Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Play A Song For Me

When I was browsing through the website of https://www.guitarcenter.com to check out the guitars for my cousin who is planning an upgrade, I was reminded of a time when a friend played a birthday song for me on his guitar. That was ten years ago or around that. Not too long after that, we drifted apart. We didn't argue or anything. Life just took over and he had his stuff to pursue and I had mine. 

And so, died a beautiful friendship. I wonder if he still remembers me. He's always at the back of my mind, but I have to say, with a busy schedule, I am always occupied with something or other. I just thought about him when I saw these guitars for sale.

Broke My Budget For Online Sales!

Lazada held a massive three-day sale last weekend in conjunction with their 5th anniversary. And me, the online shopping queen, had a field day, or three days, shopping, shopping and shopping. 

And because of that, I hereby declare that I have broke my budget for the next couple of months.

My items have yet to arrive in total but the wait is sweet. I do get another rush as the postman rings my doorbell. Ironic, isn't it, when I was the one who paid for the stuff? But then again, not knowing what's in the post is another excitement. 

So, what do I do for the next couple of months? I guess, eat porridge, or bread. At least I have choices. HAHAHA

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Time of Togetherness

Chinese New Year is the time for togetherness. It is this season that I get to meet up with my cousins, or at least most of them, as they make their once-a-year journey home to be with their parents. 

Over good food and music, we chat and laugh into the night. One of them said that he's looking for a guitar recently, so I said to check out the guitar center near me. I haven't been there for a while already, so I couldn't tell what they have. 

Isn't it a better idea to go together? It's like shopping, but to go and see what they like, rather than what I like, this time.

Happy Year of Rooster

So, it is the Year of the Rooster now, according to the Lunar calendar. What does this coming year have in store for us? I really have no idea. Whatever it is, I hope that it is better than the Year of the Monkey last year. 

It wasn't a bad year but it could be better. And so, that is why I hope that each year brings a little improvement in life, career, business, etc, for all of us. 

This Chinese New Year, like in the past few years, I am working through it. Yes, what to do, I need the dough. It's not all bad, I still had a family reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year and visited relatives on the second day of the New Year. It's culture, it's tradition. It's done and dusted. 

Tomorrow, I'll be going to a Chinese New Year event and then I'm gonna stay put in front of the computer to continue with my work. And then it is time to travel. 

Gong Xi Fa Cai to you who are celebrating it.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Guitar Greats

I was just reading a piece of entertainment news just now regarding a stage production on the life of the late Marc Bolan. I remember growing up to the music of the punk/glam rock....even though I was not from that era. 

I am from the rock era. My parents, however, kept playing that genre of music, so I grew up listening to Marc, chris poland, David Bowie and some others from those times.

I really miss those days when music had character, had a face to a certain type of music. These days, music is not the same anymore. I can't really explain. Things are just not the same. Do you agree?

I think this is why I hardly turn on the radio anymore. My favourite music is still from my collection of CDs. And it has been a looong time since I bought a new CD!

Christmas Gift Exchange

One of the best things about Christmas is the gift exchanges that are done with family, friends and colleagues. As someone who works from home, naturally, I don't have colleagues to exchange with. Nonetheless, thanks to family and a small number of close friends, I am not left out of the fun. 

But that also means that I have to spare time and thought on buying suitable gifts for these people that I exchange with. I tell you, my list may be short but it is not any easier to shop! 

Thank god I do a lot of shopping online - it does save time but the amount of stress is not reduced, particularly when I get anxious over delivery times and the quality of the products. 

Oh well, Christmas is over, phew....but the New Year is upon us soon. What will 2017 hold for us? I hope things will not go as badly as 2016 was!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Japanese Teen Band

My dad, since he learned how to use a smartphone, has been forwarding to me lots of photos, videos and jokes. I didn't have the heart to tell him to stop. First of all, I don't have the time to keep abreast with his messages. Secondly, I have already read or watched most of what he has just received and forwarded to me. 

