Monday, March 30, 2009

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

My First Sketch


More...

Overworked and Underpaid?

How do you know if you are being underpaid and overworked? What must be done to resolve this issue? Continue Reading...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bagong Bahay, Bagong Buhay Online


My new online home.
You can find me here...
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My blog updates are here...
www.regierivera.co.cc/blog

See ya!

Friday, February 20, 2009

T.G.I.B. (Thanks God I'm Busy)


Sa ngayon ay inihanda ko na ang aking desktop. Bilang paghahanda, tinanggal ko muna ang aero features nito at ginawa ko ring standard ang window. Sayang din kasi ang resources na kinakain ng mga ito.

Nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos dahil sa lahat ng biyayang aking natatanggap. Hindi man nya ako pinapayaman, ay binibigyan naman nya ako lagi ng bagong karunungan na magagamit ko sa aking pang araw-araw na pamumuhay. Pamumuhay na kailanman ay hindi naging kabagot-bagot bagkus ay laging may pinagkakaabalahan. Ako kasi yung tipo ng lalaki na medyo bastos (err) tsuri, ako pala yung tipo ng tao na hindi mapakali kapag walang ginagawa. Madalas nga ay sinasabihan ako ng aking mahal na asawa na magpahinga naman. Minsan kasi habang nagpapahinga ako ay kumukuha naman ako ng libro or magazine upang basahin. Kaya't parang hindi rin ako nakakapag-pahinga. Pero gusto ko ang ganitong pamumuhay, at minsan ay naiisip ko na tama nga siguro ang opinyon nila tungkol sa akin na mayroon yata akong A.D.H.D. Hindi ko alam, baka nga.

Kung mayroon man, dapat ko ba itong ika-lungkot o ika-galak? ayon sa aking mga nabasa, kabilang ang mga sikat na personalidad sina Michael Jordan, Albert Einstein, Tiger Woods, Yngwie Malmsteen at iba pa. Silang mga nanguna sa kanilang mga piniling tahakin na landas. Ngunit ako? Hindi siguro... malayong-malayo pa ang aking lalakbayin. Naalala ko tuloy ang isang artikulong isinulat ng aking sinusubaybayang blogista na si Dr. RJ. Sa kanyang Chook-Minders Quill, nailathala ang Byaheng Langit. Marahil ay isa rin ako sa mga balahibong nililipad ng hangin na hindi alam kung saan papunta, napakarami kong landas na natatahak. Nandyan ang Graphics Design, Web Development, Photography, Music, Sports at "poging" (err) tsuri ulit, "pagiging" isang Guro. Katulad ng isang balahibo, kung saan-saan ako napapadpad. Hindi katulad ng iba na parang rocket na diretso lamang ang lipad at alam ang tinatahak na landas diretso sa target o pupuntahan ng mabilis at mataas.

Ngunit kahit ganito, masaya naman ako. Naeenjoy ko rin naman kahit papaano ang aking paglalakbay. Tulad ngayon, Marahil ay magiging kaunti ang aking oras sa pagsulat dito sa aking blog at sa pagtugtog ng aking bagong gitara. Mayroon kasing tatlong proyekto ang nakapila sa akin. Tatlong website ang aking gagawin na uubos ng aking oras. Masayang masaya ako ngayon dahil bilang isang guro, mayroon pa akong ibang pagkakakitaan. Unti-unti narin akong nakikilala ng mga kliyente upang irekomenda para sa serbisyong kailangan nila tulad ng pagpapa-ayos ng computer, pag-gawa ng disenyo ng tarpaulin para sa kanilang mga espesyal na kaganapan, at ngayon nga ay nagpapagawa narin sila ng website. Kahit na magiging abala ako, masaya naman. Hindi man malaki ang aking kinikita sa pagiging guro, hindi naman mababayaran ang respetong aking nakukuha mula sa iba't-ibang tao na aking pinaglilingkuran. Sana ay dumami pa ang proyekto at sana ay bigyan ako ng sapat na lakas at kaalaman upang makapaglingkod ng maayos at masaya. Ngunit sa kabila nito, magiging bihira na nga akong makasubay-bay sa mga blog. Pero pipilitin ko parin na sumilip-silip dahil masaya rin ako kapag nababasa ko ang mga artikulo nila.

Monday, February 16, 2009

My First Video Guitar Ever


This is my first guitar video ever. After 9 years without practice, back to start ako... Canon rock by Jerry C has caught the attention of guitar geeks around the globe, I really like that piece, so I started learning it just after I bought my own guitar last month. After work, I spend an hour to practice my guitar to unleashed the stress...

Hopefully mabuo ko na 'tong canon rock, I really enjoy playing this classical piece.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentines Day to you...

