Thursday, October 21, 2010

So, You Want To Sing?!!

The art of singing is a very dynamic way to express one's feelings and emotions. It is a God-given talent that, when harnessed and developed to its full potential could become a very essential tool that can convey a specific message to its listeners.

We have to admit it, we Pinoys love music and naturally, love to sing. The downpart is, not everybody has the ability to actually carry a tune. But that's no reason to wallow in misery, I tell you. You see, even some of the professional singers nowadays who enjoy record-breaking sales and hoard platinum awards did not actually started out as exemplary singers. They learned the ropes, made sacrifices and so on and so forth. So, consider this, if they were able to sing so brilliantly then surely we can, right?! Never mind if we can't actually get to join the professional league.

I'd like to share some tips on how you you can achieve your life-long dream, to sing,that is! These are based on my personal experiences and I stand corrected should there be any misleading facts and info. I am a self-taught singing woman,not a singer per se, because I think it only applies if one sings professionally! My early reminiscings of singing workshops and vocal trainings were those conducted when I was part of a choir way back in highschool and college. But I do hope I can still share some worthy views that could,hopefully, help you positively.

1) Practice,practice and practice! - If this applies to almost everything then surely it plays a pivotal role towards achieving that singing prowess you've always yearned for.

2) Pump up on breathing exercises - The simple inhale-exhale procedures would be great starters. Later, try to practice breathing more deeply and get used to drawing air right smack from your diaphragm area. By familiarizing yourself with this you will be able to hold your breath quite easily while singing and prolonging notes can easily be handled. You also tend to reach higher notes when you breathe more deeply before executing that particular part of the song.

3) Polish your diction and pronunciation of words- Of course, this is not highly applicable if singing Tagalog and Original Pilipino Music(OPM) songs but this is a MUST when you savor the idea of singing English songs. Your manner of speech and correct enunciation of words do matter when you are bent on mastering the art of singing.

An important note, you have to have that unmistakable ear for music. Of course this flows naturally for lovers of music and can be practiced and mastered. I sincerely believe it goes hand in hand with singing as well as in effectively playing various musical instruments such as the guitar and piano.

Opps, and the most important of all, Just GO AND STEP FORWARD! Gather your courage and strength and just SING THAT SONG!! It does not take a thespian to learn and master the art of singing after all!! It only takes an ARDENT DESIRE TO EXPRESS YOUR INNER SELF THROUGH SONG and the rest will naturally and effortlessly follow!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Colored Beads Accessories

I stumbled upon these gay-colored, cute pieces through a cousin of mine who's selling them at very affordable prices. These are coin purses,wristlets and sling bags made from colored plastic beads in a variety of colors and designs. I, for one, am very fond of these type of accessories, well,who wouldn't be when you're the usual thirtyish woman or just simply a woman with a love for whims such as these! ha,ha! I was the more curious about this when I found out through my cousin that the makers of these gay-colored accessories are women inmates of a local prison center in our area here in Davao. Hmm, a very great way to express their creativity and talent despite the situation that they're currently in.It is very great to know that they have come up with this kind of livelihood project that will not only hone their skills but will also benefit them financially.

Appreciate if you can take a look at the following pieces.Anyone interested to know about the prices just send in your messages, I'd be more than willing to accommodate your queries.

coin purse

The coin purse pictured above is a cute little purse and can be made to order done in specific colors and designs.

wristlet,colored beads

The wristlet above can store a number of things such as your cellphone and make up kit to name a few. Very trendy and can be color coordinated with your outfit.

There are various colors and designs available for these accessories and I just adore it! Just some of the things that us women just can't do without!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wordless Wednesday!

It's always a thrill to participate in online group memes! Here's my photographic attempt and hope you guys will like it. The photo was poorly taken but hope it will still speak for itself! This picture was taken during my son's excursion to Subic,Philippines specifically at the Zoobic Safari!

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Second Home (Sort Of)

Oh geez!We just got home after a few days' stay in the hospital!This is the third time in a row this year that we stayed there because of the kids's illnesses. First, it was my eldest son and his bout with pneumonia,then last month it was both of my sons who both suffered from severe mouth sores and just last Sunday my youngest son was rushed to the hospital because of a viral infection and pneumonia! Oh no,what am I gonna do about this! But truly, bringing the kids there is the best option since prompt treatment is administered and a patient is closely monitored at all times.Of course,there's the advantage of having company-covered accounts and hospital benefits,thanks to my husband's employer.

Suffice to say, the institution we stayed on is one of the best here in Davao and probably among the best in Philippine hospitals. We've been in and out of it for a number of years now and the staff always deliver great service. Of course, there would always be a few hitches, such as an inattentive nurse every now and then, problems with the water pipes in the bathroom and worse, loss of cable connection! Nonetheless, I'd say, our stay was always worth those troubles.And I somehow feel a sort of attachment to the place. Like a second home, to say the least!

We always wish for the best for our family, especially good health. Yes, that's given. But at times, when sickness strikes among family members there's always Davao Doctors Hospital to come home to.At least, for a few days, at most!!

P.S. Here's some of the things I've learned during our countless stay at the hospital:
1) Bring only necessary things such as clothes,utensils,toiletries.
2) Always secure your own beddings and bring extra pillows.
3) Tag along a few copies of magazines and newspapers. I cannot compete with the cable TV which is always dominated by the kids!(their faves are Cartoon Network and Disney Channel!)
4) Be sure to bring along your own potable drinking water (mineral/distilled water) especially for the kids.
5) Don't forget your journal/diary!Some great,helpful even crazy ideas may suddenly engulf you while watching over your sick kid and jotting it all down will be worth something! (or so I think!ha,ha!)