Today, Christina won fourth prize at the Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival 2013 in the Youth Division (15 – 18 year old). This was her first classical guitar competition ever, and we were all thrilled for her. Many thanks to her instructor Yuri Liberzon for all his support!
Christina has been spending her winter break honing her skills with handcrafted candies. Despite watching “Scarface” where I learned not to “get high of my own supply,” I have sampled many of them. Marsha has claimed here that student has surpassed teacher here. Check out the Vivace Sweets Facebook page.
The Thanksgiving weekend tradition of the Pao Family Holiday video continues. Christina is back on the guitar. Annalisa is back with her sister on vocals. This year, Christina also decided to add a plastic egg for percussion.
The video this year chronicles some of the sausage making including some exasperation on Annalisa’s part after having received critiques from the whole family. Every year, we always speculate that this might be the last for this little family project.
Click this link to visit the video page, or use the “Holiday Videos” menu to see the videos from this and past years!
In 2012, Marsha and Christina both joined the league of one billion users on Facebook. Look for marshapao and christina.k.pao. (Christina Pao happens to be a very common name.) We’ve decided to stay out of the controversy about the age limitation of 13, so Annalisa doesn’t have an official account yet.
The new Pao Family Web site went live today in preparation for the annual Pao Family Holiday Video.
We started doing these holiday slide shows back in 2004 originally using Microsoft Producer until Apple started making their comeback, and we got too many complaints about not being able to run them on Macs. So we went with a Flash-based tool to do the slideshows in 2006, and remastered all of the old ones in Flash. Of course, the proliferation of iPhones and iPads made Flash obsolete. From 2008 and onwards, we started using YouTube.
However, all this time, we’d been using hand-coded HTML pages. For the first time this year in 2011, the Pao Family Holiday Video will be hosted on a real Web development platform. Wow…