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Contributor page: David – HP

HP AvatarLOCATION: Philippines
NICHE: LEGO Super Heroes, LEGO polybags, LEGO video-games
WEBSITE: LivingWithBricks (so far I’ve been just reposting my articles from here)
CONTACT: email HP

Hello, I’m David, but I like people calling me HP. I have been a LEGO fan since I was 2-3 years old and I’m still very active in the hobby (I’m now 13). I did go through a period when I didn’t build with LEGO though, referred to by LEGO fans as the Dark Ages. Right now I participate in PhLUG, the only Philippine LEGO Users Group recognized by LEGO. 🙂

When I was 2-years-old my family temporarily moved to Japan. My older brother was a big LEGO fan, and the two of us would often go and look around Osaka for LEGO. My favorite LEGO set from this period was the #8876 LEGO Knights Kingdom II Scorpion Prison Cave. I also remember having plenty of the LEGO NBA sets, and even some of the older LEGO Adventurers sets.

#8876 LEGO Knights Kingdom Set

One thing I really liked in Japan was the LEGO scoop. There was this giant table at the LEGO store full of LEGO, and you would pay around 1000 yen (if I remember correctly) for a scoop. I don’t know if that was considered cheap or expensive, but I do remember getting a lot of LEGO elements from there that I still use today.

I was going to an international school at this time and they had LEGO in almost every room. This helped to fuel my passion for building with LEGO. Other kids would even fight with me as I would get the Darth Vader minifig every day before playtime and hide it in a cabinet. So when playtime came around I was the only one who knew where Vader was. 🙄

When I was around 6-years-old my family moved back to the Philippines. Thankfully, my parents brought all the LEGO with us. But being a LEGO fan here was harder than in Japan; prices are extravagant (usually 1.5-3 times more than the USA price). My craving for LEGO was only satisfied when my dad was able to pick some up while traveling out of the country. Due to these restrictions my Dark Ages began. Although my LEGO collection never left my room, I lost interest in playing with them. I thought it was time consuming and I had more important stuff to do. For two years I lost interest, and those two years I still regret.

But this is why I love theBrickBlogger. One day I searched online for LEGO – not exactly sure why – and ended up finding this blog. TBB put me back on the right track. I got enthusiastic about the LEGO hobby again, and pulled out my LEGO sets that have been collecting dust. I also started visiting other LEGO websites to keep up with LEGO news; Smashing-Bricks (which is now gone), FBTB, Brothers-Brick, Eurobricks, and Brickset.

I also thought to search for other LEGO fans in the Philippines. I found Philippine Bricksters, but since they had an age restriction and I couldn’t join, I got discouraged. Then, one day I saw this huge LEGO Christmas display in SM North Edsa (it’s a mall here), and realized that there must be lots of other LEGO fans around, so I continued searching for a local community I could join. Finally, earlier this year (May 2013) as I was scrolling through Facebook and randomly searched for “Philippines LEGO”, I found PhLUG. Right now this LEGO fan community has been contributing a lot to my hobby and I greatly enjoy it.

LEGO Users Group - Philippine LUG

I’ve been posting on theBrickBlogger for awhile now, and I hope to continue writing here in the future. Its a joy to see that the community likes and appreciates my contributions, so thanks everyone! Below is a list of a few more things about me (in random order):

  1. Fikko (another regular contributor here) and I have met in real life.
  2. I’ve been to LEGOLAND Malaysia twice now, one being a VIP trip.
  3. I know how to swim, but don’t really like to.
  4. I try to keep my LEGO collection as organized as possible (OCD much?).
  5. I’m member of my school’s robotics team.
  6. I really love the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy as well as the Back to the Future movies.
  7. I used to love reading, now not as much.
  8. I dislike the smell of taxis.
  9. As I lived in Japan, I love Japanese food – especially Takoyaki.
  10. I love computers and everything related to them, like programming.
  11. I’m part Chinese and know how to speak the language… 你好!
  12. I’m not proud of my hand writing; it looks like a 5-year-olds’.
  13. I used to be scared of heights, but not anymore.
  14. I’m allergic to those fluffy stuffed animals.
  15. I love to act.
  16. My brother wanted to name me Goliath – how ironic! 😀
  17. I like to whistle.
  18. At this point I’m running out of facts…
  19. I won our school pageant once by singing the Numa-Numa song (I did the funny version based on this video).
  20. I can get along with anyone, if I put my mind into it.
  21. When someone asks me what I want to be when I grow up, I always answer, “I’m not sure yet”.
  22. I used to speak Japanese, but Chinese has replaced it.
  23. I represented the Philippines in the LEGO Build Your World event in LEGOLAND Malaysia. This is where I met Fikko.
  24. I don’t have anything else to say anymore…

TBB Contributor - HP at LEGOLAND Malaysia

So that’s about all I can think of sharing about me. Want to know more? Feel free to ask and get in touch in the comments section below.  😉

