Gaming Log #3

Today it will be…. chilling day! Hah!

And it looks like this:
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I’d say: Sudden Death. (please don’t believe the screen… it was taken some days ago πŸ˜€ actually on 21st of Oct, 2013)

But to be honest… I think I’ll play a bit with my chocobo… he needs to level a bit (and I need to as well) – so he has found his job as my guardian already – at least on pictures he watches over my char already *rofl*
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Isn’t it kewt?! Oh yea, actually it’s male as I named “him” Chronos. Haha.
(Okay, I’ll stop with the bad jokes… maybe)

 

And as I am bored today… (a bit) … I decided to name this summon “Pikachu” (too bad that’s not possible):
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Sample Disappointment

First time I ordered some fabrics samples in the Netherlands… probably last time.
I’d say price equals quality?

Sample Disappointment

Sadly it really did not turn out to be nice fabrics 😦 I now wait for my samples from Germany in hope they are better… and maybe I’m going to check out the fabrics shop in the city center next week or so.
Meh~

 

Gaming Log #2

Fishing day!
I’m joking… not. Oh, I’m talking about Final Fantasy XIV again πŸ˜€

Actually I leveled all of my gathering jobs to level 25 and crafting jobs to level 20. I don’t really know for what reason (except that I converted the not needed clothes to materia so I got more space in my chest)Β but it was fun to do so… and annoying when it came to Blacksmith… gooooooooooooooood! Really.

So 2 hours ago I decided to work on my Fish Guide.
Since then I am traveling to also complete my map locations. It’s rather hard to do so with level 26 knowing there are locations I will not finish yet as I can not even locate the place, e.g. Salt Strand.
I HATE that stupid message telling me that I can sense something I am not able to fish as my level is too low Q_Q It’s so mean.
On the other side fishing up a fish somewhere on a map means it will be registered on the other locations you visited already. Else I would not have the amount of complete entries (while I can not remember completing them actively… except for 2).

And I simply LOVE that skill Mooch. It only works when you hook a “better” fish on the line. It’s so much fun imagining feeding one fish to get another >_< (okay, don’t imagine too much).

I made some nice screenshots but as I will not log out until I need to leave to friend’s place at 4PM I can not upload any right now (plus my USB stick is at work lol) – the fun owning a PS3 πŸ™‚ but I think the game itself could not run on my laptop or at least not with huge lags. I’m bound to enjoy the game on my huge LCD TV in HD πŸ˜€ what a shame haha.

All Experience Is Experience

I just stole this from a TV series. Yes, yes.

To be honest… the meaning of this was not very deep in context of the series but actually it is for myself.
I who started as a shy, introverted girl who was in need to get to kow the real world outside of childhood and protection really fast after moving out. (Hell, this was the best decision ever!)
Some people in Leipzig, Germany still remember the person I was back then… when I was 18 and fresh starting at University. And god how many stupid things I did. Walking in a rainstorm and wondering after why I did not get sick – just as an example of the minor things πŸ˜€

My search for work after I failed my math exams twice and stopped studying Computer Science and Japanese Studies was really hard as well. I’m actually really glad I did not waste any more time of my life on studying something I started to hate.
After finding a spot for an apprenticeship I still was bound to 350 EUR/month net but I survived. Somehow. I apprenticed as an office clerk with awesome grades (compared to what I left school with) and was searching for work. I was doing something called “1 EURO job” (which means you go to work 6H/day and receive 1EUR/hour) and found a job in Hannover.
All these nonsense relationships I had… brr. I’m not only talking about boyfriends but also some friendships (most of those I did not felt worth keeping I don’t have anymore).
Leaving Leipzig was one of the worst emotional things I ever did. I still love that city but I was in need to move on after being unemployed for 10 months.

Hannover was not so great… I worked as a Service Assistant at a Car Dealer. It sucked. Literally. I always was the child from the east who was not taken seriously. Tss.
I was half relieved and angry when they told me 2 days after my birthday/2days before probation time end that they will not keep me any longer. Back to being unemployed.

