Saturday, March 30, 2013

Just some thoughts regarding Team Drafting and the Team Captain on RGC Philippines

Ok, here are some of my thoughts regarding the PHILIPPINE SECTION of RGC. I know that not ALL players are like this, but in most cases, and in almost every game I have played in - THE TEAM CAPTAINS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO PICK A HERO FOR THEIR TEAMMATES EVEN IF A TEAMMATE ISN'T ANY GOOD WITH THE HERO THE CAPTAIN CHOOSES FOR HIM.

Ok, I always joined games where the captain chooses without asking any of his teammates what heroes they would like. He just drafts a good team which HE thinks would own the other team. While on the other hand, the team doesn't know HOW to play the heroes they will be left with. In my regard, I always get a hero that I'm not good at even though I tried talking to the captain about how I could best utilize my skills with a certain hero that would perfectly fit the draft. And then - they just ignore me or any of my teammates - which would later lead to players leaving the game.
I don't know what's wrong with these kinds of players. And I do bet those players won't even come to the forums to read these kinds of topics. If only players, who will take the slots of captains, would consider the requests of his / her teammates, we could avoid early abandonment of players, leading to a remake or an unbalanced game.


You get a hero you're not familiar with and you get shouted at with words like:
- BOBO
- NOOB
- WAG KA NA MAGDOTA
- TANGA MO
- KAN*U*IN KO NANAY MO
- F**K YOU
because you feed or spoil the game for your teammates.


Is it really our fault for ruining the game for others, because they let you play a hero you don't know? I'm not calling myself a PRO at dota but I know my strengths with certain heroes I'm good at. There are also heroes I'm not good with and they are the ones who I always get when playing at RGC Philippines.


I'm just sharing with you my opinions about this matter. I know, some Pinoy Players are D**ks when it comes to online gaming, but still there are a few of us who just want a good game, without any profanity and with captains considering the picks of others.


Happy Easter.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ultimate Positivity

My thoughts have been revolving around this for quiet a while now. Separation anxiety kicks in, never knowing what might come next into my life. I guess this chapter is finally about to close, and another one soon opens. Will this upcoming chapter create another huge impact in this jobless and worthless life of mine? We may never know unless you embrace it with ultimate positivity.

This may be my first post of this year, but certainly not the last. As i am leaving the portals of my voluntary work soon, my life has been filled with sadness, anxiety and fear of the unknown. I have grown too close to them and I've already considered them like family to me. I hate this feeling - when you suddenly realize that you have to part with them soon, and I mean really soon, like two or three weeks from the day this post was written. If only I could stop time and enjoy every single moment with them.

As I look back, I entered a stranger, never expecting that I would create a bond with them. I was wrong, and I was an idiot to think that. Wherever you go, there are always people who are willing to accept you wholeheartedly, whatever or whichever family, race, religion or ethnicity you may come from. I am proud to be able to say that I have found good friends among them. We may not be able to get along most of the time, but you can really tell that they are willing to be there for you when you need them the most.

Reiterating, I entered a stranger, and I am leaving a Man.

Thanks for everything guys, you know who you are. You really have made a huge impact in this chapter of my life.

Dan Emmanuel R. Ventura, R.N.
January 25, 2013 - 15:52

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MHO: 2 Months and Counting

It has been a while since I started volunteering as a Nurse at the Municipal Health Office, Calamaniugan, Cagayan. It’s been also a while since my last blog post, as I have been busy with stuff – but let’s not get into detail with that. The important thing, I’m back and ready to fill this blog again with my experiences and memoirs.

So, where was I? Oh, right, that volunteering stuff. As I was not able to go back to my homeland, I’ve decided to go volunteering – that’s what most Nurses do. Actually, it took me 2 years after passing the Licensure Examination for Nurses to look for work. Why is that? I was in Med School for less than a year but I fell sick with Infective Endocarditis. The post below is all about my recovery. As much as I’d like to go back to Med School, I can’t. That’s where I’ve decided to go on Volunteering as a Nurse. Right, Volunteer – no salary, but extreme fun.

