Went to JTB last Thursday to book for the Tokyo accommodation, so that we can ask them to help us buy the Ghibli Museum tickets. But you know what? They are marking up the accommodation prices by almost 50%. Like, erm, really? A room for 3 nights – I can get from Japanican.com at SGD800+, but they are charging me SGD1,400+. Like, wow. Literally wow. We decided to not go for it, and give up on the hope of going to Ghibli Museum (this time, we’ll get there eventually!). So I’ve booked the hotel on Japanican.com and now, waiting for certain dates to tie up the loose ends.
Things left to do:
- Remind Kyoto hotel to assist with application of visit permit to Kokedera
- Confirming Shirakawa-go accommodation with the ryokan on 1st October
- Book Nomi Bus for the Shirakawa-Go trip
- Change enough YEN for the trip
- Double confirming the train timings so that we can purchase all the train tickets in advance at Narita Airport
Hope everything will go smoothly as planned. *crosses fingers*
After the conclusion of The International 6, Dota 2 community is kinda in a lull right now. Teams have been disbanded and rosters are in a disarray now. There’s so many rumours going on that I’m kinda immune to all. Now we are just waiting for official team line up announcements.
In the meantime, I’m just playing World of Warcraft’s latest expansion: Legion. I’m levelling as a Discipline priest, which is surprisingly doable. Yeah, granted I can’t heal much, it’s about just enough for solo play. Most of the time I hardly need to heal myself. At scenarios against level ?? bosses, the NPCs will help to heal me. Whenever my HP goes to half, I’ll get healed and I just need to spend my mana on offensive spells. And being a disc priest, there’s literally only 3 buttons to press for offensive spells: Smite, Purge the Wicked, and Penance. That’s all, really. It should be boring, but it isn’t really. I played WoW for the whole day yesterday, and I didn’t really get any fatigue. I find it refreshing that now, quest rewards can randomly be upgraded. A green reward item can randomly become a blue, or a blue item could get randomly upgraded to legendary when it dropped into your bag.
Gathering professions in WoW have also been improved. Nodes are shared (you don’t need to rush to get that herb and worry that it’ll be gone after someone got to it before you), and you can get random profession-related item on top of whatever you are gathering. Take fishing, for example, I can get random fish which I could throw back to the water to get permanent 5 levels to my fishing skill. Or I could get baits that could help me fish up even more unique fishes. I’ve always quite like fishing, so I foresee I’ll be fishing pretty often in Legion. Heh.
Jewel Coffee opened up a branch at Millenia Walk! Yay! Walking distance from my office to a good cuppa. Starbucks is actually rubbish, now that more and more decent coffee connoisseur chains popped up. I think I might just stop drinking Starbucks once I’ve redeemed all the free drinks.
I’m going for Frozen Planet in concert this Thursday! I’ve been waiting for it for two years. I’ve managed to procure 2 tickets and I’m gonna drag Bruno to go with me lol. I think he’ll be napping halfway through though… :x
I’ve pledged for 2 Bobby backpacks via Kickstarter, and have received them! I think I -might- bring it for the Japan trip – but we’ll see how it goes.
Sigh, now with the haze and dengue issue, we now have to worry about Zika. And my block is just right outside the Zika cluster border at Bedok North Ave 3. Insect repellents have sold out everywhere, but I’ve managed to order some online via Giant website, so hopefully I’ll be getting some OFF! insect repellent lotion later. I’ve also bought an essential oil burner for my mom as she wants one in the living room, and the seller has offered it together with a free essential oil, so I chose Lemongrass (naturally) to repel the insects. Not sure when I’ll be getting that… hopefully soon!
I’ve been repeating this song on youtube/iTunes for quite a bit. The lyrics are so sad… it tugs my heart strings everytime he sang “你退半步的动作认真的吗? 小小的动作伤害还那么大”. T_T