October 2008


cuddyTo give and take away life.  To heal the sick and watch them live a new life.  To hold a newborn and to be a parent.  The title of this week episode of House is “Joy” and in my opinion it is anything but joy.

The episode started with a father who was drinking coffee after coffee till he’s blacking out and missing time.  Initially, they thought it was caused by drugs as he was caught buying cocaine while he was technically asleep.  However, when they were doing test to support it, they found another symptom which negated it.  It’s a trial and error cycle wherein symptom after symptom came up.  To add it up, the daughter also got whatever the father had.  House had a talk with Wilson and Wilson said something about the baby which Cuddy wanted to adopt which resulted to a realization about something that will assist him in solving the case.  In the end, both father and daughter were saved of their initial sickness and the daughter was able to donate one kidney to her dad.

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I’m bored and I’m craving for seafood! So, when I was checking the new releases in Reflexive.com, Fishco enhance my curiosity and became my latest PC game download. When I was reading through the description provided, I thought it would be something like Fish Tycoon wherein you breed two different fishes to get a new species. It wasn’t the case and here’s why.

Fishco is an action game created by Fugazo. It has action and relax mode for you to choose. The action mode has 40 levels wherein you’ll help your partner Tracy to grow, breed and sell fishes. To grow a fish, you need to separate the aggressive and non-aggressive fishes. You would also need to keep your tank clean by changing the water and removing the algae. You should also keep your fish happiness level up by planting plants. Breeding involve two similar fishes of the opposite sexes in a breeding tank. Normally, they would have 2 eggs. To sell those fishes, you need to transfer them to a regular tank.

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subprime_mortgages If you’re like an average joe with little to no background in finance, news about recession and bankruptcy will scare and make you panic. My friend, Lala Rimando, business editor of Newsbreak Magazine, came out with this dummies guide to help you understand the credit crisis lingo.

Article from http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/09/26/08/what-subprime-dummies-guide-credit-crisis-lingo; Photo from http://politicalhumor.about.com

With financial jargons leaping from business pages to front page headlines, here’s a guide to understanding the current US financial crisis better.

SUBPRIME or SUBPRIME MORTGAGES

Simply put, they are called subprime since they are below prime status. These are loans lent to borrowers who, as some put it, are considered “NINJA” (no income, no job, no assets). In other words, high risk borrowers: they have tainted credit history or cannot prove their incomes.

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Aeroflot Russian Airlines has been serving the flying public for 85 years now.  They are considered as one of the top 10 airlines serving the European market.  The first time I heard about this airline was in passing as my friend was planning to go to London and they have the cheapest ticket at that time.

I found out about Aeroflot through expedia.com while hunting for the cheapest ticket to Europe for our trip.  I tried their website and it was cheap.  However, they don’t have any option to reserve so I thought of going through their ticket agent here in Beijing.   I tried calling the number listed on their website but nobody was answering.  I tried sending an email and they did reply but listed our names wrong on the reservation.  I replied to them informing them of the incorrect names but they did not reply back.  Called.. no answer.. I was getting desperate that I contacted their Shanghai office.  Luckily, they were kind enough to change the reservation.

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On my next couple of blogs, I will be reviewing hotels, airports and highlights of my trip to Europe. I hope it will be helpful to those who would be going to those destination. My first review in my European trip is Moscow-Sheremetyevo Airport Terminal 2. When I was searching for reviews about this airport, all I got were bad reviews. I dread the stopover on my way back to Beijing as it’s longer than going to Paris.

Moscow-Sheremetyevo Terminal 2 serves Aeroflot Russian airlines’ international flights. It’s an old terminal built for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Terminal 1 which is several miles away serves their domestic flights. If you plan to transfer between those two terminals, you would need at least 4 hours of connecting time.

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I’ve been a fan of House MD since it started.  Each episode has it’s own twist and turns which captures the audience attention.  The setting is at Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital where the initial lead cast of six is working.  The six are Dr. Cuddy who’s the dean of medicine and hospital administrator, Dr. James Wilson, who is House’s best friend and an oncologist, Dr. Foreman, Dr. Cameron, Dr. Chase, diagnostic team of Dr. House and the antisocial, drug-addicted Dr. Gregory House, expert in diagnostic medicine.

From Season 1 to 3, the stories revolve around solving diseases affecting their patients.  However, it ended with Dr. Foreman and Cameron resigning and Dr. Chase fired.  In Season 4, House held a competition like interview process to form a new team.  The new team is composed of plastic surgeon Dr. Taub, Number Thirteen Dr. Hadley and radical thinker Dr. Kutner.  Dr. Foreman returned and join the group as Cuddy’s eyes and ears.  Dr. Chase moved to the surgery department while Dr. Cameron moved to the ER.  Dr. Wilson find a love interest in the form of “cutthroat bitch” Amber.  Amber was part of the 40 doctors who vied to be part of House’s team.  At the end of Season 4, Amber died due to fetching House from a bar as he was drunk.  When Season 5 started, Dr. Wilson quit and severed ties with Dr. House.

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I didn’t know this game at first.  My brother suggested it after I reviewed Farm Frenzy  2.  I admit it’s better than Farm Frenzy 2 as it wasn’t too difficult that you’ll get frustrated when you don’t complete it and it’s not too easy to lose your interest.

Ranch Rush involves a young lady farmer.  She started out with a barn, well and a stack of crates.  It involves 8 weeks with a Farmer’s Market for the first 7 weeks.  She needs to plant clover, tomato, wheat, corn, grapes and pumpkin.  She also needs to harvest honey, ostrich eggs and milk and produce cheese, tomato sauce, and bread.

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