Fun I say because it’s like I’ve found my second family there. All of the staff are pretty friendly and hospitable. From the Doctor to the Midwives, I mean everyone. Even the Nurses I work with are pretty lively. This has been a huge impact in my life, as I have spent the past 2 years on medications and different restrictions. Well, that’s just how life is – people get sick but stand up just to become a better person than he previously was. I might say that I’ve become one of those people.

I would like to thank the staff of the MHO, for heartfully accepting me as one of them – Dr. Milagros Q. De Leon, M.D., Mrs. Marvie Casauay, R.N., Mrs. Edna Fillon, R.N, Mrs. Abstinencia Mecate, R.M., Mrs. Yvonne Guillen, R.M., Mrs. Teresa Casauay, R.M., Mrs. Lorna Aquino, R.M., Mrs. Jonaly Porsenido, R.M., Dr. Guillermo Jurado, D.M.D., Mr. Edimar Cabaya, R.M.T., Mr. Reynaldo Martinez, and Mr. Fresco Ojerio.

I’d also like to thank the RNHeals Nurse and Midwife Trainees, who come from different places but share like-minds, who make every duty as lively as possible. I can say that I get along with them well and have lots of fun with them – Ms. Katrina Dumadag, R.N., Ms. Manie Pajas, R.M., Ms. Rochelle Arao, R.N., Ms. Jennifer Asumbra, R.M., Ms. April Jane Reyes, R.N., Mr. John Patrick Bumatay, R.N., Mr. Jaysie Cuaresma, R.N., and Mr. John Patrick Martinez, R.N.

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It’s been two months since I started working there and it really does feel like I’ve been there for a long time. It’ll be a difficult when the time comes when I have to leave. But I cannot say that for sure. Separation anxiety just might kick in sooner or later.

There’s this bond you share with persons, even persons you just met. That bond grows stronger everyday during the time you spend more time together.

Oh yeah, and about that blog post problem – I’ll try to write more posts when I have the time.

Zeldascorn, out!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Recovery

It’s been almost a year now since my last post, and it’s also almost a year ago when I fell sick. Yeah, the simple tonsillitis on my last year’s post wasn’t just simply that – it was actually INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS. Yep, a heart condition has led me to that. I have been sick all of my life and have been diagnosed with Aortic Valvular Stenosis after birth.

I’m glad I’ve recovered from that now. For those who didn’t know – I’ve spent a week in the hospital, have been on Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy for 2 months, been bedridden for almost 4 months, and have developed even more complications during the 8-month recovery period. I’m glad that it’s over. I’m fine now but the Doctor advised to still take necessary precautions. I have also been advised to undergo Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery in the near future but that can wait. I shouldn’t exert too much effort the doctor said, and that I’m not allowed to carry heavy things.

So, here I’m back, posting again on my blog. Thanks to all the people who’ve given me support in my time of crisis. It feels very reassuring that you are there for me. I hope I can count on your continuous support.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy New Year to All! (for me as well?)

Hey, it’s 2011 and it’s been a while since I made a new post. Well, first of all, I would like to greet everybody a happy new year! My new year wasn’t as happy as the previous ones, because I spent most of it, if not all of it, in bed!

Just days before vacation had started I began to chill, had fever, became nauseous, and heavily fatigued. This lasted for 3 weeks! I couldn’t attend any dawn masses, Christmas Eve mass, and even new year’s midnight mass! How lame is that?! I went to the doctor before vacation had started and he mistook it for a simple tonsillitis. He prescribed some antibiotics and then he sent me home. It just got worse! I continued to have chills and fever and I thought, this could already be AGN. My mom said otherwise as this could have already been malaria. So we went to the laboratory and had my blood checked for malarial pests. The test turned out negative. So we went for another check up but not to the same doctor, and I had my urine checked, and there it was, all in the urinalysis, and my predictions were right! I had AGN. Well, acute glumerolunephritis usually arises from tonsillar infection from B-hemolytic streptococci. So, the doctor gave me a high dose of antibiotics fighting the bacteria present in my kidneys.

Up to this day I’m still taking medications and am still a little bit fatigued from everything but I hope everything will turn out for the best.

Zeldascorn, signing off!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How Technology Affects the Medical Fields

Technology nowadays plays a vital role in field of medicine. Me, as a medical student, use technology for studying, and on top of that, it takes my skills sometimes to its highest potentials. Basic knowledge on the use of a computer is already a “necessity”, and should be implemented in all basic curriculums, especially in Elementary.

