Monday, 7 September 2015

I moved to WordPress!


I have had multiple accounts in Blogger prior to this one, so after many years of using Blogger, it is time for me to make a move to another blogging service.

With that said, I have moved to WordPress... follow the link below and you can find my latest posts.




So, thank you Blogger! You have been kind to me.

PEACE!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Dusting off my DSLR

I See You
Time to go shooting again! This photo was taken way back 2011...


I have been invited to join my sister and future boss, as well as her co-physician buddies that happen to be my future bosses, too, to have a 2 days and 1 night stay at Tagaytay; now don't ask me too much of that place for I am a geek/nerd/dork/dweeb that doesn't do too much travelling. And that's weird for a photography enthusiast to not look for adventures... Anyways, my forte will always be street photography.

With that said, I will dust off my DSLR, plan what exact stuff to take as I won't bring ALL my gear. Plan out what are the possible good shots to take, and since I am with a group, what good group photos, or heck, since they are there, they will be my models and I can do creative photography with models (my second most forte). I might even venture out into making a travel VLOG; give me a good reason to test out my R9 390 I got weeks ago in video editing, and gives me good practice.

I will share a pretravel blog on what gear I'll be taking, what are my initial plans in shooting, and if I do make a travel VLOG, how to go about it.

This is short, not totally structured post... but hey, I just feel like typing tonight before gaming.

Also, these may be the few posts I will be making in Blogger (sob) for I might be migrating to WordPress really soon.

For now, PEACE!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Oh, how the years go by

As I went to AUFMC just to get my papers signed prior to me registering for both the physician licensure review and examination slated for February 2016; I am unable to take the examinations this month of this year because I finished my internship 2 months later than my batch due to me missing one rotation thanks to my injury and subsequent surgery of my right knee... an injury that has plagued me since I was still in high school.

After getting some of the papers signed, and still having tons not yet signed, I decided to kick back and visit my Alma Mater, AUF, that is literally just next door to the hospital.

It was a strange and warm feeling visiting the school I have studied in for 8 years... 4 years taking up B.S. Biology and another 4 years taking Doctor of Medicine.

Sitting down in the stone benches where I waste a lot of hour after school with my friends for life during premed; we may have taken different paths since we graduated, some took jobs, some started a family, and some, like me, went to medicine, yet, we still, up to this day, stay in touch thanks to the advent of these social media sites. Though I loathe Facebook in general and love Twitter more, it is thanks to the former that I can still chat with friends that I would have lost touch with.

Nostalgia started creeping up to me, and for the first time in years, I felt a slight relief. I felt that the weight of the world was taken off my back even just for a few moments. I didn't have to think about the papers to be signed, I didn't have to think about registering and beating whatever deadline there is, I didn't have to think about reading my review books. I felt that I was taken back to my days when I was a B.S. Biology student... 

I am not saying I was a lazy student that time. Far from it, I was at the top of my game without having to work too hard. I was literally the top of my class, graduated Cum Laude, 0.15 GWA away from Magna Cum Laude, and I bagged The Outstanding Student in Science and Technology award. What I was trying to say when I mentioned that it felt like I was taken back to the days of my premed, was that I was relaxed even in the face of difficult challenges. I was relaxed, and I conquered it all.

Nowadays, I think I am less confident than I used to and that's why I get stressed out.

Visiting the school and sitting down on those stone benches reminded me to stay cool, stay relaxed, for I have already conquered a lot, and I can do a lot more.

How the years go by, indeed. From that scrawny teenager, just wanting to be noticed academically in his department, to a scrawny adult, who just wants to make a difference in the medical world. I have come a long way.

Many good and bad memories in the school, but they all forged me today. And I am thankful for all those.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Enter AMD R9 390

Looks like it will be several nights of gaming, photo editing, and video editing again!
An Nvidia user for 13 years and this card from AMD is too good even for a Nvidia fanboy to resist


Okay, July 26, 2015 marks my mothers 64th birthday! But that is beyond the point of this post; July 26, 2015 also marks my 13 year run using an Nvidia GPU ending when I picked up my first ever AMD/ATI GPU, the AMD Radeon R9 390 of the VTX3D flavor.

Now, I don't always own the latest video cards from both brands at the same time, so I CANNOT give a thorough review and benchmarks on this card unlike other tech blogs or YouTube channels do. This isn't my job so I am not sponsored or be given any review models for a lot of GPUs; I am like you, the average consumer.

So, the least I can do is compare it with my previous GPU, an Nvidia GTX 660Ti, and it is obvious right off the bat, that this blows that card out of the water, and the some. But to what extent was the improvement?

After talking about the comparisons and obvious improvements from my previous GPU, I will just give a modest benchmark using some benchmarking programs. I will also tell you how it performs in the usual games I play on ULTRA and how this helps me in my productivity like photo editing or video editing.

And then I will give my thoughts as an avid Nvidia fan; can this impress a fanboy like me? Was my decision to get an AMD card for this generation of GPUs a good idea? Will I consider returning to Nvidia next upgrade/build or will I look into more AMD GPUs?

All the above and more in a few days time... I like writing reviews after I have used the item at least a week to give some real world uses and tests.

So until then...

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Blog on the Go: Make Up and some R&R

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Rare selfie... But you will see a lot of selfies in this post... Ah well.

Ah, a successful make up duty must be rewarded with a little r&r.

I made my way to my favorite part of SM North EDSA, which is Annex 1, because most of the enthusiast PC shops are here.

What better way to wash down the last remaining taste of internship, than having to look at my passion: computers. Well, one of my passions.

But being all elated, I was able to walk all the way here in spite of my operates. I guess it is the endorphins that got me all happy and blinded by the fact that it is painful; it must adrenaline that kept me going when I realized the pain I was going through.

