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3 Cost Effective Ways to Solve Metro Manila's Traffic Problem

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The Facebook page of ANC 24/7 is asking for its reader's suggestion on how to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem.


This got me thinking, "what is the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem?" It's easy to make suggestions, what's hard is the implementation and the cost of implementation. So what is the the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem and the most cost effective solution?

Punitive Fines
First of all, any implementation will definitely cost money, a lot of money. The cause of the traffic mess is the people themselves so it's only right that those causing the traffic problem should be fined and the fine should hurt. That way, the fines will pay for the cost of enforcing the law.
The fines should start at P500 and goes up every week if you don't pay it within 15 days. To enforce this and prevent people from ignoring the fine. It will be tied to their driver's license or car registration. They cannot renew their d…

Ang Huling El Bimbo by Eraserheads

One of the best songs by one of the best Filipino band ever. Ang Huling El Bimbo by the Eraserheads. This video won the MTV Asia Viewer's Choice awards in 1997 making the Eraserheads the first and only Filipino artists to have ever won the award.

Voltes V - Horie Mitsuko Live 2000

Full version of the Voltes V theme song sang by the original artist Horie Mmitsuko. Borutesu Faibu no Uta (Voltes V Song - Opening Theme).

Swine Flu 1976 and Propaganda

It seems like the Swine Flu (H1N1) is not new. I found this 60 minutes documentary on it.


Swine Flu 1976 & Propaganda
by Dianequiose-4

Tronatic Motion GSM

Amazing new cellphone!

The Filipino Psyche

Here's an interesting article by Conrado De Quiros of The Philippine Daily Inquirer.

He write about watching an interview of Manny Pacquiao and how confident Manny is even though he is being interviewed in English and Manny is not really that fluent in English.

He talks about how some may see this as being arrogrant, but it's actually self confidence.

Pacquiao has sometimes been seen, at least locally, as being too self-assured to the point of cockiness, but I don’t know that that is necessarily bad. Certainly, I don’t know that he doesn’t need it. You can’t get far without those levels of self-assurance, or cockiness, particularly when facing foes in the ring who look like executioners. Wrestling of course has driven the idea to satirical or self-parodying levels. But you need to feel bigger, better, larger-than-life to not be intimidated.

He also talks about how some Filipinos boxers lose when fighting abroad because their sense of inferiority made them lose.

I’ve often wondered …

'FarmVille' gamemaker Zynga sees dollar signs

On any given day 500,000 tractors are sold on the Internet. But don't start buying stock in John Deere or Caterpillar just yet. These are $20 "virtual" tractors that belong to the 50 million players of FarmVille, the largest and fastest-growing social game on the Internet.

Social games are free online applications accessed through sites such as MySpace and Facebook. If you've spent any time on either site you're probably familiar with titles such as FarmVille, Mafia Wars, and Caf World. All three games, which rank among the top five games played daily on Facebook, were developed by San Francisco-based Zynga, one of the tech sector's most talked-about companies these days.

Read the full article at Fortune/CNN Money.

The great Baby Einstein scam

The New York Times reported Thursday that Disney is offering a refund to buyers of its ubiquitous “Baby Einstein” videos, which did not, as promised, turn babies into wunderkinds. Apparently, all those puppets, bright colors, and songs were what we had feared all along—a mind-numbing way to occupy infants.

This news has rocked the parenting world, which had embraced the videos as a miraculous child-rearing staple. Videos that make your kid smarter while you prepare dinner? Genius!

Read the full story at Shine from Yahoo!

Mi Ultimo Adiós by Dr José Rizal

This just popped into my mind and I decided to share it. If only current generation of Filipinos have love of country as much as Jose Rizal, we wouldn't be in the boat we're in.

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Mi Ultimo Adiós

Adios, Patria adorada, region del sol querida,
Perla del Mar de Oriente, nuestro perdido Eden!
A darte voy alegre la triste mustia vida,
Y fuera más brillante más fresca, más florida,
Tambien por tí la diera, la diera por tu bien.

En campos de batalla, luchando con delirio
Otros te dan sus vidas sin dudas, sin pesar;
El sitio nada importa, ciprés, laurel ó lirio,
Cadalso ó campo abierto, combate ó cruel martirio,
Lo mismo es si lo piden la patria y el hogar.

Yo muero cuando veo que el cielo se colora
Y al fin anuncia el día trás lóbrego capuz;
Si grana necesitas para teñir tu aurora,
Vierte la sangre mía, derrámala en buen hora
Y dórela un reflejo de su naciente luz.

