Monthly Archives: June 2010

Roadtrip to Oregon pt.1

We left for our mini road/camping trip on Monday afternoon.

Before leaving, I had to go to the store to pick up some necessary camping supplies. A butane stove, tarps, dishes, an axe, and fire starter sticks. I don’t know if we are allowed to bring butane across the border into the states so we can just pick some up while we are there. The same goes for food. I don’t know what the restriction are. It seems stupid that I can’t even bring my own mustard.

So I called the border last night to find out what sort of food (if any) we were allowed to bring across. The lady who answered the phone said no citrus and no New Zealand lamb. What!?! I’m not allowed to bring the little furry lamb across the border. What a joke. ps. I’m a vegetarian so if I were to bring lamb anywhere it would be “baa-ing” still! Needless to say… I wasn’t reassured about my mustard so I will just buy whatever I need from the states. One of my co-workers suggested shopping at the QFC. I will remember that store name cause it’s similar to KFC.

Of course we had a couple of stops before getting started. Gas. Bank. Food. Typical stuff. We went to the bank and converted our Canadian money into American. Their money is SO ugly! The teller agreed too. Some of the new bills have a bit of pink and colour to it!

The gas station we went to was just off the highway. It was at a dodgy little gas station. Totally old school… but it did the trick. Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! It’s off to Oregon we go!! 😀

Before leaving we looked up the weather in Oregon and in Oysoyoos. It’s 30ish degree’s Celsius (86F) in Oysoyoos and 15 in Oregon. Boo. We’ve never been to Oregon, so there is the novelty of going there. But I hate the rain. There is enough rain in Vancouver and with my 4 day holiday I really wanted sun. Is that too much to ask for!? SUN at the end of June!? It’s raining here. It’s always raining in Vancouver. I think we’ve had maybe 5 really nice days so far this year. When the sun was shinning and you could walk around in shorts and a t-shirt.

5PM: stopped at a gas station in Arlington. Opened the door to step out of the car and what should I find but a dime!!! On the ground right in front of my door 🙂 There is a huge story behind the dimes. It has to do with my dad. That just make my day. I am so happy to have found it and I am going to keep it forever with all my other dimes. I was looking at the calendar yesterday and it’s been 6 and ½ months since my dad died.

We drove and drove… Following the 5-I highway out of Washington. We took a rather confusing turn off for 101 Highway. We wanted to take that because it is the scenic route and that’s the whole point of the trip! Hours and hours of driving through small isolated towns and deserted landscapes. I had no idea that the beauty I’m used to in Vancouver spreads all the way down the coast.

Washington has less of the looming mountains everywhere but it sparkles with a different shade of green. Further down the 101 there are daisies… Everywhere!!! Fields of them! I love daisies. They are my favourite flower. I haven’t seen them growing in the wild for years.

The sun had started to disappear and lll KiRa lll was getting tired of driving. So we were on a mission to find a campground. We passed on cause they were no signs prior to the turn and we were going too fast. Then I looked at “Vicki” (our GPS) and she said it was another 2 hours until we reached Cannon Beach.

A few more minutes down the 101 we saw a County Camping sign and made the necessary turns. I figured that County Camping was the same as Provincial camping so I thought it was better than some dodgy private site.

That said… we ended up on some back roads in the middle of nowhere! There were no lights on in the houses or shops and it was totally dark. We were about to turn around or park and sleep in the car then we saw a Kamping sign. K-amping?! I have never seen it written with a K. I asked lll KiRa lll if he thought it might be a reserve or something. We had no idea where the twisting dark road was taking us. We carried on. Sure enough! It was an official campground. There were people with tents pitched and cute little cabins.

Since it was about 10:30pm when we found this place, the office was closed and we did night registration. $25.39 a night for tents. No bad. We found the nearest site with trees around it for shelter and started to pitch up. There was a code for the bathrooms and luckily some campers using it as we were registering told it to us.

At about 4:30 in the morning the bloody birds starting singing! I didn’t mind the nice sound coming from them, but the damn rooster. What a horrid noise! I looked at the clock cause I was starting to get annoyed and didn’t want to lay there sleeping if we could get up. Nope it was 5:30am. The roaster just kept going! It was terrible!! By about 6:30 he had shut up and I feel asleep for about an hour, in between getting squished by lll KiRa lll and our teeny tiny tent! Note: a 2 person text actually means 1 small child can fit. It was super squishy!

