Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Local Symphony Orchestra

I had the privileged to watch a high school symphony orchestra over the weekend. Despite the musicians' youth, they were really in their element and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was unexpected, as they made an unannounced appearance at the event. 

I also had the chance to chat with a couple of the boys. They were so friendly and humble, despite their achievements on the world stage. One of the showed me his guitar string, check it out at MusiciansFriend.com, he said. 

All right! So, here I am browsing through the webstore like he told me to. I might just pick up one or two items for my cousin who is also a musician.

Much Has Changed

So much has changed since my last posts here. I have been an emotional wreck for the past couple of weeks. Mom was unwell, dog fell ill too and my relationship broke. It really hurt me a lot, unexpectedly. Although the time we spent together was not that long, it was still meaningful to me. I guess it is just my nature to invest too much emotions into relationships. 

And now, after going on that roller coaster ride, I am feeling sick myself. Trying my best not to fall but I am just physically aching all over. Could it be because my heartache has transformed into physical illness? It probably is the case. 

What can I do, what can I say? Nothing but to allow enough time to pass to heal my wounds. Things will never be the same again, I am afraid. I will never be the same.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Wind Instruments

When I was young, I remembered how I wanted to learn a musical instrument. I never had the opportunity because my parents didn't have the money to put me through music class. I envied my friends who learned the piano or guitar. These two were popular among my schoolmates. 

Well, now that I am older and earning my own money, I still would like to pick up a musical instrument. Am I too old to learn now? A friend suggested that I learn wind instruments. Do I have the potential in it? Checked out musicians friend trumpet and it seemed quite complex to handle!

Argh, I don't know. Maybe I should just give up my ambition and save myself some money and heartache.

Planning Penang Trip

Normally, when I go on a trip, I have everything already laid out for me, and I just pack my bags and go. This trip to Penang on the second week of February is different. Part of it is already planned while I have about 2 - 3 days of my own time, planning my own programme.

It is not going to be easy as I have a friend tagging along, so I have to take another person's preferences into consideration as well. This also means, I have to take it slow. I pack my days to the brim if I were to travel alone. 

Anyway, am already checking Penang State Government's website for a list of events. Not much happening on the dates I am there but I am hopeful. Let's see what I can come up with by next week, before I am scheduled to be there.

Visit to Guitar Shop

Following my cousin's visit to a neighbourhood guitar shop, my cousin has decided to purchase a http://www.guitarcenter.com/Washburn/. Well, I've not heard of that brand before, and in fact, I know zero guitar brands, I have decided to Google it. No brand is too difficult to check out with Mr. Google as my best friend. 

Apparently, apart from the brand name, there are many different models to choose from. A guitar is not just a guitar, if you know what I mean. Hence, I gave up and just sent the link to my cousin to read up by himself. 

Then he'll have to decide if he wants to buy his guitar online or from the shop. LOL Lots of first world decisions to make!

'Tis the Season Again

Yes, it is Chinese New Year once again. I've done my reunion dinner with the family on the Eve and had visited relatives just this morning. 

That's about enough time spent for this occasion. I need to get back to the computer to get my work done.....while the other people are on holiday this is the best time to play catch up!

And so, as you can see, I am home and getting work cleared. Or at least, as much as I could before I get on the train and leave Ipoh again. That would be next month, on the second week. 

Anyway, to me, whatever celebration it is, it is not a huge deal for me. It's just another day for me but I have to keep to culture and tradition. What to do? It's called filial piety.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Drumming

I was surprised the other day, attending a dinner party, and was entertained by a drummer. He was a guest, actually, but a drummer will always be a drummer and he couldn't help himself when he saw the drum set on stage. He just had to play. And the best thing was that he really enjoyed himself and so did we! 

Later, he told us that it was the analog delay pedal that made his playing sound that good. 

Well, I don't know how true that was, perhaps he was just being humble. But yea, it was really good music and we had an enjoyable time that night! Memories were made of these.