Thankfully, I found a little stall inside Annex 1, right next to the electronics, called InfiniTEA. Now, I am not a tea lover, I am a pure bred coffee lover. Such an addict I am that I have my own, yes my own, and not a family owned, coffee maker in my room. Yes, I also like my coffee black. To hell, I say, to these coffee establishments that sell for the name and not the coffee itself.

Yet! I found that I needed a place to stay to rest my knee for the moment, but for the life of me, the closest coffee shop feels like a mile away, so going back to my resentment to tea, I had no choice but to try out InfiniTEA.


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The sleepy head and the crippled. Needed a place to rest the wary knee, and somehow
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Luckily, they have other derivatives without tea in it and I got me a cookies and cream frappe, and upon the first sip and subsequent brain freeze that followed, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.


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Technology around me, my favorite tunes bursting thru my
earphones, and Cookies and Cream frappe; a perfect
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Now can this be something I'll get used to and start drinking these type of beverages? Probably not, but that's coming from a coffee junkie who needs 5 mugs of coffee throughout the day to even remotely function right.

As I am typing this, I am resting my weary knee, but nonetheless, scouting for beauty. No, not girls; I just got out of a serious relationship I wanted, where I was sure of pursuing... but that's a tale for another day me thinks.

This beauty I speak of is technology; apart from my passion of computers, I am also into photography and music (I play the guitar mostly), and Annex 1 is melting pot, well for the most part, for my passions.

I am literally breaking my neck trying to look around from my seat. And as soon as I finish this drink and feel as though my knee can make it through a triathalon, I am look into every nook and cranny for best possible deals for whatever tech I need.
posted from Bloggeroid

Sunday, 12 July 2015

My Love Letter to Ah! Megami Sama!

I had no idea that the long running manga series ended last year. It ran from September 1988 up to April 2014. 

Now, I first saw the 1993 OVA around the early 2000s; this was when I was starting to get into anime and it was this OVA that solidified my liking anime. Sure before that, I watched Macross, Gundam Wing, and the like, but this was something fresh for a young pubescent such as I in the early 2000s; somcething less of the run and gun, ask questions later, but more of the human element... more of love.

It brought a sense of love to me (but later on when I started reading Love Hina, did the idea of falling in love was something to look forward to), otherwise, I would only know the clenched fist mayhem of pure shonen. This opened the door to a slew of romantic comedies for me to look forward to; some harem here and there, but nothing like having that one girl that you set your eyes on, work your ass off to get her in the, and the vindication that she felt the same way afterall. That is what I felt with such a genre, and it was Ah! Megami Sama that opened the door to all of them. To a broader range of anime.

I loved how it was hand drawn, the OVA that is, love the opening and ending themes, even if I didn't speak or understand Japanese, you knew it was filled with love and joy. Something that even someone like me, who has a lot of testosterone (yes, look it up; testosterone closes the epiphyseal plate... and since my growth was stunted, I believe it is due to my raging testosterone levels), can appreciate and smile; feel warm inside, and like I said, brings the idea of falling in love something that I can look forward to (and again, this was cemented after reading Love Hina; everything I need to know about love I learned in Love Hina).

I then felt that I needed more... more than just 5 episodes of the OVA and as the internet was about to boom, I found out about the manga series; at first I was a bit let down by the drawing, but when I found out it would later better with later volumes and become close to the OVA that I was first introduced to, I was at ease. But I will admit, the drawing may have put me off a bit, it was the story pacing that got me hooked; people did tell me that the OVA was just scraping the surface of what the story was really like, and they were right... it was far superior in the manga.

But with all the good I can say about Ah! Megami-Sama!, and although this series is SO close to my heart for what it stood for in my life: it introduced me to romantic comedy, and it taught me about love and the beauty of it, if done right. I was never one to watch all the movies it spawned, or read ALL the chapters of the manga (but now that it has ended, I might try and read now), or collect any of the merchandise (Though I did watch the 2011 anime series and I thought it was also great!). I am a fan and I love the series to death... but I just didn't feel the need to all those I just mentioned.


Now knowing that the series in the manga sense has ended (and pretty much ended as a whole series... it was the main storyline), I can't help but look back at those days where I pretended to be Keiichi and I am patiently waiting for my Belldandy... and you know what? Sometimes I still do think that I am Keiichi... just waiting for my Beldandy.

And I think that is what the series is as a whole... find your better half, and through all the shit the world and BEYOND will throw at you, you will stay together and show the world the beautiful it is to be in love. IF DONE RIGHT.


I say done right because, there are many people in the world in love, but they lost the love I have seen in the old days. Nowadays, people just want to get into eachother's pants. I am old fashioned, and seeing the love projected in Ah! Megami-Sama! is what I long for... both sides are strong individuals, working tirelessly to make the relationship work; no such thing as this knight in shining armor doing all the work for the weak damsel in distress. Both are capable, and smart enough, to keep a relationship work in spite of what, again, the world and BEYOND will throw.

And with that, I want to thank Fujishima-Sensei for introducing me to Keiichi, Belldandy, and the rest of the cast; for teaching this man that there is more to anime that robots and guns... And telling me, this hopeless romantic, that falling in love is something that I can look forward to.

I want to leave with my favorite song from the series; this is the ending theme of the 1993 OVA (though the songs in the 2011 anime series were also worth an ear), appropriately entitled "Congratulations!".

So... Ah! Megami-Sama!... Thank you for all the memories. And Congratulations!!


Saturday, 11 July 2015

Can this year for PC gaming get any better?

Can this year for PC gaming get any better?

