Greeting 2013

Best wishes for a healthy, happy, and peaceful new year to you and yours.

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Song: Frosty the Snow Man with Piano by completelydisappear

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Although I was on leave yesterday, the actual start date for the long holidays is today (29 Dec 2012). What did I choose to spend my free time doing? I decided to help my brother assemble LEGO. Let me remind that my brother and I are already in our 30s. However, my brother has been really keen on building LEGO since his childhood. I remembered the time when my parents wanted to support his son by buying the LEGO models despite the fact that they were quite expensive as well as today.

After my brother grew up and earn his money, he started to buy those models that he’s interested in. I, myself, doesn’t fancy assembling LEGO that much if the models focus on cars, helicopters, airplanes or spaceships. However, this time the model is in the Modular Buildings series collection which really intrigues me to join my brother in building it up. This one consists of 3-story Pet shop and it is for anyone whose ages are 16 years up.

The Pet Shop

The Pet Shop

We spent almost 5 hours assembling this set. I truly enjoyed myself, and I was fascinated on its design. Despite closed walls after finishing, there are the small details inside that make this building looked real. For example, a small sofa, a spiral staircase, a terrace with small flowers, a bed with lamp on the side, a pot of coffee, a clock on the wall, a tiny toilet, a dog inside, a cat trying to catch a rat, two parrots beside the cashier desk and so on… Those carefully small details really add charm to this Pet Shop buildings. It shows how attentive the LEGO creators are, which I genuinely appreciate their inventive idea.

The Pet Shop

The Pet Shop

Late Beginner

I had attended the electone class for 1 year before I entered the secondary school. But I dropped it since I didn’t have time to go to the musical school during my school days. After that, I didn’t touch any musical instruments. However, I had this to-do-lists kept in my mind which one of the items is learning how to play the piano. I kept postpone this desire for almost 6 years since I first wrote down the list in my mind.

Fortunately, a peculiar situation had happened which made me realizing that I should start doing something for myself. That’s why I could get rid of my laziness and take a courage to enroll piano classes at the musical school near my home. Why do I use the word ‘Courage’? Because one of the reasons that I hesitate to apply for the lessons was the feel of inconvenience to be in the same class as kids. Most of students are kids and teenagers so I (in my 30s) kind of felt weird to be in the same class as them. However, the school has the personal class to offer for the piano lessons.

So far I’ve had classes for 2 months which I have been trying my best to keep up with the lessons and practices. It seems that we have to apply a variety of skills to earn the ability to play the musical instruments. We have to use memory to remember all of notes and other Musical terminology. We must use our ears to recognize and link between sound and notes. We have to practice how to play with both hands in the different notes. Every time I study in the class or play the piano by myself, I can feel my brain rolling. Right now I have a difficulty in maintaining the rhythm. Trying to find the way to understand it and hope that I can make it better soon.

I quite have bad habits which I tend to give up on somethings easily if I feel that I have to dedicate most of my free time to do those things. Although I’ve started to be a bit lazy in the piano practice, I tell myself that I won’t give up on it this time. I must give it a try, at least until I will be able to play this song or this song effortlessly. Someday …

On a lazy night

In Thailand, we have public holidays from 29 Dec 2012 to 1 Jan 2013 for New years weekend. Most companies will close during this New year holidays. For me, I am taking leave on 28 Dec in order to avoid the bad traffic on Friday before the long weekend which occurs every time. So I am feeling free right now since I am not obligated to go to bed early like other nights during the weekdays.

Although I am free which I should have written more on this post, I am just too lazy to do that. On a lazy night like this, the great way to finalize this post should be the cute video like this one.

The dog is utterly cute. Really put a lot of smiles on my face during watching the video.