There was a clamming/oyster beach. Weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. The water is still for as far as you can see. And muddy. Its like a marsh but just mud. The sediment in the rock walls along the beach were beautiful. There were layers of mud, rock, and shells.

…off we go for Day 2.

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Fable 2 Review



I’m sure anyone who has heard that Fable 3 is coming out can’t wait! I was inspired to write a new blog post about Fable 2 because I’m super excited about Fable 3 and I wanted to share my opinion regarding Fable 2! 🙂

Sure there were a couple features in Fable 2 which made it less than great, BUT there were so many things that made it a fantastic game to play.

I was talking to my local starbucks guy this morning (whom is a wicked drummer IRL). He plays on the regular xbox. I should lend him the first Fable. It was superior to Fable 2 but the newer games are often the preferred ones. He asked if it’s like Zelda. Hmm… is it? I suppose there is a similar sequence to the events that occur and its first person.

You are on a mission to save your sister (who could be seen as Zelda). You have weapons and you kill things (without too much gore). There are side missions and a number of “must-kill” bad guys to progress to the next level. Similar to the beating end of level guys to get pieces of the puzzle in Zelda. It is a mission. Your character is going through all this to save their sister.

When choosing your character to play, you can be a boy or a girl! I know a lot of boys generally pick a girl character because they are “prettier” to look at. With this game, you want the character to represent you (or what you’d like them to) because they change their physical features based on the choices you make. The decisions you make at the very beginning have an effect too because you start earning “good” or “evil”. Yes…childhood choices have consequences. Nothing like real life eh.

I played through as good, making sure to make all the “right” decisions. Sometimes I felt left out of fun though 😦 Being “evil” meant that you could smash stuff and get points, you could kill anything, and bribe people into doing whatever you wanted. I have considered going through with an “evil” character, but it is an RPG, and like any RPG it takes time to invest in the character and missions. I haven’t been bored of my other games enough to give up my time to play them. Maybe with Fable 3 I will go through as evil first!

A fantastic feature of the Fable games is the magic. You can do a bunch of different spells (depending on what you use your orbs to upgrade). I loved fire. Fire kills most things! There are five tiers to upgrade. This is similar to Dragon’s age where the upgraded spells are more fantastic and stronger! Magic is called Will power. Just as your character changes based on your choices, if you choose to use magic then your character will grow blue or red veins. Blue veins if you’re good and red veins if you’re evil. They become pretty disgusting to look at. I actually did a run through with a girl character with no magic because I wanted her to look “perfect”. She had the super glowing halo and was very strong! That said, if you are playing as an “evil” character then the veins will add a cool element to the scariness and yuckiness of your character. The more magic you use, the more veins you get.

A new addition, not seen in the original Fable, was your pet mutt… I mean dog. You get a dog that follows you around sniffing the ground to find treasure and attempting to help you in battle. Make sure you upgrade him/her as much as possible otherwise you will end up with a whimpering little beast following you around because they get hurt easily. I clearly didn’t like the idea of the dog feature, but towards the end of the game, I couldn’t part with the little bugger- which I named Bob.

Beside the main story line, which I thought was pretty interesting and fun to play. There are plenty of side missions to keep you busy. You can work to make money. You can buy and sell things. You can get married, have children, and then if you’re really twisted you can kill off your wives (or husbands)! But remember to be safe and pick up some protection to avoid nasty STD’s.

There are dreaded little gargoyles to find around the world. They taunt you. Listen while walking around for a weaselly little voice, then find the bugger and shoot it! If you find all 50 then you get an achievement and a pretty cool weapon.

There are odd jobs that you can do for the towns people and that usually ends upwith renown and a monetary gift.

Keep an eye out for shinning silver keys because you can use them to open chests. They are scattered all over the world.

There are also Demon Doors (I think 5 of them) that you can open for a surprise. You have to do things in front of the door to get it to open. You will know what it is if you listen carefully to the riddle.

I’ve never played a game relying completely on the map. Actually, most of the time I forget it’s even there until I am so frustrated that I want to quit. Fable 2 has a lovely glowing gold trail which shows you the direction of your next objective. You can change the brightness of this trail so it’s vivid or very faint.