Perhaps the single greatest influence in medicine is Technology. The advent of technology and its byproducts have allowed us to enter an era when medicine has greatly evolved to what it is today. The discoveries of many illnesses, diseases and conditions, as well as the advancement of today’s medicines and equipment we use today are product of technology.

I have watched an episode of a series which I don’t know on television, about 5 years ago, showing a surgeon who lives or works in another state in the U.S., performing a surgery on another state through robotic arms, and having a control center at his work of place where he stays. The only downside of this system is when power shortages happen, or internet traffic is high. See the advent of technology on medical practice, making remote surgery possible.

The use of medical equipment like the XRAY, CT Scans and MRI make it possible to detect of the many pathological and non-pathological conditions there are nowadays. The use of ECG machines recording the electrical activity of the heart, which is impossible to do without these machines. All of them, technology, as we know it.

With the advancement in computer technology, physicians and other healthcare personnel will be able to give orders and carry out orders remotely, through the use of the computer and/or PDA’s (Personal Digital Assistants). One that I would mention would be the automated system where a nurse would just type the name of the drug the doctor has ordered into his'/her computer and the drug would automatically be ordered in the pharmacy, ready to be picked up and to be given to the patient. That would lessen much paperwork and the order and usage of the drug would already be added to the patient’s hospital bill, through networking in the hospital. Everything would be automated just by a single click.

Imagine a world where doctors are fully literate about computers, Internet services, and the latest software, tools that enable them to expedite the delivery of vital medicine without bureaucratic delays or unnecessary paperwork. This will enable them to efficiently use their time and maximize their capabilities at work.

The only difficulties arising would be that we are still using the traditional methods of doing things. These advances in technology have already been introduced to the medical field, but still some doctors prefer to use the old methods known to them. Of course, we must encourage them to embrace the era where technology plays already a vital role in the field – as an integral part of their professional lives. Learning a new language, as that of computing, electronic communication and software development should not be feared, but embraced, as this should set a new stepping stone and further advancements in technology.

As a medical student, I would say that technology is an integral part of my learning, and this would help me to better understand what medicine is, and what I can do about it, helping people in need with regards optimum level of functioning, or in simpler terms – HEALTH.

Dan Emmanuel R. Ventura, R.N.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Allods Online: PH first thoughts

It's been a while since I made a blog post. This time around, I'll be talking about Allods Online: PH, which was ported by levelupgames to the Philippines. It's been an international MMORPG for quiet a while now, and it's my first time playing since the open beta came out.

I've tried and played several online games by level up, RF online, Rohan, and many others, and it's quiet exciting to play something new once in a while. With RF's omicron server now up, I've decided to leave my ever dearest character sleeping in the accretian HQ and explore the world of Allods.

The game design is actually pretty amazing. In the character selection screen, you get to choose between two factions: and guess which faction i've chosen - LEAGUE. I don't know why but remembering star wars with the EMPIRE and everything, it feels to me like the empire are the bad people. Just kidding. :)
So I've created my character and started playing. The tutorial in the beginning was great. It is really different from other games i've played, where the NPC's really move around with you. So, playing the game for a few levels gave me a good overview of the game and makes it more exciting to reach higher levels in order to unlock more skills and spells.

The only downside i've seen is the unbearable lag in-game. When you try to attack a monster, your attacks are delayed and you don't notice that your HP is already at half when fighting with a monster. Sometimes you'll just be dead in an instant. I hope this will be fixed soon. And there are a lot of bugs. I also hope this will be fixed soon in the upcoming patches.

One thing more, the graphics aren't that stunning, but I'm playing on a 9800GT, but the graphics are still that demanding. Sometimes it just drops down to 10-15 FPS even in areas with no people. NOTE: settings are already on low and i still lag.

I've also read that a GeForce FX5200 can still support and run this game. But, when you try to run it, even with the latest drivers installed, it always says: PLEASE INSTALL LATEST DRIVERS. Note: I've installed the latest drivers from the nvidia website.

These are the only cons i've seen so far, but nevertheless, it doesn't keep me from playing Allods Online Philippines. See you on the Battlefield!

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