June 23, 2011

Big Fat Update

Posted in Food, General, University at 10:15 pm by ryushin

I have been away from this blog for quite long, considering that most of the time spent in this interim period is in my cozy room. I guess it is due time for an update before flying to a foreign land. Those of you who know me probably have an idea of where I’m going, otherwise there should be some updates after the vacation. Perhaps I shall write about it in Chinese just so someone can brush up their skills, or give up trying.

I had just collected my graduation gown, along with it multiple bags of pretty useless stuffs and promotions for plaques and graduation photos. To be fair, most of those random scraps of papers will never find a way into my use-list. They are more appropriate to serve as wonderful bone carriers for the fantastic stuffs that I will be eating. As commencement draws near, I can’t help but reminisce about some of the issues long past.

In the past month gone, I went for group outings a couple of times (typical me), most of which are with the same concentrated bunch of cool guys. Well, we had the traditional semester-ly food hunt, which was quite disappointing this time. I’m not going to name it, but it is a western style restaurant with 3 outlets in Singapore. Portions were decent, which kind of little for us. After all, we had buy 3 get 3 free for 5 persons. I find the price quite expensive even with the promotions on hand, and it would be outrageous otherwise.

Zong helped me to get a new computer at a very good price, without the all-important graphic cards yet. Should be able to get one for better value when the need arise (read Diablo 3). But otherwise, it is very powerful right now. 8 gig ram ftw. What can I do with it now? Not much idea. Don’t really have anything to test the capability of this new monster yet. Time will tell.

Met up with another group of friends for dinner buffet at 2D1N Soju Bang, a Korean outlet serving delicious marinated meat. It is very very good for the price, $22 nett (I went on a weekday). Not sure if its more expensive during the weekends, but it might not, considering the epic queue already in place everyday. That would be one of the three bad things to point out, which we neutralized by being among the first to turn up. Second of which, despite being fabulous for meat, it didn’t have much variety otherwise. I feel fat eating too much of those. Finally, expect to smell like BBQ roast pork upon leaving. I believe we spent a good three hours there, so the smell is quite obvious. Nonetheless, do try it for yourselves if this is new to you.

What more to say? I have an interview offer now, scheduled 1 day after getting to know of it, and 1 day before flying. How great. But I shall put in my best effort now, minus a maximum of 2 proper DotA games. Here goes.

p.s. I should stop updating the movies and dramas I watched because it is pretty pointless at this stage of life.


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.

诱情转驳 (2010)
大丫鬟 (2010)

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…

December 21, 2010

One More Sem!

Posted in General, University at 7:21 pm by ryushin

In a world when we all say 1 more game, 1 more ep, today is the time for me to say 1 more sem. Gonna be graduating soon. In fact I felt very slack this sem except for 1 module, which was absolutely taxing on my soul. And it didn’t do as bad as I imagined would appear on my results slip. Hoorah for that! Not sure if it was lenient marking or there was some other factors out there, but I’m still glad, in fact its not my worst module. The worst for me this sem is something which I didn’t bother to read everything. In fact everything is an overstatement. Only God knows if i had managed to eyeball through 20% of the readings. But a pass is a pass, and a solid pass at that.

What did come expected to me was possibly the easiest module in my uni life, a level 3k module, interestingly. I think the lecturer might consider enhancing the module, at least I feedback that idea 😀 I just hoped that I can shift the little + sign to the grade of another module if there ever was such a thing.

Didn’t spend much this hols, perhaps partially due to the hefty group project I’m still involved in, and a renewed interest in DotA. I hate projects really, especially these kind of large ones.

As a little update to what I’ve watched, pathetically little, thanks to aforementioned game and project. Again I spammed chinese dramas.

读心神探 (2010)
巾帼枭雄2 之 义海豪情 (2010)
刑警 (2010)

October 14, 2010

At Long Last

Posted in General, University at 8:11 pm by ryushin

A couple of things finally came to an end recently, with much delight. There is great relief in the completion of a not-so-friendly project that my group didn’t really handle too well, but at least its over, and all that is left for the module is to mug very very hard for the finals. On that note, I really need to work hard for some other modules too before I face the music…

Now secondly, I finally in sooooo many months went out with my jc clique for movie and lunch. Watched Detective Dee, and I wasn’t disappointed. Not sure about the rest, but the entire feel of the show is solid. Heard from some friends that Chen Zhen on the other hand wasn’t nice. Oh well, think I can give it a miss then. Oh yea I think I’m a bit suaku… but I also patronized Carl’s Jr for the first time. I am really thrifty or stingy depending on how you see it.

Finally, like duh so finally, being a business student in NUS, I saw felicia chin in person for the first time. Ok now that the ‘excitement’ is over, its time to treat her just like any other student.

Have not watched too much stuffs recently thanks to projects and assignments. Need to enjoy more!!!

强剑 (2007)

狄仁杰之通天帝国 (2010)



October 6, 2010

A Tale of Two Worlds

Posted in University at 9:35 pm by ryushin

Well well what do we have here? In the short span of the past 2 weeks, I had 2 very contrasting outcomes for my midterm tests. By all proper measures, they should be my worst and best tests ever (in uni context).

