Category Archives: Entertainment

Playing Solitaire and Other Mind Games

Playing Solitaire often takes me back to a time of my youth. I could not help being nostalgic because the person who introduced me to the actual card game when I was little is no longer around.

Long before the digital version of Solitaire was released, my Uncle taught me to play the card game. The elders played Solitaire to pass the time. We don’t have the luxury of the Internet like what we have now. The only entertainment we had then was outdoor games or watching television from our neighbor’s house.

My grandmother, at first, would not allow me to play Solitaire since she thought it was age-inappropriate. She would hide the cards so I would not be able to play them. When I was in college, a computer-related subject acquainted me again with Solitaire. Playing the game is convenient because I no longer need to shuffle and deal with cards.

Never Gets Old

Fast forward to the present, the adult person in me still plays online games. It entertains and relaxes me from the daily stresses at home. I consider it a mental exercise amid the pandemic.

Despite the existence of numerous online games now, I still prefer the less complicated ones. I play Solitaire from my mobile phone or laptop from solitaire.org. Dozens of free solitaire games are on the homepage. I play two variations, which are the easiest ones, the Classic Solitaire and Klondike

Anyone can play this old-school, challenging game of concentration and skill using a standard 52 deck of playing cards. The goal is to move a shuffled deck of cards into four Foundation stacks from Ace to King. The Ace is low in Classic Solitaire. The King is high. 

Mind Games

Besides Solitaire, you can find other fun online games like Pacman-inspired Cookie Monster and the Daily Word Search Game. The original Pacman maze action game was one of my favorites since 1985.

The classic arcade PacMan-inspired game let Cookie Monster eat pellets. The power pellet turns the ghosts into cookies. The arrow keys on your keyboard help you direct Cookie Monster.

I enjoyed the Daily Word Search because it exercises my brain as I look for the words. It improves my vocabulary as well. The number of words to search depends on the grid size. You can play one puzzle a day or go on as many as you can complete. 

The games are addicting because I can see my improvement over time makes me want to beat my old score.  

Brain Exercise

I’m only in my early 50s, but I’m already starting to be forgetful. By playing the word search puzzle online, I hope to improve my memory and concentration. Also, playing online games keeps me away from the digital drama on social media. 

Online games and other activities that exercise your brain helps you take care of your mental health. With what is going on around us, having something to get busy with helps us fight isolation.

5 Reasons to Hire Live Music

Have you been thinking about hiring a band for your next corporate event, wedding, or simple family gathering? Here are practical reasons why you should.

1. Sets the Mood

Live music sets the general mood of the occasion or an event. Live music is the best way to entertain the guests. It made the event unforgettable for everyone who attended the event. 

When the musicians perform, it creates a relaxing atmosphere in the audience. Live music is a party icebreaker. Musicians know the exact music for the occasion. Should a gap or untoward incident arise, musicians judge the flow of the ceremony. They play the appropriate songs right away to achieve continuity and the authentic feel of the event.

Musicians entertain as they create a common ground between the older and younger audiences and social class. 

2. Plays Relevant Music for the Occasion

Professional bands for hire know the kind of music to play that suits the occasion and appeals to the guests and audiences. Band players are up to date on the current hits and still play old songs as part of their repertoire. They know the type of music guests can interact with, dance, or sing along. Performers do their job well according to the motif and provide the best sound similar to a concert scene.  

3. Makes the Event Unforgettable

Weddings are both romantic and emotional events. A live performance by a band will set the intimate atmosphere as they play your favorite love songs tailored to your likings. With your song preferences and wedding theme in mind, the audiences’ mood invigorates. The event will all the beautiful background music leave a lasting impression on the guest. 

4. Make Every Occasion Come Alive

Live entertainment is the best way to keep your guests entertained, especially when the moment gets dull. Even if some guests are not fond of dancing or singing, they will still enjoy watching the band perform. Not a single guest will leave the reception bored. The energy level of the band members entices the audience and guests to enjoy the party. It is like they have attended a concert and feel euphoric afterward.   

5. Hiring Professional Bands Saves Time

Planning and coordinating an event is both taxing and time-consuming, especially when you are the one to make the playlist. By hiring the services of musicians, it saves you so much time and energy. You can spend the extra time in other facets of the occasion. All you need to do is provide the band coordinator your music preferences and the theme for the event.  Once the proposed music is approved, you can leave everything up to the professionals and enjoy the moment with your guests.

Conclusion

Hiring a professional band for any occasion or event in your life has more benefits than you can imagine. Besides the practicality, it ensures that your audience and guests will have a great time because it makes them feel a part of the occasion. To make your guests feel special is an indication that you planned a successful event.

Activities that Help Me Get Through Lockdown

Many people have discovered they have hidden talent or skills during the lockdown. Some learned they have wanted to bake, cook, play musical instruments, or sing. Others develop hobbies like gardening, painting, reading, and writing. And some pass away the time binging on movie series or playing games to entertain themselves. All these activities have helped us get through this time.

I have my list of favorite activities that cheer me up through the lockdown. 

Online games

Playing online games keeps my sanity from the daily stresses. When I get tired from doing the household chores, I rest a bit and grab my mobile phone to play with block puzzles. It is like a mental exercise to me when I need to focus on something important.

When I am sitting in front of the laptop, I would be playing a fight virus game. It is a hospital simulation game where you get to destroy the nasty COVID-19 virtually. Even if it is just a game, it feels like you are doing your share protecting hospital workers and patients against the virus. 

To play this, tap or click on the virus to disinfect the hospital environment. By destroying the virus, you keep the hospital staff and patients safe from the virus infection; tap patients (with heart signs) to help them recover more quickly. A meter in the lower-left corner illustrates the percentage of how infected the hospital is. The game is over if it reaches more than 70 percent.

Korean Dramas

South Korean dramas are popular among their Filipino audience. I started binge-watching Korean dramas in 2016, around the time I was recuperating from a medical procedure. Watching KDramas has kept me company from boredom, and I’m still hooked, until now. I was thankful for this streamlined series because I have learned many things about Korean culture and fashion.

What is good about KDramas is that the seasons are shorter, and soundtracks are appropriate to the theme and unforgettable, too, even if I do not understand the lyrics. The funny part is I get the hang of reading subtitles fast while catching on to the scenes.

I watched almost all KDrama genres: drama, romantic comedy, melodrama, action, thriller, horror-comedy. I have tons of still unwatched KDramas on my list.

Decluttering

It is the least of my favorite activities. However, decluttering has helped me lessen my anxiety and focus on other things. It is therapeutic.

I have started putting away old clothes, a stack of newspapers, old receipts, old school books, and paper books. I am planning to sell the newspapers and schoolbooks to the junkshop. I have a bit of a problem with old clothes. Hopefully, I could find a recycling shop that would accept the clothes.

The next project will be decluttering the kitchen.

Gardening

Planting is one of the activities that hubby and I share. We do not have many plants, but we are content to see them grow every day. Gardening helps ease our worries from day-to-day activities. We are not getting any younger, and a simple hobby like this is good for our mental and emotional health.

The activities may be simple but, they help me get through the lockdown.

How about you? What are your coping mechanisms all this time? What activities do you think have helped you refocus your priorities, how it helps your mental state?