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Ancient Treasure Ships, A Museum In The Mall

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Two Saturdays ago, the Adventure Crew (Sarah, Raven, Avariel, Joelyn and yours truly) were at Vivocity to see the Ancient Treasure Ships exhibit, which is part of the Museum in A Mall program.

Joelyn had previously gone to exhibit but decided to go again with the rest of us. It was a good thing too since it was the second last day before they took down the exhibit.

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The tickets were only $2, which we obtained at the information counter. There was already a queue to enter the exhibit but that was mostly due to the fact that only about 10-12 people are allowed into the exhibit at any one time as the space is very limited.

The exhibit starts with a video, which tells the history of sea voyages and trade within the Asian regions. It was very informative and I wish that the video wasn’t so short but that’s just me being a documentary nerd. I could spend the whole day watching nothing but documentaries; but I digress.

The next few sections of the exhibit were on pieces of pottery that were recovered from wrecks along the South China Sea. Too bad we weren’t allowed to take photographs of the exhibits because some of them were exquisitely beautiful. Other than pottery shards, there were intact sculptures, boxes made of precious metals and even weapons.

I would have loved it if there were more to the exhibit but I guess do to the space constraints in the mall, there’s only so much that you can display. I do hope that they’ll have a repeat of this exhibit but at a proper museum next time.

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Nerf Guns Aren’t Just For Boys

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On the last weekend of June, the Adventure Crew (Avariel, Raven Silvers, Sarah, Joelyn and yours truly) went for the Nerf Mission Zone, just for the heck of it. We can never turn down a chance to shoot stuff, be it with toy guns or going to the archery range, especially if it’s free.

Anyway, the day started really early, since all of us took the earliest time slot that was available. Since the registration only starts at 9.30am, we gathered at the Bucks of Star for a quick caffeination and breakfast. I opted for tea since I didn’t think that being high on coffee would be really good if you’re trying to shoot things.

When the registration was opened, we ambled up to the counter, signed the forms and collected our early bird gift, which was a deck of Boggle Slam cards. While waiting for the briefing to start, we walked around the booth, looking at the toys for sale. Seriously, if it wasn’t because I had to lug the big box of toy guns around for the rest of the day, I would have bought me the Nerf N-strike C6 Longstrike Dart Blaster

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Before the game, we were briefed on the different parts of the arena and what we would be doing at each stage. It was basically, hit as many targets as you can and score as many points as you can. The part that interested me most was the second stage, where you have to assemble the Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6, before shooting down a pyramid of cans.

I’m not sure of anyone else did this but since we were told in advance which ‘guns’ we would be using, a quick search resulted in this video.

It’s not really cheating right?

arena

So anyway, after the briefing, we were herded to the waiting area at the arena. While waiting for my turn, I snapped a shot of the arena. I couldn’t see much from where I was sitting but the play by play done by the MC was more than enough for me to get the whole picture.

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The targets and the cans were not as easy to shoot as I thought. The trajectory of the foam bullets did not go in a straight line but more of a curve. It took a few tries before I could actually hit what I was aiming at. Some of the targets that I shot down were actually mostly by luck.

In the end, I came away with 860 points in total, which wasn’t enough to get to the top 25 finalists list. I wish I was a better shot but it was definitely fun though. If they have the same event again next year, I’m going to try for it again.

You can read more of what we did from Joelyn’s and Sarah’s posts.


The Importance Of Having Friends

Some people have a tendency to drop all their friends the moment they become attached, thinking that his company is all that they need. Fortunately for me, I’ve never been one of those people. I’ve maintained my friendships with those who matter, so when things went to shit, I had people to turn to.

I’m lucky that I have a small group of people whom I can always turn to for advice, shoulders to cry on (both real and virtual) and emotional support when I need it. These ladies, they don’t judge. They just listen, advice and let me make my own choices.

Without these ladies in my life, I wouldn’t have been able to go through all the rough times in my life. To these ladies, I say, thank you for being there for me. I love you guys.


Music Monday: Omerta

I’m starting my week with a little headbanging.

Omerta, Lamb of God

Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both. For a wounded man shall say to his assailant, “If I Die, You are forgiven. If I Live, I will kill you.” Such is the Rule of Honor.


Music Monday : New

No Doubt – New

And you’re consuming me violently
And your reverence shamelessly tempting me
Who sent this maniac?
‘Cause I never had this taste in the past

Oh you’re different, you’re different from the former
Like a fresh battery, I’m energized by you

I’ve been in the mood for No Doubt these past few days.


The Different Sides of Me

A short conversation with my colleagues today made me realise that they’ve only seen a very, very small side of me; the sides of me that usually appear when I’m at work. They seemed to be very surprise that I have girly side, which I have yet to decide if it’s an insult.

Anyway, here’s a few sides of me that people at work tend to encounter.

1. The serious scientist
Serious
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This side of me appears mostly at work. The one that does all the serious science stuff and usually doesn’t take shit and totally hates idiotic people.

2. The bad tempered, foul mouthed bitch
FFFUUU

This side usually turns up when the serious side encounters idiots, people who take things without permission and then didn’t return said item, or just on bad days when caffienation and sleep are at an all time low.

For those who know me outside of the work situation, they tend to see a few other sides of me.

3. The writer
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This isn’t so much of a secret now. I write stuff. Not necessarily good stuff but I do write when I can. I wish I had more time to write though.

4. The comic book girl
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The highlight of my week is when I go down to the comic book store and pick up my new comic book. It’s sad, I know, but it’s the little joys like this that keeps me from doing other dangerous things.

5. The gamer girl
Gaming

I don’t play as much as I used to but I try when I can. Now that the LEGO Harry Potter should be out, I foresee more Nintenditis coming along.

6. The adventurer
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Every weekend is an adventure. Just ask the Adventure Crew. They know what I mean.

7. The girly girl
Girly
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This is the side that only close friends have seen. The side that has me gushing/squealing over cute footwear, dresses, men and other girly things. This girly girl side of me makes brief appearances but when they do, that’s when my wallet cries out in agony.

There’s another side of me that only a very select few have seen. If you haven’t seen it, then you’re not one of the lucky ones.

8. The naughty girl
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I’ll leave that to your imagination.

So there you go, these are the sides of me that one will catch a glimpse off if you hang out with me long enough. I have other, deeper, emotional sides too but that’s another story for another day.