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Is It Too Late To Learn the Violin at 30?

It is understandable that we feel we're too old, especially when we watch Youtube videos where 3-year-olds and 5-year-olds play the violin like a pro.

I, myself, just started playing the violin last year when I turned 30.

And now I'm loving every second of practicing, each and every day. I'm also improving each time I practice.

Last year when I was just getting started, I watched lots of videos from violin teachers on Youtube, and I was asking the same question:

"Is it too late to learn the violin at 30?"

After watching different teachers, all of them had the same answer: It is never too late.

But unfortunately, of course, this won't work if you want to be like Itzhak Perlman or Bach

And the keyword here is this:
Love
That's why I loved the scene in the Netflix show The Umbrella Academy when Vanya, a violinist, tells her new adult student, Leonard, that as long as he loves music, it's not too late to learn the violin.
Well, if you've watched the s…
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[Solved] Error Paying With BitPay

So I just tried paying for my domain name on Namecheap.com with bitcoin, but I encountered a few problems at first. After trying for several days, finally I managed to renew my domain with bitcoin! Yay!

So here are the problems I encountered and how I solved them:

1. My country is blocked by BitPay
Solution: Use VPN I live in Indonesia, and at the time of this writing it is blocked by BitPay. If your country is blocked too, you can install a free VPN plugin or mobile app.
The free VPN that I used was Windscribe(aff link), I installed it on my PC and my android phone. It works well and it's free, but you can always upgrade if you want more bandwidth.

2. Cannot Scan the QR Code on the screen
Solution: Pay directly through mobile phone wallet So I already sent my bitcoin to Mycelium wallet on my phone (it is one of the wallets that support BitPay's payment protocol), but when I wanted to top up my Namecheap account, I couldn't scan the BitPay QR Code.
I tried this for a few day…

Epica, Anti-Islam?

I'm not going to waste your time here.

According to them, the short answer is "no".

Yep, that's true. Epica don't have anything against Islam or any other religions. According to some interviews, they are just against extremism.

However, honestly as a Muslim I think the use of the call for prayer and the Shahada in "Fools of Damnation" and "Seif Al Din" is just not right. The songs are great, but I really hope they will remove the call for prayer and Shahada parts to respect their Muslim fans.

Well, that's just my personal opinion.

Here are some interviews confirming that Epica is not an anti-Islamic band:

"Mark : Funny thing is, there’s a Lebanese girl who collaborated with me on Mayan’s album : Some of the lyrics were influenced by her political views. I’d like to point out that she’s a Muslim, because some accuse me of being biased against Muslims, and that’s completely ridiculous."

- Source: http://www.lebmetal.com/2011/04…

MyBoatPlans.Com

I am writing this after someone asked on my other blog if MyBoatPlans.com is scam or not.

My blog isn't about boats at all (it's a personal blog, in Indonesian), but the article he commented on was about "safe online shopping tips", so it's relevant. He wanted to buy it, and he asked for my opinions before buying.

If you're also wondering whether the website is legit or not, you can count on me because I have been a Clickbank affiliate for years (MyBoatPlans.com is using Clickbank to handle payments) and after spending a little time, I managed to get a "backdoor access" to MyBoatPlans.

One thing I can tell you is, you will get the product "Martin Reid" is selling. It's real, you can download the materials instantly.

But the question is, is it worth buying?

As a Clickbank affiliate, I know that there's a lot of people who post positive reviews on any product they are promoting just to earn some commissions (75% per sale for this pa…

Halloween Beheading, Photo with A Celebrity, To Violent Organizations

Have you seen this horrifying picture before?


According to a circulating story on the Internet, the above photograph is one of the Buckleys during Halloween, when the two children beheaded their own mother before finally ran away, yet they still had the time to take a picture with the mother's body.

Wait...don't get scared yet...!

What if I told you the real story?

After I went to Snopes.com, I found the fact that the above picture is a manipulated picture, done by a Halloween artist Edward Allen. He is actually selling the photograph, framed or not framed, on his site.

Want to get one?

The real picture is just a normal family picture, even though it still looks a bit scary and "haunted". That's why Edward was interested.

To those who don't know the real story, that picture may give them nightmares and maybe even inspire some to do the same thing as the fabricated story.

I was actually quite disturbed by the picture and the story before I knew the fact.

Ho…

"Secret" to Download 4 Free Audiobooks from Audible.com

Note: applies to new customers only

I typed "secret" because for some people this is not actually a secret as it is not hidden and does not need special tricks at all.

However, many people still haven't realized this. I just realized myself that I could download any 4 free audiobooks from Audible (instead of just 2), a few days back.

Here's the simple "secret":

Using the same account, take advantage of the free 30-day trial offers from 3 Audible sites:

1. Audible.com - Take advantage of the free 30-day trial to download 2 audibooks of your choice
2. Audible.co.uk - Take advantage of the free 30-day trial to download 1 audiobook of your choice
3. Audible.de -  Take advantage of the free 30-day trial to download 1 audiobook of your choice. Don't worry, there are English audiobooks there in the Englische Hörbücher category.

That's it.

If you speak German, of course there will be no problem on using the Audible.de. But if you don't, it can be a litt…

The Miracle of Giving – The Return No Amount of Money Can Buy

In my previous post, “I need money now”, I shared my experience of giving money away while needing extra money.

When we give money away sincerely, I believe that the Divine will always give a return. I have tried to “prove” this a lot of times. It always works.

Recently, when I was giving some spare cash to an organization I supported, I wondered what God would give me as a return. The return or reward of giving can be anything, not just money.

I believe that expecting a return from the Divine / God is perfectly fine. What’s not fine is expecting a return from the person / organization we give money to. But still, we should not be attached to what return we will get and when we will get it.

We may get it tomorrow, or we may get it 10 years later. It’s a mystery; the Divine knows when the perfect time is.

So after giving, I prayed to God and told my intention, just like what I did when I needed extra money to attend an event which I shared in my previous post.

Turned out that the retu…