A recent dip in productivity

For the past week my goal system that I established not too long ago was in disarray  My productivity was at an all time low. I felt unhappy and a bit empty.

I think it all started when I got both a penny board and a itouch on the same day. I didn’t do anything that day, or the next, or the next. My life revolved around those things, and I didn’t event think about doing anything else. I forgot to read and exercise and at the end of the day I felt like I had accomplished nothing, and odd feeling after being accustomed to be a busy bee for a while. I hope to fix it in the coming week, not letting Tata (my helper) yearly leave, a vacation to China or a speaking competition get in the way.

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The Last post of Summer 2012 :'(

Well I did it. I successfully wrote about all 60 days of my summer holiday with only minor hiccups. Along the way I have gained 10 followers, received over 50 likes and collected a total of 282 views with 22 on the busiest. I have made 122 posts and have  914 tags. I’m quite happy how this random idea turned out. I will definitely do this next summer and hopefully continue to blog during the school year.

  • What I did this summer:
  • Went out more
  • Bought tons of new things
  • Played League of legends a ridiculous amount
  • Went to China for 4 days
  • Met a girl
  • Ate myself silly
  • Spent time with my cousins from America
  • Relax and let my brain deteriorate

Before summer started I had all these dreams of what I wanted to do. I was gonna read, create, dance, play games and improve myself. I did that somewhat, and to be realistic how was I suppose to cram so much into one summer? I’m glad how it turned out, and wouldn’t have it any other way :). Thank you to everyone who have read my blog and supported me including my friend Roberto who lives all the way in Germany but is the most supportive of them all. My friend Miguel and Lyka are now regular readers now which I really appreciate (tunks!). And last, but no means least is my friend Marilda. Not only does she read it sometimes she likes to talk to me about it in real life a lot to especially through Twitter Direct Message.

Thanks for reading and I hope you had a good summer!

I’m so embarrassed

Trip to Hing Ling China: Part 4 (Day 52)

My Trip To Hing Ling China: Part 4

Another false start to the morning. I had thought the morning call was a dream twice in a row now. I had breakfast as normal, albeit with a bit more enthusiasm with it being the last day. I’ve been having the same breakfast for 4 days in a row.

The rest at the time at the estate was spent in the chapel with bible study and preaching. My house, house 2 and house 5 were tied for house cup. Our prize was a small pile of lollipops. I.was.overjoyed.

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Day 59: The Last Weekend of Summer

Today I went with the family to shop at the newly opened San Mui in my area. It feels really new and fresh but nothing special. Bought tons of snacks and drinks (including a Blue Girl that I’ll share with my dad later). Bring on the zombie apocalypse :D!

Finally finished most of the blog posts for my trip to China. That toke up the majority of my afternoon. Despite it being the last Saturday of summer no one is going out. Hopefully something will happen.

Turns out something did happen. After a few lazy hours at home I finally went out with Liam to get his uniform. On the way we bumped into Lyka and Miguel. Lyka had church, but on the way we had to pass through a famous tourist area known as Old Taipa. Miguel toke the liberty to snap some shots as we pretended to be tourist from Canada to get free samples.

It was kinda of weird being in church with them. Their church felt a lot more professional and holy than mine. There was also some difference in procedure, such as kneeling while you prayed. We also saw lots of our teachers there. Guess there coming back to Macau. We bumped into our teachers called Mr.Mike who had gone to Venezuela to visit his wife’s family. My friend Miguel later pointed out that while talking to her that I refered to one as my teachers as Ms.Camel rather then Ms.Cambel. He and Liam wouldn’t let it go.

Everyone split up and went home afterwards. I walked Miguel home but ended up having subway. I kinda felt like we were going out for the sake of it, it being the last day of summer and all. It’s sadly coming to a close.

Day 58: Goodbye Old Friend

I came home from the date. I was exhausted in body and in wallet. My body started relax and prepare for a night of sleep. My mom was thanked for sponsoring me and I wandered over to my computer. “Dude come over, we are having a sleepover.” I had to look twice to make sure. I love my mom for being so considerate. After all off that stuff back to back she left me go. I was at home for about 2 minutes.

In Macau, normal buses stop at midnight which are then replaced by Night buses. The problem was, I didn’t know how to use the night buses. I had to sprint a hill to get to the bus stop in time. Thankfully I made it for the last round of buses. I arrived at Joel’s house sweaty and out of breath.

