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Taking the Plunge into Music

Yup. I’m going to do it!

I’m going to buy an acoustic guitar!

I’ve made up my mind (and, surprisingly, have the funds to spare XD) and I’m going to buy an acoustic guitar tomorrow, after I’ve enrolled my Master’s degree. I’ll be passing by a local musician’s mecha in Manila, and I’m thinking of stopping over and trying a few of them before I head home. I’m looking particularly at Sta. Mesa, where a local family of guitar makers (The Lumanogs) are still there plying their craft. Although I have read in some reviews that you really have to test the guitars yourself to see which one “feels” better for you.

There are other music shops that I’m also considering, and some online shops as well, like http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ and Lazada (yes, they sell guitars online), but like I said, you have to feel the guitars by yourself to choose the best one that suits your style and comfort.

But still, I am going to do it! And if I’m able to do it, I can finally cross “learning how to play a guitar” off my bucket list. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - June 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm

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100 Rock Riffs on the Ukulele!

I kinda want to get this good. XD

Yeah, I know. I’ve been harping on and on about guitars, but with teeny tiny fingers like mine, there is a tendency that I’m going to end up using a ukulele for any musical inclination that I might have.

It doesn’t sound so bad, you know, playing guitar rifts in an ukulele. It makes it sound much fun more even. Not to mention I already have them. I don’t need to buy a guitar for it, I just need lessons for them.

There’s a shop near my place, just a jeepney ride away, that sells ukuleles and gives lessons. Maybe after I finish my masters studies, I can take the lessons. (I’m going to need to look for lower G strings for my ukulele though, maybe https://www.guitarcenter.com/ has them?)

Also I just realized, looking at the foot of my best, that my ukulele case is gathering dust. I think it’s high time to take my baby Maki (short for Makala XD) for a bit.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - April 9, 2017 at 9:12 am

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SUMMER TIME!

Yep. It is OFFICIALLY summer.

I know because I’ve started wearing sleeveless shirts. And I HATE sleeveless shirts. I have like these freckle-like things on my arms that remind of chicken skin that I don’t want to show.

So, summer!

I used to love summer because as a child, I could take a 2 month vacation to my parents’ provinces of Marinduque or Pangasinan. Aw, man. I miss those days. I’d go to the province with a light skin tone and I’d come back looking like a burnt eggplant because I was so dark from all the swimming in the beach or river. XD

But now I am stuck to having a weeks vacation from work instead, just in time for the Holy Week, which, after working 8 years, is not as bad as I thought it would be. Yeah, it is just a week, and after wards, I’m going to complain that I need more vacation time, but hey, a weeks vacation is better than no vacation, me thinks.

Anyway, I’m rambling aren’t I? I tend to ramble when I think of what to pack up for a vacation. (Yes, I’m packing up. XD)

I should bring a book, though. I need to read a book…

If anybody sees me in Marinduque, give me a wave. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 8:40 am

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Guitar help anyone?

Okay, so here’s the thing…

I still haven’t bought a guitar… even though I’ve been ranting about it all the frickin’ time.

Maybe I’m just daunted. I can’t even play my ukulele decently (I keep forgetting chords to songs, and I’m totally tone deaf when it comes to music, it seems), and now I’m hoping to make the transition to guitar. I mean, I’m sure a lot of people say that it would’ve been better transition FROM guitar to ukulele to get a better feel of the changes in chords, but I have to admit, I bought the uku on a whim to play “Creep”by Radiohead like Amanda Palmer does (I still love her, though).

So question time…

Is it too late for me to learn guitar?

I have really short fingers, I’m practically tone deaf and I can’t remember chords for sh*t… but I really want to learn.

Or maybe I should stick to using a korg padkontrol and make MIDI songs instead? I’ll end up making MIDI remixes of Dragon Age soundtracks. XD

I. Swear. To. God. I feel like I’m the only one in my family without any sense of music or tone AT ALL.

Ugh… this makes me so sad.

And I still have an assignment with my Statistics subject (and I suck at math!).

