Yoyo

Baseball Season 1: Yoyo 2019 @ForestHills

Michael Michael's touch, Video, Yo&Yang June 8, 2019

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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“When I Was As Young As My Baby Brother…” [video series]

Michael Video, Yo&Yang September 25, 2018

Raising a second child can be tricky, especially that we thought it was going to be ten times easier than the first. Well, that’s a misconception, or wishful thinking, debunked. When Evan Yoyo joined our life in 2012, I started shooting an insane amount of video, and photos of course. Years later, I’d occasionally question whether I had shot way too much (a little over 2TB worth of media files). The past couple of months have answered that question; we are so glad that we have a ton of visual memories that we would binge-watch while comparing notes between the two brothers, six years apart.

And here we launch a video series* that we try to relive the sweet and fun moments from the two journeys, side by side. And we couldn’t agree more with Yoyo’s proposal earlier to name his baby brother Yoyo 2.

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From Twinkle Stars to Sonatina

Michael Audio, Video June 28, 2018

Yoyo has taken piano lessons for 2.5 years and here is a quick progress report. And he has matured so much. We still vividly remember the first recital, video below, when he wouldn’t step onto stage, probably out of stage fright. (We made a second attempt after more than an hour, and he made it and people were wowed.)

Now he can play something as complicated as Sonatina, although this time, I put my video fixing skills to good use to make the whole piece just slightly more perfect;)

Yoyo: Recital #6

Michael Video, Yo&Yang June 25, 2018

Yoyo’s Summer 2018 recital (on June 23 in Forest Hills) is now in the books. Here’s a highlight reel, one of the two tunes he performed.

Sonatina in G Major by Beethoven isn’t an easy piece. (So I put my video editing skills to good use;)

Yoyo: Recital #5

Michael Video, Yo&Yang December 10, 2017

Yoyo performed Down by the Bay on December 10, 2017 at Church of the Gardens in Forest Hills, NY

Another paparazzi parents-filled event that coincides with the pre-holiday cheer. I admire all the children who put up an amazing show. We arrived on the clock, but late in the sense that I found all the spots to set up tripods were occupied. I had to hand-hold a heavy 70-200mm lens while standing to try my best to film Yoyo’s segment. Thanks to modern technology, I got to do some stabilization trick to the footage so that it came out pretty impressive. There was still some noise as I left the sound recorder in the back while I was sneaking through to scout out the second best standing room.

Here’s Yoyo waltzing between the minor and the major while practicing:

And here are some clips of Yoyo goofing around his practices while having mischievous fun:

Special thanks to Baron Fenwick.

Yoyo Scroll

Michael Photo December 3, 2017

A picture every three months or so, since January 2012.

An ever evolving documentary project.

What I learned so far: capturing the right moments matters the most to the quality of the picture, not whether you have a backdrop or lighting and all those things. But a good lens does help a great deal. Also available at yoyozhao.me


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Yoyo: Recital #4

Michael Video, Yo&Yang July 1, 2017

An impressively perfect recital performance by Yoyo on June 25, 2017. Way to go and we are pretty proud and wowed!

Thanks to Alejandra, Juliet Music School, and all those who have been with his musical journey so far. Also, special thank you to Yoyo’s Mom!

Yoyo’s 2017 Resolution: Beat Federer (After Murray)

Michael Animation, Video December 31, 2016

My son has had a fulfilling 2016: winning chess trophies and making leaping progress in piano. And he also beat Andy Murray (video below). Among his 2017 (parents-bestowed) New Year resolutions is: beating Roger Federer in the new tennis season. I, for one, have a lot of hope on that…

 

 

Yoyo Recital #3

Michael Audio, Photo, Video December 14, 2016

First recital at a new school, Juliet Music at Forest Hills Gardens.

Yoyo played Dance and Theme Variation a duet with teacher Alejandra and then Little Playmates by himself, error free:

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Yoyo: Recital #3

Michael Video, Yo&Yang December 11, 2016

First recital at a new school, Juliet Music at Forest Hills Gardens.

Yoyo played Dance and Theme Variation a duet with teacher Alejandra and then Little Playmates by himself, error free:

Here below is a screenshot of that moment when he flicked his classic sneaky smile on his face after looking at us in the crowd.

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Yoyo: Recital #2

Michael Video, Yo&Yang October 25, 2016

Yoyo’s second recital, this time performing A Minuet for Mr. Bach’s Children, below, and another piece.

Video: Yoyo Recital #2

Michael Audio, Photo, Video October 23, 2016

悠悠第二次登台演奏,这首是巴赫的小步舞曲,腾讯视频往下翻…

Here our family duo iPhones worked quietly to properly capture Yoyo’s second recital performance (sound not by Apple device) . We are really proud of how he handled the pressure, and he was the youngest, by a lot. Here below is a clip of his A Minuet for Mr. Bach’s Children. Click here for his first recital performance.

虽然不是第一次了,悠悠还是有点紧张,本来可以不看乐谱弹下来的,后来临上阵还是让妈妈把乐谱带着上了舞台。不管怎么说,他很顺利地演奏完了两首曲子,让人格外骄傲!【点这里看他的第一次演奏】

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中国父母在纽约:2016悠悠择校的战略与战术小结

Michael Data & Graphics, Photo May 7, 2016

历时五个月的择校前的煎熬、研究学区学校做功课、填志愿和漫长的等待,我们终于在五月的第一个工作日获得了我们期待已久、梦寐以求的首选学校,迎来了一个轻松愉快的母亲节!下面简要回顾和总结一下我们身在异乡为人父母的一点择校经验:

以前都认为美国人家庭对孩子的教育基本是放羊(或放养),那真是大错特错了,一些富裕的家庭要么所在的学区是全美顶级的名校,要么捧着每年少则三万,多则大好几万的银子到私立,而且高级的私立学校不是说有钱就进的,孩子连同父母双方还要通过严苛的面试过程,可谓既富且贵的私塾。这个类型的学校不在我们考虑的范畴,等来生再分解。 Read More

Watch: Queen Elizabeth II in Metamorphosis Slideshow

Michael Interactive, Photo, Video April 23, 2016

Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth II:

This has been shared over a million times on Facebook and the genius behind it seems to be a popular Facebook group called Slideshow Metamorphosis. Here are other celebrity case studies: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adrian Brody, among others… For those interested in their service, here’s what you need to send them:

To order your slideshow you need to send at e-mail: slideshow.metamorphosis@gmail.com 15-20 pictures, (preferably a close up face shot) and indicate their order, propose your favorite music (or choose from 3 options proposed by us), and write caption text (if needed). Your slideshow will be ready within 7 days. If you have special requirements, please, contact us at slideshow.metamorphosis@gmail.com.

I have mastered another skill just for this trick myself, and it just costs a couple of bucks and you could do the same magic on your iPhone. The app, Motato, is self-claimed “the best face morph app for baby and celebrity!” Here’s what I did:

 

Watch: Yoyo’s First Piano Recital

Michael Video April 15, 2016

We were really proud that Yoyo picked up his courage and went on stage to perform his recital songs, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “My Invention.”

I did not bring a tripod but managed to stabilize the video and cropped it to a mobile-friendly square box format.