Happy Haiku: Within the Soul

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Happy Haiku: I try to dabble in writing haiku poems in Japanese.
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Happy Haiku!

Haiku
自信から
魂の中
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MOBA Monday: A Blast from the Past

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MOBA Monday: MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is my favorite kind of gaming genre in the world.
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For a long while, I have had to do a bit of soul-searching as a gamer. Games are supposed to be fun, right? Games should bring you entertainment and all that jazz … However, my “main” game for the past four years, League of Legends, became anything but that at a certain point.

The moment I found myself being more agitated, stressed and even infuriated by League, the more I came to accept that it was probably my No. 1 source of all the negative feelings a human being shouldn’t have to endure on a daily basis, at least when it came from something that should make me happy.

And boy, I certainly wasn’t happy with League on many given days. It was always one thing or another. No matter if I was trying to play a “just for fun” match or something more serious with the game, I kept finding a boatload of reasons and (often illogical) excuses to rage.

It got downright unhealthy and unpleasant. I will admit I relied on League heavily as an outlet for excess emotions, but I think League was definitely spawning more bad feelings than getting rid of them. The balance definitely wasn’t there.

After a while, I just told myself that I needed an actual break from League. I am not saying I am quitting it cold turkey at this point by any means, but this was a really tough decision for me as a gamer.

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To Live by a New Motto

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Hi there. My name is Nhan Pham, and this is my personal blog I have been using for three+ years now. However, for the past few months, I have been neglecting this site for whatever reason. Let’s just say a lot of things happened, which forced me to rethink everything from the ground up. Blogging has been a great means to relieve stress for me, but I fell into a real slump where even writing a post each day proved difficult without proper focus or motivation.

I want to change this fact from this point forward. The blog itself reflects my “pulse” and offers me a means to share my personality and various interests.

“Get good. Be better.”

This is the new motto I want to live by, not only for this blog, but in general. It has become apparent that if I want to get anywhere in life, I have to strive to improve myself in more facets. Being just proficient at something isn’t enough to me anymore. You have to go a step beyond and surpass individual thresholds and, most importantly, be able to stand with or above others in a respective area. Continue reading

Abide by the Vibe: Ongoing Story

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Abide by the Vibe: Your everyday “vibe” is created on your own terms. Every action and thought will affect this “vibe” constantly. Will you choose to be fueled by a happy “vibe” or will you destroy yourself with a negative one?
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“We all abide by the vibe we create for ourselves.”

I like to believe that everything happens for a reason in life. Everyone has their respective story they are constantly telling.

Are some destined for happiness? Despair? Triumph? Failure? Or perhaps something completely unexpected?

To find out one’s inevitable ending, one must simply live life to see how the tale pans out.

“We all abide by the vibe we create for ourselves.”

Card Me: Gift of Orzhova

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Card Me: A favorite hobby of mine is playing card games. There is just something really remarkable about how laying cardboard onto a table can bring people together for lots of fun/frustration. As a naturally shy person in real life, I enjoy how card games can bring me out of my shell for quite the social activity.
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Who doesn’t love an angel? Magic: The Gathering certainly does. In fact, Gift of Orzhova is very flavorful.
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Card Name: Gift of Orzhova
Mana Cost: 1White or BlackWhite or Black
Converted Mana Cost: 3
Types:
Enchantment — Aura
Card Text: Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has flying and lifelink.
Flavor Text: “Remember by whose gift you ascend.”
—Milana, Orzhov prelate
Watermark: Orzhov
Expansion: Gatecrash (Uncommon) Gatecrash
Rarity: Uncommon
Card Number: 219
Artist: Johannes Voss
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Simply put, this card is awesome. It makes a target creature an angel with flying and lifelink.

Just incredible.

The 54th Deadline: Wild Card

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The 54th Deadline: Life is a series of chances to achieve something by a given point. You might very well miss out on opportunities if you are not careful. However, I firmly believe that God gives us plenty of means to find our way, even if we mess up here and there. After all, life demands deadlines. Try and try again until your goals and dreams are realized. Strive to finish on a successful note with whatever you set out to do. Always.
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If people are like cards in this elaborate game of life, then I am no doubt a wild card.

My value is ambiguous. My purpose is further shrouded in unpredictability. Regardless, I am cool with this.

Other people are more obvious about what they bring to the table. They already know what they represent as cards and nothing more.

When it is a non-wild card’s turn to be played, they contribute toward life in some way and that’s that. They fulfill their respective role in the name of the game.

However, as a wild card, my time to shine isn’t so obvious. It isn’t apparent until all the other pieces are in play. And then, and only then, will everything make sense.

Happy Haiku: Fiora

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Happy Haiku: I try to dabble in writing haiku poems in Japanese.
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Happy Haiku! For Fiora, the Grand Duelist. My favorite champion in all of League of Legends.

Haiku
おフィオラ
フランスの花
美しい

Romaji
(O) Fiora
Furansu no hana
Utsukushii

English Translation
(Honorable) Fiora
French flower
Beautiful

- Nhan “Nhan-Fiction” Pham

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MOBA Monday: Serenity

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MOBA Monday: 
MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is my favorite kind of gaming genre in the world.
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Serenity Prayer. League of Legends style.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the games I cannot carry.

The courage to carry the ones I can.

And wisdom to know the difference.

Abide by the Vibe: Guidance

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Abide by the Vibe: Your everyday “vibe” is created on your own terms. Every action and thought will affect this “vibe” constantly. Will you choose to be fueled by a happy “vibe” or will you destroy yourself with a negative one?
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“We all abide by the vibe we create for ourselves.”

Sorry for the lack of posts for a while. I would like to get back into the blogging swing of things.

Lately, I have been seeking a lot of guidance from all kinds of sources.

Soon, I hope to have everything make sense again.

“We all abide by the vibe we create for ourselves.”

Card Me: Unflinching Courage

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Card Me: A favorite hobby of mine is playing card games. There is just something really remarkable about how laying cardboard onto a table can bring people together for lots of fun/frustration. As a naturally shy person in real life, I enjoy how card games can bring me out of my shell for quite the social activity.
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Value is everything in Magic: The Gathering. Unflinching Courage gives you plenty of bang for your buck, and it is also playable in a variety of formats if you’re running both green and white in your deck. It is that good.
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Card Name: Unflinching Courage
Mana Cost: 1GreenWhite
Converted Mana Cost: 3
Types: Enchantment — Aura
Card Text: Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample and lifelink.
Flavor Text: As Trostani’s influence grew, vitality spread through the Conclave—much to the other guilds’ dismay.
Watermark: Selesnya
Expansion: Dragon's Maze (Uncommon) Dragon’s Maze
Rarity: Uncommon
Card Number: 111
Artist: Mike Bierek

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There are plenty of things to love about this card. It’s a three-mana spell, meaning it won’t break your mana curve as three is very reasonable to come by in any format.

Its effects are all relevant: a +2/2 boost, trample to make sure some damage seeps through and lifelink to build up your life total with every successful hit/block.

You toss this bad boy on any creature to make it into a scary threat for your opponent instantly.

Without a doubt, Unflinching Courage is a straightforward, yet powerful card if your deck runs green and white. Generally, a must-have in these types of decks.