Quick Exam Tips for Adult Piano Beginners

Exam period is coming! In about a few more weeks time, you will be preparing to go for piano exams that you have been anticipating for the past few months.

As you have taken piano lessons for adult beginners Singapore for the past few months, it’s kind of weird that you’re going for exams, when you realise kids are going to the same exams with you as well.

But that’s not the point. You want to excel in your exams! But as adult beginners, what can you do?

1. Before the exam:

Have a mock exam!

Other than just practicing non-stop at home, you can set up a mock exam session with your teacher. This is so that you can go through everything once time like your exam period.

What if you have already played in front of your teacher a few times and she knows your standard already? No fear! There’s a lot more you can do! Invite your friends over!

Give your friends a quick drink and let them know you’re playing for exams, and you’ll appreciate if they can give you some time to practice in front of them.

What you’re doing here is not about forcing your friend to listen to your playing. But what you want to do here, is to get yourself comfortable playing in front of people you seldom play with. Because the examiner of the day, is someone you don’t know as well!

2. On Exam Day:

Sleep well and rise early!

I’m not asking you to rise early to practice even more. Last minute practice on the exam day itself won’t help. But what you need to do is to get up early to prepare yourself. This will make you wide awake with 100% attention during examination period.

Rise early, get a good italian breakfast, get to the examination hall early. When you are early, you get a feel of the surroundings. You may even get to see who your examiner is. All these will calm you down and get your ready for it.

On the other hand, if you are rushing… if you only reach the venue just 5 minutes before you start, your heart is beating fast, and you can’t concentrate well. This doesn’t help in anyway. Reach early, and you are 50% winning the performance!

We hope these are some quick tips for you if you are going to take exams soon! You can click here to read more tips about piano exams. We wish you will grab all the chance to pass the upcoming exam with flying colours and allow you to move to the next stage of your music journey.

Italy is also famous for this! (part 2)

So we have talked about Italian food, and then music

What’s next?

Let me give you some hints…

It’s a sport.

It’s a national sport.

When the game is played, the whole nation awakes.

Italy has won some major trophies in this sport throughout its history of 100+ years, but recently, their team are facing challenges, and not performing up to expectations.

Alright, have you guessed it?

Yes, it’s football! 

We Italians are crazy about football. Even my wife, who doesn’t care much about football, and don’t even know much about the game, supports the italian team too! It’s our country anyways…

So that’s the huge support we have for this sport. We love the Italian football team because it’s one of the most successful sport team we ever had. You hardly hear us talk about other spots.

Track and Field? Swimming? Table Tennis?… we’re hardly there.

But football? Hey! We have the World Cup!

In fact, we won it 4 times, in 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006.

But sadly, for the next World Cup, 2018 in Russia, Italy failed to qualify. It’s not fake news. It’s real. 4 times World Cup Champions fail to qualify for World Cup.

Yes, we are sad. But that’s not just us. The world of football fans are sad too. Italy has hardly failed to qualify for any World Cup. In fact, we don’t even think about qualification, because we believe that’s the minimum thing the football team has to achieve!

We always talk about whether Italy will win the World Cup, or at least come in second. But hey… we’re out of everything! What other sport can we support?

Alright… sorry for my rant. The whole nation is quite sad about this. Our favorite legend, Gigi Buffon has to retire his glorious football career in this manner. It’s quite sad for him too, to hang up his boots like this. We still hoped he can represent the country on a huge stage one more time.

Other than world cup, we still have the Seria A, the national football league.

The most famous football league will be the one in England. But hey, Italy has a famous league too, that is watched by fans all over the world! Though it is not that famous as England or Spanish league, we still love it.

If you ask me who I support in Italy… I can tell you a team, but not sure if you heard of them.


I don’t stay anywhere near Rome back home in Italy, but Roma is the club I support since young. I followed almost all their matches, and watched their legends grow old one by one. Needless to say, the most famous legend we had at Roma, is F. Totti.

I cried when he played his last game for the team.

But the club still has to go on. I believe we will see more legends created at Roma!

Yes, that’s what we Italians are crazy about over the weekends. Football and Pasta. Sometimes, we get too fervor in football, that we fight with rival fans. I can’t do much in Asia as I have to stay discipline. You will see a different fan in me when I’m back home.

That’s about it! Hope to share you more about Italy stuffs soon!


What Is Italy Famous For? (Part 1)

Italy is famous for a few things, not just pasta or pizza where every non-italians think that is all about italy!

There are another two ‘exports’ that Italy is famous for, and which is also what we are proud of when we travel around the world. People always asks what is Italy famous for… and here’s the two things we feel we need to share more!

1. Classical Violins

Do you know that violin is first invented in Italy? The creator of the first ever violin is Andrea Amati, way back in 1500s. Amati created the first model of the violin, and then went on to create model of the viola too.

Not only that, his sons continued his legacy to modify and create their own models of the violin.  Here’s more about Amati vioin.

