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Whether one is a professional musician or not having a folding music stand definitely brings great comfort.

My friends and I were once invited to serenade a couple on their 10th year wedding anniversary. During the practices I had my guitar chords book secured on the floor with a paper weight. So you can just imagine I had to stoop down to take a good look at the chords, and stoop even more when I had to flip the pages. What’s worst was when the pages got blown by the wind. Oh my, it was a total mess, uncomfortable, and it wreaked havoc with my concentration. Luckily though, we got hold of a couple of music stands during the performance. And I tell you, it was such a great relief. I had a comfortable sitting position; flipping through the pages was not a problem; and I had my full attention on my music.

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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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Bond In The Beach

There is nothing like family time on the beach.

The beach is one of the all-time favorites for family bonding.  It is a place where kids can be free. They can build their sand castles, run, scream their lungs out without the fear of disturbing others.  It is a place where Moms and Dads unwind and momentarily forget all about work-related stress. It is an inexpensive, heaven-sent place for the family.

But whatever beach activities the family has delineated, there are important essentials that should not be forgotten. First is wearing comfortable beach attire, swimming trunks and bathing suits, or plus size bathing suits for big mommas. Second is protection from the harmful effects of the sun, bring sunglasses and sunblock lotion. Finally, beach shovels and toys for the kids. Protection and comfort are just as important as having fun during family time.

 

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Go out and have fun in the sun.

 

 

 

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Loom Band Craze

Lately, loom band making has been keeping me busy among other things.  The set was bought for my daughter. It was not long, though, before she got bored with it.  The steps are too intricate for a 5 year old. So I took over, and found it interesting and addicting.  Here are my loom bands..tada!

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As I was doing the different designs, Summer, got interested and eventually managed to make a fishtail loom band.

What loom band design do you like best?

 

 

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Fun Weekend Trips for Couples

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Everyone needs to get-away now and again. Sure, it’s great spending days at home with the kids…but there are times when you simply need a break, to relax and devote uninterrupted moments to your partner. The following are five ideas for romantic, fun, and inexpensive weekend trips for couples.

Take a Road-trip:

Time spent on the road is the perfect way to reconnect and return to simpler days. Set aside your cell phones and computers and experience the beauty of nature together. Choose a weekend retreat within a few hours of your home, play some tunes, sing, and talk about the things that matter most. Plan a mule ride along a canyon trail, or hike to a campground where you can cuddle up in your tent at night. If your trip is limited to a single day, stop at a winery, pack a picnic, or take a day hike. The possibilities are limitless, and the goal is to enjoy!

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Casino Weekend:

Head out to the closest casino. With bright gambling lights surrounding the globe, most couples can head out to a resort without having to travel far. The games and accommodations will differ, depending on the location, but the objective is all about pleasure… and possibly striking it rich!  Find some slots and roulette games to play, dress up for a night on the town, enjoy a couple’s message, or recline in your luxurious hotel suite.

Take a Weekend Cruise:

Another great way to enjoy gambling, as well as fine dining, dancing, and the spa life, is to set out on a weekend cruise. Cruising is an awesome way to relax, enjoy great entertainment, shop, swim, and spend valuable hours together. You may find that you love cruising so much that you’ll decide to take the kids along the next time… there are few family adventures as incredible as a Disney Cruise!

Rent a Cabin or a House:

Renting a cabin, apartment, or house for the weekend is a great way to take off and experience the creature comforts of home. Look for a house rental in a great location… a wilderness area, or close to the seashore. Enjoy the morning preparing your own breakfast, curl up by the fireplace at night, watch some DVDs without interruptions, and simply hang out together. You could even find a rental with a Jacuzzi, barbeque pit, and/or a boathouse with a kayak!

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Be a Tourist in Your Own Town:

If all this sounds like a little more than you had in mind, why not become a tourist in your own town. Most cities have amazing boutique hotels as well as quant bed-and-breakfasts. In a very short time, you’ll be packed up and checked in. Explore the shops and galleries where you’ve always wanted to linger. Order room service, lounge poolside, and sip cocktails in the lounge. There’s so little stress, and local specials are available.  Drink hot cappuccinos at a sidewalk café, browse the bookstores, and enjoy romance away from, yet close to, home.

With so many awesome weekend trips for couples, it’s simply a matter of choosing the get-away that’s right for both you and your sweetheart!

 

 

 

 

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Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

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Exercise is very important.  It is a must for everyone.  It improves ones physical shape, body’s immune system, and ones over-all mood. But some people find exercise boring, and that there is no time to fit it in their schedule.  Outdoor gyms, which are innovative, ingenious and revolutionary, brought exercising to a whole new level.  An outdoor environment has an innate natural healing power, which is attained if one is in contact with it. It is a refreshing change from the claustrophobic, cramped up ambiance of an indoor gym.