Let us start earlier this year when Cities: Skyline came out; a great city builder the likes of me, a Sim City fan, deserves after the disappointments EA has been releasing as of late. The city builder games I probably spent the same amount of time in as Cities were Sim City 3000 and Sim City 4. And just like previous Sim Cities, the traffic can be bothersome; what do you expect from the creators of Cities in Motion, but thankfully, the traffic isn't as complex as it is in Cities in Motion, but you can still see you city not booming because of it. There is also lack of calamities and such, but heck, you already have a lot to worry about in this game, and that is not to shy you away from the game, it is to challenge you to play one of the more in depth city builders of late.



Next, you have the love-letter, the homage to classic RPGs, particularly the Infinity Engine games, Pillars of Eternity (I have been so addicted to this since it's release last March, I will write a review for this fantastic game when I have more time.); I have waited for this game since its announcement in Kickstarter last 2012, and I was nearly floored that not even a year after its release, they have an expansion called The White March is slated to be released also within the year... or at least a "part" of it. The Infinity Engine games are what converted me from a console gamer to a PC master race gamer; it was 1998, when I first played Baldur's Gate, and since then, I have measured every RPG with that series. Then the lack of RPG of the same caliber... years and years of lackluster RPG, apart from The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Star Wars Knight of the Old Republic, and Dragon Age Origins. But even so, I longed for a classic RPG with true Dungeons and Dragons feel to it. Then March of this year, my heroes at Obsidian gifted me this... and you should play it too if you're an RPG fan.





Torment, another one of my all time favorite classic RPG will also have a new title in the series this December. Or so I hope they won't delay, but then again, if it will make the game even better, then delay away! Though not too long... Planescape Torment, another dear Infinity Engine game, even beat out my favorite Baldur's Gate series in story. It is a masterpiece of videogame writing. A writing that not even books or movies can beat. It was... and still is... the most emotionally gripping games I have ever played. A new Torment would have to be at par or better, and I trust the guys at inXile Entertainment, with no less than Brian Fargo at the helm, that released Wasteland 2 last year (and it was a blast to play!). They also recently had a successful Kickstarter for Bard's Tale IV, but I think that comes out next year or so...



As if those to games wouldn't keep me busy, Grand Theft Auto V is released, though I am yet to own this in Steam (Running short on cash lately... ugh); but I will surely get this within the year, especially once I upgrade my GTX 660ti to a new card.



Then E3 came and gone, and left us gamers drooling over more games that are coming out this year, starting with Fallout 4; I have all the canon Fallout games, and sure I was surprised at first by the FPS direction Bethesda took with Fallout 3 instead of the classic Isometric, and it became real time, instead of turn based, but Bethesda, being the ethereal developers as they are, still crafted a great RPG in spite of my fears.



Doom, fresh from my revisiting of Doom I and II using my Zenfone 2 (I will have a tutorial on how to set up your Android phone for DOS games, and play with a Bluetooth controller soon), I suddenly had an itch to collect classic shooters, especially from Id Software; I got the Classic Doom I and II, Doom III, Wolfenstein 3d and Spear of Destiny, Return to Castle Wolfentein, Wolfenstein New Order, and Wolfenstein The Old Blood, it comes to no surprise that I became quite hyped about the new Doom. Hopefully they will include heavy metal music like the old days.



If you follow me in my other social sites, you would know that I am also a diehard Deus Ex fan; I loved the original Deus Ex and Human Revolution was nearly as good as the original. Apart from some balancing issues, AKA, if you played the game all stealth, Human Revolution's boss battles will be hard to tackle. But all in all, a neat addition to the series. And so when they announced Deus Ex Mankind Divided, I was glad, but honestly, looking at the gameplay trailer, I wasn't too excited. As a fan, I would love to get a hold of it especially if it isn't anything like Invisible War or The Fall, but I might not get this as soon as it releases.



XCOM with the Long War mod will keep any turn based player on his toes for a long time, as it did me. But sometimes, you want something more, thus my prayers were answered and XCOM 2 was also announced. And if the price is right, I am surely getting this game as it releases.



I was never really a Hitman fan, but I do own some of the games in the series and I love the concept and gameplay, then when they announced World of Assassination, it looked so ambitious that I am interested in the outcome of the game, If it lives up to its self established hype, then this is surely in my wishlist. But right off the bat, my complaint already with this game, the trailer reminds me so much of Watchdogs... let us hope THAT is the only similarity to that game.



The reboot for Tomb Raider gives a good reason to be all hyped up again for new games in the series. My sentimental favorite is still Tomb Raider 2, but get that gameplay in modern times would be suicidal for developers trying to make money... it will be a great homage, but homage will only work for diehard fans (as is the case for Pillars of Eternity, most people say the isometric view and "dated" graphics, are well, dated, but us diehard Infinity Engine fans think it gorgeous). I will admit, I hate quick time event games, and the reboot had its fair share of QTE segments, but not so much to water down the experience. And what an experience it was! With that said, I am also looking forward to the next installment in the reboot of the series.



To have this post have a perfect circle, let's go back to Baldur's Gate. Now Beamdog released the "Enhanced Editions" of both Baldur's gate 1 and 2, but they are hardly enhanced and the extra content they wrote were awful... a slap to the face of the original script. Having owned the physical discs of both games, I can mod the crap out of it to make it run great on modern PCs... for FREE. Yes, Enhanced Edition is technically the game with free mods that you have to pay for. Yes you get new companions, but the modding community has similar, if not, better companion mods out there! If I am so mad about this, why am I writing it? Well, because maybe... just maybe, I have to buy the Enhanced Editions later on because they announced a new expansion to the series after 17 years of existence. Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear requires Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, and I cautiously optimistic with Beamdog's script writers and all... And if it is good, then okay, I will buy the Enhanced Editions...