HERE IS A LIST OF POSTS BY HP:

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

HP November 1, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Thanks Admin for this! Made my day! 😀

btw, i think you misspelled Philippine Bricksters to Philippe Bricksters 😛

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admin November 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Got it fixed. BTW, I took out a couple of dates as they seem to have been off. You mentioned you ran across TBB in 2009, but I didn’t start the website until mid-November of 2010, and I spent the first month just figuring out the tech side of things (I was brand new to blogging). I think I wrote like 2-3 posts in 2010 just to test out how to do it. I consider January 1st of 2011 the birth of TBB. That’s when I posted the LEGO magnet removal guide, which resulted in TBB’s traffic and subscribers taking off. 😉

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admin November 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Oh, also I meant to ask you; how did you get the name HP? 🙂

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HP November 1, 2013 at 11:02 AM

My memory might be really fuzzy. That’s what i recall though.

The name HP all started when my brother was playing Swords and Sandals something. I think it was a cheat or something to get you unlimited hp and mana? At that time, I was really hooked to this online game known as Club Penguin (I still dont know why…) where i used Hpier as my username. It sounded a bit wierd and off. I used it for a couple other social sites as it was pretty unique. I don’t really recall my first comment here in your blog (it would be nice if you could find it), i used a different email back then. I typed in Hpier for the name, but then I thought, people might laugh at it, so I removed the last 3 letters, and everything else is history. 🙂

Interesting note is that I don’t actually use HP anywhere else, except for a few exceptions, mainly because I’m not the only one who uses it, or its too short for a website’s system to allow. I use C0zmic now, but thought switching my name here, would be a little bit confusing, so I decided to stick to HP.

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admin November 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Interesting! There is always a fun story behind a name! I could look up your first comment, but I would need your previous email address (or at least the unique part of it), otherwise if I just type in HP in the admin dashboard search box for comments, I would get every single comment that somehow has HP in the username, email or comment. 🙄

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HP November 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

If i remember correctly it would either be david_underscore27 or brickinvestor

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HP November 2, 2013 at 8:30 AM

I think this link ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60og9gwKh1o ) would be better for the numa numa song, since this is the one i used in the school pageant. and how i made the entire school laugh.

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admin November 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Okay, I will add that. I think I will add both, as some people don’t know the original. 😉

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admin November 2, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Okay, using those your first comment would be June 4th, 2014, about how to become a contributor. You sent your first post in two days later. 😉

Funny thing is I found a comment under the brickinvestor email and HP user ID, saying that your name is Samuel. The plot thickens. 🙄

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HP November 2, 2013 at 9:07 PM

If you didn”t know, samuel is my second name = David Samuel 🙂 what’s interesting is June 4 was right after my birthday

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admin November 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I see! Your brother was right; David Samuel Goliath would have been a great name for you! :mrgreen:

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Fikko3107 November 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

You REALLY need to add a translation to 你好. I can read it, but mostly because I have rudimentary (and I mean veeeerrrrry rudimentary) skills in Chinese. You know, just a link like this:

https://translate.google.com/?pws=0&q=%E4%BD%A0%E5%A5%BD&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&sa=N&tab=wT

Otherwise, congrats. I will now tell you why I haven’t wrote the BYW article. One, my daily tests are starting (Yes, my school has an average of 4 tests per week.) and two, I plan to upload the pictures to my Flickr Account first, so people can see more pictures, but Flickr upload times have been very slow…

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Fikko3107 November 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I’m feeling rather shameful by now. I am practically fully Chinese, more-or-less, yet I could not speak the language. There’s a somewhat plausible excuse to this, which is far too long to explain and thus I’ll just post a few Wikipedia links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Indonesians
To simplify, there was a time that Chinese people was met with such hostility here, that the very act of speaking or teaching Chinese can be prosecuted as heresy. Yeah, it was pretty bad. It culminated into this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_1998_riots_of_Indonesia
Sure, that was a long time ago, but the butterfly effect is, My grandpa can’t teach my dad, and my dad can’t teach me. Something like that. Sure, I have Chinese lessons in school, but still…
Or maybe it’s just that I’m lazy.

Ignore all of the above, it is just me being lazy.

Nevertheless, do you know how embarrassing it is to walk around a Chinatown, have some Chinese guy come up to you and ramble in Chinese, only for you to apologize in English that you can’t speak the language?

