music to the ears

If I were to keep comparing myself to others, with others, I will never be happy or find peace within. Yet this is how our society is like, forcing us to rank overselves with our peers, draw parallels and comparisons even amongst friends and family, and I get sucked into this cess pool, driving myself deeper into misery. We can’t help it, in a place where information is so easily and widely available, whether or not we actually want any access to it or not. So sometimes, ignorance really is bliss but then again curiosity gets the better of us, which then kills the cat, and us, along with it.

Nobody likes an unhappy person, because negativity perpetuates itself and it loves company. I am trying to become happier, to delight in the things that can bring a smile to my face, to let go of comparisons, not to ignore them, but to acknowledge that they are an inevitable part of life and that everyone is blessed in different ways. When I finally am able to come to terms with that, perhaps I can indeed become lighter, in all senses of the word. I can never make enough money, become too successful, be smart enough, and so on and so forth. The crux is contentment. Which will be my point of contentment?

Music had made a quiet exit in my life. I used to be plugged in to music on my daily commute regardless of how long or short the journey, and through whatever means I get introduced to songs new and old. But somehow somewhere, I stopped. I don’t know what’s the latest tune making the rounds on the airwaves and I don’t even listen to radio anymore. Just check out how old school my music player is.

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An iPod Video, maybe a 4th generation? I can’t remember but it has its history and is easily more than 5 years of age. Its battery life is surely waning and I don’t know when it will decide to fail (again) and die. I don’t have a back-up of the stuff in it because most of them weren’t mine to begin with. As I charged it and turned it on today on my way to the office, the familiar tunes were indeed music to the ears. How I have missed having it, not the recent K-pop that had arrested my attention for a while, but the lilting and haunting sounds of the UK bands that I so missed.

Gloria Jean’s, Singapore

Another of my sinful indulgences. Currently, I still have not gotten sick of the banana walnut bread/cake at Gloria Jean’s.  20130516-105527.jpg

Sometime back, when I wanted to go to the branch next to International Plaza, it was closed for renovation. But it’s now opened again, though I can’t really tell what was being renovated because the place still looks pretty much the same from the last I recalled of it.

And the other day, I decided to power up my old iPod, and amazingly it’s still working! Of course its battery life is rather crap and unstable now though with just playback of a playlist without much scrolling around, it fares much better than my iPhone.

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One of my favourite bands (not that I have that many to begin with) and a song I really liked. I haven’t been listening to much music, much less new music, so the songs I have and know are limited to older tunes. As I listened to this, I also start to think about how long it has been since my days of hanging out at pubs with live gigs. That was an enjoyable past, with fond memories to reminisce now and then.

iObsolete

Just the other day, I thought I’d charge up an old iPod of mine and take a listen to the songs that I have in it. Besides this iPod Video (I think), which is the 4th gen of iPods that comes with a click wheel, I have an older 3rd gen iPod that comes with no movable parts at all (except the lock slider on top). But I think that 3rd gen iPod is probably almost dead, whereas this iPod video is surprisingly still functioning. It still has decent battery capacity, although it had in past times hung and refused to on or off, but considering that I came to own this since… 2006? I must say that it has lasted really long. Also, it has a large capacity of 80GB, more than I could ever use and even with a lot of songs that I do not listen to loaded into it, I barely cross the 30GB mark. Perhaps I could start loading some of my current listen-to songs in it, but then it would mean that I have one additional item to tote around in my already too-heavy bag, and also I can’t speak on its reliability. Besides, many of the songs I am listening to now are embedded in the AMPed app which can’t be extracted, so I need to change how I “own” the songs.20130208-095846.jpg

Then there is the iPhone 3GS, which I bought in January 2010. It hasn’t died yet and now I am only using it to listen to songs (AMPed) and as an alarm clock. I didn’t trade it in when I bought my new phone, for whatever reasons back then, and now I still have an active line on it; the silly thing is, the SIM card doesn’t seem to get detected on the phone now, so it has a perennial “No SIM” indication on the top. I tap wifi when it’s available while I travel, and use this sometimes as a back-up for my other phone where the battery depletes really fast. Overseas I don’t have that problem if I’m not on some roaming plan or prepaid SIM with data, but in Singapore, because of our lousy 3G coverage, the time the phone takes to try to connect to the non-existent network drains my battery. How ironic.

So I know I should cancel the other line already but am just procrastinating on and on. It would save me some money on a monthly basis for sure, so maybe I should just do it pronto.