Continuing off from my previous entry. This might probably be considered as part two, since I still have so many things to write about.
Finally, a day whereby I can relax at home. Sunday. I'm not gonna do anything productive today. Not yet, anyway. Until I finish this entry.
I think its final. I've lost alot of my interest in games. I can't even sit down to play Neverwinter Nights. Games get too old too quickly. Oh well. I guess I'll have outgrown it sooner or later.
Anyone good at Excel? I've never dabbled much in it, and as a result, I find that I'm stuggling to create a formula sheet to calculate the value of a set of MTGO collection. If I am able to accomplish something like this, it should come in pretty useful when scouting for my next deals. But I guess I'll trial and error my way through. I gotta do something that will pull values out of a collection of data, and was advised to try something like Access. But I don't have it. Oh well. I think relying on the good old pen and paper is still the best way to go, sometimes.
My driving's going ok. Frankly, I'm getting bored of going for lessons. Its like, I think I'm pretty ready to go on the road, and barring any silly mistakes on the test itself, I should not fail. But then again, it's difficult to foretell such outcomes, so I can only keep my fingers crossed and hope that on that day I land a nice instructor, and also to sweeten my tongue enough to get out of sticky situations that might endanger my passing rate.
For the past week, it seems that a few of my friends around me has been troubled with issues pertaining to relationships. I've realized that I'm currently freaking blissful. Matters of the dollar are so much less bothersome than matters of the heart. Woe betide me the day I become encumbered with the latter, but until then, I'll happily lose sleep over making my target of $10k.
I need to update my buylist, with a few changes here and there. Currently, in order of preference/importance:
1. More books: Catch up with my Battletech collection, continue grabbing Raymond E. Feist's books, finish up reading on Dune (Ody's getting me the final instalment of the Butlerian Jihad for Christmas! The hardcover edition has been out here already, but I'm refusing grabbing it because my previous 2 were paperbacks, and also because I know that once I get it, its gonna be 2-3 days of intensive, oblivious reading. No other book has done that to me. Ever.) And start reading on Robert Kyosaki's books.
2. Rent a car when I get my license. Actually, this should be first, but since its subjective to me passing the damn test, it isn't a given yet.
3. Catch up on my gaming collection. FFX-2 tops the list, and FFXI as well. Although, I'm still not too keen on it. I still need to finish up FF9 and Xenosaga before I'll get those. When I finally get down to it. Other notables are Shadows of Unrentide, and for pirated stuff (games that don't deserve the full price) it'll be Silent Hill 4, Xmen and whatever else catches me fancy. I've already gotten Fable.
4. Digicam. This is more of a "everyone else has one" kinda thing. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of taking pictures or being the subject of photos, but... everyone else has one.
5. Watch. Yes, I got reminded that day that I needed a watch. I got a Fossil watch for my brother, more on that later.
6. PSP. Another ostentatious want. I think I derive pleasure from gaming consoles solely from possessing them and looking at them. Bad habit, I gotta get rid of it since it is spending money on things I don't need or even want, technically. I'll kick it after I get PSP.
7. Discman. I'm pretty keen on this, since I don't download mucho MP3s, preferring to buy CD's, but I'm still considering this. Should I rather get an MP3 player, since they are all the rage? Alright, put a Zen Touch on this as well.
8. CD's. This isn't exceptionally tall on my order, and I might lose the need to get them, but I'll like to splash out on one of Nobuo Uematsu's albums, or Yoko Kanno's. Although, I'm not feeling at all keen currently.
9. Console accessories. I love my consoles, so I'll spend on getting more stuff for them. Another XBox controller tops the list, and well, whatever I feel like getting.
10. Shades. This has been on my want list for the longest time ever, but now its become slightly more viable since I'm wearing contacts. But still, we'll see about it.
I've been resting today. Yesteday was Zhizhong's birthday, and today I was supposed to go to Suin Yong's BBQ. However, I slept at 5 last night, after settling a couple of the 15 eBay auctions that ended, so I woke up late today. Its 4am now, and I gotta wake up by 11 tomorrow to bid for another auction, finish delivery and plan Phase 2 of my 3rd deal.
Have been playing abit of Warcraft 3 and Neverwinter Nights. Its passable fun, but I'm no longer addicted to it like I once was.
I'm so glad I recovered the MP3s on my old desktop. I've found a few nice classic lame ones from Weird Al and Jerky Boys. Makes for good laughs.
