Thursday, March 31, 2011

Written by: vðÐkåMµ†ïñï ✖

Why is everyone so desperate for love through Pico?

I see it all the time. There will be someone around the room, constantly saying that they need a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Matchmaker events are the hot trend in rooms.

Does your Pico need to be dating another Pico for you to be happy? I mean, aren't we all here to just have fun?

Case in point: go to just about any room that's crowded. If it doesn't happen immediately give it a minute or two; there will be someone eventually asking for a significant other.

Hold up a second guys, aren’t we missing a vital step here? That's right! Getting to know each other.

The best relationships - even the ones just as Picos - are best established through common ground. Just walking up to someone and asking "wanna be my gf?" won't exactly make for the best or the most fun, connection. Maybe it's just me but I’ve found those to be quite … awkward.

Pico is not meant to be a place for you to come and find a date. It's a place to have fun. So instead of being so singularly focused on finding that special someone, why not go out there and make friends? You never know, the closer you get to them, you may find something there!

The way I see it done now, just outright asking total strangers is not the best way to go about it. At least to me it isn't. True love and happiness comes from the connection you feel with someone. If you just want your Pico to go out with another it's a lot more fun when you actually know the person you’re doing this with.

Some of us aren't even here for love at all. I’m not, and I've had plenty of Picos ask me if I was single. Maybe its because I’m older, but I've quickly grown out of needing fake familial connections and love interests on games like these.

Which brings me to my next point: A lot of you are still young. At your ages, you don't need a soulmate to be truly happy. Going out there to live life to the fullest, even on a simple game will make life so much more fun in the long run!

Photo Credit: Photo 2: Photographer - vðÐkåMµ†ïñï ✖

Let's all hope for the best

Written by: Vegemite

Today I have made my post a little different. It is dedicated to Sky - who is still pending results from a cancer test. Lets hope it's not cancer and pray for the best.

Cancer has affected many people around the world. The odds are 1 out of 3 people, still always increasing. There are also many types of cancer: brain, lungs (which mostly occurs from smoking), toungue, liver, breast and many more, some still unknown.

Many famous people have battled cancer, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Marley, Olivia Newton-John, Kylie Minogue, and Steve Jobs. There are many more, but these are the most famous icons that I know of who have had cancer.

Meanwhile, I asked Sky if I could take pictures of her because of her strong hope for the tests. Beautiful pictures, huh?

Her strong hope inspired me a lot.

Does it inspire you too?

To help keep her - and everybody's - hope strong, I am running a "Cancer Fight Back Fashion Show". Let's hope that inspires everybody to be happy with what they have, because a cancer patient only has one wish: to get better. We have a thousand wishes. So let's all cheer and be happy and start to get some hope!

I have also written a poem dedicated to Sky:

Hope for the best
With a massive cheer
For results from the test
While we're here

We are strong
We will fight
Even when it's long
With all our might

We won't loose hope
We love you dear
We'll all cope
With a tear

Just stay how you are
From south to west
Even really far
Hope for the best

Poem written by Vegemite. ~

Thanks for reading my poem, and if you did, you are helping Sky to not loose hope. <3

And thanks for reading my post, too. I hope you enjoyed it.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Language Tango With Sango~

When it comes to Sango~ you can't help but notice the cuteness and uniqueness of her face, I know Catero will agree with me 100% on this one. As a matter of fact, he is the one that discovered this Venezuelan beauty back in January while we were in search of the faces for our '50 Photos of Pico's Most Interesting Avatars' video (posted on YouTube) that our good friend Spike so kindly made for us.

We were very happy to finally bump into her again in one of the Japanese Parks a few days ago. Catero took off running to her leaving behind a cloud of dirt that totally blinded me. :p

I really enjoyed seeing Catero and Sango~ trying to have a nice friendly conversation. The thing is, she doesn't speak any English and our Catero knows only a few words in Spanish. ;)

I am glad he didn't called our friend "loca" - like he calls me all the time - or that would have scared her away.

Still, it was fascinating to see them together. Sango~ seems to be the quiet , shy type and Catero ... well, you know ... is a total goofball, but adorably friendly. Language is not a barrier for Catero, he has that charisma that for him works as any language translator.

