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The Travel Diaries – Northward Bound

The most indirect trip, because I can!

So it can be sunny in Auckland

After leaving Wellington it was time to continue my journey towards Auckland in the search for work. Along my way I had some stops planned out as well as a meeting that would end up shaping the next part of my life journey. Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – Northward Bound”

The Travel Diaries – 9. Return of the Maori

Aotearoa never looked so good

Sunrise flying into NZ

After travelling from the other side of the world, I finally touched down in Auckland, albeit, 2 months earlier than planned but at least I got back. 20,000 km traveled in a week from Berlin – London – Seoul – Tokyo – Auckland. It was a hell of a trip and definitely a story to tell once the world settles down (or you can just go back and read my travel diary which covers it in detail!) Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – 9. Return of the Maori”

The Travel Diaries – 4. The Alpha City of Amsterdam

A city where you can live your wildest dreams… within reason of course

Need a big fluffy friend to keep warm

Welcome to Amsterdam! One of the most carefree cities in the world. A city that doesn’t get hung up on the bullshit and one that was basically founded by entrepreneurs and with the motto, let’s make money! From this, it has grown into one of the the primary cities in the global economy. Now tour guides have mentioned this, and I believe it, it seems in this area of Europe, it rains, a lot, like every other day and of course on arrival, it was raining, oh to be wet… Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – 4. The Alpha City of Amsterdam”

The Travel Diaries – 3. The Comic City of Brussels

Beer, Chocolate, Churches and Comics, that’s a hell of a combination!

Ready to take on the city

Welcome to Belgium and the great city of Brussels. Home to Beer and Chocolate! Not exactly a city geared towards healthy eating but that aside, the beer and food was great. Fries and waffles also for the win! Food aside, Brussels is another city with a lot of history and some hidden gems tucked away in a city that plays home to the power of the European union. Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – 3. The Comic City of Brussels”

The Travel Diaries – 2. The Royal city of London

Rain, construction, traffic jams and home to the Queen

Playing detective while on the move in London

London! Home to the Royals and a shit ton of history! Like literally, the amount of history in this city is insane. You could spend years here learning all there is to learn about this place but for me, I get just under a week to cram as much in as possible. While I have never been a fan of the Monarch and British Empire for obvious reasons, it is still easy to get swept up in the ‘grandeur’ that is London. Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – 2. The Royal city of London”

The Battle Diaries – GBL Ultra League

Who needs dust anyways…

After what seemed like a very short foray in Go Battle League with the Great League being opened up first, trainers were now thrust into the second level of competition and what was arguably the most expensive on, the Ultra League! Pokemon up to the 2500 CP mark were allowed to be used which really changed the dynamic of battles. That extra bulk made a huge difference in the way matches play out. For most of us who are used to Great league especially with the Silph Arena, this didmake a nice change. However, the cost of preparing Pokemon for this league was steep… very steep. Continue reading “The Battle Diaries – GBL Ultra League”

The Battle Diaries – Getting it right

Fu-sion-ha!

December say rise to the fourth Cup of season 2 from the lovely people at Silph. And finally, we come across a cheap cup! Dirt cheap! With Go Battle League on the horizon (now live) many trainers would be looking to conserve resources in anticipation of this long awaited feature and Silph decided to help us out! The Fusion Cup revolved around dual-type pokemon (of any two given types) and only those with a second charged move unlock cost of 50k or below. Azumarill, Medicham, Wormadam and Dewgong were specifically excluded: the first three are very expensive to power up, not exactly keeping inline with the “cheap” theme of the cup, and Dewgong is still too exclusive since it is only relevant with the rare double legacy moveset. Continue reading “The Battle Diaries – Getting it right”

The Battle Diaries – Go Battle League

Preseason begins in the Great League

After much anticipation, Pokemon Go has finally delivered us with its fully realized version of PvP, the Go Battle League. The League is an online matchmaking system with a fully integrated ranking and elo system. Designed basically the same as most other online competitive gaming systems, the Go Battle League of course has the single goal of trainers competing to be the very best, like no one ever was. Continue reading “The Battle Diaries – Go Battle League”

The Battle Diaries – Getting it wrong

The Timeless Cup

December paved the way for yet another new take on the Silph Arena themed cups, bringing us another original set of rules and restrictions. The Timeless Cup intended to bring us back to the main series games by choosing your starter Pokemon and building your team around that. In this cup you could only choose pokemon from the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh regions and you had to include one, and only one, starter in your lineup. Also, targeted bans were placed on Fighting-, Normal-, Fairy-, Flying-, Steel- and Psychic-type Pokemon, as well as legandaries, mythicals, Alolan and Galarian forms, Umbreon and Sableye. Again, this was to try and encourage as much variability within teams as possible and not have certain Pokemon dominate the meta. While the idea was right, it kinda failed. Continue reading “The Battle Diaries – Getting it wrong”

Fading Frontier: Yongsan Video Game Alley

Where generations collide and nostalgia reins supreme

Given the interest shown in my other article Fading Frontier: Kukje Electronics Centre, I thought I might as well continue on and re-visit the other final bastion of Retro Video Gaming here in South Korea, the legendary Yongsan Video Game Alley. I would be very interested to know the history of this place and how long it has been around. Suffice to say, its been there a long time and is the best known place in Korea to get your hands on some great retro (and also modern) games and consoles.

Located out the back of Yongsan Ipark Mall in Yongsan Y-Valley and across from the Sunin Plaza Building (your one stop shop for everything PC related, if your looking to get set up, check out the man himself Phil!), Video Game Alley is literally a small little alley at the bottom of an open mall type building that you would easily miss if you didn’t know it was there or where to look for it. Continue reading “Fading Frontier: Yongsan Video Game Alley”