February 2, 2011

Freakalicious Long Time

Posted in Blog, Drama, E-Gaming, Entertainment, Movie, University at 11:58 pm by ryushin

Felt like eons since I last posted. Of course that is some serious exaggeration over there but it does seems that way. As far as the last semester of my Bachelor Degree goes, I say there are some good and bad. Taking 3 modules, 2 of which at this point is really easy for me, probably will be for the whole semester. We’ll take 1 step at a time and see. The bonus is that I’m taking it with one of my best-est buddy, one of few whom I can talk all sorts of nonsense and intelligent issues with. Makes all the horrible 8-am lessons a lil’ bit alleviated. Oh well, something nasty happened in my 3rd module. Maybe not nasty, but something which I definitely do not take pleasure in. Why does this kind of irritating shit happens to me almost every semester. On top of those 3 modules, I actually have my final year project, which is the real deal that’s taking the piss out of me. Terrible terrible stuffs over there that stumped us.

Anyway, I am not mugging too hard btw in case all of you who dunno are wondering why I MIA so long. The usual suspects are games, dramas, movies. Particularly a game is taking a hellavu lots of time outta me. Lemme go thru them quickly. Lets start with the watchables first. Given the long period since my absence, I must say that the list below is shorter than what I would expect, or some people would expect. Mostly it is populated with good shows because well, I have taste 😀 Looking at the list, oh manz, I must have really missed out quite a number of good shows down the road that I had to catch up on, and still plenty more to go.

Dramas
诱情转驳 (2010)
大丫鬟 (2010)

Movies
苏乞儿 (2010)
Zombieland (2009)
Ghost Rider (2007)
The Lookout (2007)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
28 Days Later (2002)
City of God (2002)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The Patriot (2000)
阿虎 (2000)
Face Off (1997)
Heat (1995)

But alas a certain Dragon Age is putting me off from dramas and movies for time aplenty. Game of the Year 2009, of one of the, anyway. Totally hooked now, and still barely a third through the original game, with expansion to follow. I have already decided to use the easier difficulties to breeze thru the game for the plot now rather than use a mod to give the enemies an obscene amount of life. People who enjoy rpgs should definitely try it if you have not. Particularly to get the feel since Dragon Age 2 is coming out in a little over a month’s time! I’ll leave the Guild Wars ramblings to next time I guess, there will be a chance.

P.S. spent quite some money recently catching up with various groups of friends and having decent food. But I shudn’t go into detail bcos it doesn’t exactly captures interest, and I wanna post this before midnight. You know, this will be my final post before the new Lunar Year kicks in. My resolution is to…

August 1, 2010

That Time of the Year Again

Posted in Drama, Entertainment, Movie, University at 12:22 am by ryushin

If you are wondering, its the bidding period for NUS, my local uni, for the latest semester to be. For me, this shall be the 2nd last one of my undergrad life. Being the master bidder that I am (heh!), I still managed to secured just about the modules I want, with some (not many) points remaining to mount a final assault in the last semester. I know of many people in my faculty who has major major problems trying to get their mods, or any for that matter. It boils down to a couple of key decisions of the school management that have compounding (negative) effects on my cohort’s bidding ability. There should have been retroactive actions to help us tackle the situation, but no. All the faculty keeps doing is to provide insufficient vacancies and resort to appeals to put (most of us) through to the modules we need anyway. More work for both sets of people, BUMMER. Something needs to change man.

Not much happening for me over here, as I nowadays mostly hide at home to watch dramas and play games. I have not finished the latest drama I started since a couple of weeks ago. Soon, soon, the epic finale is coming soon. If they even bothered to show all the rightful battles, sequences, major plots, and all important figures accordingly, I reckon it should be at least twice the length now, maybe thrice. Hic I guess I’ll go into it some time next post, if I remember.

Oh yes my bro has got a job now. Hoorah. All teh allowance shalt belongz to moi 😀 Meanwhile, I did clear a couple of watchables recently, but I had yet to watch Inception… bahness.

