Quoi de neuf?

Posted by mae on Saturday Mar 1, 2014 Under Games, General, Limesong

Gaming. 

A couple of weeks ago I decided to return to Kalos, the fictional region in the Pokémon universe, inspired by France nonetheless, to actually complete the playthrough of Pokémon Y on my 3DS and beat the Elite Four. After a long hiatus I was finally ready for the Victory Road!
Thanks to TwitchPlaysPokémon who made me remember the joy of Pokémon games.

The region of Kalos
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Thinking about it, it was amazing that it took so long to finish the game because I bought it (just) a week after the day it was released and I was super excited for another journey as a Pokémon trainer. Having played the series since it first started almost 14 years ago and missed only the first Black and White version (released in 2011), the thrill was understandable. I grew up with Pokémon. It was (and still is mind you) one of my biggest passions. But that excitement died halfway through. It died too soon. I kinda lost interest in the game when I was only at four badges, whereas to challenge the Elite Four you have to have all 8 badges from the gym leaders in each city. Not all was lost however, because I still played it from time to time while commuting on the bus or during the afternoon break, you know, that sort of thing. But that day I picked up my 3DS and went on a Pokémon marathon until I reached the finish line.

Then I found another long-lost title that would consume a crazy amount of my precious time.

I got Fire Emblem: Awakening free of charge late last year thanks to an offer from Nintendo where I had to buy a game from this list of games to receive a free digital version of a game from this other list of games or something like that.

Truth be told I was immediately sold and bought Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (about €34 on Amazon) just to get my free Fire Emblem that would have otherwise cost me €40. A huge profit. Three points to me! Anyway, I basically received a code, redeemed it on Nintendo eShop, downloaded the game, and, guess what, left it to rot for months until a few days ago. And believe it or not right now I’m really hooked on it. The main storyline was finished in about three days (another marathon of course), but the game’s replay value is so high that I believe I won’t abandon it anytime soon. Just a final remark – I haven’t even started playing Pokémon Mystery Dungeon yet. Nope. Another day, perhaps.

The soundtrack is awesome too.

And talking about good video game music, you should check out Suikoden Tierkreis. :mrgreen:
So that’s it. And oh, the second semester has just started. Yeah. But there’s no fun in that.

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Friends Song

Posted by mae on Saturday Feb 22, 2014 Under General, Limesong

… from Adventure Time.

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Happy New Year!

Posted by mae on Wednesday Jan 1, 2014 Under General, Limesong

It’s 2014 already? Goodness me time really flies!

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Le village du Ray

Posted by mae on Saturday Aug 31, 2013 Under General, Limesong

Nice, France.
31 August 2013.

Got up early in the morning to attend an appointment in the city centre. Definitely not the best way to start the weekend. On a side note, I know that friendliness is generally deemed as compulsory for any professional advisor, but mine really knows how to treat a client in the best possible way. Très très sympa on dirait.

As planned, I then proceeded to Place Masséna to take a look at the activities being held there, celebrating Stade du Ray, and to visit the new official store of OGC Nice which was opening its doors to the public for the very first time.

 

Then back to my lovely room. Recorded Einaudi’s I Giorni today out of boredom. Moving out to Sophia this Monday. New semester starts the day after.

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La vie en France: Week 8

Posted by mae on Sunday Jun 16, 2013 Under Games, General, Limesong

Not much to talk about for this week. French lessons, as usual, started at 0900 everyday, and after lunch we had to take Bus 230 to Sophia Antipolis for some classes specially tailored for us les Malaisiens at the IUT.

On Tuesday, I went to the Official OGC Nice Store to do a friend a favor and buy her something she had asked for. An elderly man there decided to start a conversation with me, and I eventually asked him for how long he had been a supporter of OGC Nice. He said ça fait longtemps – it has been a long time – and then proceeded to show me some of the black and white photos of the glorious team that had won four Ligue 1 titles in the 50’s. “I was there”, he claimed while pointing at one of those photos, “and it was our second league title in as many years.”. The date on it marked 1952 – over sixty years ago. Until now the team had never been able to reach the heights they did during that golden decade. But this old man kept on supporting them, and that spoke volumes about passion and loyalty. Cette année on a fait une belle saison, he later remarked, given that the 2012/2013 season concluded with Nice finishing fourth in the league – their greatest finish in 37 years.

When I told him I was a foreigner and that I did not speak French really well, he gave me an absolutely fantastic advice: Pour bien apprendre le français, il faut d’abord trouver une copine niçoise! 😆

Anyway, my pre-ordered Animal Crossing: New Leaf game arrived on Thursday (a day earlier than the official release date) and I spent virtually the whole weekend playing it! The game is very nostalgic and calming, it’s become rather addicting.

Today this note was posted on the notice board in the in-game town:

Maybe you dare not usually say “I love you” to your father, but at least make an effort today! He deserves it!” – literal translation, yeah.

Well, Happy Father’s Day then!

