Month: May 2017

Osu! Aiming for 2k?! How To Improve

HondaiMood: Energized
Listening to: Crazy Crazy (feat. Charli XCX & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) – 中田ヤスタカ
Playing: osu!
Craving: Passion Fruit Flavored Tea
Watching: Ero Manga Sensei 6

Wow! It’s been months since my last osu update. To be honest, I’ve been slacking since I hit 1k PP. But we all know that can’t settle for that because surely I can do much better. Actually, I think I stop playing osu for a good month because I got my new computer and my osu files kinda broke. Either way I’m still looking to hit 2k before the end of the year, is that too little or too much to ask for? Let’s talk about that.

A few months ago when I was climbing to 1k, it was honestly not a challenge at all. All I had to do was play more maps and bam, 10 PP, 20 PP, they flow in like views on a kitty video on Youtube. Now that I hit 1k, I reached a slower point where it really isn’t as easy to gain over 5 PP on a map. In order for me to actually gain a good chunk of PP, I have to perfect a map that is at least 4 stars. So the method here is to not spam a ton of mediocre maps anymore but to get good at more challenging maps. I think playing a variety is still a great way to practice since you don’t want to play a map purely on muscle memory. Also, what I learn about muscle memory though music is if you keep making a mistake at the same part of a song, stop practicing that part and jump to something else before going back to it. Other wise your muscle will be learning how to play this mistake and end up working against you. Applying this to osu, don’t over repeat a song. Move on.

In terms of skill wise, I am much better at reading now than I was a few months ago. I don’t have issues with fast hops anymore but I still can’t perfect a stream that’s more than 6 notes. It’s frustrating because it really is hindering my performances in some songs(eg. DJ Genericname’s Dear You). What I think I’m going to do is pick a nice song and make my own stream practice maps. What I can also do is copy certain choke sections of songs I want to perfect and edit it into a custom map. Haha, is that too try hard? Maybe.. But I’m sure it’ll help!

My osu stats… as you can see there’s a time when I didn’t play so my rank was dropping lol

Well anyways, I want to keep this update short and concise. I do feel like I’m still improving but the rate of improvement is getting slower and slower. I’m not giving up. Fighting!

Current Osu PP: 1380 ….1500 would look pretty cool.


​ 10th Anniversary & Whats Next?

HondaiMood: Good 😀
Listening to: –
Playing: osu!
Craving: ice cream
Watching: Ero Manga Sensei

Happy 10th anniversary to Hoshiru! Actually, someone please punch in me the face because that happened almost 2 months ago. It was Hoshiru’s 10th anniversary on March 26th. I had a long pre-written post for it.. well.. several versions of them. I also planned a huge celebration but by the time it hit the 26th, I trashed everything. Instead, I’ve been thinking of taking a different approach with Hoshiru. So that’s what I want to talk about today. ( ´ ▽ ` )b

I used to kinda hate the “hey look I’m a blogger” type of blogs where everything is so structured and some what commercialized. Reason for that is because I grew up in the Anime Graphics community where most of us would have our main graphics site and our blog on the side for more personal things. I used to love reading those because 1) you learn a lot about who’s behind those graphics and 2) it’s a great way to make friends. Even though many of us just skim through the blog posts and leave a comment because we want them to comment back on our website, *I’m guilty of that too lol*, sometimes you’ll find blogs that are so captivating, you sincerely want to become friends with that person. Unfortunately, that community is pretty much dead now. You still have websites like Celestial-Star.net that’s up and running, but Melfina obviously has not updated the site in a long time. As for me, TrueMagic has been on Hiatus since 2011. I never finished the remodeling project and it’s been stuck like that ever since. (screw you cutenews). Though I miss it, I have no intentions of bringing TrueMagic back to life. Not at this point at least… I actually might just make it as my icon dump.

