June 5, 2017

Good bye, UBC. Good bye, Maple Story.

Posted in Other at 12:27 am by Jackk

I recently tried logging into Maple Story. I couldn’t. This was what I saw:  Read the rest of this entry »


March 15, 2017

Maple Story Nostalgia Trip

Posted in Maple tagged , at 2:06 am by Jackk

The only posts that get replies on here are ones about Maple Story (naturally), so here we go.

I grabbed dinner with a friend tonight. This was the guy who introduced me to maple story a good 13 years ago. Having known this guy since we were 5 and meeting up for the first time in 3 months (because now that we’re both grown ups and have work, we don’t have time to play video games together or hang out all the time like we used to), we did what people do when they meet up with each other after a long time: we talk about the past. And what topic comes up? Why, of course, Maple Story. I don’t remember how we got there, but I remember the question that started it all.

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December 20, 2016

Snow Days

Posted in Other tagged , at 3:49 am by Jackk

Living in Vancouver, we’ve had snow for the past few weeks. I know to some, that’s not a big deal, but in Vancouver, even an inch of snow sends people into hysteria. I know it’s a satire site, but this news story isn’t an exaggeration by much: this one’s legit.

So what about 3 inches of snow makes it post-worthy for one of my like…4-5 posts a year?

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September 5, 2016

Maple Story!!!

Posted in Other tagged , , , , at 8:44 pm by Jackk



Yes, I hit 210. No, I don’t actually still play. It took me like a year to gain 30%, soooo yup.

Ps. I miss the old level up animation ): What the heck is this glowing yellow thing, man?

But that’s not the reason for this post.

I know this is really late, but…when I was in Korea, the Maple Story pop-up store was open in the Gangnam district. I found out the night before it closed, so my sister and a friend decided to make a late-night excursion to the store on a weekday, even though we had to teach the next day.

It’s been a while, but I think I mentioned that I spent some money there, so without further ado, the pictures:

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June 20, 2016

‘Twas a memorable ride…

Posted in Other tagged at 12:41 am by Jackk

My birthday was 2 weeks ago. Past few years, I’d been in the habit of asking for character traits. As I’ve transitioned into the working world, I’ve found less and less need to seek after these traits because, every day at work, its a sink or swim environment. You learn humility fast. You learn discipline fast. You learn to develop a sense of humor fast. You need it to survive, otherwise you’ll be eaten alive.

That being said, there HAS been a birthday wish I’ve had for many years. It was one that I had since I was a teenager. I’ve always wanted…

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January 22, 2016


Posted in Uncategorized at 6:59 am by Jackk

The room is emptier than it was just a few hours ago. There’s an eerie sadness to it. We’re all about to leave, going back to our separate lives. All that’s left is an empty room and a chocolate bar, a parting gift from a student.

I’m writing this post from Seoul, South Korea. Its 5:32 am at home, but 10:32 pm here. Thinking back, my blog started with Japan nearly 10 years ago. My character got hacked and deleted while I was in Japan, and I found out when I returned. This is my first time back to Asia since. I’ve just finished teaching at a winter camp here for 3 weeks and leave in the morning to fly back to Vancouver. And part of it feels just so sad.

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January 1, 2015

The Best Christmas Present I got this year was an Email

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:03 am by Jackk

I have a habit of visiting here at the end of every year. I picked up Neil Gaiman’s “Ocean at the End of the Lane” again today. The book seems to have a magical quality to me, as in the story, a man returns to a place from his childhood, and the memories come flooding back. As he narrates,

“Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet, but they are never lost for good.”

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August 11, 2014

Packing Up and Moving On

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:48 am by Jackk

On Friday, I finished the final class of my Bachelors of Education program and last night, I finally took the time to clean up my desk where I put all my stuff on. This must be how it feels to be that laid off employee cleaning up his desk, packing everything up to leave. Finally cleaning up that which has piled on for months and moving onwards, towards a future that is uncertain and unknown. 

These past few months have been filled with mixed emotions as I navigate towards the end of the program. It does feel very “first world problemy”, as I passed my practicum but almost wish that I hadn’t. Roughly 20% of those who started the program didn’t finish. 1 in 5 were wishing they were where I was, ready to go out to find a job, to begin teaching, and I’m here wishing I had failed because I don’t know what to do. 

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April 21, 2014

The Sun Also Rises

Posted in Other at 3:14 am by Jackk

It was Easter Sunday, and I woke up early (well, 7 am) as I was pianist for morning service that morning. Vancouver weather. Its near the end of April, and its either always raining or always sunny. The weather reports had said that it was going to rain all weekend and rain for most of the beginning of next week too. Well, they weren’t wrong.

However, on this Sunday morning, I woke up to a pleasant surprise.   Read the rest of this entry »

January 1, 2014

It’s been a while (once again), hasn’t it?

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:07 am by Jackk

There’s this table in my living room. There’s nothing special about it. But that is why my first blog entry in over half a year is about this table. 

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