One of this year’s 2016 blogging goals that I have is to participate in a linkup. In a way, it’s kind of a round robin of blog entries of one specific ongoing category, as part of preserving the true root of blogging and to promote your blog to fellow bloggers around the world. This first linkup I’m joining, My Favorite Things,1 is created by two fellow Pinay bloggers, Raisa and Eirene, where you basically write about your latest favorite things of the past month.
This month’s linkup is hosted by Eirene, so go check out her latest when you can.
Moving on, January has been quite a busy month for me. Even if that was the case, I have discovered new favorites, as well as the old.
Blade & Soul
You’ve seen me blogged about this new Western-released Korean MMO a few times throughout January already, so it’s rather obvious that I would add this as one of my latest favorites discovered last month. I know I’m being repetitive if you’ve been keeping up with what I’ve been up to with this blog, but I have waited for this game to be released in the West for the longest time, that is, since its release in Korea back in 2012. I had to take screenshots of my character, both in profile and in action, just because my character is awesome like that.
When I first started, I used my usual character name of Kairinie, but when all the server lag issues and the whole premium member queue priorities issues that we non-premium players have to go through (and it truly sucks really), I had no choice but to recreate a second character, who goes by the name of Erima. Somehow, I found myself playing a whole lot better as Erima than as Kairinie. I even joined a clan2 and met a few people there, but nothing much “permanent” yet, so to speak.
I took a break for a bit because of the whole offline life/household chores period, plus I also needed to catch up with my web projects and my online/eLearning classes in web development. Lately, I started keeping in touch with my old friends from PSN3 when I finally had the time to actually update my PSN app on my phone. What can I say, I have been away from my PS3 for two months now for the same reasons I mentioned there. It’s a good feeling that I’m still being remembered. Interestingly enough, these guys have also disappeared from the game as well. Now lately I’ve been trying to get them to abandon their PS3s (temporarily) to join in the Blade & Soul community. It sucks being alone sometimes, you know?
I don’t know why, but because of Blade & Soul that I started browsing through the PlayStation store to look for the old classic PS2 RPG game called Magna Carta, also with character designs made by the awesomest Hyung-Tae Kim. I don’t even remember if I even passed the game itself, but I do remember the characters, the storyline, and the somewhat nostalgic feeling of the artwork that only belonged to Hyung-Tae Kim alone. Sure, they may look like typical anime/manga-style character designs, but if you do pay attention to character design styles of each mangaka/video game artist, you’d be able to find a Hyung-Tae Kim artwork/character anywhere.4
In a way, I kinda feel a bit of a traitor with Elegant Themes. I understand that Elegant Themes’ new signature theme and framework for WordPress is none other than the Divi theme. They just also released Extra that has the Divi builder framework included in it. And of course, they are also selling the stand-alone Divi builder plugin that should be compatible with any other theme you’d like to use. In fact, I am also a lifetime member of Elegant Themes.
So, why am I using Themify themes now? These are a few reasons why:
- Divi (both the theme and the framework) is becoming a whole lot more confusing and more “advanced” as they keep on updating, even though they’re designed with no coding included and for those who don’t code. Heck, I code and I’m still confused. Themify has just released their similar theme called Ultra, but they already had their Themify Builder plugin (which is also similar as the Divi Builder plugin) for a long time now and they have included that in most of their themes.
- Elegant Themes has only been focusing on Divi and have completely abandoned the rest of their existing themes. Themify, on the other hand, applied their new advanced Themify Builder in most, if not all, of their themes. I really do love a lot of Elegant Themes’ existing themes, but without the constant updates and such, that just won’t work for me.
- Themify Builder is a lot easier to use than Divi Builder, even though both of them have (almost) the same features.
Right now, this blog, my collective, and even my upcoming portfolio are now being built by using Themify themes. Eventually, I will be using some of Elegant Themes’ themes again, but I really do wish they would go back and start fully upgrading their themes to the latest standards.
Amazon Kindle Fire 7 (5th Generation)
This is actually a Christmas present from my brother, although I thought to myself that I may probably have no use for having a tablet. Boy, was I wrong. These past weeks, I have been fiddling around with my Kindle from reading eBooks (mostly text/reference books though) to playing some awesome puzzle games like Monument Valley and those mystery hidden objects games. I also wanted to use my Kindle for my online studying via the Udemy and Treehouse apps, but sadly, they’re not available at the Amazon Apps store. Gosh dangit.
My brother also bought me the screen protector and a cover with stand as well. I used my old stylus originally bought for my Android phone for digital sketching, but I never really gotten around to it. So, along with reading and playing games and sometimes surfing the web, I have been drawing and sketching using the mobile version of SketchBook Pro by Autodesk. Maybe I’m just picky with the stylus, but I sometimes wish that there would be different shaped nibs for them so I can have a much more accurate sketch.
And to summarize…
- Blade & Soul
- Amazon Kindle Fire 7 (5th Generation)
… are three things that have become my favorites from January. What’s yours?
On the sidenote...
- I know the original is spelled My Favourite Things, but I’m a Pinay-American, so… [↩]
- in other MMOs, they’re called “guilds.” [↩]
- from the old Destiny first person shooter game days [↩]
- well, if you look at the female characters and if you see their bosoms… err… jiggly (can’t believe I’m using this term)… then it’s most likely Hyung-Tae Kim’s artwork…whew… [↩]