Appraisal and School of Magic

Finally I have the access to another realm in School of Magic, from Celestrium to Enchanted Forest of Elystria! Next I would travel to the base of Darkstrife Mountain, looking for greater quest with bigger reward! I am also collecting all the available familiars, but not really into collecting items from the shoppe. Though it can boost my attack and defense, but the upkeep expenditure is too high and I need more income for the next familiar. I think I like the pace of School of Magic game more than the blood games because it's not a work to go around the game. A game should be enjoyable to play, not a hustle. All magicians gather up!

And in reality, I'm still waiting for my appraisal interview. Yes, I am curious to know what they are going to say about my performance but I won't mind the marks. They are the experts, so they know what I've done and what I never do. Just like when I was in the college, I do what I need to do and I don't bother about any kind of award or recognition, as long as I do what's best for me and fulfill my dreams and interests.
Am playing The Sims 2 while waiting for the third instalment to be released in the first quarter of this year! Last night I did the drunken dance I know I made some enemies. Give some space la you guys!

Play: Totem Tribe from Reflexive Arcade

Finally, a game from Reflexive Arcade that is worth-mentioned! Totem Tribe successfully blends light real time strategy, puzzles, point and click adventure and hidden objects gameplay. Build and upgrade buildings that will automatically trained units, performed research, scouting territory and battling enemies. The game is the successor for Virtual Villagers and My Tribe. There are more in store for perfectionists and completists in this game such as collecting all the precious jewels, coins, and shaman masks. Definitely a must-try for every gamer, casual or hard core. (Pic below: My treasures so far)

Things To Do in The Sims 2

Things To Spice Your Sim Life!
1) Maximise all your skills (If you are getting older, buy the Elixir of Life using Aspiration points!)
2) Create a haunted house with all types of death (fire, drowning, electrocution) and then make a horror movie
3) Fulfill the lifetime aspiration and get to the top of career level
4) Buy the most expensive thing in each category (transportation, TV, computer)
5) Start your own business and shopping mall and own them!
6) Become all the weird people: Zombie, Werewolf, Vampire, Plant Sim, Witch
7) Build a Servo, Find Big Foot, Learn to Teleport, Learn Ninja Teleport
8) Start a band
9) Go through college
10) Get a dream date
11) Make a great party
12) Join secret society
13) Have twins
14) Go on a blind date by using matchmaking service
15) Press Ctrl+Shift+C to uncensor Sims when taking bath

I've also created another list which is more comprehensive here: http://adammale.blogspot.com/2009/05/to-do-list-for-sims-2.html Feel free to add anything that crossed your mind so I can put them into the list! Thanks for reading!

What Matter Is

Forgiveness & Togetherness

Reunion brings people together
Without words spoken
We forgave each other
Unity triumphed over obstacles
Cheers for the memorabilia
Wishing for everlasting friendship
And may nothing change us!

Bel & Ben, thanks for inviting us to the most joyous celebration ever! May both of you have prosperous year ahead! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

January 2009 Games Updates

Spore: Galactic Adventures has just been announced to be released this March. After reading the article, I was not really excited and looking much towards it. It is more like a create-your-own-adventure for space stage.

I have just taken a glimpse at MySims for PC at Signature The Gardens and am expecting for the pirate version to be released soon. Hehe. I've just got my hands on GTA IV, Mirror's Edge, Lord of the Ring Conquest and FarCry 2 but have not install them yet because I have two external hard drive to recover and the job need more disk space. Argh, more stress to get 1TB!

3 Days of Joli!

Safari @ Genting on Saturday
Cosmo's World @ BTS on Sunday
Visit from Ucu on Monday

The Sims 3, and more

The Sims 3
(coming out Feb 2009)

"The answer to all my Sims dream ever since I played The Sims for the first time" - Kaizar


