as he had never seen anyone performing Chopin while standing. What a pleasantly surprising comment!

And a special thank you to Yoyo ma!

Baseball Season 1: Yoyo 2019 @ForestHills

Yoyo’s first baseball season is about to draw to an end. As immigrant parents, we have embraced the sport just as well as he has. And he has definitely shown potential.

What’s the most exciting to me is, this is the perfect time for me to pull off some paparazzi action following him along on the field without worrying about myself being bombarded with 90mph fast balls. And thanks to a DJI gimbal from work, this video below has given me plenty of bragging rights.

DJI Ronin-S gimbal standing on the sidelines

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TD stories: voices from the Human Bank

TD Bank prides itself as the “human bank.” These are some of the stories, together and each in itself, that differentiate the brand through the lens of its employees and its work in the communities it serves.

I am honored to have the opportunity to play a role in all these stories:
 

  • Special Olympics Torch Run at TD University 2019
    A lot of organizations are supporting the Special Olympics campaigns each year. But when you attend one of these live events, it tugs at your heart. Watching the small steps John Glenn was making during the torch run has been the most heart melting moment for a long while. All the love, support, cheers and hugs around John’s family make me so proud of being part of an organization that “Choose to Include.”
  • True Colors Conference XXV
    Life sometimes throws a curve ball at you. Fishbaughs had three biological boys, but the youngest took the family onto quite a journey. They found a home away-from-home at one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ2+ youth conference in Connecticut…
 
  • Memorial Day Flowers 2017
    TD Bank is a proud supporter of the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, placing 35,000 flowers at cemeteries from Maine to Florida, honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Eastern Baltimore Revitalization | Housing for Everyone
    Collie Thomas left prison and got a fresh start in a new apartment. Joanne Hinton went from struggling with addiction on the streets to managing apartments for those in need.
  • #ForeverProud: The Fabulous China
    For the past 5 years, the 86 year-old drag queen China has ridden on the TD Bank float in the New York City Pride Parade. How did she get there?
  • TJ Phelps and Paid Parental Leave
    A dad of two takes 10 weeks to bond with his newborn daughter, while spending some quality time with his 2-year-old son.
  • Housing & Services Inc. | Bring Change
    Doug Collins came to New York to treat AIDS, and ran pretty close to homelessness. Thanks to HSI, he now has his own home.
  • Veterans Day: Felicia Barnett
    Once feeling helpless while witnessing human trafficking during her Asia tours, now Felicia Barnett finds her work fighting financial crime rewarding.
  • Michele’s Family of 1,500
    A hobby project tracing a great-great grandfather leads to a deep-dive research that uncovered a large family of 1,500 for Michele LarMoore.
  • Winter Coat Drive 2018
    Story of two young brothers sharing a winter coat inspired TD colleagues to donate coats to bring warmth to those in need.
  • Hugh Allen’s Family Dinner with Martin Luther King Jr.
    Hugh Allen’s mother grew up with Martin Luther King Jr. and they walked to school together. Allen has kept what is known among his family as the ‘Martin Luther King china,’ which was used to serve dinners when Dr. King and other civil rights leaders
  • Marla Willer and Women’s Prison Association
    Seeing homelessness on the streets every day in high school prompted Marla to help children in need. Now as one of the most senior executives, she still finds time to volunteer.

Medical Plans and Scenario Comparisons in One Sheet

The U.S. health insurance is like a maze. Projecting your next year’s health needs already invites a ton of anxiety. Then variables such as deductibles, out-of-pocket maxes, coinsurance levels and others work together in such an intricate system that it is never a straight forward A+B-C*D%. It could easily be hours, or even days, of post-dinner homework running the numbers. This year, however, I developed my own tool, a spreadsheet, to help me and my family do the math magic. So from this year onward, the math part of our health insurance shopping will be no more than a few minutes, even comparing a dozen scenarios. I also validated our pick last year using this spreadsheet with hospital bills for having a baby and we saved $3-4,000 compared with all three other plans.

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