Getting Started with Dizi (a resource guide)

tuned in D key

I recently purchased a bamboo flute in order to learn an instrument. I’ve always enjoyed the varied melodies of Classical Chinese instruments like the dizi, erhu, and pipa. A quick Wikipedia search about dizi flutes shows that its origins trace back to my cultural roots of the ChaoZhounese people of China!

Getting started:
1. Selecting my first dizi: price, tonal key, and store.
I chose the D key because it was recommended by many online flutists for starting on the dizi.

2. Applying the membrane
The dizi is unique in that it requires the attachment of a thin sheet of paper called a membrane over one of the holes. has excellent instruction on how to properly glue this critical piece onto the flute. I just provided my email for the quick video lessons.

3. Making a sound (keywords: “flute embouchure”) has great instruction on the essentials of making a crisp sound from the dizi (holding the flute correctly, good posture, good breathing, and so on). However, there is a remarkable Youtuber that helps explain things in plain terms, Enjoy!

4. Finding a song to practice on. I’m a Star Trek fan so I’ll be practicing the opening theme of Star Trek (Original Series)

5. UP NEXT: Finding a tutor! Since I don’t know any other dizi flutists, I’ll need an expert to provide me with feedback on a regular basis. I’ve embarked on Facebook and Reddit in search of a tutor, so more on this later!


  • Dizi Finger Chart – D key
  • My Creative Writing – When a Road Passes Through a Forest

    “When a Road passes through a forest does it make a sound?”

    Seems a lifetime ago this riddle passed my mind while riding through the Old Julian Forest on the Suzuki SV650s.
    Only recently did the solution come to me.

    The sportbike is unlike any other type of motorcycle.
    The art of extracting the maximum performance has little margin for error from both man and machine;
    because Death awaits just grams and milliseconds away from excellence.
    Fear of Death has been the ally that sharpened my senses,
    but a moderation of that fear has protected me from it’s betrayal.

    The connection starts with the controls.
    I hold the handlebars as one must hold a lover’s heart.
    Too firmly, and I will not feel the machine speak the road;
    too carelessly, and the machine will not know my intention.
    This high fidelity connection is key to precision;
    and precision is Life.


    Twin cylinders beat in a neutral harmony
    His heart beats also in a neutral harmony
    He pulls in the clutch, and plucks the gear.
    The chain gently twitches forward, and eagerly awaits
    As his right hand twists the throttle, the machine growls into motion.
    Thus, begins the battle between the forces of Life and Death.

    The forest is a silent chalice for the road which sways and twists through it’s gentle valleys and hills.
    It is in these curves, where Life is most precise, and Death’s claws are most cruel.
    It is in the magical moment, when both man and machine lean into the curve their fates intertwine.

    As they approach the curve, He plucks the gear down
    The machine roars in defiance,
    Again, another gear is plucked down,
    The machine roars with greater rage, which echoes throughout the forest
    Although fear thrashes at his heart,
    still his hand holds steadily as before,
    reading the Road beneath them while simultaneously orchestrating the lean into the corner.

    His leg opens to the inside of the turn – ready to glide it’s knee over the Road.
    His other leg holds firmly onto the machine, anchoring his torso as he lowers his center of gravity
    In this very moment, his ears are closest to the machine’s twin cylinders
    Crisp cold forest air gently breathed in by the machine’s airbox, creating a soft humming
    The machine’s valves softly tick in precise harmony, mixing the air with mists of thunder.
    The machine precisely delivers the power invested in his right hand to the Road beneath them with furious grace.

    These two Hearts – one soul dance to the melody of a nameless Road

    When a Road passes through a forest does it make a sound?
    Does this road live in your heart? 

    An Illustrated Guide to export Garmin Connect’s Training Calendar to Google Calendar

    For those who use Google Calendar as a personal time management tool, you’ll be glad to know that you can export your Garmin Connect training calendar!  Here’s how it is done:

    1. Login to Garmin Connect  (
    2. Select a Training Plan: step1a
    3. Schedule the training schedule in order to add it to your Dashboard: step 1a
    4. Click “Publish Calendar”:
    5. step 1 Copy the Published Garmin Connect Calendar URL address: 
      step 2
    6. Login to Google Calendar (
    7. Click “Add by URL”.
    8. step 3Paste the Garmin Calendar URL address here and Click “Add Calendar”step4

    That’s it!  Good luck with your training goals!

    San Diego’s Most Important Tweeters!

    If you own a mobile phone and know how to access the internets, subscribing to Twitter is hardly something to scoff about.  Twitter is a practical communication tool that combines the best of the web with your cell phone without the need for a mobile data contract.   Whether you have a data plan or not, you are sure to benefit greatly from free service if you “follow” the right “tweeters.”