Cuando se trata de Sango~ no se puede dejar de notar la ternura y la singularidad de su rostro, que Catero estará de acuerdo conmigo al 100% en este caso. De hecho, él es el que descubrió a esta belleza venezolana en enero, mientras estábamos en la búsqueda de las caras de nuestro vídeo para las "50 Fotos de Picos avatares interesantes" (publicado en YouTube) que nuestro buen amigo Spike tan amablemente hizo para nosotros.

Estabamos muy contentos de volver a encontrarnos con ella hace unos dias en uno de los parques japoneses. Catero salió corriendo para con ella dejando atrás una nube de tierra que me cegó por completo. : p

Me gustó mucho ver a Catero y Sango~ tratando de tener una conversación amistosa y agradable. La cosa es que ella no hablaba nada de Inglés y nuestra Catero sólo sabe algunas palabras en español. ;)

Me alegro de que no llamó a nuestro amigo "loca" - como él me llama todo el tiempo - eso la hubiera echo correr.

Aún así, fue fascinante verlos juntos. Sango~ parece ser tranquila y timida y Catero ... bueno, ya sabes ... es un verdadero bobo , pero amigablemente adorable. El lenguaje no es una barrera para Catero, tiene ese carisma que para él trabaja como cualquier traductor de la lengua.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sophia's blog needs writers

Our friend Sophia (formerly ☺♥Sophia Izz♥☻) is back and looking for writers to contribute to her blog, Sophia's Pico Life: World of Picos.

Sophia is looking for writers who:

  • are any age
  • are reliable
  • have a variety of interests in Pico (fashion, furniture, rooms, events, friends and socializing, Gacha, opinions, etc.).

If you think you've got what it takes contact ѕσρнíα_вℓєυє by letter in Pico.

A Birthday Wish

Raindrops falling down from the Pico sky,
Making a jingle as they hit the ground.
Then turning themselves into colorful butterflies,
beautifully adorning our blue clear sky.

As they wave their wings in a sweet melody,
Glittery dust of love falls over you and me,
but they are in search of BabySpade,
For she is the sweetest girl in our Pico land.

WRITTEN BY sweet_mom

Happy birthday baby, I SUPER LOVE YOU.
(Her birthday was March 25)

Photo Credit: BabySpade

Monday, March 28, 2011

Vive la France!

Written by: ѕнαуиα♪

Recently, I've been to France. I was extrememly excited when I saw that Ameba Pico had made a new French area. I'll tell you all about the French area new to Pico!

Out of everything in Pico (and I do mean thing, not people), I'd have to say the clothing is my favorite. Although it's not nearly as cute as Ameba Pigg's, it's a lot more affordable. They have some new clothes in the two French Areas.

(Pleaseee, Pleasee Pico! Lower the price! I'm begging you!!)

The two areas in France are Champs-Élysées and Paris Café. If you stay long enough in Champs-Élysées you'll catch an outdoor fashion show. "The Designer" will walk out in the end with two of his models, and a store will open with some of the clothes you've seen.

Ameba Pico has put a lot of attention into the details of these areas - from the clothing displays in the boutique windows to the little 'Café Bistro Merci' sign in the picture to the right. →

If you attend the café, you MUST take a seat. The waiter will soon come and give you a glass of water. You then, click on it and you'll have a nice refreshing glass of H20 (my little science geek side, so impressive, right?).

If you've been to France you know that their food is magnifique. And as you can see, Pico was focused on impressing. Chocolates, croissants, French coffee, crème brûlée, etc.).

A package of ten is 270 gummies, five for 140 gummies. I have bought everything they have ... I love it! It's so unique! What other game do you play that you can have some French coffee and some crème brûlée as a snack? Sitting inside the Paris Café having a little snack on my break from blogging.

As you can see, you have to get your butt down to France! Who knows the possibilities that can come next!

P.S. You get Gummies and a Star Collection star for viewing the fashion show in Champs-Élysées and getting served water in Paris Café.

