(NBC) - Frank Semola is 105 years old and full of life. Born in Sicily in 1905, his fondest memory is when he moved to South Philadelphia with his mother.
"It's been on my mind all the time, crossing the ocean in 1912. I was 7 years old," he remembered.
Once he got to Philadelphia, Frank did almost everything imaginable, from buying his first car - a Model T Ford - to marrying his wife Sarah of 64 years and honeymooning in Atlantic City to marching up and down Broad Street as a mummer.
He got his first mandolin at age 13. Music is his passion.
"Mandolin has been my life all the time," Semola said. "When I used to go to restaurants I used to play. This friend of mine says, 'Look, why don't you join the orchestra?'"
He played with the Munier Orchestra for 40 years and just stopped five years ago, but he still plays the mandolin to near perfection with his son Anthony.
Five years ago, at 100 years old, is also when Frank stopped driving, but only because his 1992 Plymouth Reliance had a bad motor. He refuses to give up his car, so now it sits in the driveway outside the Williamstown, NJ, home he built with his brother in 1956.
Through all his experiences, Semola has a secret to his long life: A little touch of spirits with his afternoon snack.
"I like a drop late in the day with my ice cream," Frank laughed.
All jokes aside, this 105-year-old is living his life to the fullest and says he wouldn't change a thing.
"I feel great," he said.