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[Member Intro] New member from Singapore

time4d

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Greetings!

I am time4d, a world-renowned professional speedcuber an overaged speedcuber-wannabe from Singapore.

Short intro
A little info about my journey… I picked up a Rubik’s cube at age 17 (in those days, I think the world record was more than 10 secs). Back then, I was only solving it with a sub-beginner’s method (not even the full beginner’s method). It helped me tide over a difficult season in life. After high school, I dropped cubing. I got back into cubing at 26 years old after watching some speedcubing videos. However, this stint was short-lived and I dropped cubing again. I somehow picked up cubing again in July 2019, and this time decided to go into actual speedcubing. When I first started timing, I was averaging 2-4 mins per solve. I set a final goal of sub-20 sec for 3x3.

I currently know 15 OLLs and 11 PLLs. Learning progress has been quite slow. Recognition/reaction time has been unsatisfactory so far.

Records (roughly 4 months of speedcubing)
Pb single: 24.86 sec. (Gan 354M)
Pb ao5: 29.72 sec. (Gan 354M)

Cube inventory
Moyu LingPo 2x2 (or is it a WeiPo?)
Rubik’s 3x3
YJ Guanlong, Moyu Aolong v2, Dayan Zhanchi 42mm (all 3 given away)
MFJS 35mm keychain
MFJS Magnetised, set-up 40mm keychain
MFJS RS3M
Gan 354M
Rubik’s 4x4
Rubik’s 5x5

Want to buy

Custom or coated, magnetised, set-up 3x3s, Square-1s, clock (don't mind used ones too)


Reason for signing up
I’m really too old to be actively involved in speedcubing events or forums. Being located in this part of the world has enabled me to get authentic brand-name speedcubes (stock) cheaply, quickly and directly from China. However, the local community is small and I feel I’m too old to mix in. Good online shops like The Cubicle and SpeedCubeShop are far away and charge expensive shipping. Being isolated from everyone, it has not been possible to “test out” cubes to see what types I prefer. I also don’t know much about lubing or setting up. Therefore, I have been unable to discover my cubing style or preferred setup.

Instead of buying many new cubes that I don’t even know if I would like, I was hoping to pick up some of the custom used cubes from the buy and sell forum to get an idea of what really is suitable for my style.

I know so little about speedcubing that for now I’ll probably be using this forum as a learning platform rather than a contributing one.

Future plans
I have always wanted to be highly ranked or set some kind of record in something, but I’m afraid this will not be possible given age limitations (my brain is only going to get slower, not faster). I’ll never be great in 3x3, so I’m just going to see how far I can go without losing interest. I thought about learning 4x4 Yau method, but decided to ditch it as it’s quite a competitive category. I’m currently interested in Clock and Square-1 but not sure if it is worth my (limited) time and effort to learn.

Time-wise, I’m a working adult and I travel fairly often so I can’t afford hours of practice a day. For the moment I try to do around 15-40 solves each night.

Here is the list of Singapore national records. Perhaps you could advise me which category you think is easiest to be really good at without having to devote my entire life to it.

I do not know how long I will remain interested in speedcubing, but for now I am enjoying myself.

Conclusion
Nice to meet all of you. Feel free to ask or clarify anything!
 

xyzzy

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Welcome to the forums!

Here is the list of Singapore national records. Perhaps you could advise me which category you think is easiest to be really good at without having to devote my entire life to it.
Almost everything is crazy hard if you want to get the actual record and not just be second place. I see mentions elsewhere that clock is an "easy" event to get fast at, and the current NR average is "only" ranked 72 worldwide, but I also know very little about clock in general so take that with a pinch of salt. If you're aiming for just top 5 locally, I'd say FMC is the easiest (it's an unpopular event), followed by feet (but this may no longer be an event by next year's national championship), 4BLD and 5BLD, then clock.

All that said, I think that if you're going into speedcubing with the mindset of trying to set records, it's probably not going to work out very well—you'd be competing against kids who can get in 15-20 hours of practice weekly. I guess I find it more satisfying when I break PBs at home, especially since that happens way more often than setting official records of any sort.
 
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PetrusQuber

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Welcome! It is hard to get into the top section of cubers , or set a record, but if you work at it, it is possible! How fast are you averaging (not PBs) and how old are you? There are a decent amount of older cubers at comps, and you can even see an Older cubers discussion thread :). Don’t feel discouraged about anything, and I’m sure you can get sub 20 (I have the eventual goal of sub 8).
 
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time4d

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All that said, I think that if you're going into speedcubing with the mindset of trying to set records, it's probably not going to work out very well—you'd be competing against kids who can get in 15-20 hours of practice weekly. I guess I find it more satisfying when I break PBs at home, especially since that happens way more often than setting official records of any sort.
I think you may be right. A better way to put it would be that I have always been a competitive person. The truth is that I will probably not set any kind of speedcubing record. However, there may be other kinds of records that I might have a chance at, for instance solving the most cubes underwater, since I used to train in static apnea. Most likely I would just lapse into default lazy mode though.

Welcome! It is hard to get into the top section of cubers , or set a record, but if you work at it, it is possible! How fast are you averaging (not PBs) and how old are you? There are a decent amount of older cubers at comps, and you can even see an Older cubers discussion thread :). Don’t feel discouraged about anything, and I’m sure you can get sub 20 (I have the eventual goal of sub 8).
My latest ao200 is 35.58 sec, and I'm 30 this year.
 

cuber314159

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Welcome, Chinese sites aren't bad, especially if you live near there I assume, and you don't need custom cubes, they are pretty good out of the box, I would certainly suggest getting a good 4x4 and 5x5 (aosu WRM and valk 5) and then if you want to learn Yau or just do what I do and be good at big cubes without any of that then go ahead.
 

guysensei1

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Hey, I'm from Singapore too, and while I'm not 30 yet, I'm probably in the higher end of ages for cubers (which isnt that high in the grand scheme of things)

Honestly I've just been doing mainly Fewest Moves these days as I feel like I can't really improve in speedsolving events anymore.

Perhaps you'll find FMC interesting?
 

Genesis

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Hey, I’m from Singapore as well, former NR holder

We have a telegram group for cubing stuff locally, as well as a semi regular weekly meetup thing going on

Link to join:https://t.me/joinchat/HOjFLBYoSqiPxapBOi8W1w

As for which NR might be easy? Probably nothing aside from clock, no one is practicing that as far as I know
But with a lot of kids having the luxury of time to practice hours daily, good luck competing with them

If you really just want to brag about being top X at some something in Sg, maybe go for an event not many people have results in

that being said, it’s a toy, have fun with it, chasing after rankings will only make it miserable
 
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