Sunday, April 10, 2011

my first corporate party!

The Armada Group had its spring appreciation party last night. This was my first time attending a corporate function as an employee. It was quite exciting!

The event was held at the Tech Museum in San Jose. The place had changed a lot since my last visit 12 years ago. The exhibits were fascinating and brought back memories of going to the Exploratorium as a kid.

While most of the guests were much older than me, I did meet a group of five UC Santa Cruz students, namely three interns and two of their girlfriends. This was one of the highlights of the evening. We had much in common even though my time at UCSC was short.

The company ordered lots of food, all of which was delicious. There was also a DJ and a dance floor, although everyone seemed more interested in socializing rather than busting a move. On the whole, the party was quite fun. I definitely can't wait for the family picnic in October. In the meantime, feel free to check out my pictures here.

Currently listening to: "Red Red Wine" by UB40

Thursday, April 7, 2011

RuneScape account hacked again :-(

I had trouble logging into RuneScape today and decided to reset my password. It turned out someone else had accessed my main account. The person must have guessed the answers to my security questions because a virus scan turned up nothing.

The good news is that my bank PIN did its job. This was a close call because the PIN was just seven hours from being deleted. However, the hacker wiped my friends list as well. Re-adding everyone will be a pain in the ass. >:(

A search on some RuneScape cheat sites didn't turn up anything. Back when I first got hacked eight years ago, I was somewhat famous at the time due to being the 36th person to get 99 cooking. But seeing that 99's are so common these days, there were likely other factors.

Speaking of which, I'm one of the first 2,000 players to sign up as well as a former player moderator. From what I've heard, these accounts are often targeted. Of note is that my AIM account was also recently hacked, although I have no idea if the incidents are related. I should probably be more careful.

In other news...

1. There is an upcoming five-day furlough at Cisco, but my supervisor said I still have to work due to being on the core team. So that means no spring break for me. On the other hand, being exempt from a furlough is usually a good sign. :-)

2. I mentioned a few weeks ago that my family was getting rid of our swimming pool. The demolition has been completed and can been seen here. To be honest, I'm a little sad as the pool was a part of my childhood. Oh well, that's life.

Currently playing: RuneScape

Sunday, April 3, 2011

back from Yosemite

I just got back from a two-day trip to Yosemite National Park with my parents. Dad realized we hadn't been to Yosemite in over five years and decided to take us there over the weekend. It was a refreshing trip!

Day 1

The traffic was light and allowed us to arrive earlier than expected. That left some free time, during which we stopped at Merced Fruit Barn. There was a homely feel to the place, especially the café. I wouldn't mind having lunch here in the future.

Dad had originally booked a room at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. The lodge is located inside the park and supposed to be quite beautiful. But because it was closed for repairs, management gave us a room at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp instead. This was actually a better deal because the latter usually has higher rates, not to mention the free breakfast.

Though it was raining when we arrived in Fish Camp, the weather cleared up shortly afterwards. The timing couldn't have been better. From our experience, the air in the mountains is always fresh after a shower. This made for a great hike.

The afternoon ended with a visit to Yosemite Village, one of my favorite stops. Seeing that it would take an hour to get back to the lodge, my parents bought dinner at the Yosemite Village store. The chicken drumstick was slightly overcooked, but the carnitas was delicious.

Day 2

The weather today was even better. We explored the park some more after breakfast. The hike on the Yosemite Falls Trail was the best part of the trip. Of course, all good things must end: my parents didn't want to stay too late because I have work tomorrow. On the way home, my family had dinner at Applebee's in Tracy before heading to the nearby WinCo Foods for groceries.

Despite being only one night long, this was a memorable vacation. I've posted some pictures for your enjoyment.

Currently listening to: "Oh My Darling, Clementine"