Farm Town courtesies

Indeed Farm Town is the talk of the Facebook Town. More and more people got hooked up with this application. As many people become fanatics, you get to meet many farm town neighbors and buddies which may hire you for a harvest or plowing  job and vice versa. Though Farm town is just a computer application game, the following are recommended courtesies to ensure happy and healthy Farm Town relationship between your neighbors and buddies:

1. Returning the favor- If you are hired to harvest a crops or trees or are being sent gifts by generous neighbors or buddies, it is just proper to return the favor– that is sending gifts or giving them the opportunity to be hired for harvest or plowing job by you. Of course, you are not obligated to do so but if you are kind enough to return a favor, surely these neighbors and buddies will be delighted to be given the opportunity to earn coins or XP or even receive some daily gifts from you.

2. Do not flame or hurl invectives to fellow farmers- I noticed many people in the market place are asking for jobs in the effort to get some coins and XP. Maybe the manner they are asking someone to hire them is irritating to some which may sound as begging that is why many users also try to give unkind words or name-calling to fellow Farm Town users which is not a good attitude. The Market place is the place to sell crops, find a job or hire someone. If you feel someone is quite irritating on their style of asking job then I think the most proper way is just to keep quiet and just do what you are supposed to do in the marketplace that is– either sell your crops, find a job or hire someone. Flaming another person maybe easy for some since you are not seen personally anyway and it is just a virtual world but let us keep in mind the main purpose of our being into Farm Town is for Entertainment.

3. Saying thank you- There are many occasions wherein after hiring someone either in the Marketplace or from the neighbor or buddy list, after finishing the job- the “Lucky” person just jump out of the farm without the courtesy of even thanking the one who hired them considering he/she was considered for the job despite many people could be in his/her shoes. Of course, earning coins and XP are just virtual thing and cannot be deposited in the bank or cannot be put in one’s resume but saying thank you is free anyway and do not require much effort so it is but proper to say Thank you whenever you can.

Just like in the real world, the virtual world should be played by us real human beings with courtesy.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

This morning me and 2 of my friends watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in Siam Paragon IMAX Theatre. This was actually a special screening conducted by some Thai-Japanese companies to help some disabled people. Proceeds of the ticket sales will be donated to charity so actually it served 2 purpose for us moviegoers..that is to be entertained and to help those in need.

The IMAX Theatre of Siam Paragon is very impressive with very wide and high screen not to mention it is very spacious. Since I had anticipated the movie version of this Harry Potter book for the longest time, watching it in an IMAX Theatre made my excitement double.

The only discomfort is actually wearing face mask the whole time while in the movie house. At the entrace of the cinema they distributed face masks together with 3D glasses for the protection of the moviegoing public which is appreciated since they also keep the health safety of their moviegoers.

The movie started with Harry in the muggle world but was fetched by Professor Dumbledore before the Hogwarts Headmaster went to persuade Professor Slughorn to be the potions teacher in Hogwarts and eventually become Harry’s Teacher. It turned out Professor Slughorn is a key character that could unravel some secrets to the past life of Tom Riddle a.k.a. Lord Voldemort during his brief stint as a student of Hogwarts.

This installment of the Harry Potter series has many long conversations and less of the excellent visual effects we expect from a Harry Potter movie. However, it is not boring because it also has some touch of budding romance between Hermione and Ron (who at first seems infatuated with another Hogwarts student-Lavander Brown) and Ginny Weasley-Harry Potter. Moreover, I was really looking forward to the scene when Harry and Professor Dumbledore had to go to a cave to destroy a hidden horcrux created by Voldemort since in the book, JK Rowling successfully described the place to be very dark, eerie and full of evil enchantments and mysteries. One scene showed the many Gollum-like creatures (from Lord of the Rings)  are trying to pull Harry at the bottom of the lake. Fortunately, Professor Dumbledore rescued Harry with a spell that made his wand spew huge flames to destroy the creatures. He was like Moses when part of the water of the lake was parted into half, only it was parted with Fire.

The scene where Dumbledore was killed by Professor Snape with an Avada Kedavra spell and he dropped to the ground from the tower at Hogwarts is not as dramatic as I had expected although I noticed many people are really glued to the screen and never said a thing nor moved so maybe many of them were surprised of this development especially if they have not read the book before.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince movie is a few notch less exciting than the book version which is quite acceptable considering they have to squeeze a lengthy book into a 2.5 hour movie. Moreover, the book is a very good prequel to the finale of this uber popular series. Maybe another thing that made it less thrilling is it has more teen romance than the expected wizardry magic.

Ultimately, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is worthy of your time and money and its worth the wait for 2 years to see anothe Harry Potter movie.  So if you have not seen the movie, better troop to the nearest cinema soon. Just make sure you bring your own face mask just for your protection.

What if a day has more than 24 hours?

Last night on the way home after going to the gym, a thought suddenly popped out in my mind..it was already about 10PM, a bit late but I still have many things to do. I’ve not had my dinner yet, have to do my laundry, have to open Facebook, harvest and plant in my Farm Town and check e-mail and do some more work at home..geez, if I had to do all of those, I will end up staying awake maybe until 2 or 3 am which is definitely not good for my health. And so i thought…what if our day has more than 24 hours? Wow, we can do so much more..we will be more productive…i suppose.

So just for the sake of discussion, what will be the benefits if one full day has more than 24 hours? Say 30 or 36 hours in one day or getting extra 12 hours in one day?

1.) We’ll have more time to work..this means less backlog since we have more time to complete our tasks. We can serve more clients so it also means incremental business for companies.  If this is the case, maybe a normal working hour would be 12 hours per day instead of 8 hours only. Many of us work 12 hours per day anyway due to overtime works, etc.  So should not be a major problem.

