Ragnarok Mobile SEA Exodiac Guild EB 5 at Versus Barcade

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About this time last year, one of our legal assistants messaged me about the launch of Ragnarok Mobile SEA and it has been a long online journey since then.  

One of the main reasons why I played Ragnarok Mobile SEA is for nostalgia.  When I was in high school, I played the Ragnarok Online (PC Version) for awhile.  It was the first massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that I played.  Unfortunately, I quit that game early because I was hacked so I wasn't able to explore it that much.  So this time, I am determined to familiarize myself with the game mechanics a bit more. 

Since I'm quite philosophical, I play this game with two (2) basic principles:

1. Play f2p like I once did.

Since I play for nostalgia, I play it like it was before.  I had absolutely no in-game purchase except for having a multi-class character and saving its attributes which is around 1,000 php.  I was quite surprised that a lot of gamers would spend as much as half a million pesos for a game. Game accounts are being sold more than tangible things too.  This players support the game development and maintenance and at the same time, they also help in making it viable for f2p players to participate in the collaborative play.

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2.Play at your comfort level but don't quit until you have optimized your f2p character.

All my long-time friends who I began playing this game has already quit.  My 1st guild who were my playmates from another game has quit within 3 months.  My friend who introduced me to my 2nd guild has quit too.  I credit my in-game efficiency and discipline to my 2nd guild.  I used to think that games are for kids but the game complexity makes it more adequate for players of all ages.  My guild mates from my 2nd guild were composed of successful individuals from 6-digit earning managers to National Athletes who are not only efficient in terms of their profession, family (most have kids) but also in progressing in the game.   Due to conflict on opinions, I had to leave and fortunately, I was qualified for my third guild - Exodiac Guild.

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Exodiac Guild is one of the top Filipino guild in  Ragnarok Mobile SEA (Eternal Love Server).  What makes it unique is that is led by celebrity / cosplayers Myrtle Sarrosa.

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But of course, that is just one of the external aspects of the guild. 

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Joining the guild paved way to let me know more about the world of gamers.

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Recently, I was able to drop by Exodiac Guild's 5th EB at Versus Barcade at the Uptown Parade Mall BGC. 

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The venue was quite cool because you can play 90s arcade games for free!

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 I always ran out of coins playing pinball when I was young...

crane machine

You can practice all you want with this crane machine too!  I wonder why I didn't try it though.
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The celebration was held on the second floor.

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As usual I was the shy type and guildmates seem to already know each other... 

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so it was wise for guild leader Myrtle initiate the introductions. 

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It exemplifies that form of governance the guild has which is proactive yet democratic.

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The guild leader and the guild council is open for feedback but at the same time enforces policies for the strengthening and sustenance of the guild and its members.

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I also appreciate the well-researched guides they make.  Making guides like the one I shared before takes time! 

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But, most of all, I like that there is no discrimination against an f2p player.

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The guild activities are open to all especially if you can carry your own weight. 

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Overall, it was a cool EB experience with...

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and socials...

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that brings guildmates together. 

You just can’t miss out on these 6 street food spots in Manila

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If you have heard of Manila, you’d know that the place is known for its rich history, culture and street food. Given the fact that many of these dishes are an acquired taste and might gross you out when you hear about them, it is true that each one tastes better than the other. If you have been meaning to visit Manila, book the Busuanga to Manila flight tickets without fail and then make sure to visit these food markets to get a taste of the amazing street food that they have to offer.

Quiapo Market
The authentic Filipino taste is only gotten best from the street food, so if you are there and you want a bite of the best street food in the city, visiting the Quiapo Market is an absolute must. The place is littered with multiple food vendors making everything from scratch and serving hot food on the sides of the street. From the delectable skewers to the mami or the noodle soup, your options are actually quite abundant there and you can choose from a variety of flavors and textures.

Mang Raul’s BBQ Haus
Located in Southern Manila, the Mang Raul’s BBQ Haus has been there since the 1970s and has been serving delectable food since then. The place is known for serving the best isaw in town with four signature dipping sauces which is what makes it stand out of the rest. The former laidback and rusty setting has now been replaced with a much more refined setting but the experience nevertheless is one of the best.

Concepcion Public Market
Next up on the list of the best public markets around in Manila to try out the street food there has to be the Concepcion Public Market. The place is famous for its vendors selling ukoy which is a deep-fried batter made from shrimp as well as beansprouts. The additional vinegar dip is an added bonus to that. Apart from that, you will also have vendors selling Malabon which is a popular sweet and sticky dessert found in Manila. It does come in a number of flavors too which is definitely riveting.