On to Hoshiru, I’m thinking of making Hoshiru more structured. It will still be about me but I’m going to section the blog into 2 main categories, General Life and Entertainment. Pretty much IRL versus internet stuff. Within General Life you’ll find the daily blog stuff like work, rants, food, travel, etc. Meanwhile the entertainment section will be me blogging about games, anime, and just any random thoughts about my online recreational activities. It’ll still be written in bloggy informal writing style but I’ll be writing each entry with a specific theme in mind. For example, I won’t be mixing posts about Osu with my life struggles. Overall, let’s just say that I decided that Hoshiru will be my Otaku Lifestyle Blog, because let’s face it: I’m otaku to the core.

So things to expect:

  • More refined blog posts (I think I’ll edit my blogposts before publishing them now)
  • More images
  • Shorter and more concise
  • Maybe new layout

 

TLDR; Nothing major will be changing about Hoshiru, just the mindset when I write entries.

PS. I’m trying out this Bloglovin’ thing. Follow my blog with Bloglovin

That’s it for now. Signing off.


Benaroya BENJI

HondaiMood: Nostalgic
Listening to: Duet (with Hyene) – Benji
Playing: League of Legends
Craving: Ice Cream
Watching: B.I.G music videos

The sky is crystal clear in downtown Seattle today, it finally feels more like what the rest America would consider “Spring”. I wasn’t so hungry for lunch break so I decided to take a walk instead. I usually take walks around the market but today I decided to take a different route and walked south bound. I got to 2nd & Union and a nostalgic breeze gazed by me. I looked up saw the sign for the Seattle Symphony and it reminded me of the first time I watched a performance at Benaroya Hall. It was a Halloween theme concert called “Spooktacular“.

Let’s rewind back a little as to why this concert was so memorable to me. In my memory, junior high was an unpleasant time of my life. I was fresh off the boat and completely clueless about American culture. It didn’t help when I was also pretty slow at adjusting. Looking back at it again though, I was lucky enough to have friends who try to teach me the American ways and a few of them who actually accepted me for the way I am. When I was in 8th grade I discovered my love for Anime and Manga. At this time my core obsession was Yu-Gi-Oh GX. I would watch every episode that aired on cartoon network. Unfortunately, I was too poor to buy the physical cards so I would play on the PC with a GBA emulator. One day I saw a boy and his friend playing Yu-Gi-Oh in the Library. I got so excited I asked if I could watch them play. His friend agreed but the boy seemed a little skeptical, “do you even understand what’s going on?”. “hehe”, I chuckled and told him that I might not have a physical deck but I sure do know how to play. He tested me a little then finally agreed to let me watch them play.

Ever since my encounter with the boy and his friend in the library, I would stop by every day during lunch to watch them play Yu-Gi-Oh. One day right before lunch ended “here” the boy said while pulling a deck out of his pocket, “I made a fire deck“. “What?”, I responded confusingly. “Just hold on to it” he continued. I grabbed it and quickly ran to art class. At that moment I felt embarrassed but I was also filled with joy because I felt like he accepted me as a friend. My diffident self at the time could never imagine anyone, especially a boy, accepting me like that. Since then we would hangout not only during lunch but also after school. I always thought he was kinda odd because there are days where he would leave school early and some days where he would have to stay late before his parents came to pick him up.

