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If you happen to live in the Philippines, you know how hot it is right now. It is scalding hot.. It’s as if you’re being boiled alive. For those who have air conditioned houses, well, good for them. But for us, ordinary citizens, well.. we have to keep our bodies cool and hydrated, otherwise.. we’ll drop dead.

So, how do we keep ourselves hydrated?

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Water might seem like the new “in” thing. These days, it’s difficult to thumb a supermarket tabloid without spotting at least a few water-bottle-toting celebrities. But in addition to being a favorite accessory of Hollywood A-listers, water is also essential to your health. Water makes up approximately 60 to 70 percent of the human body by weight, so all of us need to stay hydrated to keep our bodies running smoothly.

These simple tips can help make getting enough fluids part of your daily routine:

  • Have something to drink when you first get up in the morning.
  • Carry a plastic water bottle with you during work hours and when you are away from home for long periods of time.
  • Try to drink something before, during and after exercising, especially in hot weather.  Drink water every 15 minutes as you exercise.
  • Remember to drink before you get thirsty.
  • Try to limit caffeinated and sugary beverages.  Caffeine acts as a diuretic and can cause you to lose fluids quickly.  In addition to having extra calories, the fructose, or natural sugars, in fruit juice can slow your body’s ability to absorb fluids.
  • Monitor your fluid intake, factoring in foods. Most of what we eat contains some water, especially fruits and vegetables.  Packing ready-to-eat fruits in sealable plastic bags can be a great way to restore fluids and vitamins during outdoor activities.
  • Keep a glass, cup or plastic bottle of water next to your bed.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of dehydration.

Remember to drink before you get thirsty and be alert for common signs of dehydration:

  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive thirst
  • Infrequent or dark urination
  • Muscle weakness or cramping
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Tiredness
  • Sunken eyes
  • Inability to produce tears

 

I haven’t been feeling well lately. Much as I wanted to do some writing, I couldn’t. I feel so unproductive.

So, I whiled away the time by watching some old films. Among which are The Impossible, Enemy of the State, Saving Private Ryan, Enemy at the Gates, Basic Instinct, Perfect Murder, God of Gamblers, God of Gamblers 2.

Well, hopefully, I would get well enough to feature these movies on this blog..

We love watching films. That’s a common interest in the family. And when we watch, we really watch, as in all eyes and ears to the screen. That’s why the first time my husband came home from abroad, that’s three years ago, he bought some nice speakers.

But if we were happy about it, our neighbors weren’t. It seems like our audio is too loud that they can hear it from their own houses. So, we had to take it easy on the volume. But of course, watching with the volume turned low is not as satisfying. But since my husband is coming home again anytime soon, he can install acoustical foam around the living room.

I’m excited that I’m already checking out for some soundproof foam from here as early as now.

 

If you’ve been in the Philippines, you would have an idea how extremely hot the summer season could be. This year is no exception. Just last week, it got so hot we had to keep the fans fixed on us. Still, I felt so hot it seems like my body was going to explode. So, I kept a pitcher of water close and I take a swig every once in a while. I just hope and pray that none of us would get dehydrated this summer.

Source: WebMD

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. With dehydration, more water is moving out of our cells and bodies than what we take in through drinking.

We lose water every day in the form of water vapor in the breath we exhale and in our excreted sweat, urine, and stool. Along with the water, small amounts of salts are also lost.

When we lose too much water, our bodies may become out of balance or dehydrated. Severe dehydration can lead to death.

Causes of Dehydration in Adults

Many conditions may cause rapid and continued fluid losses and lead to dehydration:

  • Fever, heat exposure, and too much exercise
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination due to infection
  • Diseases such as diabetes
  • The inability to seek appropriate water and food (as in the case of a disabled person)
  • An impaired ability to drink (for instance, someone in a coma or on a respirator)
  • No access to safe drinking water
  • Significant injuries to skin, such as burns or mouth sores, or severe skin diseases or infections (water is lost through the damaged skin)
Symptoms of Dehydration in Adults

The signs and symptoms of dehydration range from minor to severe and include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth and swollen tongue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness fainting
  • Fainting
  • Inability to sweat
  • Decreased urine output

Urine color may indicate dehydration. If urine is concentrated and deeply yellow or amber, you may be dehydrated.

When to Seek Medical Care

Call your doctor if the dehydrated person experiences any of the following:

  • Increased or constant vomiting for more than a day
  • Fever over 101°F
  • Diarrhea for more than 2 days
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased urine production
  • Confusion
  • Weakness

Take the person to the hospital’s emergency department if these situations occur:

  • Fever higher than 103°F
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness (lethargy)
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest or abdominal pains
  • Fainting
  • No urine in the last 12 hours

 

City of Ember Image Source: Wikipedia

I’ve watched it a few years ago and it got me thinking.

First, that movies nowadays are more on post-apocalyptic theme. This movie, for instance. An underground city, the City of Ember, was created by builders to house survivors. They also prepared an instruction on how to leave the city and placed it into a small box which will automatically open after 200 years. The box was assigned in the care of the first mayor and was then passed on to the next and the next until such time that the survivors would finally get to leave the underground shelter. The chain, however, was broken when a mayor died and was not able to officially pass the box on and the instruction on how to leave the city was lost.

