Archive for February 5, 2010

Pait ng Asukal ni Gloria

Posted in philippines, Politics with tags , , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by annepotz

“As demand increases the price goes up which attracts new suppliers who increase the supply bringing the price back to normal.” –LAW OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND

Patapos na nga ang termino ng pangulo ngunit tila humahabol pa rin ang pagtaas ng mga pangunahin bilihin sa merkado. Nariyan na ang problema natin sa asukal ngayon na umaabot pa sa P60.00 bawat kilo. May sumpa ba talaga ang panunungkulan ng pangulong ito? Sari-saring kalamidad ang pinagdaanan ng Pilipinas at katakut-takot na hirap ang dinanas natin.

Sagana naman daw tayo sa produksyon ng asukal, kailangan pa mag-import? Biruin nyo, mag-aangkat tayo ng 150,000 toneladang metriko ng asukal na umaabot sa 2.103 bilyong piso ang halaga. Humahabol ba talaga sa pangungurakot si PGMA? Kailangan talagang sumabay sa trend ng world market ang Pilipinas para maitaas ang presyo samantalang sapat naman ang supply natin. Sasabihin nilang kulang ang supply dahil ang mga mapagsamantalang mga negosyante ay magho-hoarding na naman.

Hoarding ang term  sa economics kapag ang isang produkto ay nabili mo sa murang presyo tapos hindi mo muna sya ibebenta, saka mo na lang ibebenta ng mas mahal kapag tumaas na naman ang presyo.

May mahigit kumulang na 6 bilyong magsasaka ng tubo sa Pilipinas. Kapag nag-import tayo ng asukal, paano na ang kanilang kabuhayan? Imbes na makapagbenta, di na tatangkilikin pa. Maliwanag ang pagpapahirap ng administrasyon sa ating bansa, lalo na sa maliliit. Di talaga nabibigyan ng sapat na atensyon ang sektor ng agrikultura. Mayaman ang Pilipinas sa likas na yaman pero imbes na pag-ukulan ng pansin ito, mas binibigyang-pansin ng ating gobyerno ang pagpapayaman sa sarili nilang bulsa.

Ang pagtaas ng asukal ay parang may domino effect. Pangunahing sangkap yan sa paggawa ng tinapay at kung anu-ano pang produkto. Ang resulta, tataas din lahat ng presyo nila. Sino ang mahihirapan? Eh sino pa nga ba kundi si Juan dela Cruz.

Sa susunod na pangulo, dapat wag papetiks-petiks dahil sa mumunting bagay na di mo mabigyang pansin, magdudulot ito ng paghihirap sa nasasakupan mo. Si PGMA wala nang pakialam yan, eh ano pa nga ba di ba? Patapos na rin lang ang termino nya, why would she care pa? Madami na rin naman syang pera, kahit tumaas pa ang mga yan may pambili pa rin sya. Paano na yung mahirap ang buhay? Baka isang kutsarang asukal ay di na nila mabili pa. Matamis sana yung asukal. Pero nagiging mapait na dahil sa sobrang taas ng presyo.

PBB Double Up Byeeee…

Posted in Entertainment with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by annepotz

Pinoy Big Brother Double Up

Malapit na ang Big Night. Ito’ng season na ito ang pinakakontrobersyal at pinaka-nakakahook panoorin. Lalo na kapag andiyan na ang MELASON. Hindi lang ang jolly personality ni Melissa ang nakakapagpasaya sa mga viewers, idagdag mo na rin ang kilig factor na makikita mo sa kanilang dalawa ni Jason. Ako personally, abut-abot ang kasiyahan ko kapag napapanood ko sila sa primetime. Imagine mo naman, dahil diyan, naging sikat ang love team na MELASON, hindi lang sa Pilipinas pati na rin abroad dahil nga sa TFC (The Filipino Channel). Pati ang nanay ko sobrang natutuwa kay Melai kapag pinapanood niya ito. Ang ingay ng bahay kapag PBB na.

Ang PBB ay sumasalamin nga sa totoong buhay. Pero minsan, over rated din. Maraming nagsasabi scripted ito. Pero kung ikaw ang nasa loob ng bahay, magiging totoo ka kaya o magpapakitang-gilas lang para mapansin ng tao at hindi i-evict? Magpakita ka kaya ng tunay mong pagkatao kapag nasa loob ka na ng bahay ni Kuya?