There are also countless other IP that may pique the interest of other gamers such as Mass Effect, Dark Souls, Assassin's Creed, Metal Gear Solid, etc, but frankly, I am not too excited or even planning to get any games in any of those series. Call me a hater, but they kind of lost their glory for me after a while. Yes, that includes Final Fantasy but hey, I'm a PC gamer nowadays, so I really won't play them.

So that is my list of the games I found worth waiting for. I repeat, MY LIST. This shouldn't spark a debate because this is my opinion on games I look forward to, and your's (feel free to share) may be very different.

Thus... that's it. PEACE!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Blog on the Go: Being Dr. House on Duty



Resumed my duty, albeit, with a cane and all. Dr. House I am to be called yet again and from here on out. Not really a bad thing; kinda cool really.

Anyways, having resumed, it felt great seeing the people I work with again. As if nothing has changed; everything was the way it was before my injury took its toll again.

It felt like home.

I don't normally take time to take a picture if my duties, but hey, I'm on my final 2 weeks of duty as an intern. I will then be preparing for my board exams. I should take this opportunity to savor these moments.

As of writing, I am 7 hours away from my shift being over. Why am I still up without patients? I overdosed on coffee again...

By the way, picture above is me, on the left, and my duty mate, Dr. Kristianne.

posted from Bloggeroid

Friday, 12 June 2015

My Independence Day

Today we celebrate Independence Day in the Philippines.

Now, since I am preduty, this means, I have a day off on this day. And so me and my old college buddies, one of which is actually my classmate all the way til med school, as well as a good friend who was a nurse in JBL, a hospital I rotated when I was a clerk, decided to hang out.

Okay this doesn't seem patriotic, why would I just do something I can do any day? Well, I will tell you, I can't do this every day. With my hectic schedule, it is a rarity for me to be seen in a coffee house or a mall. So, today, being Independence Day, I still thought it was appropriate to meet and hang out with long time buddies that I haven't seen in just as long, given my schedule.

I met up with my co-intern, Dr. Lee, who was my college mate back in biology, so we've known each other for 9 years now. We were joined by our other college mate, RAM; together we were to meet up with, yet, another college mate of ours, Mick, to discuss an upcoming LAN party we call WASD Party. Sadly, the latter didn't make it today.

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Left to right: Me, Dr. Lee, RAM


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Starbucks meeting



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Starbucks meeting



Later on, a good friend of me and Dr. Lee also joined in, Ma'am Nimfa. She was a nurse in JBL, a hospital we rotated in as medical clerks. It was nice seeing her again; brought about a lot of good and funny memories for me and Dr. Lee when we were clerks in JBL.

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Ma'am Nimfa joined us!



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Ma'am Nimfa joined us!




It is of note that Dr. Lee will return to South Korea this coming July to serve for 2 and a half years, putting hold on him taking the medical licensure examination for that long. Sure, he is bummed about it, but duty calls; he would rather start practicing medicine, and who wouldn't? You've gotten this far in year medical studies, might as well go for broke! But alas, reality bites.

It also sucks for me, yet another close of mine leaving the country. Sure, in time, I may also leave the Philippines to go back home in the States and practice medicine, but seeing how everyone is maturing and thinking about their careers, going different paths from me, making it more difficult to see old friends, makes it depressing for me at times.

Especially friends like Dr. Lee that I've known since our Biology days. A total of 9 years of friendship. Breaks me inside.

Luckily, apart from good memories he gave me a book stand. To most people this may mean nothing, but for us medical students and interns, it means a lot. I will cherish this gift and it will be very useful as I prepare for my licensure examination. It is to be my good luck charm.


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It so happens, this book stand is great for tablets, too, when reading ebooks!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

My Main System, SHODAN, Upgrading

I would like to start of by saying that my previous posts mentioning that I will review the Xiaomi Piston V2 Earphones, the ASUS Zenphone 2, And my post on my everyday carry, both for work and leisure, are still on the works and will see the light of Internet day.

But for now, I would like to state that my SHODAN, my main system, is undergoing an upgrade; I sold my GTX 660ti in the hopes of getting me a GTX 970 within the month or so. In the trade off, I apart from cash I also gotten a pair of Corsair SP120 which are still brand new; so it was a good trade for the GTX 660ti in preparation for the GTX 970.

That is the only upgrade for now, but it is significant enough because the rest of my system can still hold out on its own. The GPU can technically still handle things on its own, too, but I plan by the end of the year to add a 3rd monitor, and a GTX 970 will have no problems outputting to 3 1080p monitors even while gaming.

I would also like to mention that my Bitfenix Shinobi case's soft touch feel has gone all sticky thanks to the weather here in the Philippines. I had to use a fine grit sand paper and those hard sponges with Isopropyl alcohol to remove it to bear plastic and I must say, it look a lot better without that soft touch texture.

This is a lesson to me never to buy anything with soft touch feel to it. Even if I move back to the States, I will avoid such fanciness.

Before I go on to show you my cleanup process, I will give out the specs of my PC sans the GPU:

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770 Processor 3.4GHz
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
Memory: G. Skill 2x4Gb 1600MHz DDR3
HDD: 500Gb Seagate Barracuda (I have an 8Tb NAS, so I don't need a high capacity in my system)
SSD: 128Gb Plextor M5Pro PX-128M5P
PSU: Corsair GS700
GPU: Saving up for that GTX970!
Chassis: Bitfenix Shinobi with Custom Made Window
Aftermarket CPU Heatsink: DeepCool IceBlade Pro I with 2x Corsair SP120
Cooling: 2x DeepCool 120mm XFan front intakes; 1x DeepCool 120mm IceBlade Fan bottom intake; 3x DeepCool IceBlade Fan top exhausts
Bling: NZXT Sleeved LED Kit
Monitors: 2x 23" IPS Dell S2340L
Peripherals: Ducky Shine II DK9008 Cherry MX Blue Mechanical Keyboard, Razer DeathAdder (Modded it to have blue LED; Chroma wasn't released yet when I bought this); Razer Mouse Bungee; Roccat Taito Mid-Size Mouse Pad; iPega PG-9021 Bluetooth Controller; Ozaki 2.2 Speakers; Phillips SHP3000 Headphones; A4Tech HD 1080p Webcam

And let us see SHODAN in all her glory (taken back Feb. 4, 2014)


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So here is SHODAN after a year of no clean up. Hey, I was busy at the hospital for a year. Plus I also had the surgery and all, so I was kinda neglected. I know. For Shame. Someone like me who is a diehard member of the PC master race, doing this to his PC.


