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D18/014 — My time in January 2018

Week 5, 2018
Turku, Finland

It is AMAZING,  today is already 4 of February!

This 4.2. is a beautiful Sunday in Turku, and before heading out, it is time to pragmatically review, my January 2018.

Fact:
– According to toggl I recorded 296:41:22 hrs worked.   How much is that per day?  well, if January had  23 working days, then by dividing 296/23 gives me 12.86 hrs a day.
– I was able to safe money. Yes I also register all my expenses.
– I reach milestones related to work (Ubium & UTU).
– Some details in the house were also achieved, e.g. paints are hanged.

Learned:

Life brings life. I knew this in advance, but I can confirm it now. Being surround by people who transmits life, one gets life. Energy is present, and I need / want this.

Learn to solve:  I like what I am doing, however I am not advancing. I need to focus because at the moment I am walking in circles.  I have an eternal question: what do I want?  which after my PhD defense has been harder to answer….. Now answer the question is not enough, one must take action too….. which brings me to the next challenge: Finalize what I start is challenging, and create new habits.

Much to do still!

— cais

D18/013 — Grandpas’ park

Week 2, 2018
Turku, Finland

Have you seen a park where focuses on elderly needs? for example, to practice how much time does it take them to cross the street. Well, we found this park, where one of the activities is to practice to cross 10m street. At the moment it was dark and cover by a thin layer of snow, but I will come back to the park so we can see it.

I can’t wait to bring my mom here!

The title of the information board says: “A dream place for elderly people”

— cais

D18/012 — New location of chocolates inside a supermarket

Week 2, 2018
Turku, Finland

We went for groceries today at Kupittaa K-City Market. We were inside the store for an eternity – this is literal –  because I came with the “crazy” idea, in situ, to try the dishes of store’s magazine. That would be material for another post.

What I want to share here as my discovery of today is: a new location to display / offer  sweets to the customers on this supermarket.

The sweets are now actually in-front of you when you pay. I have never seen this before, until today. I think this is getting really hard for those of us who want to reduce our sweets in take. The store cannot put those products closer to the shopper any longer. :O

Good thing I do not like those chocolates. Yes, I am a picky sweet eater. Still, I need to train my inner power for the day I am directly tempted with the chocolates that I like.

New location to display sweet on a supper market

— cais

D18/011 — Trees’ music on the bridge

Week 2, 2018
Turku, Finland

Today it was another full day, and in my attempt to be punctual for a meeting I walked a short cut through a bridge. Then, I discovered that the bridge’s Christmas decoration included sound.  :O   Later in the evening/night I filmed it, which by the way it turned out to be a very bad footage, but if I wait to go again, then I will not publish this so, let it be.  Honestly, I am not sure if the sound is actually spooky.  We could be interesting scary-playful games in here, without a doubt.

The video will give you a glimpse of my experience:

Here is the actual location of this bridge:

I need to research which one is the name of the bridge. At the moment, google indicates the name as “Teatterisilta” which literally traduces as “Theater’s bridge”.

— cais

D18/010 — New Games

Week 2, 2018
Turku, Finland

Since we moved to Turku we try to get involved with the game community. That involves developers and players.  There are different types of activities going on with the game community in here.  Frankly talking, from the possibilities we are aware of we had been more consistent with the monthly gathering of the  Turku Board Games Meetup.

So, be in the game board day was nothing new. However, I discovered two new games.

ROBO RALLY

It is an interesting game. The main goal is to achieve that your robot visit “X” number of specific spots in order. Each round we program the game. However unexpected situation can happen with other players or if we did not get the proper “cards” to program the game or if we forget that we are in the moving “band”, or if we do not calculate well.

Honestly I enjoy the game and surprisingly I won this first time I played. I feel honored because I know, at least one person on this round is a very good programmer. Thus, there are hopes on my programming thinking! 🙂

I would like to play this game with my family too. It might be interesting! 🙂

My first robo rally game.

LA COSA NOSTRA

As the robo rally, I confess that I like this game. I am not good on games of bluff. Also I dislike the competitive games where one has to “harm” or “attack” the other players.

In la cosa nostra the player has to attack others players and maybe needs some bluffing, however it does not feel wrong. It is actually really fun. One of its appealing is that the game, I attempt to say, involves strategy. Also chance is well balance here. All in all a very good game.

It took us a while to play this game in this evening, because 3 out of 4 of the  players (that includes me) were first timers for this game. Only one of us have played once before. And the game is strongly based on what the cards say.  So, it is beneficial to know the cards to build a good strategy.

For me this was a long day of activities, so by the 4th round of the game I was exhausted. Consequently I did several several poor decisions for my gangsters and, as you can imagine,  I lose the game. Nevertheless, I can say: I would like to play again!

Both of the game I discovered today are wroth to try them. I highly recommend them. Additionally, to those two, we also played Splendor (for the records, I also won the round, lucky me this evening). It was a very good game evening!

Side note: while looking for the the photos of the game, I discovered that “La Cosa Nostra” actually it was a really Sicilian Mafia…. wow! need to read more 🙂

See you in February!

— cais