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Party Give-Aways Idea
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
My friends are celebrating their son's birthday soon and they asked me to help them with the party give-aways.

I have been to a lot of kiddie parties and I noticed how the loot bags contain candies (that some kids doesn't really eat, well, the fact that they're all sugar) and stuff that are useless and less entertaining. So I thought removing the usual in the loot bags, maybe they can add some musical instruments that are simple and fun for kids (the boy goes to music classes and I know how much he loves those classes). With that in mind, I recommend that they get some idea from the classical instruments at and from there we'd look for the cheaper and good for party favor ones. We could some from Party City and some local toy stores in town.

Throw Back to Songbooks
Sunday, 12 July 2015
I am a child of the 80s and the youth of the 90s. Those were the years of songbooks (songhits, as I and my other friends would call it back then). The icky thump tab has brought me back to those years of fun, music, and togetherness. I miss those years when Edlyn and I would just buy banana Q and a bottle of Coke liter to share while she's strumming on her guitar and I would try myself to sing along. How time flies...
Marry a musician and forever be serenaded.
Saturday, 30 May 2015
 My cousin met someone who is into music and now having a problem where to bring her on their dates. They found this restaurant in Queens that serves good food and has an actual stage for whoever wants to perform (they have their own pianist there). Now that has been solved. Now he needs help in finding her the right gift and I thought of (being a musician's friend). The site is actually overwhelming. They have a lot of good stuff and I am sure the girl would appreciate whatever my cousin chooses to give her. I hope.

Audio Interface
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
If you are into music and you like recording your composition, you might be interested in this-- Presonus. I found it online while searching for some gadgets to record some sounds (well, not necessarily music). I thought of sharing it to my friends who love to make their own music, too. I bet they will like my find.
Fancy Jewelries and Upcycled Clothes.
Thursday, 04 December 2014
Has anyone seen my favorites and wishlist on clothing and accessories lately? I have upcycled dresses, jewelries made of papers or beads, even magnetic sports bracelet. I like the unusual that's for sure. I tend to take the road less traveled some times. I tend to do things my way. In fact, I am thinking of upcycling my old laced dress into something that I can wear to a party soon. If only I can find someone to sew my idea for me. Sewing has always been my problem. I can sew by hand but I am not sure if that's a good idea. But... Why not?
Guitar shopper.
Saturday, 18 October 2014
I almost forgot that I promised someone to look for the best electric guitar online. I was into (and still is) Zentangles lately and I just did my first ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) this week. On my free weekends, I am working on some invites for a Christmas party (it's been a while since I shopped for materials at Michaels). Anyway, I found some good guitars that he can choose from, if only I still have the energy to do it later. I am working until midnight tonight.
Party without music.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
We celebrated two birthdays last weekend but we missed our muscians friend. He used to bring guitars or his piano and sing songs to us or we'd just plug-in the Magic Mic and do Videoke the whole night (which reminds me, we need to get a regular microphone because the Magic Mic is no longer working with the Smart TV). Anyhow, he said he'll join us next time. He was just busy with some gigs.
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Sunday, 01 June 2014
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Book: A Common Prayer
Saturday, 17 May 2014

A Common Prayer by Michael Leunig

Simple prayers. Be grateful for the small and big things. That is what this book is all about. A reflection of our every day life. The things that are obvious but they were, for some reason, unseen.

Book: Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest
Saturday, 26 April 2014

Book: Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz

This is one of the books that I got from H (box of attachments).

This is a fast read (a children's book) but it has touched me in so many ways. How can someone live without animals? We love animals as pets and of course you know where beef, bacon, and its like, come from. If only beefberries are real then maybe we can all be vegetarian. But the book is not just about slaughtering animals for us to have meat. It is about how we care about the whole earth.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Summer is just around the corner. In fact, with the past winter (polar vortex and all), I am afraid this summer will be worse. Are you ready?

I found wholesale coolers here if you are looking for something to use or give to your team or your family. Umbrellas? They have some, too. I especially like the auto-folding ones. And I found the spinning dragonfly toy, too, that I used to play as a kid! You really have to check it out.

