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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shell Craft

My uncle recently shared with me his retirement hobby - art using shells. I thought of sharing here for all of you to enjoy.

 Here is the nativity scene:

 Year of the Rooster:

Going to a Christmas party:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Movie Review: The Warrior's Gate

I was looking for a movie to watch with my wife and decided on The Warrior’s Gate. I thought it was a normal Chinese Kung Fu movie but was deeply mistaken.

The movie started with a Kung Fu fighting sequence but from a video game. Turns out it was an English movie. It is a movie about a boy (Jack Branson) who lives with his mother (I do not remember what happened to his father) facing some bullies in school. His mother was about to lose their home because she has not been able to sell any houses for several months. He worked for a Chinese man who gave him an ancient looking box.  The night after he took the box back to his room, a Chinese warrior appeared and seeking his game alter ego (Black Knight) but settled with him instead. He was to protect a princess.

It started with a difference in culture but soon he managed to introduce his culture to her before she was kidnapped.

He followed the kidnappers into the box even though he did not know how to fight. The princess was to be marry the villain who killed her father so that he can take over the empire.

The pace of the movie was good with lots of action and humor. The right hand man to the villain kept misinterpreting his leader and kill the wrong person.  The princess trying to learn the western phrases like “shit” means good.The catch phrase used by the wizard and Jack is "It's complicated".

To enjoy the movie, it is necessary to ignore some things like the boy learning how to fight after a few minutes of training.

The movie is not groundbreaking but is definitely worth watching.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Deadpool Live

When I took my daughter and her friends skating this weekend, I did not expect to meet Deadpool. He was there a a photography session.

The following are some of the picture I took of him.

It was 35 degrees Celsius and whoever in the costume must be suffering in the heat.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What I Learned From Pokemon Go II

I played Pokemon Go during my holiday in Kuala Lumpur a few months ago and discovered the following:

Speed Matters

I read that using incense we are able to attract more exotic Pokemon so we decided to do that while driving down the highway. However, traveling at 110 kilometers an hour made it impossible to catch any Pokemon the incense attracted. The incense was not very effective, it only attracted five to ten Pokemon. The ones we encountered were difficult to catch and the ones we caught would always escape.

Malls in Kuala Lumpur are better

I was unable to use GPS on my Note 3 in any of the malls in Penang but had no problems in any of the malls in Kuala Lumpur. I guess it is the way the antennas are set in the malls in Kuala Lumpur.

Mid Valley was the best mall we visited to catch Pokemon. Seems that there was different spawn schedules, some days we found many Pincers and other days we found Scyther. We also found Pikachu spawns at Sunway Pyramid.

Taking over gyms in the Mall was challenging. As soon as we defeated the gym, somebody would place the Pokemon in it (before we have a chance to place our own).

Isolated Pokestops are not good hunting ground

We went to a few Pokestops located in skate parks in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. The spawn rates at those stops were very low, even with lure modules. Only common Pokemon like Pidgey and Ratata spawned.

Looks like the frequency of spawns and variety is dependent on the number of players near the Pokestop.