Learning how to play the guitar was one of my dreams when I was nine. The one thing that encouraged me to play guitar was Metallica. Seeing Kirk Hammet shred his guitars was one of the reasons why I was watching their concert on video EVERY afternoon.

My dad found out that I wanted to play the guitar so he bought me my first guitar. It was a Mac Smith with a built in amplifier and a single coil pickup which produces a flat sound. That night, I learned the D’s, A minors, G’s and E’s. I was really happy.

The sad thing was that I lost interest in playing the guitar for reasons I really can’t explain, but I still liked listening to Metallica. My dad noticed and tried to bring back my interest in playing. He also bought me a new guitar which was an Ibanez Gio Gax70. Even that was not enough to bring back my love for playing the guitar (I know, shame on me.)

Let’s fast forward five years later. I was enrolled at the summer workshop of PETA  and we had a mini talent show. I asked my dad if I could play a song from the Ramones  or from Blink 182. He disagreed and recommended “Titanium”, I settled with it because it was a good song and it was easy to learn. In PETA, I met a kid my age who played the guitar, too! That helped me gain back my interest in learning the guitar.

I haven’t touched my guitar in years. I had a new guitar that looked great but a little bit dusty. We had to re-string and clean it. In the end, it looked good as new!

After my workshop, I busied myself with learning songs. Since May, I’ve been learning and have been perfecting these songs on the guitar: “Titanium” by David Guetta, “Adams Song” by Blink 182, “Up All Night” by Blink 182, “Chop Suey” by System Of a Down, “Wishing Well” by Blink 182 and “Closing Time” by Semisonic.

I know most of them are from Blink 182. I started learning Blink songs because they were easy and they were my favorite. The reason why my dad refused the Ramones song was that my classmates may not have heard of the Ramones because they might be too young. That’s why we settled with “Titanium”. I’m currently leaning Fade to Black, Kashmir, Floaty and Iron Man. I’m a bit proud of myself because I don’t have a tutor and I’m learning the guitar on my own.

I’m thinking of posting guitar covers and tutorials here on my blog when I’m ready. I haven’t seen a kid do a guitar tutorial so I think it’s a good idea. This is one of homeschooling’s advantages. I get to spend time learning what I really enjoy doing.

Step 1: Do your research Its always good to research before going to the comic book store because you need to find the specific comic book you want to read and make sure it’s in the same series and volume. External links: http://www.comicvine.com/ http://forums.comicbookresources.com/ http://marvel.com/comics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Comics   Step 2: Find a comic book shop you’ll like. External Links: http://www.comicshoplocator.com/StoreLocator/IntlSearch http://comicbookrealm.com/lcs http://www.the-master-list.com/   Step 3: Follow a series Its always better to follow a series rather than buying random comic books. If your comic book shop doesn’t have the specific issue you need, try finding it in a different shop, or get them online. To check the comic book’s issue chronology, go here: http://marvel.com/comics or here: http://www.comicvine.com/   Step 4: Get bag and boards Caring for your comic books is really important because you certainly don’t want your comic book to end up like the comic book below. All comic book stores usually sell them per piece or sometimes by packs. The best bag and board I know is Ultra Pro. If you don’t want bag and boards, try the top loader. Top loaders are thicker than the average bag and boards. If you ask me, I prefer the normal bag and board. External Links: http://www.ultrapro.com/product_list.php?cPath=75     Step 5: Find a place to store your comic books If you have more than 20 comic books, it’s always wise to get a comic book box. You can also arrange your comic books by issue and will be easier for you to find the comic book you want to read. However, if you don’t want to store it in a box there’s always a shelf or a drawer.   Step 6: Let your collection grow! If you already have a box full of comic books, consider buying really old comic books or first appearances of famous comic book characters to add value to your collection.

                      On Feb 22, my family and I went to the Mind Museum for the last day of the Astronomy Week. The first event was Build Your Own Telescope. But before the actual building, there were a couple of important things discussed.

The history of the telescope was the main topic for the first talk. The earliest known telescopes were created in 1608 and were credited to Hans Lippershy, a German spectacle maker. Other spectacle makers, like Zacharias Jansses and Jacob Metius, also claimed to have made the discovery. The early refracting telescopes consisted of a convex objective lens and a concave eyepiece. Hans Lippershy had his telescope applied for a patent. Unfortunately, the patent was denied.

I joined my seatmate’s group when the actual telescope building began. The telescope to be assembled was a Galileoscope. We started by putting the two main telescope tube and putting the 50-mm glass objective lens on the front. After that, we put together the two focuser tube halves and the eyepieces. Building the telescope was very fun especially that we did it in groups.

The event was a total success because they introduced the history of the telescope to kids who were interested to learn about them. If you ask me, there was nothing lacking in the lecture.  It was well organized and everything was discussed very well.

 

 

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comic collecting

My hobby for collecting comics started three years ago. Before that, I wasn’t really crazy about it.

We first bought my 90’s comics in an old book store right after we came from the hospital. I was 7 years old at the time so I knew nothing about comics and on how to take care of them.

Two years later, I learn more and more about them, and I got interested in comics that’s why I started collecting since then.

Right now I have about 29 comics. The series that I’ve been following recently is the X-Men Curse of the Mutants. So far, I have the issues #1-#5, all in perfect condition. I really wish to complete this series.

If you’re wondering if what else would be interesting to collect aside from comics, I suggest Marvel cards or DC Cosmic cards and Heroclix. I’m still researching where I can buy them here in the Philippines aside from Sulit, Ayosdito or OLX. Some of the ads are waaay too expensive like 100 pesos each card I guess that’s too much. I’d rather find and buy the brand new ones, if that’s the case.

If I know the place to buy Marvel cards or DC cards I’ll write about it right away. But if you want to buy Heroclix I know that they sell it in Comic Odyssey.

I’ll continue my comic collecting until I have a room full of them!

2012 cartoonIn the year 2009, the movie “2012” was released. We watched in on December 25, 2009. I felt scared after I watched the movie. I couldn’t sleep for many weeks. I always imagined what it was going to be like when the day arrived.

When I remembered the “2012” movie, I researched about it on NASA.gov to find out if there’s really such thing as “the end of the world”. It was said in NASA’s website that nothing’s going to happen. The Nibiru story started in 1976 which they then associated with the Mayan prophecy. But, there’s no such thing as planet Nibiru. There will be a planetary alignment. But NASA said that the last time there was a planetary alignment, nothing happened so they are sure that there’s no such thing as the end of the world on December 21. OnAncient Aliens’“S4EP1 Doomsday Prophecies”, GiorgioTsoukalos said at the end of the show that it’s not the end of time but the end of the Mayans’ longcount calendar.

On the exact day of the foretold day that the world will end I checked the website countdowntoapocalypse.com and I saw the countdown to mass destruction. On that day, I did my studies and my chores. It was like a normal day for me. It was 8:00 pm and the countdowntoapocalypse.com’s countdown ended.It said, “The End Is Here”.When I saw it I just said, “Well nothing happened!”

My grandma had a theory and insisted that it would be the end of the world at 12:00 midnight. I waited for 12:00 midnight and still, nothing happened.

If you want to know if what NASA thinks about it go to their official website.http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html

Or, if you want to see the countdown go to,

http://countdowntoapocalypse.com/