Best sites for downloading free full HOPA games

Best sites for downloading free full HOPA games

Let’s face it, when you are feeling down sometimes a good game does the trick.

There are many nomads, volunteers and backpackers around the world who, despite having to live on a very limited budget, still enjoy playing a good game. However, a good game is not just a free game because there are plenty of low quality and boring HOPA games out there not to mention websites which claim to have free games while in reality they are only offering demos which are playable for a limited time. Well, that’s good too, it’s better than nothing but playing the entire game is a completely different feeling!

Here’s a list of websites where you can legally download full version  HOPA games. Sometimes, you may be asked if you want to download other software as well bundled with the game, just say NO if not interested. No spyware, no adware as far as my experience goes:

This is a good and reliable site,  they update their games on a regular basis and the have plenty  of HOPAs to pick both fairly new and old.

They have an extensive list of games, some of them are great, trust me!

The games here are very well presented, however the choice is very limited and the games available quite old.


In my experience the above are the most reliable websites when it comes to downloading free HOPA games. Most of them give you the possibility to watch a short trailer of the game and there is a review with a summary of the plot and the technical features if relevant (e.g. hand drawn illustrations).

Enough words for now, time to play!

Next, I’m going to write about some of the great games I’ve played which are listed on the above sites.

If you know of any good sites which are worth mentioning, get in touch and I’ll check them first before publishing the link.

If you don’t want to waste your time risking to download a boring game, check out my reviews of great games I played in the “game” section of this blog. I only review the best games.

Life is An Adventure Game, Be Ready for Everything!


The photo above was taken in Khon Kaen, Thailand, during a period where I used to play a lot of HOPA games. When I found this statute, I thought it would be great for a HOPA , just look at the picture and guess why… Asia is a sort of Heaven for HOPA creativity, there are fountains and statues with all sort of mechanisms.

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Innocent Pleasures

Innocent Pleasures

The culture of poisoning ourselves: when did it start and when is it going to end?

I was born and raised in Italy by my working class parents. My father was a tailor and my mother was a factory worker. Despite spending most of her day at work, my mother always made sure that my brothers, my father and I got a freshly good cooked meal each evening. She could not afford to be exhausted, though she often was, having to work full time and look after three kids at the same time. In those days, the roles between men and women were clearly defined so she was supposed to take care of the entire household and in that, she succeeded brilliantly.

Our evening meals consisted of pasta (obviously), meat or fish or eggs and a salad with plenty of bread. My mother was convinced that to be healthy you have to eat a lot so she made sure our plates were always full. As soon as my parents had enough money, luxuries food items that we saw advertized on TV started appearing on our table. My brothers and I loved Coca Cola and after that I couldn’t remember having had a meal without drinking it. We drank huge glasses of it and definitely had no clue about the consequences for our bodies and teeth. More or less at the same time, snacks known in Italian as merendine and biscotti (cookiesstarted replacing the left over bread we used to have for breakfast. My family was switching from working class to middle class and the first signs were the sophisticated food which gradually was manifesting on  the table. Luckily for me, my family never really got into junk as much as other families because we loved my mother’s food so much that we preferred it to pre-cooked junk.

Since then, many cultural habits have changed, especially because modern mothers are less likely to cook than the previous generations.

The percentage of obese children in Italy and elsewhere has risen dramatically according to a research I did a few years ago (Obesity and Educational Issues ). This means that if on one hand we have managed to improve our lifestyle in terms of economical wealth, on the other hand, our health and lifestyle habits have become poorer. What I mean is that our intake of oxygen, minerals, nutrients and fresh water has been replaced with something absolutely artificial which have been compromising our health and well being in general.

Back in the late seventies, we were too ignorant to understand the deleterious consequences that such bad habits were going to have on our bodies. Everybody was smoking and drinking as well and in my little town, people were selling heroine almost at every corner. It was already a miracle to go through your teenage years without developing any strong addiction to drugs, nobody really paid attention to cigarettes, alcohol and obviously junk food.

Now, a few decades later, thanks to the efforts of our parents and ancestors, many of us are highly educated and the internet has definitely granted free knowledge to all. However,  despite our awareness, junk food and drinks are still widely advertised on the media.  Most diseases are caused by the assumption of the wrong type of food and drinks (e.g.: diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, allergies), yet such dangerous chemical preparations which have little if not nothing to do with nutrition are widely available worldwide.