One of the videos, which was new to me, was of a Japanese teen bad. I was so impressed with their performance, especially of the young guitarist and his striking charvel so cal electric guitar. 

Many people commented that the lead singer is a little cocky but I think that kind of attitude makes him stand out among the crowd of other bands. Now, what is the name of the band? I have forgotten.

Black Friday Sale

Yahoo! After shopping at Lazada Online Revolution, it is time to look out for Black Friday, followed by Cyber Sunday. I am so stoked, but my budget is not. LOL 

Sometimes, I pity my family members who have to keep getting their day disrupted by the honking of the courier man, delivering parcels to my home. But what to do? I am a shopping addict because it is just so convenient to shop. 

My friends asked me how I could shop when the Ringgit is so weak, and I said that as I am earning Ringgit, I am shopping from local sites that charge in Ringgit. What's the fuss, right? Problem is, I need to earn more Ringgit! Hahaha

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Pickboy Designs

While out shopping with my cousin the other day, we dropped by at a music store at the mall. While my cousin was busy chatting with his friend who works there, I took the opportunity to browse around. I was quite surprised to learn that there are so many pick boy designs. 

I don't play the guitar, you see, but my cousin does but he only has a couple of pick boys. WHY??? Now that I know that they come in so many interesting designs, I am already motivated to collect them. Yes, I am a collector and I have many different collections. these picks are going to be my new poison. Argh!

Malaysia Day Sale

As an online shopping junkie, don't get me started on a shopping spree. I would have the courier guy calling at my house all hours of the day almost every day! 

Hah.... now, Malaysia Day is upon us soon and online stores are already running promotions. I subscribe to the mailing list of many an online stores. You can imagine that my mailbox is being drowned by such mails at this time of the year. 

I dare not open for I would then be tempted to use those discount codes and just grab anything to buy! Oh dear. This isn't going to help my budget as on top of these purchases online, I do shop at physical stores as well! Aiks!!!

Friday, 12 August 2016

From Earphones to Headphones

Having used earphones for some years now, I think it is time to go back to headphones. I find earphones rather inconvenient as they keep falling off from my ears. 

These days, earphones are very large. They won't fall off from my ears or head but they are bulky and not easy to carry around, especially when travelling. So, what do you think I should get at the end of the day? A new headphone? If so, what brand and model? Or remain faithful to earphones? Or maybe both?

Pokemon Go

I have been playing Pokemon Go since the day it was launched in Malaysia. I am not crazy about games but I enjoyed checking out new stuff. I could uninstall it one day soon but I don't know. Maybe I would love to play it more later?

I stopped playing a few days after installing because I couldn't find any pokeballs but then I went around collecting, so it was retained in my phone. I told my friend that if I couldn't find balls for a week, I would uninstall it. LOL

According to my family, a guy even came to our house to catch Pokemon. How funny can it get? I wasn't at home then. If I was, I would have caught it already and not him!

Anyway, will see how long this can keep my interest.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Banjo Music

I recently got to know an American who plans to live in Ipoh for six months before moving along to another town. Ipoh is such a small city that I wonder how he could spend his time and not get bored. 

Visiting him the other day at his new pad, he told me that he has brought a long his banjo. Now, this is not a popular instrument where I live. Neither is it common. Many people here know how to play the piano and guitar but the banjo? Not really. I don't believe many locals handled it before either. 

We surfed online to see the different banjos in the market and came to musiciansfriend.com the hub how to choose banjos. What an interesting musical instrument it is! If only I had the talent. I always lament thinking of my disadvantage. 

Anyway, I'll spend more time with my new friend and hope he will entertain me with his banjo.

Back To Back Travels - I'm SO Tired

Was in Penang last week for three days, then Genting two days over the weekend and I am going up north again tomorrow for I don't know how many days! These are work trips, mind you. My schedule is so packed that I don't even have the time for my own leisurely travels. I feel bored even with all the moving about. Can't I just go somewhere and not have anything planned for me to do? 

It is not that I am complaining and in fact, having somewhere to go is better than none. So, I'm really thankful for what I have. Being wanted, being invited, being welcomed, being needed is better than not. 

