Testing Out Options

January 31, 2014

Nothing really noteworthy to share today, aside from the fact that I’m testing out some private VPN options, in preparation for the Midway event.  Some of them are fairly pricey, and charge month to month, but they’re better than the shared public VPN that many use to jump into Kantai Collection in that a) they’re faster and, b) as the IP addresses assigned to you are more or less unique to each user, there’s less chance to get banned for being an account that shares an IP.

Well, free trial periods.  Have to take advantage of that.

On more personal stuff… Surprise, my nephew apparently learned how to crawl.  Given how he’s ten months old already, that’s kind of delayed, but then again he learned how to stand first before that so…


Back With The Old

January 30, 2014

It was a strange experience, not being able to play Kantai Collection at work, after doing so every work day since at least December.  Can’t really get around it though, as with the regular API purges, there’s no real way for me to play the game at the office anymore.  Oh well, I can still play at home at the very least, so it’s not that big of a deal.  This did mean though that I’ve fallen back to my previous diversion, which is to say reading manga instead.

Oh, and despite encountering yet another long line at the MRT station today, I was able to get to the office in time.  That’s a big relief, really, as at least I’ll close the month on a good note

Paid off the PLDT and water bills, and it looks like my father’s going to handle the electric bill.  He commented on how low it’s actually gotten, at which I replied it was expected given how chilly evenings have been for the past few days.

Nothing really planned for tomorrow, aside from the expected chores.  I’ll just have to see when I get there I guess.

Change Unexpected, Unwanted

January 29, 2014

Let’s get the work side of my day out of the way first shall we?  The long and short of it is that I got late to work, due to the dreaded long line at the MRT station combined with a long interval between the arrival of trains.  Ugh.

The shift itself was surprisingly bearable.  There were actually huge gaps in between calls close to the end of the shift, which made me wonder whether there was a holiday or something.  In any case, the first half of the day was more of the same, though I did get a bit of a reprieve after my lunch break, as I was allowed to go on Coaching Aux to do some required company exams… which it turns out I already finished a while back.  

Which meant that I had the rest of the “Coaching” time to myself, heh.

Oh, and it happened again — it being so sunny that I had to put on my sunglass attachment to avoid getting blinded, but by the time I got to the MRT station it was cloudy as heck.

As for the title of this post, it’s connected to the unexpected change brought by today’s patch of Kantai Collection.  Specifically, it’s something that makes it even more difficult for non-JP players to play the game, as they’re either forced to grab a new API link every one and a half hours, or play the gave via VPN full-time.  The latter method has its own set of issues, as using the VPN means sharing an IP with many other players… And DMM, the company that hosts the game, has already banned players for doing that.

I’m finding the regular API resets to be the lesser of annoyances, but this does mean that I won’t be able to play the game at work as I used to.  *sigh*  Really hope it’s a temporary thing, but I suppose getting used to the change quicker would be better.

Went Past That, As Usual

January 28, 2014

I was actually worried that I wasn’t going to make it on time to work, as I was met once more by a huge line when I got to the MRT station.  Luckily for me they didn’t shut the turnstiles, though I still did miss the train that waiting at the platform.  Thankfully another one soon arrived, and what’s more, it didn’t really tarry at the station for long.

That said, the shift was still pretty though.  It was only slightly alleviated by the fact that everyone of the morning shift showed up.  Though this makes me dread tomorrow as usual.  

Got home without much issue, though as usual the large amount of dark clouds lingering overhead made me worry that I’d get rained on.  It didn’t happen thankfully, but this doesn’t mean some other part of the city didn’t get drenched.

Nothing much to share aside from that. Well, there is the fact that my sister called our land line during the evening, and asked to speak with tatay.  Apparently our cousin, who watched not only the baby, but my sister’s house as well, planned to leave for the province for a family gathering (a wedding I think).  Unfortunately the suddenness of this meant that no one would be left to watch the baby, as both my sister and my brother-in-law worked.

Needless to say, my father had some choice words to say to my cousin about this.  The gist is that she was free to leave any time she wanted, but only if she could find a replacement to take care of the baby.

As for me, I retreated downstairs to wait until things blew over.

That Time Of The Semester Again

January 27, 2014

I was finally able to withdraw my salary in full, and put what I could into my savings account today (five thousand pesos worth, which is a big deal given how I had only forty-five pesos left in it).  The rest went into paying off my VISA credit card bill.  It’s still nowhere manageable, but I’ll take any leg up on it that I can get.

Oh, and it’s close to submission time once again.  At this point, I’m going into net seclusion again to focus on my proposal.  I will still make journal entries, but that’s likely going to be it for my internet interactions for a while.

As for my day at work… It was unusually stressful for a Monday.  The queue spiked more than a few times, even with most of the team on-duty.  It also turned dark and rained for a bit after I got to the office, then turned sunny sometime during noon, before settling into simply cloudy when I got out of work.

Just Stuff That Came To Mind

January 26, 2014

Only two real things noteworthy about my day today:

One, the shift was hellish for a bit.  Only two out of the usual five people will do that, so naturally the call queue was overflowing for a while, especially when one of us went on break.  And this didn’t include the two restarts I had to endure when the remote server rebooted itself during and after lunchtime.  Hmm.

Two, I was able to do some writing again. Sure, it was barely one page, and what’s more, unrelated at all to my thesis proposal, but I’ll take whatever I can get at this point.

Stuff Seeping Through

January 25, 2014

I didn’t go to school today, as I was confident that I was going to be able to ignore the distractions to do some writing.

Suffice to say, it didn’t quite work out.  Between the baby, and being pretty much wedded to the desktop, the distractions obviously got to me.

I’m so angry at myself right now.  Just… Angry.  That’s as simple as I could describe it.

And now there’s apparently a loud karaoke party going on tonight somewhere in the neighborhood. They’re still at it, so I’m not sure how I’m going to get some rest at this rate.