Second, that leaders usually use their power to take advantage of other people. The mayor of the City of Ember didn’t really care about the people, how they live, how they die. All he cared about was himself and how comfortably he was living when the majority of the people were miserable.

And third, there always is a way out, but only for those who want out. In this movie, it was Doon and Lina, with her young sister Poppy. They believed there was a way out if only they would find it. And they did.

 

deuce bigalow Image Source: Wikipedia

Yes, it’s an old movie. I’ve watched it a long time ago, then, my brother bought an original VCD so I got the chance to watch it again.

Aside from it being gross but funny, it was kind of informative in a way. I didn’t realize how insecure other women can be.

When I realized, at 13, that I would never grow as tall as other teens my age, I felt bad about it. I wanted to be at least 5’4” in height but it was obvious that that wouldn’t happen.

But when I went to college, I realized that my height actually didn’t matter much. I did well in school, I had many friends and nobody made me feel insecure for being such a short person.

So, when I watched Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, it made me think how easily I overcame my insecurity over my being small. And that there are other much more insecure women out there who felt bad about their weight, their height, their handicap and so on. More than that, I realized how much women feel the need for companionship, not necessarily a boyfriend or a lover, but someone who could simply be with them.

And one other thing I realized.. How lonely some people could be that they would pay another person just to be with them.

 

Earth Hour Image Source: Wikipedia

On March 29, 8:30-9:30pm, we turned off all our lights in the house and lit a single candle on the dining table. Since it was too dark in the house to do anything, I decided to go outside to pass the time by. If at first I thought it would be boring, I was mistaken, because it wasn’t. It was a beautiful night and I took the time gazing at the stars as I used to do when I was young. Then, I remembered how we spent such dark and warm nights way back in the province one-two decades ago. It made me feel homesick for my hometown.

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After an hour, I went back inside the house and turned on the lights. I felt good knowing I joined something important that night, not just for me but for the entire planet.

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Happy Earth Hour!

 

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I’m one of those people who still buy and collect original VCDs and DVDs. So, I always drop by Odyssey to check out whether my favorite movies are already on sale :D

And for the past few months, I’ve bought a several original VCDs to add to my collection. Among those are: Matrix Trilogy, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, Anna and the King, Apocalypto, Terminal, Unstoppable, Meet Dave and a lot lot lot more!

Oh, I love Odyssey especially when they are selling VCDs for P50 each…

 

If I love promotional tumblers, I love promotional mugs just as much..

Krispy Kreme Promotional Mug From Krispy Kreme

MSA Whiz Kid Promotional MugFrom MSA Whiz Kids Academy

White Rock Beach Resort Promotional MugFrom White Rock Beach Resort

Starbucks Protmotional MugFrom Starbucks

SSA Grand Alumni Homecoming Promotional MugThe last but definitely not the least.. From St. Stephen’s Academy Grand Alumni Homecoming

 

Last week, my friend in the province sent me a text message. He asked me if I knew anything about Psoriasis. It seems like one of his distant relatives was diagnosed with it. I’ve heard of this diseases but I knew very little, so, I looked it up from the net and here’s what I found

Source: WedMD

Psoriasis (say “suh-RY-uh-sus”) is a long-term (chronic) skin problem that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin.

Normally, skin cells grow gradually and flake off about every 4 weeks. New skin cells grow to replace the outer layers of the skin as they shed.

But in psoriasis, new skin cells move rapidly to the surface of the skin in days rather than weeks. They build up and form thick patches called plaques (say “plax”). The patches range in size from small to large. They most often appear on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or lower back. Psoriasis is most common in adults. But children and teens can get it too.

Having psoriasis can be embarrassing, and many people, especially teens, avoid swimming and other situations where patches can show. But there are many types of treatment that can help keep psoriasis under control.

Experts believe that psoriasis occurs when the immune system overreacts, causing inflammation and flaking of skin. In some cases, psoriasis runs in families.

People with psoriasis often notice times when their skin gets worse. Things that can cause these flare-ups include a cold and dry climate, infections, stress, dry skin, and taking certain medicines.

Psoriasis isn’t contagious. It can’t be spread by touch from person to person.

Symptoms of psoriasis appear in different ways. Psoriasis can be mild, with small areas of rash. When psoriasis is moderate or severe, the skin gets inflamed with raised red areas topped with loose, silvery, scaling skin. If psoriasis is severe, the skin becomes itchy and tender. And sometimes large patches form and may be uncomfortable. The patches can join together and cover large areas of skin, such as the entire back.

In some people, psoriasis causes joints to become swollen, tender, and painful. This is called psoriatic arthritis (say “sor-ee-AT-ik ar-THRY-tus”). This arthritis can also affect the fingernails and toenails, causing the nails to pit, change color, and separate from the nail bed. Dead skin may build up under the nails.

Symptoms often disappear (go into remission), even without treatment, and then return (flare up).

A doctor can usually diagnose psoriasis by looking at the patches on your skin, scalp, or nails. Special tests aren’t usually needed.

Most cases of psoriasis are mild, and treatment begins with skin care. This includes keeping your skin moist with creams and lotions. These are often used with other treatments including shampoos, ultraviolet light, and medicines your doctor prescribes.

In some cases, psoriasis can be hard to treat. You may need to try different combinations of treatments to find what works for you. Treatment for psoriasis may continue for a lifetime.

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