Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Turntable Story


So I went to a shop today, and asked for a demo of the Rega RP3 turntable. And my first questions were:

1. Can you choose which track or song to play? And if yes, how do you do that? 

2. What happens if you fall asleep while you're listening to a "record" and the record ends? (yes, that's what they used to call 'em). Will the turntable automatically stop, will it go back to the first track, will it make screeching sounds? Hahaha.

We used to have a turntable (the kind enclosed in a cabinet), but I don't remember if I ever fiddled around with it enough to know how it worked. My memory of playing music starts with cassette tapes (and for the young ones, yes, the "mixtape" featured so prominently in Guardians of the Galaxy). The cassette tape players (think John Cusack and Say Anything) had Stop/Pause, Forward and Rewind buttons. You could sort of choose what track to play. And it automatically stopped when you ran out of tape.

It's funny how the world works. Music started being played "live", and then you could play it at home with vinyl. Then cassette tapes and CDs became the norm because you could bring the music with you, wherever. Nowadays, ipods and phones have supplanted CDs because one can store thousands of songs inside, or stream music through them, making music even more portable.

And yet, vinyl, which was supposed to have died and become extinct, is still around. And surprisingly, resurgent. Which makes me wonder - is it because one can actually see the album art (not the puny view from iTunes or spotify), or read the liner notes (no such thing with digital files)? Is it because you are forced to listen to the entire album, not just the one song which was #1 in the charts?

So excuse me while I re-read High Fidelity. And, as Zooey Deschanel says in Almost Famous, "Look under your bed. It'll set you free."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Now open: SM Savemore in Acacia Estates

SM Savemore in Acacia Estates has been open for a while now. 



But for those not yet familiar with it, here's a mini-tour of what's inside. I would describe it as a basic grocery, with all the essentials.






It also has its own bakery, a small Watson's branch, a China Bank Savings branch with ATM, and a Bills Payment center. There is even a Western Union counter.


In addition, there are some establishments outside the supermarket such as the Brera Deli


a Victor Ortega salon

and even Wingman


Wingman is at the basement portion of what is known as Casa Real, a Spanish-themed events hall.

Pros:

1. It's a good alternative for those of us who live in the non-BGC side of Taguig. 
2. There's ample parking, though you have to pay 20 pesos for it.
3. There's an ATM and a bills payment center.
4. The location is secure, as it is inside Acacia Estates.

Cons:

1. It's a very basic grocery. The choices in the imported section are very limited.

*Note: This is the 4th in a series of posts I've made about supermarkets in Taguig, particularly those located outside the BGC area. The others I've found are Puregold Taguig in Gen. Luna St., Wellcome in McKinley Hill and Parco Supermarket, also in Gen. Luna.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Taguig builds "modern" jail

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology is building what is supposedly the most modern jail in the country. Here is GMA-7's news report on the structure, which is scheduled for completion in 2015.