Movie
枪王之王 (2010)

Dramas
谈情说案 (2010)
蒲松龄 (2010)

July 19, 2010

Reliving the Dreams

Posted in Drama, E-Gaming, Entertainment, Food, General at 11:29 pm by ryushin

Heya I’m back after more than 10 days. Actually this post title might be a bit misleading, but let’s get to that later. I’ve been spending my time recently between some games, 2 dramas and the usual net surfing. The World Cup has already long passed so I guess I don’t need to talk about it too much now. On account of Germany’s showing, I do hope they can scale even greater heights 4 years from now when the aspiring young players start to mature.

Right, what now. Actually I had spent quite some time on Football Manager 2010 due to the fervor brought on by the WC. I decided to pick up a puny team, Crewe, and managed to bring them to the Barclays Premier League in a couple of years. But it starts to get very irritating when all the big clubs start circling around my players like how eagles hunt for their preys. It just gets more difficult when suddenly all my best players are eager to leave for greener pastures. Boo, I shall put it away for now and stop the game. I dunno, perhaps the WC fever had died off. Argentina won Brazil 2014 in my simulation.

Went out last Saturday with my uni clique to celebrate Min Yao’s birthday, which he amazingly and alarmingly forgot about. Had some good Dim Sum at Crystal Jade. Thankfully didn’t order too much food. The girls ate super little and its up to me and Gary to save the day again. We spent a little just over $97 on the meal, for 7 person, which is a reasonable price, but again, the girls didn’t eat much. My very pathetic and lousy estimate says that we ordered over 20 笼/plates (its this long right?) of food. I like the chestnut cake lah, rocks much more than the carrot cake. But alot of ppl never eat before and didn’t try it. I do admit at first sight the colour doesn’t look too appealing. But oh well, it rocks.

Now finally, what is this post title about. Nope I don’t have any dreams to share over here. Rather is has to do with Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Erm I’m currently watching the latest adaptation, once again a China production, of this epic novel / Chinese classic. I kind of already know the entire outline of the plot, though not in as much detail as I wished. So knowing the epic feats that some epic characters will perform, its kind of the longing to embrace their heroic dreams again. Certainly I still learnt alot from this new drama, more detailed about the plot, and maybe some characters. This actually has pretty impressive war and duel scenes where people do not actually seem redundant. You know, alot of fighting scenes in subpar shows where multiple fighters engage in a battle, there are bound to be some wonderful jumping around in the background by some of the fighters while they wait for their turn to be pummeled. I always find that amusing. But so far, I don’t think I’ve seen any of this retarded act now. War is brutal, war is serious, the soldiers fight, for their lives, and honour. No stupid jumping around. And the 1-vs-many duels are always nice to see.

July 8, 2010

New Month, New Experiences

Posted in E-Gaming, Entertainment, Food, General, Movie, Soccer / Sports at 12:58 am by ryushin

Post name conveniently borrowed from jh 😛

July is here! hahahaha. And with it comes quite a number of new stuffs for me. Lets talk about the usual stuff first. Even if you are not an avid fan, you should know that world cup fever is still on. And now that it is going into the final stages, the matches are typically more exciting, though Spain-Paraguay turns out to be pretty crap. Has enjoyed Germany the most, though Paul the Octopus gave an unnerving warning recently.

The big big thing going on from this month onwards is the restructured public transport fare scheme! Been hearing complaints, from the same group of ppl, coz these are the ones that usually talk to me online on a daily basis. Seems like generally, most of our trips become more expensive, and some by a huge percentage spike. Since it is distance based now, those of us using bus trips on the expressways, welcome aboard, we are pwned! I do believe that bus hopping is a reasonable move now for those without concessions if the buses travel along same routes, since the total fare should be the same.

There are only a few places I travel frequently to, and so far I have only spotted 1 trip to be less expensive. And that is to my university, by a mighty 1 cent! I would probably use concession during school terms, but for the sake of illustration, here is an example. My previous route would be to take a certain bus 1 stop before an interchange, and transfer to another bus opposite a certain educational institution, dropping at my school. This move would cost $1.30, and under the new scheme cost $1.33! So where is the 1 cent saving I talked about? Fret not! The power of cost reduction now lies in bus-train transfers, or train-bus transfers, whatever. So at the very start of the journey, I can replace 2 bus stops with 1 LRT stop, and then hop onto my so called first bus, and follow the same routine. That move would have cost me $1.48 previously, but now it stands just at $1.29! See where this is heading? Cross-mode transports ftw.