I guess I’d better stick to studying. I think I’m better at that than music anyway. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - January 16, 2017 at 9:43 pm

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METAL COVERS!

Have I told you guys how much I love metal covers?

I. FRIGGIN’. LOVE. METAL. COVERS.

Specially when they’re this well made.

DISNEY METAL COVERS!!!! Yeah!

So yeah, if I knew or if I had any musical talents at all, I would be making metal covers of… of… Suteki Da Ne or Eyes on You.

And this guy, Jonathan Young. UGH! If I could sing like you, man…

But honestly, I respect any person who converts the mood/genre of one song into another. I have a friend who was a music major and transposing such music to another tone is freaking complicated as hell, man.

And the guitar! Holy crap, the guitar envy rises yet again. On the plus side, my new school is close to the center of Manila where they sell lots of guitars (yay for Sta. Mesa!), so I can probably get one and learn soon. Of course, I’d have to start with a simple acoustic guitar. I’ll jump to wah pedals, re-20 and other stuff when I’m better.

For the meantime, I’ll be head banging to his music on Youtube.

HEY! He has a cover of “Poor Unfortunate Souls”! *shrieks and binge watches*

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - December 5, 2016 at 10:27 pm

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Recent Updates

Halleloo, people!

Sorry that it’s been a while since I posted. My life has been SUUUPPPEEERRR crazy lately.

For one thing, I have realized that for the past few years, I’ve been… not really myself when I’m blogging. There was a time when I was able to post more about my thoughts, the things I see around me… you know, posting as… well… me.

But ever since I’ve gotten in a pay-per-post website, the things I write always seem so forced. No offense to my blogging master, raredog, as I am every grateful to him for introducing me to the concept. However, I’ve decided that I’m going to start posting a bit more content about my life. I’m not going to let go of the whole pay-per-post thing though, but I’ll try to keep it at least a 30:70 minimum.

SO! Activities! Well, I’ll be happy to tell you that I have since enrolled in a local college to take my Masters. WHOOHOOO! Yeah, I’m studying again. Which is pretty cool, considering I’ll probably hate it in a few years. But it is quite an achievement, specially since I’m not using my parents’money for it. I actually didn’t realize how much I’ve missed studying. I know there are, like, collective groans from students reading this about how much they positively HATE school, but trust me, when you get to my age, you’re going to miss it too.

It’s also probably the reason why I’ve been pretty down lately, last year in particular. It’s like my mind was looking for something to make it active again (which is why I took up the ukulele). I’ve read somewhere that depression sets in when your brain feels stagnant… when you don’t do anything to stimulate your brain cells like exercise or read or do adrenaline-junkie-like stunts like my blogging master. I know I’ve been into video games too, but something still felt off. Like I wanted to learn new stuff, so here I am! I’m just praying that I’ll be able to finish it. I must admit that I wasn’t a model student back in my college days, but I really do realize my mistake now, and I’ll be damned if I do it again.

And of course, since I’m studying again, I haven’t really had any time for video games, (which kinda sucks… I miss Garrus Vakarian). There are SOOOOO many great video games coming out soon (I’m looking at you, Mass Effect: Andromeda!), but I’m hoping I can save up and buy a next gen console. I had to use some of my money for a brand-spanking-new laptop since my classes required it, but yeah, I need to save up again. Besides, according to my official-pasted-on-my-wall bucket list, I still need to learn guitar to play Breezy from Final Fantasy VIII and Spanish Romance before I should play video games(priorities, people!).

Anyway, stay tuned for a bit more! Because I saw a video from YouTube that made me envious again. T_T

Tolle lege! (I should make this a thing from now on… it means ‘take up and read’).

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 10:10 pm

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Wireless Ear Buds

Wait what? Wireless ear buds are a thing? O_O

I didn’t know people are into that.

I just saw a recent image of wireless Ear Buds and for some reason, it irked me. (I’m going to sound like a total mountain-woman-whose-been-away-from-civilization, but yeah, I didn’t know it was a thing).

