LEGO Exhitibition @ Science World

A couple weeks ago, I visited Science World in Vancouver for the first time in almost 10 years to see the Wheels, Wings and Waves – a LEGO World of Transportation special exhitbition.

LEGO was my favourite toy growing up (I was never very big on electronic console games) and I always looked forward to visits to the LEGO aisle every time we went to Toys “R” Us (in fact, that’s the reason why I wanted to go there). Therefore, this exhitbition visit was a great blast from the past.

Here are the photos from the exhitibtion:

http://www.davidmak.net/album/v/vancouver/scienceworld/

The exhibition goes until May 4th (sorry for the late notice :p), so hurry if you are in Vancouver. XD

生日感言2009

今年寫這篇寫得有點不太情願。畢竟二十七比二十六聽來老多了。以前玩Football Manager也是不會買過了二十七歲的球員的。 :p

2008年,在這世界裡發生了很多驚天動地的大事。但對於我個人來說,卻是平靜的一年。若不是去了一遍日本(第九天的遊記已經寫完,過兩天再貼吧),我這一年實在是乏善可陳。

接下來的一年,沒甚麼特別的願望,也沒有甚麼計劃,一切隨心吧。

這麼大的一個人了,但生日,還是要有生日歌的。今年,我選這一首。

祝我生日快樂

詞:鄭中庸
曲:周杰倫

我知道傷心不能改變什麼
那麼讓我誠實一點
誠實 難免有不能控制的宣洩
只有關上了門不必理誰

一個人坐在空蕩包廂裏面
手機讓它休息一夜
難 想切歌切掉回憶的畫面
眼淚不能流過十二點

生日快樂 我對自己說
蠟燭點了 寂寞亮了
生日快樂 淚也融了
我要謝謝你給的 你拿走的一切

還愛你 帶一點恨
還要時間 才能平衡
熱戀傷痕 幻滅重生
祝我生日 快樂

還愛你 帶一點恨
還要時間 才能平衡
熱戀傷痕 幻滅重生
祝我生日 快樂

男人K.F.C.

是的,我很「背」(住在溫哥華這化外之地,沒辦法),要等到朋友最近介紹才知道有這麼一首改篇歌:

自問是個完全不習慣自己一個人吃晚飯的人。在香港的時候,曾經在APM繞了好幾圈,也決定不到要吃甚麼。一個人去餐廳很無聊(而且貴),快餐店又讓我沒甚麼胃口。(路人:在觀塘找不到吃的便去別處啊,誰叫你只是在那裡逛)

結果,我是回到住處吃日本版出前一丁。

有些人,遇上這一種問題的時候,就會記起有伴的好處。但也有些人,會聳一聳肩,無所謂地說道:「我都習慣了。」

大概,我會比較想成為後者。

Football Manager

For those who are wondering what I was up to in the past week or so, I was well, at work, and the rest of my time was spent playing Football Manager.

As the name suggests, one would take on the role of the manager of a football (aka soccer for those of you who use the North American term) club and be in charge of the team’s tactics, training and transfers (i.e., buying and selling players). It is noted for its amount of details (they have volunteers who provide information and stats of thousands of players and clubs around the world), its intensive use of the CPU (this is a game that would truly uses all powers of a quad core processor), and its lack of 3D-graphics (matches are still viewed in the 80’s-style 2D perspective). The last two points aside, it can be as addictive as any first-person shooters, given that you are a football fan, of course.

My history with this game goes way back to my high school days, when the previous incarnation of the game was still named Championship Manager (note that the comtemporary Championship Manager is not made by its original authors/team, as the publishers kept the name with them as the developers and publishers parted ways). Back then, matches were presented in text only (it is kind of like listening to a match on the radio) and processing was horribly slow (at times I have a book in my hand and read while waiting), but I still spent hours after hours on the game. I once led Stoke City to the Premiership title with 70 points (with an edge in goals for over Chelsea), won the Serie A with the likes of Palermo, Napoli, Bologna and Perugia, and took Malaga and Espanyol to La Liga titles and Champions League glory. You see, I like to take on smaller teams and work my way to winning something.

As for my favourite club, Liverpool, I have not played with them very often at all during all these years. The reason being that “managing” Liverpool is a particular frustrating experience, because losses were particularly hard to take because of the additional emotional attachment to the club’s real-world counterparts.

My current save game in Football Manager 2008 is played with Tottenham Hotspurs. Screaming and hollering from me can often be heard whenever the team managed to blow a 2-goal lead (at home, no less), which happens more often that I would have liked. I guess the game can double as a stress reliever. After a week and half (in real time), I have just completed season 3 (in Football Manager time) and took Spurs to a 3rd place finish (Champions League here we come!). However, the club’s finance is poor so I am given very little money to spend on new players (you do not need to buy a house to realize that financing through monthly payments would eventually financially cripple you).

Before I started playing Football Manager again last week, I did not know that I am still very much in love with this game. I guess what attracts me is that the game combines my passion for football with slow-paced gameplay (I don’t think quickly enough to play real-time games). I will probably get tired of my current save game some time next week (me coming on here writing this entry instead of playing is actually the first sign of fatigue). Then, I may abandon the game for a while and hopefully engaging in more meaningful activities (like finishing that short story that I started before I got the game). But surely, I will be back for some more in the future.

生日感言2008

又一年,又是生日。

這一年來,因為(終於)告別學生身份的關係,生活無可避免的有所改變。但變化的過程卻出乎意料的順利。我想我得感謝我所遇到的同事和朋友,讓我發現每天上班工作其實也不是這麼辛苦的一回事。(笑)

身邊的朋友有幾個都結婚了,也開始有人問我:甚麼時候會在新年發紅包?我的回應都是:別玩了吧?

想要有一段持久的關係,就要先了解自己,知道自己需要甚麼。在這方面,我還需要努力。

這次沒有生日奢望願望了。

但不知怎的,今天總是想起這首歌:

我很好

詞:阿信(五月天)
曲:陳忠義
編:周恆毅

沙發上睡著 孤單冷醒的破曉
冷的麵條 熱的淚痕 啤酒在苦笑
當時的煎熬 當時的心痛如絞
天 終於亮了 遺憾終於退潮

終於能夠 恨不再瘋 淚不再掉 心不逃
一定會有一個人 一段新的美好

誰讓我擁抱 誰讓我 再一次心跳
就算愛情 讓我再次的跌倒 傷痕也要 是一種驕傲
誰讓我擁抱 誰讓我 瘋狂的心跳
就算明天 整個城市要傾倒 也讓我愛到 最後一秒

丟掉電影票 刪掉信件跟合照
洗了床單 剪了頭髮 清空了煩惱
恨可以很小 小到眼淚能沖掉
我 現在很好 可以重新起跑

終於能夠 恨不再瘋 淚不再掉 心不逃
一定會有一個人 一段新的美好

誰讓我擁抱 誰讓我 再一次心跳
就算愛情 讓我再次的跌倒 傷痕也要 是一種驕傲
誰讓我擁抱 誰讓我 瘋狂的心跳
就算明天 整個城市要傾倒 也讓我愛到 最後一秒

地鐵湧出了人潮 幸福湧出了預兆
我會找回 當初對愛 天真的霸道

誰讓我擁抱 誰讓我 再一次心跳
就算愛情 讓我再次的跌倒 傷痕也要 是一種驕傲
誰讓我擁抱 誰讓我 瘋狂的心跳
就算明天 整個城市要傾倒 也讓我愛到 最後一秒
誰讓我擁抱 誰讓我 瘋狂的心跳
就算明天 整個城市要傾倒 也讓我愛到 最後一秒