Photo Credit: Photo 4: Photographer - ѕнαуиα♪

Uplifting Quotes

I have found a collection of uplifting quotes to help you deal with negative people holding you back or judging you.

In a world where you can be ANYTHING... be YOURSELF!

For all of you that talk about me, thanks for making me the center of your world :P

Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them more.

Each of us represents a star in Heaven. Sometimes we shine with the rest, sometimes we twinkle alone, and sometimes when we least expected, we make someone else dreams come true ;)

We ALL make the world special just by being in it.

People thinks that holding on it's what makes you strong, but sometimes is letting go.

Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone.

It is better to be hated for what you are then to be loved for what you are not.

Every new day is another chance to change your life.

Never explain: Your friends don't require it and your enemies won't believe you anyway.

Always smile, it makes people wonder what you are up to!

Those who gossip to you, gossip about you.

Never long for someone from the past. There is a reason why they never made it to your future.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

If you want to be different, try being yourself.

I know I am not perfect, I can pretend to be, but before you point your finger make sure your hands are clean.

I am who I am and people can take it one way or another, but at least I am living honestly.

The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude about the problem.

Don't ever let anyone make you believe that you don't deserve what you want.

I may only be one person, but I can be ONE person that makes a difference.

When the world is telling you "NO", tell yourself "YES" ten times louder.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allowed yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.

Don't try ti fix me, I am not broken :P

People think I am crazy, but actually I am just bored.

Just because someone tells you can't do something doesn't mean you have to listen.

In life GOD doesn't give you the people you want, instead He gives you the people you need, to teach you, to hurt you, to love you and help you become exactly the way you should be.

             Andre_Pico',alo☆, Rin ♪,♥Mawi [NPP], Black Oliver, pocopocopo, KAMOTE-RO, momo.. Kinako♡,

Can't we all just get along?

Written by: Not you

Most Picos might think that being someone who uses Ameba Gold on Pico doesn't get into drama at all or much. Truthfully, Picos who use Ameba Gold get into drama as much or even more as any other player who uses Gummies. Every day I come on Pico wondering who will be stuck in drama today.

I still remember the first day I came on Pico ... it was almost 8 months ago.

On that day I was wandering around in the desert minding my business, and all of a sudden these two girls come up another girl who was just standing there and they started yelling and saying rude things to her. I was going to go up to them and say something to them, but I really didn't know what to say in response to their hurtful words that left the girl standing there crying. But, shortly after the quickly left I was standing in the desert alone wondering what happened after to her afterwards.

Ever since that day, I've been seeing more and more drama appearing in Pico. Some of the situations I see when I log in are sometimes people just saying 'I hate you' to others or yelling and swearing at each other. Some people do know how to stay away from drama or just stop the drama. Others just want the drama to start and keep going.

Some people seem to enjoy starting drama from any old situation - looks or appearance, having Ameba Gold or having Gummies, age, being a boy or being a girl, what your wearing ... or several hundred other issues.

Everyone usually does get into some kind of drama on Pico once. Even if its small or big.

How do you avoid the Drama?
This is simple enough:
  1. Just ignore them and press the hide chat history on them, so you can't see what there saying about you.
  2. Take the things they say to your heart or don't, its your opinion.
  3. Always remember that Pico is just a game. None of the people you probably meet on Pico, you will ever meet again in real life.
Even right now i'm in drama with someone who deleted me and is now sending me letters(look at the link at your own safety) saying rude things that i never planned on getting, and many of my buddies are leaving on Pico from all of the drama that has recently been going on. So say what you want about others and to others it will effect you in the end.

So why can't we all get along?

Photo credit: Photo #2: Photographer - Not you

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pico Maintenance Syndrome

Written by: ROM-eo™

Yes, at some point we have all have gone through it ... at least once. You do know what I am talking about right? Ameba Pico Maintenance. These maintenance schedules drive us crazy, but they must be done.

There are pros and cons (good and bad aspects) for maintenance. For example ...
Pro: Maintenance procedures bring new events and or better improvements to Pico.
Con: Pico users have to wait for 2 hours or more WITHOUT PICO ... and who wants to be without Pico?
What are we suppose to do for that period of time? How are we supposed to go on without being able to play Pico? How do we survive these horrible maintenance schedules?

