Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Today I went to the city to get all my papers done. I gave the secretary of the Dean of the College of Nursing at Xavier University (XU) a letter requesting for a recommendation letter stating that I was indeed a student in the College of Nursing and that I am eligible to enroll in a nursing program in another school.

Yup, you heard me right. I'm transferring to another school. But I'm not transferring to another school because I failed or anything and definitely not because I kicked out or I dislike XU. I'm transferring schools because my family and I are moving away to Canada this May. It's quite sad really that I won't be able to graduate as an Atenean nurse. But I'll always be an Atenean in my heart and in my actions... as I told my clinical instructor, at least I won't have to worry about being the cause of a non-100% passing rate on the PRC Nursing board exams.

My God, this is one big hell of a step for me and my family. I'm very scared but at the same time excited because I sure do want to travel and experience something new once in a while. It's not like moving to a new place is a daily happening right?

I will sure miss my friends, my clinical instructors, and of course my beloved school. I'm also quite concerned that I might have to go back to 1st year college because my subjects might not be credited, but this fear is allayed by the fact that an Ateneo school is widely known and recognized in the Philippines as well as in the international field. Oh well, if i do go back to 1st year that would be fine with me since I really want to study again because I'm afraid that I'm forgetting some of the concepts that I have learned.

I just hope that everything turns out for the best.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Anti-Filariasis Medication

At last after a few days of waiting we finally got our share of the Anti-Filariasis medication. If you ask me, although the Department of Health has good intentions of eliminating Filariasis in the Philippines, their Anti-Filariasis Program is poorly implemented (well maybe in our Local Government Unit anyway). In our case, the people in our neighborhood were informed but the stocks of the drug was very limited and scarce. If we didn't go directly to the source, the main "barangay" (neighborhood) health center, then we wouldn't have received our anti-filariasis drugs. The information flashed on the TV was quite misleading and the people at the Barangay Hall were also misinformed.

With this kind of program implementation I doubt if the program would reach it's goals. One reason why people in the barangay don't go to the health center even if the services are free is because they consider going to the health center as a hassle and the line seems to go on forever. So if the information dissemination about the Filariasis program is vague then the outcome would more likely be a failure. The information dissemination was way better in Cagayan de Oro than here in the province.

But I salute our President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, for using her powers for the good of all issuing

Lymphatic filariasis as defined by Executive Order No. 369
is a parasitic disease primarily affecting children, women and men living in endemic remote areas; Lymphatic Filariasis is a debilitating and disfiguring disease, comprising about 76% of cases living in 4th to 6th class municipalities in 36 established endemic areas out of the 48 probably endemic provinces in the country; advances in the field of diagnosis and treatment make the disease one of the six eradicable diseases as declared by the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, as documented by endemic countries able to eradicate the disease such as Japan, Korea, etc;

So I encourage all Filipinos to avail of the said drugs to prevent Filariasis and to go to your nearest health centers while supplies still last. Don't wait until you become like this:

Photo Credit: Stanford University

Online Casino

Ok, I have been talking about online casinos with my friends lately and I said to myself why not try my luck and play online?

There are a lot of virtual casinos online and I mean a lot! It's very hard to choose a casino that pretty much matches my likes. And I also want a casino that offers a variety of games. And while searching for that said online casino, guess what I found? Joyland Online Casino! Like you wouldn't believe what Joyland Online Casino! You are given a lot of bonuses like a $850 sign-up bonus for starters. What a treat indeed! And that's just one of the benefits you'll get for signing up with Joyland Online Casino.

And I'm actually a beginner at these casino games, but the site offers great accessibility and it's very easy to navigate around. It was a breeze learning the games and adapting to the game style. You just have to download their application so that you can easily play the games that they offer like Video Poker, Blackjack, Progressive Slot Jackpots, Video Slots, Multi-line slots, Single-line slots, Caribbean Poker, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, Keno, Arcade Games, And many more.

So what are you waiting for? Why don't you check Joyland Online Casino for yourself to see what I'm talking about.

Monday, March 10, 2008

My Brain is on Vacation

As of this very moment I am officially an Out-of-School-Youth. Yup damn right I am. It's time to have my summer vacation started and have the rest period that I have been waiting for for the past few weeks now.

Finally, a little more "me" time and more time for sleeping and all that none sense. "None sense" you ask? Well, although I've been praying to be out of school and just bum around it's not that rewarding.

I'm at home all day with out anything worth doing. The past few weeks I've been fiddling around with my computers at home doing system checks, downloading/updating softwares, and downloading pc games which I don't have the interest to play with (well not yet of course).

I have prepared well for this summer vacation from buying anime DVD's and PC games so that I won't get bored. But surprisingly, I find playing PC games and watching movies a complete waste of time. Oh my God! What am I saying? I love PC games and watching anime. But for the past couple of days now I have been more interested in blogging about health related stuff so that my brain won't become stagnant.

Yup, I want to learn. I'm not a big nerd or geek but I don't want to forget everything I've learned in school so I want to keep my brain in tip-top shape by blogging. Who would have guessed that my addiction to blogging could be worth while huh?

Sunday, March 9, 2008

On Piracy

"Ahoy there! You land-lovers er wondering why I'm a pirate I reckon?!"

Well I'm a pirate for a very simple reason: I use pirated software. I know, I know... "Very bad Edgar you are so evil! You are causing the impedance of growth and innovations because you're stealing and all..."

I know that piracy is bad but what can I do? I'm addicted to it. It's like seeing a treasure chest right in front of me, and by instinct I grab the treasure chest and keep it to myself.

But you just have to be amazed by the way people are resourceful enough to generate keygens (that's key generators in short) or create programs to get through password/serial number impregnated softwares.

I'm actually downloading a torrent right now that contains Final Fantasy VII for the PC and at the same time downloading a rapidshare file: Silent Hill 4: The Room. These are all RPG's (Role Playing Games) mind you, my type of computer games where I play the role of a character and be engulfed in the story and such. My reason for piracy is one it's cheap and I'm able to get downloads that are very rare and hard to find like Final Fantasy VII. There are a lot of pirated Cd's being sold in broad daylight in the Philippines in shops that are legal mind you but I prefer to download because again it's cheaper (I'm so cheap I'm sorry).

But with piracy comes great consequences. Although it's amazing that you can download stuff for free you are posing yourself to great danger like having your PC infested by viruses, adwares, and the worst destroys your PC. I've heard a rumor that once Microsoft finds out that your PC is counterfeit they can easily fry or overload your system to the point that it can be salvageable. Pretty scary huh? Not to mention the potential lawsuits that you will get if they gather enough evidence to prove that you tamper with their software or such.

Ok fine, I'll stop my downloads. This stress is not worth it. Plus it takes so long for my download to finish because the free version of Rapidshare restricts the download speed... but there is a way to pirate a premium Rapidshare account. But again bad idea...

Hmm... being good sucks... hehehe...