The Uke

Ukeleles are string instruments specifically of the lute family.  A ukulele generally has four nylon strings that run along the entire sound table and through the neck that’s either fretted or unfretted.  A uke is very much similar to a guitar with parts like headstock, neck, and a body.

This mini guitar-like instrument has been the latest craze among music enthusiast kiddos, my children included. Most are right handed but there are also left handed ukuleles. The vibrant colors of the vividly painted bodies attract kids all the more.  This Portuguese machete inspired instrument is also famous among the young at heart music lovers, which make them even cooler to look at. Ukelele is an interesting musical instrument.

Do you know anyone who’s into ukelele?

My kids have already broken one, imitating a guitar rock star play.

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Every Musician’s Friend

As a musician moving from one place to another is quite a hassle especially when you move faraway from your trusty music shop.  Instrument selection may sound easy but in reality it takes a long term relationship and a ton of trial and error before you can find a place that you can truly trust. Stores that sell all the things that you need or want and most especially stores that sell them at the right price are pretty difficult to find. But not in my case, instrument selection has become as easy as 1-2-3 for they have everything every musician could ever need. From electric guitars to classical guitars or bass guitars name it they have it. As a musician who just moved to a new place this is a huge help for me. Now I have a place where I can buy all my musical necessities.

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What musical instrument do you have?

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What we actually have at present are memories of our past. – MitchRyan

Whenever my sisters and I get a chance to get together, funny, crazy, and happy moments we shared are oftentimes the topic. Reminiscing those bring us back in time, reminding us of that beautiful bond that binds us together.  It would have been great though had we captured those moments on photos,  to remind us of those treasured moments by the time our memories have already failed us.

Now, it’s my kids turn to make their own.

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photo by Ryan D.

Taken a few weeks after Sumsum Dee pulled her fourth milk tooth out on her own.  She was very proud. Here, she’s wearing a polka-dot, sleeveless dress with pink head-band which she most of the time wears like a tiara.

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Derick Dee is wearing his favorite Ben 10 attire which he extremely adores eventough others say they look like pajamas.

They are very well on Pretend Play or Make-Believe Play phase of development. This phase in child development is thought of by theorist as very crucial in every child’s cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development.

Could you still remember your pretend play as a child?

How about your own kids, who are they pretending to be?

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Ice Cream Maker for Summer

Ice cream maker toy is one of the many awesome toys marketed in Youtube nowadays. What makes this really awesome is that, it gives children the feel of making a real ice cream.  The ice cream set comes with play dough in 4 different colors, ice lolly molders, several colorful popsicles, and the ice cream maker itself which needs to be assembled.

I think it is a great toy for the following reasons.

1.  It promotes fine motor movements and coordination.

2. It promotes creativity and artistry.

3. It fires up her imagination.

 

There are two points I want to stress here.  When it comes to buying toys parents should also take into consideration the materials the toy is made from.  For plastic toys, always make sure that they are BPA and phthalates free.  Personally (if I could help it), I would still go for wooden toys over plastic ones.

Anyway…

Summer is definitely having a blast. She has been wanting this toy the first time she saw it in Youtube, and finally she got one!

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What is your little angel’s favorite toy?

 

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What’s good cleaner For Your Mac System?

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There are numerous cleaners available for Mac systems all across the Mac software stores on the web, but only a few that are developed by Apple are the best. The reason that you must prefer the company made software to use on your Mac is because they are backed completely by the technical-support. That is essentially necessary to be in your list of software, if you need a good cleaner for your system. However, other software developers and studios are also coming up with products of their own; for Mac systems. Some of them don’t stand a chance, but Movavi is one studio that has been well appreciated by the Mac users for its multiple Mac compatible products. The fact that this studio develops software that enable a Mac user to expatiate his work more accurately and comfortably on the system; makes it more perfect in every sense. Furthermore, the cost for each software is pretty reasonable and within the budget of the user.

What’s special about Movavi product for Mac?

Right now the studio is in its final stage in developing a full version of Mac cleaner, which will clean up everything that you want; optimize whatever you want and also speed up the system. Though the chances of your Mac running slow is very minimum, but if it does run slow; then it means that your system does need the necessary clean up. This includes deleting the unused registry as well as the cache files, logs, duplicates, cookies and all the other junk; which takes up the space on the hard disk. Mac Cleaner of Movavi is meant for the Mac OS X, which promises to completely remove the junk and increase the performance of your system manifold. It is designed to deliver the finest cleaning that you have always wanted, but couldn’t get from the available software.

This software allows you to clear the entire system on automatic mode. The unneeded applications, widgets, plugging and extensions would not just be uninstalled; but they would be absolutely removed off the system. This is not possible by the standard programs for cleaning, which restricts themselves only to uninstall the programs, but the files still remain in the hard disk; hidden and capturing space. All the oversized and unnecessary archived files that you don’t need any longer, can be found and removed permanently with this software.