My fellow blogger, convergence forums co-members, co-dragons, webmasters, students, family and all friends over the internet...

Happy Valentines...

May you have a colorful valentines day.

from me and my wife.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Alay Dugo sa Buwan ng Puso Tarp


On February 15, 2009 the Rotary Club of Metro Pasig will have a Blood Letting Project "Alay Dugo sa Buwan ng Puso".

This Image shows the design of the tarpaulin that will be used for the announcement or a sort of invitation to participate on the said blood letting project. The image measures at 3 meters in height and 1 meter in width.

Stock photos from www.sxc.hu.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Official Site of BCLP?

This is the website that I have created for Barangay Computer Literacy Program. A program of the City Government of Pasig that offers free computer training for its residents. Yes, I'm part of it. I'm one of the computer instructor of BCLP.

This log is just the story behind what made me create this website, and not about the BCLP itself. For more information regarding the program, feel free to visit www.bclp.site50.net.

Ok, so what made me decide to create this website...? This programs was established 1999, and has been a great help for Pasig City residents who want to learn computer. Especially to college graduates that are not computer literate or just wants to know more about the current technology. For eight years, this program continues to grow, and it now offers four different levels officially. Advanced levels that are included are web page design and Photoshop. But I am wondering, because for so many years, this program do not have any online presence. "Naturingang Computer Training Center... walang website...".

One time, the City Government of Pasig held an exhibit that showcases the different office in its City Hall. So, as part of that, our office (BCLP) is also one of the participants. On a meeting with all the BCLP instructors, we talked about the preparation for that upcoming exhibit. One of my co-instructor volunteers himself to create a program that will showcase our service. He called it "Interactive Information Kiosk". So as part of the team, I asked him about the detail. I asked him what application he will use, what programming language or script, what will make it "Interactive" and on what form will he published that so called "his program". Although he is answering with so many words, the informations are not clear. It's like, he does not know what he's saying.... so I cleared it myself until we came at the decision to create a website that are installed on a web server on a local computer to be displayed on the exhibit.

But it doesn't ended on that, the website should also be published on the web. The problem is, no one knows how to do that except for me. So I accepted the responsibility on creating the BCLP website for free even if it is beyond my duties and responsibilities as a BCLP Instructor for the sake of that exhibit. "Napasubo na 'ko..." I only have a week to develop the website. To finished the website in a short period of time all by myself, I decided not to optimized the images to be used. Just before the exhibit, the www.bclp.site50.net goes online and can be viewed using different web browser.

"Pero sana hindi nalang ako nag-usisa, wala rin naman akong napala... "

Friday, February 6, 2009

My first recorded canon cover



My first recorded cover of canon.
No distortion/effects yet.

Still practicing...

Hopefully I could play the whole canon rock soon... with guitar effects.

"sensya na, puro sabet pa eh... practice pa 'ko..." :)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Canon Rock!

So you know how to play guitar... Do you know Canon Rock? Can you play it? Those are the questions that follows whenever a youtube member learned that you know how to play guitar.



This video was uploaded in youtube.com December of 2005 and has viewed 55,127,773 times now. FunTwo (the one playing the guitar) performs the Canon Rock. The original canon rock was arranged by a very young professional guitarist named JerryC (you can visit him at www.jerryc.tw). Although I've heard Yngwie Malmsteen's Canon in D version before, Jerry C's has become the popular one. Canon Rock was a rearrangement of the very beautiful classical masterpiece of Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D. It was so solemn that most of the time, it is used as a wedding march sound for the entourage. Jerry C's arrangement was so brilliant, it was very amazing. Since then, JerryC's arrangement of Canon Rock becomes the great challenge if not the gauge for a guitar player. A lot of times when somebody discovered that I know how to play guitar, they immediately ask me if I know how to play the Canon Rock. So I answered them, "Not yet...".

A lot of guitar geeks around the globe has uploaded their cover version of JerryC's Canon Rock. As a guitar player, I was amazed by each of them. All of them are great and plays Canon Rock with their electric guitar very nice. My favorites are FunTwo's and Cesar Huesca's cover. After I've watched their video in 2007, there's a spark inside me wanting to play that Canon Rock piece. Hopefully, someday I will have the chance to upload my own cover of JerryC's canon rock.

Here are some of the Canon Rock videos from youtube.com uploaded by impeto.



Here's the original Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel from Imeem.com.

Pachelbel Canon in D [original version] - Divertimento

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sweep Picking? Arpeggios? What was that again...?

