The reason behind my collection

My most favourite album EVER

Some of my collection

First of all, I get several queries on why I spend money on records. There are thousands of sites which offer free downloads; hell, we can all even get it off Youtube without paying a single dime. Well here’s a simple answer: As a person who loves music, I really want the best quality. iPods don’t play FLAC files and it’s really frustrating because MP3 quality really sucks. Buying those expensive Beats headphones and whatnot won’t make a difference, trust me. 

After hours of researching and asking around, I’ve decided that the best solution for my problem is to buy my own record player - which happened to be the one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. Here are a few reasons why I fell in love with records:
  • Natural sound quality: There is a lot of debate as to why records sound the way they do, and why so many people prefer the warm, natural sound of vinyl to CD and digital sources, especially when CD has more impressive technical specifications.  Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter to me.  I prefer it and for a majority of audiophiles it is not even a matter of debate- vinyl offers the best sound quality.
  • Wide variety of music available very inexpensively:  Once you have your turntable the fun really starts!  You will find it fun, easy and inexpensive (unless you dig the rare ones, it will cost you heaps..beyond heaps) to start collecting and expand your musical tastes.  There has been a tremendous amount of music issued on vinyl over the past 60 years and you can pick up records in many different stores from music specialists to thrift shops.
  • Album art and liners: With a vinyl LP you get a nice-sized album cover that really lets you appreciate the art.  It’s beautiful to look at and easy to read.  Compare the LP to the CD and iPod above.  The iPod looks puny as it is, then consider the art is a tiny part of the display!  You will also often find your LPs include album liners with lyrics, ads for other records, and sometimes you find a poster too.  
If you’ve never played a record before, I do suggest that you ask your grandparents if they still have theirs and try it (just make sure that the needle is still in good condition or else it will damage your record and it won’t sound good

Don’t be silly, it’s not a CD player, it’s a record player so play it fucking loud. You will notice the big difference between the sound of your iPod and the record player. That’s the part when you choose whether to listen to the “good” quality or the “better” one.

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I finally know what I WANT to do! Now what?

For the past few years, I've been thinking whether my life's going to the right direction or not. I've been raised in a third world country so my parents never failed to remind me everyday that I need to make sure that my future is secured. When I was young, I thought it was gonna be easy - go to school, get a job, and earn money.

As I grew up, I realised that I need to make certain choices to ensure that I won't disappoint my parents, and of course, myself. We moved to New Zealand, started a new life, and adjusted to a whole lot of changes. My perspectives and goals changed, my direction diverted, and those things overwhelmed me. I found myself questioning a lot of things, why I need to do this and that, why I can't make my own decisons, and so many other stuff. 

For years, I felt completely lost. My "plan" has always been like this: finish high school, go to university, get a degree that would get me "great" jobs, and earn money. I never had any other alternative. There was a time when I told my parents that I wanted to learn photography because I could see myself traveling around the world and taking wonderful photos.. and guess what - they were horrified. They told me that there are no jobs for photographers and that photography is not even considered a degree. There was also a time when I told them that I might consider taking up Bachelors of Education because I've tutored several people in English and I really enjoyed it. Again, they quickly brainwashed me and told me that it was just a phase. 

Right now, I'm taking Marketing and Information Systems. I can't say that I hate it, but I don't love it either. I still feel that I need to do something else. Perhaps a sideline or a new hobby. Last week, I bought a new camera and I decided that I will take an online photography course (and upon completion, I will get a diploma! isn't that exciting?) I've been practicing like crazy ever since I laid my hands on my lovely Canon 60D. I told myself that I will take great photos someday, and hang those pictures proudly on my wall. As for now, the photography course remains as a goal. I still need to save up for tuition fees. So I came up with another plan, I will open up a shop before the year ends and hopefully, people will support it!

More details about the shop will be posted next month. I'm so excited about this. Now that I finally know what I want, it's time to work really hard and enjoy the things that I love doing!

To sum it all up, I'm glad that I chose to stick up with my personal instincts and decisions. The moment I started following my heart rather than my head, I felt way happier. I don't know where this direction will lead me but for now, all I can say is I AM SO FUCKING EXCITED!

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I spent my day at 3 different beaches :)

   All photos were taken in North Shore. I forgot the names of the beaches so the photos don't have captions.     
   Thank God it didn't rain! Now, all I really want to do is pack up my stuff and move to North Shore. I live at    
   Bucklands Beach but damn, it's nothing compared to what I've seen a while ago. 

   Does anyone want to come and live with me here? (Hint: I don't take no for an answer, just  

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New Beginning

I’ve been contemplating for a while whether I should move to Blogger or not. I currently have a blog at Tumblr, but majority of my readers are from different blogging platforms. I’m also aware that Tumblr isn’t really the best place to host a lifestyle/personal blog, so here I am! 

To give you a quick overview of what I usually blog about, I will re-post some of my favourites updates from my previous blog. I hope that I could find more people who share the same interests as me! 

I’m still in the process of editing EVERYTHING and stuff. I’m currently on a 2-week break so I have all the time in the world to do those. Well, not really. I mean, I have 2 pending assignments that need to be done and 2 tests that I need to study for. We’ll see how it goes! If only I weren’t pressured to go to university and whatnot, I would dedicate all my energy and time for this.

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