Tips for reading faster

Brain’s been feeling a little dull lately. Too much FFXI and 5-6 hours of sleep a day.

Here’s some reading tips I learned about the other day from reading this book. Supposedly increases your reading speed. Works well for me but I still need more practice.

1) Concentration. Well… It’s a basic requirement.

2) Read with your eyes. Don’t read and pronounce every single word. Your brain can actually work fast but if you try to pronounce every word, you’re slowing yourself down. They call this subvocalization.

3) Read every word right the first time so you don’t have to read the same word twice to re-confirm. This is also where concentration plays an important role.

Let me know if it works for you. [:D]

Chains of Promathia

I have in front of me right now, the latest Final Fantasy XI expansion, CHAINS OF PROMATHIA!!

At a special pre-order price of $50. [XD]

Where did all my savings go?

Received my 12th paycheck. Meaning I’ve worked for a year already. Time flies
especially when I enjoy what I do at work. [XD]

By right, I should have at least $1000 or more of savings in my bank account.
But what I have left is an amount less than $50 every month. What’s new in my
room is a stack of Newtype USA
magazines, more manga, audio CDs and some figurines in my
closet, a powerful Athlon64 machine
and a comfortable chair. Mental note to do an inventory check and see how much
I’ve spent on my interests over the past year.

If only I had my own room, I would’ve bought some shelves, big table and a
sofa. If I had higher pay, I might consider installing an air-conditioner in my
room. It all boils down to money. Something I’m trying not to focus my life

I might get a discman this month. It’s old but should be cheap. Audio quality
definitely beats MP3 players. My MD player can no longer record, a new MD player
costs $499, a good discman should be a lot less than $100. Recommendations

Senoko Fishing Port

Just went on an educational visit to the above mentioned place. It’s where a lot of fishermen come and place their catch for sale.

We reached at 1.30am, a group of 5, shopping for some meat for tomorrow’s birthday bbq. At this time, the fishermen were coming in one by one bringing in baskets and huge boxes of fresh fish and crabs. I had a chance to look at all kinds of fish. There were even weird yellow striped and huge snails.

By 2am, most of the stalls have their catch organized and ready to sell. Before the sellers from the market come in, we went around and bought kilos of baby stingrays, prawns and crayfish. Everything costs $107 including $2 for half a huge packet of ice. It’s nice to know they sell so much ice at $4 and 7-11 sells you a small fraction of that huge packet at $4. Then again, the ice we bought at the fish port are probably not healthy for consumption.

It is darn cheap I say. Buying straight from them fishermen.