2.) More time to do recreational or relaxing activities. – After work since we have some more time to spare, we can accommodate some more activities like extending gym time, more hours to sleep, going to the mall, eating, watching movies, etc.

3.) More Family time- Since we are too tied up with work or other activities especially with the very short day, we tend to have less time to talk or do activities together with our family or loved ones. Having extended hours in a day, we can have more bonding moments with our family and loved ones.

4.) Since we have more time to do other stuff during weekdays, we will have no excuse not to go to Sunday Mass or do our Spiritual obligations. I hear a lot of people say they cannot go to church on Sunday because it’s their only rest day and its the only time they can sleep longer, spend time with the spouse or kids, etc.

It seems life will be a little closer to being perfect with the above scenarios being achieved right? But come to think of it, if indeed our day is more than 24 hours, there might be a possibility of the following:

1.) If working time is not only 8 hours a day but longer, then there will definitely be more time for meetings, more time to serve customers which equates to more back office works, and more time to pressure and be pressured by the daunting tasks ahead.

2.) Since there is more time to spend in a day, people may just ignore the importance of time because they have many time to spare anyway in doing other things. This would mean the world may go on a slower pace than normal and many relax time..

3.) Longer time would mean longer hours spent in the office  (for those working) and more time in school (for those who are still studying). Because of these, kids will still be busy, Dads will still have less time at home and Mom’s will be more bored at home and the waiting time for the Mom to wait for the Husband and the kids to come home will be longer. With this, interaction with Family and Loved Ones will still be similar to the current rate that we have.

4.) Since people will be busy with Jobs, extended recreational activities and the like, People will again have the unacceptable reason not to go to Church or serve spiritual responsibilities.

5.) Since the day is longer, our body may be affected by long hours of working and aging process may come sooner than we can expect since the days are longer. Normal 24 hours per day is actually 8, 760 hours in 1 year. If it will be 36 hours per day, in a year’s time it is already 13, 140 hours  which is way way higher than the normal so if hours accumulate, an average 25 yrs old person can have a biological age of 28.

So after carefully evaluating, extending hours in a day is not the solution to our time problem. The solution is time management. If we are able to manage our time well, then we can do all we need to do in a day’s time. If our time is really hectic and not enough to cover all our activities, the key is to spend our time wisely and spend it well. Spending time well means giving quality time to our loved ones, following our obligations well and improving our work so we don’t need to spend longer time doing it.

Truly God puts equilibrium in everything he created. As for me, I now see the 24 Hours of my day must be spent wisely so that the thought of extending hours in a day to 36 hours will not enter into my mind again.

Signs of being a Farm Town Addict

I had a post earlier where I confessed being a Farm Town Addict. Farm Town as many of us know is the very popular Facebook App wherein you get to build your own farm, plant and harvest fruits and crops and meet and make new friends.

As the fanatics of Farm Town grows day by day, many are saying this is just a fad and the Farm Town fever will die down eventually, perhaps  in a month or two. Well of course there are many peaks and valleys but as they say, savor it while it lasts.

Anyway,  thinking further–in every addiction there are manifestations..some show peculiar behavior while some are playing it cool but their lifestyle is gradually changing. The important point is for us fanatics to know when to stop once we realized we’re too hooked up. If it is doing us more harm than good then there should be no other choice but to drop this hobby like a hot potato.

So you may ask me, what are the signs of being a Farm Town Addict? Let me enumerate as best as I can..this is considering my personal experience and that of my friends and virtual neighbors:

1.) Sleeping late at night and waking up early- By criteria, waking up early is a good sign since we do not have to rush to the office and can relax a little bit or exercise. But Sleeping late at night because one has to plow and plant his/her field or harvest his/her or somebody else’s crops then waking up early in the morning for fear of their crops going to waste because it was not harvested in time is the most common sign of Farm Town Addiction. This manifestation is normally true for neophyte farmers because mostly they are only able to plant grapes seeds which is ready to be harvested in 4 hours time. With such short span of time, you cannot afford to sleep lengthy otherwise, your crops will be dried (like raisins) if not harvested the soonest. As your Farm Town level reaches up, you can plant crops which takes between 1-4 days to harvest. Then it’s alright to sleep longer.

2.) Skip going out of the house or if it is inevitable to go out, stay out for only few hours- I remembered few weeks ago during the early days of my discovery of Farm Town, me and some friends who are into this application, while waiting for the movie to start in about 1.5 hours we remembered our Crops which may be ready to harvest at that time. We were so worried that we are thinking of renting a computer in the mall so that we can harvest our crops before the movie started.

3.) Have many new Facebook friends from all over the world- If you notice some friends who’s friends list is increasing day by day and seem like the United Nations because of various nationalities though you think these people are not know to your friend personally, chances are it is because of Farm Town. For someone to be your Farm Town neighbor, they have to be in your friends list. If they are not, then they cannot hire you often and vice versa unless you are buddies. However, buddies have limited access to your farm so most people prefer to be a neighbor rather than a buddy. So in order for someone to be your neighbor, you have to add them in your friend’s list.

4.) Hearing conversations like:

“I am saving to buy a Mansion”
“I have no more money I just buy a big lot”
” Pls. give me an Apple or a Coconut Tree”
“I got booted out”

One of my friend told me that while they were in the lift sharing such conversations, some ladies are listening to them and are laughing silently. Seems they are also into Farm Town and share the same sentiments.

If you know some more tell-tale signs of Farm Town addiction, please send me a message so I can add to this list. Only downside of having many Farm Town fanatics is that the connection to this application is very slow these days. It takes more than 5 minutes to load a big farm which before is less than 30 sec.

So calling the makers of Farm Town, please upgrade your server for all the Farmer’s enjoyment.