Thursday, June 26, 2008

Weekend Update 6/20/08 - 6/22/08

(In an effort to increase the regular content on this blog and in order to figure out just what I do with my life, I've decided to start keeping records of my activities on the weekends. This is sure to be more boring than a Physics/English lecture for the three of you reading this blog, so feel free to skip this entry. These are mainly for me.)

Friday

I caught an early evening showing of The Incredible Hulk. The film was quite mediocre but I enjoyed it more than the Ang Lee version. I'm not a huge fan of Edward Norton but I think he did a good job in this. I am a fan of Liv Tyler though so she was a nice addition. I particularly enjoyed all the comic book references. The fanboy in me totally loves how Marvel is making these films take place in the same universe; seeing Tony Stark make a cameo is AWESOME.

I had dinner at Subway (Eat Fresh!). Nothing exciting to say here except I got a combo meal and drank ORANGE BANG. So janktastic, yet so good! I went to bed early because I had to get up on Saturday.

Saturday

I got up early for a 7:30 AM tee time at Whittier Narrows. It was an LA Golf Meetup group event. I had fun even though I sucked it up. The day started so well too, with a birdie and a par...and it went downhill from there.

I spent the evening having some people over to watch Fists of Righteous Harmony. (Dinner was pizza from Shakey's.) Yes, this is a truly janktastic film but my actor friend is in it. He's POINTMAN. How can you go wrong with that? A lot of fun was had making fun of his terrible Mandarin. I am looking forward to the (planned) sequel.

Sunday

I drove out to Spoon House for lunch. I love this place, it's a Japanese-Italian diner/pasta bar. It's everything I look for in an establishment: non-pretentious with good food and quick service. Every time I go I always want to try a Western styled pasta but instead end up with an Eastern styled one. The next time I visit I'll get the natto pasta and gross my friends out.

I had lunch in Gardena because I had to be in Torrance at the Comic Cult for a Marvel Universe release event. I sucked it up. The less I say about this the better. I'm still trying to figure out the exact # of characters to play at each slot in a sealed deck. Every time I try for the "pro" curve I seemed to get destroyed 1-2 games because I miss my 5/6.

I had dinner at Shakas which was followed by some Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition. I've never played 4e before. There's definitely a huge Japanese RPG and MMORPG influence at work here. It's streamlined and simplified, but I like that. The best parts of pen and paper RPGs for me is the actual roleplaying and character interaction as opposed to the combat and stats. I will say that 4e has made more interested in combat though. I also like how we have a couple of players who are new to the experience, it makes it a lot of fun.



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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Weekend Update 6/14/08 - 6/16/08

(In an effort to increase the regular content on this blog and in order to figure out just what I do with my life, I've decided to start keeping records of my activities on the weekends. This is sure to be more boring than a Physics/English lecture for the three of you reading this blog, so feel free to skip this entry. These are mainly for me.)

Friday

This was an interesting day. I played in a charity golf tournament at Upland Hills Country Club. I played pretty mediocrely but at least I did not embarrass myself. The tournament was best ball so my putting helped.

The tournament was expensive but I got a lot of interesting freebies including a golf multi-tool and some shirts. I also got some balls and coupons for local business. It was all to support the Rancho Cucamonga High School Football team so it was a good cause. I like how they threw in a buffet dinner.

The tournament started at like 1PM and I got home around 8 PM. I did my laundry and went to bed.

Saturday

I had lunch at Langer's Deli. I enjoyed their cream soda and matzah ball soup.

Afterwards, I went to the ImaginAsian Theater to catch a screening of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. I've been wanting to see this film for a while because it has time travel. I was not disappointed. The film was a typical sci-fi story but done in an interesting anime style. I think the film has a somewhat jank twist but it's to be expected in a time-travel story.

I went to dinner with my family who was in town for my sister's graduation. We went to Au Lac in Fountain Valley. It's a vegetarian restaurant. I enjoyed it but I always enjoy vegetarian food. I'm sure my sister wasn't as thrilled but whatever.

Sunday

This was the big day for my sister. I attended her graduation at UCI. It was shorter than my UCLA graduation but then again there are fewer students for her school and department.