All will be told shortly.

Symptoms of Pico Maintenance Syndrome:
  • Anxiety
  • Constant refreshing your browser
  • Feeling a sense of emptiness
  • Confusion
  • Aggression
  • Depression

Maintenance can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Within that period of time you could be doing something productive. Just because maintenance is scheduled doesn't mean you have to sit around and wait for Pico to be back up. There are other things that you could do while maintenance is occurring. For example: read a book, do homework, browse other websites, play Ameba Pigg, take a nap, watch television or a movie, or enjoy the outdoors.

Overall, it’s nice to get fresh air once in a while and it will make you feel better.

What are you doing right now? You are reading this post on this wonderful blog. While maintenance is going on you can catch up on the latest articles brought to you by Pico Perfect. That's what I would do.

I often go to the Pico’s Facebook page and look up others reactions to the maintenance that users like you and I comment on the wall. That could possibly amuse you. It amuses me.

Youtube is sometimes the answers to all of our problems, so it could be the answer to your Ameba Pico maintenance blues (look up Rebecca Black Friday ... lol!).

Yes, there are many things that you could do while there is Pico maintenance scheduling.

I conducted a  recent survey, asking others to share their reactions and feelings about Pico maintenance. Here are the results:

(07:47) ROM-eo™: What do you do while maintenance is occurring?
(07:48) ♡michalena♡ : yell at my laptop...JK
(07:48) ROM-eo™: lol
(07:48) ♡michalena♡ : umm nothing really
(07:48) ♡michalena♡ : i hate when it takes forever

(08:12) ROM-eo™: What do you do when you experience a lag or error?
(08:13) κιιт♥´`·.·´`♥ : Well, first, I get angry and then I do something else
(08:13) κιιт♥´`·.·´`♥ : ._.
(08:13) ROM-eo™: What do you do besides wait while maintenance is occurring?
(08:13) κιιт♥´`·.·´`♥ : I read a book or I go on some website
(08:13) κιιт♥´`·.·´`♥ : Or I talk to my friends on Facebook

Ðaяk Ðяεam๖ۣۜ♥
(06:20) ROM-eo™: Hi, and thank you for participating in this brief survey.
(06:20) Ðaяk Ðяεam๖ۣۜ♥: hello
(06:21) ROM-eo™: How do you feel towards pico maintenance?
(06:21) Ðaяk Ðяεam๖ۣۜ♥: I think it is annoying but necessary
(06:21) ROM-eo™: Do you ever get angry towards it?
(06:21) Ðaяk Ðяεam๖ۣۜ♥: sometimes yes
(06:21) ROM-eo™: What do you do when you experience a lag or error?
(06:22) Ðaяk Ðяεam๖ۣۜ♥: lol
(06:22) Ðaяk Ðяεam๖ۣۜ♥: I refresh
(06:22) ROM-eo™: Smart.
(06:22) ROM-eo™: How do you feel towards Pico errors?
(06:22) Ðaяk Ðяεam๖ۣۜ♥: annoyed they are inconvenient
(06:22) ROM-eo™: Lastly, What do you do while maintenance is occurring?
(06:23) Ðaяk Ðяεam๖ۣۜ♥: lol Iog off and read a book
(06:23) Ðaяk Ðяεam๖ۣۜ♥: other games are not worth playing
(06:23) ROM-eo™: True.

(06:54) ROM-eo™: How do you feel towards pico maintenance?
(06:54) Sєxqυιѕιтє: Ah. I feel that it is nessasasiry at times.
(06:54) Sєxqυιѕιтє: Sorry, I can't spell.
(06:54) Sєxqυιѕιтє: But…
(06:54) Sєxqυιѕιтє: ..note us before-hand
(06:54) ROM-eo™: Do you ever get angry towards it?
(06:55) Sєxqυιѕιтє: To be honest, yes. But once I get used to this.
(06:55) Sєxqυιѕιтє: I find it meaningfull.
(06:55) ROM-eo™: What do you do when you experience a lag or error?
(06:55) Sєxqυιѕιтє: There's always Pigg to back-up the spare time.
(06:56) ROM-eo™: Lastly, What do you do while maintenance is occurring?
(06:56) Sєxqυιѕιтє: I'll just tumblr and tweet. That's what I'll do.
(06:56) ROM-eo™: I tumblr too! ^.^
(06:56) Sєxqυιѕιтє: I can see that.
(06:57) ROM-eo™: Thanks, for your participation
(06:57) Sєxqυιѕιтє: De rien.
(06:57) Sєxqυιѕιтє: ;D