I’m aware that there are a bunch of people out there who believe that people are responsible for their own choices and nobody is forcing anyone else to eat and drink junk. However, during my recent visits to Thailand, Nepal, India and now Cambodia, I have noticed how the poorest and most vulnerable people get misled by advertisements. In Nepal, for instance, I saw a mother feeding her toddler biscuits instead of the traditional dal bat. In Thailand, despite the efforts of the majority of the schools offering freshly made healthy meals, there are junk vendors all around each single school and the consequences of such behavior are visible by the rapidly growing number of obese children.

And what about our pets? Do you really think that if the food industry is willing to poison their own fellow humans they are having any sort of mercy for animals?

Why do the most vulnerable have to pay for this?

Is making a profit more important than life itself?

Yet, there are so many alternatives available that it doesn’t really make sense to me.

How could we possibly live in a harmonious society if the spreading of poison has priority over the right to live a healthy life?

If Buddha and Jesus came back today, I’m sure they’d tell those supposedly civilized societies which promote the spreading of poisonous values and food to go fuck themselves!

The Rise of Collective Awareness

The Rise of Collective Awareness

Time to ascend, get ready!

 I see it everywhere, deforesting and building, deforesting and building. One day those people will kill themselves because they are investing all their time and energy in something which is not supposed to last.  I wish I could help them but they don’t want to hear anything except how to make more money. Don’t waste your time and energy trying to save others. They are just not ready, let them be!

Save Yourself

Every religion points out that greed and selfishness are counterproductive. However, religions are packed with metaphors and controversial messages  so in the end, who can you trust?

Trust Yourself

Each one of us is unique and has a particular purpose in this sphere of existence thus, the attempt to standardize humanity has only contributed to create more mental illnesses than ever. For every discomfort there is a name and that’s our way of dealing with the unknown. It is too scary to unravel the truth about ourselves but it’s time to do it.

Be Brave

In this new era of ascension, you will be asked to get rid of the things you no longer need. That means not just your material possessions but your unhealthy habits as well. Drinking, smoking, taking drugs and eating junk are the first habits we must get rid of to prepare ourselves for a healthier and happier life. People will make fun of you or think that you have gone completely insane: ignore them.

Don’t Worry About  What Other People Think

The only way to awaken your intuition and will power is to reset yourself completely. Forget who you are or better, who you think you are and start from zero just like a child would. Have no expectations, open your heart and be good and generous to all, including yourself.

Be Creative

Start doing the things which give you joy and abandon those which drain your energy. Don’t do anything against your will, no matter what. If you enjoy playing football then play football without feeling guilty. Draw, paint, write, make a vegetable garden, ride your bicycle, go for a walk, play with your pets… Do whatever gives you joy. Become joy itself.

Be Aware

Notice while you change  how your environment changes with you. Your environment is a reflection of yourself. Don’t have empty desires, just act upon your intuition immediately without postponing. If you think that you’d like to paint a fence then do it don’t just think about it. No thought is coincidental. If you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts just breathe, relax and try to understand what’s giving you pain.

The Development of Collective Consciousness

The more you attune with yourself and the more you can attune with others. You may think about music for a while and then meet a group of musician who will become your new friends. Trust your intuition and your intuition will trust you. Sometimes you may feel other’s people thoughts and that’s ok: it’s all part of the ascending process.

Be Ready to Be Born Again

Nothing religious about it. As your old self dies – this can be a very painful process for some as it may involve  relationship break ups, losing a job, being diagnosed with a terminally ill condition or becoming homeless -. It won’t last long but it’s a cathartic experience to understand who we really are and awake us from our illusionary world. No matter what your challenge is, deal with it. Don’t let depression or negativity take over because everything is going to be ok.

Failure Doesn’t Exist

It’s not easy to accomplish whatever it is that we want to accomplish so never let a disappointment ruin your life. Everything happens for a reason. Everything is a lesson and an opportunity for further growth.

Be Faithful

Don’t Get Angry Anymore

Detach yourself from the mass media and the news that normally portrait only disasters and negativity. That’s no longer your reality. Become the happiness you want to see and share it with others.

There Are no Others

This is difficult to grasp but each one of us is here to help others. People who you may think are mistreating you are just giving you an extra push to help you move forward. Don’t hate them and try to see the bigger picture. We are all connected!

Stay Focused

Whether you are peeling a tomato or writing your PhD thesis, put your attention on what you are doing and do not allow your thoughts to wonder. Every action is important. Do everything mindfully. Multitasking is a very destructive and dangerous activity.

Everything is a Miracle

See the beauty in flowers, dogs, cats, your spouse, your children, the sky, the colors, the delicious food. Never take anything for granted and be grateful that you have the extraordinary opportunity to experience all this: right here, right in front of your eyes.

Bless You All!

Female Homosexuality in movies

Female Homosexuality in movies

Is it really that difficult to be a gay woman?