Sa mga tasks ba mailalabas talaga ang tunay na ugali ng tao? Siguro oo. Ito ay kung paano ka um-attack sa isang situation, kung maganda o mabuti ang intensyon mo. Pero sa isang banda, hindi kaya nagpapakasafe lang ang iba para maging malinis sa paningin ng viewers? Kung susuriin mo namang mabuti, ang hirap maging housemate. Kapag gumawa ka ng mabuti, masasabihan ka ng nagpapaka-playing safe. Kung nagalit ka or sabihin na nating naging masama ang reaction mo tungkol sa isang bagay, masasabihan kang masama ang ugali o maldito/maldita. Doon ko narealize na di pala talaga natin kayang i-please lahat ng tao. Gagawa ka ng kabutihan o kasamaan, mami-misunderstood ka pa rin ng iba. Ang hirap ano?

Naisip ko lang na kapag ako ang sumali sa ganyan, nakakapraning siguro. Kasi ano man ang gawin mo at sabihin mo, pipintasan ka pa rin ng ibang tao. Maganda lang noon, sikat ka sa loob. Tulad nung isang housemate na si Cathy Remperas. Ewan ko, madami syang naging haters, to the point na sabihan na sya ng kung anu-anong salita. Dahil lang sa PBB na yan. Ang tanong ko lang ngayon, may prize din ba yung mga sumasali sa PBB na hindi pinalad pumasok sa Big Four? Kasi imagine, privilege nga talaga ang pumasok sa PBB House kasi nga nakikita ka sa TV, pero paglabas mo naman maaring nabahiran na ang pagkatao mo dahil lang sa isang reality show.

Madalas akong makipagbakbakan ng aking opinion sa site ng PBB. Doon makikita mo ang iba’t ibang opinion ng mga viewers tungkol sa mga housemates. Nasasabihan na nga ako ng tito kong nonsense daw ang pinapanood ko. Sabi ko naman, nakakahook tito eh. At nakikita mo talaga paano magpahayag ang mga tao ng opinion nila tungkol sa behavior ng isang housemate.

Sa totoong buhay bilang viewers, habang nanonood ng PBB, I believe na tayo mismong mga viewers ang lumalabas ang tunay na ugali kapag nakikita natin ang ginagawa ng isang housemate. Tayo ang nagiging star sa sarili nating palabas, kung paano magpakatao. Di naman lahat ng tao perpekto, may kanya-kanya tayong flaws sa buhay.

Ngayong malapit na ang PBB Big Night, eto lang ang sigurado ko, wala na akong pagkakaabalahang panoorin sa gabi. Nakakaboring na manood ng soap operas. Pare-pareho ng plot, nakakasawa. Lahat ang plot magkababata, tapos magkikita after a long time, tapos may ka-love triangle.

Anyway, PBB rocks! Sana manalo ang paborito kong si Melissa. Napaka-candid nya sa lahat ng bagay. Manalo lang sya ok na sa akin yun. Di man sya naging perfect, napasaya naman nya ang marami dahil sa pagiging kalog at happy person. Si Melai dapat tularan. Dahil kahit ano pa’ng problema mo sa buhay, dapat maging happy pa rin at positive.

When a Family Member Suffers Dementia

Posted in Medicine, Nursing, Own Story with tags , , on February 5, 2010 by annepotz

“The oldest trees often bear the sweetest fruit.” –German proverb

I grew up with my grandmother. She took care of me since I was 11-month old. She was the one who guided and molded me into what I am now. I can say she’s like my mother. People will have to come to a point when they age. My grandmother is 72 years old now and she has been behaving so strangely for more than a year now.

My mama and I will always argue about my lola’s condition. She will insist that my grandma is bewitched. Oh well, I am a nurse. I don’t believe in such things.

This is when I started to suspect that she has dementia. Indeed, the signs and symptoms were being manifested already. I want to tackle the disease and point out why I came to this conclusion.

Dementia is a word for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. It is not a specific disease. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating. They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They may become agitated or see things that are not there.

The most common symptom of dementia is memory loss. My lola will have a tendency to forget simple things. However, memory loss by itself does not mean you have dementia.

How common is dementia?

Dementia is a common condition. In England alone, there are currently 570,000 people living with dementia. That number is expected to double over the next 30 years.

Usually dementia occurs in people who are 65 or over. The older you get, the more likely you are to develop it.