Books from down under.
Sunday, 13 April 2014

This is post is long due. One of the bloggers that I follow in Wordpress is in the process of cleaning up her bookshelves. She posted one book that looked interesting to me and I asked her if she can just give it to me and I can give it to my niece (since it's about a girl turning into a woman-- monthly period and all). She said yes.
I received the book. She even gave me two more books that look interesting. I've read them already.
Thanks, H.

Book: Voices from Colonial America 1609-1776
Friday, 14 March 2014

I found this at the New York Public Library and checked it out at once. Finished reading it in a day, too. I couldn't get myself to put it down.

I learned that for a while, New Jersey is divided into West and East Jersey. Geographically, I am still confused. The historical maps gave me an idea on where the places that I already know are (really) located. The pictures gave me an idea.
This book and another book that I am currently reading (New York: A Novel) made me understand more of America's (or at least the east coast's) history. It's entertaining.

Book: A Wrinkle In Time
Wednesday, 12 March 2014

I have read this book a long time ago. Classic. I think this is where the idea of Harry Potter and the like, came from. I read it again before giving it to my niece and nephew who love to read. This is one book that I should have in my library. That is if I have one.

Bogner Pedal.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014

I fell in love with bogner pedals from musicians friend when I saw the choices. The Band doesn't need it yet, I am guessing. If they do, they should have told me to get one already. But I am keeping an eye on the Bogner Ecstasy Red Overdrive/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal, the red one. I love the color. The features, I still have to learn about.

Apple Cider Vinegar.
My Health and Fitness Log
Tuesday, 11 March 2014

We have recently started taking Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) every day (I found it helpful with getting rid of my colds) and bought two bottles for give-away. I trust the Bragg product.

Before I list the numerous benefits of ACV, we have to take into consideration the risks of taking it if taken long term. WebMD has listed a few:

What Are the Risks of Apple Cider Vinegar?


On the whole, the risks of taking occasional, small amounts of apple cider vinegar seem low. But using apple cider vinegar over the long term, or in larger amounts, could have risks. Here are some things to keep in mind. 

  • Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. As the name suggests, it's quite harsh. Apple cider vinegar should always be diluted with water or juice before swallowed. Pure apple cider vinegar could damage the tooth enamel and the tissues in your throat and mouth. One study found a woman who got an apple cider vinegar supplement stuck in her throat suffered lasting damage to her esophagus. In addition, vinegar has been known to cause contact burns to the skin.
  • Long-term use of apple cider vinegar could cause low potassium levels and lower bone density. If you already have low potassium or osteoporosis, talk to your health care provider before using apple cider vinegar.
  • Apple cider vinegar could theoretically interact with diuretics, laxatives, and medicines for diabetes and heart disease.
  • If you have diabetes, check with your health care provider before using apple cider vinegar. Vinegar contains chromium, which can alter your insulin levels.
But the benefits, I say, is overwhelming.

According to Reader's Digest, here are some benefits of ACV.

Helps tummy troubles.

Sip some apple cider vinegar mixed with water. If a bacterial infection is at the root of your diarrhea, apple cider vinegar could help contain the problem, thanks to its antibiotic properties. What's more, some folk remedy experts contend that apple cider vinegar contains pectin, which can help soothe intestinal spasms. Try mixing one or two tablespoons into water, or clear juice like apple juice.

Cures hiccups.

Take a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar; its sour taste could stop a hiccup in its tracks. One teen took the hiccup remedy further and created a lollipop that includes apple cider vinegar, which she says "cancels out the message to hiccup" by overstimulating the nerves in the throat responsible for the spasms.

Soothes a sore throat.

As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, employ germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

Lower cholesterol.

More research is needed to definitively link apple cider vinegar and its capability to lower cholesterol in humans, but one 2006 study found that the acetic acid in the vinegar lowered bad cholesterol in rats. Also, a Japanese study found that half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day lowered cholesterol in people who participated in the panel.

Prevents indigestion.

Sip before eating, especially if you know you're going to indulge in foods that will make you sorry later. Try this folk remedy: add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you dine.

