I finished Rise of the Tomb Raider with a 55% accomplishment rate, meaning I missed a lot of things. When I tried Starcraft II, I was too slow to move past third mission... I am not, by any Wikipedia definition, a gamer but I am very entertained by the idea of playing e-games and enjoy watching multi-player games. Dating a guy who can’t get enough of DOTA 2 does that to you.
I also learned that this whole gaming thing is really big and it’s only going to get bigger. Now if you’re dating or thinking of dating someone who’s into DOTA, you have got to get yourself a little bit acquainted to the game. Why? Because there’s no avoiding it. They will talk about it, they will rave about it, they will argue about it, they might even dream about it.
I was fortunate to see ESL Manila in April 23 & 24 at the Mall of Asia Arena. I was told many times that it is a very big DOTA event where qualified and invited teams from all over the world compete for a USD250,000 cash prize (about PhP11.6 million). It is the first competition that ESL hosted in South East Asia, so yeah, be proud of that (*cough* economic growth *cough*). What I have here are things I learned from the event that you or your non-DOTA playing partner should know:
1. Objective. Two teams try to kill the opponent as many times as possible and smack the hell out of the towers in their corresponding main base by playing through their characters’ skills. It’s like agawan base but you have to kill and destroy on the way. The green team assigned to the sunlit part of the world is called “Radiant”, the red team on the darker side is “Dire”. Don’t call them Green Team and Red Team and don’t even try saying good and bad teams.
About two months ago, we made a sudden decision to visit Baguio overnight. This time, we went back with friends for a planned trip to welcome the summer. We went to the usual suspects: Pizza Volante, Vizco's Strawberry shortcake, Baguio Craft Brewery, Lourdes Grotto, Cafe by the Ruins, BenCab Museum, Camp John Hay, Mines View, Good Shepherd, O'Mai Khan, and 50's Diner. A safe, fun for all, deliciously-filled trip to the country's summer capital.
The beauty of freelancing is I have control of when to work and how much work to do in a day. The downside is that my days are scheduled by the hour so slacking off is not an option. That's why I'm more than happy to tag along whenever he effortlessly comes up with spontaneous road trips that change-up our dates and give us a much needed R&R together.
Starting the year in Baguio
It would have been a regular to-the-mall Saturday afternoon, but instead I brought with me a backpack full of necessities and we're off to the 90's Summer capital of the Philippines. In five hours, we discovered new music in Spotify, ogled at the landscape and views, mobile booked to Newtown Plaza Hotel (thank you Agoda!), and were in the cold plateau by the time evening struck.
First agenda: dinner. Baguio is known for its collection of dining destinations and we're willing prisoners to many of them. Our first choice, always, is Pizza Volante where we automatically order shrimp pizza, carbonara, strawberry shake, milk shake. Here's proof that it is our ultimate favorite.
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