Breaking That Resource Bank

August 16, 2014

Today was mostly similar to yesterday, except this time around my sister finally dropped by, though she spent most of the morning and the better part of the early afternoon trying to catch up on her sleep.  As for me, since I was done with the event proper already, I just spent most of the day farming the event stages (E-5 first, then shifted to E-4 when I found out that Akashi didn’t drop for any admiral lower than level 105).  

Hilariously enough, I think I’ve spent more resources farming than I’d actually spent on the event stages themselves.  Go figure.  Got a few rare ships I wanted (Zuihou, Amatsukaze, Akitsumaru, Hatsukaze), but one in particular (Mikuma) has eluded me so far.  Lets try again tomorrow.

Oh, that, and it rained hard during the late afternoon, but that was to be expected after it started to get really dark around four or so.  My father worried that some parts of the roof might start leaking, what with the strong wind and all, but it was unfounded this time.  Too bad the wind wasn’t sustained, as while it rained, it still stayed somewhat humid and uncomfortable, at least in my room. Sheesh.

Gonna try to rein in my farming urges tomorrow, and just let my resources regen, and just finish some quests.

Can’t Really Say Much, Again

August 15, 2014

Regardless of my feelings about the competency of the management at my former place of employment, at least having work gave me some stuff to share about.  Being unemployed really sucks, as far as journal-keeping goes.

Let’s see, I woke up early again due to habit, at which I did some of the easier daily quests in Kantai Collection, then I went down to do my usual morning rituals (washing my face and gargling, obviously).  I was surprised that I wasn’t pestered by my father about the laundry, but I suppose it was due to how we both assumed that the baby’s minder would take care of it during the day (she didn’t, which means laundry proper maybe tomorrow).  Spent the rest of the day alternating between sitting in front of the PC, minding the baby when my father needed to do something, aside the usual lunchtime and bath time.

The baby spent an inordinate time in my room during the afternoon, since my father brought him in with the belief that, if we turned on the AC, he’d go to sleep easier (he’d been awake for way too long by this point). It didn’t exactly work, and the little guy carried on as if he was hyped on sugar.  Then during one of his jumps on my bed, he jumped right into metal edge of my bed, which of course led to much crying.  My father got him to calm down, but after a changed diaper later, and a trip downstairs, he was apparently out like a light.

As for me, I continued on with my usual Kancolle build-up.  Finally got to the point where I figured I was ready to face the fifth segment of the event early evening (after a two-hour nap), and I’ve been puttering at it since that time.  Let’s see how far I can get before I get sleepy.

You Should Know This By Now

August 14, 2014

Another day, another day in my lazy life of temporary unemployment.  Spent most of it, you guessed it, continuing on with the Kantai Collection Summer Event (aka Operation AL/MI).  Cleared the fourth leg, the actual invasion of Midway Island, with Bizarro/Shadow Akagi standing in for Midway itself.  Fun.

Also known as Shadow (as in the Persona 4 Shadows) Akagi.

Also known as Shadow (as in the Persona 4 Shadows) Akagi.

In a bit from the usual bit of hilarity with these events, most of my runs on the map went against the common predictions in the English wiki — 70% of my attacks came from the south, and indeed the final blow was struck from a southern route — due to the fleet composition I choose.  Which is to say that I stuck Aviation Battleships on my 1st Fleet rather than the “expected” Kongou-class fast battleships. Heh.

The IJN does it from below.

The IJN does it from below.

So much for conventional knowledge eh?  Now stockpiling for my attempt on E-5 tomorrow, which will possibly take much longer and give my ammo reserves more punishment.

On the personal side, my father got angry at me because I chose to use lemon-pepper seasoning on our tinolong manok at papaya, because it turned the chicken broth sour.  This was easily fixed by both adding Knorr chicken powder and more water.  Really, he could have said it in a much nicer way, mmph.

Saved By Circumstance

May 6, 2014

I was obviously worried, as it was a Tuesday, which meant that, in most cases, it was the day with the heaviest workload.  When I arrived at the office, my fears were confirmed — despite Correspondence being mostly there, the CS queue was backed up.  I was seriously worried that I’d be forced to help with the Walmart queue again.

The same sort of system issues struck though, and it took me something like an hour before I was finally able to find a remote server with everything I needed.  When I started taking in calls, I sighed a bit in relief that I wasn’t on the CS queue (though I did get some stray Walmart calls).  This were actually going swimmingly, when in the middle of one of my calls one of the merchant programs I used went down… and never came up again.

Because of that, I had to go on System Aux, and with my TC’s blessing, I logged off the remote server I was on, and tried to log in again, in the hopes of dropping into another server with a functioning system… Except things didn’t go as smoothly as expected. The servers I landed on never quite had all the programs needed — indeed, it seems that just as it had merchant programs okay, the CS side was down.  And this continued for something more than an hour, before my TC finally caved in, and decided that if I managed to find a server with a functioning system but without CS working, he’d have me taken off the CS queue entirely.

And that’s exactly what happened.  So I finally was able to take in calls again… except it was barely ten minutes to my scheduled lunch break by that point.  Whoops.

I imagine that some people might have been annoyed at that.

In any case, the rest of my day passed without incident, and despite the afternoon heat when I finally got off, I somehow managed to get home in one piece… At which I turned on the AC to my room and promptly took a nap.

And what did I do when I woke up in the evening?  

Mao, as always, was adorable

Mao, as always, was adorable

I watched the GJ-Bu OVA.  And it was wonderful.

May’s Labor’s Ruse

May 1, 2014

It’s Labor Day in the Philippines, but I somehow managed to miss taking advantage of the free MRT rides for the morning… by virtue of being way too early.  Not that I’d be able to do so anyway, as the free rides started at seven, which was also the start of my shift.

Managed to arrive at work with more than enough time to spare, but as expected, ran into the same problem that’s been plaguing me all week.  While I logged in in time, I was only able to take in calls around twenty minutes in, due to being unable to find a server where everything I needed was functioning again.  Urgh.

The day passed without incident, but boy, was it hot outside when we finally got off.

Oh, and when I got home, I was surprised to find two familiar bags waiting outside our doorstep, but without their owners.  I say familiar, as they’re the bags that my sister and the baby’s caretaker usually brings with them.  I opened up the house, then brought the bags in, and figured that their owners would show up sooner or later.

And they did.  With the baby in tow, my father came home some ten minutes after that.  I have to say, I was surprised, as I was expecting my sister and nephew tomorrow, but apparently my sister didn’t have work that day, so they took advantage of that fact to come by early.  With my sister’s change in schedule though, this means that we’re basically going to be alone with the baby the whole day tomorrow, but I’m sure that my father doesn’t mind that.

Had my afternoon nap, and when I woke up I planned on finishing off the Spring 2014 event’s boss.  Had two great runs, and reduced the map bar to basically zero, which meant that I just needed an actual sinking on the boss to clear the event.  However a spat of disconnections put a stop to that, so I had to stop as well, else I risk a banning (as multiple DC’s during sorties might be seen as the sort of things macros do).  I guess I’ll just try tomorrow, and send the rest of the fleets on resource-gathering expeditions.

Hopefully tomorrow won’t be AS hot, but I have my doubts.  I’ll just a morning’s worth of uninterrupted internet connection however.

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. 


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.


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