Are Bass Players Always Underappreciated?

Are bass players always under appreciated? Just because you can barely hear them in a band doesn’t mean they are not really important. In fact, bass players are considered as one of the most important band members but of course, those who are not really into music will never appreciate their presence.
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Are six strings really better than four? I’m actually guilty about this. I am not a musically inclined guy , I love to listen to music but I never gone deeper about it. I can follow the beat and the rhythm while listening but that’s all about it. I never pay attention to which of the band members are responsible for this sound and that sound until I came across an article before stating how important the role or bass players are.

Guitarists and singers often dominates a band but little did we know, bass guitarists are responsible for the rhythm section in a band’s music, along with the drummer and rhythm guitarist. The bassist collaborates a lot with the drummer and together they form what is called a groove. The bass sound is truly an important element in music. Have you tried to listen to Pentatonix? Can you imagine their music without Avi Kaplan in their group? Imagine the sound they make without the bass vocals provided by Kaplan.

Same thing is applied with Bass guitarists! They are one of the fundamental elements in a band. They said that a good bassist can make the music come alive but a bad one will leave it sounding like a soggy mess. So I think it will still depends on skills of the player and of course the kind of guitar he is using. If you decided to venture from rhytym to bass then you must pick the right guitar that will give enough justice to the music you are playing.  Those warwick bass at musiciansfriend.com are seemingly ideal enough for beginners!

Bass guitarist and players may indeed be one of the most underappreciated members of a band but if you really learned to see their importance, you cannot overlooked their presence and you will admire them even more!

The 43rd Live Via Crucis in Cavite City (2017)

IMG_1648tThe people of Cavite City are naturally religious. They got so many festivities which are done in celebration of their patron saints. There’s the much awaited Regada Festival in celebration of Saint John The Baptist every June and the grander Feast of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga every November. For the Lenten Season, there’s an annual cultural and spiritual tradition known as “Live Via Crucis“. It is basically the Cavite City’s version of “Senakulo“.  If there’s a Moriones in Marinduque and Pagtaltal in Iloilo, then Cavite City has its own Passion Play which is better known as the Live Via Crucis.1797330_10202773033200233_4165628477011976607_ntVia Crucis or “Station of the Cross” is a passion play done during the Holy Week (Holy Tuesday to be specific) in which participants (a group of local residents of Cavite City) wear biblical costumes and take the center stage of the town plaza to dramatize the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is already an old tradition which can be traced back since 1974. The picture above features my late grandpa portraying one of the centurions or Roman Soldiers. This year marks the 43rd year of Live Via Crucis and they notably made some changes this year1800437_10202773033400238_7509013980156151892_ntMy late grandma as one of the Ladies of Jerusalem during her younger years.IMG_1441tThis year’s Live Via Crucis was still based on the Passion Play written by Antonio Galura under the direction of Charlemagne Tyrone Gopez, Leo Ponseca and Narciso Lamberte Jr and Asst Director Edwin Monton under the supervision of their Chairman Aldous Guiao and Michaelangelo Camilo (Vice Chairman).
IMG_1452ttThe event started around 2pm. A special mass was held prior to the actual play presided by Fr Virgillo ParadesIMG_1564tLive Via Crucis  showcases different acts stated in the written Fourteen Stations of the Cross where one station usually last for 15-20 minutes (including the prayers). The Play will pass through fourteen different Stations. Unlike last year, however, they changed the settings , moving the 9th to 14th stations from Montano Hall field to San Roque Parish Church.
IMG_1589tIMG_1573tThe Last Supper marks the first station of the Cross, the final meal that Jesus shared with his Apostles before his crucifixionIMG_1466tWhile the Last Supper is being held in San Roque Parish Church, another scene was taking place somewhere else. The Centurions and the Roman Soldiers armed with their weapons, horse carriage and armors.IMG_1493tAlong with the people of Jerusalem are the thieves who will play greater roles on the later part of the play.IMG_1516tHestas, the Penitent Thief
IMG_1559ttThe Washing of the Feet
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14
IMG_1592ttJudas identified by Jesus as the Traitor.IMG_1595tJohn 13: 26-27 ” Jesus states: “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.”
IMG_1612tThe Second Station : The Agony of Jesus in Gethsemane IMG_1621tJesus was accompanied by the Apostles Peter, John and James, whom he asked to stay awake and pray. He moved “a stone’s throw away” from them, where He felt overwhelming sadness and anguishIMG_1630tJesus was then confronted by the devil to tempt him while prayingIMG_1637tThe demon tempting Jesus during his agonyIMG_1664tHe was also confronted by an Angel IMG_1688tJudas and Roman Soldiers arrived in Gethsemane to capture Jesus and bring Him to the Sanhedrin.IMG_1716tThird Station: Jesus Before the Sanhedrin
IMG_1749tJesus was brought to Pontius Pilate  by the SanhedrinIMG_1786rtPilate handed Jesus over to Herod Antipas but Jesus was just mocked by him and he sent Jesus back to Pilate for the trial
IMG_1835ttMatthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”IMG_1865tJesus was crowned with thornsIMG_1348tJesus was Crucified
IMG_1356tThe penitent thief
IMG_1381ttMary and John at the Foot of the CrossIMG_1415tJesus said that He was thirsty, one of the last seven words he said before dying on His crossIMG_1428tJesus dies on the crossIMG_1494tMary cradling the dead body of JesusIMG_1511ttMary holding the crown of thorns after Jesus was laid on His tombIMG_1533ttAn Angel came to Mary Magdalene to inform her that Jesus is alive!IMG_1558tThe Resurrection of Christ!