Feature 1: Explore a Seamless, Living Neighborhood
In The Sims 3, your Sims’ lives no longer revolve around the home. Open the door and discover a new town alive with possibilities. Every Sim has a unique personality including your Sims’ neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Your Sims can meet new neighbors on a brisk morning jog; visit their best friend’s home for a dinner party, take the family for a day of sun in the park, or even take that hot new Sim they’ve met for a romantic sunset picnic on the beach. Cultivate life-long friendships and stormy rivalries. As you explore your Sims’ surroundings, who knows what might happen! Your Sims might run into an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend, a long lost pal, or a fierce rival. The town is open for your Sims to explore! *The neighborhood itself has a personality, created in part by the unique personalities of the Sims. Will you create a soccer mom who lives with her family in the suburban subdivision not too far from town? Or a wealthy businessman who owns a spectacular mansion in the hills overlooking the sea? The choices are yours; you can change the neighborhood into whatever you want it to be. (The Sims 3 probably follows Spore step in becoming an offline multiplayer game. This feature could be tracked back to Space Rangers where other characters are not static and continue their lives without you directing them)

Feature 2: Create a Sim
Create Sims who look like you or anyone you know. The all-new Create a Sim is easy to use and more powerful than ever, letting you completely personalize your Sims’ appearances and personalities. *Fine-tune every feature on your Sims face, customize their hair color, select the exact shade of their skin tone, and determine much more to make realistic Sims. Outfit your Sims with infinite fashion, make-up, and accessory styles. It's never been easier to make Sims that are thin, full-figured, muscular, and everything in between!

Feature 3: Personality Traits System
Designate your Sims' personality based on an innovative trait system. Select from dozens of personality traits and combine up to five traits to make a variety of interesting characters, who live in the neighborhood. Will you create an idealistic, creative dreamer who relishes taking risks thanks to his daredevil streak? Will you make an insensitive, drop-dead gorgeous socialite who neglects her romantic side and whose deepest secret is that she is actually a certified genius? It’s entirely up to you. (This is more like the way we interpret ourselves in networking sites like Myspace, Friendster or Facebook. Some of the known traits are Computer Whiz, Absent Minded, Excitable, Anti-TV, Schmoozer, Party Animal, Unflirty, Flirty, Party Animal, Rude, Lucky, Evil, Light Sleeper, Heavy Sleeper, Inappropriate, No sense of Humor, Friendly, Mean Spirited, Insane, Kleptomaniac, Paranoid, Brave, Hates Kids, and Genius )

Feature 4: Customize everything about your Sims’ homes
Design and build homes with complete freedom to customize everything and make your very own neighborhoods. Infinite possibilities to design the interior furnishings of your Sims. Select any color pattern for your furniture that you can imagine. Match all your furnishings with the same pattern & color, or mix patterns & colors of the furnishings to create your very own look. The possibilities are endless for creating your Sims home of their dreams.

Feature 5: Gameplay
There’s more to your Sims’ lives in The Sims 3. Enjoy the challenge of short-term and long-term goals and then reap the rewards! Based on personality traits, skills, and career choice, your Sims have short and long term Wishes that provide constant fun challenges—things to do and achieve. You have the ultimate freedom to choose whether (or not!) to fulfill their destiny, giving them lifetime happiness and rewards! *Will your Sim attend the right training exercises, salute the right military personnel, and skyrocket from a lowly Latrine Cleaner to a high-flying Astronaut? Will they hit the sports stadium, impress the talent scouts, and make winning plays that catapult them from a Rabid Fan to Sports Legend? Maybe your Sim will perfect their guitar skill, headline concerts, and be worshiped by legends of fans who propel them from the life of a Roadie to Rock Star status. Your Sims’ destinies are up to you!

Feature 6: Movie-making!
Be the Director of your Sims' movies! Never before have you been able to make your own movie with a cast, a set, soundtrack, a story and editing without leaving the game. Now you can with the movie making mash up tool set. Make a movie and share it with the world! (More customizable than The Movies - the actors, the actresses, the clothes, there are so many customization to fulfill your lifetime dream to be budding machinima creator! But facial emotion and body language is yet to be confirmed)

For more info on The Sims 3, visit its official site at http://thesims3.ea.com/

More details from Wikipedia
The entire game is played in real-time, so Sims that the player is not using will still age and may get married, have children, and/or gain other memories and experience other events. With the absence of loading screens, it is possible to zoom in and out from a complete view of the neighborhood to the inside of a house.

Of the eight needs of The Sims 1 & 2, only four - bladder, hunger, energy and fun - will remain. These will be completed by moodlets - attributes which are acquired by special events (minor events like tooth brushing, and major ones like wedding), and affect the Sims' behavior. The Want and Fear system of The Sims 2 is replaced by Wishes and Opportunities. *Several features from The Sims 2 expansion packs will appear in the original The Sims 3, such as the "young adult" life stage and mobile phones (University), private cars (Nightlife), fishing (Seasons) and jewelry (Bon Voyage).