I had dinner at Happy Family in Rowland Heights. I always enjoy eating here because I like Asian vegetarian food. It might not be that healthy due to all the carbs/starch, but it's still delicious!



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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Weekend Update 6/6/08 - 6/8/08

(In an effort to increase the regular content on this blog and in order to figure out just what I do with my life, I've decided to start keeping records of my activities on the weekends. This is sure to be more boring than a Physics/English lecture for the three of you reading this blog, so feel free to skip this entry. These are mainly for me.)

Friday

I deviated from my normal AJAX studying to have dinner at Twohey's and go to Edgeworld for a Marvel Universe sealed event. It was super nerdy but I had fun even if I did get back home at 1 AM or so. Once again, I am amazed at how close the OC is when there's no traffic.

Saturday

I got up late and ended up going into work just to use my workspace. I still couldn't debug my AJAX/PHP/MySQL error though. It was beatings. On the plus side, I was only minutes away from a co-worker's graduation and birthday party + BBQ. The chicken there was pretty good, and it was only marinated in oil + balsamic vinegar. I will have to try that sometime.

After dinner I made it back to the SGV and looked at some rooms for rent. I am tempted to upgrade my lifestyle and rent a master bedroom but I know I probably shouldn't. After all, I am currently doing fine with my current sized room (about 110 sq ft.) and sharing a bathroom. I should leave the upgrading for when I actually buy property (if that ever happens).

The night was capped by watching Adam Sandler's latest film, You Don't Mess With the Zohan. I wasn't going to see this film at first but then the latest trailer had Zohan's ridiculous Israeli commando moves and I was sold. The film turned out to be decent and quite entertaining; I can safely say that it had everything I wanted in a spoof/satire film about the Israeli-Palastinian conflict in the Middle East.

Sunday

I started the day by doing my laundry. Then I went to Almansor's driving range. I really suck at hitting balls now, I'm not sure why, part of it might just be because it's been a while since I've played/practiced. I will have to bring my rampant slicing up at my next lesson.

I had dinner (take out) from Senor Fish and watched the Lakers' game at a friend's place. They were getting beat down so I left during the fourth quarter...big mistake. The Lakers proceeded to go on a crazy run and make the game a respectable loss rather than a beating. I guess I'll keep watching games until the end from now on.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Weekend Update 5/30/08 - 6/01/08

(In an effort to increase the regular content on this blog and in order to figure out just what I do with my life, I've decided to start keeping records of my activities on the weekends. This is sure to be more boring than a Physics/English lecture for the three of you reading this blog, so feel free to skip this entry. These are mainly for me.)

Friday

This is not going to be a very exciting entry, as I spent the bulk of the weekend at JAM 2008, a conference for work that was held in Nashville, Tennessee. I actually flew out on Wednesday and I can assure you nothing exciting happened besides me leveling up at work.

The special event this year was dinner at the Wild Horse Saloon. I learned two important things here:
  1. The number of people who are curious and/or enjoy line dancing is staggering. (I believe most of these people were from non-West Coast states.)
  2. I LOVE fried pickles. Frying does indeed make everything better.


During the whole convention I played a lot of The World Ends With You before going to bed each night. This game is really addicting. I'm glad SquareEnix can make an original game for once.

Saturday

The bulk of Saturday was spent at the conference and traveling home. I had lunch in Nashville at The Rainforest Cafe. This chain is only one step above Chuck E. Cheese.

The flight from Nashville to LAX was delayed but we made it up in the air. (My flight to Nashville was also delayed but recovered in the air.) I must say I'm quite impressed the airlines making up their delay while airborne.

When I got back to LA I wanted some ethnic food, so I hit up Versailles with my friends. I enjoyed it as always...I love their pork dishes and plantains.

Sunday

This day was spent organizing and cataloging a lot of my belongings for sale on Craigslist. I'm moving in August so right now I am in the process of paring down all my possessions. Having to go through all my stuff has really made me think more about what I spent my money on and which items I keep/store. It's definitely an eye-opening experience that I recommend everyone do at least once a year (Spring Cleaning?) regardless of whether or not one is moving.

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