It is estimated that dementia occurs in:

  • 1.4% of men and 1.5% of women aged between 65 and 69,
  • 3.1% of men and 2.2% of women aged between 70 and 74,
  • 5.6% of men and 7.1% of women aged between 75 and 79,
  • 10.2 % of men and 14.1% of women aged between 80 and 84, and
  • 19.6% of men and 27.5% of women aged 85 or over.

Types of dementia

Listed below are the different types of dementia.

  • Alzheimer’s disease, where small clumps of protein, known as plaques, begin to develop around brain cells. This disrupts the normal workings of the brain.
  • Vascular dementia, where problems with blood circulation result in parts of the brain not receiving enough blood and oxygen.
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies, where abnormal structures, known as Lewy bodies, develop inside the brain.
  • Frontotemporal dementia, where the frontal and temporal lobes (two parts of the brain) begin to shrink. Unlike other types of dementia, frontotemporal dementia usually develops in people who are under 65. It is much rarer than other types of dementia.

What causes dementia?

Dementia is caused by the destruction of brain cells. A head injury, a stroke, a brain tumor or a problem like Alzheimer’s disease can damage brain cells. Some people have a family history of dementia.  Well, my grandmother has a history of hypertension.

What are the common signs and symptoms of dementia?

Dementia causes many problems for the person who has it and for the person’s family. Many of the problems are caused by memory loss. Some common symptoms of dementia are listed below. Not everyone who has dementia will experience all of these symptoms. The following are present in my grandmother:

  • Recent memory loss. People with dementia will always forget simple things. My grandmother will ask what the time is, every 5 minutes. Or sometimes she keeps on asking what the date is about 5-10 times.
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks. After bath, she used to hang her bath robe in a hanger, but oftentimes, she just leave it in the bathroom.
  • Problems with language. She will always forget simple words or use the wrong words.
  • Time and place disorientation. She’s always disoriented. She has a blurred vision. When she naps in the afternoon and wakes up, she will not know what the time is and where she is.
  • Poor judgment. She forgot to put her sweater on despite the cold weather. Simple things are forgotten.
  • Problems with abstract thinking. The budgeting in the house is taken cared of by my lola. Well, she always forgets the total sum of her money and what to do with it.
  • Misplacing things. She’ll always forget where her glasses are. She’ll put it on her wooden chair and will look for it in her bed.
  • Changes in mood. Sometimes, she’s irritable. Simple things may annoy her. At times, when she is hallucinating, she will become so violent and angry.
  • Personality changes. Lola sometimes is irritable, suspicious or fearful.
  • Loss of initiative. Lola is passive. She always wants to just listen to her radio.

Some families may experience what we are experiencing. It may be so hard to accept the fact that the people we love will have to undergo this kind of misery. We just have to strengthen our family support constantly and be more patient in taking care of them. We should understand the condition and not be judgmental about it. As for my lola’s case, she’s old. And I think I made her proud, at least. I have to take care of her just like the way she did. Once in a while I get so impatient especially when she hallucinates or gets moody. But then, all we need is to be there for them and understand what they feel. We owe it to them.

Sources:

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/dementia.html

RAPIST

Posted in Funny, Own Story with tags , on February 5, 2010 by annepotz

He looked at me as if i was a damn whore…


The man grinned at me, surveyed my body with his maniacal stare.


I felt a deep chill down my spine. I started to panic. My reflex told me to stay away him. Something’s terribly wrong with this man.


I walked faster, tried to be more alert than usual.

Then I looked behind, I saw that man with an awful stare, grinning at me. Maybe, he was watching the sway of my hips.

He’s been following me. I began to run faster. Faster than the fastest. Panic started to hit me. I ran, ran and ran.

Who would help me in this dark alley? I began to cry. I felt so helpless.

Just when I thought I was safe…

Snap! My high-heeled shoes’ strap broke.

Oh no! Then the man grabbed my hand.. I cried to him… “No..please no!”

I wept so hard. The man laughed, just like an evil laugh.


Then there was silence. Dead silence.

I sobbed. “Please don’t rape me!”

He said amusingly, “Rape? Hahaha! I won’t rape you, I happened to notice your beautiful face. That’s just what I need for my next commercial shoot. I am a director. I would like to recruit you as a commercial model, here is my card, call me if you’re interested.”

Mga Tips Para Maging Sikat

Posted in Funny, Tips with tags , , on February 5, 2010 by annepotz

Lahat nangangarap maging sikat di ba? Mali! I believe hindi lahat gustong maging sikat, pero kung isa ka sa mga nagnananais sumikat, eto mga nakalap ko:

1.Sumali sa reality show..

