Travel from your desk
A local E-business com pany with its experience of
the Internet has built a travel site, which offers a new concept in travel
planning to the Sri Lankan traveller. helagaman.com this month launched
an Internet website coupled with a ground station.
helagaman.com offers the local and foreign traveller the expediency
of planning their holiday and selecting their hotel from the convenience
of their own office or home via the Internet.
helagaman.com consists of two main sectors, with the so-far larger element
consisting of descriptions of over 100 locations of tourist interest, everything
from ruins to wildlife reserves to waterfalls. They also give up-to-date
information on over 150 towns in Sri Lanka.
It is intended to be a comprehensive travel site, providing everything
from the distance and information on interesting places to visit on the
way, to information on where to go and what to expect when you reach your
final destination. It is also a good reference source to schoolchildren,
with lots of little known facts about our country.
The second part of helagaman.com, and the more important to the travel
industry, is the hotels database. This database gives a complete list of
all hotels, guest houses and bungalows registered with the Ceylon Tourist
Board along with address, phone and star classification.
Create your own family
Ever feel like the reality of life is letting you
down, then Sims just might just be the game for you. This is not a beat-em-up,
strategy or simulation game (I don't know what category it belongs to).
This is probably the only one of its kind.
The characters in Sims are called Sims and they live in families in
houses in a neighborhood. In fact they are very complicated creatures.
To start with you have to select a family. If you are not satisfied
with the default family, you can create your own custom families. (Here's
a neat trick, which will make the game more fun; create Sims in different
families of your family and friends)
Your family is provided with $20,000 to buy a house and furnish it.
There are 5 houses to choose from, but unfortunately only 2 fit your
initial budget. You can later shift to more prestigious locations once
you've earned more money.
Once you've bought a house, you have to furnish it. But keep in mind
that you have to first buy the things that fulfil the Sims basic needs
such as bathroom equipment, beds, a fridge etc. Once you've finished with
that you can move your Sims into your house. The next thing you probably
have to do is find a job for your Sims. You can find a job via the newspapers
or a computer.
Sims can interact with each other by talking, complimenting, joking,
etc and can build friendships and even relationships, but if you take other
Sims for granted, you can even make some pretty bad enemies.
Each Sim has skills that need to be developed into order to get promoted
in their jobs, cook meals or even repair things. This can be achieved by
reading books to improve cooking and mechanical skills, practising speeches
to improve charisma and working out to improve body skill.
Sims have needs such as energy, fun, social, bladder, room and hygiene
which if not fulfilled will get them in a really bad mood.
These are just the basics of this great game. If you haven't played
it yet, well, what are you waiting for? But be careful, because this game
can be extremely addictive.
Sent in by Ameen Akbar.