Though I officially finished my exams last Friday, it feels like I’ve been done for over a week! From today, I’ll have 3 more weeks before I officially start working. So asides from studying1, this is what I’ve been up to the past week:
Assassin’s Creed II
This was an accident. I meant to buy the first one, but when I got home and started playing, I realized I bought 2 instead. No big deal, as this game turned out to be friggin awesome. I love the graphics and the details – I find myself walking around just to check out the buildings and people! I also like how you have to solve puzzles and mysteries, so it’s not just a button mashing game. Of course, that’s not to say the fighting part isn’t fun either, though I’m still trying to get a hang of the jumping technique.
Totally badass. I can't believe I didn't start playing till now!
Highly recommend this game for people who want a bit of everything: rpg, puzzles, and fighting.
I don’t watch anime anymore, but if I had to list my top 3 favorites, Prince of Tennis would definitely be one of them. Heck, this domain was named after Atobe’s1 theme song! Tons of cute guys, out of the world tennis techniques, and the blatant pairings just make it really fun to watch. Some people from a tenipuri forum I created years back restarted a similar forum, and getting back in touch with them made me realize how much I missed (and love) this:
SEXY CAN I? Tenipuri brings out the fangirl in me like none other On another note, why does Fuji look like he has boobs??
What makes this even more awesome2 is that there’s been a bunch of new OVAs and movies since I last watched. Oh and then there’s a new series, appropriately namedNew Prince of Tennis
If you follow the NBA1, you’ve probably heard about a player named Jeremy Lin. For those of you who have never heard of him, he’s an amazing player on the New York Knicks, averaging 24.4 points and 9.1 assists per game. But that’s not it. Prior to his shot to fame, he has been consistently overlooked and released twice from 2 NBA teams before joining the Knicks. He was close to getting released a third time when the coach finally decided to let him play2, and the Linderella3 story was born.
When asked about his sudden rise to fame, Lin simply said “God’s fingerprint was all over the place.” As I continued to learn more about the obstacles he had to overcome to get to where he is today, I couldn’t agree more that this was all part of God’s plan and timing. Lin knew this himself, even before he became famous:
I’m currently going through a phase in my life where I’m really unsure of the future. The pressure of finding a job before I graduate in May is getting to me, and that’s pretty much all I can focus on right now. Whatever focus is left is directed towards my blog and school. I’m like the runner in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, striving for a crown that will one day fade away. Like Lin before, I’ve become preoccupied with what others will think of me if I don’t find a job. In seeking the earthly prize, I have forgotten the eternal one.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
If Jeremy Lin kept looking into the past at his failures, he wouldn’t have been able to look ahead at what God had in store for him! Right now I’m constantly looking back at my own failures as well: all those resumes sent out and no response. No, I must strain toward what is ahead: God’s wonderful plans for my future. And when I strain ahead, my goal isn’t just to win a good job, it’s to win the grace, richness, and glory in Christ Jesus.
What we live for determines our actions and the eventual path in life we will take. Jeremy Lin decided that he didn’t want to strive for the earthly prize of whatever being an NBA star could offer. He decided to strive for the eternal prize, and like they say, the rest is history.
I don’t know if any of you noticed, but for a while I kept updating my Twitter saying I’m working on a new layout, but I lied. I didn’t really start working on a new layout until yesterday, and I FINALLY (can’t stress this enough) finished it. I had the biggest design block ever, so I’m glad to have come up with this, and in such a short period of time. I must have scrapped at least 5 designs before I ended up with this.
Now for the reflection part. I must say, this summer has got to be one of my most productive ones since…God knows when:
I had (and still have) an internship, which I enjoyed 90% of the time1.
I’ve had my share of fun, with 2 visits to the beach and 1 visit to NYC
I’m not sure how many of you have heard of Lin Yu Chun, but he was the recent singing sensation of Youtube, with millions of views on his famous video of him singing “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston:
Anyways, when I heard this, I thought this kid was off-the-top amazing, and my friend kept saying he had the voice of an angel, blessed by the gods of music. Of course, the only reason I was so psyched about this kid (well, not kid, since he’s actually older than me…can’t tell, huh), to the point where I’d blog about him is because he’s from Taiwan I mean, it’s not everyday someone from Taiwan becomes a sensation worldwide, and especially since he’s got talent, too. He has been invited on The Ellen Show and will be appearing on George Lopez’ tonight. I really loved the short interview on Ellen, especially what the message he gave to people who have been bullied:
There is a reason for everyone’s existence in this world, so be confident. The best way to get back at them[bullies] is to become more successful than they are.
Oh I love him, he is too adorable Not many people can pull off that I-had-my-mother-put-a-bowl-on-my-head haircut, but I love him in it . Doesn’t he remind you of Susan Boyle a bit? No wonder people dub him as the Taiwanese Susan Boyle1.
Well, some people on Youtube also dub him as the fat Chinese boy who can sing, but that’s just not very nice ↩