SW:GOH Update

Time for an update on GOH. This is the top two rows of my squad:

Almost 7-starred everyone. I expect to finish Rey and Dooku by the end of the week. Royal Guard will require some time though, will be faster when I unlock the Cantina battle for him. I estimate by the end of next week or so. As for the rest, still have to gear them up, increase their abilities and get better mods. All this will be a slow grind, won’t be surprised if I only sort it out by the end of next month. Also have to level them up, credit crunch has been hitting me. Again this will require time.

For my next 12 characters, the focus is on Chewie, Cad Bane, 88 and Ahsoka.  Cad Bane will require 2 weeks and 88 bout 23 days for 7-stars.Chewie and Ahsoka prob bout 2-3 weeks. Will slowly work on Biggs and Datcha, while JC, Luke and Talia have lesser priority, will only work on them when the rest are sorted out.

The key to playing this game is focus and patience, challenging, but it’s worked well for me so far, plus I’ve had a good advisor. 

The slow grind continues…..

Links:

Star Wars

Galaxy of Heroes Official Site

GOH Download

GOH Forums

Commando Comics

The Commando Comics series (Not to be confused with the 1985 Arnold movie) is something that I’ve been reading since the mid-80s. Four issues are published bi-weekly, but back then, whenever we went to the family magazine shop (which is still the same shop I go to up till today), my mom said I could only take 1. It was agonizing only being able to choose 1 issue, but such was life back then, my parents’ didn’t over indulge us. 

When I started working, I made it a point to buy every single issue, no more selecting just one. There were times I missed a few issues here and there due to shipment issues and miscellaneous other circumstances, so over the years, I’ve amassed a substantial collection which you can see in the picture below:

I have to highlight that in the bottom row, you can see there are some other books as well. One problem is that I have so many issues that I’m running out of space, and my wife is constantly asking me to get a new shelf, something I haven’t gotten round to doing.

In addition to the normal issues, I also bought some of the compilations, which you can see in the lower-right corner of the pic. These are the 12 in 1 books, real value for money if you ask me. I’ve yet to do an inventory of all the Commandos I have, something I will do one day. To give an idea of how many issues I have, each vertical stack in the top row is approximately 100 issues (I counted), so there’s easily 1200 in the top row alone. Sadly, it’s not a complete collection, as of right now, there have been 4900+ issues, so I’m at slightly less than a quarter. I do try to get old ones whenever I can, but it’s not so easy to find any issues that were printed before 2000. I did find some cbr versions online, but it’s not the same as having real ones.

Anyway, my collection will continue to grow, and hopefully one day I’ll provide a complete inventory of what I have.

Links:

Official Commando Website

Commando on Facebook

Subscribe to Commando

Commando on Wikipedia

Taekwondo

I’d like to talk a bit about Taekwondo, something that I’ve been doing for most of my life. Before I begin, if you are not familiar with Taekwondo (or TKD for short), please refer to the Wikipedia page here. Yes, most people have differing opinions regarding Wikipedia, but I find it sufficient enough for the purpose of this article. I would like to highlight that I learn ITF-style Taekwondo. Yes, you’re wondering what ITF means, well the Wikipedia link earlier provides an explanation on it, but let me sum it up my own way:

  1. Gen Choi founds Taekwondo and establishes the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF).
  2. Some disputes happen and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) is formed and has noticeable differences from ITF style TKD. ITF moves headquarters to Vienna.
  3. Along the way, some other Federations are formed, a number of them use ITF-style, some WTF-style.
  4. Gen Choi passes away in 2002, ITF splits into three different entities.

So the ITF organization I follow is based in Vienna and you can view their official website here. There is no special reason why I follow this organization, it’s just that my Grandmaster and Master who have trained me all this while follows this organization.

Anyway, enough introduction, back to the part where I said it’s something I’ve been doing most of my life. I first started learning TKD in 1986, I was 9 years old then (yes, you can go ahead and calculate my age now). I obtained my Black Belt (1st Dan/Degree) in 1992. So I continued actively training the next few years, and my plan was to take my 2nd Dan exam in 1996. Unfortunately, life got in the way, so by 1995 I slowly stopped attending classes, and it was basically a complete stop by the end of the year. In 97, I went overseas to study and when I came back in 2000, I did try starting TKD again, but unfortunately again, life got in the way yet again. So the first comeback failed, and 4-5 years after that, I tried another comeback, even bought a new black belt (coz my old one went missing) and a new uniform too, but again, it just didn’t work out.

So one day, in Nov 2014, I asked my eldest daughter (who was 5 at that time) if she wanted to learn TKD, and she asked me what TKD was. So I showed her some videos from YouTube, and she went “Daddy, Daddy, I want to learn this, please Daddy”, how could I say no? I wanted to her to start learning TKD anyway. So that weekend, I went to the place where I learned TKD, met up with my old Master and told him my daughter wanted to sign-up, and she immediately started class. I decided to make my comeback then, and it’s really a case of third time lucky because up till today, I’m still training and I finally took (and passed) my 2nd Dan exam in February this year, 20 years behind schedule. Better late than never I guess.

So TKD training will go on until further notice, it’s something I intend to continue doing until I can’t walk anymore. There will be more postings on TKD somewhere down the line, in the meantime, enjoy the links below.

Links:

International Taekwondo Federation Official Website

General Choi Hong Hi, Founder of Taekwondo

Taekwondo Background from Wikipedia

International Taekwondo Federation from Wikipedia

Taekwondo Wiki – Good site for information on everything TKD-related

ITF Patterns – Videos of all the ITF Patterns

Liverpool 0 Manchester United 0

So it was a bore draw in the end, the Mancs parked the bus and didn’t do much. I can’t really fault Mourinho for his tactics though, he did what any manager would do, if you can’t win, make sure you don’t lose.