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If you are wondering why there is duct tape and stockings on the first pic, well I learned that from a forum member in TekSyndicate, because back in the day, the mesh that came with this Bitfenix Shinobi case is highly porous and had faster dust build up (yes, it would take a month to get the same amount of dust I got in a year with this duct tape and stockings technique), and advised me to use that instead.


Here you see the GTX 660ti, all cleaned out ready to be traded for cash and a pair of SP120.


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Next you will see my Corsair GS700 PSU that the external case is dirty, but thanks to the duct tape and stockings technique, inside isn't all that dirty at all.


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The motherboard...


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After dusting off the mother board, and cleaning the aftermarket heatsink, I installed the Corsair SP120 on it and it looks nice. Good temps, too.


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Since I was lazy to continue cleaning everything else that night, I decided to run my PC this way for the remainder of the night.


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Having cleaned the case and fans the next day, I put them all back together in the case, and it was always my problem putting everything back in the Shinobi case after my annual cleanups because, even if it is a mid tower, it does get crazy cramped up especially with all the stuff I placed in there.

And check out that cable management lol


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And finally, how it looks like completely set up and cleaned.

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Now all I need is the GTX970 by the end of June or by early July, and a third monitor by the end of the year.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Where have I been!?

It almost seems as though I haven't blogged in awhile. And it well, yeah I haven't.

Actually, I have a couple of draft posts where I just need to complete them by taking photos of the products. So that's a bit of a hint on what the next post is... Ah what the hey... I will just tell you what to expect in the next few weeks: You will be seeing my Everyday Carry (EDC) and a review on Xiaomi Piston V2 Earphones.

I have been putting off taking photos to complete my posts because I have been sick and was actually admitted for 3 days. Then I became quite busy fixing laptops/PC's/Tablets immediately after. Of course, as always, my hospital duties has been hectic. And finally, I was very, very distracted with Pillars of Eternity.

I don't remember if I mentioned this in any of my previous posts, but I am a RPG fan. And in particular, the Infinity Engine based games like Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, Icewind Dale 1 and 2, and Planescape: Torment, all cemented my love for RPGs. And there were notable RPGs that came after these Infinity Engine based games, like Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, Dragon Age Origins, etc., but the appeal of those older games, the attention to detail, the character progression, gameplay and story, were par none. Sure looking at them now, they aren't pretty, but I will spend more time playing those Infinity Engine games that the more recent ones any day.

So when Pillars of Eternity was announced as a Kickstarter campaign, although I didn't back the project (Didn't have a credit card... T_T), I was psyched about it. It was isometric, heavily text based, party based RPG, much like the Inifnity games.

So when it came out at March 26, 2015, I bought it right away and I knew, it was the best 40 bucks I have ever spent on a game in recent times.

Anyways, I will probably talk about Pillars alot more in a different post.

For now, that is why I have not been around Blogger in a while.

Peace peeps!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

iPega PG9021 Bluetooth Classic Gamepad Review

READ ME: This review is targeted for Android users. This controller can be used for iOS, since I don't plan on using this on my iPad, my review will be based on my experience with an Android. Also, you can look at other reviews, that using this controller on iOS isn't all that good anyway.

THE BACKSTORY (Skip to ACTUAL REVIEW if not interested):

As a PC gamer, the keyboard and mouse is a staple, and simply an extension of my upper extremities. Nothing compares to the precision and almost second nature controls of a keyboard and mouse for me. That being said, there are some games that I find that it does need a proper gamepad to play with.

Such games include emulators and of course the notorious Dark Souls, that if you can play it with the keyboard and mouse and be just as good, you probably don't have a soul... no pun intended. Well, maybe just a little bit.

Thus, I was in the market for a good gamepad that I can use with my PC. Gamepads from Razer, etc, are off my radar because such gamepads are, in my opinion, overpriced. I was looking at PS3 Bluetooth Controllers or Xbox 360 Wireless or Wired Controllers for the PC, they are way cheaper, well built controllers, and basically does what it's supposed to do. So I don't need to buy an expensive gamepad just for the name.

But for some strange reason, even if I had the money to buy either the PS3 or Xbox 360 controller that would work with my PC, I have always put it off.

Then come October of last year, when I got my ASUS Zenfone 5, I knew I would want some emulators on it so I can play, let's say, Pokemon, on the go; just like it was meant to be played, on a handheld. However, as with everyone that is a gamer and owns a tablet or a smartphone, they know the on-screen display takes up most of the screen revenue and let's face it, without the proper tactile sensation of real buttons, the controls are wonky at best.

And as a consumer that would rather buy one item that can be used multiple times, in multiple ways, or across multiple platforms, I had to buy a controller that I can use with my PC and my smartphone.

At first, I was really inclined to using an Xbox 360 controller or an alternative with the same shape and button layout; don't get me wrong, I still believe the Playstation controller form factor is perfect. Probably the simplest, well thought of, but really, the best controller form factor out there. But I wanted a change, and I wanted the Xbox controller form factor.

