Friday, January 28, 2011

Back to Back Win!

Just today I found out that my photo of the Taal Basilica won the open challenge for Larawang Pinoy. It just feels good to be recognized even in small challenges like these.What makes it sweeter is the fact that this photo was taken using my Sony Cybershot DSC-N1. It just goes to show that gadgets only makes taking photos easier but it will not make the shot. Last week I just won Natatanging Larawang Pinoy with details on this post.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Taal Lake

Taal Lake
Originally uploaded by RageDevil
An attempt to recover the shot overtaken by fog covering the whole lake.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Long Distance

Being in a long distance relationship was the hardest ordeal I have gone through all my life. A lot of people say these kinds of relationships won't work but I had high hopes that it will. It may not have worked for me but I believe others can pull it through. My friend posted this video on Facebook and it brought back memories. Somehow thinking about what happened before puts a smile on my face. It may have hurt before but the fact that I survived all that pain makes me wanna tell myself "I can conquer everything.".


I just got off the hospital for Hypokalemia. I had a dangerously low level of potassium that left my leg muscles practically paralyzed for some time. My legs were too weak I literally cannot stand on my own two feet. I found myself in the Emergency Room palpitating and having a hard time breathing. After several days in the hospital, the doctors were able to find out the primary causes of my condition. One of which is Renal tubular acidosis, where my kidneys let pass too much potassium and Multiple Nodular Goiter which induces Hyperthyroidism also causing Potassium in my body to deplete. I found this article below regarding this condition.

Author: David Garth, MD, Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mary Washington Hospital



Potassium is one of the body's major ions. Nearly 98% of the body's potassium is intracellular. The ratio of intracellular to extracellular potassium is important in determining the cellular membrane potential. Small changes in the extracellular potassium level can have profound effects on the function of the cardiovascular and neuromuscular systems.1,2,3
The kidney determines potassium homeostasis, and excess potassium is excreted in the urine.
The reference range for serum potassium level is 3.5-5 mEq/L, with total body potassium stores of approximately 50 mEq/kg (ie, approximately 3500 mEq in a 70-kg person).
Hypokalemia is defined as a potassium level less than 3.5 mEq/L.
Moderate hypokalemia is a serum level of 2.5-3 mEq/L.
Severe hypokalemia is defined as a level less than 2.5 mEq/L.

Hypokalemia may result from conditions as varied as renal or GI losses, inadequate diet, transcellular shift (movement of potassium from serum into cells), and medications.


United States
As many as 20% of hospitalized patients are hypokalemic; however, hypokalemia is clinically significant in only about 4-5% of these patients. Severe hypokalemia is relatively uncommon.
Up to 14% of outpatients who undergo laboratory testing are found to be mildly hypokalemic.
Approximately 80% of patients who are receiving diuretics become hypokalemic.

Incidence is equal in males and females.


The history may be vague. Patients are often asymptomatic, particularly with mild hypokalemia. Symptoms are often due to the underlying cause of the hypokalemia rather than the hypokalemia itself. Hypokalemia should be suggested by a constellation of symptoms that involve the GI, renal, musculoskeletal, cardiac, and nervous systems. The patient's medications should be reviewed to ascertain whether any of them could cause hypokalemia.

Common symptoms include the following:
  • Palpitations
  • Skeletal muscle weakness or cramping
  • Paralysis, paresthesias
  • Constipation4
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Polyuria, nocturia, or polydipsia
  • Psychosis, delirium, or hallucinations
  • Depression


Findings that are consistent with severe hypokalemia may include the following:
  • Signs of ileus
  • Hypotension
  • Ventricular arrhythmias5
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Bradycardia or tachycardia
  • Premature atrial or ventricular beats
  • Hypoventilation, respiratory distress
  • Respiratory failure
  • Lethargy or other mental status changes
  • Decreased muscle strength, fasciculations, or tetany
  • Decreased tendon reflexes
  • Cushingoid appearance (eg, edema)

  • Renal losses
  • Renal tubular acidosis
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Magnesium depletion
  • Leukemia (mechanism uncertain)
  • GI losses (source may be medical or psychiatric6 , ie, anorexia or bulimia)
  • Vomiting or nasogastric suctioning
  • Diarrhea
  • Enemas or laxative use
  • Ileal loop
  • Medication effects
  • Diuretics (most common cause)
  • Beta-adrenergic agonists
  • Steroids
  • Theophylline
  • Aminoglycosides
  • Transcellular shift
  • Insulin
  • Alkalosis
  • Malnutrition or decreased dietary intake, parenteral nutrition

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Taal Basilica

Basilica de San Martin de Tours

Taal Basilica was first built in present day San Nicolas, Batangas,by Fray.Deigo Espina in 1575 under the Augustinians, with San Martin de Tours as patron saint. In 1754 the church was destroyed along with the town Taal in the eruption of the Taal volcano. It was then that the church was transferred to its present site. Father Martin Aguirre donated the land for the new church in 1755, but in 1849 it was destroyed again by an earthquake. Construction of the new church began in 1856 to 1878, the Spanish architect Luciano Oliver commissioned to design and manage the construction of the present church. A small tower was made on its left side but it was destroyed during Japanese occupation. It was reconstructed later and it was then taller than the original. The church was made into a basilica on 8 December 1954 and was declared a national shrine on January 16, 1974. Taal Basilica is considered as the biggest church in thePhilippines and in Asia.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Senor Sto. Nino

Sto. Nino
Originally uploaded by RageDevil
Batangas also celebrates the feast of the infant Jesus every 16th of January. More popular celebrations are those of Cebu and Tondo, Manila. The original Black Sto. Nino of Batangas was allegedly found on the riverbanks of the local river.

This replica has been with our family for almost 3 decades.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Originally uploaded by RageDevil
Just one of the wonderful things you can buy at Japan Home... hands not included.  =)

Sunday, January 2, 2011


One of the first photos I took when I started this hobby was that of fireworks. It was the welcoming of the year 2007 when I had the chance to take shots of the nice fireworks our neighbors had. I remember the difficulty I had before in trying to take good shots using my Sony Cybershot DSC-N1. Last night, after four years, I was able to again take shots of fireworks but now using my Canon 550D (forgot to switch mode to RAW oops.).

New Year 2007

New Year 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Medya Noche 2011

It has been a family tradition to have more dishes than we can consume to signify overflowing luck for the following year. This year since almost all of us needs to go on a diet we just had a few dishes but still weren't able to eat everything.

Happy New Year!!!!