Ended My Week With Sausages

April 24, 2014

So I went and bought myself a pack of Hungarian-style sausages on the way home, as I mentioned in my post yesterday.  They were quite expensive — around four hundred and fifty pesos for a pack of seven or eight — but I did get a free sausage-in-a-bun, and boy was it hefty.  The fact that I didn’t have to eat dinner afterward attests to how heavy it felt when it hit my stomach.  That said, it sure didn’t taste like our local longganisa, for sure — it was salty rather than sweet, for one.  

In any case, rather than be happy for the purchase, my father instead complaint about the expense, and how we could have bought a whole kilo of something else (say, tocino) for far less.  I countered that the expense was worth it in this case, as we’ve never tasted a sausage like this one.  Try to experience stuff you haven’t tasted before, y’know?

As for my day at work, not really much to say about it.  Just the usual shift, though I did feel annoyed at how, due to a change in the coding brought on by the new event, I can no longer play at work.  Drat. 

Hatsukaze

IJN Destroyer Hatsukaze

DD Tanikaze

IJN Destroyer Tanikaze

Speaking of the event, I focused my attention on THAT as soon as I got home and rested.  Hit map 2, and managed to clear it, though I have to say I was hemmoraging buckets due to RNG-related stupidity.  Blargh.  Managed to get both Tanikaze and Hatsukaze though, but it in no way makes up for the troll-level idiocy of the Night Battle node before the boss node.  

I’ll gather as much resources as I could  via the dailies, then I’m going to hit map 3 tomorrow.  I heard that it’s a lot more straightforward, but I’ll just have to see for myself.


Moving And Shaking

January 4, 2014

Despite it being a weekend and one of my well-deserved days off, my father dragged me out of bed by proxy, and with that same indignant tone of voice he uses whenever he disapproves of what I’m doing, made me accompany him to pick up a food stand trolley that one of my sister’s co-workers was leaving behind, as said co-worker was moving to Laguna (I think) and couldn’t bring it with her. When we got there though, said co-worker had left, and we had no idea where to pick up said food-trolley, so we walked back home, with my father grumbling about how I should learn to make the most of my time, and how had we left earlier we wouldn’t have to come home empty-handed.

I didn’t get a chance to settle in much once we got back home, as my father had sent my sister a message, and she replied with much clearer instructions for us.  Off we went again, but this time around we went straight for the landlord, and there it was… a disassembled food stand.  I boggled at how we’d be able to carry all of it back home, but that quickly got solved when my father flagged down a tricycle for us.  Even in pieces though I was worried that the tricycle wouldn’t be able to transport everything, and I had to make sure one of the biggest parts didn’t fall off the back (I was riding behind the tricycle driver for the trip home).  

Once we arrived in our neighborhood (and our transportation paid off), there was a lot of huffing and puffing as we lugged the pieces to the front of the house.  There we left the pieces, as there was no place to put it inside the house anyway, plus it would make it easier for my brother-in-law to pick up later on.

The rest of the day passed somewhat slowly.  My father went passive-aggressive on me for the rest of the day about how I should watch my weight, but he’s just repeating what I was made well aware about six months ago.  That said it’s just in time, as I’m already curbing my intake.  Let’s just see if it yields results…

Aside from that, nothing much to share really.  Just tweaked my finally-accessible Steam library, and played Kantai Collection on the side.  I’m a bit annoyed that I can’t seem to play X-Com (either EU or EW), so lets see if a reinstall fixes that.  And as for Kancolle…

Finally the Lucky Crane joins my ranks, sheesh.  Rainbow Holo rarity is hard...

Finally the Lucky Crane joins my ranks, sheesh. Rainbow Holo rarity is hard…

Yeah, got both of the Crane sisters now.  Now if only I could get some bears (aka Mikuma or Kumano, mostly Kumano) before the Arpeggio event ends next week…

P.S. Enrollment period once again upon me.  Given the state of my savings, I’m considering just paying for residency for now.


Not A Lot As Usual

December 28, 2013

As the title suggests, there’s not really much to share about my day.  Pretty much part for course for my weekend, really.

Oh, yeah, apparently me and my father were selected to be the representatives of our side of the family to the wedding of one of my cousins.  The wedding will be in Mati Davao this summer, but obviously my father wants to reserve tickets now for the massive discounts.  And given the date, hmm, it sounds like I’ll have a reason to lose weight for next year.