Each career has a workplace building in the neighborhood, which Sims travel to for their shifts. Sims can also apply for jobs with these buildings. Though Sims are hidden inside buildings during the workday, the player can control their behavior at work to a certain extent. There are also part-time jobs. Sims can also take actions to increase their productivity while not at work, such as bringing work home or working overtime. (I wish mini games for career!)

Create-a-Sim is the character (Sim) builder, where the polygon 3-D models of Sims can be modified by changing a wider variety of properties than what was available in previous installments. This opens the door to creating completely unique Sims with regard to stature, height, weight, hair, and clothing. Players can customize nearly everything in the game, including furniture, clothes and shoes. *Toddlers have two traits, and a new one is added for each new life stage, until they reach young adulthood - so they will have five traits for the rest of their lives. In addition to this, individual fitness bars have been added to adjust the Sims weight and muscle. The player can now choose their Sims' favorite color, music type, food, etc. (You can customize your Sim s voice as well. You're given voice samples and from there simply adjusting the pitch gives you a unique voice. Your Sim's hair is also customizable, it is broken down into four basic regions: Roots, Base, Tips and Highlights. Each region can be colored differently using RGB palette)

Ideas for The Sims 3 expansion packs: The Sims 3 Ride (You can drive your car around the neighborhood, cruising with boat from shore to shore, flying a helicopter above the town. You can even help the police, ambulance and firemen helping other people, which in turn will open up more benefits for you to reap! And you can even join racing club!), The Sims 3 Underworld (You no longer restricted to live on land only, you are now able to live underwater and underground. You can also explore fantasy world with mermaids, elves, ghosts, witches and any underworld creatures you can think of), The Sims 3 Jungle (You see the jungle out there? Now you can explore it too. Be ready for a journey no Sims have ever take, in the jungle! Sightseeing, wildlife catalogue, camping, fishing, parachuting; the adventure is endless), The Sims 3 Bon Appetit (You can create your own recipe using different ingredients! You can own a restaurant and play mini-game like Diner Dash, hiring waiters, cashiers, chefs)

2009: The Year of Dream Realization!
2009 promises to be the best year for PC gaming world! With The Sims 3 due in February (The best game ever, bar none. The only game that truly cares), along with Blizzard's double treats, Diablo III and Starcraft 2 (Early 2009), it surely beats 2004, the year when The Sims 2, Half Life 2 and Doom 3 released! Waiting list: Empire: Total War, StarCraft 2, Diablo III Already released: Crysis Warhead, The Witcher Enhanced Edition, Mercenaries 2, Stalker Clear Sky, King's Bounty, The Sims 2: Life Stories, Pets Stories, Castaway Stories, Lego Batman, NFS Undercover, Mirror's Edge, MySims, FarCry 2. Lord of the Ring Conquest, The Sims Mansion & Garden Stuff, FallOut 3, GTA IV

End notes: 1) Simlish language is a mixed of fractured Ukrainian, Tagalog and Navajo. 2) The Sims (a live action, drama fillm) is currently in preproduction by 20th Century Fox, written by Brian Lynch and produced by John Davis (of Norbit and Eragon) 3) The Sims expansion packs: Livin' Large, House Party, Hot Date, Vacation, Unleashed, Superstar, Makin' Magic 4) The Sims 2 expansion packs to date: University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, Freetime, Apartment Life 5) In The Sims 2, alien abduction can cause male pregnancy!

Movies that I've enjoyed in 2008

Action: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Hancock, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Dark Knight, Ironman, Meet Dave, 10,000 BC
Drama: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Twilight, Sex and the City
Comedy: Yes Man, You Don't Mess with the Zohans, Tropic Thunder, The Love Guru, Disaster Movie, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Fantasy: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Bedtime Stories
Teens: Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging, Sisterhood of Travelling Pant 2
Animations: Wall-E, Kungfu Panda, Bolt, Madagascar 2: Escape from Africa, Horton Hears a Who, Igor, Space Chimps
Musicals: Mamma Mia!, High School Musical 3, Sweeney Todd

A Poem: My 2009 PC Upgrade Plan

If I stick with AMD
...change CPU to AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual 6000+ RM260 (I'm not into Phenom)
...so I can keep my current motherboard

