August 31, 2014 Off

Week 35: What I’ve been playing (Still alive 2014 edition)

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Work just KO-ed me with projects and I forgot I had a blog.

Did many hours of overtime and I was gifted a PS4 that came with Knack and Need for Speed.

Went to visit my bf for a break then bought the Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle which came with a dancing game.

Shitty free games were shit so sold off Knack, Need for Speed, and dancing games. Actually got back $58 for them(?!).

Guild Wars 2 killed my graphics card because it’d rather die than render dust storms.

Mario Kart 8:

Is actually pretty good! So far I’ve completed 50 and 100 CC with 3 stars for every cup. I wish there was an option to put the map on the screen (I don’t think you can?). Looking down onto the tablet then looking back to the screen takes too long and can easily cost you 1st place in a race… Really looking forward to the “DLC” coming later this year. Quite neat how it’ll only cost $20 for another 50% of the game :D

P.T.:

… The new Silent Hill(s) demo.
Ok, so I didn’t actually play it but I was there when it was being played…
We had the lights off and surround sound up…
You’d be surprised how scary a looping hallway can be.
I would like to get this game, but I’m not sure about playing it…
I hope Akira Yamaoka does the sound track for this.

tldr: Got a PS4, Wii U, PC died, games are fun.

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May 11, 2014 Off

Week 19: What I’ve been playing

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Dark Souls 2:

It was my bday! (Unfortunately I was swamped with work, nothing to write about).
And my brother gifted me a Collector Edition of Dark Souls 2…
I have no idea what to do with the figure…

I like watching Dark Souls. However playing it is a different matter…
I was prepared to die (har har) but I did not really expect my first three deaths to be from slipping into deep water and insta-dying BECAUSE I DROWNED.

BUT IT’S OK.
I NOPED OUT SOON AFTER AND TURNED MY SYSTEM OFF.

And after five minutes I returned…
.. to die a few more times to low level mobs that weren’t particularly hard.

Also: Spent one hour on character creation to make sure my character was super kawaii only to die within minutes of starting the game and respawning as a hollow with pastel pink hair.

Child of Light:

It’s a beautiful game. It’s only $15, it’s ten chapters long.

Child of Light

Child of Light

Animal Crossing New Leaf:

These past two weeks have been full of exhausting 10 – 12 hour days at work and sometimes I just want to spend an hour on Animal Crossing doing nothing but pulling weeds out of the ground.
 
 
 
Dark Souls 2, Child of Light, Animal Crossing…
… Am I a hipster gamer? :O

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April 26, 2014 Off

Sydneyyyyy!

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… Easter might not be the best time to go to Australia, everything is closed on Good Friday and some are closed on Easter Sunday / Monday too… Not to mention there are TONS of tourists during this time.

A sea of people heading to and from the Sydney Opera House

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April 26, 2014 Off

Happy Anzac Day/Weekend…

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It’s ironic how there’s finally a long weekend where I can do nothing and just rest but I end up catching a cold which makes me bedridden all Friday (the public holiday) because I feel like absolute shit and any light is too blinding and aggravates my headache more…
Thank god for the public holiday since I am partially functional today.

HAPPY ANZAC DAY EVERYONE. I HOPE YOU HAD A BETTER TIME THAN ME.

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April 5, 2014 Off

Ramen in Japan (2013 vers)

By in Food, Travel

I know, I’ve finally gotten around to doing this (笑). This time in Japan we had a mini ramen tour in Tokyo. We had our dinners, then there were the second dinners just for ramen. We take ramen seriously!

Tokyo Station Ramen Street is a good and lazy place to try a selection of popular ramen stores from around Japan. Currently there are eight stores there and they can sometimes change. We managed to try four of the most popular ramen stores during our five days in Tokyo. The top stores will most definitely have a line with some exceeding 2 hours. Some stores ask you to buy a ticket from their vending machines then enter the queue, others will ask you to line up first and only buy the ticket when you get to the front of the line. Getting this right is very important! There was an occasion where we were in line for 20 minutes, the store required for a ticket to be bought prior to lining up. When the staff person asked the businessman at the front of the line for his ticket and he didn’t have one he stormed off… Instructions are usually in Japanese and taped close to the entrance of the shop…

Ramen ticketRamen ticket from the vending machine.

HondaHonda’s shoyu ramen with 3 different cuts of chashu ☆☆☆
Queue time ~10min at 10PM.

IkarugaIkaruga’s tonkotsu ramen. It was extremely heavy and oily…
I couldn’t finish it and felt physically sick after…
Queue time <10 min at 10PM.

RokurinshaRokurinsha’s tsukemen. Most likely the most popular of all ramen stores at Ramen street!
Queue time can exceed 2 hours during peak times. The broth looks heavy but it wasn’t heavy or oily at all. After finishing your ramen you can request for them to dilute the soup with some yuzu broth so you can enjoy the broth on its own ☆☆
Queue time <25 min at 5PM.

HirugaoHirugao’s shio ramen. The the broth tastes light with the sweet taste of scallops ☆☆☆
Queue time <20min at 7PM.

After trying 4 ramen stores nearly 4 nights in a row the next and final time we had ramen was at Ippudo in Kyoto (the same store I visited the previous year).

IppudoCondiments at the counter table at Ippudo.

Ippudo shiroIppudo shiro ramen. The broth tastes like it has duck egg?! ☆
Wait time <10min at 11PM.

Ippudo akaIppudo aka ramen. sbf’s ramen… I don’t remember what he said it tasted like 8D

Hopefully next time I’ll get to try a good miso ramen XD

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