Lately I’ve been feeling like watching a good, romantic gay story and I’ve come across a lot of highly offensive, violent and S&Mish kind of movies. Why does it have to be so hard to make a nice love story between two women?

There is always a killer or an abusive partner/husband, now don’t get me wrong, there are some incredibly inspiring movies out there, however, the vast majority of movies with lesbian characters in them have some sort of a twisted plot and some are just soft porn in disguise – no story just crude sex.

Who are they targeting with such movies? Those movies are definitely NOT inspiring for women but rather disturbing. Of course, I’m pretty sure there are plenty of repressed women who have never had the courage to deal with their own homosexual impulses and maybe are still living a life of lies at home with their husband and kids but hey, we live in an era where in most Western countries same sex  love is no longer an issue.

I’m pretty sure, one day we won’t even need to call ourselves “names” because gender-based discrimination (including transgender and everything in between), will no longer exist.

Some of you at this stage might have asked themselves – Hey, why is she using the word homosexual for women as well? -. Well, pretty simple actually, the word homosexual means same sex (homo = same + sexual = sex). It’s really funny. if you think about it, how such a clear and non judgemental word has been misused, especially in the last few years.  There are many adjectives out there to describe a person’s sexual orientation but for female homosexuality there has been an exception.

Think about gay, straight, transgender and bisexual for example, those adjectives can be used for anyone independently from their gender but when you say lesbian then it has to be a woman. Well, I don’t like that, I’d rather call people “people” without having to discuss their sexual orientation or the gender they were born with.

It’s 2017, the world is changing, the human race is very likely to become legend unless they adjust their lifestyle and their approach to biodiversity.

It’s time to forget hatred and start a new life of love and respect for ALL. Let’s hold hands together and remember why we are here. Life is a miracle and love is a gift from Heaven, don’t let anyone bring you down for what you are because, as Lady Gaga once put it – God makes no mistakes – !

Here’s a list of what I believe to be truly inspiring gay movies for women, they are not in order of importance as I consider them equally worth watching:

Liberty’s Secret (USA, 2016)

A brilliant musical and comedy which deals with very sensitive issues. Excellent performance: bravo!

Elena Undone (USA, 2010)

A beautifully presented love story about two souls being magnetically attracted to each other. Spirituality and Love.

Blue is the Warmest Colour (France, 2013)

A journey of self discovery for a young girl who doesn’t really know what love and sex are about. Very artistic and realistic, brilliantly developed. The actors had to improvise while filming for most of the scenes. Outstanding performance by the two leading characters.

I can’t Think Straight (UK, 2008)

A very interesting and funny movie which deals with multi-cultural reality, religion and traditional beliefs in modern society

When Night is Falling (Canada , 1996)

This is a must watch for those who love art and romance with an insight on religion. I still believe it to be one of the best lesbian movies ever made.

Fingersmith (UK, 2005)

This is a masterpiece. The acting is impeccable and nothing really is what it seems.  Once you start watching this movie produced by the BBC, it would be virtually impossible to get away from the screen; it’s one of those stories where you need to know what’s going to happen next. Be prepared to cry and smile at the same time. Standing ovation!

Imagine Me and You (UK, Germany, 2006)

If you are looking for a heart lifter then this movie is for you. This movie is a comedy served with plenty of British sense of humor. The actors involved all do a great job but the best performance is dished out by the “husband” whose feelings are so realistic and believable that you can’t help but feel tremendously sorry for him.

Madchen in uniform (Germany/France, 1958) 

Life of girls in a boarding school in pre-world war II Germany. Adolescent love in a time of austerity of the heart where being gay is considered sinful. This is a remake of the original movie which came out in 1931. Outstanding interpretation by all the characters.

Aimee & Jaguar (Germany, 1999)

Can a Jewish woman fall in love with a German woman in nazi time in Germany? I’ve watched this movie more than three times because it is based on a true story.  It will break your heart into thousand pieces but it is definitely a must watch for those who want to understand history from a different perspective. Love knows no boundaries.

Fire (India, 1996)

I was living in Japan when this movie came out and I remember that it caused a lot of problems in India where extremists were setting cinemas on fire to stop its distribution. Luckily, that only contributed to an increase in its popularity, especially in the West. It is one of a series of movies by the brilliant director Deepa Metha who made a movie for the elements Water Earth and Fire and every element denounces something about the abuse of women and the girl child in India. Thanks to the courage of Deepa Metha and other people like her who speak up for human rights, India has changed very rapidly since then and certain cruelties are unthinkable of in modern days. A must watch to understand what some women have to go through to liberate themselves!