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Day 56: The Second Leg of the last journey

After a long day out it was time to find a place to sleep (spontaneous sleepover ftw!). We decided to go to Tasha’s house but due to our poor decision making Liam and I ended up without taxi. It toke us half an hour to get a taxi, with our friends arriving and showering before we even got into a taxi. Liam and Bruno had a puking contest to pass the time. Eventually we got a taxi but not in the way you would expect. My friends Ivan and Cassidy where visiting a nearby friend’s house that was with us. Their taxi driver was closing up shop, but agreed to drive us to Macau. A God send.

Sleeping at Tasha’s was nice as always. I always feel a home there. Everyone got showered up (except John :P) than despite for being up for nearly twenty hours we watched some movies, first Quarantine 2: The Terminal. The boy is so stupid in that movie. Next was the last half of Shark Night. Really bad CGI and highly improbable story. More comedy then horror.

Afterwards we all just drifted of to sleep. I slept around 6 and was awoken at about 1 by Joao. He slept at Joao’s (taking on for the team since there was no room) (there are two Joao’s, I shall call one Joao C. from now on to prevent confusion) and called everyone in the house multiple times. I had 10 missed calls when I finally picked up.

I was so happy. I have no idea, but when I awoke I was just so happy. I was sleeping with my green hoddy that I had the foresight to bring and was just so light and happy like. Kinda like a happiness hangover.

We all were in a bit of a state of suspended animation. We just sat there making fun of Channel V stuff. We all ate some form of Cup Noodles and got dressed and left for lunch. Guess what we had? McDonald’s.

When I finally arrived home I was greeted by great news! Logitech, without a doubt (ok, maybe Corsair) is my favourite peripheral producer. They have a branch called Ultimate ear which just released their first headphones and a new boombox! They all look so appealing and must sound great! I want them despite buying new headphones recently. I’m such a materialist. Then I saw the trailer for the new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It looks soo good! I’m such a nerd 😛

Off to work on the China Blogs now. Wish me luck!

Day 53: Back to the trade

Ah back to blogging! It’s been a solid half a week without using a computer so it will take some time to get out of writer’s block. O well, no use complaining let’s go straight in.

Today is the last day of what I call “The Great Ta-ta drought.” Our helper will be back on Monday to patch us up. On a side note my cockroach house has accumulated many guests over the past few days (fewer then I hoped) but it’s still a fair catch. At least we are combating them somehow, damn vermin.

Breakfast was at the normal cafe. For some reason I paid more attention to today’s bible preaching. I don’t know if it was a good speaker, or that I read the english version beforehand but it’s worthy of note. Today we played a game which was basically church monopoly. First one to build 10 churches wins. There were special event cards like temptation, blessings and justice. surprisingly fun. I minor annoyance is Annie (a girl in my class) is getting a bit clingy. She didn’t leave when we stayed (she could have left) and to makes matters worse my mom decided to drive her home and have lunch with her.

Then I went to meet up with Joel at his house with Joao. I haven’t seen Joao for the entire summer and it was good seeing him again :). The gang was finally getting back together. We headed to the back streets of Central Macau for a cheap haircut at Smart Saloon. It’s run by men with an alternative lifestyle (nothing against them btw). When it was my turn I toke some time to talk to my dresser. He told me some hair tips and explained he was using a thin comb to well.. thin out my front bang. He then proceeded to gel it, making me look emo and a slight shade of cool. It was only temporary, since I have no how to clay hair.

We then met up with Joel’s sister Lyka and looked at some of the local shops. Some attractive stuff, but none of us had money to drop. On the way to the bus a prostitute whispered at Joao calling him to follow her. So there was that..

The Real reason we went out today was to greet our friend Liam who was coming back. He was in South Africa the entire summer. Joao in his infinite wisdom only brought enough money for the haircut so we were of to his house to get some money.

We spent a few good hours in Joao’s house watching youtube on his Tv and testing out his speakers (if you remember I helped him pick a while back). We made multiple calls to Liam’s house but to no avail. I was also lucky enough to ask Lyka about the girl I met before (same school). She told me somethings that weren’t too flattering but I’ll i guess I’ll have to judge for myself.We didn’t even know what time he was coming back. Eventually our hunger drove us from our chill spot. Joao didn’t get any money.