Yeah, losing flab will be my New Year’s resolution.

One of our seaman relatives joined us today, and will be staying with us until tomorrow, so it wasn’t just the two of us this time.  That said, the only thing that changed really is how we had to prepare an additional plate, but otherwise it was the same as always.  Just me sitting in front of the PC doing nothing creative.  Which means Kantai Collection and updating World of Tanks.

She really IS stoic by the way.

Well at least I won’t have to luck out during crafting,

On the bright side, I managed to get Steam up and running again (which involved tricking the update thingie via surreptitiously timed use of VPN), but this means that I’ll have to redownload all of the games I played more than a casual basis… Which means Fallout New Vegas, Skyrim, and XCOM: EU.

And all of these on top of the anime I haven’t finished downloading over the week. Ugh.

Anyway, as usual here’s to hoping that tomorrow’s shift turns out to be less stressful, and that EVERYONE who should come in does.


From Frustration To Going All-In

December 27, 2013

It’s the first day of my weekend, so those already familiar with my habits know what to expect.  I didn’t want to wake up early… But woke up about two hours before the alarm rang anyway.  Spent the intervening time trying to continue where I left off in Kantai Collection — which is to say trying to finish the Arpeggio collab event.  And at around nine-thirty or so, right on time, came both the phone alarm and my father telling me to get off my arse and start on the laundry already.

Spent around an hour or so on the laundry (it always amazes me how much we accumulate during the week, seriously), all the while “listening” to Soviet Storm:  Stalingrad being played on my cellphone (I saved the History Channel special to watch on it).  After helping tatay rinse said clothes and put them to dry, it was back upstairs to Kantai Collection.  

Lunch aside, it turned into a frustrating few hours as I tried and failed eleven straight times at the E-3 map.  Maya (from Arpeggio) would somehow find a way to hit one of my girls and reduce her to critical/red status, which would force me to end the sortie prematurely and return to base to repair.  With my resources going low and my frustration mounting, I threw caution to the wind, loaded the three allied Arpeggio ships available to me (tsundere heavy cruiser Takao, Iona, and battleship Haruna), then hit E-3 again with abandon.  Three straight sorties with three straight wins followed, but I was more relieved than happy at the end of it, really.

Kantai E-3 clear

Somehow, this victory feels so… phyrric.

And Kancolle’s I-401 received as a reward.  That said, my resources have been pretty much drained by the event.  Hard to imagine I started at around 30k+ each during the 24th…  And with two of my fleets reserved for unlocking Expedition 30, this means I have only a single fleet left for Resource Expedition duty.  At best, it’ll be three or more days before I can even think of farming the cleared event maps for rare ships.

Talk about pissing one's riches down the drain.

Talk about pissing one’s riches down the drain.

Well, time to get those resources back.


Personal Ironies, Leyte Gulf, and KanColle

October 25, 2013

For those who worry about these type of things, today is part of the four-day anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the series of sea battles that spelt the end of the Imperial Japanese Navy as an effective fighting force, and paved the way for the eventual retaking of the island of Luzon by proving the US forces a beachhead in the provinces of Samar and Leyte.  Specifically, today covers two segments of the greater battle: the Battle off Samar, where a smaller force composed of destroyers and escort carriers (codenamed Taffy 3) drove a qualitatively superior IJN fleet which, among other things, included the supperbattleship Yamato, and a throng of heavy cruisers; and the Battle of Surigao Straight, which historians count as one of the last battleship to battleship engagements in modern history, with the US forces successfully crossed the T of the hapless admiral Nishimura’s forces.

I’m not normally one to think about anniversaries of World War 2 battles, but this one in particular (and the retaking of Leyte in general) is kind of personal, as my father’s side of the family hails from Leyte, specifically Ormoc.  We’re quite sure that he, as the eldest of his family, was already around during the Battle of Ormoc bay (it’s kind of an inside-joke in the family about how, despite “officially” being listed as born in 1946, he really was born in 1943, but the former date stuck because the original birth certificate got destroyed along with the Census office during the retaking of Ormoc), but as with everything about his early life, he’s been pretty close-lipped about it.  