Sadly, the wireless controller for the Xbox 360 runs on RF and not on bluetooth. Smartphones usually don't use RF anymore and use bluetooth. So there was a huge strike against the the Xbox controller. All the more with the wired Xbox controller, where I need to use my OTG cable to connect it with my smartphone. Yet another strike, this time on the wired variant.

With the RF controller, you can also use it with your smartphone, but like the wired one, you need to connect the RF receiver to your smartphone with an OTG cable.

In fact, if you're still interested, or if you already own an Xbox 360 wireless or wired controller and want to connect it with your smartphone or tablet, you can look at this.


Why are these strikes, even if technically I can make them work? Well, if I'm using my smartphone, and gaming while I am on the go, portability is a must, and having wires, apart from my earphones and possibly short microusb cables charging my phone vis power bank, dangling isn't what I will call "mobile gaming", and certainly defeats the purpose of gaming with my smartphone.

So, as much as I wanted an Xbox controller, I had to say no.

Next up on my list is the PS3 wireless controller. Now this is bluetooth that can run on both my PC and smartphone. And it is with the form factor I deem perfect. So what's stopped me from purchasing it? You know what? I really didn't know what stopped me! Something, like a thorn on my side, stopped me from getting it. It was strange.

I had it all planned out, buy this PS3 controller, get a bluetooth dongle for my PC, and pair it with both my PC and smartphone to play games that need a controller. It was perfect! In fact I even found this!


A GameKlip Universal CaseMount, that mounts your smartphone to your PS3 controller; I mean sure, it has 3M double sided tape on the back in order for your smartphone to mount on it, but you have to buy a silicon case or the like as to not have your actual case be mounted on the GameKlip forever... But this ain't cheap! For a piece of plastic, it ain't cheap!

But even if it wasn't cheap, I would have still gotten it in order to have that mobile gaming. Though, like I said, I didn't know what was stopping me at that time to but these.

It was like the Heavens were telling me "Son, there is something out there, much better, and bang for the buck than this... Patience, son... Patience". And so like my love life, I stayed patient.

However, unlike my love life, patience paid off while waiting. As I was looking for bluetooth controllers for smartphones, I stumbled into the likes of Steel Series and MOGA, but they were expensive, and they didn't look to have a comfortable form factor. Because, even if these controllers were made specifically for mobile devices, I know, it being a bluetooth controller, I can still use this on a PC and I need a good form factor for gaming on either my PC or smartphone.

So the search continued. I found some that had a good form factor, but let us take into account that I live in the Philippines, and not all gadgets are available here; so browsing the local online store, I found, I consider, the Holy Grail of bluetooth controllers.

THE ACTUAL REVIEW:


Front... obviously

Back... I am insulting your intelligence

Here she is!
As you can see, it is shaped as an Xbox 360 controller, and yes it is bluetooth, so it will work with my smartphone and with my PC with a bluetooth dongle. The only deviation from the real Xbox 360 controller is of course the clip for your mobile device and the media buttons on the right side of the controller as you can see as greyish/silvery buttons on the pictures above.

What comes in the box is, of course, the controller itself, a micro USB cable, and an instruction manual. Just the essentials. The way it should be really.

Build quality, well, it is light, and really, really "plastic-ky", but I guess that is all controllers anyways, but the light weight kinda gives the feeling of cheap build quality. That being said, it is quite sturdy, except for the clip part where you mount your smartphone, it feels it may give way someday, but for the price, I guess it is easy to replace the whole unit without feeling that you've lost a lot of money.

The instructions on how to pair this with your smartphone come in your standard Chinese company's poor English, but you can figure it out somehow. I recommend not downloading the game center app they are saying, all you have to do is turn on your controller, hold down X and then press the Home button, to go into gamepad mode, turn on your smartphone's Bluetooth, search for the gamepad, and pair. YOU ARE GOOD TO GO.

This controller is fully functional in the emulators I have tried for my Android phone; NES, SNES, GBC, GBA, N64, PS1 emulators (I won't give all the names of the emulators I have; just go to the Play Store, I am confident, whichever apk you get, will work with this controller...). Games like GTA3 and GTA Vice City supports this out of the box (with a slight hiccup in Vice City. Read below), and acts like it should on the console versions of these games.

EarthBound!

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time!!! I will make a separate post on how to run N64 games on ASUS Zenfone 5 or any other Android device... It took awhile for this to run right


Both analog sticks and all buttons work the way they should, and have no input lag at all. The D-Pad is a lot left to be desired; it is flimsy and, well, it just doesn't feel good. For those rare instances where I used the D-Pad, I do get frustrated by its poor build quality. The media buttons that are found on the right side of the controller is also fully functional; from left to right, the media button layout is Volume Down, Back Track, Play/Pause, Forward Track, and Volume Up. In some emulators, or using the Game Keyboard APK, you can also remap these buttons for extra control.

All the games I've played, and emulators I've ran, the controller had no problems whatsoever; but of course, there is always an exception, strangely, GTA Vice City, the left and right trigger buttons don't respond as fluidly as one would want. I have to press either one several times before the game actually responds. This is not the fault of the controller, because apart from Vice City, this controller works like a true champ.

Portability is quite high, even if it is a full sized Xbox 360 controller clone, it is very, VERY, lightweight, and having to put this in your bag, won't be a bother.

My new "Everyday Carry" devices: Clockwise from top left: ASUS Zenfone 5, Romoss Solo5 Powerbank, HUWEI Pocket WiFi, and iPega PG-9021 Controller. I will make a separate post for my complete Everyday Carry

Battery life is also high, it lasts obviously longer than my phone, at one point, I gamed 2 whole days and still didn't get low batt on this controller. Coupled with my dual output Romoss Solo 5 power bank, I can game for long road trips, or long plane rides, for future vacations.

To summarize, this short review, but long back story post, I HIGHLY recommend this controller to any Android gamer. The fact that it works great, battery life is long enough, shaped as a comfy Xbox 360 controller, has a clip for your device, and works with your PC (chances are, if you are an Android gamer, you are a PC gamer), what more can you ask for from a controller that is cheap?

Go. Get it. NOW.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Blog on the Go: Duty-mode; Sick-mode



As the title says, I am braving this battered and bruised body of mine to duty, in spite of body malaise, headache, cough, and slight intermittent fever.

Sense of duty? Lazy to go home? More of the latter, that's why I stayed behind.

As of this writing, I am 10 hours away from being free. I just hope my fever won't relapse the remainder of my duty...

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Romoss Solo 5 10,000mAh Power Bank Review

Charging my ASUS Zenfone 5 with my Romoss Solo 5 10,000mAh Power Bank
I have been on the market for a powerbank ever since I bought my ASUS Zenfone 5 last October 2014, because, even though the Zenfone 5 has a slightly higher capacity battery life (2110mAh) compared to, let's say an iPhone 5s (1560mAh), it still drains a good deal within the day, especially that I am still a Senior Medical Intern in the hospital where I call up the Residents in the department that I am currently rotating in, search online for some answers the Consultants would ask me, or when the going gets tough and I need a little break, I would play some emulators on my phone.

At first, I would just find a free socket in the hospital and charge my phone, but everyone knows, that finding a free socket is like finding a needle in a hay stack. To a point where I even thought of buying an extension cord that had multiple sockets and name it "iShare" to share the sockets for charging. And that's where the real problem comes to play.

Charging is obviously a long process; and being a Senior Medical Intern, I am up and about, and can't stay behind in one place too long, thus if I really need to charge my phone in one place, I have to leave it behind to accomplish some tasks in the hospital, risking my phone getting stolen, missing messages and calls. Not good indeed.

So, I knew I needed a powerbank. But I didn't want jsut any powerbank, I wanted something that looks professional, clean, compact enough to be placed in my pocket, able to charge my devices while I am also charging the power bank itself, and have the USB ports on the top/bottom ends as to not hinder me placing it in my pocket while charging my devices.

At first, I saw Logan from TekSyndicate and Jerry AKA Barnacules (look for both of them at YouTube) use Vivis Knight V3 13,000mAH power bank, but living here in the Philippines, I haven't stumbled upon such a sleek looking power bank. Thus, I had to search for an alternative.

Vivis Knight v3 13,000mAh


Most power banks, sorry to say, that I have seen here, which I will name and show pictures of just a few, looked like a toy; not professional looking, or doesn't fit any of the parameters I sought after.

Millerton Power Banks

Mi Power Banks


Then, I found Romoss.

Romoss Solo 5 10,000mAh Power Bank


From left to right: Micro USB for charging the power bank; power button;
LED indicators (each light represents 25% of battery life); and Dual USB output (top 2.1 A and bottom 1 A)

It was a love at first sight for me when I laid my eyes on the Romoss Solo 5 10,000mAh power bank; it was white, just like my ASUS Zenfone 5; it was clean and professional looking, no odd shapes or the like; it had dual USB charging outputs, on top mounted; it can charge my devices while the power bank itself was charging; and being 10,000mAh, for PHP 1,000, I can't go wrong.

Sure the have been 30,000mAh knock offs, but something like a power bank, buying cheaper, higher capacity knock offs, won't assure me of a long life span, and potentially being a bomb in my pocket. Better to be safe, buying a little more expensive, longer lasting, lower capacity one, than gamble on a knock off.

At this point of writing this review of sorts, I have had it for 3 weeks now. I decided to postpone this review so I can have real world tests, while I was still rotating in the Department of Psychiatry in Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, and give my honest opinion on it, instead of writing a review at the peak of my euphoria; yes, I am always too psyched about getting a new gadget that it blinds me while reviewing products.

Upon purchasing this product in the mall, my Zenfone 5 was around 5% of battery life left, so I was fortunate and happy to have opened the box and found the power bank still has juice in it for me to charge my phone immediately after purchasing it. So I had my first real world test in the mall, charging on the go, while looking for my friends so we can have dinner together. It charged my phone to full battery ~30-45mins, I found my friends, had dinner, and to my surprise, still had over 75% of juice left in my power bank (as indicated by the 4 LEDs after charging my phone; of course, even if the 4 LED signify 100%, I have already charged my phone to full, hence it is not 100% full, and also not less than 75% full. Math.)

After dinner, we went back to our rooms in PMA, right next to the mall, and just for a few chuckles, I had one of those octopus/squid/tentacle cord thingies (simply a USB split to lightning, micro USB, and a proprietary Samsung connector) to see if it can charge a multitude of devices at once. It did!

Surely it will charge them slower than normal, because the outputs will be split equally to the number of devices charging in that one USB output, it is just nice to know, it can work.

Still didn't charge my power bank upon going to Veterans the next day for my 8am-5pm shift, I charged both my pocket WiFi and phone during that period and was surprised to see by the end of my shift, I still had around 25-50% left in the power bank. Remember, this is uncharged upon purchase, this is still the juice left upon opening the box.

I would usually tell all my friends to fully discharge any device before charging them, and if charging, they must fully charge it to 100%, and not interrupt it in the middle of charging (of course, this can't always be followed, but at least try enough times to avoid doing otherwise). I had to break my rule, still having between 25-50% left in the power bank I decided to charge it up.

I had around 5 more days in Manila, and wanted to see how it will go for the rest of my stay in Manila, with a fully charged one.

Get your pen, papers, and calculators ready children! We have a pop quiz in math!