The problem is, I don't know how much longer I can run around like this. Not getting any younger la! LOL

Monday, 25 April 2016

Rane Serato Scratch LIVE Vinyl

I was having a drink with my friend last night and he was raving about the new Rane serato vinyl. I had no idea what he was talking about since I am not in the industry but he took the trouble to show me the difference. 

According to him, this new edition is improved from the first version. It's mastered on better equipment, for one, he said. He also showed me the new sleeve, comparing the first and second editions for me, pointing out the differences. 

Finally, he invited me to his show this coming weekend. I am excited to go, just to show my support for an old friend.

No Time To Shop, Not Even Online

I've been needing a new watch but haven't even found the time to shop. I need a 'good' watch, which means, something of brand. My current one, although it still works, looks ugly because the strap is frayed and I don't think I can find a matching strap to replace it. 

I thought of buying a watch online, where I can sometimes get a good deal but you won't believe that I am so busy, I don't even have the time to check out the watches that are available at my regular shopping sites. 

I hope that I am able to free up some of my time in May and get some shopping done. And I know that once I get started, it will be difficult for me to stop. Better get that credit card ready!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Eric Sardinas' Own Handmade Slide

I was wondering what gift to buy for a friend when I came across this handmade slide by eric sardinas. I am not a guitar player but have heard of the name Eric Sardinas before. He's known as the maverick bluesman. 

As my friend plays the guitar and blues is his favorite genre, I figured this handmade slide would make a great gift for him. Besides, I am stoked to learn that it is not that expensive.

Let me just check a few other handmade slides first before I decide which to get him, ultimately.

One Year With GST

It's been a year that we have been living with GST. Happy Anniversary! NOT! Although some may say that it's ONLY 6% that we are paying for our GST and that some other countries pay more, it is still an additional 6% that we have to pay.

I don't think I bought that much over the past year although I do see new shoes, clothes and bags in my room. But somehow, when the 6% is already factored in into the price that we have to pay, we tend to forget that it's more than the actual cost. 

But life goes on. We buy what we have to and forgo what we can no longer afford. Since the GST is here to stay, let us just hope that it wouldn't go up any time soon! We are still trying to cope with the 6% dammit!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Maintaining a Guitar

My young cousin, who has been asking for a guitar, has finally gotten one as a birthday present. 

Now, the headache is, how much does it cost to attend guitar lessons and to maintain the guitar? I know it is a hardy instrument but still, it requires up-keeping too, right? 

Do you know how much do guitar strings cost? I did a quick Google search and luckily, they are inexpensive. Phew!

11.11 Singles Day

I bought some stuff online on China's Singles Day last month. Although there were plenty of good deals, now I know the problem with buying during such a day. The courier companies just cannot cope with shipping and delivery. Hence, until today, I am still waiting for my package to be delivered. 

No doubt, I do have tracking on the package but it is a painful wait and till now, it is still waiting for customs clearance. 

What was supposed to be "only" 2 weeks of waiting has turned into three weeks and there is still no guarantee that the package will arrive then.

Haih, as they say, waiting is the worst thing. Be patient...

Monday, 31 August 2015

Welcome Party

An old friend of mine returned from Australia last week and a few of us decided to have a welcome, and also farewell, party for him. He would, after all, have only time to meet up with us for that one time. A few hours is better than none, we said. 

But the catch was that he had to provide his own entertainment, although we would be bringing the food and drinks. 

This friend is good with the guitar and in fact, he took the trouble to bring it home with him. Apparently, he wanted to show off his new Epiphone Les Paul p90 electric guitar. Aha.... no wonder! 

It didn't matter. We still love him and enjoyed the entertainment that he provided.

Web Trouble

I have been bogged down by one too many issues with my web sites that I have been crippled with the technicalities so much so that I couldn't make time to be productive, and do proper work. 

Instead, I have spent way too much time and energy on the line with technical people, trying to solve one issue after another as they cropped up. 