Now for another convincing example. Yesterday I made a visit to my friend’s home. Here’s the deal. Typically, I would have walked 2 bus stops distance to reach one that has the direct service to his home. That used to cost $1.31, now $1.29. My alternative routes now would be to take a service for 2 bus stops to that bus stop for transfer, old price $1.50, now $1.29! Practically free. The new system presents many opportunities for us to try to salvage the usually increased cost, by coming up with some perhaps weird routes that never came to our mind before, coz those might seem to be expensive. But now hopping is the way forward.

Well, as stated above, I went to my friend’s home. And that is the first time I touched a ps3. So suaku! Me and ken were getting our asses royally owned by jh in ssf4, but I did manage to rake up some wins! Good considering I never played vs games for probably a decade. We also tried GT5 prologue, and of course it wasn’t easy. Again, experience proved to be priceless as jh once again owned us. I may not be the best person to execute flawless driving moves, but generally I am much more aware of quirky shortcuts and possible tools to gain an advantage in games. Me ftw! Finally we looked at the system for ff13. As I don’t own any high end consoles, I must say the graphics and audio are pretty solid, and the battles are fast paced and nifty. Looks like something I would play if I had my own. One thing bothers me though, the Eidolons, more commonly known as Summons, put me in quite a surprise. Probably has something to do with the context of the story, which also makes it that 1 person only has 1 Eidolon… they look… weird. I think it destroys the very essence of those spiritual entities. The Eidolons become more like Transformers… Weird, just weird.

Finally, dom joined us for dinner at Din Tai Feng. Had some xiao long bao, shrimp dumplings, sliced beef, and a main for each of us, which I chose some pork ribs noodles. The food is pretty savory, but of course we are not willing to part with too much $$$, so that was it, not full. We walked around aimlessly for quite some time before going in to Mac for ice cream and some sides. The 4 of us played World Combat in zone-x for some casual fun, with only 1 credit each. Amazingly, amazingly I tell you, it played out kind of in reverse for us. Our real-life sergeant was the first guy to lose all his lives in the game. Dadah… The second guy to die is the one who barely passed his range (live shooting – rifle lah) in the army. Dadah… The next person to KO is the guy who has had serious arm injury problems, and is excused from rifle in the army. Dadah… Amazingly, amazingly I tell you, our last survivor goes to da dom, the PES E elite administrative staff in the army who has no need ever to go outfield or handle weapons. Dadah… What a surprise.

I have not watched any drama since the last update! Oh nos… better start soon after the world cup. Though, I did managed to set aside some time for movies outside of my football manager campaign. The Green Mile is exceptionally thought-provoking and well… remarkable.

Movies
叶问前传 (2010)
撕票风云 (2010)
The Green Mile (1999)

June 27, 2010

Summer Break 7

Posted in Entertainment, General, Soccer / Sports at 9:18 pm by ryushin

Oh nos… I am quite pathetic at predicting the outcome of matches in this particular World Cup. Sure enough there are some upsets here and there. But why always upset me? Haiz. The African teams generally looked disappointing, but I do admit that some of the best players there missed the tournament due to unfortunate injuries. Now that Ghana is the only African team left in the tournament, never underestimate the power of an entire continent behind them, but Uruguay will surely prevail, no? I can be proud of the Asian nations as well, with South Korea and Japan both making it through to the round of 16. While South Korea soon crashed out, now Japan enjoys the “power of an entire continent” as well, and Asia is bigger than Africa hahaha!. I just hope this stupid thing might be true, doh. So far the South Americans have looked impressive, and I am of the impression that at least one of them is bound for the finals. Keep it up!

Met up with francisca and peihuang yesterday for a dinner. Its been 2 years, hmm. And its so cool. The first person I know to be a dealer in a casino. You are playing with your patrons everyday man! Had a great dinner at Bakerzin. Thanks francisca!

Hmm I finally finished watching 美人心计. At 40 eps it is definitely longer than the typical dramas I watch. But man, can I say I’m impressed. Particularly after something as good as 宫心计. It is said that this show would cover 4 generations of the imperial family in the Han Dynasty. Indeed so… When the story starts, the main character is but a child. Right at the end, she is a grandmother already. The entire succession line of the emperors, wow… I think there were like 5 emperors in total in the show by the time it ended, but the focus is of course the strife between all the concubines for the seat of empress. While fictional elements were no doubt in play here, there were ample historical facts strewn all around the show. Nice! I finally know abit more about the Han Dynasty, other than Liu Bang.

