People often ask me about my last name. My parents are from Thailand. This is what my name looks like in the lovely Thai language:
Click on my name to go to a cool site which makes banners in Thai for you on the spot! Pretty nifty, if you know Thai.. but if you don't it does English text too.
I have a silly loving sister, Pat, who was an astrophysics nerd at Princeton, a PhD in astronomy from Caltech, now teaching at Concord Academy in Concord, MA. I'm so proud of her! If she ever gets around to making her own home page I'll provide a link to it.
I also have a silly loving boy, Chris, whom I met at Williams and is now a graduate student in Art History at Columbia University. He doesn't have a webpage either. We got married in June 2002.
Stuff I like
Life in New York City! Some of my favorite things:
Concerts and Recitals
All the best musicians in the world perform in New York! Whether at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, there are so many good recitals and concerts that I can't possibly attend as many as I'd like. I do try to see my favorites though.. I saw pianist Richard Goode playing Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms -- click here for my review. I am decidedly new at writing reviews, so any comments anyone might offer would be appreciated greatly. I have written other less formal assessments of performances in various e-mails and bulletin board postings. I was going to try to gather them here, but I haven't had the chance. Maybe when I retire..
This is the opera I grew up on, therefore my favorite.. I've experienced live their productions including Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutte, Turandot, La Traviata, and been to some dress rehearsals. I went to see Alban Berg's Wozzeck, an rarely performed opera to which I was introduced during my music major studies at Williams. In May '97, I saw Dvorak's Rusalka which was just gorgeous! Renee Fleming is absolutely heavenly -- her O Moon aria was so beautiful it made me cry. For the 1997-1998 season, I got a subscription series of 7 operas: Ariadne auf Naxos, La Cenerentola, The Rake's Progress, Peter Grimes, L'Elixir d'Amore, Madama Butterfly, and Romeo and Juliette. It was wonderful. I went to a lot of performances, up until med school started. Maybe if I have time I'll recall the highlights here. Or maybe not.
I attended the subscription series concerts throughout my junior high and high school years. It's a great way to learn about classical orchestral music because you get to hear the favorites along with unfamiliar pieces, some contemporary...
Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim!! By far my favorite lyricist and composer in musical theater ever (and a Williams alum, by the way). The most memorable Broadway show I've seen for quite a while is Passion it is amazingly beautiful. Find lots of information at the Stephen Sondheim Stage
Very talented artists Chris and I met a few years ago. They are very cool people, though we've lost touch for a while now. I just found Heather's new site, so I fixed the link. I posed for one of her works, see if you can find it on her website! (Assuming you know what I look like..) It's in the Mage section.
Who woulda thought I could be a sports fan? I mean besides figure skating. Somehow I find baseball really interesting, even the radio broadcasts are fun. So no, I do not find Derek Jeter attractive. My favorite player is Paul O'Neill, and Yogi is my favorite Old-Timer. Over the past couple of years I've gone to many many games, including the post season. In 1999 I went to 2 games of the ALCS and 2 games of the World Series. And I got tickets for the World Series by camping out at Yankee Stadium for a night with some friends from work. It was my reward for my first med school acceptance. Actually, my interview for Downstate (where I am now) was on the same day as Game 4 of the Series, so of course the topic came up. My interviewer asked, "so, did you watch the game last night?" And I said "I was AT the game last night. Plus I'm going again tonight!" He was very impressed. So I believe that the Yankees are responsible for getting me into med school. Hehe! Now that I'm in school I'm trying to cut back, though I did find myself compelled to go to the ALCS games. I would have gone to the Subway Series if I had managed to get tickets. I'll stop rambling now because the only people who would care are other Yankee fans.
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