It’s only few hours to 2018. Almost unconsciously, year 2017 will pass us by. And as the year passes by, it’s my tradition for the past 5 years, to recap the year by writing my Annual Golf Review.
As in previous year, I set my own target to play at least 40 rounds this year. I hope by playing more golf rounds, I will be more consistent on my golf game (utopian concept in golf, I know), and thus lower my score and handicap.
No such luck. I just played 31 rounds this year. This is 9 rounds short of my target, and even 5 rounds less than last year. But despite of less golf rounds, I managed to lower my Handicap from 10.8 last year to 9.2 this year. How come? Let me give you the breakdown of my golf game stats in 2017:
My friend Iman is kind enough to lend me his Nintendow Switch today, so I can play around with it, and see if this breakthrough device would be on my wishlist. Here are my first impressions, after playing with it for few hours today:
The device is well built. The Joycon (the controllers which can be detached from the main unit for two players game) are surprisingly playable. Tried to play FIFA 18 two player mode for few minutes. While we still need to learn how to pass and dribble the ball properly, but the great idea and concept is definitely can be executed. Would be a great buddy activity when you’re hanging out.
The screen is big and gorgeous. Colours look bright and pop. The resolution is sharp and it can rivals the at least Full HD graphic quality in console — at much smaller device of course.
The device does have strong processor. It can run games smoothly. ‘Zelda-Breath of the Wild’ looks absolutely amazing. FIFA 18 almost mimic its counterpart in PS4/XBOX, played really smooth and the control is responsive. Super Mario Kart and Odyssey render its colorful worlds and high paced actions flawlessly. Honestly, much better than I expected.
I tried to play during traffic, when commuting to home. Playing Mario Kart for less than 30 minutes, my hand was cramped. The device is much bigger than smartphone, and considering the intense style of play Mario Kart is, perhaps I exerted my fingers and thumbs a bit too much. As result, I stopped playing with cramp.
Oh my poor old eyes. I wore my glasses first time because of playing my Sony PSP back then day in day out. As result I got this cylindrical eyes. When I played FIFA 18 and Mario Kart, honestly I couldn’t stand to be intensenly looking at the screen. And playing in moving car didn’t help either. I felt like throwing up. Sigh.
The current game catalog honestly is not really my cup of tea. Yes, Super Mario Odyssey is a perfect 10/10 in many gaming sites. And Zelda in this platform garnered many compliments and surely would win many accolades, but both are not my kind of game, apparently. I’m more to sports, first person shooter, or drivng games fan. And Switch currently don’t have many of these titles. So, aside of FIFA 18 and Mario Karts, I’m not sure I would like to spend my precious free time playing those games.
So there you go, my first impression of this magnificent device. Yeah, obviously I haven’t explored much of the device and its features and functionalities, but honestly, judging from my experience so far and above reasons, I don’t think Nintendo Switch is for me. The mobile-desktop combo is cool idea, and I think Nintendo nailed it with Switch. But for now, I would rather to properly sit on my couch, hold comfy DualShock controller and gaze into my big 4K TV to play proper games. Yea, something like GT Sports or Uncharted 4 🙂
Or it’s probably because I’m too old already.
As when I arrived at home and invited Rafif to try the Switch, he is really impressed with Switch and immediately roam the open world of Zelda.
I saw friends posted about their personal best on 10K run, their epic cycling ride, or their yoga stunts. So, this time, let me share one of highlights from my golf round this morning: Birdie on Hole 7 on Pangkalan Jati golf course.
So what’s so special about it?
Well, as golfer, even for the pros, birdie is always special, as it means you shot better than “Par”, which is the target. But what made this birdie even more special, was because it helped me to post my best score in Pangkalan Jati, and finally break 80 in this course.
The way of doing it was also nice. Started from a good drive down the middle of fairway, I followed up with a flush hybrid shot (tagged as 5I on the GameGolf map). And what a way to close out the hole, by putting the ball into the hole on its very last roll. Cue my scream of excitement. Haha.
Suddenly this morning I had the urge to ride my vespa, and looking for wide place to practice my drone flying skills. Then I remember Richard, my friend, who just repainted his Vespa, and I believe he was falling in love again with his scooter.
So I texted him to see if he thought if it was a good idea.
Well, great minds think alike, within minutes Richard already arrived at my house. Unfortunately, my Vespa’s battery was dead, so I couldn’t start it on (jarang dipake siih). But it’s ok, at least we took pictures together with our scooters:
Under heavy tutelage from my brother, Oyi, I and Rafif was finally able to fly our drone for the very first time. Feeling cagey and awkward on the controller, and felt bit of scared for crashing our drone at the first flight, Alhamdulillah it was a non-eventful flight.
Taking off from our complex’s swimming pool area, we managed to make ‘Pelican’ (that’s the call sign of our Mavic anyway, taking name from Halo’s famous drop ship) hover, and fly around the complex. Here are the first pictures and videos from Pelican… and hopefully ones from many to come!
After sometime curb my desire to own a drone, finally my gadget geek beat my (financial) sanity. I bought myself a drone, the brilliant DJI Mavic which I considered for quite sometime. Especially after saw it in person, when my brother Oyi, who has established himself as professional drone photographer, showed me his very own Mavic (racuuuun!) 😅😅
So I’ll charge the remote and batteries, and see what I can do with this thing, especially for our upcoming family holiday. Yeay!
Remember the ‘China Kw’ Apple Wireless Keyboard I posted few days ago? Well finally I ordered from Tokopedia and it arrived last night to replace mine which was suddenly broken.
As you can see from my face, I’m happy with my purchase ☺️
Yes, the finishing and material are inferior to those Apple original. Yes, the keys feel a bit harder to type. And yes there’s a bit of latency when you type repeatedly. But hey, it works absolutely fine, and how can I complain for paying bluetooth keyboard for IDR165,000? (10% price of the original!) 😆