Of course, to end it off with my latest watch-list.

Movie
The Karate Kid (2010)

Drama
美人心计 (2010)

June 10, 2010

Summer Break 5

Posted in Entertainment, General at 11:01 pm by ryushin

Birthday was just another day for me, a day spent watching drama at home. Of course my family doesn’t really place much importance on birthdays. 35 people reminded me that I’m a year older. Went for a mini gathering of sort with some uni mates the following day, at Bakerzin @ Paragon. The food was pretty decent, unfortunately spicy isn’t spicy! But that’s just me. Well, at least the one I ordered has 6 prawns, big ones. Should try some other food when I have the chance.

Humorous enough, gary and I were contemplating just why some people have a special fondness for taking photos wherever they go. And that goes to susan who is ever so enthusiastic in snapping shots, and having her shots snapped, despite being down with a prolonged illness. Hahaha.

As I’m typing this, 23 hours remain before SA 2010 kickoff! Wootz. Go Mexico! No love for African countries from me here. Maybe Ivory Coast will pack some punch, but I don’t like Drogba on a personal level. As usual for now, Spain remains the hot favorites to lift the trophy. And I kind of like Serbia as a dark horse. Go team! Unfortunately, little love for England as well, because their fate lies thinly on like 3 players? We shall see.

To end this off, it is time for the “watch-list” again. Btw Memento is so awesome I wonder why I only caught it recently.

Movies
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Memento (2001)

Dramas
铁马寻桥 (2010)
碧血盐枭 (2009)

May 22, 2010

Summer Break 2

Posted in Entertainment, General at 12:21 am by ryushin

Pardon the lack of creativity in the choice of post title. But I don’t really care about that. It has been a while since I last blogged over here. Must have been the games and shows taking up my time.

The IM2 double did indeed come true, though on 2 different occasions, with mostly the same bunch of people. Anyway I remember when we went to watch Ip Man 2, we got seats at the side, but still not too bad. Indeed there was a lot of expectations for the show because of the hype built up since the prequel. Some people say it made it seem like the prequel was better. I just feel there may be a bit of problem in the power chart. Recall in part 1 Ip Man was just sheer ownage, and the Japanese general was merely akin to a punching bag in their final encounter. Having shown so much of how powerful Wing Chun is, what more could they do in the sequel? Yes, introduce tougher, stronger opponents. I personally feel that it seems to distort the balance. So the Japanese general in part 1 who was one of their most powerful martial artist has only so much in him? Hardly believable. Ok I do admit that boxers who are super buff and rely on pure muscles are hard to take down (Huo Yuan Jia apparently had the same problem, but I think historically he didn’t fight the Russian? boxer). Other than that, on the whole, it is indeed very watchable. Awesome action sequences (but there are more wire work here than the prequel, which is almost purely achievable with real martial arts).

After we scattered with the end of the movie, amazingly I had to see my bus abandon me before I could reach the stop… it always happen! But that coincidentally made me meet Marcus who was also on his way back home. That was so cool, we were just email-ing each other recently about catching up. Talked about some old stuffs and forward looking stuffs. Seems like he have not settled down on a job yet.

Even more recently, the same gang of dudes + 1 more went to watch Iron Man 2. Again, the thing this time was once again the prequel is better. It largely boils to the fact that the first part is more fresh, and Tony Stark actually seemed quite heroic back then. He seems very much like an anti-hero in part 2. And I personally think there wasn’t too much fight sequences. Most of the opponents were destroyed by letting them fly into obstacles and blowing themselves up. How cool, mind boggling speed, but lacking in how much arsenal the Iron Man suit has. And after some research, I realized that in the comics world, his suits has so much more going that makes for much much more potential in his power ownage if there is ever going to be yet more sequels, with Iron Man 3 apparently already in preparation for 2013 release.

To conclude this post, here is a short summary of the various stuffs I’ve watched the short past month, since the last last update. Seems like I need to clear more dramas in time!

Movies
Iron Man 2 (2010)
叶问2 (2010)
Clash of the Titans (2010)
十月围城 (2009)
杀人犯 (2009)
连环局 (2007)
Out of Sight (1998)

Drama
神鬼八阵图 (2006)

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