Life was really boring during my course of Shingles recovery and I planned to pickup my aging Line 6 Variax 500 electric guitar to pass time. As the guitar had not been played for nearly two years, two of the tuners could not be tightened and the strings were out of tune shortly after few hours. Close inspection found that the plastic washer of those tuners disappeared.
休養期間生活有點百無聊賴，找來我的古董 Line 6 Variax 500 電結他消磨時間。 由于這電結他差不多有兩年没有彈過，在調音時發覺其中兩條低音絃線的 tuner 有點鬆，調好音後不到半天便走音，細看原來是 tuners 有破損，其中的膠墊圈已失掉。
The full restoration of our Yamaha U1 piano, that was sent to the workshop in last April was completed for quite a while. As I was tied up with other bits and pieces, I failed to provide a timely update on the works. So let me wrap it up in this post.
家裏的鋼琴上年四月中運回 workshop 後，翻新工作早已完成。只因其他鎖碎事情，我遲遲未有作更新，就讓我今天來個總結吧！
Our Yamaha U1 piano had been delivered to the workshop for nearly one week and various components were gradually dismantled. Just received call from A. Hanna & Sons Pianos that additional issues were found by technicians and we were invited to their workshop for a discussion.
To be honest, not a good sign!
鋼琴運回 Workshop 已經差不多一星期，内部零件亦續步被拆開移除。剛收到琴行通知，維修技師發現了更多問題，邀請我們到 Workshop 看看及相討。
Just as mentioned in my previous post, our Yamaha U1 piano was about 20 years old. It was used by my boy’s cousin for her piano learning and subsequently passed to him. It carried two wonder stories of learning and development in music. From random playing with their little fingers to achieving Grade 8 certification and if possible, we would like to have the stories be continued.
正如之前的一篇説過，家中的 Yamaha U1 鋼琴已有約二十年歷史，原本是兒子表姐自小的學習伙伴。一座漆黑的鋼琴盛載着兩個音樂成長故事；由只懂亂敲琴鍵，到取得八級資歷，如果可以的話，我很希望這故事能一直延續下去。
Haven’t listened to Eric Clapton’s songs for quite a while. I believed having only his “Riding With The King” album in my iPhone is the major reason why the chance of presenting his songs under Random Play mode was so low.
Tonight, I came across Eric’s latest album through YouTube’s Ads Algorithm.
很久沒有聽過 Eric Clapton 的歌，原因可能是手機中只有他和 BB King 的 “Riding With The King” 大碟，在 Random Play 模式下很少遇上，
今晚剛巧就碰上 YouTube 在其廣告演算法下推介的新歌曲片段 。
One of the most important tasks of our immigration is to ship my son’s piano to UK.
You may wonder why we did not buy a new one in UK?
Once the booking of the ABRSM Performance Grade Examination has been made, candidate or his/her guardian has to upload the performance examination recording to the ABRSM Portal.
完成了 ABRSM Performance Grade Examination (英國皇家音樂學院表演評級術科考試) 的預約後，考生需要於選定的限期內呈交錄影到 ABRSM 的考試網站。
Just like most of the people in Hong Kong, running out of space is always one of the major issues. Months ago, I decided to convert (or rip) all my Compact Discs to digital format. Over the past 30 to 40 days, I have ripped around 300+ CDs and now it came to its final stage.
Ever since I have got my wireless EarPods, time spent on listening to music has increased quite significantly. Without exception, this also applied to today’s family hike.
My friend has shared with me her first self filmed video tonight. To my surprise, she managed to present the solid contents fluently for more than 20 minutes without any preparation. Seems like this budding KOL is full of potential.
朋友今晚分享了她第一次自拍的視頻，在沒有任何事前準備下，除了內容充實外，她亦能流暢地演繹了二十多分鐘，看來這個末來 KOL 潛質真不可低估。
Time flies and its December, ABRSM Performance Grade Examination finally opened for online booking in Hong Kong.
轉眼又到十二月，ABRSM Performance Grade Examination (英國皇家音樂學院表演評級術科考試)終於開放網上預約服務給香港考生。
Eric Clapton was asked about how it felt to be the world’s best guitarist.
His response: “I don’t know. Ask Prince.”
After a hard day’s housekeeping work, I finally sat down, picked up my guitar and played along those videos suggested by YouTube.
忙了一整天，終於可以坐下來，提起結他跟隨著 YouTube 推介的 video 一起彈奏。
我家兒子原先報考了今年四/五月舉行的 ABRSM Grade 8 Piano Practical Examination (英國皇家音樂學院八級鋼琴術科考試)，但因應年初疫情，考試被迫取消。為免浪費數個月的試前準備(其實是高昂的學費)，我亦跟隨學院的建議，申請了年尾的考試。
最早認識到 Bon Jovi 是我剛大學畢業的那個年代，和很多年青人一樣，第一首接觸的是 1986 年 11月 Billboard #1 歌曲 You Give Love a Bad Name。
I got another toy yesterday – an Acoustic-Electric Guitar from Harley Benton.
These days, I’m fascinated by Jonathan Koh’s guitar playing. He is absolutely a genius.
Flight from Hong Kong to Taipei is quite short and roughly takes about 120 minutes. Excluding activities like takeover, meal serving and landing, actual flight time is really short.
Since my previous trip to Taiwan lasted for more than two weeks, I had to settle all those ongoing issues before the trip. Having just few hours of sleep before leaving Hong Kong, I was a little bit tired after boarding the plane. As such a short flight time made sleeping or watching a movie not really feasible, I finally decided to take a rest and listen to some music instead.