What I do blame is the stupid fricking international break. This break never comes at the right time and Liverpool seldom plays well after an international break. Don’t believe me? Well refer to this article from This Is Anfield below:

International Hangover 

I’m not a fan of the IB, we lost Wijnaldum to injury this time (because he was played despite saying he wasn’t feeling good) and this is actually a good scenario, usually we end up with more injured players. And the hangover, God, I’m not gonna get into it, the article above sums it up.

Anyway, no point harping on what has happened, latest league table is below:

2 points off the top, that’s not too bad, and we’ve only played 3 home games, 7 out of 9 possible points, again, not too bad. Upcoming fixtures below:

The target now is to get maximum points from the next 5 league games, can’t afford anymore slip-ups. Until the next football update, YNWA!!!

Links:

Liverpool FC Official Website

Manchester United Website

Premier League Official Website

Liverpool Vs MU match reports:

Liverpool FC

This is Anfield

Eurosports

The Open Office

Someone shared a great article on the recently popular open office concept. Link to the article is below:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/30/google-got-it-wrong-the-open-office-trend-is-destroying-the-workplace/

The author of this article got it spot-on. I’m not really a fan of this article. You need some form of privacy when you’re doing work, and what you want see when you look up from your laptop (or whatever else you use to do work) is your own cubicle, not the faces of your colleagues (unless you have a very pretty colleague, but that’s a whole diff story already). You can’t choose who you work with, and even if you own the company, you can’t get away from hiring someone who is a miracle worker but comes packaged together with eccentricities.

I’ve had quite a number of jobs my whole life, and there’s always that one weirdo who I wished would get fired, or at the very least transferred ASAP. I don’t need to look at this person’s face everyday. 

For me, cubicles are the way to go, doesn’t have to be high cubicles even, just high enough so that I don’t see anyone while I’m seated down. Sometimes you’re in the zone when you’re doing work, and you have your game face on. You don’t need that to be spoiled by your colleague doing gross stuff to his face.

Liverpool Vs Manchester United 17th October 2016

It’s that time of the year for one of the biggest matches of the season. The time above is UK time, so that means that the match will be at 3 am on Tuesday morning here, bloody hell. All because the Premier League wants to maximize their TV revenues, oh well, that’s the nature of the game. Anyway, look at the current table below:

Because of the weekend results, Liverpool is in a good position to go joint top with a win, or even top if the win is by more than 3 goals. I’m not gonna write a preview of the game, there are a lot of websites already doing that, but I will write bout how I feel bout this game.

I absolutely HATE it when this match comes around, facing the Mancs is the most stressful match of the season. You can’t predict it, anything can happen. My heart will be beating furiously non-stop for the whole 90 minutes.The fact that I will have to be awake at an ungodly hour to watch the game is only gonna compound my feelings. I love watching my beloved reds play, hell, I even watch the pre-season friendlies, but this game is very taxing on the nerves. 

But having said that, the game could not have come at a better time. The boys are on form, and even though Lallana and Wijnaldum are doubtful, the squad now has enough depth so the lineup should still be pretty strong. But again, we’re facing the Mancs, anything can happen, and we’ve been victims of dodgy refereeing in the past. A friend of mine did say though that Mourinho is in charge now, and refs don’t like him so that might work in our favor.

Whatever happens, I have faith in our boys and in Klopp. Whatever the results, I will walk on with hope in my heart and I will never walk alone.

Come on you Reds!!!

Links:

Liverpool FC Official website – http://www.liverpoolfc.com

MU website – http://www.trash.com

Premier League – https://www.premierleague.com

Head-to-head Results – http://www.lfconline.com/head_to_head/liverpool/vs/manchester_united/index.shtml

Worst XI – http://loaded.co.uk/worst-liverpool-manchester-united-xi-of-all-time/

Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes

Slightly over two months ago, I was browsing Facebook and I saw a screenshot that an old friend of mine uploaded. The screenshot was from this game called “Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes”. Now at that point, I was playing this Star Trek game and while I have seen GOH in the play store, I didn’t consider trying it out because franchise games usually aren’t that good. But this old friend of mine was someone who I knew did not play crappy games, so I decided to download the game and try it out.

Man, I regret not starting the game earlier. I’ve been totally hooked on it, and what I like most bout the game is that you can time your logins, you don’t have to constantly logon non-stop, unlike most other games that require you to revolve your life around it. 

So after 2 months plus, here are the characters I have:

The characters are from all the movies and the Clone Wars cartoon, none from Rebels yet though, and they’re already making preps for characters from Rogue One.

The gameplay is straightforward, nothing unique, turn-based combat, lots of other games follow this format. In fact, I once played a China game based on the Three Kingdoms which followed the same format. It’s a freemium game, you can play it without spending money, and it’s very much time-based so you don’t have to worry bout some idiot spending tons of cash and progressing far easily. Strategy is key with this game.

It’s not an easy game, but the thrill of unlocking your fave characters is just so cool, not to mention the thrill of making those characters powerful. 

Try out the game, I’ll be posting regular updates on my progress.

Links:

Star Wars – http://www.starwars.com/

Galaxy of Heroes – http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/galaxy-of-heroes

GOH Download – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.game.starwarscapital_row

GOH Forums – https://forums.galaxy-of-heroes.starwars.ea.com