07:57) ROM-eo™: How do you feel towards pico maintenance?
(07:57) Ren?: I feel like I have no life if Pico is down.
(07:57) ROM-eo™: Do you ever get angry/upset towards it?
(07:57) Ren?: Not really. Just empty.
(07:58) ROM-eo™: =[
(07:58) Ren?: Because I know they are improving Pico.
(07:58) ROM-eo™: What do you do while maintenance is occurring?
(07:58) Ren?: I don't really do much. I just .. sit there.
(07:58) Ren?: And keep refreshing.

Don’t look at maintenance as a hassle or inconvenience, think on the brighter side. Just last week we had maintenance and look what good came out of that: A brand new area, France!

If you haven’t checked France out you really should and be sure to stay for the fashion show.

All-in-all, we need to gain patience. Although Pico may be down for a brief time it will not be down forever.

I hope this helps you get through maintenance in the future.

P.S. Pico is lagging write now as I write this post. It has been on the loading page for 15 minutes. Time for a movie.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

It's A Small World

Dreaming is a wonderful way of spending some time in a magical world....

愛の花☆ティファニー炎立 (from Hong Kong)
cute fat畢加Q  (from Hong Kong)
ok 妹 小丑魚 (from Hong Kong)

                      Now let me share with you  my dreams....

PHOTO 1:   ソレア☆(solea) (from Japan)
PHOTO 2:   Kuretako8 (from Japan)

                                 In my dreams I can fly so high,
                             That I am able to touch the clouds.
                                   and sit and rock on the moon,
                  while I see bright shining stars rain over you.

PHOTO 1:  мαяιиє ѕσυкуυu (from USA)
PHOTO 2:  SanLyn

          I can talk to my grandma that is an angel in Heaven now,
                  and share with her my dreams and my thoughts.
                        And I can hold her and give her a big hug,
                   and kiss her forehead before I tell her goodbye.

PHOTO 1:  Wi'
PHOTO 2:  ☆IKUMI☆ (from Japan)

                Not only do I live in a castle in my dreams,
                       but I am the most beautiful queen.
         Where everything is made of sugar and chocolate,
        and children can play in my candy-flowery gardens.

PHOTO 1: RB: ヌット・さん PCG  (from Thailand)
PHOTO 2: siao phin  (Hong Kong)

              Now in my dreams there is no sadness or pain,
                                and people never get sick.
                          There is no hunger or violence.
                          And all humanity lives in peace.

☆まゆ☆ (from Japan)
¤ωιптέя¤  (from Japan)

                            Now the best part of my dreams is,
                       that everyone in the world is my friend
                     And my shyness and quietness disappear
                         And I can talk and laugh with no end.

God Bless You All

Friday, March 25, 2011

ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™ meets sweet_mom

Yesterday I dragged Peggy to the Champs-Élysées 3 room to check out the new runway fashions. Peggy had not yet received her star and Gummies for the 'Check out the fashion show!' task in the Star Collection book. We stood on the sidelines by the traffic light, waiting for the red carpet to roll out from inside the L'Arc de Triomphe to catch a glimpse of the first model.

Of course, anyone who knows Peggy knows that sometimes she has the attention span of a hummingbird. With 5 minutes to go before the show start, she spent off all of her earned Gummies before seeing what The French Designer had to offer.

After her spree, Peggy returned to our waiting spot at the lights with her head held low - bummed out. Poor little shopaholic just couldn't help herself. She's got an addiction to feed, you know.