Clears a stuffy nose.

Next time you're stuffed up, grab the apple cider vinegar. It contains potassium, which thins mucus; and the acetic acid in it prevents bacteria growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion. Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage.

Aids in weight loss.

Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. Here's why: The acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Scientists also theorize that apple cider vinegar interferes with the body's digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream.

Gets rid of dandruff.

On his website, Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends apple cider vinegar as a dandruff treatment. The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water in a spray bottle, and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week for best results.

Clears acne.

Apple cider vinegar makes a great natural toner that can leave skin looking healthier. Its antibacterial properties help keep acne under control, and the malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar soften and exfoliate skin, reduce red spots, and balance the pH of your skin.

Boosts energy.

Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Interestingly, the amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar act as an antidote. What's more, apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you're beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water.

Cuts down on nighttime leg cramps.

Leg cramps can often be a sign that you're low in potassium. Since apple cider vinegar is high in it, one home remedy suggests mixing 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon honey to a glass of warm water and drink to relieve nighttime leg cramps. Of course, by the time you walk to the kitchen to put the drink together, your cramp is likely to be historyóbut maybe that's the point.

Banishes bad breath.

If proper brushing and mouthwash doesn't do the trick, try the home remedy of using apple cider vinegar to control bad breath. Gargle with it, or drink a teaspoon (diluted with water if you prefer) to kill odor-causing bacteria.

Whitens teeth.

Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle. You can also brush your teeth with baking soda once a week to help remove stains and whiten your teeth; use it just as you would toothpaste. You can also use salt as an alternative toothpaste. If your gums start to feel raw, switch to brushing with salt every other day.

Fades bruises.

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties; dabbing or laying an apple cider vinegar compress on a bruise can help fade the discoloration.

Helps control blood sugar.

A few swigs of apple cider vinegar could help keep your blood sugar levels balanced, according to several studies that have shown a link between the two. One study of people with type 2 diabetes who weren't taking insulin found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed resulted in lower glucose levels by morning. Another study at the Arizona State University found that insulin resistant people who drank a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water before eating a high carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar afterward. Scientists think the antiglycemic effect of the acid is the key. have more to add:

Reduce swelling.


Rubbing apple cider vinegar onto swollen hands or feet reduces swelling. A wonderful thing during pregnancy!

Fight yeast infections.


One of the best home remedies to treat a yeast infection is Apple Cider Vinegar. Add 1 and a half cups of ACV into a bathtub filled with warm water, and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. This should be done once a day for the first 3 days of the infection.

Foot or skin fungus.


Just as ACV can help kill Candida in the body, it is often useful against yeast and fungus on the skin and nails. If you have foot or toe fungus, soak the feet in 1 cup of ACV in water or apply directly to the affected area. For skin fungus or yeast, apply ACV directly. For children or those with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute the ACV with water before applying to the skin.

Hair rinse.


Acetic acid, the main ingredient in ACV, will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hairís pH level, simulate the scalp to promote hair growth, and is a cure for dandruff. Dilute 1/3 cup ACV in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it in for a few seconds before rinse your hair using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine.

Facial mask.


Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay, add 1 tablespoon raw honey. Apply to skin. Leave this detoxifying, deep-pore treatment on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Skin toner.


Psoriasis sufferers praise apple cider vinegar for reducing inflammation. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and rub on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimize blemishes.

Soothing bath soak.


The next time you get ready to slip into a warm bath, add one to two capfuls of apple cider vinegar. It draws toxins out of the body, leaving behind toned and moisturized skin.

Sunburn remedy.


Relieve the pain of a sunburn and minimize peeling by applying a wash cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to the area.

Alleviate age spots.


Apple Cider Vinegar contains sulfur that fights the effects of aging, including age spots. Dab age spots, or liver spots, with ACV every night before you go to sleep. Do not wash off the vinegar. If you feel a stinging sensation, dilute the vinegar with water. Wash off in the morning.

Ease varicose veins.