What it offers?

It does many things for your Mac system, but the primary things that it offers you are;

  • Tidying up your entire hard disk and freeing the much needed space on it
  • Wiping clear the logs, caches and the leftover files from the uninstalled applications
  • Emptying and erasing trash folders on your system
  • Optimizing the program loading time of your system by removing all the unnecessary data and applications
  • The intuitive interface of the program is pretty clear to allow the user to do the job with utmost ease

Hence, picking up Movavi would always be the right choice. Take it, use it and experience the performance on your Mac.

 

 

 

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Summer’s My Little Pony Dolls

Summer has been bugging me about My Little Pony Dolls for months.  All her friends in school have these very cute dollies.  But my husband and I work from sunrise to sundown.  Our schedules are quite tight. So it took us months before we were able to give her these. Summer watches my little pony in Youtube during her free time, that is after doing her homework.  The theme is appropriate for young people.  She picks up additional English vocabularies, and is trying to imitate some of the characters. I have a link below, try to see if you would like your kids to watch it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgMrXJmS0Hs

 

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These are Princess Celestia and Pinkie Pie.  Summer likes Princess Celestia because she is a princess, and she possesses great powers.  Pinkie Pie has a happy, boisterous character, reason why Summer does not like her.  But she imitates how Pinkie Pie laughs, giggles, or screams.

 

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This is Rainbow Dash.  Summer adores her.  I even like her character too.  She has this rainbow colored hair, and very powerful wings.  I guess the idea of being able to  fly gives us a sense of freedom and power.  Something that every human being desires.

 

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Summer and her favorite Rainbow Dash.  I just hope she won’t think of copying Rainbow Dash’s colorful hair.

 

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Summer and the gang.

 

I realized that I could shop online with almost anything we need at home, not just children toys.  This would certainly give me more extra time to spend with my kids, go out with my husband on a date which we have not done for ages, or just simply hang out with my girlfriends.

I have Summer’s insistence on buying these Little Pony dolls to thank for.  Otherwise, I would still be juggling my schedule just to fit all I need to do in twenty-four hours, which by the way is not enough.

Times, indeed,  have become complicated and hectic.  But there are ways and means to make things simple and leisurely.  We just need to be creative and resourceful, taking advantage of the many conveniences modern times have to offer.

 

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Treat Bicycles Like They Matter

In movies we often see bicycles being left anywhere after the movie character has majestically disembarked from it.  But in reality if you do that, you would be lucky if it is still in the spot where you left it.

Nowadays bicycles have become an essential alternative transportation. People from different walks of life have embraced this mode of transportation with varying personal reasons. Be it for health purposes, financial, or just for the sheer fun of riding it.

Over the years, since eighteenth century, bicycle engineering has improved tremendously from an almost entirely wood-built body to modern steel, aluminium, titanium and carbon fiber frame.  Today bicycles are fast, light, durable, and fashionable not to mention they are also getting more expensive and valuable.

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More and more people the world over are enticed to using bicycles.  It is but proper for every country to look into its safety standards for cyclists.  The United Kingdom among other bicycle-friendly countries has clear regulations in terms of bike safety and security.  Bike shelter UK suffices item #70 of the country’s rules for cyclists.  This, and other cycling infrastructure are important things countries that are currently promoting cycling as a mode of transport should look into.

 

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Cyclists, like any other vehicle driver have every right to a comfortable and safe parking.  Bicycles already being  considered an important part of the transportation sector needs protection like what other vehicles are getting.  Gone are the days when one can just park it at the corner and still see it there when you get back.  It is already far too important to be ignored like that.  It should be treated however any other vehicle is treated.

 

Is bicycling widely practiced in your country? What  are the different safety and security measures implemented by your government?

 

 

 

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Is It Time To Get a New Car?

It took us a long time to decide whether to buy a new car or not.  I love cars. But I think between my husband and I, he is better informed. So in this post he will be sharing with you some of the factors we took into consideration when we bought our new car.

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Is it time to get a new car?

I can still clearly remember a few months back  my wife and I would always go into this in depth discussion of getting a new car. We always talked about the pros and cons, the ifs and buts. At times we would end up frustrated and argue about the whole idea. Contrary to what our relatives back home believe we do not have an abundant cash reserve so we can’t afford to get a car in cash. Our only option was to have it on an installment plan which is downright scary for us since we do not have security of tenure here in Thailand.

The discussions we would be having revolves around living with the old car which we have already paid for against having a new one which we will be paying big every month for years. I explained to my wife the benefits of having a new car and how it weighs against sticking to the old car.

