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Universeum, curry, hotpot and sushi

Went to Gothenburg last weekend with Enoch, Tore and Minh Thu. Had a great time with our Gothenburgish friends! We took a bus there on Friday and ate at Tintin cafĂ©, before heading to the apartment that we were borrowing from a friend. On Saturday we went to Universeum with Maggie to look at fishes, monkeys and play educational science games. I actually do enjoy looking at animals, even though most of the animals seemed rather bored and was just lying completely still. A few notable exceptions were the stingray which so eagerly swam up to the edge of its water tank that it splashed water on those around it, the snake which seemed to hypnotically follow Enoch and Minh Thu’s hand through the glass, and the monkeys who ran around in the jungle part of Universeum.

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Little monkey and big monkey.

After visiting the souvenir shop at Universeum, we met up with Jenny and had curry at Masala Kitchen. I ordered a Rogan Josh (lamb curry) with a cheese nan and mango lassi. It was quite delicious! Though the cheese nan bread seemed to be a normal nan bread with cheese drizzled and melted on top of it. At the previous Indian restaurant I went to, they had actually baked the cheese into the nan, which seemed a bit more "professional". But that asides, it still tasted quite good, kind of like a pizza without any tomato sauce or other filling. The mango lassi had a good taste, but it was almost as thick as normal yoghurt, so it wasn’t really quenching. The curry was good in any case!

2011-01-22 14.11.31  2011-01-22 14.12.49Eat eat eat!

Then we went for some shopping, before heading home to Maggie’s place for hotpot. Viktor also made bubble tea, it was quite delicious! Apparently except for the batch where he accidentally poured in salt instead of sugar. Though I never tried that one before they poured it out. Ailinh brought bacon for the hotpot, it was actually not bad at all! It is possible that boiling the bacon instead of frying it makes some of the saltiness go away, so it won’t taste too rich? It didn’t taste too salty, like I thought it might.

2011-01-22 19.46.31   2011-01-22 21.53.40 Hotpot is delicious!

On Sunday we went to the youth meeting at church. We had to make up movements for a bible passage, unfortunately I forgot to take a photo or video of it. Then we talked a bit about those passages. After church we went for conveyor belt sushi buffet at Haiku Sushi Lounge. It was good, but because we didn’t try ordering any sushi besides the ones they made for the conveyor belt, I have a feeling I ate the same few types of sushi all the time! Next time I hope we get to actually sit next to the conveyor belt and that we can try out more different types of sushi.

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Oh, we also played some board and card games at night, mainly 7 Wonders and Dixit 2, but Jocke also showed us some new games: Great Wall of China and Condottiere. All the games were pretty fun, and I actually won a few of the game rounds instead of losing every time! Not that I usually lose all the time. Noooope.

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Pacman ghost bathroom math stares at you!

 

Posted by on 2011-01-25 in Uncategorized

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Dead Rising finished

Finished Dead Rising last weekend! Although the game was sometimes frustrating, especially some of the boss (psychopath) fights, beating the game wasn’t really as difficult as I had feared. I even got through overtime mode to get the "true ending" on my first playthrough! (I did eventually realize that I should reset the game if I got caught by the military so I wouldn’t waste too much time.) I mentioned in an earlier blogpost that maybe finishing the main story would be too difficult if I hadn’t played through the game a few times and leveled up a bit first, but Vilhelm said it shouldn’t be necessary, which turned out to be true.

Dead Rising 2 Time for Dead Rising 2?

I think the thing I regretted most about the game was that I always had to make sure I completed the main story cases (missions), so I never actually spent any time just exploring the mall. I started a new game just to walk around the mall a little, but I have other games to play, so I guess I’ll probably not play it again much. As for Dead Rising 2, I guess I didn’t really like Dead Rising enough to run out and buy the sequel straight away.

I did however buy Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition with TriOviz 3D glasses! I have wanted to buy this game for a long time, but I’m glad I didn’t buy it right away, since I could now get this version which has 3D glasses. The 3D effect isn’t too overwhelming, but it definitely works! The cheap paper TriOviz 3D glasses that came with the game look just like the regular red and cyan/green glasses that have been around for, what, 20-30 years now? (According to Wikipedia it has been around since 1853! Wow!) The difference is that they have used slightly different colors on the glasses.

Batman Arkham Asylum

Most noticable is the fact that the color filters on the 3D glasses aren’t as dark as normal red-cyan ones, so more colors are let through them. In fact, for the darker colors in the game, it really feels like the 3D glasses doesn’t affect the color too badly! But whenever there are any brighter colors in the game, I notice the colored tinting from the glasses. Still, it’s definitely better than the old red-cyan 3D glasses, and I could play the game for 2 or so hours without feeling my eyes getting tired. And even though it feels like the colors aren’t affected too badly, I guess they probably are a bit more washed out when using the 3D option. So I might want to try the game without 3D. But I will probably play it in 3D as long as I am not tired of it.

I went to my grandfather’s funeral last Friday. I wasn’t really that close to him though… but I guess it was touching to see my relatives being sad at the funeral. Met lots of relatives, but only managed to talk a little with them. I didn’t really talk much with my relatives in Hong Kong on my recent trip either. Kind of wish I could have talked more with my relatives, but I just don’t seem to have the energy for it.

On Saturday I went to help move some furniture, my uncle had found some free furniture at Finn.no’s free section, and we were going to move those to a lady from church. It turned out one of the couches was too big to fit through her front door, so I got that couch instead. It’s quite comfy! And it replaced the not-really-a-couch-but-actually-a-bed-couch we had in the living room before, so it’s a nice improvement.

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I also preorded Dead Space 2 (PC version), which is actually the game I’ve been looking forward to the most! When ordering that I also ordered Dead Space Extraction (Wii game), since I figured that if I really want to call myself a fan of the series, I might as well buy that game too.

Dead Space 2 Dead Space Extraction

…yeah, I never learn. Even though I say I want to finish my games, I keep buying new ones. Well I do feel like I’ve been finishing games on a good pace lately, so it might not be so bad. My hope for this year is that by the end of the year, I will at least have finished all the games I bought before 2011! Oh yeah! Not counting iPad games, probably. I bought a bunch of iPad games when they were on XMas sale. Only 6 NOK (0.99 USD), how could I resist! But my iPad will probably be neglected as a gaming machine as soon as the 3DS is out.

 

Posted by on 2011-01-18 in Uncategorized

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Back from Hong Kong

Was almost 3 weeks in HK in Christmas and New Years! it was all right, though I got kinda sick the last week, which made me not really want to do anything. That sucked.

Can’t say I did anything really special in Hong Kong this year, just the usual: meeting relatives, eating a lot, some shopping. I didn’t really have anything in particular that I wanted to buy this year, so I mostly just bought random stuff that seemed cool. Oh, but Acer fixed my Acer Liquid for free (on the warranty), so now I’ve got an Android phone again! Yay!

Other than that, the most interesting thing I bought (in my opinion) might be the wireless PC gamepad, which is a bit more convenient than my wired one. Especially for gaming on the media center PC connected to my TV in the living room! I also bought lots of candy and chocolate (compared to previous years).

Anyways, some random photos:

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They’ve got vending machines for anything!

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Very Bioshocky decor at Ocean Park

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Chinese version of juleribbe (Christmas pork ribs)

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Strawberries as big as apples! And super-expensive.

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"It’s-a me!"

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Lego USB hub. Darth Vader bought separately.

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Posted by on 2011-01-08 in Uncategorized

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