Archives June 2021

Taylor 210ce Plus

Every guitarist, at some point of his or her life, would have dreamt of owning a Taylor.

And I am going to be honest, when I am moody or down or discouraged, I cheer myself up by buying things I like.

So, one thing led to another, and one day I got the order confirmation from Swee Lee, and the next moment I had this huge box sent to my room.

Packed in a standard aerocase, with a solid sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood body, the sound is bright and warm and offers enough projection.

I would think that any Taylor out of the factory would have been well or fully setup in terms of playability, but I spent just 30 minutes on it today before my fingers started to hurt. I realized by default it comes in .13 strings which is a gauge too heavy even for elephant-skinned fingers, so I am intending to bring it down slightly to .12, and overall it still feels rather stiff so I am gonna sending it for some additional touch ups.

I have previously engaged my friend Jarvis from The Guitar Spa some time back for my previous gutiars, and he has also improved tremendously over the past few years so I will be entrusting my Taylor to him to complete the setup.

I can’t wait to start playing again.

Life Chooses You

I posted this almost 2 years ago. Back then I was going through a rough patch, and that post was birthed out from a whirlwind of emotions. Reading it now may seem like a bunch of gibberish, probably sounding like some incoherent speech from a homeless drunk.

This came back to haunt me recently, and I am starting to wonder if we get to choose life, or perhaps is it the other way round.

I guess for most of us, we feel that we get to choose life.
We choose the life we want from the decisions and choices we make.
Our day to day decisions play a part in influencing and shaping our lives.

We choose the life we want.
We want to live a life of victory and success, so we develop a plan to work hard and achieve good results.
We want to live a life of fitness and good health, so we stick to a strict diet and also a regular exercise regime.
We want that new car, we want that branded bag, we want that nice watch.
We want to get what we want. We want to have nice things. We like ownership. We like control.
We like that we can control our outcome and we determine our own results.
A lot of things are within our reach, and achieving them gives us fulfillment. Having achievements brings us meaning, it makes us happy.

But as I progress on this journey on my own, for the past couple of years, my perspective started to shift.
Maybe we don’t get to choose life after all, we like to think we do, but actually we don’t.

Life chooses us instead.
To a great degree, we have completely no control.
In the first place, we didn’t even get a chance to choose whether to be born or not.
A big part of us are already pre-determined.
Life chooses your genetics and your physical attributes, as much as you would like to be a Usain Bolt, your Asian genes won’t allow you to do so.
We can’t choose our parents or the families that we are born into.
Some people get born into wealthy families whose grandparents inheritances can last for 5 generations.
Some people who aren’t so lucky, don’t get the privilege to study in good schools and some people don’t even get the opportunity to study. The fact that we can read this entry on the internet already tells us our privilege. There are probably kids who get born in the mountains or countryside and they never had a book to read, because life chooses them. They had no say, they had no control. Life chose for them to be this way.

As much as we think we can control outcomes to live the life we want, there is just so much that we can do that is the determining factor. For the most part, they are already pre-determined.

Perhaps you disagree, or maybe I am wrong,
Maybe some of us do actually get to choose the life that we want,

But whether life chooses us or we choose life,
We still must live,
And life,
Must still go on.