Tuesday, September 4, 2018

an eventful Labor Day long weekend

It's hard to believe September is already here. Sometimes I miss being in school and the long summer vacations. But at least I had a great Labor Day long weekend even though we mostly stayed home. :-)

One highlight is that we invited the Tsais over for lunch on Sunday after finding out our family friend Joseph was visiting from Taiwan. It was great to see them again in almost three years. Everyone had such a great time that we're hoping to get together again in the not-too-distant future. I definitely hope to get back in touch with their kids Michael and Claire soon!

Also worth mentioning is that this was the second double XP weekend in RuneScape this year. The good news is that I wasn't too busy in real life this time and had a little more free time than usual. I didn't get any level 99 skills or skilling pets but did gain around eight million XP across my four accounts.

Of course, playing RuneScape for thee entire weekend isn't exactly productive. Therefore, I also spent some time listening to online lectures and practicing table tennis with my parents. :-)

Currently watching: American Made

Monday, August 6, 2018

a bittersweet weekend

The weekend had its highs and lows. The nice thing is that we had a big party at our house. However, the RuneScape Classic shutdown was a bit of a downer.

Summer party report

Saturday was great as my parents invited several friends over. Mom made great food as usual, especially the cold sesame noodles. The guests later watched a documentary about a Chinese poet while I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl afterwards. The best part is that everyone brought high-quality desserts, none of which were cheap. On the whole, the party was one of our best ever. I really need to convince other young people to join us next time!

The end of an era: RuneScape Classic shut down

The bad news is that Jagex closed RuneScape Classic today after running the game for 17 and a half years. I figured this would eventually happen but didn't expect it to be so soon. Although I haven't played RSC much since the free version was removed, the game was a huge part of my childhood. Because I'm currently not a member, I couldn't even get a final screenshot of my character. :-(

But what sucks the most is that I had a bunch of rare items on my RSC account. They'd be worth billions of GP if Jagex allowed us to transfer them to the main game. I really wish I had transferred my items back to RS2 when I had the chance. Oh well.

In other news...

Congratulations to my friend Eddie on his recent marriage!

Currently watching: Starship Troopers: Invasion

Thursday, May 24, 2018

level 99 Fishing in RuneScape

I just got level 99 Fishing in RuneScape a few moments ago. This is definitely a skill I didn't except to get level 99 in so soon. All those daily challenges and the Giant Oyster definitely helped. At any rate, here is a screenshot of my current stats. It doesn't show the level-up fireworks because my PrtSc key was having problems. Oh well, close enough.

In other news...

On a related note, Jagex has announced that RuneScape Classic will be shutting down in August. I had a feeling this would eventually happen, but it still sucks to see that a part of my childhood will be gone. :-(

Currently listening to: "Break Free" by Ariana Grande

Saturday, April 7, 2018

level 99 Runecrafting in RuneScape

Today was a good day as I finally got level 99 Runecrafting in RuneScape. Here is a screenshot of me leveling up!

Because I'm pretty busy in real life these days, I don't play RuneScape that much anymore except double XP weekends. This is actually my first 99 in almost four years. On the other hand, I should get a few more 99's in the not-too-distant future as I already have 98 Fishing as well as 97 Crafting and Prayer. :-)

Currently listening to: "Sky" by DJ Manian

Monday, February 26, 2018

2,500 skill total in RuneScape and more!

This past weekend was pretty nice. For starters, I passed 2,500 skill total in RuneScape on Saturday thanks to the double XP weekend. Here is the screenshot for those curious. These double XP weekends are always really fun. :-)

The other highlight of the day is that we invited the Hsuehs over for lunch. It's only fair to return the favor as they had us over a few weeks ago. Because their son was with friends and didn't come, I spent the afternoon playing RuneScape and reading The Sparrow for my book club. On the whole, the gathering was pretty enjoyable.

Later in the afternoon, my mother noticed that our thermostat was dead. The heater was stuck on until we turned off the emergency switch. To make matters worse, the replacement thermostat we bought at Home Depot wouldn't work either. Our neighbor Bob came over a few times to take a look but was equally stumped.

After we spent most of Sunday trying to fix the issue, my parents concluded that it might be the heater that was broken. Mom asked PG&E to come over, but until that happens, then it looks like we'll be without heat for the next few days. This should be fun. :\

In other news...

1. Dad got a new Roku TV a few days ago. It's pretty nice, although the Fire TV is easier to use in my option. But then again, I'm probably a bit biased, considering that I used to work at Amazon. :P

2. After careful consideration, my family has decided not to go to Alaska due to the lack of hotel availability. However, I'm not going to complain because we've already been there a few times.

Monday update: It turned out the problem with the heater was due to a switch being burnt out. The good news is that we didn't have to pay too much to get it repaired!

Currently listening to: "Dixie"

Monday, February 12, 2018

new iPad Pro!

So my father recently got a new iPad Pro. Because my mother felt that the display on our iPad 2 was too small, Dad decided this would be an excellent time for an upgrade. The 12.9" screen and the 256 GB of storage are really nice. The tablet is like a new laptop, only lighter!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Super Bowl weekend report

I had a pretty good weekend.

The first half of Saturday was uneventful as I was busy studying work-related things. However, our family friend Lily invited us over to dinner on Saturday. She prepared a nice hot pot with all the fixings. The Hsuehs had recently come back from a trip to Turkey, so we enjoyed hearing about the things she did there. The only downside is that Alan didn't come as he was very tired following a trip to Japan, but I'm sure there are opportunities for our families together again. Because there was nobody my age, I spent most of the time reading The Sparrow for my book club. The first few chapters reminded me of Contact by Carl Sagan.

Yesterday was Super Bowl II. I don't really follow American football but have always enjoyed watching the big game. I didn't root for any specific team this year, although I'm pretty impressed that the New England Patriots made it to the Super Bowl twice in succession. It was overall a great game.

Another nice thing is that we're planning a trip to Alaska with the Changs this summer. Therefore, my parents went to Henry's house after dinner to discuss trip plans. So far, the trip looks like it's going to happen. I'm pretty excited!

Currently reading: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell