Expert Help Required

28/11/2014

My beloved Ovation guitar has a major problem. The entire sound control panel has fallen into the body of the guitar! I am in such distress because I miss playing with it. IMG_9591That guitar and I go back a long way. When I pick up another, it feels like I am a beginner all over again.

Someone did say that maybe I should get replacement. There are all sorts of Starter Packs available and since this instrument is almost twenty years old, perhaps I ought to consider looking for others….

I suppose I should consider….

Rainy Weather Havoc

10/11/2014

It’s been pouring cats and dogs and more. They don’t call this place the land below the wind for nothing. This part of the country often gets the tail ends of the typhoons which onslaught the Philippines.

Sometimes we get bad landslides, like this one. This time round has been particularly bad – there are many landslides happening. Thankfully no lives have been reported lost.
IMG_9615We cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like across the Sulu Sea. I have some friends there. I hope they are well.

 

Wonderful Wind Instruments

04/11/2014

Do these curved items look like they belong to an animal?

IMG_9933Well, you would be right. These are shofars. They are made from the horns of animals such as the ram for the shorter shofar, and the antelope (such as the Kudu) for the longer and more curved ones. Blown correctly, they can sound like trumpets and other wind instruments.

I have heard some play these as if they are indeed musical instruments. What skill! Listening to them makes me want to buy saxophone or clarinet or SOMETHING to make some musical notes. In fact, a saxophone would be so nice – I love the mellow sounds.

But I lack skills. The purchase of one would require me to invest in lessons as well…. or perhaps frequenting a place where someone else played it would do too. (A wistful sigh escapes me as I type the last line)

“Rabbit Food”

01/11/2014

Recently at our weekly meetings, someone has been asking for vegetable sandwiches. But no eggs, no mayonnaise, no spreads.

The mind boggles. How on earth do you create a reasonably tasty sandwich?

Solution – taadaaa! Behold, the tomato and cucumber only sandwich!SandwichesSurprisingly, it’s a very tasty sandwich! I confess to finishing whatever is leftover at the end of the meeting!

And yes, I coined the phrase “Rabbit Food” ….

 

Little Nook

25/10/2014

There’s this place in the sun. It’s spread out and spacious. It’s relaxing and refreshing.

It evokes the sense of time slowing down, of needing to sprawl onto a mat or a towel or even a deckchair and not get up again for ages.

One sits by the freshwater pool and watch the South China Sea waves roll in.

IMG_9042And in the midst of it all is a little nook where, once you splash over to, you can be even more serenely silent as you cool down.

 

Five-star? I would say six.

 

Whiter Shade of Pale

20/10/2014

We were just sitting down and our legs were outstretched. Suddenly someone commented on mine.

My first thoughts were “What, are they so fat that they have drawn attention?!”

I need not have feared. Attention was drawn because of the colour.

IMG_7778I have to admit, I look kind of anaemic here…… !

Diligence at Dawn

01/10/2014

My Hubby and I have been waking up early the past weeks. This habit has spilled over to making trips to the nearby park to walk there. It’s nice to get out of the house early. But I must say it’s not always nice to walk. I bought myself new shoes to help.

 

But I guess the one thing that would really keep me going – just seeing sunrises like this and more. IMG_1265Oh, and of course, being able to go for walks with Hubby!

 

 

Busy Buzzing

20/09/2014

He does this every other weekend.

He will get dressed and then go downstairs to do his routine – a safe and sure one.

First, he makes sure the fuel is adequate.

Then he checks the equipment is in good shape.

After that, he test starts it.

Only when he fully satisfied, and only when he is, then he goes to the garden and fully turn the mean machine on.

A portable grass cutter – the tank of fuel sits strapped to his back while the long handled cutting end is held away, controlled with two hands at strategic gripping points.

IMG_1139He’s mastered this art and does it as part of his exercise routine. Cool eh?

An Amazing Sight

12/09/2014

It’s dark and it’s pouring cats and dogs. Inside, even before the sun rose, people began to trickle in. Then they came in droves. Soon, the place was packed. It was still pouring outside. But inside, the people had gathered for a meeting. A pre-dawn meeting. How awesome is that! IMG_7746This, then, was the sight that greeted those who arrived late – the umbrella holder is overflowing. There are umbrellas all over the foyer outside to avoid wetting the carpet inside. Wow!

 

Just Lovin’ It

08/09/2014

She’s not quite two and yet she articulates her limited vocabulary ever so well. One very consistent and insistent word we hear is “Guitar”. Her Daddy will play his guitar for her before she goes to bed. Just two songs, and then she will happily turn over in her bed and snuggle to sleep.

Last night, she visited a new place. There, to her delight, there were two guitars! She plucked quite expertly at the strings of the one within her reach. She was quite firm but not without control. Amazing child! 
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I think I shall suggest to her parents to look out for some Hot Deals online to get something for her this Christmas. You’d never know – they might have a protege here……!


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