Monday, 29 September 2014

Cleaning up my words

For today I decided to strip my Dukcy DK9008 Shine 2 Cherry MX Blue Mechanical Keyboard for a well earned clean up...

Nothing much else to say...

Anyways, got nothing better to do today other than this.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Blog on the Go: Well sort of...

The Man Cave
So I finally added an app called Blogaway from Google Play Store for free. There happens to be a paid version, but ads don't bother me.

This is a fake blog on the go series entry cos I am in my room posting this, but since I am using my smartphone to post this and not my main PC rig, I'll let it slide for now.

I was also testing the phones camera for future blogs on the go.

I swear, I'll get better fonts sometime lol


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Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Leap to Android: ASUS Zenfone 5 Day 3

So I am on my 3rd day of using an Android device in the form of the ASUS Zenfone 5 and I am starting to get the hang of it. Albeit, I still got ways to learn on this new platform I am working on, and everyone knows me that I will do my best to understand my gadgets to get the most out of it. Yes, I will eventually be rooting and unlocking the bootloader of this phone... I had to research what the heck those are, mind you LOL

That's the main reason why I haven't been really downloading or customizing my phone with apps and whatnot, because I am still learning the Android system, what this rooting is, and what benefits unlocking bootloader would do. And not only am I learning how to do those, I am learning how to recover from those if I a screw up.

Sure I can ask someone to do these things for me, but that has never been my way of thinking when it comes to gadgets. I am very well versed in the realm of computers and programming, so a few nights of studying the Android system and my phone specifically, I think I can start customizing it to the way I want it, much like how I customized all the iterations of Windows I have ever used.

Well, today, the ASUS Zenfone 5 View Flipcover came in the mail today, and wow it is gorgeous... JUST LOOK AT IT!

ASUS Zenfone 5 with Flip Cover

A minor complaint is that it is not magnetic so the flap... well, will flap down when the phone is facing the bottom due to gravity. But I guess it is alright. Wish it were cheaper for what it is... Meh.

Anyways, I am enjoying my experience thus far!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

To Android and Beyond! Welcome Asus Zenfone 5!

Asus Zenfone 5 Cometh!
Lookie what came in the mail today!

Now, it has been at least 4 years since I wanted to own an Android device but my family members would always give my an iDevice to my dismay.

I mean sure, I think my Mini iPad came in handy for my studies because that's where all my textbooks are stored; that's where I place my PowerPoint Slides to study my reports; that's where all my medical apps are installed so I can wow my residents/consultants when there is a question need answering.

I also owned an iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4; all serving a good purpose, but I always felt limited to their iOS than I would in an Android device.

Finally, after 4 years, I landed my first Android smartphone, in the form of the new ASUS Zenfone 5 (SPECS here:

NOW! This phone isn't as elite as that of Samsung Galaxies or the Apple iPhones, but the price and the features are perfect for me. I don't need to have all those fancy features like those elite smartphones, but for me, reading the Zenfone's specs, were perfect for me. And the Android OS is open source enough for me to geek out and customize it the way I want it.

This is really bang for the buck... although I haven't really tested it's full performance, I feel that this is a good start for me in the world of Androids...

And plus. This is the first phone I bought out of my pocket... so sentimental value is sky high!

I'd like to point out as my next few posts will most likely be my shift to Android OS and me using this 5inch display phone, is that I am not a phone buff; I am not as inclined with phone hardware as I am with PC hardware... soif I come off as a noob in my next posts... sorry LOL

So time to open this box and see what wonders it will bring!


Friday, 19 September 2014

House MD, Reprise

If you're following my posts, then one would know that I have a recurrence of my right knee injury that I have sustained since my high school days, and ever since then, was advised for surgery, but always declining because I was either too scared or thought I can live without having to do any rigorous activities such as sports and whatnot.

Sadly, my right knee popping out occurs intermittently, and is like a ticking time bomb; it will pop out whenever it feels like. Ah well.

Thus, I will be scheduled for surgery real soon and my senior medical internship is put on hold for now. This is not good, as I may be delayed, and the delay will be detrimental to my preparation for the medical licensure exams next August. But, the longer I postpone my operation, the more it will bite me in the end... just like when I first declined the operation back in high school.

Having to be pseudo-ambulatory, and feeling I want to stay away from books for now, I decided to once again, bring out my DSLR and do some creative shots in my room that I can "magically" turn into a studio of sorts. Having the right equipment, even those budget equipment (go to my Flickr account and you will find out that my gear is not the high end gear... MacGuyver most of the time...), and you can make studio like photos in your own room.

Since I sustained a right knee injury due to my recurring patellar dislocation of said knee, I had to equip myself with my trusty ol' cane I got 10 years ago when I first got this injury. Thus, I was once again called by long my standing nickname "Dr House". Though, I am not as brilliant as House, it is quite flattering they'd call me that - however, I think they call me that due to the cane and not my intellect. Sigh...

Then just like that, I knew I had to have a self portrait of me with my white coat and the cane. It just had to be done, in my opinion.

I was thinking of going to the hospital and go in one of the conference rooms and use the wall for plain white background and having my cane over my shoulders, with a pose that has some "swag". But doing so myself would require me to lug a lot of my gear with me to get the effect I'd want. I could ask a friend to shoot with me, but they usually never get the shot I envision no matter how much I explain to them what I want to see as a result.

Then, it hit me; I already had my MRI done and got my MRI plates, why don't I just rig up my flashes and strobes at home to illuminate my MRI plates, wear my white coat, hold my cane, while I am seated in front of what will be MRI plates background, and have my favorite "pseudo-silhouette" style photography.