When I was studying at Polytechnic University of the Philippines (now you know why I'm not good in english?), I discovered that my Advance Mathematics Professor (a very young 22 years old mathematician (regards to Sir See!) also plays guitar. He's not just a very good mathematician, he's also a guitar geek. I asked him who's his influenced and he answered me with a name... "It's Yngwie Malmsteen." At that time, I don't have any idea who this Yngwie Malmsteen is. But when I've heard Yngwie's "Seventh Sign" album, I was shocked and amazed on how he played his guitar. I asked my professor if he could also teach me some techniques that yngwie uses and he taught me "Sweep Picking".

Sweep picking is playing notes one after another, your pick travels in one direction across multiple strings. My math professor introduced me this technique in year 2001 but I don't have the chance to study and practice it because I was so busy with my thesis.

Here's some video that I've found and you may also find these beneficial if you're just like me, a newbie yngwie wanabee. :)

Hope I could absorb these free online arpeggios examples, but with my rusty fingers, I don't think so... It will take a lot of time for me to practice.






Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tune your guitar online



Before we play our guitar, it has to be tuned accordingly. Either let your friend that plays guitar for a long time or use a guitar tuner. Remember, as a guitar player, we need to learn this ability.

The standard tuning of six string acoustic and electric guitars are in E A D G B E, there are numerous way to get your guitar in standard tune. You can listen for your favorite music that you know exact chords and tunes. You can also buy a guitar tuner or use a piano.

One helpful site that we can use is the get-tuned.com. Use this free online guitar tuner to tune your guitar. This is initially set for the standard EADGBE guitar tuning.

In time, you will be able to tune your guitar all by yourself without any help from your friends that are advanced guitarists.

Just Got My New Guitar!


Finally! I now have my own electric guitar...

My interest to play guitar started when I was in second year high school. My classmate John Lugtu played a big role in this, he taught me how to play guitar and introduced different bands like Guns and Roses and Nirvana. Although I grew up in a family that loves music and listens to Juan Dela Cruz, Asin and Sampaguita, It was a memorable experience for me to listen and learn different type of music... rock music.

Since then, my passion to play guitar continues but I don't have my own guitar. Borrowing guitars from my friends is my weekly routine, until one of my friend and also one of the many person that taught me how to play guitar gave me his old cheap acoustic guitar. Although that was so ugly and very painful to fingers because of its high strings, I will not forget that first guitar of mine. I repainted it myself, exerted a lot of effort to rebuild it and I have learned a lot from it. Well that guitar was just a memory because it was broken and gone already.

When I was in college, my classmate and friend Romulo Fajardo Jr. aka mulong (a very talented graphic artist and guitarist) has taught me a lot of things about sketching and guitar playing. He even introduced me heavy metal music and bands such as Metallica, Wolfgang, Pantera and Black Sabbath to name a few. He even taught me how to read Tablature. Until we decided to form a band together with our classmates and friends Victor Guerrero Jr. and Francis Cuna. My college days was so memorable and unforgetable because of our "rak-rakan" times. Then with my "konting ipon" from my scholarship allowance, I managed to buy my own electric guitar. I just bought that in V. Mapa (near our school P.U.P.). It was a locally produced electric guitar that looked like Ibanez Steve Vai's signature guitar for two thousand philippine peso. Because of it's poor quality, my first electric guitar did not stand the test of time and eventually died it. Since then, I did not have the chance to play guitar anymore.

Now, I was really thankful because after seven long years, I already have my own electric guitar. It's a Dean electric guitar that handpicked by my wife. I let here decide what style of dean electric guitar would be great for me, we choose from different electric guitars like RJ, Fernando, Gibson, Ibanez and Fender. But with our budget, we landed with Dean Vendetta Electric Guitar. I was so happy and satisfied with my guitar right now and after so many years, "makakatugtog na ulit ako!" I will be able to play again. But I do not have any plan joining rock bands again. I decided to play it during my free time to release the stress that accumulates during office hours. And of course! to serenade my wife, because I used to do play countless love songs for her about nine years ago.

Here's the specs of my Dean Vendetta electric guitar that I bought in JB Music.

�- Bolt On Construction
�- Solid Mahogany Body
�- Maple Neck Rosewood Fingerboard
�- Dual Humbuckers
�- Tune-O-Matic Bridge
�- String-Through Body Design
�- Classical Dean V Ferrule Pattern
�- 24 Frets
�- 25.5 Scale

Hopefully someday, I will have the chance to own my dream Yngwie Malmsteen's signature Fender StratoCaster electric guitar...

For now, It's time to loosen my stocked fingers and put oil on it. Got to find numerous guitar lessons! :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I have a blog!

I now have a blog, it's url is http://myownlesson.blogspot.com. In this blog, I will share my memorable experiences no matter what the emotions involved and whoever may get happy or sad.