29 September 2007

Esplanade Park and Marina Square

Some images taken with my sister's Canon IXUS a week ago.

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The Restaurant Boat

A floating restaurant of some kind moored off Harbour Front.
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What a fine day. I think I will be heading down to the Esplanade later to sketch the skyline again.
Dueling in the Pits: The End of a Good Experience

Playing Duels has become pretty much meaningless. From what I see, mages and druids can kill with one shot with Blast Wave or Feline Ferocity no matter what kind of a warrior build I go for. A build based on stamina may stand a chance but it is very specialised. Now, with an absorption-based/axe and shield build, I don't even get a swing of my sword or axe and I am dead. My former dual-wielding build was even less competitive. As such, I have stopped duelling mages and druids, leaving only the occasional skirmish with them. I have also stopped fighting except against NPCs and lower level warriors.

Meanwhile, Colin, Wilson, and Cedric have stopped playing. I suspect Willie and Anthony ceased playing too. Currently, only Alex (Thugg) plays. I won't be promoting this game amongst all my gaming friends. It's not worth it.

This is one of the most short-lived gaming experiences I have had. I think the developers, meaning Oxygen Games, should fix the imbalances. However, I don't see any action. Some have mooted openly that the game is broken in the forums. I expressed my dissatisfaction with the one-shot kills which I thought were ruining the game.


I won't be discussing different warrior builds on my blog. Dual-wield, shield-bearer, fist-weapon, etc. It's moot. Pointless. My energy will be better served in other games.

I also did buy two noblestones early to "re-spec" my character. As mentioned earlier, it's a waste of money.
I need to sleep now. I gotta work in the morning. Oh well.
I sat at the Esplanade Park this evening and made a fast sketch of the skyline. I was also doing some preliminary sketches at a Starbucks at Marina Square earlier. The view from this Starbucks was nice, overlooking a large open area. No noisy credit card promotional booths with horrid DJs blasting stuff.

28 September 2007

Weapons of the Burmese infantry

BBC Photos:

On first appearance, the AK-47/AKM derivative wielded by the soldier seems to be a Valmet Rk 62. However, the weapon seems to lack a tubular stock. Instead, it has a folding stock of some kind.

Valmet Rk62:

Can it be yet another derivative of the Chinese Type 56? I can't make a clear identification of the assault rifle. If you can identify them, do let me know.

I have also seen Burmese troops wielding M16A1s in other photos. Those are likely to be Chinese-made CQ imitations as China has been a supporter of the junta. The pistol grip may be indicative.


The Burmese troops were sporting both AK-47/AKM (7.62mm x 39mm) and M16 (5.56mm x 45mm) type rifles. This may be indicative of a lack of standardisation of calibres due to arms embargoes and so forth. Again, hard to say.

27 September 2007

According to the BBC report, Halo 3 has earned US$170 million in its first 24 hours! That is simply scary! 1.4 million people played online. 4 million games logged in the last 24 hours! Scary scary.

I haven't played anything from the Halo series yet. Hmm... Interesting.
It's already Thursday! Wow!
Getting away with it

If the drivers, Hamilton and Alonso, were racing in cars that were rigged based on unfair information, it would be unfair to the other drivers involved. The drivers and not merely McLaren should also be penalised.
Man Utd 0 Coventry 2

Right. Man U drops out of the League Cup competition. This is so deliberate. Clever Fergie.

24 September 2007

Oh well, it doesn't look as if Chelsea will be a serious contender this season. Liverpool is still adept at drawing. I think Arsenal lacks depth to go the whole distance. Man U will probably take the title this year. It's a bit early but it looks that way. Oh well.

23 September 2007

My eyes are utterly red now. The concentration of chlorine in the water was much higher than I was used to. 20 laps at a leisurely pace this morning. I feel so refreshed.