ACV is great for varicose veins because it improves circulation in the vein wall and helps to ease the bulging and swelling vein so it is less noticeable and less painful. Combine equal parts ACV and your favorite lotion. Apply morning and night to varicose veins in a circular motion until absorbed. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, you should begin to see improvement within a month.

Natural deodorant.


Most commercial deodorants are antiperspirants, which block your ability to sweat. Since sweat is one of your bodyís natural means of detoxification, blocking your ability to sweat can block your ability to detoxify. ACV absorbs and neutralizes odors. Simply rub a bit of ACV in your underarms. The vinegary smell dissipates once it dries.

Relieve arthritis pain.


The potassium in cider vinegar may be especially beneficial because it works to prevent calcium build-up in the joints, which is linked to joint stiffness.

Improve bone health.


The abundance of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and other vital minerals, makes apple cider vinegar a good candidate for maintaining bone health.


Need I say more?

Blue Yeti.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
The Band asked me to find them a good blue yeti.

I have no idea what a blue yeti is. But Yeti, I know.

Yeti is an ape-like cryptid. People say they inhabit Nepal and Tibet. Whether it's a legend or not, we don't know. But yes, that's the yeti I know, I told them.

One of them told me what a blue yeti is. It's a USB microphone. Now I know.

Monday, 10 March 2014

I love going to Home Depot. You can find me at their Garden section whenever I am there. I like adding some plants in my indoor collection. A lot of them dies during the winter season, either because it's under-watered, over-watered, or it's just the deadly coldness and dryness of the season for some plants. I do not believe it has something to do with my thumb (if you know what I mean).
This weekend, I bought an exotic angel plant (Camille). It's a 3-dollar plant that I hope I can grow. Bought some potting mix soil, too. I've added soil to some of my houseplants and tried cultivating them. I hope that will help them keep the moisture. I can't wait for Spring to come. I am planting tomatoes at the back of the building again.
Hard Case.
Monday, 10 March 2014
We are sending my Ukulele to the Philippines and we need a hard case for that. I wonder if I can get one like the affordable guitar hard case that I was able to buy for a guitar a couple of years ago. If I am not mistaken, I bought it from where I got my Ukulele. I have to check again when I get a day off from work.
May I borrow your teeth?
Sunday, 09 March 2014

Who among you here works at Starbucks?

I was inspired by some baristas who served me well before. They looked happy. They looked like they are loving their job.

Lately, the three branches that I frequent have changed their staff. From the good ones to those who, I think, need to be winded just so they can be polite to you.

"Can I borrow your pair of scissors? I can't seem to open your packets of honey. They don't have the slice."

The guy asked the lady (maybe she was superior) and came back to me.

"She said no," he said. And left to attend to the next customer. Note: I am still in front of him but suddenly I think I became invisible to him.

"I am sorry, what did you say?" the lady was saying something so I asked her.

Do they want me to just stand there and stare at the packets of honey, which I tried tearing with my nails and when I failed, I tried my teeth, which obviously didn't help either?

I was about to ask if I could borrow their long nails or their sharp teeth maybe when the lady finally went to me and I explained to her how hard it was for me to open their packets of honey.

"Oh, he did not tell me about the honey."

Duh. What do I need your scissors for? To cut some clippings from your newspapers? Cut your throat? (Of course I am aware that's one of their fears).

She got the packets of honey from my hand opened them for me. That didn't even take her five seconds to do that.

Phew! This is what I get from getting sick and from needing mint tea with honey early in the morning. I hate it.

One time, during the same week, I went to another Starbucks and I was faced with the same scenario-- I couldn't open the packets of honey!

"We shouldn't be doing this," the barista said while giving the packets of honey some slice.

"So, what do you want me to do? Your packets of honey have no slice."

You know, no matter how good the products that you are selling, people will stop buying from you if you don't take care of your customers.

Maybe it's not Starbucks' loss when a customer decides to stop buying from them. Well, it's not my loss either. There are a lot of other good (even better) coffee and tea shops out there that I could support.

Wait. Did I miss something?

Is it Bring-Your-Own-Scissors-So-You-Can-Open-The-Honey at Starbucks?