January 3, 2007 by Kin
I was gonna do a repost of something today but decided not. My day started crappy with a traffic ticket. It’s a bit ironic how I never get ticket for speeding though I do it frequently and by wanting to go to a bank at a place I never intended to in the 1st place, I got a ticket for right turn on red because of unfamiliarity and hence did not see the sign. I will be going to the court to attempt to waive some penalties.
Next, I returned to the gym after 2 weeks of slouching. Glad that my weight capacity has not decreased.
I did not get a chance to mention this. As of this past Sunday, I found a roommate who promptly took the room and wrote me a check for his 1st month’s rent. A US-grown Brazilian named Jean (I thought it was John…haha) Just like how people always take Ken for Kin I guess.
I was somewhat reluctant about having a roommate due to the loss of some privacy/freedom, but I have to say Jean has been a pleasant roommate for the few days.
In fact, he rented a Brazilian movie named The Man Who Copied (aka O Homem que Copiava) tonight. It started out a bit slow as a small town story but took QUITE a twist that makes you think “what the heck” half way through. It was entertaining :) Highly recommended if you want a not-so-invovled, light-hearted movie to relax in the evening but also be entertained.
At the end of the day, things got brightened up and tomorrow is another day. For that I’m grateful.
And I shall persist on my piano pieces that’s proving to become challenging -_-
December 31, 2006 by Kin
To all my friends out there (who find this blog, haha), I wish you all a happy new year.
Year 2006 has been a very hectic year for me. As I’ve mentioned before, I concluded my Master program in Computer Science at Stanford – So thankful it’s finally over :P After new year, I will be on my way to a job as developer job at IBM at the Silicon Valley Lab. I have also become an uncle – Alas, I’m getting old! And 4 months earlier, we have relocated our parents to the Bay area. Things have been quite different w/ them around – a little less freedom, but I’m glad they are here as their aging and the weather in the mid-west don’t go so well together. It’s good they’re able to help out with my niece.
A few small accomplishment including seeing some result from all the gym’ing and basketball, learned to play the 1st piece of Sena’s Piano – Close to You from Long Vacation (I’ve always wanted to play it since…high school!), my vocal is getting better.
Not just me, people around me are going through many changes also, I have my best wishes for them. Who knows what’s in store for all of us, but hopefully everything will be fine. As quotes from Jet Li in his Fearless interview, “Ourselves are our greatest enemy.” and “Do you best, it’s good enough.”
December 30, 2006 by Kin
I disappeared for quite awhile…the thing is, after spending an extensive amount of time to tidy up my apartment. I’m stuck…playig Final Fantasy 12. You can read all about it through the link but here’s a few comments by me:
Final Fantasy 12 involves quite a bit of reformed elements in the game system, battle wise and character control. I believe some of the style is adopted from Final Fantasy 11 which I never played. For the system, the word simple comes to mind, but it’s still fun. I know the character models are definitely from 11 though. I don’t like the main male character’s “skin”.
The story itself also flows differently than previous Final Fantasy game. It resembles more of the FF Tactics game from before – revolve around kingdom, power struggle/politics, a bit dark. The story is still attractive yet I do not feel as close to the characters in 12 than the previous. They could have spent more time or portion of the game to develop the relationship of the characters, which I think is lacking to cause the “distance”.
I’m almost finished w/ it, still trying to get the secrets and sidequests before I hit the ending. I’m a bit of a perfectionist :P
My legs are also sore, from shooting basketball for a few hours after many days of inactivity, because I could FEEL how unhealthy I am after many days of sitting around and so forced myself to go shoot some hoops.
Hence, on a final note – Exercise is VERY VERY important.
December 15, 2006 by Kin
This is it. Today is the day.
I finally made it.
Mission completed – Master completed