Pseudo-Silhouette you ask? I may not be the pioneer of such photography, but I was trying to shoot a self portrait completely silhouette, where in a put my flash in 1/2 power directly behind me to illuminate the wall but forgetting to cover the area above my head, thus the flash that bounced off the ceiling, slightly illuminated me.

This serendipity of sorts has become one the most requested portraits for my clients.

It looks like this:

As you can see, I am not completely silhouette.

So rigged my flashes and strobes to light up the MRI plates, that I also rigged a placeholder for, in the background and having another one pointing directly at the ceiling with around 1/4th the power to ever so slightly illuminate me.

And here are the results!

This one is with my normal watermark

For this one, I downloaded custom fonts to replicate the show's logo

I must say, it has been forever since I did any real creative photography as such. It is quite fun shooting this, though it was difficult having to lug around my gear, even if it is in my room only, due to my injury, but this goes to show, that you don't need the best gear out there, you just have to be creative, both in the photo's concept, and how to use the gear you have and use the things around you (I won't bore you on how I rigged my flashes and strobes and how I got the MRI to hang in such a way, but I had to use whatever I could find in my room and home).

So I hope y'all enjoyed this read and the photos.

As always...


Keep shooting! And never look back!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Blog on the Go: Confined with a bad knee

It was well over a week that I re-injured my right knee, and decided, to return to hospital duty without having to follow up with the orthopedic surgeon; hey, my leg felt great... Okay, maybe not great, but I felt like I can return to work and be ever closer to taking my board exams in order to be one step closer in becoming a doctor.

But my stubbornness for not following up and having the go signal to return to work, I, yet again, twisted my knee, having it pop out, and I found myself nearly kissing the floor.

Thankfully my best friend and co-intern, Dr. Michael Paroli, was there beside me when it all happened. And good thing I was at the 3rd floor where all my nurse friends saw me fall over, heck even my buddy med tech, sir Noel, was there, and rushed to my aid. I thank my lucky stars for that. In spite of me twisting my knee again, it's nice to know how many people came to my aid.

Now, what exactly happened to my knee? What made it so frail? A ticking time bomb that it would pop out when it so feels like?

Well, this dates back when I was in my 3rd year highschool, eons ago. I was playing basketball with my friends, where I pulled a T-Mac-esque shot, landing in on one foot, my right foot, but sadly, having to land on someone else's foot. This caused my knee to pop out for the first time.

I went for a check up, and was told that I tore my ACL and need surgery. I declined, since I was afraid. But this then put a serious strain on my left knee, since I was now dependent on it more than my right at this point in time. Years of stress, caused my left knee to pop out too when I simply ran. My ACL was also torn at this point.

Fast forward to 3rd year medicine, and one of my classmates decided to pull a prank that involved hitting the back of my knees, which, you guessed it, popped my right knee, causing my MCL to tear.

Again was advised for surgery, and again, decided not to have it.

The two Fridays ago, we had a little dance routine, and I do mean little. It was so simple my grandma, no joke, can do it! But in front of my residents and consultants, my knee gave up in the middle of the dance. Causing me and my morale to fall on the floor. And maybe deeper.

Now I find myself confined for possible arthroscopy and maybe coercing me to have the actual surgery.

I'm still afraid, but I'm more afraid of this recurring over and over again. So I'll take the advice of the ER nurse, who happens to be one of my good friends, Ma'am Jam, and not "be stubborn", and listen to my doctor.

Because, hey, once I have my license, I would like my own patients to be compliant to my management, too.

Anyways... Here's to whatever!


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Crippled. Again.

Originally written Sept. 5, 2014

It comes to no surprise to most of my friends that I have weak knees; I torn my left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and partially torn my left lateral collateral ligament (LCL), I also partially torn my right ACL and partially torn my left medial collateral ligament (MCL), due to playing basketball bak in highschool and landing on someone's foot that popped both my knees out. This caused me to not be able to walk for a month.

My right knee suffered yet another devastating blow when someone blindsided me for fun when I was still in my 3rd year of medical school proper. I wasn't able to walk for 2 weeks.

Ever since highschool I was advised for surgery but always declined because I was afraid of surgeries. Ironically, I want to become a surgeon.

I was told of the risks, and I was aware of them; thus I stopped playing sports (only chess remains); I stopped running, only if I really have to in emergency cases; basically I stopped physical activities.

But yesterday, since it was our training officers birthday, we decided to dance for our doctor as a surprise for her birthday. I never told my residents of my injury because I thought, "hey! it is just a dance, not really a strenuous activity; I'm not gonna lift anyone or do any stunts, just a simple dance routine". Unfortunately, the years of relying on my remaining ligaments and tendons on my right knee, coupled with the fact I am always on the go in the hospital, not using the elevator but rather using the stairs, added to the stress of my patellar tendon and it finally gave way in the middle of the routine.

It was embarrassing, but hey, that's life. And I blame myself for not taking the surgeries I was told to take back in highschool.

Will be having an MRI this coming Monday to see the extent of my injury. Hopefully, it is not so bad that I will really be forced to have that surgery. I definitely would not take it if I can still get away from it,

Let me just share my X-rays for now:

As you can see from the first photo it looks as though my patella is avulsed; it is more superior and lateral. Then on the second photo the patella is indeed superior.

Anyways, my orthopedic surgeon advised me to have my MRI and I will be having it on Tuesday. Hopefully there really is no immediate need for surgery.

So that's my life. Full of crazy surprises like this. Ah well.



I already had my MRI and am just waiting for the results.

Here's hoping everything will be just fine.