But if I switch to Intel
...change CPU to Core 2 Quad Q6600 RM690
...which means I need to change motherboard to Asus P5Q series (not decided which model yet but price ranged between RM300 to RM700)

And must-haves are
...a new graphic card Asus NVidia EN9800GT 512MB DDR3 RM530 (Not into ATI Radeon too)
...1 TB Seagate 3.25" internal hard drive RM375 (because its 32MB cache and I don't believe in external HD anymore)

Stop commercializing Gaza issue

Stop commercializing Gaza issue. Don't take advantage. If you do really concern about Palestine, take action on it rather than just blabbering about it in your shoutouts, blogs, myspace page, facebook page, friendster page or whatever network you have. It's just pissed me off to see someone's page or blog talking about it like it's their own problem but actually know nothing about the real deal. For God's sake, "Israel" is not even a real country. They are taking other people's land and claim it their own and the whole world just acknowledge the country's existence. They are just a bunch of Jewish doing the so-called religious crusade on Islam.

Meow!

Time aku balik dari kerja tadi aku terserempak dengan kucing muka penyek ni. Comel sangat. Tak tau jantan ke betina. Aku ingat nak amek je jadi kawan Mimi. Aku rasa ni kucing yang aku dan Cliff kejar sehabis mati tempohari kut. Cutey! Takut kucing ni orang lain punye jer tapi takde kolar. Huhu. Kucing ni cam mesra plak dengan aku. Time aku nak amek gambar, dia dekat-dekat dengan aku. Masa ni dia tengah makan2 rumput. Aku rasa Mimi pun nak kena makan rumput la kasi elok sket digestion dia. Aku nak namakan kucing ni Tabby la!

p/s: Semalam beli DVD time makan kat kedai mamak, tensionnyer dapat cinema copy for Twilight dan High School Musical 3! Argh!

Best Romantic Movie Ever!

I've just finished watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starred by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. At first I don't really pay much attention while watching the movie because I was so busy attending to some other things to do, also because the first part of the movie is quite boring to watch. The story begins with Daisy's daughter read to her dying mother the diary of Benjamin. Her mother had wanted her to read the diary (spoiler alert!) to reveal that she is actually Benjamin's daughter. Starting with Benjamin's mother died giving birth to him at the end of the first world war, his father put him away at a retirement house full with old people and taken care by black couple, then he met Daisy the love of his life and he do sailing during the second world war. As the movie focused more on the relationship between both Benjamin and Daisy when they started living together, then the story became more excited.
What really keeps me watching the movie is the physical changes that Benjamin went through. Though his physical becoming younger, his mental state grew normally. And that concerned him when Daisy gave birth to his daughter. He left her and she married another man which his daughter thought is her real father. However towards the end of the movie, Daisy took care of the backward-aging Benjamin. He started to develop dementia, forgot how to walk and talk. The most heartfelt moment in the film is when Daisy cradles the baby Benjamin and said "And in the spring 2003, he looked at me. And I knew that he knew who I was. And then he closed his eyes and go to sleep". Then the baby closed his eyes and he died. It really touched my heart. Best romantic movie (ever!)

Next: Bride Wars, Ice Age 3, Hotel for Dogs, Inkheart, Underworld 3, Narnia, Dance Flick, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince + Deathly Hallows, Pixar Up
Games waiting list: Neopets Puzzle Adventures, Mirror's Edge, MySims, The Sims 3, Guitar Hero World Tour

2009 Welcome Note

Salam Maal Hijrah, Selamat Tahun Baru dan Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Kali ini Kaizar menulis dari Putrajaya! Saja-saja melawat wilayah persekutuan yang lain untuk keluar dari norma biasa bersiar-siar di sekitar Kuala Lumpur. Makan-makan di Kenny Rogers Alamanda dengan menu baru, quarter chicken dengan spageti beef bolognaise beserta garden pasta salad dan minuman caramel machiatto marvel. Rasa spageti yang sangat sedap, enak dan lazat! Ah~
p/s: I should write something about our BTS E-9-9 2009 New Year Party attached with beautiful group photos. I would describe the party as the medium to reunite with old friends, meet new friends which would open up more doors to new opportunities and also to introduce our new housemate, Nigel aka Mac. Thanks to those who attended the party with last minute invitation and preparation! No longer do we have to sweat in the crowd of other New Year usherers.