He was four when I first taught him how to play the guitar instrument. Like most of the kids, they like to imitate what their parents are doing. Not long enough, he struggled with the 30-minute practice routine that I programmed. Maybe I was too strict, or 30 minutes was too much for him. At his early age, he can actually read but, the moment I saw teardrops falling from his eyes, it broke my heart and took the guitar right away from his hands and apologised. That evening, I promised not to give any lessons until he's ready.
I used to borrow books from friends and colleagues when I started to develop interest in reading. A friend of mine who's also my mentor, Ranny Ray Codas, once told me, "It's good to invest in buying books than borrowing so you can build your own library." We never had internet before, and buying a book is like paying a lesson you could not practically have at certain times. I removed the price tag of this music book (see photo) which I bought in Philippines several years ago, but I could still remember it was around three hundred pesos only. I had no clear idea how will I learn its content but I simply trusted my gut and just figured it out later.