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Line Games: Pokopang – The Moral Behind It

In Daily living, Random on October 31, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I’m down with flu and slight fever so I have nothing to do all day at home but lying on my bed trying to get as much rest as possible. Anyway, I keep playing this game, Pokopang, on my phone to kill time.

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This is a simple puzzle game where to draw line and join the same color blocks  (at least 3 blocks) to get it explode to attack the monsters. In order to get the higher score, you can upgrade your attack powers, get maximum of 3 helping animals to tackle the monsters and some tools to help me explode as much color block as you can.

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So anyway, when I am alone and bored, my unraveled mind starts to wonder. I got some insights about the moral behind this game! Yes, you got it right I can see some vague moral point from a game! That’s how random my mind can be apparently.

When you complete 1 short game, you’re collecting more and more cherries. You can use the cherries to buy helping animals, upgrade your attack power or buy some tools for you to use during the game. It got me thinking, you have to choose wisely!

1. Buying tools to help us get higher score

In this game, you can buy some tools like bomb (to explode all color block surrounds it), timer (extra time of course), rainbow painter (makes the same color blocks nicely line up), etc.

If you use your cherries to get tools to get help you get as much point as possible during the game. This is the same as in real life. You will try to get something to make your life easier, more convenient. In this game, it will cost you your cherries and sometimes until you don’t have enough cherries left to buy anything. In life, we also tend to spend our money for things we thought will be useful for us. But if we’re not careful we will end up “cherry-less“, spend all of our money. So we need to think wisely, when will will need to buy the tools to help us, which tools we need, which one most effective, and so on. And most importantly not to use up all the cherries we have.

And what I realised, sometimes even with the tools you’re not necessarily that higher score. You have to know exactly how to use the tools and when to use it. Or else, it’ll just cherries going down the drain.

2. Choosing helping animals

You can have maximum of 3 helping animals to help you tackle the monsters. You also using cherries you got to summon the helping animals. These animal carry their own attack power, and some of them has some additional powers like giving to extra bomb. So logically you will go for the animals that have highest attack power and as much as additional power as possible.

I summon almost all the animals available so it’s just a matter of which 3 of them I choose to help me during the game. Anyway, there’s this new animal for Halloween theme. It has the highest attack power compare to my existing animals, but this one don’t have additional power. But then I thought: “It has highest power though, it will give me higher score for sure if I use it!” So I changed 1 of the animal I used with this new one. I was playing for sometimes and then I realised I didn’t really get higher point! So maybe that additional power really important! So I changed back my animal with the previous one which has this additional power.

The moral of this is sometimes, it takes more than just strength, attack power. Sometimes you have to have something extra in your life. That additional power that will help you through.

3. One tool to get your friend’s animal to help you tackle the monster

In this game, there are friend points which you can use to buy a tool so that you can ask your friend’s animal to help you. The moral of this is rather straight forward, isn’t it? Sometimes, you need a helping hand. You can’t do it alone. You need someone to help you get through life, especially during hard times.

4. Lucky charm

Sometimes, during the game you get “Lucky”, it’s when suddenly your color blocks exploded and you got higher score, just like that. This applies in real life! Believe it or not, you need that little luck every once in a while. The unexpected but brings that happiness in you.

I think more than everything else, you have to have some strategy or moves in this games, choose which blocks to explode first so that you can get higher score.

So there you go! All you need is a little combination of strength, some things (or tools) that can make your life slightly better, a helping hand or friends, a little luck and of course your very own moves to know when do you need some tools, some helping hand, using your own strength or when you need a lucky charm.

I’m rambling…again!

I.J.G

The dark corner of my mind (7 of n)

In Unraveled on October 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I woke up and everything looks a bit strapping. Where am I?

This room is strangely familiar, but I know this is NOT my room.

I got up and suddenly the scene change. I was all dressed up and I am on a train.

Weird, I know from where I live there’s no train ride and not this kind of train I use now.

Someone’s tapping my shoulder, “Hey, you’re earlier today! Excited about the bonus challenge, huh?”

It’s Raven. I smile and said, “Yes, pretty much! It will be interesting, more than you could imagine!”

I’m smirking. Why in the world do I smirk about? Is there something I know about the challenge?

It’s too early to tell. But, apparently it’s gonna be another looooooong day.

I.J.G

9 memorable, manic moments of jealousy in literature

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2013 at 9:54 pm

When jealousy strike.

