Christmas part 1

This year on the 23 Dec I had  lunch with my dad, aunt and sisters,  It is really nice to have your family surrounding you and to catch up with each other.  In this day and time it's difficult to find the time due to all our busy schedules and responsibilities.

Lunch at Goodwood Park Hotel was great I had scallops for the appetiser, pork steak for the main course and Baked apple with ice cream for desert. I didn't take many photos of the food as I was preoccupied chatting merrily away with my family.    

But we did take a bunch of lovely family photos together .... The staff there were really nice to assist us in snapping a bunch of pics.





















On Christmas eve dear and I went for the mid night mass, the church was packed. I am really glad that my heart was filled with assurance and love by god that evening.  Sometimes in life things can get so messed up that I forget there is always god to turn to. ..

I haven't had the inspiration or energy to blog much lately as there is so much going on in my life right now, will continue to write more on christmas when my I am in a better mood. 

   




Delicious food at ikea

Say Swedish meatballs and one place always comes to mind, the one and only IKEA, not only is it an awesome place to get well designed affordable furniture it is also an awesome place to dine.

Recently dear, his nephew and I went to dine at Ikea, we had the Christmas platter, chicken wings smoked salmon, beef steak and the famous delicious meatballs that I am a sucker for.


In all we spent about $30, really worth it for a sumptuous meal.



If you do have the time do pop down to Ikea to give their Christmas Platter a try, it is really worth the cost.
set 1: Poached Salmon with Chive Sauce, Mini Log cake and Bottle of Sparkling Juice.
set 2: Roast Turkey Breast, Virginia Ham, Baby Potato, Baby Carrot, Triangle Roll, Meatball Sauce and mini Butter.

                                         

Although the cafe is always crowded being able to bask in the christmassy ambiance more then makes up for it.The lighting are just so beautiful, making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.



After dinner we browsed around the store, I just love looking at the displays, imagine what my future home would look like.All the displays had a nice christmas twist to it, making me feel like just poping in to have a mini party haha.





Shortly after we went to Giant which was just across the road, there we bought dear's nephew a remote control car for his upcoming birthday. The kid picked it himself and was overjoyed with his new toy. It only cost $10 ! Goodness back when I was a kid I had a limited choice to choose from and toys were much more expensive then they are now.
                                       
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Am glad dear and I brought a smile to the kiddo's face :) He chose a convertible because he wanted to give the miniature panda's a ride , Haha...

As Christmas is a time for giving and sharing Ikea has some charitable events and campaigns going on such as the soft toy for education campaign. For every soft toy or children's book sold €1 will go to raising money and awareness of how childhood education can break the cycle of poverty.

and on 2 Dec they had the Soft Toy Christmas Tree Auction at IKEA Alexandra proceeds going to the Singapore Children’s Society. 

I am glad to see that Ikea is very active in playing a part in social responsibility and is not only driven by making profits.I just hope that more companies would follow in  their footsteps.

It is said that it is more blessed to give then to receive perhaps this christmas instead of hoping for more presents we could spare a thought for those who are less fortunate then us.

My love hate affair with Sim Social

Ah ... Sim Social ....

But first a little history on the sims...

When I was in primary 6 my elder sis brought home this game called The Sims and I instantly fell in love with it. It was a hit world wide as well, like come on who wouldn't like building your dream home and decorating it as well as controlling a person to do what ever you please with him or her.




I would spent hours each day playing this game running my sims's life, taking snap shots with the camera mode and writing mini stories about them... I even saved up to buy all the expansion, in these expansions came  new furniture, functions and event, it was a treat each time I got one.

Then came The Sims 2, at first I withheld buying the series as I amused that it would roughly be the same old stuff and functions as the first batch.  Well in the end I gave in to my curiosity and bought the sims 2,  I was hooked... the graphics were awesome and now they even added in a life cycle, in the previous version your sims never grew old and a child sim would stay as one forever.



A couple of years later came The sims 3, I bought the first instalment and stopped there because I felt that it was ridiculous buying the same game and concept all over again. Yes there are many new functions and the graphics were great but will this sim cycle never end ?

Years later EA launched sim social on Facebook, ah finally a sim game I can play without spending money ... Wrong, I started playing for a while and hated the fact that you needed energy and most of the items needed sim cash.  Well game firms need to make money in order to survive I guess so can we blame them?

I stopped for a couple of months as there wasn't much I could do in the game server months later I went back to playing as I was bored.  To my surprise there were many improvements, such as the time you waited for energy was shorten and there was plenty more furniture to choose from and most importantly the game doesn't crash as often as when it was first launched.

  
 


There are still a couple of things that I dislike in the game like the short amount of time given to complete each quest and most of the stuff has to be made from scratch by gathering items to craft it. The easy way out is to buy sim cash to purchase those items you needed but spending real money on a virtual game? Well I have to admit that I gave in a couple of times but in the long run, I don't really like spending hard earned money on sometime so frivolous and what if they shut the game down one day just like Restaurant city wouldn't all your "investments" go down the drain?

Restaurant City2

Well in the name of fun, I continue to play this game to pass time.  I chose to add more friends to my account to obtain the crafting materials inst4ead of buying sim cash, I have also  made some friends during this process as we helped each other through each quest or level that we wanted to attain. On the downside some people feel that it's an invasion of their privacy adding strangers. So far I guess I have been lucky, no weird stalkers or anything...

All in all, I still love this game, yes it pisses me off at times but the amount of joy and satisfaction of completing each quest out weights the cons of this game.      

Well that's my thoughts on Sim Social, Love it or hate it I believe it is here to stay for a long time ... So keep up the good work EA Team ...