28 February 2014

Hidden Object Games

(Ed: It's quite possible where is a name for what I am actually into, and it's a sub-genre, HOPA: Hidden Object Puzzle Adventures)

People who know me that read that will be thinking "uh-oh... another type of game she's obsessed with?!" It's not an obsession yet. My first love is still Time Management Games (more on that here).

I stumbled on to playing hidden object games from Big Fish (where I get my other games) - I believe it was a one hour trial, or beta testing (they sometimes email members to ask us to play/test out a game. This is usually just an hour or so sample, with a small survery to fill out at the end).

I've usually avoided hidden object games as they don't seem fun at all... I guess just like any other game, it's about finding the right ones for you - and about being in the right mood to play them. And as far as these games go, it's about finding one that also includes an adventure. For me, hidden object games take a little more thinking power than time management games.

What am I talking about? Hidden Object games are a genre of puzzle video games in which the player must find items from a list that are hidden within a picture. That's usually where the genre lost me - staring at a picture and clicking on the screen (or tapping if you are using touch-screen).

It turns out many of these games have other elements too - yes, there will always be finding objects in a picture, but then there's navigating different scenes, discovering items that often need to be put together in order to complete a task (e.g. I just played one where a task involved finding a gas container, a lighter, a kettle, and snow - using them altogether, I heated the snow in the kettle on gas burner in the kitchen, then used the boiling water to melt frost off a door handle - all to open a door!).

You can use hints, or even skip tasks that are annoying you in some cases (and depending on the level of game play you have selected).

Most of the games centre around a mystery of some sort, with the player finding clues/objects. I gravitate towards the creepier mysteries (haunted houses, witches, curses, vampires, bring it on!!).

Since I've started my foray into these games, I've had one real miss - the game itself is beautiful, and the concept itself is right up my alley.... but the game was completely about finding objects in a picture (I should've tried before I bought!). FYI, the game was: Mystery Legends: Sleepy Hollow.

Games I've played/reviewed (click the link to open the review):

01. Witches Legacy: The Charleston Curse
02. True Fear: Forsaken Souls Collector's Edition
03. Shadow Wolf Mystery Games (Curse of the Full Moon, Bane of the Family, and Cursed Wedding)
04. Mystery of the Ancients: Three Guardians
05. Dark Parables: Jack and the Sky Kingdom
06. Dark Dimensions: City of Fog
07. Dark Dimensions: City of Ash
08. Dark Dimensions: Wax Beauty
09. Dark Dimensions: Somber Song 
10. Sable Maze Games (Norwich Cave and Sullivan River)
11. Grim Tales: Bloody Mary
12. Dark Parables: The Rise of the Snow Queen
13. House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets
14. House of 1000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster Collector's Edition
15. Fright Collector's Edition
16. Coming Soon!

My Wish-List, updated April 2015: Taken Souls - Blood Ritual Platinum EditionFrankenstein - Master of DeathRedemption Cemetery - Curse of the RavenBeyond the Invisible - EveningThe Emptiness,

Time Management Games: Campgrounds: The Endorus Expedition

Yes, I looove time management games. Time Management games are games in which you perform a series of tasks or processes as quickly as possible e.g. manage/cook/serve at a restaurant, stock/run a supermarket, babysit, manage a hotel, build/decorate houses. When I finish a TMG I love, I Google trying to find more like it. Also, when I say 'finish', I mean get the gold/expert score on every single level!

Today's game is...

... Campgrounds: The Endorus Expedition

With a priceless artifact as your guide, you and Addie lead an expedition of stalwart explorers through long forgotten lands. These explorers are relying on you to create campsites for them to stay safe and warm as they brave the unknown. Relive the artifact's tale of an ancient civilization as they travelled to sandy beaches, through dense jungles, over high mountains and deep into mysterious caves. Encounter quirky characters, discover hidden treasures and rebuild ancient structures. Can you find what lies at the end of the artifact's tale? Find out in Campgrounds: The Endorus Expedition, a new and exciting Time Management game!

This is the second in the Campgrounds games. The really enjoyed playing the first one, and was excited to this sequel for download! Lots of fun challenges in the Endorus Expedition - I did miss the eco-friendly part of the first game as I thought that was a really nice twist and a unique element to Campgrounds (e.g. do you choose to shoot an animal, which takes less time and man-power, or do you scare it away...). That said, this was still a solid time management game. I really hope they keep going with the series :)

Download a free one hour trial here

Here is a list of all the Time Management Games I have played/reviewed, or, click the blogger tag below to load all the posts on Time Management Games! See my profile/reviews at Big Fish games here.

25 February 2014

What Diet?

OK, so it's been a while since I posted about 'the D word'... and honestly, I've been slack. I've not been consistent with watching my diet or with exercise.

And this might sound strange/contradictory, but it hurt when a friend said she was worried about me re: diet and exercise. I don't want people to lie to me and say I look good or whatever..., and being worried about implies caring..., but I wanted to yell "fuck you!!!".

I could've lied and said that I like the way I am and I am happy and... more lies...

I guess it hurt, because it's the truth - if anyone should be on a diet, it's me. I know this. I struggle with this.

At the same time I refuse to make myself miserable with yo-yo dieting and ridiculous restrictions that are impossible to keep up.

Annnnd I am sick of being the unhappy fat person that is uphappy about being fat but does nothing.

I was actually prompted to write today after reading this in stuff.co.nz:

I am on the journey of losing weight because if I don't I'll end up with diabetes - a place I don't want to be. So with shear guts, determination and setting goals that are achievable, I've started my journey.