Skinita Street Foodz
The Skinita Street Foodz is yet another spot that you definitely need to visit to get a glimpse and taste of the amazing street food around in Manila. The place is in a very hipster and upbeat environment with graffiti art littering the walls and scattered chairs and tables to enjoy your food on. The place is known for its laidback vibe with its cheap beers and the authentic Filipino food that the place has to offer.

Rapsadoodle is that one spot around in Manila where you can actually enjoy unlimited street food unapologetically. The place is known for its additional bout of iskrambol as well as bibingka waffles which is going to leave behind an amazing aftertaste on your palate. The place is filled with the theme behind the restaurant and people visiting this place have always suggested being satisfied when they leave.

Boni MRT Station
Last but not least is the Boni MRT Station. The public market situated around the metro station is also famous for its wide range of street food options that you can choose from. It is one of the staples for the daily commuters and even for the tourists who want to get a taste of everything that the Manila snacks are famous for.

The next time you are in Manila with the Jetstar promotions, make sure that you experience every last bit of the street food the city has to offer. Try out different locations to get a better diversity in the taste as well.

OREO SPIDER-MAN PROMO ALERT: Win a Trip to London Europe!

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There's a noticeable crowd gathered at Robinson's Midtown Wing Atrium today (June 15, 2019) for the launch of the limited edition Oreo Spider-man Far From Home packs.

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During the launch that was open to the public, there were games and prizes that was given away.

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The event is held until 7 pm.

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There were a lot of challenging booths.  Since I am always up for the challenge, I tried them all!

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I only succeeded in this one though.  Climb and cross within 40 seconds.

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There's also a free photobooth.

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Availing these perks requires no purchase which was so cool!

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Can you use the magnet to pull 7 magnetic oreos to the center?  I couldn't. =(

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Or, can you climb the big ben within 5 seconds?  I couldn't. =(

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For those who couldn't succeed in overcoming the obstacles fret not cause you can still win a trip to London and other limited edition Spider-man prizes.

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featuring @jamblautavlogs
Just do these easy steps:
1. Buy a limited edition Oreo Spider-man pack (1 pack = 1 entry)
  • Available on all leading supermarkets from June 1 to July 31, 2018. 
2. Snap the receipt
3. Register at Orespiderman.com/ph

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Grab the Limited Edition Spiderman Packs like @francisg_official
One lucky winner will win a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to London which includes a tour around the city, 4-day and 3-night stay, roundtrip ground transportation between the airport and hotel and a special gift bag from OREO.    Grand winner will be announced on July 29-31.     Other winners will be announced monthly within the promo period.

Ragnarok Mobile: Sure 120 Kills in Ultraman Rift Dungeon Earth Crevice

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This guide was made to spare you guys from the many failures we had to go through before reaching the 120 kill point at Ragnarok Mobile Sea Event: Ultraman Rift  Dungeon Earth Crevice .

Step 1: Memorize the Monster Names and Buffs

Step 2: Always remember to spam manually the normal attack to avoid knock back (don't do auto because it sometimes goes nuts)

Step 3: Always allocate a member in each of the 4 spots

Step 4: In case you receive a buff during one round, save that for the next round.

Step 5: Communicate with your team mates and trade places so you can go to the spawning spot of the monster matching your buff before the round begins (you have five seconds to run for it).

Step 6: Familiarize yourselves with the spawining points as listed here: (priorities those with *)
King Joe - always ramdom except for round 4 there are two stationed at D

Round 1:
A - Golza * - if possible 1 member with buff should go here immediately
B - one member should quickly run here
C and D - other members should unite to clear this

 Round 2:
A - Baltan*
B- Eleking*
C - Gomora
D - Golza - allocate two members here if possible

Round 3:
A - Gomora
B - Bemstar and Eleking * - allocate two members here
C - Baltan
D - Golza

Round 4:
A - Eleking
B -  many mixed mobs so allocate two members here
C - Bemstar and Gomora
D - only two King Joe - one member should start here and go help others after

So follow these tips and you will surely achieve the Cosmic Garrison Title

Special credits for knowledge, boosting and photo to my guildmates at INFINITE [MOON].

To Butter Who Melted Our Hearts... (Pet Obituaries)

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2018...  We lost Mochi... and we also lost Butter.   
Butter left us just a few days before New Year and a few days before her birthday.

Butter has always been sickly.  She was going on and off Sharpei fever.  But, even when she was ill and weak, she wold try her best to be disciplined and sweet.

On most days, Butter would sleep the pain away.  The only hint would be the tears in her eyes.

On her last days, her legs were to wobbly for her to stand and go out.  She couldn't eat.  We had her admitted at St. Loius Veterinary Clinic in Banawe.

The night before she died, I had slightly dozed off on the commute on the way home.  When I saw her!  She was looking at me intently with her meaningful puppy dog  eyes through the glass sliding door of my terrace as if calling me to let her in.