    Tweeters here are chosen for their quality and usefulness of their tweets.  No fluff here! You can subscribe to my local-news twitter list, or simply read more about why you should follow: Continue reading

    How to change your Work and Home address in Google Latitude

    Google Latitude can now tell you how much time you spend at work and home.  Latitude will set your work and home addresses by default using your location history.  The address will very likely be inaccurate because it is usually based on cell phone tower triangulated location data.

    You can let Google Latitude track your time spent at work and home more accurately by updating the work and home addresses.  Here’s how:

    Sign into your Google account, and go to the Google Latitude dashboard:

    Click Change next to the Work or Home Address to Change it.Next to your Work or Home address, click “Change” to change the respective address.  That’s it!


    Secret Garden


    I won this T-Shirt in the Secret Garden T-Shirt Contest!  Secret Garden is a mega hit KDrama series that recently completed airing in South Korea.  I never knew Korean Dramas could be so funny and entertaining, but lately I found out that the variety of Korean TV genres span just as wide as American TV Shows.  If anything, Korean shows much are funnier and have more depth in plot!!!  They really deserve to be rebranded as Korean Comedies.

    Kim Joo Won is a conceited heir to an Elitist family that owns and runs a department store, hotels, and resorts. Gil Ra Im is a poor and humble stunt-woman who never gives herself enough credit.  Ra Im is everything Joo Won is not, and Joo Won is everything that Ra Im is not.  One day, they magically switch bodies, and they must learn from one another through living each others’ lives.

    Drama Fever’s writers sums up this TV series very well in just one line:

    This highly-rated and unusual drama follows a neurotic businessman and a passionate stunt woman who come to possess each other’s hearts and bodies…literally!

    I highly recommend anyone to give ‘Secret Garden’ a chance.  I dare you to watch up to the 6th episode!  Enjoy!  🙂

    Darren’s Kimchi JJigae

    I got my inspiration for this Kimchi Jjigae from this link:

    I made a few changes in ingredients and preparation, so here’s my spin on this recipe.

    This recipe serves 4 hungry adults with rice and banchan (Korean side dishes).  Preparation: ~1 hour

    Ingredients (in order of preparation):

    -2 lb. pork butt, sliced (Not the actual butt of the pig, but the butt of the shouler.  I chose this cut because it is more tender, leaner, more flavorful, and cheaper meat than pork belly – which is the traditional cut used for this Korean dish)

    -5 cloves of garlic. peeled.  2 cloves chopped.  3 cloves minced.

    -1 cup onion, sliced

    -2 cups water

    -2 cups kimchi (the longer it’s fermented in fridge the better)

    -2 tsp miso paste

    -2 tsp gochujang (Korean Chili Paste)

    -1 tsp cooking wine

    -2 tsp gochugaru (optional)

    -2 tsp Korean soy sauce

    -1 tsp ginger

    -1 tsp sugar

    -1 green onion. separate base from green part, then chop both

    -1 box silken tofu, cubed

    Heat frying pan to medium high heat, and add the pork butt.  The pork butt will grease the pan, by releasing its own fat.  Toss/stir the pork to lightly caramelize the outer layer.   Add minced garlic, and sliced onion.  Do not cover.  Stir as little as necessary.

    Meanwhile, heat 1 cup of water in an earthenware pot medium heat.  Add miso paste gradually dissolve, stir with wooden spoon.  Add gochujang until it dissolves, adding water if needed.

    Back at the frying pan, Add cooking wine.

    Back at the pot, when both pastes are dissolved, add sugar, gochugaru, kimchi, soy sauce, and chopped garlic, ginger, base of green onion.  Stir.

    Transfer pork and onion from frying pan to earthenware pot.  Stir and cover.

    Lower heat after 5 minutes.  Add tofu, and add water as needed.

    Drink soju and Watch kdrama for the next 45 minutes or more.

    Garnish with green onion, and Serve with rice!   AIGOOO!

    Happy New Year!

    Wow! It has been a long time since I edited my first Welcome post.  I will be posting more content in starting today and through 2011.

    What brought me back to my blog was an email update from Matt Mullenweg of WordPress.   Updating to 3.0.4 could not have been easier, just login and click update.

    Now, for an update on something outside of my blog.  Yesterday, I successfully made kimchi jjigae – kimchi stew!  The idea has been brewing in my mind for a while.  It all started with an innocent google search for a simple question: “Does kimchi go bad?”  I asked because the fermenting sounds I hear when I open up a jar of kimchi made me wonder.

    The short answer to that question (Does kimchi go bad?) is yes.  However, a just a little internet research will tell you that it can last a very long time in the refrigerator (over 6 months).  Ripe kimchi is especially good for recipes like kimchi jjigae.


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