Band On A “Rest” Mode

With Mark recovering from his recent illness, the band for sure, is also on a “rest” mode. Mark being the lead vocals, although some of the members of the band also sing, there are bookings and gigs that won’t be participated in by the band without Mark. All the other members have to wait until Mark is well enough to perform on stage.
This is the reason why the band is named Kuerdas – it’s a Filipino word for guitar strings. The guitar won’t sound good when lacking one string. The same way with the band. The gigs/performances won’t be better if one of the members is missing in action. Not only in music are they bonded together, they’re also a bundle made up of friendship and family.

The Culprits On Mark’s Illness

Mark suffered from severe pneumonia. He is now better and will be taken out of the hospital but he was advised to rest for at least a month. Lainy told me that they’re planning to make him stay at our relatives place where there is fresh air. He needed time to recuperate before going back to performing with the band again. I hope he will be able to rest this time and quite smoking. I think the smoking and not getting enough sleep were the culprits. He himself is to be blamed, anyway.

My aunts and relatives will take good care of Mark. He won’t have to do anything over at our  relative’s place but to sit back on plastic Adirondack chairs and make himself well so him and the band will get back on track as soon as he gets well.


Mark’s Recent Suffering

I just saw these pictures posted by my cousin Lainy in Facebook. Damn! I have no idea that Mark is hospitalized and have undergone pain. I am yet to find out with Lainy what sent Mark to the hospital. From the pictures, it looked really serious. Let’s hope and pray the the band’s main vocalist is going to get well very soon.

Getting ready for the needles... :(

Too painful... :'(

 I still have to find out about the details from Lainy. I hope I’d be able to talk to her today.

I hope you’re doing fine now, Mark! :(


Gear Up For Motorcycle Trips, Mark!

Motorcycle has been a very common and the most economic way of transportation here in the Philippines nowadays. Anyone can buy or own one since it’s way cheaper than buying a car.

Most of the Kuerdas band members have their own motorcycle including Mark, the main vocalist of the band. I have seen many pictures of them on their way to gigs and some pictures posted on Facebook are their travels with friends on some getaways. They seem to be having fun on the highway. It looks like they also accessorize the two-wheeled vehicles with motorcycle windshield to protect them from dangerous elements in the air during travel.

I hope Mark won't be travelling like this...

All geared up! Thumbs up! :)

The problem with this vehicle is that it is the cause of most road accidents. I fear for my friends and loved ones who uses the motorcycle as their way of transportation. It’s really dangerous. It may be economic but for me, it really is not a good choice for mode of transportation especially for long trips.


A Fallback For Jayson and Mark

My cousins, the band leader – Jay Son and the main vocalist, Mark were members of the band for years now. They have been through a lot through the years yet the band is still standing still and becoming even more popular in the province. I am proud of my cousins maintenaing the status of the band but sometimes I worry for them. They are not getting any younger and I know that they are aware that the band will not forever popular expecially when they will get older. What I’m saying is, I would want them to have some other sources of income so that whatever will happen, they will still have something to fall back at.

My cousins are not only talented. I believe they have other skills that they can boast about. We haven’t seen each other for more a year now. I would love to hear what other plans they have for their future. Who knows? Jay Son might consider an online yoga certification and teach yoga in GenSan. That won’t be impossible, right?

I hope to go home sometime soon and would be able to chat with these favorite cousins of mine. :)

Mark Loves Skimboarding

The lead vocalist of the band, my dear cousin, Mark is a skimboarding enthusiast. Skimboarding is a boardsport where a skimboard is used. It’s a smaller and sleeker version of a surfboard. Unlike surfing, skimboarding begins on the beach, with the skimboarder running and dropping their board onto the thin wash of previous waves. The skimboarder ‘skim’ out to breaking waves in a manner similar to surfing. When it’s done, they do the ‘flatland’ which involves performing trick derived from skateboarding. It’s quite dangerous but Mark love doing it.