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“When we feel jealous, we tell ourselves a story. We tell ourselves a story about other people’s lives,” says Parul Sehgal[ted_talkteaser id=1852], an editor for The New York Times Book Review, in her TED Talk, a poetic meditation on an oft-resented emotion. “These stories make us feel terrible because they are designed to make us feel terrible. As the teller of the tale and the audience, we know just what details to include to dig that knife in. Jealousy makes us all amateur novelists.”

Indeed, jealousy turns us all into the weavers of emotionally grim tales. But as a life-long scholar of both jealousy and literature, I’d have to agree with Sehgal that the most jealous characters are often the most interesting. Here are my 9 most memorable moments in literature where characters act mad in the name of jealousy:

1. Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past

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Our imagination

In Daily living, Unraveled on October 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Our imagination loves to be filled with an object or to grasp at anything that is too big for it’s capacity. We are flung into a pleasing astonishment at such unbounded views and feel a delightful stillness and amazement in the soul at they apprehension of them

Quote by: Joseph Addison

I love this saying. Our imagination grasp at anything that is too big for it’s capacity. I agree! We have to dream big after all, right? In order to catch the stars, you have to try as much as you can to reach it. First thing first, believe that you will catch it someday. That will build that strong drive, a motivation, for you to keep going until you reach the destination, no matter how hard is the journey.

And once you get there, it will worth the effort. That delightful stillness of the soul.

I.J.G

Who am I…?

In Daily living, Random, Unraveled on October 25, 2013 at 9:56 am

The people close to me often said: “I know you too well that you will or will not do (something)”.

Somehow it got me thinking, how well can you know or understand someone?

Even the ones closest to you. Your parents, siblings, spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, or your best friends.

How do you get to know them well? From their habits, body language, the way they talk?

Well, maybe.

For me, I can’t say I know anyone well, even my closest ones for that matter.

Most of the time, I don’t understand why my mom still crying over the bastard.

I don’t understand why my sister so defensive when people ask her simple question about her day.

They always say I’m ignorance, that I don’t care with my surrounding, that I am more logical. That’s why I don’t understand why people feeling what they’re feeling.

I admit that I am thinking more logically rather than using my feeling first. It’s easier. Things actually makes sense.

But I do care, maybe to the extend that most people do, but I really do.

I don’t think that I need to explicitly express myself to them, just to show that I care.

I don’t understand why does it matter to me, anyway.

I guess before you try to understand others, you need to understand yourself first.

The thing  is, more often than not, I don’t even know myself.

I.J.G

Independent

In Daily living, Unraveled on October 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I don’t like depending on people.

Because people leave, all the time.

Because at the end of the day,

all you have is yourself.

And THAT has to be enough.

I.J.G

Little candle

In Daily living on October 20, 2013 at 1:24 am

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“… the world can give you these glimpses as well as fairy tales can–the smell of rain, the dazzle of sun on white clapboard with the shadows of ferns and wash on the line, the wildness of a winter storm when in the house the flame of a candle doesn’t even flicker.”

― Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

I.J.G

Love hurts

In Unraveled on October 20, 2013 at 12:30 am

Only teardrops
And this regret that I feel
You walked away in front of me
You broke your promises
To always be here
And with that you killed my heart

I don’t want to hear you weeping
And I don’t even want to touch you
Go, and never come back
I just want to be alone

All our memories and journey together
That you shattered right before my eyes
Is this my destiny?
Being loved just to get hurt?

I know you told me you still care
And deeply regretting all you’ve done
But I’m sorry, I can’t

Don’t come back
I’m better off without you

I.J.G

Ramble

In Random, Unraveled on October 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Do you ever have moments when you feel like you’re seconds from losing it?
I have. Big time.

I always feel caught up in this situation I can’t seem to get myself out of it. Believe my I’ve tried. But nothing really changes.

It making me frustrated, angry and all kinds of emotion I can’t even begin to describe one by one. I’m losing my mind, myself.

Ok, things do change. But then not the thing I hope for. So much for a wish come true, huh?

Change is inevitable. Nothing remains the same for long. We either adapt to change or we get left behind.

They say maybe I need to change instead. The way I see things, my point of view. But, everyone entitle for their own opinion right? Why am I being judge for my point of view?

I’m rambling.

I.J.G

Alone or lonely…?

In Daily living, Random on October 16, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I like drinking coffee alone and reading alone.
I like riding the bus alone and walking home alone.
It gives me the time to think and set my mind free.
I like eating alone and listening to music alone.
But when I see a family, father, mother and their kids together,
Or a couple, boyfriend with the girlfriend,
Or a friend laughing with her best friends,
I realise that even though I like being alone, I don’t fancy being lonely.

I.J.G