Everyday NhanSense – Day 120

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Everyday NhanSense: Each 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 120’s Topic: Cooking.
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I don’t know where I would be without cooking.

I am no cooking prodigy by any means. In some aspects, one wonders why someone like me would be so fascinated by this particular world.

But here I am. Mesmerized by all means.

I love cooking. It’s a hobby. A passion.

My salvation.

“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction

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Everyday NhanSense – Day 85

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Everyday NhanSense: Each 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 85’s Topic: Card games.
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I make it a point to tell people that I LOVE card games.

They are one of my favorite types of games out there. For a nerdy guy with social anxiety, card games at least force me to open up. In fact, I find myself being able to hold all kinds of conversations with great competence when a card game is in action.

Below is my deck I use in Magic: The Gathering, which is the activity I try to participate in during Friday evenings. I’m a wild one, don’t you think? Ha, just kidding. I couldn’t care less what others think of my Friday hobby. It’s what I enjoy doing.

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I love this deck. It’s a home-brew version built over time that oozes my personality. I call it “Here Comes the Bloom” for my favorite cards in the deck: Eidolon of Blossoms.

Anyway, this deck has won me some tournaments at my local card shop. It’s an inconsistent deck in nature, relying on drawing more cards than my opponent to develop significant card advantage, eventually setting up a board where I overwhelm my way toward victory.

My deck gets hit hard by variance due to being a combo deck in design. I can have nights where my deck can stomp the competition, and then I get those nights where the deck putters and underperforms.

Last Friday, though, I won the whole shebang and a whole lot of store credit as the prize. Continue reading

Everyday NhanSense – Day 49

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Everyday NhanSense: Each 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 49’s Topic: Laughing things off.
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Do you want to know who I think are the happiest people on this planet?

The ones who can laugh off things like it’s no big deal.

Tonight after my card game tournament, I experienced this kind of feeling for the first time in a long while. I did utterly terrible in terms of performance. I dropped near the bottom of the rankings and managed to eek out a victory in the end to avoid the goose egg of “0” wins.

And you know what? I am not mad, sad or anything negative. Quite the opposite, really.

In a sense, I am happy, relieved even, that I managed to brush off losing so hard. Yeah, I could make excuses that I lost because I wasn’t on my game today or it was because I altered my deck as an experiment, which I did, but that all doesn’t matter.

I had fun regardless. This is something I wish I could apply more to daily life, and then I would be such a happier camper with less of the stress and drama to bog me down.

If you were to come across the old me from just a few years back, I probably would have rushed home after the tournament to mope that I lost so badly, but instead I stayed a few extra hours and had a lot of conversations with others. Heck, I even bartered with a few people for some good card trades to help improve my deck.

This is something, by the way, that a shy person like myself has a hard time. I asked politely and traded with confidence. I even ended the trades with a handshake and a thank you.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 21


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Everyday NhanSense: Each 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 21’s Topic: Card games.
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One of my favorite types of games out there is easily any card game. There is something intricate about cards that I just enjoy. A good card game gets my mind thinking from all kinds of angles, especially when deep and intricate strategies go beyond just the text on the cards.

The first card game I really got into was Yu-Gi-Oh! all the way back in middle school. I played the card game with my little brothers and friends. The game boomed in popularity for a few years, lingering into the end of my freshman year of high school before the fad died down (for the time, anyway.)
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Needless to say, I’ll admit I was one of those dorky kids who liked playing some matches with other random kids in the library during lunch break. Yeah, I was one of those people during freshman year of high school. Big surprise, right?

For an overly shy guy like myself with severe social anxiety, card games did not force, but more like, they encouraged me to be sociable. The person who would clam up under normal circumstances suddenly became a lot more vocal and confident when it came to slamming cards down onto the table with confidence.

But as the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game started to fade away in its local player base around my area, I had to store my cards away for years and years. It wasn’t until just a year and a half ago, give or take, that I started to pick up the hobby again in the form of Magic: The Gathering. It’s the world’s most popular card game in the world for a reason, after all.
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Daily NhanSense – Day 13


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 13’s Topic: Baking.


Apologies for the halfhearted posts as of late. I have just been really sick all week, and thus it’s more difficult to post when you feel like you’re dying from the inside out.

But I am slowly healing, and I should return to normal relatively soon.

In the meantime, here is a picture of a piece of white chocolate blondie that I baked and topped with vanilla ice cream.

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I kid you not that I may have found a knack in baking, assuming I practice enough and expand my repertoire.

 “Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction

Daily NhanSense – Day 11


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 11’s Topic: Thoughts.


I am someone who tends to have a wandering mind, one constantly on the go with thoughts racing in and out.

I always work on various “projects” throughout the week, but I think it is about time I accelerated my efforts to bring them to fruition. It can be tough at times due to how the sense of “willpower” is in fact finite, and you have to replenish this willpower when it becomes depleted.

I wish I could have endless willpower, and then I would probably have a million things finished by now. Nonetheless, I am still human, and as a human I can only do so much.

This doesn’t mean, however, that I cannot put in an extra bit of effort on my part to squeeze out even a little more productivity.

“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction


Daily NhanSense – Day 10


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 10’s Topic: Music.


“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction