Friday, February 28, 2014

 So there we were... intently practicing three sacred songs for the coming worship services this March. The choir is "young" as it was only formed on February this year. It is also "young" in a sense as the male choir members are only in their late teens and early 20s. The problem with such a young choir is the inability of the members to "read" the music piece. I literally have to play each note so they could follow the tune.

As I keyed B and B flat, the keyboard barely made a sound. This can't be! I'll make myself hoarse if I sing every B and B flat outloud! Really, it is time to consider buying a casio piano keyboard from musicians friend. Heard the rate is very affordable.This is a good-enough keyboard for choir practices.
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So there's this ongoing posts in various social networking sites with the hashtag 100happydays (#100happydays). The idea is for the participant to snap a pic of whatever or whoever makes that person's day "ok". My daughters and I decided to make our very own hashtag of 100oklangdays (#100oklangdays) which when roughly translated to English means "a so-so" day. My first post was this:

using the stair's first tread for bench aero #100oklangdays

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My son started studying the alto sax back in high school. I bought a pre-owned sax from a friend who was based in California. I think I bought the sax for 25 k PHP which I think was a fair price for the make and brand of the instrument. It's too bad that my son no longer plays on a regular basis. He was quite good. I was cleaning his room the other day and noticed that the snap lock on the classic saxophone case is broken. I think it's time to replace the old sax case.
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Today, it's "come as your future self" in granddaughter 1's PK 1 class at Gymboree. We can't really decide what to dress her. Ballerina or as Princess Sophia? We combined the two. She went as a ballerina in her tutu then completed the attire with a tiara. When her teacher introduced her as Princess Sophia, she gracefully waved her hand to her loyal subjects... us! 

Ok. The tutu is a bit big as it was D2's tutu of  25 years ago.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

One of my daughter's friend is about to get a proposal. A marriage proposal, thank you! The boyfriend showed my daughter a set of really beautiful diamond rings in various colors, clarity and sizes. Yes, diamonds do come in colors of pink, yellow, blue and green. I'm not sure if there are other colors but I have seen the ones I mentioned. I particularly like the very light mint-green diamond. It's quite stunning. I also like the pink one as it looks so dainty. I'm not sure which one my daughter chose. I guess, whatever it is, it would look fantastic on the her friend's ring finger.
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I have never "seen" a St. Bernard dog up and personal. True. My neighbor has one such dog but considering that I only had a glimpse of the said dog (and a fleeting view of my neighbor as well) I am convinced that I have not seen the likes of a St. Bernard. Thanks to our spontaneous trip to Baguio and our disastrous trip to Mines View Park (which I swear has lost its attraction), I would never have seen a real-live-friendly-cuddly-hug-able St. Bernard doggie. For 50 PHP, one can pose with the dog and take as much pictures as one likes. I know!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The City of Pines, Baguio City, was a big surprise for me. The last time I went up to the Summer Capital of the Philippines was back in the mid 1990s. Though Baguio back then was a far cry from the Baguio of my childhood days, it was not so bad. I hardly recognize the city now. It was so congested with people, cars, commercialism et al.

The old Session Road's topmost part has a humongous mall sitting on it. It was teeming with people that I thought I was in good old Manila or Makati. I had to make a quick trip to the mall since I needed an electric kettle to "sterilize" Tabby's bottle. The mall has all kinds of specialty stores. I could even buy a keyboard at guitar center if I wanted too!

What is sad is the fact that the once beautiful City of Pines has transformed into a crowded, polluted and highly commercialized city where the whiff of pine trees is no more. 
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Okay. It was an impulsive decision. There were so many things to consider and I purposely disregarded them for my want to take my two older grandkids to Baguio. I "blame" a close friend of mine for my unplanned trip to Baguio. She told me of this inexpensive place to stay off  Legarda and Kisad Roads and coupled with the fact that the temperature in Baguio City was hitting 11 degrees Centigrade... I just had to take Ethan and Tabby to the City of Pines.

Tabby in her "cold-weather" outfit taken at Cafe S'apore at Legarda St., Baguio City

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