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SPORTS HD DV 1080p Action Cam Review, Video And Image Samples! Is It Worth Buying?

Last month, I saw an interesting deal with Goods.PH (Check : The Benefits of Shopping Online and Why You Should Start It With Goods.PH). I finally gave it a shot to shop my very first gadget online. Honestly, I have never been so confident of shopping gears online. I can buy clothes or other items but when it comes to gadgets, i always have doubts. The method of shipping is what worries me the most. I’m afraid that something might get damage or lost during the process.
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Goods.PH, however, proved me wrong. I was expecting the item to arrive after 2 to three weeks of placing my order but I got it in just three days! So what kind of item I am referring with? It’s an Action cam. The item was on sale, dropping the real price from Php2000+ to only Php959. Since I am recently engaging myself into travels, I decided to grab this interesting offer.
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Sports HD DV 1080p Action Cam is more like an imitation, a brandless item that is seemingly a clone version of SJCAM. Appearance wise, it looks almost the same (even the set of colors available) except that it has no SJCAM logo on it.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
The box comes up with the Action cam along with many accessories including the Waterproof case, the bicycle stand, helmet base, support switches and straps (even extra nuts too) and of course a user-friendly manual. Unlike other packages I’ve seen online, this one doesn’t come up with Floaters and monopod so you have to buy them separately.

ASSEMBLING
For a first time user like me, assembling the action cam was quite a trick. I find it hard to remove the action cam out of the waterproof case and I had to search videos about it too haha. Generally, it just need a little getting used to but assembling can be easily performed.

INTERFACE / CONFIGURATION
Sports HD DV Cam has a very simple and manageable interface. The Camera can be turned on by holding the Power Switch button on the front (just beside the lens) for 3 seconds. It is the same button you can use to switch from one mode to another. There are FOUR modes in this action cam. First is the VIDEO mode where you can take videos, the CAMERA Mode for still shots, PLAYBACK Mode to review photos and videos you took and SETTINGS mode to configure the camera based on your preferences. To select item, simply click the OK button

