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Writings on the Blog

Opinions, thoughts, and reviews I’ve written over the years. It’s mostly about games, as I play games for leisure, but on a rare occasion, I also write about programming and personal stuff as well.

Japan with Kids: Your Itinerary

In the previous post, I shared few tips on how to plan your trip to Japan, especially if you're travelling with kids. Today I'll share more about creating and customising your itinerary for your trip. As I've mentioned before, Japan is a big country and it's best for...

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Japan with Kids: Getting Prepared

For many people, crossing off one of the things on your bucket list is an important milestone. For me, travelling and experiencing Japan has always been on the top of my list of things I want to do before I kick the bucket. Granted, it's probably still many many...

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Review: Papers, Please (Steam)

A couple of weeks ago, I read in one of the gaming blog about a game that piqued my interest, a game about being an immigration officer. The game is called Papers, Please. At first glance, Papers, Please seems like your standard average and so-so game that doesn't...

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Review: SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop)

As a gamer, every once in a while I get to play interesting games. Some are quite bad, others are good. SteamWorld Dig definitely belongs to the good ones, and I'm pretty sure almost all of the other reviews or gamer blogs agree. SteamWorld Dig is an action-platformer...

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What Certificates Do You Have?

Just like many of us do, I sometimes clean up my email inbox. I usually open my spam folder to see which email got designated as spam, and to check whether it is truly a spam or not. This week when I open my spam folder, I got an interesting email: an offer for scrum...

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The Brokenness of myki

Over the past two or three years, I have been using Victoria's "new" ticketing card, myki. I knew it is broken from the first time I used it, but I had not realise how fundamentally broken it is until I came back from my trip to Gold Coast. As most of Melbournians...

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Review: Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (DS)

Hey there! As usual, it's been a long time (half a year, actually) since my last post. Over these six months I have been up to various things, moving workplaces, setting up a new blog, getting married, moving in together, settling in, as well as the usual playing...

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EF 4.1 Code-first: Executing Stored Procedure

Since I worked in my company, I was required to learn a lot of stuffs. One of the basic things to learn was to adapt from my mostly used Java programming language to C#, along with the proper MVC platform. Of course, .NET MVC, being a platform (for vocabulary nazis, I...

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Nintendo 3DS Launched in Australia

Hi guys. I actually was planning to write a post yesterday, but something came up. Yep, the official launch of the Nintendo 3DS in Australia. As most of you would already know about, Nintendo 3DS is the successor of the highly successful portable gaming console,...

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A Trip Home (Part 2)

Hi guys! A little while ago I posted about my trip home to Indonesia and holiday to China, along with my family. It was a good trip and I really enjoyed it. I needed to go back to Indonesia for the police and character check for applying for permanent residency in...

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A Trip Home

It’s been some time since I last post here. Well, I was actually overseas for several weeks and had been back in Melbourne for few weeks as well. I’ve been looking for a job as well, and so far I only landed being a part-time employee in Swinburne University (which is...

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Review: Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS)

I’m an avid RPG gamer, and judging from the countless posts I’ve made mentioning this, I can assure you that. Lately, there’s only so much RPG games that you can play AND actually enjoy. The numbers are lower when it gets to traditional good ol’ RPG game. Things were...

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The Nintendo 3DS

As everyone have guessed, Nintendo unveiled their upcoming handheld console in E3 2010. Yesterday (or rather, this morning), I watched the presentation in live streaming from E3. Nintendo itself brought back many games, some of it are old games, not remakes, but new...

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Review: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)

Over the last couple of weeks, well actually before my exams week, I decided to give it a go on Final Fantasy XIII. It was always been a tough decision (well, not exactly) for me to play this game, since all the news that gives this incarnation of the game a bad name....

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On the Origin of Series: Suikoden

For most people, especially gamers, the first game that they played tend to have a special meaning in their hearts. And when that game belongs to a series, it gets multiplied. The same can be said for me. I was and still am a gamer, although my maturity set me some...

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An Insight to the World of Open Source

As computers become more and more attached and rooted into our daily life, we started to know that the world of computer is indeed deeper than what we might think. Lately the term open source software became popular in recent years, since the dawn of the Ubuntu in...

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