1. Modern cars are safer –  Well it may not be true to all new generation cars but since the standards of modern cars have been raised quite  a few notch above the old tech cars, it is safe to assume that they are safer than the older ones. (Choose your car brands and car models wisely.) Nowadays there are certain safety features that come in standard even for low end vehicles. A long time ago seatbelts, power steering, electronic brake assist were special features, now these features have beocme standards. ABS and SRS airbags have also become safety standards for new generation cars. You can pay  extra and go for the cars with Vehicle Stability Control, parking sensors, backing cameras and whatnot’s.

Contrary to a lot of beliefs that the older cars with thicker metal sheets wrapped around it are stronger and safer than the new age cars that have flimsy metal body that dents the moment someone leans on it … ugh… it is very difficult to explain so watch the link to know what i mean. (http://youtu.be/emtLLvXrrFs ).

2. Fuel Economy – is the thing that me and my wife agreed with congruence.  Our choice for the new car was greatly influenced with this criterion. It should be the most fuel efficient in its category.

The plus factor that we got with the new car was the  “Fuel Flexibility”.   This came as a very big surprise to us since we knew nothing of it until one of the gas pump boys told us about it.    Well sort of . We did a research when we got back home. With the old car we used two types of fuel only. Benzene the standard gasoline and the Gasohol a nature hugging fuel. We normally go for the Gasohol because of that. ^_^ No not really… we go for gasohol because it is a lot cheaper than the standard gasoline. With the new car the pump boys at the station told us that we could use the E-20. It is the cheapest fuel that can be used on the car. It is even cheaper than the tree hugging gasohol fuel.

So aside from the savings we got from the new car’s frugality we also saved up a bit with the new option for fuel. something we would have not experienced with the old car.

3. Ride with confidence – Being in a new car surely gives you that certain confidence that you don’t get in an old car. You just simply drive knowing you are road worthy. In an old car you would always be thinking of it breaking down. That is a very stressful thought especially if you are on a road trip.

4. Blending in-  Finally, with the new car we won’t stand out from the crowd. LOL! Most especially in the parking areas of malls and other establishments. It is quite the opposite of where i grew up where people who have new cars really stand out from the lot. Here when you have an aging car it would be quite noticeable. ^_^

 

* Side note: Don’t get me wrong. Not all people in Thailand are rich people but even the middle class and the financially challenged families are given the opportunity to own a brand new vehicles. Thailand has this government program that grants any Thai family, from all walks of life, a loan to buy a brand new vehicle of their choice. So do not be surprised, if you happen to be in Thailand especially in the south, to see brand new pickup trucks  used to carry rubber, logs, or converted into songthaews (jeepney in the philippines). For those who are in doubt the link below is an English advertising of the said program ^_^. cheers!

Well i could have said more in this article but my wife says it already too long. ^_^

http://www.bangkokbank.com/BangkokBank/PersonalBanking/DailyBanking/Loans/OtherLoans/Pages/firstcar.aspx

 

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Summer and Derick both love motorbike rides.  My husband drives both of them around the village every afternoon for a joy ride.

They love it.  Most especially Derick.  It is a new experience for him.  I can see the excitement and enthusiasm in his eyes every time he rides with his dad.

So we bought them toy bikes/trikes that they can use indoors.  The first one is a glider type.  It doesn’t have a dynamo.  It is propelled by swinging the steering handles left to right. The second one runs on a motor powered by a rechargeable a battery.

 

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Please just don’t mind the clutter and writings on the wall, all courtesy of  Summer and Derick ^_^.  We don’t have a “help or a housekeeper” at home. Working parents find it very difficult maintaining a tidy place with kids around. ^_^ Cheers!

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Do you have a lot of pictures but were never in any of them? (Is carrying a tripod worth the hassle)

 

The hassle of lugging around a heavy tripod during photography is no longer new to any photographer. Others, would even choose the heaviest and the most stable tripod especially if they will be shooting on water(ie. beach, lakes) or on windy locations.

But for a non-professional photographer who just likes to shoot some scenery with the family, is it worth the hassle of carrying a tripod?

For me… it is a big YES!!! Whether your cam is a DSLR or a point and shoot camera it is always convenient to have a tripod.

1. First reason… the photographer can join the picture taking.

Have you ever gone on a trip or celebrate an occasion where some one is always missing in the photos? and then everybody just says… “oh he was the one behind the camera” LOL!

2. It won’t be such a bother asking someone you don’t know to take the photo.

A tripod won’t be complaining if you ask it to hold and shoot the camera again.

3. A tripod has got very steady hands! ^_^ LOL!

4. You would be able to pose with out holding back or feel shy knowing that the tripod won’t really mind at all.

These are some of our family shots taken using a Benro tripod.

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