Limesong of the Day: Cat StevensFather and Son, one of my all-time favourites!

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Random: The Mountain

Posted by mae on Thursday May 23, 2013 Under General, Limesong

If it wasn’t for this video, I’d have never known this wonderful pianist.

TESOPHOTOGRAPHY – The Mountain
Music: Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi.

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Getting to Osaka

Posted by mae on Sunday Feb 24, 2013 Under General, Limesong, Travels

Just for your information, I’ve lately been extremely unmotivated (or, you know, just lazy) to update this lamentable blog of mine. Even an update a month seems barely possible… so regarding last year’s visit to Japan in December, I guess I’ll just link to my mom’s blog because she has almost completed the whole trip. Isn’t that simply wonderful? 😀

…oh, and I stole the title directly from her blog too. 

Osaka, Japan.
15 December 2012.
Day 1. 

Then what? Come one, head to my mom’s blog right away! And for the following parts you can either read on from there, or wait for me to post another update linking to her blog again. The choice is yours.

Song of the Moment: Endo Kenji‘s Bob Lennon.

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Down to Earth

Posted by mae on Wednesday Sep 5, 2012 Under General, Limesong

I was doing my homework when this song came up on shuffle – an official soundtrack of Pixar’s WALL-E, composed, produced and sung by Peter Gabriel.

“Did you feel you were tricked
By the future you picked?
Well, come on down”

I am not abandoning this site! 😆

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Video Games Live Malaysia 2012

Posted by mae on Friday Jun 8, 2012 Under Games, General, Limesong

Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur.
27 May 2012. 

It was a much anticipated day for gamers and music lovers alike. True enough, video game music is underappreciated simply because it usually appeals only to serious gamers, and those who don’t really play games as much will find it hard to understand what’s the fuss all about with it. Video Games Live, I believe, intends to show and to prove to the world that video games music is not just bleeps and bloops after all.

Not often can you enjoy the music from the games you love performed live by a symphony orchestra. The realisation of the concert series itself was largely made possible by Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, two highly experienced video game composers. I’ve already linked its Wikipedia page, so if you’re really interested to know more just click on the greened phrase somewhere up there, okay?

For this year’s edition, the event was held at the Istana Budaya (the Palace of Cuture) in KL, which is generally the main venue for theaters and classical concerts.

For me, the concert was a treat from my sister…so, a very huge thank you to Nieks who is without even the slightest of doubts my best-est sister ever! Quelle joie! 😀

On a technical note the tix that all eight of us bought were the cheapest ones, at RM98 per ticket, as you can see below. Haha. Beggars can’t be choosers, right? It didn’t matter anyway, it was good enough for me. :mrgreen:

To relate the price of the tickets with the seating, we were placed at the uppermost circle, from which the stage looked like this:

It wasn’t even half bad, as a matter of fact. 😆

Bon. For the setlist the songs/themes performed that night, see here. (perhaps not exactly the complete list, I dunno)
There were themes from Castlevania, Assassin’s Creed 2, Metroid, Shadow of the Colossus, Final Fantasy, etc. and all of them were good. Very good, actually. But a few that absolutely touched me were:

  • The Pokémon Medley, due to the fact that I grew up with Pokémon. Duh, what else?;
  • Snake Eater, the opening theme from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, because it’s the only one of the series that I played with heart and replayed over and over again to gain achievements, special items, etc. The performance was accompanied by the song writer Norihiko Hibino himself with his saxophone.
  • Tetris Theme/Korobeiniki (an operatic version featuring Laura Intravia), I just loved it. It’s one of my all-time favourite themes since God knows when.
  • Jonathan Coulton’s Still Alive, the closing song, just because it was awesome. C’est tout.

In conclusion, it was such a fantastic night for me, personally. There’s probably no better combination than music plus video game. That’s all I can say. Thanks, again, to NiBokYi who made it possible for me to experience VGL.

Limesong of the Day: Snake Eater!

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Thank You, Mademoiselle!

Posted by mae on Tuesday May 29, 2012 Under Français, General, Limesong

17 May 2012 
E106, MFI Bangi.

In French they call it soirée d’adieu – farewell party, and it was for our French lecturer who is leaving Malaysia for Australia soon. Instead of watching Les Intouchables (which I had already seen weeks in advance :lol:) together as planned, we just ate a cake and some cheese, sang a few songs, and chatted n’importe quoi.

Mlle Monique and Yasoi.

She’s probably the most liked professeur thanks to her cheerful personality, with the aim to make the class as lively and, perhaps, as colourful as possible. When a friend of mine asked for some words of advice, she simply said “Soyez heureux!” with her well-known smile, which simply means “be happy”.

On a side note, thanks to her, that day I discovered one of the most foul-smelling cheese ever – so foul it was I almost threw up right after my first bite. Voilà, le fromage bleu! 😀

Limesong of the Evening – John Denver’s Leaving on a Jet Plane! :mrgreen:

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