I’m sorry to say that I have the tendency to be forgetful, and my things areĀ in… practically an endless chasm of mess stuffed inside a purple Vera Wang shoulder bag. So I have the tendency to use my good ol’ phones default earbuds (with the cords wrapped around with plastic spring thingies that makes it look like a rainbow). I mean, sure it gets caught on stuff, but at least I don’t lose it.

By the way, are there any instances where the wireless earbuds gets accidentally stuffed inside the ear canal? Because it’s a total possibility (and a constant fear of mine when I lose that rubber part in an earbud).

And what happens when you lose one plug? O_O

Wait, you can get a special harness for the earbuds for $10?

Aw heck, no! Eff that!

I’m sticking to my trusty shure 215 earphones, man. That $10 is enough to buy me TWO decent earbuds.

Honestly… Capitalism nowadays…

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - September 14, 2016 at 4:56 pm

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The Internal Arguments of a Restless Mind

It’s like a continuous internal debacle, honestly.

So for those who don’t know, I am– undeniably– single as f***.

And with that thought, I’m looking for other things to occupy my mind (and my time), as well as enhance myself. Because you know what they say, “Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.” I think it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said that.

So far, I’ve tried my hand at belly dancing (which is actually fun as heck), photography (until my camera busted out on me T_T), writing (my FanFiction site is still growing! Still haven’t made my own fiction work… sad…), music (only on an ukulele though), and drawing (left that behind in my college days though). So now I am in that inevitable conundrum of asking myself…

What now? O_O

I’ve considered a couple of things, one of which I probably posted way too much here. I’m still interested in learning music (particularly the guitar), but I lack the ‘funding’ for proper lessons. I wanted to try and fix my voice so I won’t embarrass myself during karaoke nights, but that would take lessons. I’ve been searching around musciansfriend for a quality guitar, but without lessons, I’m still doomed. Ugh.

The second thing is that I’m considering of going after my Master’s Degree… which is, in itself, a debacle as well. Master’s in what? Education? Librarianship? Where am I going to study? How much will it cost to study? Will my workplace even allow me to study?

Honestly, I think I prefer trying my hand at playing music. Now if I can only find a decent teacher (or a book) and a decent-but-cheap guitar or piano.

What do you guys think?

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - August 11, 2016 at 12:39 pm

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Guitar Envy… again!

Oh, man… this guy’s rock versions of video game music is a killer.

Yep. The Music Skills Envy Demon is rising up my head again. I know I’ve been talking about it so much, and I get the feeling that the universe is converging and telling me to get a practice guitar or something. My neighbor just got one, and I could hear him from my window and it just kills me. T_T

There are so many video game music that I want to learn. This version of the Dragon Age: Inquisitions theme is one of them. So are the tavern songs. And ‘Breezy’ from Final Fantasy 8… ‘Sight of Spira’ from FF10.

Argh… when is my salary coming? T_T

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - April 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

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Let’s play Zumba!

In a related post to my previous one, I’ve recently seen this footage of a video game for the XBox Kinect called “Zumba Fitness World Party”.

And yes, I know the game has been around for a while, but hey, I was too busy catching up to my Dragon Age, Mass Effect and Red Dead Redemption marathon. (John Marston is my idol right now, I swear).

I’ve been trying to get a hold of a second-hand copy of this, since XBox 360 games trading is still pretty much thriving in our local scene, but nobody seems to want to let go of their c opy! Which is really surprising, since I thought that Kinect games are not really a “strong” seller in the circuit. So, I’d probably have to buy it for brand new.

Combine this with my Dance Central games, which have fitness monitors, maybe I could lose weight with this. I’ve heard some pretty good weight loss reviews from this game, and from my experience with the DC games, I get the feeling I’m going to get really worked up in this. I mean, just look at the girl in the video! I mean if I could dance like that, I’d be making videos of it too.

Which possibly also means that I’m going to have to get the music from this game, put it on my phone, and buy MF’s best earbuds so I can play them on my commute to work. I want to be able to practice it during my down time.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - January 4, 2016 at 10:30 am

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