You got it right!!! Sumali ka lang sa mga shows like Pinoy Big Brother, Survivor, Fear Factor haha yerr an instant celeb na, kakain ka lang naman ng utak ng baboy na hilaw, mata ng leon na may dugo pa… woohooo!!!! Plus lots of prizes, san ka pa di ba???

2-Maging singer, actor or model.

Pwede kahit sino! Kung ang body mo ay 6-packs like Papa Piolo, o belter ka like Sarah G., karapat-dapat kang sumikat!! O kamukha mo si Pokwang, go lang ng go!

3- Mag-imbento ng something!

Tama! Pwede ka mag-imbento ng anything na makakatulong sa human race, halimbawa, cellphone na may built-in toothbrush… oh di ba? Sikat!

4-Magaling sa sports!

Sumali sa alinmang palakasan! Hehe magdive ng patalikod, magvolleyball gamit ang paa, goodluck na lang!!!

5-Write a best selling novel,

Kung mahilig kang magsulat ng kung anu-ano, show your writing prowess! Sumulat ka ng kakaibang mga stories siguradong patok ka!

6-Humanap ng lunas sa mga sakit!

Oh di ba? Hanap ka na ng cure for AH1N1, AIDS and Cancer at siguradong in the next century patuloy pa ding sinasambit ang name mo sa medical books. Pag di ka nagkasakit ng mga yan before mo madiscover ang cure. lol

7- Break a world record.

Korek! Mag-bunjee jumping ka sa Mt. Everest or gumulong-gulong ka pababa ng tallest mountain in the world, o di kaya, palutangin mo amg Superferry9 na lumubog gamit ang iyong dila, sisikat ka ng todo-todo!

8-Maging isang politician.

Sundan mo ang yapak ni PGMA! Bumili ka ng mga hidden properties, kumain ng one million dollar dinner. Mangurakot! Sikat ka na nun!

9-Magbusiness ka!

Kung idol mo si Bill Gates, gawa ka na ng sarili mong pagkakakitaan like mga snatched na iPhones, cellphones o di kaya magtulak ka ng shabu! Haha pag natimbog ka, makikita ka sat v! yun ang sikat!

10-At ang pinakamadali sa lahat, pakasalan mo ang mga sikat.

Exactly! Pakasalan mo si Dr. Hayden Kho o kaya si Katrina Halili instant sikat ka na din!

11. Mas madali pa ito sa number 10…Gumawa ka ng scandal!

Dr. Hayden, Maricar, Katrina, pengeng kasikatan!

Tandaan: Ang mga tips na ito ay maaari o hinding gawin ng kung sino lamang, ang mahalaga, alam mo sa sarili mo na sikat ka sa iyong sariling paraan o larangan! Katuwaan lang.

Kape Kape Kape

Posted in Health and Fitness with tags , , on February 5, 2010 by annepotz

“Insomnia is a symptom which can accompany several sleep, medical and psychiatric disorders, characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep despite the opportunity.” –WIKIPEDIA

Hindi na naman ako makatulog. Ilang weeks na din. Di ko lang talaga alam kung ano’ng dahilan. Dahil siguro sa pag-inom ko ng hindi bababa sa limang tasa ng kape araw-araw. Kapag ako ang nagkape, gusto ko matapang, pero di naman ako masyado nerbyosa, slight lang. Usually kalahating kutsara ng kape ang nilalagay ko sa bawat tasang tinitimpla ko, ganun ako kalakas magkape.

Ano nga ba ang nakukuha sa kape? According sa research, nababawasan ang posibilidad na magkaroon ng Alzheimer’s Disease, gall stones (bato sa apdo), Parkinson’s Disease. Nagiging mas matalas pa ang memory ng isang tao at tumataas ang Intelligence Quotient (IQ). Nakakatulong din laban sa Diabetes Mellitus at Cancer. May methylpyridinium ito na nagsisilbing antioxidant sa ating katawan.

Naparesearch tuloy ako sa benefits ng coffee nyan. Lahat ng bagay sabi nila, kapag kulang o sobra nakakasama. Heto, epekto ng kape di na naman ako makatulog. Sana mabawasan ko ang pagkakape ko, I long for a good night sleep kasi. Mabuti pa mag-water therapy na lang ako para makatulog na ako ng maayos.