Immediately, I sent a message to the family to ask the vet for update but there was none.  The next day after lunch, we called to update and visit her but the vet said she was dying.  We rushed over there but it was too late.

It was a shocking moment.  I wonder if she felt we abandoned her.  Like Kiwi and Mochi, I made the same mistake of not being there on the last breaths... I pray that she will always know that we love her.

It was a long holiday.  Pet Valley was able to pick her up for cremation but could not schedule her wake.    The only way we could bid goodbye is only through prayers.  I hope it suffice...   Farewell Butter.  May you rest well with Kiwi and Mochi

Fujifilm X-T3 Launch, Thanksgiving Party and My Fujifilm X-T100 Problems

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I've always been a proud Fujifilm user.  Yet, right now... I am experiencing ups and downs with my Fujifilm Experience.   To get it off my mind... I've decided to just write about it.

Ups: Fujifilm X-T3 Launch
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Fujifilm Thanksgiving Party
Yesterday, Fujifilm had a series of free workshops, free cleaning, free printing, free concert, free food, free beer and free juice as part of the Fujifilm X-T3 Launch and Fujifilm Thanksgiving Party at Abs-Cbn Vertis North Tent.

Inspiring National Photowalk 2018 Gallery
Seeing the gallery really inspired me to delve more into photography.  I missed joining the photowalk as the last time I joined was in 2016!

FUJIFILM X-T3 Experience Event Workshops
niko vilegas workshop portrait photography
I regret being late for the workshop.  I only got to attend Niko Vilegas - Portrait Photography and Tim De La Paz - Filmmaking Workshops.  The latter was very quick with some technical difficulties.  So I enjoyed the Portrait Photography more.

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This was my first time to do portrait photography and it was a lot of fun!  There were a lot of participants with intimidating Fujifilm cameras!  There was an instagram contest which I didn't join because I was so intimidated and perhaps I don't trust my camera and skills yet because of my problems below.  Too bad because the prize was an Instax mini 9!!!

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Even after the workshops, you can still practice taking a shot.  Since I missed the one about Action Photography.  This is my best attempt already!

The reason why I cancelled my out of town trip and opt to attend the Fujifilm X-T3 Launch and Fujifilm Thanksgiving Party was because the day before, Fujifilm did their best and released my Fujifilm X-T100 from their service center after being re-calibrated.  I was so happy to have it back!  Little did I know... that it wasn't the last of my troubles...

Downs: Fujifilm X-T100 Problems
Last July, I shared about the Fujifilm XT-100 Launch.  I know I said it wasn't the time for upgrade back then.  But, out of impulse, I decided to upgrade and change my photography set up (I will make a separate post about that soon).  I just suddenly thought of selling my trustee Fujifilm X-A1 at a very bargain price to explore and learn more about other gears and photography itself.

There was something about the unique color of the Fujifilm X-T100 Champagne Gold that made me want to by it one time as I was passing by a camera store.

There were two things I realized about the Fujifilm X-T100.  First, it wasn't as heavy as I thought.  Second, it had a lot more buttons and controls compared to the A series so it was a really a new learning experience for me.

I didn't use it that much because I didn't have much time to learn about it.  One time I brought it to my overnight hotel review and I got surprised.

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The Auto White Balance was really off...

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and the photos shot in Fine Jpeg were beyond remedy from Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

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Of course, I panicked because I didn't bring a backup camera.  I instantly took a day off from work just to bring it to the Fujifilm Service Center.

The service was really good!  I had to leave it that Monday for diagnosis.  I was told that it takes up to 10 days.  I told them I needed it for an out of town shoot on the weekend so I hope it can be faster.  I called on Thursday morning and it was still being diagnosed.  But, I knew they put my needs into consideration because they texted me on Thursday night as it was ready to be picked up on Friday.  I was told it was only a software problem and it was re-calibrated.  I was so happy that it finally worked so I excitedly attended the Fujifilm X-T3 Launch and Fujifilm Thanksgiving Party.

After the event I was so excited to post and share about the experience.  I plugged the USB cable to transfer my filed and noticed that it was not charging.  I then plugged it with the charger and still not charging.  So I am down, then up, and now down again...

Now, I wonder if I am out of work leaves or just out of passion from photography as I don't seem to want to go back and have it repaired anymore. =(  (I will update soon!)

Update: A few months later I discovered that the photos are oversaturated with reddish tones nad auto function is always maxed at maximum exposure.

Update May 2019: Finally had the time to bring it back to Fujifilm Service Center and it was diagnosed to have manufacturer's defect on mother board.  It was replaced for free and now it works perfectly.  All recent photos are shot with a breeze with minor or no photo edittig required.