Although I am not the one doing the work, it is still tiring and draining when I have to be there for the technicians when they are working on my issues since they have regular questions for me to answer. 

So far, my problems are solved but I am still jittery and when I will receive an alert of yet another problem. Not getting a good night's rest over this!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Missing Those Guitar Stores

Six months ago, an American friend relocated to Bangkok, Thailand. He is now qualified to teach English to the local children and has settled down comfortably. 

While he doesn't really complain about his new life because it was, after all, his personal choice, he find that he's still far from being about to mingle and live like a local. 

He said that one thing he misses most is the ability to just walk in to a guitar shop and browse or check out new equipment. There's nothing like this where he live now. These days, he relies on the Fender Stratocaster guitar center online, to read up on the latest guitar models and accessories. 

Well, I guess the saying about no needle has two pointy ends holds true. On one hand, he's enjoying a new life, on the other hand, there has to be some sort of sacrifice, right?

Father's Day

It's Father's Day tomorrow and I am lucky to have the most practical parents. I don't have to crack my head on the gifts to buy for them. All I need to worry about is the amount of money to give them. 

I don't even need to put the money in red packets for them. I just remit money to their account and they would be happy. Cash is king for them, which is should be for most people. 

This goes for my other siblings as well. Cash is still the best gift ever in my household. I guess this was how we were brought up. I don't think there's anything wrong with it, even though some people may think we are money minded. I just think we are realists and are practical about life. 

What about you? Have you bought anything for your dad?

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Gift For Him

My best friend has just taken up the saxophone, after learning the guitar and almost mastering it. I like that he continuously betters himself and since I don't have the dedication that he has, I support him in his endeavors. 

I am planning to get him a surprise gift, a gift that is related to his new hobby. I thought a tenor sax case would be great and have been checking out online stores for a suitable one, one with a price tag that would suit my budget. 

Haven't got the chance to really sit down and compare as I am traveling but will make the decision once I get home and have settled down. I just hope that in the meantime, he hasn't bought one for himself yet!

Langkawi Shopping Haven

I am currently in Langkawi and have been busy shopping! Things are definitely cheaper here, and some items are GST-free. Obviously, one has to shop smart. 

For instance, when in Langkawi, it is better to buy imported chocolates than locally-manufactured ones. Even though the nett price of local chocolates is cheaper than imported ones, buying the imported chocolates here is cheaper than buying in other cities, or airports because this is a duty-free island. However, one has to spend at least two nights on the island before qualifying for the duty-free items. 

I am checking out today and flying home later in the afternoon. I wonder if there's still be opportunity for me to spend. Hoho! Third island vacation within a month, I am broke and super tanned.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Touring the Country!

A friend just clinched a deal to tour the country as a deejay and I am so happy for her! Yes, in this day and age, making it as a female DJ is not as easy as it sounds. Being someone who had dreams of being a DJ as well, when I was growing up, and soon gave up, God knows I am so delighted for her for the breakthrough. 

To celebrate, I am going to get her an lp storage case, one that is stylish yet durable. I know that what she needs is the Odyssey Krom 70, which could easily fit seventy to eighty 12" records. Also, it has rounded chrome corners and rubber feet at the bottom. 

I know she will appreciate the lightweight of the case and high-density inner foam lining. I would too, if I had to be on the move with that many records!

6% Headache

So, the Goods & Services Tax (GST) was implemented in Malaysia beginning April 1st, 2015. Since then, every time we make a purchase or pay a bill, we are extremely conscious of how much extra we have to pay. 

Which is strange because prior to abolishing the Sales & Service Tax and replacing it with this Goods & Services Tax, we have already been taping up to 16% more. 

So, logically speaking, shouldn't we be paying a lot less tax since GST is "only" 6%? 

Unfortunately, it is not because the 6% is on top of every level of process or production of an item which means that by the time it reaches the hands of the consumer, the poor consumer has already had to pay for the multi-fold of 6% tax! 

Yes, no doubt some other countries are paying a higher GST rate but are we earning as much as the people in those countries?