This time it took 3 months to find a new job in Amsterdam. As a translator (my official job title was: Localization Specialist German) for computer games (MMOs).
And I found out why I did not like to live with someone else – at least if it comes to sharing a flat… never ever~
I had some great colleagues who left one after another.. until I did not get renewed. I suffered a lot in those 2,5 years. More then ever but I never felt like it until I finally could rest at home in my last weeks of official holidays I took before I left the company. I lost 7 kilo after leaving the company. Speaks for itself?
I was unemployed for 2 months. This time in the Netherlands, not being allowed to be unemployed for longer then 3 months (else no money) but with benefits of having holiday days to take and getting paid for them.
Wow, what an experience. Weird, but woot.
And by coincidence while I was unemployed I fulfilled one of my smaller dreams: Visit Disneyland Paris.
My actual employment is as a Customer Service Executive. It was not my first choice, I’m honest with that, but in the end the best I could make. Everyday is different, there are no groups. You can speak to whoever you want about whatever you want. It does not matter, it’s a real nice climate. At least I feel like it. And I get food πŸ˜€ (I mean I pay for it per month but compared to what I eat/drink per day this amount is nothing)

Yes, I changed a lot over the last years. Physically, mentally, emotionally.
I worked a lot on my personality. I’m not the same person anymore (thank goodness). Even now I changed since February. People who know me from my last job tell me now I am more relaxed about things. Which is a compliment. In my opinion.

So I do feel I need to kick my ass for some things πŸ˜›

Thinking back… I would not do anything different as every mistake and failure made me the person I am now. And now I think I should stop before people think I’m suicidal *haha*

Next year will be fun. I have so many things planned: Watching the musical The Lion King in Hamburg with my mom, grandma and my cousin; Visiting friends in Leipzig, going to the zoo and Leipzig’s Bookfair; Going to Japan; Attending the wedding of good friends of mine; Participating in a Cosplay Competition (AnimeCon, The Hague); Going to another cosplay convention.
Basically I took every possible holiday day – except for one – I could take (So I have a leftover of 10 days by the end of this year as I can not plan anything for this year anymore thanks to German colleagues @_@)…

Gaming Log #1

Today is one of those days… when I thought: Well, why not go and write a blog? But about what? Well~ yes, guess.

It is about Final Fantasy XIV. The game I am hooked with right now.

Okay, so… after 28 days of trial version I got all classes/jobs past level 15. My main class on 38 (meanwhile 39 with roughly 30k exp points to level 40). Woop. Everything was cool when I went to sleep at 3AM. It was not when I woke up at 9AM. Renovation noise thanks to neighbor living across the floor in my apartment building – hammering, driller, hammering, 2 drillers (it stopped at 3PM… but I was really annoyed by it). So I started playing FF14. It was cool until I had the idea to run dungeons…
THE HORROR!!!
As I can only log the search on 5 dungeons/guildhests it is a gamble if you need to wait long or not (depending on other people)… in general my waiting time was never below 5 minutes today… longest I waited for something to happen was 25 minutes (meanwhile I hang up my laundry on the balcony *lol*).
But hell… first run I abandoned… after 3/4 people were the only one actually doing something as one person just went AFK at the start -_-
second dungeon was shortly finished as all knew what to do… third one I never did before but I had some nice peeps telling me what is going on in boss fights so yay. Fourth to Eleventh no issues…
number twelve was a dungeon I never see before but was in need for some monsters so I can finish the Hunter Log … grrrr. We did not know what is going on there, all of us. Planless massaker I’d say. After we figured most stuff and survived until final boss, we ran out on time (first dungeon failed because of that πŸ˜€ ), I set myself again on search… immediately got into the same dungeon, another group but only complaints about this, that, blah. Tank did not tank, heal did not heal… only people actually making damage were both DPS (I and another person). Then tank complained my damage would be 0 and left. Healer left after (guess they were a team anyways). I and the other DPS were like: Oh great, we don’t do damage but tank was the one with Lv20 equip…. in a 35 dungeon… ehm…?!
*headdesk* Pardon me, half of my equip is green/red which means “Unique” and near my level – there is simply no way I do not make damage πŸ˜€

So now I am sitting here at 11PM… waiting if I can find a group for another dungeon… maybe I will level up in it πŸ™‚

Planned Trip To Japan

Finally.
I could finally book it after 10 years of “maybe I’ll have the money soon/next year” I will manage to go to Japan next year. I’m so relieved. My longest wish and dream will come true. Thanks to saving up a lot of money… well until then it may be.

