Daily NhanSense – Day 8

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Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 8’s Topic: Card games.


I love card games. For about a year and a half or so, I have been playing a lot of Magic: The Gathering.

It’s the world’s most popular card game for a reason, as numerous players across the globe play Magic.

As of last week, Magic’s Standard format has since rotated to make room for the new Khans of Tarkir set. Basically, each Standard block restricts the type of cards you can use for an extended period of time.

You may only use certain sets of cards allowed for this time period for the decks you build to compete in tournaments. It may sound strange, but it’s a means of letting cards get their time to shine while hopefully mixing up the format for each Standard rotation.

Of course, this newest Standard rotation meant I had to retire the deck I was using for so long, which was my Green White Hexproof deck.

I am a bit saddened at this fact because I really did enjoy this deck. It won me A LOT of cards as prizes, placing well or winning first at my local tournaments on many nights.

But alas, every good thing has to come to an end at some point. At the very least, I can still play a Modern version of this, so not all is lost.

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Daily NhanSense – Day 7

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Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 7’s Topic: Illness.


No matter how healthy you are, one is bound to get sick at some point.

I just spent the day lying in bed, but only after literally spending the entire previous night being unable to sleep due to severe pain.

Let’s just say trying to sleep holding still, while cradling what feels like a perpetual fireball in your stomach from going off because turning to your side makes it intensify, became quite the nighttime torture.

I am certainly glad that particular storm has passed, though I am definitely going to swear off a certain breakfast joint chain (I am not naming names) for life for giving me severe food poisoning.
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Daily NhanSense – Day 6

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Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 6’s Topic: Baking.


I’m a dude who enjoys baking. Come at me.

Just kidding.

Regardless, baking is fun for me. I find it relaxing, plus it’s the kind of chemistry I can get into because it requires patience and finesse to ensure your baked goods come out correctly.

One particular thing I have had lots of practice with is banana bread.

I always happen to have a few spare bananas lying around near the end of a week, so banana bread is something rather easy to throw together.

I found this one particular recipe awhile back, and it has proven itself as a real winner. It’s for strawberry banana bread, but the strawberries can always be switched out for something else (I just usually go with blueberries because they naturally complement the banana flavor.)

I have since altered the recipe a bit to my liking, and I think I am quite content with the consistent banana loaf that pops out of the oven.

So here’s how I prepare (blueberry) banana bread from start to finish.
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Daily NhanSense – Day 5

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Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 5’s Topic: Coffee.


For the past few months, I have incorporated a cup of joe into my morning routine for six days of the week. I set one day aside as my “free day” where I just eat or drink whatever I want, which usually amounts to junk food and this is more than OK and ideal for the human body.

Coffee is very healthy and beneficial for the diet I am on because it stimulates metabolism.

I have just grown so used to drinking a cup of coffee with my diet-friendly breakfast throughout the week, even if I am not allowed to add the “fun” stuff to it like an absurd amount of sugar, whipped cream, creamer, caramel and so forth.

I absolutely despite drinking my coffee black (how do people stomach something so bitter?), but at least there are ways of making the coffee taste tolerable for my palate.

Oh well. I think coffee places like Starbucks are severely overpriced, but it’s a person’s prerogative to spend $5+ for something they could easily make at home.

So for six days of the week …

I start with a generic brand of coffee.

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Daily NhanSense – Day 4

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Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 4’s Topic: Footwear.


I am a no-thrills kind of guy when it comes down to it. It’s not that I dislike fancy things, but simple stuff usually more than suffices for my personal tastes, especially when it comes to clothing.

On a regular day, I am the kind of person who wears generic sneakers with white socks, but I definitely prefer to sport sandals when the weather permits it.

Below are my favorite pair of sandals that I have had for about four/five years now.

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My mother bought me these around the time I graduated from college. They literally came from her trip to Vietnam, so there is a bit of cultural value to them. I think they fit my feet nicely even after all these years, and I like the appeal of them. Continue reading

Daily NhanSense – Day 3

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Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 3’s Topic: Fortunes.


Whenever I get Chinese/Asian food that happens to come with a fortune cookie for dessert, I always like saving the fortunes and stashing them later in this “bowl” I have near my computer desk.

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As you can see, I have accumulated quite the mini-collection of random fortunes next to my kitty bank (yes, there is in fact random change inside it.)


I’m totally a dessert guy to boot, so eating the fortune cookie is fun. It’s like, “Oh hey, I just had some really Americanized Asian food with a few pounds of sugar added to the dish, so what’s the harm of a little extra sweetness from this commercialized cookie?”

The typical routine entails cracking open the cookie, reading the fortune, while munching on the cookie as I store the fortune away in my wallet to be dropped off in the “bowl” later. 

Rinse and repeat. After like 20 random meals at places like Panda Express or the gazillion Chinese restaurants that serve the same sweet and sour chicken recipe, you end up with as many random fortunes as I have that I can reread whenever to my heart’s content.

Some fortunes are the standard self-esteem boosters that could pertain to anyone.

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“Your confidence will lead you to success.”
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Daily NhanSense – Day 2

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Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 2’s Topic: Personal philosophy.


I’m not the kind of guy who wears necklaces, but I constantly carry one with me each day. It sounds a bit weird, so please allow me to explain.

I found the necklace below at an anime shop in my local mall. It was cheap at just $5, so why the heck not?

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Though I don’t like wearing necklaces around my neck, I have made it a habit to have this trinket inside my left pocket throughout the day. I have been doing so for the past few months now.

The necklace has the Chinese symbol for “success,” which can be read as “gong” in Chinese or other ways like “kou” in Japanese.

If you look at the 功 symbol carefully, the radicals (as in the basic stroke shapes that make up the symbol itself) represent “work” and “strength” respectively, both of which are absolutely necessary for attaining success in anything. Continue reading