I had a spending spree on Thursday. First off, it was treating Alvina to Marche. I had a coupon that took 10 bucks off $50 bucks, and I was determined to make use of that. Both of us wasted alot of food in the attempt. Who knows how hard it could have gotten to chalk up 50 bucks in there. And then, I got the router to share the internet connection between my laptop and my brother's desktop. I used the wireless option, and damn, I love it. I hate wires. They get in the way. I like to keep everything as wireless as possible. However, I don't like having a wireless mouse, since I don't wanna be changing the batteries. So currently my laptop has 4 wires: the mouse, the cooler, which I'm gonna get to it, the adapter, and the speakers. You'll find that in my room, I meticulously tie up all excess wires, because they are so damn unsightly.
I went back to Astral Mag the other day, now called Enyouth. For those of you, in fact, everyone, who might be wondering what Astral Mag is, it is a MLM company that I was involved in. Network marketing. I made a conscious effort to avoid talking about this in my diary entries in the past, because I know that those of you whom I cannot count on to be real friends would shun me like te plague if you found out. Like it is such a bad thing after all. But anyway, yes, I decided to give up in it around July or so, after being in it for 6 months.
A bit on Astral Mag. It was a place where I have learnt alot of life lessons, lesson which has certainly enriched me, and which has equipped me to be prepared for many things. It has given me a more realistic and harsh outlook on life, and at the same time helped in my maturity. Certainly, it has helped me appreciate the value of money, and has a part to play in imbuing the lust for money which is so prevailent in me nowadays.
Anyway, Zuo Qi was giving a speech at the monthly seminar. A few of us went back to support her at the seminar, and also to listen to her speech. It was great. She said something which set me thinking. But then again, alot of the things you hear there sets you thinking anyway. She related a story of when she was young, and begged to be given money to buy candy. She was given 5 bucks, and went ahead to spend all 5 bucks on candy. When home, she was expected to hand over change, but admitted that she spent all 5 bucks on candy. She was reprimanded and lectured on the importance of thrift, to which, she replied "If I don't have the ability to spend 5 bucks now, how am I going to earn 5 bucks in future?"
Whether it be the right or wrong mentality is debatable, but I used to have a similiar attitude. I rationalized: if I cannot live the lifestyle of someone who's well-off, how am I gonna gain the ability to make enough money to lead that kind of lifestyle. It may be flawed, but I'll argue my side of the point. I felt that jealously guarding your stash of cash and contented. One of the thrills of having money is being able to buy what you want without worrying, and if all you are going to do is to hoard your dough, you aren't gonna get alot of motivation to make more.
But on the other hand, I've finally realized the power of having a phat bank account. Spending money is all good, but the option to buy something is just as good too. You don't actually have to buy it, you can see something and think that "wow, I can afford that" and feel just as good, rather than "I wish I could afford that." When you are saying the former more often than the latter, you feel empowered. And then, suddenly, all those things on your wish-list doesn't seem to be that important anymore, as you realize that, hey, you can go for the even bigger ones. I've only recently grasped the feeling of having a nice bank account to sit back on, and to derive pleasure from looking at mere figures. Its the feeling of being rich that I am addicted to, and I think I know how successful entrepreneurs feel like. They do not splurge much when they are starting out, because they know that what they are working for. So I'm kinda transcended the need for alot of the small luxuries, because my goal is the bigger fish. And while getting there, having some money feels just about right.
Oh, I haven't talked about my spending spree last Thursday. I bought the router for the new computers in our house, and that cost 100 bucks. Then, I got a cooler for my laptop, at the insistence of Lennert, whom I swear takes care of my laptop more than I do, for 60 bucks. Then I decided that I should get my brother a birthday present, and got him a Fossil watch at $148. If my memory serves me well, that should be the most expensive present to date. The closest ones would be $130, and $125 respectively. I thought it was only fitting that I spend the most on my brother, cause, well, I almost never get him a present, and that just isn't right. Even though I missed his birthday by a day, its never too late.
So, to date, I realized that I've already spent 600 bucks on others. Its time I started spending on myself. Or saving up.
I bought and watched Dreamcatcher. It is beautiful, visually, and it totally smacks of a novel. Its like, the plot is rushing to different points of the story, and the viewer is left behind trying to catch up. But, well, it's a interesting story, and I might pick up the novel if I ever find the time to.
I'll need to add to the 4N entry soon. Came up with alot of ideas the other day, and it'll prove to be an interesting read in future.
Maureen was having a friendly bout of verbal sparring the other day with me, about fidelity. I had wanted to present my valid points in here, but I guess there isn't really any point in doing so, so I'll pass.
This week's been a monotonous week as I work to clear off the remains of my MTGO cards. Next entry would be something less mundane, hopefully. Will end here for now.