Portable Amp


The son has a huge rivera  amp like the one above but he is in college now and wants a portable one.  I’m hoping to get the same rivera for him except that it has to be a portable one, so that he can lug it to and fro from school to home and vice versa.  I warned him that a portable one may produce as good an quality sound as his old rivera but because of convenience purpose, he said he had no choice but to get one of a smaller size.

 Kids are definitely not cheap these days especially one who has so many interest in music.  But I guess I can’t complain since all his hobbies are healthy ones.  Plus, I had promise all my kids that we will support all their interests as long as they are healthy ones.  So yes, off to get a portable amp for him this weekend.

Strings For Bass Guitars


Kids can be expensive but the spouse has more expensive taste than the kids, whenever he buys something, he wants the best of the best like the  best steinberger bass strings  that he bought recently.  While most people spends $15 for a guitar strings, he needs to get a $35 strings. But according to the spouse, they are reasonably priced for such good bass guitar strings and that he won’t have to keep changing them, these ones are going to last him a long time.  I guess, you pay for what you get eh.

Vintage Yamaha Guitar


 A vintage yamaha guitar was what the spouse had been eyeing on since Christmas for the son and to buy apx500ii  it is so easy because we can buy it online as they do deliver to Canada where we lived.  We had expected the price to be high but it is quite affordable, so if the son does well during his mid-term, the spouse is getting this Yamaha guitar for him.  It has an ultra thin body and is said to be very light and that is what the son like very much.

Fruit Cider


I think I would miss traveling a lot all because I won’t be able to buy stuff like the above that I cannot get here in Canada.   The spouse loves to bring home stuff like that to surprise me and I do the same for him when I am traveling for work.  While the spouse and I enjoy our life to the max, there are some people around us that are not too happy that we are doing so well.  I know of some of the spouse’s friends who don’t come around no more because we have better jobs and better house and cars than they do.

Life can be so strange at times, and when I look back at my sister who is still in Asia doing her “things” with other men instead of her own spouse, that tells me that their relationship cannot be the best ?  I may be wrong, of course, I never ask her and she would deny it too, so why bother?

Are humans so shallow?  or is it just our friends and neighbors?  Lucky for us, our families seems to be fine with our success and like the spouse said, we can’t control what others think about us.  But when it affects our kids – well, it affects mama bear here.

Drum Set


A few months ago, the oldest son saw a mapex saturn for sale on ebay and wanted to get it with his own Christmas money but I didn’t agree to it.  Why? because he already bought a lot of music accessories recently plus there is an exciting mapex saturn iv exotic sale at guitar center  , so I rather he purchase one from guitar center as we’ve always bought stuff there and is never disappointed.  The ones sold at the guitar center is also much cheaper and comes wtih warranty.  I’m not very much into ebay stuff and if I really wanted anything that badly, I rather pay more to shop in a reputable place.

Guitar Lesson


I’m sure by now, you all know that 3 of my kids play some sort of instrument at one time or another and since the older one is in college, one can find it quite hard to communicate with him at times.  Last Christmas, he was back for the holidays and as usual, as parents we tried to show some interest in what he is currently crazy about.  The newest guitar of course, that he had gotten for a Christmas gift but that didn’t stop him from talking to us all about the nuts and saddles and how to give your guitar a longer life, all information courtesy of   graphtech at guitar center .

 So this Christmas, things were a little bit more livelier at home and the oldest did get to chat more with the spouse aka dad and they even spent some time jamming together.  Priceless moments – I told the spouse and he just nodded and agreed with me.

Karaoke Sessions At Home


Karaokes are very common in Asia, we have all sorts of Karaoke club that opens from morning till wee hours in the night.  Unfortunately, they are not as popular in the West, so if we wanted to sing our hearts out, you have to be like me, get your own karaoke machine and some sennheiser microphones  and you can invite all your friends over for a karaoke session.

And we did just that, you never guess how popular it is to invite your friends over to sing in the privacy of your home.  And I have to say that a lot of my friends are quite talented.  I love singing as well, so when there is no one around, I practice with the mic and master a few good songs to show off to friends when they are around.  I’m so happy that my friends find karaoke session so enjoyable.

Ukulele For Christmas


The youngest rarely ask for a lot but this Christmas, she wants a  mahalo ukulele .  She wrote to Santa asking for a ukulele and that was all she wanted and she wanted it badly she told Santa.  So like any good parents, we found her a very cute ukulele that we think that she will enjoy for a long time.  I’ve always loved the ukulele and I think the reason why she chose this instrument is because it is small and she can carry it around especially during school talent practices.

Christmas Shopping For Girlfriends


Time to go shopping for Christmas presents for my girlfriends.  Now that should be real easy this year because  Pandora makes earrings  as well besides the bracelet thing.  And I know that they all loved the Pandora brand. And a girl never refuse earrings or have too many, so I’m just going to buy a pair for each of my bestest girlfriends and I’m all good for Christmas presents for them.  But having said that, I could make life a lot easier for me this year, by buying earrings for the aunts and nieces too.  Now that’s what I called smart shopping.  I may just do that.

Christmas Party For The Office


This year I’m not the event co-ordinator or the office’s Christmas party and I’m really lucky about it because this year, they are combining the party with different department to save cost.  I don’t know if it is a good idea because they would need some heavy duty sound equipment like a  leslie speaker  and lighting options and catering for 500 workers is no easy feat.  I thank my lucky star that I was not in town when they chose their volunteers but definitely do not envy those who are asked to beg or borrow equipments from sources they know.  But I do look forward to the yearly Christmas party and wish them well – that’s for sure.