Eloise’s Lover   (Spain, 2009)

Teenage love and confusion. Cleverly done and developed. Very good acting by the young interpreters. It talks about the importance of developing one’s own identity even when anyone else opposes you or you’ll have to pay the tragic consequences.

The Perfume of Memory (Brazil, Oswaldo Montenegro’s film)

This movie can be a little disturbing emotionally because it forces people to face their deepest fears and challenge their beliefs. A masterpiece!

The Greatest Love (Thailand)

Two girls fall in love with each other and now it’s time to tell the family. Interesting approach to family values and homosexual love.

Yes or No (Thailand)

Cute movie about teenage first love. Female homosexuality is still considered a taboo in Thailand and this movie lightens up the subject by presenting highly likable characters with typical Thai sense of humor.

Fear of Water (UK, 2015)

This is a pure British movie and you get that not only by the accent but by witnessing some popular sites which still portraits the shadow of a past of nobility and good manners contrasted by the rising poverty and desperation in areas which are getting more and more degraded because of the large consumption of drugs and alcohol. What does a spoiled rich girl have in common with the daughter of an alcoholic and a man with a mutilated leg? Yet, destiny will bring them together. If you have ever been to the UK, this movie will make much more sense to you. The acting is very good and convincing in an atmosphere of  deep sorrow and desperation that more often than not get either drowned in addictions or suppressed by becoming totally aloof. It looks like a movie for the TV so don’t expect a masterpiece but it’s definitely worth watching.

Saving Face (USA, 2005)

This is a fantastic comedy which deals with the impact of modern society on traditional values. In this case, we have new generation Chinese, born and raised in America, versus previous generations who are still very keen on preserving their traditions. There are a lot of twists in the story so I won’t tell you anything no to spoil the movie but it is a must watch and you will enjoy it even more if you have a general understanding of Chinese culture. I don’t like making comparisons but it is on the same wave as The Joy Luck Club. The acting is impeccable!

Tipping the Velvet (UK, 2002)

It goes without saying that if the BBC is the producer, it’s bound to be good: and  it it is indeed an excellent piece of work. This is actually a TV miniseries based on the book by Sarah Waters. It will make you smile, laugh, cry and scream because it’s a very potent cocktail of emotions. The portrait of London in the 1890’s gives me the chill but apparently it was a great gate away for gay women of those times. Some scenes are actually too crude and violent for my taste but it all makes sense at the end of the story. A must watch!

Carol (USA, 2016)

This is an impossible love story in 1950s New York. Are people open minded enough to accept homosexual love? A woman dares to be herself in a society which obviously condemns homosexuality as a perversion. The costume, photography and clever camera shots in this movie are outstanding. It’s a work of art which reminded me of another gay movie titled A Single Man (USA, 2009).

The World Unseen (UK, 2007)

In South Africa apartheid times, it’s not just black people who get harassed by the sadistic white policemen but Indian too. There is more than a love story in this little piece of art and I won’t tell you anything else not to spoil it. It’s on the same vibe as Fried Green Tomatoes (USA, 1991). Sheeta Sheth is as beautiful and as convincing as in the movie I Can’t Think Straight (UK, 2008).

Nina’s Heavenly Delights (UK, 2006)

This film is a precious pearl which illustrates the perfect blending between two cultures: Indian and Scottish (you may say British but not, Scottish)! The story is hilarious and it encompasses a few culturally “unacceptable” loves served in garam masala and a lot of spicy curry! If you love food and having a laugh, this movie will bring up your spirit!

AWOL (Australia, 2016)

There are many facets to desperation: addiction, poverty and lack of hope. However, there is a beautiful young girl who thinks she can change all that. She’s very smart and attractive but really innocent in a world where everyone seems to have sold their soul long ago. Definitely worth watching but it’s a bit shocking… Excellent performance by the actors, realistic casting and perfect portraits of the locations.


The above are just a few of the movies worth watching if you are interested in female homosexual relationships. There are other good ones as well but unfortunately, I don’t remember the title.

I have just listed some Thai movies here but let’s say that the biggest surprise in terms of gay movies comes from non Western countries. India, Thailand, China and some countries in South America are making excellent TV series. The refreshing point is that they are creating high quality films with good acting and realistic cultural environment dealing with fundamental issues such as family and traditional values.  An outstanding example comes from an Indian independent group called Just Like That (JLT) with their web miniseries called The Other available on You Tube definitely a must watch!

I just can’t wait to watch more of those and hopefully the ugly b-rated movies whose sole purpose is to arouse the interest of a male audience will  eventually disappear for good!

If you know of any good movies worth watching, please leave a comment or just let us knows what you think.

Hasta la vista amigos!

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