One of the biggest complaints is the end of a game. How do you end a game like this? (I’m not going to tell you the ending… cause you either already know, or you haven’t played it yet and I don’t want to spoil it). That said, I agree that it should have been more like the original Fable or Dragon’s Age. I am still so frustrated with finishing Dragon’s Age that I have considered playing through it again and making different choices and upgrades. That’s a sure sign of a worthy RPG. Fable 2 is a fantastic game and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes RPG’s. Sure, the end isn’t ideal but the rest of the game play makes up for it!

Cheers 🙂

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I bought my very 1st domain name!!



Last night I was on a mission to purchase a domain name. I wanted a .com site! lll KiRa lll uses a .tk site for his video game reviews but I wanted .com. I don’t like making purchases online with visa and paypal would have taken 6-8 days to transfer the funds. So we went to a grocery store and bought a Visa Gift Card. It had just enough money on it to make the purchase! I have a whole $4 left on the Visa.

I own my website name now. I didn’t really know what it meant to have a website name. But it’s just that. A name. You pay to own the name. You have to either link it to something you’ve got online already or create a website (which you need to get a host to put online) and you link it to that.

I have it linked to my wordpress blog. I have a website design program at home so I will likely spend some of my videocation time creating a personal midnite faery website which will link to my blog 🙂 the new address is www.midnitefaery.com

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Before crashing, I watched as lll KiRa lll played South Africa FIFA. I am still not a fan of sport games. I tried a hockey game, but I made sure not to sign into my gamertag cause I don’t want that rubbish showing up! Sorry to those gamers who actually like it. I think its a waste of quality gaming time 😉 Anyways.. lll KiRa lll seemed to think that the game was good. The graphics were clear and the sound was good. The controls were new, since he’s never played a FIFA game. He had to fiddle with the “favourite” team settings because Gil (being the lovely guy that he is…) changed it to Israel. Boo. 10 minutes later, lll KiRa lll was ready to play as South Africa. The first match was against Mexico. As it was in the World Cup. At first it was really boring watching little people run around the screen and the quick clips of South Africans all dressed up in their red, green, and black clothes and face make-up! Mexico scored a couple times and lll KiRa lll restarted the match. He was learning the basic controls and I was actually yelling at the television when he got a goal! Pretty funny to hear me shouting out “Woo!!” and “Bugger”–when Mexico scored. I suppose the game got it right there. The “real-life” frustration and success of the game. I’ve only watched one match of the World Cup (Germany vs. Australia) and the video game mirrored what actually happened in the real match!

Left 4 Dead 2 Achievements



Ok. I am officially addicted to those bloody achievements. I was playing Left 4 Dead 2 with Kari and her bf for most of the afternoon. There is no way I would have done these achievements without Kari getting it all set up! … thanks love ❤

We started getting my remaining achievements by doing: Violence in Silence. Which is navigating the impound lot and reaching the cemetery saferoom without setting off alarms. We got this one in the first go. It was 30G. I’m surprised I didn’t do this before!!

Then we rescued the poor little gnome from the game and brought him onto the helicopter after a wonderful light spectacle. That gave me another 30G.

There is an achievement for surviving 4 minutes in survival using only melee weapons. This was difficult to do. We made it to 3 minutes a couple times and died. Kari invited her bf in for this one. I ended up lasting 5:27 😀 woo! Beat the Rush for a whooping 15G.

There is a “bug” with The Real Deal achievement because you can go through the whole campaign on easy and change it in the last saferoom (before leaving). I went into the main menu and waited for an invitation from Kari. Once I got the invite I arrived at the finale and walked right into the car. We did the Dead Center campaign. Pretty sweet!! I got 35G for that.

For the Wing and Prayer achievement, I crouched in the corner of the crashed airplane and just meleed a lot! Kari, her bf, and Coach protected me. We had to do it twice cause there was a spitter 😦 but… I got 30G for that!!

Killing a tank with melee weapons gets you 30G! 😀 We tried this on two different maps. Finally I got it!! Kari already has all the achievements for this game. She is wicked good!

I thought about doing the rest of these before but I hadn’t found anyone to play through them with. I am so happy to have met up with Kari 🙂 She is a lot of fun to play games with. Plus her accent is cute too 🙂