We sat and waited, and before long a smiley little Pico dressed in all pink approached us.
(01:08) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: hey do u know sweet mom
(01:08) Catero: yes, i do
(01:08) Catero: are you her friend?
(01:08) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: I LOVE UR BLOG!! IT ROCKS!!!!
(01:09) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: SINCE I START PCIo!
(01:09) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: PICO
(01:09) Catero: thanks
(01:09) Catero: if you wait, maybe i can get her to come here
(01:09) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: HEY PEG>
(01:09) Peggy Hill: haha hi
(01:09) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: LOL
(01:09) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: U LOOK DORA THE BLUE EXPLORER
(01:09) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: lol
(01:09) Catero: lol (01:09) Peggy Hill: no way!
(01:09) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: ^_^
(01:10) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: kidding.
(01:10) Catero: i asked sweet mom to come
(01:10) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: ok
sweet_mom was not in Pico, so I sent her a message. She was she said she was coming. It took her about 4 minutes to get in. While we waited for her to appear, ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™ and I had a little chit chat. You can tell she wasn't really interested in conversation, just in finding out when her Pico blog hero, sweet_mom, would be showing up.
(01:11) Catero: you read sweet mom's blog all the time?
(01:11) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: is she right now?
(01:11) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: here?
(01:11) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: umm
(01:11) Catero: hm. not yet
(01:11) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: yesterdTY I CANT READ IT
(01:11) Catero: she is logging in
(01:11) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: im..
(01:11) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™:
(01:11) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: :/
(01:11) Catero: oh :-/
(01:12) Catero: do you have a cold?
(01:12) Catero: or the cooties?
(01:12) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: nope
(01:12) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: head ache >.<
(01:12) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: lol
(01:12) Catero: oh :-/ sorry to hear that
(01:12) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: where is she now
(01:12) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: ..
(01:12) Catero: she is waiting to get in lol
She took her "sweet" time, but sweet_mom finally came while I was chasing an odd little girl around the room who was calling everyone "ugly". It was making us laugh a bit, because it was so out-of-the-blue.
(01:14) fauzyah: ugly
(01:15) fauzyah: pig
ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™ had to go out, so, we were sitting on the edges of our seats, so to speak, in anticipation of her arrival.

(01:14) sweet_mom: hi cat
(01:14) sweet_mom: hi peggy
(01:14) Catero: this pico wants to meet you quick!
(01:14) Catero: lovely emo wants to meet you
(01:15) Catero: <<
(01:15) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: -_-

(01:18) Catero: she reads your blog since she started pico
(01:18) sweet_mom: oh
(01:18) sweet_mom: :)
(01:19) sweet_mom: hi
(01:19) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: nice 2 meet ya
(01:19) sweet_mom: how r u?
(01:19) ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™: fine.
I'm not sure why sweet_mom was pretending to be so *shy* at the time. We got a few photos and chatted for a few more minutes before ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™ had to go. It was very nice meeting her. She was very polite (she even asked her mom if it was okay to chat with us).

» Read ⓛⓞⓥⓔⓛⓨ♬ⓔⓜⓞ™'s blog: Princess Pico

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The effects of bullying

Written by: Vegemite

Bullying has affected many people around the world from any age. Common types of bullying include physical abuse, verbal abuse (swearing and name calling, cyber bullying, and spreading vicious lies and rumors. This can end up with extremely strong effects, especially in schools.

Lately there have been quite a few incidents that have been discussed locally, nationally, even worldwide. I have been researching these incidents to find some good news and some bad … or worse.

This week, Australia has received delightful news regarding bullying. A boy who is aged 16 has been bullied for an awful long time due to his obesity. Recently, he was at school when another boy started to punch him and say hurtful things to him. But this time was different. He actually fought back, not allowing his schoolmate to bully him again.

This situation has hit international news, with bullied victims cheering and standing up to be proud of who they are.

This morning I heard on the news that the bully said that the victim had bullied him. This was very surprising because the bully had also said that he was a victim of bullying in primary school. This shows that bullies have often been bullied themselves in childhood.

I have also heard that there has been high level cyber bullying all around.

People may wonder, “Why is cyber bullying that bad?”

