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What You Get for Jogging in the Province

One thing we did (and we plan on habitually doing) here in Redh’s hometown is jog. Our sojourn back in the city gave us a sedentary lifestyle, which caused unwanted flabs to develop. So unless we wanted to become what we fear, jogging is one thing we need to do. Of course, I made it a point to bring the camera along to take photos in between. Hehe.

Warming up.

Lezzgo!

From the road to the beach.

This snail was trying to race with us.

It has a girl friend. I wonder what they're doing.

Back to the roadside with the leaning coconut of Carmen.

We passed by this lil creek going home at sunup.

To home. Looking forward to a nice breakfast. Hungry much. Hehe.

The jogging lasted for an hour. It was actually a combination of jogging and brisk walking. Nothing compares to early morning jogging, especially if done in a place where nature is.

The only thing I don’t like is since this is a province, rubberneckers are abound. Locals here seem to think it odd to find people who jog because it’s something they don’t see every day. They stare. Not a rude stare but more of a “what the heck are they doing” stare. Anyhoo, it’s all good. To healthy life! 🙂

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World AIDS Awareness Day 2010


Whoever chose December 1 as AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Awareness Day must have thought about the cold holiday season. We know what happens in a cold and dark place, right?

Kidding aside, since it’s awareness day, I decided to do my assignment and found this list of common misconceptions about AIDS. It pays to know. So I urge you to read on.

Myth No. 1: I can get HIV by being around people who are HIV-positive.

You cannot catch HIV by:

  • Breathing the same air as someone who is HIV-positive.
  • Touching a toilet seat or doorknob handle after an HIV-positive person.
  • Drinking from a water fountain.
  • Hugging, kissing, or shaking hands with someone who is HIV-positive.
  • Sharing eating utensils with an HIV-positive person.
  • Using exercise equipment at a gym.

You can get it from infected blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or mother’s milk.

Myth No. 2: I don’t need to worry about becoming HIV positive — new drugs will keep me well.

Yes, antiretroviral drugs are improving and extending the lives of many people who are HIV-positive. However, many of these drugs are expensive and produce serious side effects. None yet provides a cure. Also, drug-resistant strains of HIV make treatment an increasing challenge.

Myth No. 3: I can get HIV from mosquitoes.

When insects bite, they do not inject the blood of the person or animal they have last bitten. Also, HIV lives for only a short time inside an insect.

Myth No. 4: I’m HIV-positive — my life is over.

In the early years of the disease epidemic, the death rate from AIDS was extremely high. But today, antiretroviral drugs allow HIV-positive people — and even those with AIDS — to live much longer.

Myth No. 5: AIDS is genocide.

In one study, as many as 30% of African-Americans and Latinos expressed the view that HIV was a government conspiracy to kill minorities. Instead, higher rates of infection in these populations may be due, in part, to a lower level of health care.

Myth No. 6: I’m straight and don’t use IV drugs — I won’t become HIV-positive.

Most men do become HIV-positive through sexual contact with other men or through injection drug use. However, about 16% of men and 78% of women become HIV-positive through heterosexual contact.

Myth No. 7: If I’m receiving treatment, I can’t spread the HIV virus.

When HIV treatments work well, they can reduce the amount of virus in your blood to a level so low that it doesn’t show up in blood tests. Research shows, however, that the virus is still “hiding” in other areas of the body. It is still essential to practice safe sex so you won’t make someone else become HIV-positive.

Myth No. 8: My partner and I are both HIV positive — there’s no reason for us to practice safer sex.

Practicing safer sex — wearing condoms or using dental dams — can protect you both from becoming exposed to other (potentially drug resistant) strains of HIV.

Myth No. 9: I could tell if my partner was HIV-positive.

You can be HIV-positive and not have any symptoms for years. The only way for you or your partner to know if you’re HIV-positive is to get tested.

Myth No. 10: You can’t get HIV from oral sex.

It’s true that oral sex is less risky than some other types of sex. But you can get HIV by having oral sex with either a man or a woman who is HIV-positive. Always use a latex barrier during oral sex.

(Source: http://www.webmd.com/hiv-aids/top-10-myths-misconceptions-about-hiv-aids)

Or, if you’re too lazy to read, at least watch this video. Get educated. Stay safe. And have a happy and worry-free holiday.

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Insomnia

Last time I wrote about oversleeping. Now, I am unable to sleep.

Yep! This, for the nth time, is one of those days where sleep evades me. I have tried everything. From counting sheep to singing myself a lullaby. Nothing seems to work. I should be sleeping in this late hour but look!

Wikipedia enumerates a considerably long list of possible causes of insomnia. For a night shifter like me, at the top of the list is disturbances of the circadian rhythm or shift work, which can cause an inability to sleep at some times of the day and excessive sleepiness at other times of the day. Now that makes sense.

Second on the list is poor sleep hygiene or noise. Well, it’s really hard to sleep when there’s some carpentry work going on outside.

Can you guess the third one? Insomnia is also seen in individuals who have long hours of computer surfing. Okay, that’s settled.

Right. Lemme try one last-ditch attempt at this.

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How to Stop Oversleeping

slept all day. slept all night.

It’s already eleven o’clock? I swear, this weather has been fooling me not once, but twice in a row! Clocks are no good time determinants these days unless you have alarm installed. Without it, I would be lying flat in bed and missing work, which I don’t like. I love work. I get paid for it.

Talk about sleep, I overslept for a good number of hours yesterday. I’m talking about 4 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. Naturally, my head was spinning like crazy. My stomach hurt too. I don’t know if there’s some kind of connection or something, but my entire body hurt all the same. It’s like I drank a gallon of liquor the day previous. Not cool.

If you’re with me on this, here’s a few tips I found that could help stop oversleeping. Read on.

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