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I know, Christmas has gone by too fast and hubby is still dreaming of his Christmas present. Well, there's always another Christmas waiting at the end of this year! :)

Musician hubby has always wanted to have one of those road-runner effects at musicians friend. With this kind of gadget, he feels so free to explore his kind of music and develop his skill more.

His dream is also to pass on this talent to our boy who is not that keen to learn guitar at 8. I hope he finds interest in music like his papa (now that's my personal dream for my kids!).

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Ok, sorry for not blogging right away on Ria's competition results as promised. Well, she made it to number 4. Hubby and I are so proud! We are so thankful to Ria's teachers for giving her this break. Landing on the 4th place is such an achievement, considering that she competed against more than ten contenders from different schools-- and it's just her first time!

She also did well in her Bible quiz bowl. She and her partner made it to the 6th place. What made her happier is the fact that she was the one who was able to answer the tie-breaking question correctly. Their singing group did not receive any award but it was a good experience for her. Maybe next time they would be needing more musical instruments with electric mistress deluxe!

Our girl will be in High School this year-- we asked her if she wanted to transfer to the school where I graduated from but she begged me to let her stay in her current school. I don't think it's a bad idea!

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A couple of months ago I have blogged about Ria joining a regional Expressive reading competition. If you know our Ria, you would know how shy and soft spoken she is. She talks a lot with us and with her closest friends, but it's almost impossible for her to be standing onstage with a huge crowd listening to her.

I told her that she does not have to say yes to her teacher just because she is obliged. She had to decide on her own and with that, she needed to get rid of her stage fright and shyness. Well, she insisted that she could do it and she will try her best. We were delighted with her decision but the honest truth is that I guess I was more nervous than her when she was finally standing infront of the crowd last Tuesday.

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Results would be out tomorrow and I am so nervous right now!  But of course, we told her that whether she wins or losses, the fact that she did her best, she had fun in front and she had a wonderful experience was more than enough reason to celebrate.

Ria, to us, you are already a winner!  Good job there, girl!

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