My Family Computer (NES) Childhood Experience

5 01 2013

BY: Arturo Rivo Jr.


Are you into video games? By now, I’m almost sure all of you have an experience playing a video game of some sort especially now that we are on the digital age where we can’t live without a smartphone or a PC.

If you are a 1980’s kid, I’m sure you’ll remember this baby.. The Family Computer!!! yeah baby! hahaha This was 80’s answer to Playstation 3! Probably the most beloved console of all time! It was an 8 bit game console with thousands of addictive games! Yeah, you heard it right.. I’m a self confessed addict myself literally playing morning till night with this thing. Children have gone made with this thing..  friends and neighbors get together to play it and trade games. I remember my mom used to repeatedly remind me and scold me to stop playing and sleep at night. hehe


This game console has given me a lot of fun memories! I really spent hundreds and probably thousand of hours with this toy. The family computer, also know as The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), has revolutionized the gaming industry. It was released in 1983 and ever since video gaming has never been the same and became a billion dollar business. By the end of its run (1991-1995), over 60 million NES units had been sold throughout the world. A famous game,  Super Mario Bros 3 was released in 1988 selling over 7 million copies in America and 4 million copies in Japan, making it the most successful standalone home video game in history. Talking about an overwhelming demand at that time. The NES has produced over 2000 games worldwide.

Anyway, here is the list of my favorites:  Kung Fu, Battle City, Karateka, Super Mario Bros 2 and 3, Ice climber, Street Fighter 2, 1942, Balloonfight, Bomber man, Contra, Dig dug, Excitebike, Legend of Kage, Elevator Action,Galaga, Twin Bee, Load Runner, Mappy, Pinball, Rockman and Megaman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Double dribble, Donkey Kong, and Tetris. I have to say that Super Mario Bros 3 is my Top choice. Great gameplay and it was super fun and addictive. You’ll definitely scream.. SAVE THE PRINCESS!!! hehe

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So, did the legendary NES touched your lives too? Consider yourself lucky if it did!! hahaha

What are your favorites? =)

BTW. For all those who misses the games, you can search the web for emulators. These are programs that let you play your favorite NES games in your PC. You can also search for games in the web. The games are called ROMs. Use the emulators to load the ROMs and then you can start playing. Happy searching! haha

Karma.. what it means to me?

12 12 2012

Karma… Who doesn’t know about karma? Well, maybe a lot but in our country, the Philippines, many believe in the law of karma. I too believe in it. I believe in it because I think it is really how life goes and how things happen in almost everything we do in this world.

Karma is a theory that originated  from HinduismAyyavazhiSikhismBuddhism, and Jainism. The theory states that all living creatures are responsible for their actions and the effects of their actions. Karma is simply the cycle of cause and effect. Everything you do in this world has an effect.


It makes sense isn’t it. Even science teaches us the law of cause and effect. Even Christians have similar beliefs. The bible teaches many things in life and teaches us how to live and treat our fellow men in order for us to attain happiness and enjoy the blessings from God.

One of my favorite verse in the bible is Luke 6:37-38. It is somewhat similar to karma. The verses says; 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” For me, this verses really make sense and is a very good guide on how we should live and treat our fellow men.

I also love the saying.. “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you”. Treat others good and others will treat you good. If you treat others badly, others will also treat you bad. They will curse you, be mad at you, hate you and take revenge on all the bad things you do.

I think Karma is a very good reminder for all of us. For me, it makes me cautious and makes me sensitive to other people’s feelings and emotions.

I remember one time when I was in college, a man tricked me on buying something I really don’t need. I was so pissed off that time because I was allotting that money for something.. after a week, I tuned in to a local news on the television I was surprised to see him behind bars someone sued him. Someone reported him to the police. Well, we can say that he has to pay for what he’s done. I also seen good karmas to other people especially those who are helpful and respectful.. as they also gather support and respect from other people.

In work, Karma is in always in effect. If we work hard, something good may happen. You will reap the fruits of your labor. Working hard often results to great rewards.

Always remember, if you do good things, good things will happen to your life. If you do bad things, bad things will also happen to your life. Well, maybe not all the time but most of the time. All happens for a reason. Sometimes the effect of Karma is not instant. Sometimes it happens after a long period of time or gradually. Karma is all around us and we better be careful and be responsible in all our actions. Better be careful than sorry.

Good karma to everyone!:) God bless!

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A Walk Along Dubai Marina

15 11 2012

Nov, 2012- One morning I had a chance to walk along Dubai Marina. The place is just 10 minutes walk from my workplace. All I can say is that the place is beautiful. The fact that it’s my first time seeing man-made marina or an artificial canal (or whatsoever they call it) makes it more magnificent in my eyes. The developers of this place created a new waterfront by bringing the waters of the Persian Gulf into the site.

One of the main attraction of this place is the Infinity Tower. Each floor is rotated by 1.2˚ to achieve the full 90˚ spiral, creating the shape of a helix.

This building is still under construction. I have read in the internet that this building began in 2006. It had some problems and stopped in the year 2007. It was later resumed in the last quarter of 2008. It is said to be finished this year 2012. Once finished, it will be considered as world’s tallest high rise building with a twist of 90˚ standing at the height of about 330 metres (1,083 ft) with a total of 76 floors.. Astonishing, I may say.

Around Dubai Marina are yachts used for personal purpose and some for business and some are for tourism.


Parks and Dine spots can also be found around Dubai Marina

My 1 hour walk along Dubai Marina is a nice one especially for me who loves photography. The place is relaxing and calm.

If you happen to be near this place, go try and take a visit and I’m sure you’ll love it.

Have a nice day everyone. =)


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