I will take the plane on 28th of April,2014 and return on 12th of May, 2014.

After our new holiday system at work finally works correctly I could take days off immediately. Regrettably not for my original planned time (7th-21st of April) as there were some colleagues already planning hours in the system and therefore it was not possible for me to take 2 days of these dates.
I found out how to check which dates are okay and even booked some last hours of 2-3 days πŸ˜€ which means other colleagues can not get them anymore except they put themselves on the waiting list.

Anyhow… I am glad I got enough brains to check the holiday system BEFORE I booked the flight πŸ˜€

Searching for a good flight plan was really ridiculous… I had 10 booking portals open, switching back and forth to filter out the best price – just to find out that most of these websites take service fees or credit card fees. Seriously. A lot of pages were knoecked out due to these things. In the end I was thinking about 2 airlines seriously: Aeroflot and Lufthansa.
I never flew with them (so far only KLM)… I heard a lot of bad things about Aeroflot (except for one friend who flew to Japan with them in September as she told me Aeroflot’s reputation is worse than their service actually is)… I do not like the advertisement Lufthansa streams right now ~_~ … so it was like: 120 EUR more or less or more or less…
In the end I decided for Lufthansa (and booked directly through their website). Simple reasons:
1. Aeroflot stops in Moscow – no problem there, but on my flight back I have a stay of 12 hours (!) at that airport… arrival 5PM, departure next morning 5AM… nooo?
2. Despite being more expensive LH accepts direct transfer of money. Immediately. As I was trying to make my payment of flight directly so it would not appear on my credit card and block that amount (you know, I need to book a hotel as well) it was the easier choice without any additional service or credit card fee. Also I could decide through which airport I’m flying… I chose Munich – I think because that’s the connection I saw mostly on the booking websites before I made the decision. I could have decided for Vienna or Frankfurt but nah~

As I was fed up with all the flight planning I ditched the search for a hotel. I actually searched for it today.
As I received a lot of links from friends and colleagues to book flights I also had a lot of “This hotel is nice” stuff to check. Most of them were already sold out for the time I want to go (or not in my budget) – I chose a nice 2 star hotel near Akihabara – booked through the website of my company: Booking.com. Of course! πŸ˜€

I covered all expenses for now… hotel will be paid upon stay so I still got time left for that but I know the estimated charge already – which is good. Flight is paid already.
In total I will pay 1200 EUR on flight and stay only. As I heard a trip to Japan can be quite expensive, does not need to be necessarily. Most answers I got on how much money I should take were: Depends on what you want to do.

So what am I going to do?
My trip will be Tokyo only… basically I want to cover the capital as there is loooots to see and check out. So I will spend my 13 days (12 if I don’t count the last day as I need to fly back) on sightseeing in Tokyo. Of course I want to drop by at the Ghibli Museum… aaaaand Disneyland πŸ˜€ I heard some stories that it is more WOW than Paris, so I am able to compare afterwards πŸ™‚

I’m really happy and looking forward to next year.

Failed My Exams

Well, this was a nice experience on Sunday, 6th of October, 2013.

Everything went well.. except that I was in need to pee and therefore seemed to be too hasty. And theory was not so good either (but that was a general thing). Well. Nevermind. Nothing happens when failing an exams πŸ™‚ Except that I need to retry in March (and already got my holiday for it without knowing which date it will be as I am just guessing it will be at the same time as usual)

But… I met a lot of nice people from the other dojos again and had some nice talks πŸ™‚