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  • Teaching kids about music

    By carmel | March 22, 2016

    Kids and babies are easily drawn to music. This is what I’ve observed after babysitting my nephews and nieces many times in the past. They can easily sing or dance along (in their own funny and cute way) to a catchy tune or beat. They also sleep easily when you hum a lullaby to them. One of my baby nieces would even respond emotionally and cry to sad songs. As they grew up, they also had their kiddie favorites, whether silly nursery rhymes or simple melodies taught from school or praise and worship songs.

    Children also tend to be interested in musical instruments, but I guess it takes more than interest to really let them learn how to play one. Getting them to be enrolled in a music class is the usual option especially if the parents are not musically inclined themselves or don’t have the time for music lessons with them. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Music-listening pleasure

    By carmel | February 1, 2016

    How nice it is to listen to songs that are played with authenticity, i.e. notes are sung in tune, the blend of voices are in sync, the lyrics are not messed up and the backup instruments are well-timed with skilled hands. Whether one is playing in front of a million adoring fans or a small group of listeners in an intimate wedding event, it always takes a lot of hard work and preparation to bring out a sound that is pleasing to the ears. After all, who would want to hear a chaotic version of any song, especially if it’s a fave one? That would be torture to the eardrums, right?
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    Successful DIY wedding

    By carmel | January 31, 2016

    I got so busy since late last year for the wedding preparation of C and J who tied the knot two weeks ago. So thankful that the wedding was a success, though most of the accessories are DIY and handmade to meet the limited budget. I got teary-eyed watching the beautiful bride at the chapel door as she started her march. The many sleepless nights of DIY tasks for the invitations, missalette and cupcake baking were finally over, and so happy to have helped our dear friends in return for the big help they gave for dad and mom’s golden wedding anniversary last 2014. Our gratefulness translated itself to time and effort indeed, not just saying our thanks to J who did a superb and elegant setup and decoration for the chapel and reception during our family affair.

    For those with an important event coming up, a good events planner is a must, but if you are on budget, you can always enlist your family and close friends for help. The venue should also be booked earlier, ideally at 3 months before the event, to reserve your slot. It is also important to discuss with their manager or staff about your setup for the room, as well as your motif for the tables and chairs. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Holidays are over

    By carmel | January 13, 2016

    After the holiday season, most of us are still in vacation mode. Maybe it’s just me though. Anyway, we are all back to reality and back to work. The holidays are over and our next work distraction could be a trip somewhere or a simple family gathering nearby. How about gift-giving? I think we all need a break from buying presents, yes?

    Holiday spending may be over though, but school-related expenses are expected as always. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Keeping cozy during winter

    By carmel | January 13, 2016

    Brrr… My sis and her family in Finland are having negative below zero freezing temperatures these days. Bro –in-law even posted on Facebook the thermometer displaying -27 degrees Celsius on the scale. Ugh. How ironic that where I am now, it is quite warm and I even need to use a cap or umbrella when I venture out into the hot sun outside.

    I know my sis and her family are keeping themselves warm at home with the heater on and they also have a fireplace where they use some wood gathered beforehand. If you are used to a tropical environment, the weather in Finland is really too cold, but thankfully, my nephews and niece are quite accustomed to it, making it part of their life in Northern Europe.
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