 

Here are four reasons why exercising outdoors is a better idea.

 

1.  ACCESSIBILITY.  Since outdoor gyms are installed in schools, special needs playgrounds, urban regeneration, parish green spaces, trim trails, pensioner’s playground, schools and recreation, and even prison yard, ACCESSIBILITY is easy.  In terms of time, on a nice day, one can exercise at his most convenient time alone or with friends.  Tight work schedules are no longer an excuse to miss an exercise since outdoor gyms are open 24/7.  In terms of finances, most outdoor gyms are free.  Others may charge a small fee for maintenance.  Exercise is a necessity for a healthy mind and body.  It should not be expensive.

 

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2.  FRESH AIR and NATURE.  Some indoor gyms decorations try to emulate nature by putting ornamental plants, playing ocean sound, or showing forest in a big screen. But of course, nothing beats natural fresh air and real nature around.  It is refreshing to exercise in an open space breathing fresh air from the trees and grasses.  It wipes out the boredom that easily creeps in you while exercising indoor.

 

 

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3.  BEING WITH A COMMUNITY.  As the saying goes, the more the merrier.  Exercise should be fun.  Something that one enjoy doing and not forced into doing.  If one exercises together with a community of fellow enthusiasts, then who needs a walk-man/cd players/i-pods  to accompany you through your routine.

 

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4.  ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY.  Outdoor gyms are low in maintenance.  So on a larger scope, exercising outdoor means less energy consumption and less to zero pollution.  Thus, energy-conserving and eco-friendly.

 

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Souvenirs for Memory Lane’s Sake

 

Sentimental people like me love to look back down memory lane with souvenirs kept from way back when.  My aunt used to throw birthday parties for me when I was a kid and I have so many things to remember them by.

I received so many birthday cards.  It feels good reading those birthday greetings and wishes from people dear to you.  They bring you back in time, and make you feel the emotions of those moments.  It is much like smelling a particular scent, which brings back memories and emotions as if they happened just yesterday. I also received typical gifts like hair clip sets, dolls, cute pink dresses in boxes wrapped beautifully.  It felt so good looking at those colorful boxes.  Thinking back though, those beautiful birthday gifts would have looked more personalized with cool name labels for kids.   Up until now, I still have some of those gifts I received as a  little girl like my dolls and hair clips.  I want to organized them and put them in boxes with cool name labels.  I will use these to teach my kids how to take care and value their things.

Relationships and communication are becoming impersonal, superficial, and virtual nowadays.  It is important to bring back a sense of personal touch and a bit of emotional connection in the things we do.

Make your little ones birthday extra special.  Think not just of what will happen during that day, but also think of the impact of that celebration on your dear child in the future.  Would it be something that happened in the past and remains in the past?  Would it be a celebration your kid is going to remember for a lifetime.  Make sure  to have souvenirs for them to keep.   Be sure to have these unique and memorable birthday gifts and memorabilia stacked in a box with cool name labels.

 

 

Kids in general love birthday parties and gifts, make this occasion memorable even to the tiniest detail.

 

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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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Kaoseng’s Famous Sunrise

Kaoseng’s famous sunrise, well at least to Filipino photographers in Hatyai Songkla, that is.

Kaoseng is a place in Songkla, which is a hill by the beach and where the sunrise is magnificent.  A lot of Filipino photographer’s would wake up very early in the morning, and take the 45-minute drive to Kaoseng to witness and capture the sunrise.  Their pictures have won various awards in pixoto.com  Pixoto is a worldwide online photography community and competition. It is a melting pot of people who are into photography both professionals and novices,  and people who just love to look at good pictures.  It is also the site to look to if one is planning to purchase pictures for personal or business purposes.

Here are 4 samples of my husband’s photos of Kaoseng Sunrise.

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My husband’s photo of Nancy, an Orangutan “The Nancy Pose” won an honorary prize in Songkla Zoo Photo Contest. He received a certificate and free membership card.  With the card, all four of us can go to any zoo in Thailand free of admission for a year.  You might be wondering how much was the cash prize.  The truth is, there’s none.  But as what my husband said “Mai pen rai” (never mind).  For him, as an amateur photographer and an expat at that, to be chosen is already a great honor.

We are hoping that this will be an annual activity of Songkla Zoo.

We are looking forward for SONGKLA ZOO PHOTO CONTEST 2013!!

 

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QUESTION: Is there something you’re so thankful about, that you’d do it again for free?