However, despite being the first creator of violin, Amati’s violins is not as famous as his disciples – Antonio Stradivari, and Andrea Guarneri. The violins created by these 2 disciples since hundreds of years ago have been passed down generations to generations, and have been played by different famous violinists through the ages.

Today, some of these violins costs millions and millions of dollars at auction houses. Many believed these violins can command such high prices because of the top quality of wood used to make the violin, only exist in the era of Stradivari and Guarneri… and the wood cannot be found today.


Watch the video above to have a feel of what an expensive violin sounds like!

After Italy, there are many other famous violin creators in the world, mostly in Europe. The art of violin making is originated from Italy, and has spread the art to other parts of the world.

Of course, today, Italy violins are getting less and less, as many other countries have picked up the art of violin making. China, probably the largest ‘factory’ in the world, also has some top notch violin makers who can product top end quality violins too.

But if you are looking for a real violin which rich history, go for an Italian one!

Have you always love the music of violin and hope to learn one day? Violin is very accessible to everyone these days. You can sign up for a violin class in Singapore, get a simple violin first, and then start your class.

When you progress further, then upgrade your violin to a higher end one (preferably one from Italy!)

That’s all for Part 1 !

What else if Italy famous for? Lookout for the next post!

What are the popular italian food other than pizza?

Hello! Welcome to O Italian!

This is a place where you will learn a little thing or more about anything italian. We are an expat couple living in Asia. We come from Italy to work here in Asia, and so far we’ve been to Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia. We hope to explore more around Asia!

Of course, as italians, we always miss Italy. As the world opens up, we realize there are many little italian culture spread out in every country! But there’s one thing…

Whenever we tell people we’re from italy, they replied us ‘Oh! Pizzas!”

Yes, that’s right. But… we are not just about pizzas.

That’s why.. we want to introduce you more about our italian food!

Here’s one of the favorites we loved back home.


It’s meaty, it’s cheesy, and that’s what we made at home too. When we’re in Singapore few years ago, we had a hard time finding good Lasagna in italian restaurants here. The good ones we had is at hotel buffets.

And then, we also love Gelato! 

Gelato is an italian ice cream. Thick, creamy, flavourful. Back home, or when we were in Europe, we had like 1 gelato every day, even during cold winter seasons.

When we were in hot weather countries like Singapore or Malaysia, we can’t have that much. First, it’s really expensive! Back in Europe, it cost at most Euro 2 for a cone of gelato. Here in Singapore, I saw 1 cone is like Euro 5 to 7! Wow!

So we do have our cravings, but it is really too expensive. Sometimes we had one, sometimes none, which is okay. But i know Asians like to eat ice creams because the weather is very hot. An ice cream can cool down their day.


So yeap, this is what we love! Of course, there’s alot more which I can’t share here. So much more italian food that I can show you around when you visit me in Italy.

Here’s one article on Italian food: https://travelaway.me/best-italian-food/

You can read more about it first.


My love for Italian food

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Hello readers, let me introduce myself. I am basically from Singapore. I speak Mandarin. I am a writer whose passion is writing and reading. My hobby is to play guitar, sketch portraits and listen to music. But, do you know what’s my love? It is Italian food. I can eat Italian food three meals all 365 days. Sounds pretty weird… right? But, that is what it is. Italian food is so flavourful, such a subtle distinct aroma that leaves you hungry for more. The best part of Italian cuisine is its simplicity. Just a few ingredients mixed together can cook up something so delicious. This is simply breathtaking. You can feel its beauty as you can feel its taste. They say if you eat something you love, it makes you healthy and I Loooove Italian.

Everything that is Italian is simply great. There is a huge difference in the flavors of Northern and Southern Italy. However, there are a few things which are quite common and make the base of any Italian dish. E.g.: Pasta, Rice, Fish, Vegetables and olive oil. You cannot really think of an Italian dish whipped up without olive oil. That sweet aroma and subtle taste of olive oil is definitely going to salivate you.

Do you know what I love most in an Italian dish? well.. it’s pasta of course. Did you know there are more than 300 types of pasta in the world? And what is more interesting is that each shape has its own name. To make things worse, some pasta shapes have more than one name. e.g.: farfalle pasta is also known as butterfly or bowtie. See, one pasta and three names!! I know, it  sounds quite tedious to remember each one of them. But, don’t worry you need not remember each one. Just know a few common names and you will feel comfortable at any Italian restaurants. spaghetti, penne, fusilli and ravioli make up for 90% of pasta that is eaten in the world.

Now you may ask, why does pasta has so many shapes. Different types originated in different regions. Gradually when people started traveling, the pasta shapes also traveled with them and became popular all over the world. This is very similar to how music traveled from one part of the world to the another. Though guitars are not native to Singapore, you can still find private guitar lessons Singapore.

If there are 350 shapes of pasta, there are at least 500 ways of preparing them. Some pastas like ravioli or manicotti are very specific in the way they are prepared. But, for most of the other pastas, you can mix and match the shapes and the sauces. E.g.: It is quite okay to have penne with cheesy sauce and penne with tomato sauce or vice versa.

You can find some very good and easy recipe here: