Another Disappointing Moment in Ingress

Not again.

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Source: Screenshot using my Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime

 

It should have been an Onyx Guardian portal badge already but a Resistance Ingress player demolished that goal of mine. Three days is all I need to achieve my first ever Onyx Ingress badge but it was all gone. Another five months or one hundred fifty days of controlling a portal consecutively.

Five months of waiting again and looking for a perfect Guardian Portal. Guardian portals are really elusive and very hard to maintain in Ingress. Even with a very good tactical gameplay, once a Resistance is monitoring your gameplay, it is really anfractuous.

Ingress Achievements 2017 – Silver Engineer

Another late post about my Ingress badge achievements.

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Source: Screenshot using my Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime

This is another late update about my Ingress gameplay. I received the Silver Engineer badge in Ingress last 30 August 2017, the day I turned thirty-eight.

I was not able to monitor my gameplay during the time I got this badge since I was not able to capture or make a screenshot of the pop-up every time a new badge level was achieved while playing Ingress.

Silver Engineer badge is attained as soon as the Ingress player was able to deploy 1,500 mods while upgrading hacked or captured portals. This is not an easy feat to achieve since the Ingress gamer can only deploy a maximum of two mods per portal gained. If there are no more slots, the Ingress player needs to find another portal with vacant mod slots.

A Very Disappointing Moment in Ingress

240 Days of portal hacking lost with wasted efforts.

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Screenshot from my Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime mobile phone

This was written on 4 October 2017 at 23:56 PM, the day I received my graduation photos from Laguna.

I was shocked to see that my current hacking streak was back to ZERO. It was really grueling to see that it was reset to zero. This is the second time that it happened and it was a sad moment. I thought it was just a glitched and I even hacked three portals near our place just to see if there was a glitch, but, to no avail. It was really reset to ZERO.

All the efforts wasted in just a blink of an eye and in a split second. I do not know what happened. I do not want to think about it any more. I immediately researched if other Ingress players had an experience similar to this issue and it is really a happening, a moment of wasted time and efforts in hacking. In my case, I braved the storms and even when I was sick with influenza which was the worst flu I had experience, I still managed to hack. I did my best to hack since the portals are only near us which is almost 330 metres far from our abode.

I will have to do it again for the third time and hopefully the last time of continuous portal hacking. This Sojourner Ingress badge is really the hardest to achieve aside from the Guardian Portal Ingress badge. It’s a continuous effort of portal hacking for 360 days to achieve the Onyx Sojourner Ingress badge while the Onyx Guardian Portal Ingress badge is achievable after 150 days of maintaining a portal with your own deployed resonators.

Ingress Achievements 2017 – Platinum Guardian

My second platinum badge in Ingress, the hard-earned Guardian Platinum badge.

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Source: Screenshot using Lenovo A5000

This is my late update about my Ingress gameplay. This is my second platinum badge in Ingress which is really tough to achieve since a player must capture a portal by deploying a resonator of preferred strength and then maintain its stronghold for a number of days. In this case, ninety days for the fourth level which is the Platinum badge.

It was good enough that I was able to maintain it for ninety days since it is really hard to find a portal that will withstand constant farming by being hacked every now and then. An Ingress player must find a good portal strategically located which will be seldom or most probably, not visited by any common player.

I was fortunate to find portals inside the resting grounds of mortals and was able to maintain it every day by constantly recharging which also adds to the total number of Action Points or AP. Now, since the day I got my Platinum Guardian badge, I only need to maintain its stronghold for sixty more days or two months to receive my first ever Onyx badge in Ingress. I already have thirty days left as of this writing and hopefully, a rival player will not detect it as my GP or Guardian Portal.

 

Treadmill Running Because of Typhoons

Treadmill running is a good habit in maintaining physical fitness when you cannot run outside your home.

 

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Source: Photo of our old, slightly damaged treadmill in a small area. Photo taken using my Lenovo A5000.

 

This is also a post reminding everyone to be alert for the bad weather conditions since typhoons are normal during these months especially here in the Philippines but these past few days, typhoons are happening in other countries with unexpected places getting flooded already because of the power of nature.

Due to typhoons, runners find ways to continue their training so as not to disrupt their schedules. As a runner, I find treadmill running to be the best alternative in case weather conditions are bad. Instead of letting the treadmill here collect clouds of dust and left to be broken, I might as well use it. The treadmill here is actually an old one with the timer and distance tracker already messed up. Instead of relying on it, I used my cell phone in tracking time.

In order to not get bored while treadmill running, I usually watch the news which usually lasts for 20 to 30 minutes before advertisements are shown. Another method that I do is to pray the Rosary by playing an audio mobile app.  This Holy Rosary mobile app is the one that I use. I also watch YouTube videos that would last for 30 to 45 minutes by searching for workout songs that motivate me to run more. Treadmill running is a good habit in maintaining physical fitness when you cannot run outside your home.

On a side note, I posted here typhoon names used by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA which is the government agency tasked with providing protection from natural calamities by using scientific methods to safeguard the safety and well-being of Filipinos.

THE PHILIPPINE TROPICAL CYCLONE NAMES – 2009 to 2024

I II III IV
2009 2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015 2016
2017 2018 2019 2020
2021 2022 2023 2024
Auring Agaton Amang Ambo
Bising Basyang Betty Butchoy
Crising Caloy Chedeng Carina
Dante Domeng Dodong Dindo
Emong Ester Egay Enteng
Fabian Florita Falcon Ferdie
Gorio Gardo* Goring Gener
Huaning Henry Hanna Helen
Isang Inday Ineng Igme
Jolina Josie* Jenny Julian
Kiko Karding Kabayan Karen
Lannie Luis Lando Lawin
Maring Maymay* Marilyn Marce
Nando Neneng Nonoy Nina
Odette Ompong Onyok Ofel
Paolo Paeng Perla Pepito
Quedan Queenie Quiel Quinta
Ramil Rosita* Ramon Rolly
Salome Samuel* Sarah Siony
Tino Tomas Tisoy Tonyo
Urduja Usman Ursula Ulysses
Vinta Venus Viring Vicky
Wilma Waldo Weng Warren
Yasmin Yayang Yoyoy Yoyong
Zoraida Zeny Zigzag Zosimo
Auxilliary List
Alamid Agila Abe Alakdan
Bruno Bagwis Berto Baldo
Conching Chito Charo Clara
Dolor Diego Dado Dencio
Ernie Elena Estoy Estong
Florante Felino Felion Felipe
Gerardo Gunding Gening Gardo
Hernan Harriet Herman Heling
Isko Indang Irma Ismael
Jerome Jessa Jaime Julio

* – Replaced Name(s) Effective February 2015: Gardo for Glenda, Josie for Jose, Maymay for Mario, Rosita for Ruby, and Samuel for Seniang.

We have 4 categories of storm signals, namely
  1. Public Storm Warning Signal # 1 – Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.
  2. Public Storm Warning Signal # 2 – Winds of greater than 60 kph and up to 100 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.
  3. Public Storm Warning Signal # 3 – Winds of greater than 100 kph up to 185 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.
  4. Public Storm Warning Signal # 4 – Very strong winds of more than 185 kph may be expected in at least 12 hours.

A tropical cyclone is “a non-frontal, synoptic-scale cyclone developing over tropical and sub-tropical waters at any level and having a definitely organized circulation” and are termed as:

  • Hurricanes in the regions of North Atlantic, Eastern North Pacific, and South Pacific Ocean;
  • Cyclones in the regions of bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, and Western South Indian Ocean;
  • Willy-willy in the eastern part of the Southern Indian Ocean; and
  • Typhoons in the regions of Western North Pacific Ocean which include the Philippines

Also, for reference purposes, the classification of tropical cyclones according to the strength of the associated winds as adopted by PAGASA as of 01 May 2015 are posted below which is a quoted post from PAGASA website.

  • TROPICAL DEPRESSION (TD) – a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of up to 61 kilometers per hour (kph) or less than 33 nautical miles per hour (knots) .
  • TROPICAL STORM (TS) – a tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed of 62 to 88 kph or 34 – 47 knots.
  • SEVERE TROPICAL STORM (STS), a tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed of 89 to 117 kph or 48 – 63 knots.
  • TYPHOON (TY) – a tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed of 118 to 220 kph or 64 – 120 knots.
  • SUPER TYPHOON (STY), a tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed exceeding 220 kph or more than 120 knots.
If you want to get updated with the Philippine weather, you can download this mobile app developed by DOST for PAGASA or you can also try downloading the mobile app, Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) of the University of the Philippines and check their UP-NOAH website.
Source:
http://www.the12list.com/p/the-philippine-tropical-cyclone-names.html

Ingress Achievements 2017 – Silver Connector

I never noticed that I already have another silver badge which is the Connector Silver badge in Ingress.

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Source: Screenshot using Lenovo A5000

I was not able to monitor my game play today. I did not noticed that I already have a silver connector badge in Ingress. I was able to achieved 1,002 links already. I only noticed the badge when I logged in at home already.

Ingress Silver Connector Badge is the second level badge an agent received upon creating 1,000 links. An Ingress agent connects portals by linking them in order to create fields which has points also as well as control mind units. Linking portals is the preliminary step before an agent can create a field. Hence, linking portals is also a way to disrupt an enemy agent’s plan of creating fields since a link cannot cross an existing link. Linking is not also possible when the specific portals are inside a field. An agent needs to wait for the field to be destroyed or the agent may destroy the field if he or she can.

Ingress Achievements 2017 – Platinum Sojourner

I got my first platinum badge in Ingress which is the Sojourner Platinum badge.

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Source: Screenshot using Lenovo A5000

This is another personal achievement for my Ingress gameplay. This is my first Platinum badge for my Ingress game and I was supposed to get this Platinum Ingress badge months ago but unfortunate events forced me to stopped hacking for two days and so my Sojourner counting of days was reset.

It returned back to zero again after I missed two days of hacking. My sojourner statistics stopped counting. I really regret not playing for those two days. It was such a waste of time and effort of 120 days or 4 months of continuous hacking just to get a Sojourner badge which is, I think or guess, is the easiest badge to get especially since three portals are very near in our house. It was only 335 metres away based on the Navigation feature of the game scanner and getting to those three (3) portals are just equivalent to a few minutes of walking and standing. It is a good form of short exercise, too. Anyway, I guess it was destiny that played during that time and now I was able to achieved my first ever Platinum Ingress badge. Even though I had my worst flu ever in the past week, I still was able to hack with one hacking activity done by my wife. I did not want to waste the efforts and just throw away the experience during those hacking days. Tomorrow, I will continue hacking again and it will be another one hundred eighty (180) more days to achieve an Onyx Sojourner Ingress badge but I try my best not to stop hacking and hopefully by January next year, 2018, I will be able to achieve my first ever Onyx badge.

Each Ingress badge have five (5) different tiers, except Founder and event badges and they are as follows:

  • Bronze (lowest)
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Onyx/Black (highest)

Sources:

http://decodeingress.me/ingress-manual/badges/