I have a great GP who is encouraging and not judging. I visit monthly, weigh myself and he encourages me. I need to lose 40kg in total and I am half way there.

I have an amazing husband who calls out while I am on my cross trainer: "Way to go girl."

I started at five minutes and could do just a 1km with resistance zero. I thought that was the toughest thing.

Now, four months on I can do 7km in 30 minutes with resistance four. Six days a week I get out of bed have a cuppa, put on the trainers and off I go.

I have a food routine. I never used to have breakfast, but now I have a bowl of porridge with full cream milk. Yes, full cream. That's the dairy for the day. It tastes good and lasts the whole morning. No brown sugar.

When I first started, apples became my best friend and I would eat one when I needed something sweet and felt flat.

Lunch is two slices of wholegrain bread, a protein and salad sandwich, and some fruit with a cup of tea.

Dinner is a protein, low GI carb, mainly kumara, pumpkin, or wholegrain rice with unlimited vegetables. I choose the tasty colourful ones.

Food must look good and taste yum. Just because the meal has to be healthy doesn't mean it tastes yuck.

When I need a yummy snack, I have half a cup of nuts or a cracker with marmite because the crunch is what helps. But sometimes you just want the real sweet treat and that's what it is; a little, occasionally, is OK.

I managed Christmas without putting anything on.

I drink tea and coffee with no sugar. But if I want a slightly nicer drink I have diet lemon lime and bitters. And a wine every now and then.

I set myself short realistic goals in 5kg increments. The loss is a bit slower now, but I will keep going. It will take 12 months to get to my big goal, but at the moment I am focusing on the small losses, excited to think I can do this.

My five sons are encouraging me. My daughter-in-law cheers me on. The grandies love me.

I will achieve, but I also realise that it will never end: I am pre-disposed to easy weight gain. I need to keep this focus forever and that's the hard bit. The diabeties is in remission, but only while I maintain the discipline - that's the hard bit.

I have recognised my enemy, sugar, and it's everywhere. If the packet says low fat, the chance is it's loaded with sugar to make it taste good.

My friend is fresh vegetables and fruit. I eat in-season produce so the price stays low.

For those who struggle out there, go to your GP, be honest and work to set a path that, although hard, will get you there.
She has worked hard and achieved. Losing 20 kgs seems such an attainable goal to me - amazing effort!! Losing 5 kgs would be amazing... #inspired

24 February 2014

Favourite... BB Cream

(My skin: Fair colouring, Normal - though prone to both dry and oily areas, Hormonal break-outs usually around my chin/neck, Dark under-eye, in my thirties so some anti-aging concerns)

I was pretty excited when BB creams hit the market.

Yes, I had to Google what one was too! BB cream stands for blemish balm, blemish base, beblesh balm (apparently because of a trademark in Korea on the word "blemish"), and in Western markets, beauty balm. It is a cosmetic item sold mainly in East and Southeast Asia, although larger beauty brands are increasingly introducing BB creams to Western markets.

BB cream is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.

Thanks wiki :P

I tried a few and was pretty disappointed! Rimmel and Urban Decay to name two brands (I ADORE Urban Decay as a brand, but their BB cream wasn't for me).

Then my hairdresser raved about one she had tried in the US. I'm a sucker for 'the-next-best-thing', so I jumped on the Google machine and figured out how I could get the product to NZ (for myself and her).

Tarte's BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Indulge your skin with this powerful multitasker that works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, antiaging treatment, and sunscreen to give you a youthful-looking glow. Worn alone or as the perfect base for makeup, this 12-hour, age-defying, oil-free primer offers light-to-medium, buildable coverage that helps even skintone and other skin imperfections while diffusing light to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth and blends easily, leaving you with a natural-looking, flawless finish with a broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 that offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. 

I fricken love this product! I ended up buying it from Sephora and shipping it to NZ via YouShop, and I am sooo glad I did. Its texture is beyond silky and only a small amount is required - though you can build a bit of coverage. Depending on how my skin is doing I use this over moisturiser, or instead of. It's replaced any primer I was using before foundation... and that's even IF I wear foundation over it. Even today, at work, I am simply wearing this bb cream with some powder.

I've gone with the 'light' shade, and will definitely be buying another tube ASAP.

Have you tried either tarte's bb cream - what did you think? Can you tempt me with a different primer?? Comment below :) 

Posts on Beauty favs here

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18 February 2014

The only man I shave for...

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10 February 2014


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05 February 2014

The National 4 Feb 2014


  1. Don't Swallow the Cap
  2. I Should Live in Salt 
  3. Mistaken for Strangers
  4. Bloodbuzz Ohio 
  5. Demons 
  6. Sea of Love 
  7. Hard to Find
  8. Afraid of Everyone 
  9. Conversation 16 
  10. Squalor Victoria 
  11. I Need My Girl 
  12. This Is the Last Time 
  13. Lean (Dedicated to Phillip Seymour Hoffman) 
  14. Abel 
  15. Slow Show 
  16. Sorrow 
  17. Pink Rabbits 
  18. England 
  19. Graceless 
  20. About Today 
  21. Fake Empire 
  22. Encore: Humiliation
  23. Mr. November (Matt in crowd) 
  24. Terrible Love (Matt in stands) 
  25. Vanderlyle Crybaby 
  26. Geeks (Acoustic, singalong)

04 February 2014

I steal small things...

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