Same goes with both his parents.  The most I could get out of him was a shrug, and a crack about how, as civilians, lola and lola didn’t have war stories to share.  And he kind of doubted that stories about how they escaped to the mountains (the area where the Geothermal plant now is located) and lived on kamote while waiting out the fighting between the Americans and the Japanese, would be interesting.

The irony comes in, of course, in the present day, with myself being a fan of Japanese-created media, playing a browser game based on moe personifications of many of the ships that sunk during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  And to pile on more ironies, some of my highest-leveled ships just happened to be part of Admiral Nishimura’s ill-fated fleet at Surigao Straight: Fuso, Yamashiro, Mogami, and Shigure.  See the screenshot below to see what I mean:

From Top Left to Bottom Right: Battleship Fuso, Battleship Yamashiro, Aviation Cruiser Mogami, Destroyer Shigure

From Top Left to Bottom Right: Battleship Fuso, Battleship Yamashiro, Aviation Cruiser Mogami, Destroyer Shigure

Funny how things worked out, as Yamashiro and Fuso where the first battleships I got in the game.

Now imagine her being TORN IN HALF, which was the fate of the real-life Fuso during the Battle of Surigao Straight.

Now imagine her being TORN IN HALF, which was the fate of the real-life Fuso during the Battle of Surigao Straight.

As for things unrelated to history or KanColle… Well, it’s payday today, though that meant that a significant chunk of my salary went into paying off some bills as usual. Specifically, the Maynilad water bill, the PLDT bill (which I grudgingly did), as well as a 2000-peso deduction to my VISA card debt.  What remained (about three thousand pesos worth), went into my savings as usual.

Didn’t go home straight after that, as I was aware that the internet still wasn’t up, so I killed two hours at an internet shop doing some idle browsing.  After my time was up, I went back home, and took a later afternoon nap as per practice.  And hey, when I woke up, we had net access again, so it was sort of fine.

Tomorrow is my nephew’s baptism, but we still haven’t received any message from my sister what time we’re supposed to show up.  Tatay expects it to be early anyway, so this means waking up early and heading off to Quezon City.  Should be fun, as I’ve never visited their new house yet.


A Little Scrubbing, Interrupted

October 11, 2013

I wasn’t able to go to school after all, as it’s laundry day. And since my cousin wasn’t around, this meant it I was on laundry duty again.  Was able to finish both the colored clothes and the whites before it started raining, thankfully.  It’s been showering for most of the afternoon since then, but it only started to pick up strength early tonight.  Though I do appreciate that this time around there’s a good brisk wind accompanying the rain, which means it’s going to be easy to sleep due to the cool temperature.

But man, Hagurou is sure a massive fuel hog. Kind of hard to maintain for a low-level admiral like myself

But man, Hagurou is sure a massive fuel hog. Kind of hard to maintain for a low-level admiral like myself

As for the rest of the day… Well shall we say I was waiting around for the lottery to gain a slot for Kantai Collection.  I kind of lucked out in the end, and so I’ve joined the masses in putting on the admiral’s cap and commanding my growing selection of ship girls. Still low level though, and starved for resources too, especially since Hagurou the heavy cruiser I lucked into getting is a massive resource hog. Ugh.  She’s still the best ship I have, as everyone else is a destroyer, but I can see why people just try for Tenryuu instead at the start.  Hopefully I get the 1-1 boss battle this time, so I could put that firepower to good use.


Kept A Close Eye On Stuff

October 6, 2013

I begged off work today to monitor the process of the data recovery, as I was too worried that someone would come into the room and mess things up.  I jumped through the usual hoops, which involved a message to my supervisor as well as a call to WODC, but at least they no longer have anything to complain about on the paperwork side of things.

As for the recovery itself, it’s been a very slow process.  Even now, it’s barely 60% done, but apparently that’s due to the fact that the majority of the files were images to begin with.  I just hope that by the time I wake up tomorrow morning to prepare for work, that the recovery has gotten to the documents, which is the most important part of this endeavor.

Aside from that, it was pretty much a slow day.  Since I was watching over the desktop, I spent most of the day in my room (this after waking up early and joining my father for morning mass), which was punctuated by a video conference call by the family with nanay via Skype, trying to get a nap (often interrupted by my nephew waking up and crying), and marathoning Tamayura from the OVAs on (at episode 7 right now of Hitotose). 

Ah, I hope that the restoration’s done by tomorrow, so I can have one less thing to worry about while I’m at work.


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