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admin November 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Sad that even in this day and age, when we supposed to be so advanced, we still persecute people just because of the color of their skin and the language they speak. All languages are beautiful, with so many interesting and unique ways to express what we see and experience inside of us and in the world around us. Knowing more than one language really expands your mind and your perseption – it causes a certain shift that someone who only speaks one language cannot understand; you realise that our perseption is not absolute, nor is the way we express it. This in turn results in a more open mind, more tolerance towards others, and also curiosity towards learning new ways to see and experience the world. Which brings us hope for a more peaceful co-existence…

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admin November 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM

I was reading somewhere that actually all scientific discoveries are nothing more than a shift in perception by someone keeping an open mind. Electricity was always there – it was the shift of perception of one person to discover how to utilize it. The ability to fly was always there, but it took us some time to first of all even believe that we can do it. And our planet was always round, but it took many people getting killed as heretics for suggesting that – which resulted of humanity being stuck in the dark ages for quite some time… and we are still there in regards to many topics and possibilities…

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HP November 1, 2013 at 9:51 PM

對不起, 大家都會錯。

4 tests a week doesn’t seem that bad. Our school usually has 4 tests a day! -_- I just hope it could be done before the year ends. Could you link me to your flickr account?

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Fikko3107 November 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Brain…Fuzzy…Don’t…get…Chinese words….

Anyways, Flickr… Here you go:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/101629943@N05/
Though there isn’t much to see at the moment…

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Fikko3107 November 3, 2013 at 3:56 AM

By the way HP, how did you type in Chinese? I tried to download the Windows Chinese Language Pack, but it backfired when Windows detected that I was using a counterfeit Windows…

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HP November 3, 2013 at 4:47 AM

I usually use an iPad to type in Chinese, but if you know the pin yin for chinese words, go to google translate, and click chinese,and there would be an input method youcould choose from there. Then simply copy paste 😀

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~EliteBrick~ November 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Greetings, HP nice to meet you I’m EliteBrick… Yeah, Yeah ditch the fancy stuff. I live in North America and I’m almost a TFOL next August 😀 and I’ll be a contributer when Admin posts my #75016 Spider Droid reveiw. I’ll be going to Legoland florida this December 😀

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HP November 1, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Hi. I always thought you were from Hong Kong (no offense) . Its always good to hear that there will be another contributor added to the list. 🙂 Going to the happiest place one earth eh? Don’t forget to enjoy it.

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~EliteBrick~ November 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Yeah, I don’t think I could live in Hong Kong cause I do not like fish! 😛 Yup, can’t wait for the Pick. A. Brick wall so excited and Star Wars miniland! I also sort my LEGO. I have abot 25 diffrent color bins and a tire bin. and my name is also David. 😀

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HP November 2, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Another David??? Let me express myself the way girls do: “OMGGGGGGGGGG!” 😛

Why are Davids so good in everything? 😉

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~EliteBrick~ November 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Cause we Awesome! 😛 Just wondering what’s your religion. I was thinking it might be Christian cause the David and Goliath refrence. If so me too!

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HP November 2, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Yup, i’m a Christian and proud 😀

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legodud19 November 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Ah, nice to hear that from both of you. TBB seems to be pretty full of us. 😀 🙂

Spread the light baby.

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legodude19 November 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

woops, my name is NOT legodud19. 😛 legodude19 is the correct name. 😀

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~EliteBrick~ November 6, 2013 at 8:32 PM

High 5 Bro. 😀

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~EliteBrick~ November 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Sup LegoDud LOL 😀

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Meneldur November 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Nice to meet you HP! I’m a Christian too. I love to whistle. Sometimes at my job I drive my coworkers nuts though.

Fikko3107 December 8, 2013 at 3:53 AM

That’s…slightly stereotyping. Hong Kong have more than fish. I don’t really like fish either, but if you’re good with Chinese Food, you’re good with Hong Kong. Besides, Hong Kong is one of the best places in Asia to buy LEGO, in fact, I should persuade my parents to go on a trip to Hong Kong again…

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~EliteBrick~ November 2, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Is something wrong with my ICON

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~EliteBrick~ November 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Crud, Again

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~EliteBrick~ November 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Yes

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~EliteBrick~ November 2, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Admin, can you delete all those comments thanks.

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Chi-bacca November 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Probably a bit late but welcome! 😀 I’m no longer the newbie round here (no offense 😉 )

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HP November 7, 2013 at 7:48 AM

I wouldn’t consider myself a newbie either just late to get a contributors page, since my first post here was on June, 2012 😉

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Chi-bacca November 8, 2013 at 4:05 AM

Oh 😳 I didn’t know that, I came in about this time last year so missed that one. Sorry LOL

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HP November 8, 2013 at 7:50 AM

No worries. 😉

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LK2 December 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Can you program? I just read through this post and came to that bit :P. I’m an expereienced in HTML and CSS, intermediate in JS and pretty bad in everything thing else (I know ONE line of code in C++! :D)

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Fikko3107 January 2, 2014 at 3:14 AM

I’m learned in HTML and CSS, though I’ve mostly forgotten that. I am, however, quite OK with C++, though I’m currently stumped about how to make a prime number logic program…

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) February 9, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Knight’s Kingdoms was a great theme…I had Vladek’s Dark Fortress 🙂

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