SETTINGS
Resolution : 1080p │ 720p │ VGA (1080p might sounds convincing but I never really get such quality)
Date Tag : Off │ On
Motion Detection : Off │ On
Cyclic Record: Off │ 3 mins │ 5 mins │ 10 mins
Audio : Off │ On
Exposure Value : +2.0 – -2.0
Reolution : 16M │ 12M │ 10M │ 8M │ 5M │ 3M │ 1.3M
Fast View: OFF │ 2S │5S
Capture Mode : OFF │ 2S │ 5S │ 10S
Delete (to Delete photos and videos)
Others:
Lock │Volume│Format│Language Settings│Auto Power Off│Screen Saves│
Video Rotate│ Reset System│ Frequency │ Time Settings│ Version

VIDEO SAMPLES:

STILL SHOTS:
PIC024Shot in great light conditionPIC015Shot in great light condition but with moving subject

VERDICT:
SPORTS HD DV 1080p Action Cam failed to reach my expectations but like they always said when it comes to buying items, you only get what you really paid for. The low cost action cam might be very inviting but the quality of the pictures and the videos is unsurprisingly poor.  There are times that I get decent videos but most of the videos are generally poor in qualities. The 1080p is just a tricky features to make this product look inviting but in reality, this kind of quality has never been achieved.

It is a waterproof camera indeed but not meant for underwater. There is underwater mode here so when the camera is being used underwater, it automatically zooms in.  There is also no Stabilized mode so the video tends to be shaky and at some point, it jumps or skips in few seconds while recording.

So is this Action cam worth buying? Well, it depends, if you are looking for a simple and portable action cam to record your activities without compromising your budget, then this one is ideal enough but if you are looking for that quality images and videos to share, don’t expect much from this action cam. I personally think that it is not really worth buying and I wish I could have searched for something else.

Let’s Explore Manila : The Papier Tole Souvenir Shop

20170101_134750tIf there is something I wouldn’t miss buying when traveling, those are the souvenirs. In my case, I always make sure to buy a fridge magnet so that I have something to place at home and something to remind me of my recent escapades.  When we get to Manila, we had a hard time looking for a souvenir shop. Well, we apparently went there on a Holiday (it’s New Year’s Day) so most establishments were closed. Luckily we spotted a very interesting shop just beside the San Agustin church, The Papier Tole Souvenir Shop and I think it is just a perfect place to buy your souvenirs!
20170101_134812tThe Papier Tole Shop is a very unique shop in Intramuros which is as old as the other establishments in this historical place in Manila. The shop is said to be established since 1668. No further details were mentioned though regarding on The Papier Tole Shop’s history. I’m not sure if they have been there in Intramuros prior to the Battle of Manila and how they managed to survive such.20170101_135450tAs what the title of the shop suggests, they cater special crafts, the papier tole, a traditional paper craft which involves cutting out sections taken from identical printed designs and layering these cutouts up using 3D foam squares or silicone glue and make the craft look 3D (thus it is also called as 3D Decoupage).  With our current technology today where 3D prints can be made in an instant, this kind of paper craft method is somehow dying.20170101_135459tThe Papier Tole Shop in Intramuros is not just limited to paper tole crafts, they also cater a wide range of items from postcards, figurines, fridge magnets and a whole lot more but what makes it so special is that almost all the items will feature the historical side of Intramuros and Manila. Prints were merely inspired from different places in the city including the Manila Cathedral, the jeepneys, the calesas, the Rizal park, Manila City hall and a whole lot more!
20170101_135441tStationaries are also one of the common items found in this shop.It is very interesting to note that despite of the small space being occupied by this shop, there’s just too many things to see when you get inside. It cannot accommodate many customers though.20170101_135301tFigurines and many wooden sculptures20170101_135154tFridge Magnets with amazing Intramuros and Manila prints ♥20170101_135057tWall decors and puppets
20170101_135046tNotebooks, planners and stationaries with Manila themes
20170101_134941tWonderfully crafted masks20170101_134907tI’m not really sure what are these wooden toys are called but they were all seemingly inspired or influenced by Chinese. They reminds me of Matryoshka Dolls of Russia

The Papier Tole Souvenir Shop is just located just across the San Agustin Church.

We left Intramuros around 6 pm and we headed to our hotel in Otis. But before sharing you our staycation experience, we have another place to feature, the Fort Santiago!

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