Here's why: if you cyber bully someone over the internet or any other chat messaging, they have evidence of what you did. And here’s another thing – if you’re in school, and if the victim’s parents see the hurtful messages, the principal could get involved. Sometimes if the bully threatens to kill you on the internet or anything as horrible as that, even police can get involved.

Have you been cyber bullied? I have.

If you have been a victim of cyber bullying and you are in school, tell your parents straight away.

If you are a bully, think about it. Imagine yourself in the victim’s shoes – you wouldn’t like being picked on, so why pick on people?

If you’re getting bullied, it’s okay to be upset, but if it’s way over the top, see somebody about it. Talking to a professional helps. A LOT.

Bullying can get serious. So if you want to say something nasty to somebody just don’t. Keep in mind:
  • You know you are going to get caught eventually
  • Imagine yourself as the victim
  • It can get serious
If you are the victim this is what you want to think about:
  • It’s okay to be upset
  • Others feel your pain
  • Don’t focus on the bully – stay away from the bully as much as you can
  • Tell an adult you trust about what is happening
I, Vegemite, have suffered from bullying, too. My experience with bullying occurred at a young age which started around 8 years old. I found that there were many types of bullying. My experience was mostly with rude names and words.

Another way to help, I would say that talking to people who have experienced similar experiences with bullying as you.

Thanks, stay safe <3

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Aiming for the octopus hat

I don't know about you, but I love going fishing; and I am talking about it in real life. Fishing as we all know requieres alot of patience, but the relaxation and unlimited time for meditation you get out of it, is well worth it.

On my second day in Pigg (Pico's Japanese language counterpart), Catero (Pigg ID: grapheme) took me over to one of the fishing room that are available to newbies like me of the sport. There are currently five fishing rooms:
  1. Japan Sea (日本海)
  2. Ogasawara (小笠原)
  3. Ishikari River (石狩川)
  4. Inbamuna (印旛沼)
  5. Amazon River (アマゾン川)
Each of the 5 rooms has beginner, intermediate, expert and super expert sub-rooms. To unlock more difficult rooms and sub-rooms you have to catch fish to gain points and work your way up as you get better at this sport. It's a good idea to purchase better bait and rods to do so. As you level up, new fishing rooms will open for you to enter.

After countless unsuccessful tries of trying to catch a fish on my first day, I became very frustrated and almost gave up. But Catero forced, I mean, encouraged me to continue trying. Now, I am glad I listened to my pushy friend.

A few days of practice later, I can proudly say that I am getting better at fishing and I catch most of the fish that nibble at my bait.

Catero informed me that when I had sucessfully caught five octopuses, I would be rewarded with an Octopus Hat. With that in mind I set myself up for the challenge. I am happy to announce that I successfully caught five octopuses and now I wear this beautiful red Octopus Hat with pride! As a matter of fact, I eventually caught many, many octopuses and ended up getting a total of 3 tendriled hats and 3 eight-armed trophies. Not bad for a newbie, right? ;)

Left to right: sweet_mom (Pigg ID sweetlaura) and Catero (Pigg ID Grapheme)

Later that same day, and with my best buddy by my side, the struggle to catch more fish and see my fishing level increase continued. While I pulled and struggled to reel in the fishof the moment, my dear friend recalled how funny it was that on my first day of fishing I became so discouraged and walked away from the fishing platform and hid behind some bushes in shame. "You put yourself in time out! LOL!", Catero teasingly recalls.

The great news is that, not only did I earn my octopus hats and trophies, but after catching eight of these brown flat fish (okay, okay I don't know what they're called ... just sue me :P) I also was awarded this beautiful and very chic brown flat fish hat! LOL!

Left to right: sweet_mom (Pigg ID sweetlaura) and Catero (Pigg ID Grapheme)

Now, who is the sore looser? Of course, that would have to be my best buddy Catero who saw me put on my beautiful flat hat, then couldn't even look at me. Catero gave me the cold shoulder. LOL! I wonder how Catero did that. :O

(It's a weird glitch in the game.)

Just kidding! My best buddy was so happy and proud of me. Thank you, Catero, for your patience.

By the way, this is a picture of one of my octopus trophies!