NOW! Remember my phone has a 2,100mAh battery, and the Romoss Solo 5 is around 10,000mAh capacity. So I should have at least been able to charge my phone up to 4 times and still have 1,600mAh for emergency charging or have it used for charging my pocket WiFi a number of times. And I usually charge my phone once a day depending on its usage. Well, it did just that alright, it charged my phone for 5 days (the last charge, I got to charge my phone up to 75%), next thing I knew, I was home here in Pampanga, charging my drained power bank that I charged 5 days prior.

Very impressed.

It did what it said it would do.

One thing I was worried about was that if my phone was 100%, the power bank would notice that, and stop charging immediately; this would of course, make my phone, that is still plugged in the power bank, start to drain, and I was worried that if it goes to 99%, the power bank would power on again. Hence, and endless cycle of charging and discharging, fluctuating between 100% and 99%. Others would say "Why not just unplug it when it's 100%", sure, but I will not always look at my phone charging every so often when I am busy even if it just in my pocket.

Thankfully, this device doesn't power back on when it is asleep. You have to push the power button to wake it up and charge.

Most power banks I hear, automatically searches for devices that may be plugged in, so you need not power it on; it will charge automatically as soon as you plug the device in. For me, this is bad, because what I mentioned above, the fluctuations in charging and discharging, plus, the power bank is still technically awake, searching for possible connected devices, this drains the power bank's charge as well.

So, I like still having to push a button once my power bank goes to sleep; this saves battery charge on the power bank itself. Good job Romoss!

Like I mentioned earlier, you can charge 2 devices thanks to the dual output (and more if you have the splitter USB things), and it didn't have a slower charge on my devices, seeing as the dual output have their own power output (2.1 A and 1A, respectively).

Charging the power bank when fully drained does take a while, probably around 4-6 hours; it becomes slower to charge the power bank when I am simultaneously charging the power bank and have my phone connected to one of the outputs. In fact, my phone was also charging slower in that regard. Understandable since the USB AC Adapter usually are 5V, 1.35A, so it is split when I am simultaneously charging.

The power bank has significant weight to it, but not so heavy that it is a hassle to bring around with you in your pocket. I say you can bring this in your pocket, but looking at the above dimensions, not all pockets would accommodate this obviously. I have no qualms, because I have a white coat that I need to wear for work, and it has large pockets for whatever a doctor would need.

Build quality is amazing! Mostly metallic, with some portions being plastic. Sure, with the weight it has, if you drop it, it will dent, but I believe it will still work.

As a summary, I love this power bank. It looks professional and clean, it does what it says it would do, and it is built well. I would recommend this brand to anyone! In fact, I got 3 of my friends to buy the exact same power bank, and I will continue to persuade any of my friends who are looking for a power bank to buy from Romoss.

I highly, HIGHLY recommend this!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Blog on the Go: I hear, I smell, I taste. Our ENT rotation.



Midway through our rotation here in Mt. Carmel Dept of ENT-HNS, and much like when we were clerks, it is a relaxing, yet enlightening, rotation.

It goes to show we still don't k ow a lot about medicine in general. So much to learn, so much to improve on.

But one thing I love about this rotation is that since we rotated here as clerks before, the staff still remember us very well, and we are welcomed like family.

Also, our consultants are chill, in that, even if we make mistakes a^nswering questions, they don't make you look like an idiot, and instead teach. Encourages one to learn more when there are no evil consequences...

Now, just have to end the day's duty so we can prepare for tomorrow's possible reporting. But since they are so chill, it is an informal reporting anyways.

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Those Sick Nights



It is just one of those nights I guess. I felt so energetic and all healthy the entire day only to get home really unusually tired and took a nap only to wake up feeling horrible.

Not even Nutella can help me tonight. Time for real medications and complete bed rest. Sigh. Woe is me...

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Monday, 9 February 2015

The "Post" Post Graduate Intern

Today marks me and two other buddies' first day in Department of ENT rotation, however, this also marks the last day of our other friend's Post Graduate Internship.

Doc Bob Galura is now done with his internship, thus having claimed the title, "Post" Post Graduate Intern, and will soon be preparing for his board exams.

As always, a commemorative photo is needed for such an occassion. So here it is!





Now it's our turn to finish this internship and prepare for the board exams, too! Fight!

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Creative Freedom

I make videos... a lot of videos. I edit photos... a lot of photos. I design promo posters... not so much of them. And I design invitations... not as much as well.

Where am I going with such am eldritch introduction? Well, it just goes to show, that even if I am busy enough as it is with my senior medical internship, I still find time to do media editing, whether it is for personal use or for my clients.

Of course, when I take photos, or make videos, for my own personal pleasure, I have complete creative freedom, but as we all know, if we were to make our clients happy with our work, we tend to ask them what they envision and we will create it for them, may not be as accurate as what they say or want to see, but a very good approximation indeed.

However, with my background of editing a lot of photos and some promo posters added to my repertoire, my clients give me the benefit of the doubt in giving me COMPLETE CREATIVE FREEDOM for whatever project they hire me for; whether it's editing photos, designing invitations or promo posters, or making videos. They have so much faith in my "creativity" that I can do most anything.

It is flattering, but of course, you start thinking what if your design isn't what they really want. Sure, they may give you complete creative freedom, but that is not to say the project is no longer subject to ridicule especially if it deviates away a tad too far from their expectations in general.

But the vindication you'd get from their approval, their sincere approval; the way they are truly happy with the outcome of the project, with the fact that you made all the decisions, creatively speaking, without little to no input from your client. I'm telling you, there's no happier feeling in the world when that happens.

This is probably just a simple post to show my appreciation to most of my clients who trust in me and my so called skills in photography, videography, and designs. With such freedom, I can try new things, and along the way increase my self esteem, to produce even better content in the future.

So cheers!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Twenty-Fifteen

Let's start the brand new year right with some fireworks display photography!








Now, I hope y'all had a splendid 2014 and I wish you all would have the best 2015!

PEACE!!