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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We said goodbye to Hong Kong last week and headed to West with him and even though I’ve been here many time, I still love the city very much.
Loved the cafes in Budapest. While the spouse goes to the local office here, I can walk to streets for hours and enjoy not only the people, shopping and the many eateries – I get to take in the culture as well.
The history in Budapest is so rich. I carried a book about Budapest with me and read them as I walked the streets. Street cafes are plenty and food are cheap too, it’s unbelievably good tasting and I try to eat everything I find unique and never tried before.
Buda Street – lovely and beautiful
View from our hotel.
My kids rarely ask for anything for themselves, it’s usually for school or something related to school. My in-laws said that I taught them well but when it comes to musical instrument, I find that they don’t seems to get enough of it. Normally, it’s simple request for guitar strings or guitar picks but lately they have been buying new guitars. Just today, the oldest asked me to buy fender bass guitar from an online store for him because he wanted a better bass guitar.
A good fender cost at least $1000 if not more, I had asked the oldest to save his own pocket money because it doesn’t get any cheaper but he is definitely spoilt by the spouse when it comes to musical instrument. The spouse maintains that with musical instruments they are a life long investment. So there we go again, another bass guitar for the oldest and it’s not even Christmas. But like I said, they rarely ask for anything and it’s not like it’s a bad buy, so I grudgingly bought it for him.
I learned all about shopping online from the spouse, so if I do spend a lot of money online, I blame it on him because he was the one who loved to buy them online . He buys all his electronics and gadgets and even car parts online and he tells me that it’s absolutely safe to buy stuff online as long as they are from reputable online shops.
Of course, we also buy from ebay and amazon but there are risk on ebay but no on amazon, so I try not to buy even the cheapest things on ebay because I know that some sellers can be dishonest. But with reputable places like amazon, or Apple or electronic or material supplies that the spouse buys online, we have no trouble whatsoever. So for those shopping online, make sure you are buying and transferring money to a reputable and reliable company. Shopping online can be quite exhilarating especially when your goods arrived, it feels like Christmas.