On the weekend of my sister’s birthday that year, my aunt took me and my sister out to an orchestra concert titled “spooktacular” at Benaroya Hall. We sat at the very front row and enjoyed the performance. Mid way into the concert, the conductor introduced the soloist for the next song, “Benji Bae” he announced as a boy dressed in a Dracula outfit came up to the front of the stage. This boy had the same exact name and looked exactly the same as the boy I hang out with in the library. I thought I was hearing things but I checked the pamphlet over and over again and yep, that was him. I had NO idea he was that good at the violin.. heck, I didn’t even know he played at all. The next school day, I was pestering him about it, “Were you the soloist that dressed up as Dracula at the concert last night?” “Why didn’t you tell me you play the violin?”. “I don’t know what you’re talking about..” he denied all my claims. Til this day Is till don’t know why he kept denying that he was the soloist. He was the most amazing violinist I know that’s my age and it wasn’t something to be shy about. I guess he was shy? Now that I think about it, I should have known he plays the violin… I do recall him asking if I’m in orchestra.. also making comments about my violin.. and he also told me once that I put too much rosin on my bow. I even asked him once why he was in choir and not orchestra and his answer was “because orchestra sucks” .. Lol, well he aint wrong about that. Benji was always kinda sarcastic & mean towards me but we would still hangout together after school.  We would even do stupid things like singing the Yu-Gi-Oh GX theme song in the school courtyard because we were “.. chilling out with the crew in the school yard”… get it? LOL. I’m surprised that towards the end of 8th grade we hung out so much but I still didn’t know a thing about him personally. On the final band/orchestra/choir concert in 8th grade I gave him a high 5 for doing a good job on his choir and that was my last memory of interacting with Benji as a friend. When 9th grade started, he was nowhere to be found.

In high school, I heard rumors that the violin prodigy “Benji Bea” is here at our school district’s solo & ensemble. I followed everyone else to take peak of him. That day I found out that he’s still around, just at a different school. He grew tall, got rid of his glasses, got a nice hair cut and became very popular among his peers. The one thing that didn’t change was his mild goofiness. I was too shy to go up to him when I saw him that day, but my friends who knew that I was friends with him in Jr. high pushed me to. I only briefly greeted him before he was dragged away by his friends to the next event and that was the last time I ever saw Benji.

10 years later here I am sitting under a tree in front of Benaroya Hall wondering how Benji is doing. I looked him up on Facebook wondering if he’s still my friend on there but instead I found out that he’s in Korea debuted as an idol under the group B.I.G. I laughed to myself again because how ironic if it that the boy that I played Yu-Gi-Oh with in the library with managed to surprise me in the same manner again and again and again. It makes me wonder if he remembers anything about our Yu-Gi-Oh craze, it doesn’t really matter though. All I know is that without a doubt, Benji Bea was born to be a shining star on stage.

 


Finally Smooth Teeth!

HondaiMood: Valued
Listening to: Reol
Playing: NieR: Automata
Craving: Looking for Chai
Watching: Good Mythical Morning

I’m pretty sure everyone who’s had braces before in their life knows the joy of gliding your tongue along the front teeth and feel the smoothness. Well, when I got my braces off, it was smooth….kinda? You see, several months after removing my braces, I start to notice that my front teeth aren’t smooth. I still have something stuck on my tooth from the brace-face days. I figured out later that they were most likely residue from whatever was used to bond the braces to my teeth.

So the first thing I did was contacted my orthodontist about it but they refered me to my dentist. So I decided to go back to my dentist and told them about it, and all they did was clean my teeth and sent me home. I’ve told several dentists about the issue with my front teeth many times and nothing changes. It’s gotten to the point where I gave up on fixing it and convinced myself that it wasn’t a big deal since it’s not visible anyways.

Then a miracle happened. I had my first dentist appointment of the year yesterday. I was hesitant about going at first because it was May Day and I didn’t want to deal with the chaos that was going on downtown, but I went anyways. I arrived 15 minutes early, checked in and was called in to the back soon after. I saw on the chair and let the assistant do the usual cleaning. Then comes in my dentist, “Good job on brushing and flossing! No cavities, no problems” he said to me. “Do you have any questions or concerns about your teeth?” he added. I wanted to tell him “not really” and make my way home but then I was feeling extra today. So I told him straight up “actually… yeah I do, it’s been over 5 years since I got my braces off but I think I still have some cement or glue or something stuck on my front teeth from the braces“. He listened and went ahead and spent the extra 10 minutes removing it for me.

It sure feels nice being heard. Now I can finally enjoy having smooth front teeth. It wasn’t a big deal, really, but it made me really happy.