We then waited at McDonald’s even longer, waiting for a call from his house phone. After finishing our food we finally decided to go to Venetian. Venetian is always a nice place to kill an afternoon. We look at clothes we can’t buy, check out shoes etc. I was also fortunate enough to be wearing my swatch, and had it adjusted to fit even my skinny wrist. It was completely free and the guy was really nice about it! Yay swatch watch!

When we finally left and were making our way into Taipa we ran into Marilda! She decided to part ways with her parents and have dinner with us. It was already late so we ended having McDonald…again. We called one last time; still not home. Well this was a disappointment. After Mcdonalds we all just went home.

I made the mistake of not bringing my camera for anything, but today I decided not to bring my bag so no photos for this one (please don’t be mad!). I also made the mistake of playing one game of League of Legends with Joel which really dragged out the night. Liam finally called Joel at around 11.

Tomorrow I’m going swimming with Lyka early in the morning and then meeting Liam for some dance stuff. Goodnight 🙂

Im back! A quick Update

Hey everybody!

I’ve finally returned from my four day trip from mainland China. I toke lots of photo’s (to the point I had to delete some stuff) and hopefully I can get it to you soon. I spent the rest of today resting and will start work on the blog earnestly tommorow.

I will try to continue with daily blog posts as before as well as right the trip blogs which take more time. Also I did really well in League of Legends today. I use this guy called Singed that does damage by running away basically!

Day 48: Lets give goats to villagers

The day started with lunch with my grandma’s. Traditional Chinese food just feels feeling and solid. However she melt me feel even more like a spoiled brat by giving me a compact camera for my good grades. Then she gave us RMB to spend on the upcoming trip. I should be thankful, but it’s a bit too much. I feel guilty, I don’t even want to post a photo of the camera.

I’ve recently begun playing more of a game called Demigod. It’s similar to League of Legends, but on a bigger scale. It’s one of the few games I have on my pc that doesn’t need internet to run. Having played League of Legends a lot I know understood all the terms with-in the game. I’m trying to master a champion called the Rook, who is basically a walking castle.

After playing a game of League of Legends, I went to Joel’s house as we got dressed. Then we went to Taipa to go John’s house for a movie.

Natasha who was in England and Europe for most of the year was there, as well as John’s sister Linda. Good to see her again. Despite my protests, we had to watch a horror movie. We watched Cabin in the Woods that had interesting ideas, but wasn’t very scary specially near the end. For some reason, John and us found it funny but I won’t give away the best bits. It has a great mashup of horror ideas and themes and an interesting take on why they happen.

We then had dinner at Little Panda. It’s the place we go when we want something cheap that isn’t Mcdonald. John bought Macdonald’s instead and came along. We had a good chat there, talking about how schools gonna be and personal problems.

Joel and I toke the bus back to Macau. We always seem to have something to talk about. It’s only going to be for half a week, but I’m gonna miss Macau.

Tomorrow I’m going on a trip to China with the church. We are going to help a community in mostly rural areas. Last time we went there in Winter (freezing man..) we gave each family a goat. This times focus will be mostly agricultural. I’ve been able to blog every single day (with a few exceptions but I caught up) this summer without fail. This will be the first major hiccup in my plans. I’ve decided to take notes while there and right a big 49-52 Day of summer blog post about my time there.

Day 44: Uneventful day Inside a Ieong Household

I am at a loss words. There is almost nothing I did today that was out of the ordinary.

The day started with me walking up for lunch as per usual. We had noodles for the third day in a row. Guess my helpers creativity for meals is going down.

I got into the steam community beta~! http://snipurl.com/24oqrj0steamcommunity.com . It’s really something. I have early access to it because I earned a steam badge called “Pillar of Steam” for doing community things like commenting and recommending games. Really like the new interface and just shows how awesome valve is. Was able to send my friend Star-Kron an invite to the beta, and used the opportunity to send him a code for King Arthur and to thank him for being a good friend and supporting my blog. He’s also got one on WordPress! http://polygonien.wordpress.com/

Its Gamescon at the moment, so there is lots of gaming news to read. I’m going to be in Hong Kong tomorrow so hopefully that will be fun. We were suppose to go warming today but guess it just didn’t happen. Wish I went out more. Played lots of League of Legends and groomed over the new steam update.