2009… Frequent chest pains due to work related stress and getting hooked to games on Facebook (farmville and cafe world) prompted me to set up my blog site. In my point of view, blogging is a good way to vent out as well as inspire people. 🙂 It is a form of diversion that yields to a more productive result. It’s a lot better than playing online games. 😀
I used blog2print to turn my blog into a book. Editing and proofreading took months! From 2010-2013, I have written over 200 posts and compiled it all into two blog books that have over 200 pages in each book. 🙂 Isn’t that amazing? Whoa! I felt like I won the lottery! I gave the first copy to my family in the Philippines and printed another copy for myself.
Several friends expressed their interest in getting a copy too; however, the printing cost is super expensive. -_- I’m still looking for a more affordable printing company. Please give me a shout (email@example.com) if you know someone… :p
Third blog book is in progress… No candy crush for me! 🙂 See you later… alligator! 🙂
Playing “screen” games is not my cup of tea, whether it’s a gameboy, brick game, computer game, Nintendo DS, family computer, etc… The reason? My eyes can’t stand looking at the screen while playing. It turns bloody red and a bit painful!
I’m more into games that interacts with REAL people like basketball, volleyball, badminton, sigking badu*, sigking aparador*, chinese garter*, patintero*, langit lupa*, tumbang preso*, pinoy henyo*, you name it. Hmmm… I did play virtual game like Farmville and Cafe World for a few months but I eventually stopped. (Click here to read related blog entry – Fv or FT?)
Moving forward… my handsome nephew, James, seemed tired of playing alone so he kept sending me feelers that he wanted to give me free Wii and Xbox lessons. Isn’t he adorable? After his consistent subtle bugging, I finally gave in. He first taught me how to play Super Mario and other kiddie stuff games using Wii…. I surely did poorly.
He obliged when I mentioned that I prefer playing sports and he picked table tennis and bowling. Surprisingly, I won the table tennis match and three (3) point short to winning the bowling tournament. Ha!
James doesn’t like losing and he eventually shifted to his game of expertise. Darn! O_O Although, he was extremely happy when he beats me from one game to the other, he still comforted because I pretended to be so sad whenever I lose. He is truly a charmer!
I was completely awed with Xbox! It’s like swimming without water, doing skateboard without being scared of falling and getting a bruise afterwards, and so on and so forth. It’s like doing the real thing in a safer method. Pardon my naivety. -_-
It’s funny because James was acting like a grown up when he was teaching me how to play Xbox. His favorite lines? “Tita (Tagalog term for Aunt), just do what I say. When I say jump, you jump. When I say swim, you swim.” O_O I pretended to do the wrong thing and the he would say, “Tita, what are you doing? Follow me okay?”… It’s hilarious! 😀
Whether Wii or Xbox, James and I surely had a blast and formed a strong bond.
I was in the midst of consolidating all my articles and working out on the structure of my site when I started playing farmville and farmtown. In a week or so, I dropped farmtown because it’s too tedious and I don’t like the graphics. I continued playing farmville (FV) though (see FV or FT article).
Another game on Facebook that caught my attention was cafe world (CW). It’s interesting because you get to set up (which includes building and renovating the cafe) and manage your own virtual “cafe”. It helps people think on strategies on how to balance things like increasing the profit at the same time providing good customer service.
FV and CW are fun and educational because it provides an avenue for people who don’t have a business to learn the ropes and have a feel on what it’s like to run a business. Inspite of that, I decided to stop playing FV and CW because I realized I’ve been spending more time in the virtual world than in the real world.
For those who managed to balance both worlds, I salute you! Aja!
I signed up in Facebook last year (2009) and it took me about a week to contemplate if I will play Farmville (FV) or Farmtown (FT). My friends were addicted to it and I don’t want to get hooked. However, due to undying curiosity (www.thecuriousme.com really fits me ey?) I finally gave in. As suggested by Rein, my friend based in Canada, I chose FV.
For the first week, I kept on ploughing and planting on my six (6) plots. One suggested that I need to increase my neighbors and earn more coins inorder to gain more plots. While some were convincing me to do Farmtown instead.
During the weekend, I seek Rein’s advice in increasing plots when I chance upon her in the Yahoo Messenger (YM). She instructed me to use the “plow” tool and patiently walked me through Farmville. The tips she gave me helped my plots grow and my money was more than enough to buy seeds.
Organizing plots was also one of the hindrance that I’ve encountered because apparently it can’t be moved, it needs to be deleted. I wasted few coins because once you delete a plot, the coins you spent to buy the plot will not be returned to you and you will need to pay again the new plot.
Rein was laughing at me because I was really determined to increase my plots, level and earnings. She was quite surprised because in just few hours, I managed to jump from Level 5 to Level 8. It’s quite a feat for a newbie huh?
I did try FT but it’s not as user friendly as FV. The plants looked nice but the set up was more troublesome than FV. FV is a stress reliever but I opted to quit. It’s addictive. I want to focus my time with other things more productive.
I wonder when this FV and FT will craze end. A year or two from now perhaps?