First up, this is a great disappointment. With or without negative marking, I really should not have done so badly, even for a test that I speed revise in a day. For those who dunno me, that is how I usually revise, and get very decent results anyway. But it seems like I kind of failed this particular test, which every generally does badly in. The top scorer having a mighty 65/100 and the bottom scorer a pathetic 4/100. At least I have double digit scores, but lets not fool anyone. This is time to wake up my bloody idea. This module is difficult, and so I must treat it with respect.

There was of course something to probably lift my mood a little bit. I got full marks for a midterm test! I think it is my first time. I’m not sure, but I know I definitely have missed it by just 1 or 2 questions (for mcqs / short structure test) on multiple occasions. Cannot chill, work harder, must maintain this sorta results. I need to feel mighty time to time.

August 28, 2010

Our Gold Medals

Posted in University at 12:49 am by ryushin

Wow, I’m slightly impressed by my own frequency of blogging here recently, judging by my less than remarkable record over the past few months. In the spirit of applying what knowledge I have, the frequency of my blogging is a function represented by various explanatory variables. The level of leisure addiction (to gaming activities, dramas etc), the intensity of academic workload, the amount of time from the next exam pretty much sums up the bulk of the correlation in the short run. With the idea of parsimony in mind, that should be a reasonable relationship.

Surprisingly, leisure addiction is actually pretty low now, partly explained by a lack of Starcraft2, and a refusal to indulge in many dramas I came across. The amount of time from the next exam is obviously pretty far away. And that leaves the intensity of academic workload, which can be concluded to be still very manageable. Why am I even talking about this? To get into the state of mind primed for tackling my modules… economics, optimization, regression. No matter how I look at it, Nation-Building doesn’t fit in anywhere. The next time I figure out the optimal way to model a regression analysis of the marginal benefits and costs associated with Nation-Building, I’ll let you know.

Tutorials start for me next week, and I can already say I won’t enjoy them! I have 2 tutorials in fact, and 3 sectionals. 1 sectional as already mentioned previously is not so enjoyable from what you can conclude yourself. At least the real tough problems have not emerge from there. The scope of the other 2 sectionals should be pretty much aligned with my interest. Unfortunately, just up till now, the level of challenge is amateurish for me (hope this doesn’t backfire!). Yep, I’m learning probability trees and decision trees now in advanced level modules.

Well at least I get to play with Excel. And I’m sure the challenge will come soon from what I can see in a particular module, given that the problems we tackle each week is absolutely tougher than the examples he use. A more specific source of delight comes from the 2 gold medals we have secured under our belts. Yes we wondered if the lecturer is on a high with the YOG that took place not so long ago here. 2 assignments 2 gold medals, I’m proud of my team. Surely he doesn’t have platinum, mithril, adamatium or whatever funky medals! Not sure how he award the medals, but here I am convincing myself it would be quite lame to distribute gold medals frivolously, so ya you get the point 😀

August 24, 2010

I’m Feeling Tired

Posted in University at 7:13 pm by ryushin

Tralala it is all starting to come in already, like so helluva fast. Projects, assignments, whatever. It is not easy being in year 4. It is even worse if the lecturer assume we know stuffs we don’t. Is he smart? I bet. Can he teach? I’m not so sure. From the look of the faces of the distraught class, I would say no. I have no motivation at all to attend this class… I just need a pass. To compound on that exceptional exasperation, a growling stomach makes for a very sad day! Well it is funny for some people to hear it… wow, thought got thunder! Where got so loud sia… Do you seriously like expend more energy trying to digest what the hell the lecturer is babbling about? BOO. Speaking of which, 2 members in my group dropped out of the module, and 2 more joined in, this is a bonus for those of you who know.

As for SS… sometimes, I say sometimes, it can be interesting to listen in on the discussions and opinions of various topics. But I don’t definitely feel like indulging in the tutorials, and of cos exams. I’m an Excel person, and so thankfully there are some Excel stuffs to play around with this semester to capture my attention, not that I am not already applying the best use of it in my games.

Anyway, it has been a long time since I had an overnight-er, sleeping in interrupted sessions totaling 5 hours the following day. It must have affected my physiology somewhat this week as I felt kind of lethargic. Met Joseph & co. for dinner at Soup Restaurant, Century Square. Nice! Chatted alot about various random topics, oh the nostalgia. Watched TV @ Joseph’s house before realizing his TV was starting to act weird with wonderful displays of beautiful lines that are not supposed to be there. Felt abit sian cos that means we won’t probably get to touch his console. So then Joseph drove Zhonghan home before we get a mini-drive-past-tour of Xuekun’s lab, Genome @ Biopolis. We found time to have a drive-thru-tour of NUS as well, for those of them who don’t study here. Still had time to make our way to PSA for bak kut teh, which is quite ex lah… somemore is pepper spam. At this point of time, Xuekun has amazingly endured over 4-5 hours past his usual sleep time. The rest of the uneventful day was spent back at Joseph’s house with card games. Worthwhile day, quite some fun, lots of catching up. What do an all-guys group talk about for so long? You make your own guess, hah.

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