Mis sueños cuando apenas muchacho adolescente,
Mis sueños cuando joven ya lleno de vigor,
Fueron el verte un día, jo…

Amazing Musical Talent

I want to explain this, but it's better if you just watch.

Tawa Muna

Anong bansa ang walang pangit? UGANDA
Anong bansa ang di sikat? LAOS
Anong bansa ang tinutukso? CUBA
Anong bansa ang madulas? GREECE
Anong bansa ang hindi sa iyo? KENYA
Anong bansa ang nakagapos? ITALY
Anong bansa ang maraming bacteria? GERM-ANY
Anong bansa ang nagmamadali? RUSSIA
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Learn Japanese:

1) Is this your underwear? Jakimoto
2) Speechless? Wasabi
3) What are your thoughts? Kuro-kuro mo
4) Are you regular customer? Sukikaba
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Mga Lasa Ng Gatas Ng Babae:

Dalagita: Fresh milk
Dalaga: Pasteurized
Bagong kasal: Skimmed
Matagal ng kasal: Yogurt
Matandang dalaga: Taho
Lola: Tokwa
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Nag-aaway Ang Dalawang Tanga:

Kulas: Ano ba ang gusto mo? away o gulo
Tomas: Away na lang para walang gulo.
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Sa Isang Ospital Pagkatapos Ng Operasyon:

Pasyente: Dok, bakit ganito ang operasyon sa ulo? Halos kita na ang utak ko.
Dok: Okey yan.…

Being A Scavenger

This is the reality of majority of poor Filipinos. In a country where the President and her entourage spends $20,000 for a dinner. It's unbelievable that people still live like this and eats garbage to survive.



'The Last Supper' recreated with Rubik's cubes

This is brilliant!

Shocking News From The World Bank (the truth behind speculation)

Someone forwarded this e-mail to me.

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The Financial Analyst of World Bank would like to inform each and everyone of you that the present currency exchange rate of US Dollar to Peso is actually $1 = P52. Your government is manipulating the exchange rate for some years now. It is very much improbable and impossible that the Philippine Peso is appreciating compare to Euro, British Pound, Rials, and any other foreign currency. Even your ASEAN neighboring countries are suffering from the Global Crisis. Singapore , a developed country is affected by depreciation of their currency what more of your country?

We admire you for your hard work but we also pity you for having such a very corrupt government that is taking advantage of your hard earned money.

The ARROYO ADMINISTRATION is blatantly milking each and every OFW's all over the world of billions of pesos for its own greedy, selfish ends. Investigations reveal that this milked money from OFWs will be spent to BRIBE not…

Greatest Hole In One Shot

Vijay Singh skips the ball over the pond for a hole in one.



Here's a better view.

Arroyo signs climate change law

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed into law the Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009 in Malacañang that would enable the country to better respond to disasters spawned by climate change.Republic Act 9729 seeks to mainstream climate change into the formulation of government policy by setting up a National Framework Strategy and Program on Climate Change.It also creates the Climate Change Commission that will coordinate, monitor and evaluate the government's programs and actions to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
The government signs a lot of bills, but none of these are ever implemented. The Filipino's penchant for Nigas Cugon is appalling.

How many laws have been enacted but never implemented? Remember the anti-smoke belching law? Whatever happened to that? There's hardly any testing stations and all buses and jeepneys still pollute and spew black smoke.

I'm really sick and tired of all these crap th…

Update on DSWD Relief Good

I just love the Internet, don't you? The power of instant communication has led to immediate action and fact checking my individuals instead of waiting for the news organization to report on it.

Take the issue of Ella's blog titled Aanhin pa angdamokungpataynaangkabayo? (A special report from a volunteer).

Then the Dr. Esperanza Cabral of the DSWD immediately issued a statement.

Then some volunteers went to DSWD to check on the matter and volunteer and wasn't let in by the guard even though the DSWD said there was a lack of volunteers and were told that repacking operations can last up to 11pm. None of that is happening.

I'm not saying they're stealing the goods, but the lack of coordination and expediency of the relief operation is pretty disturbing to the donors.

Here is Manuel L. Quezon III's blog about the whole incident.

Here is the Bayanihan Online's timeline of events.

Again, the issue is not whether the goods are being stolen or rotting. Ella did not say t…

Statement of Dr. Esperanza Cabral on the issue of relief goods in the DSWD Warehouse

With regards to the blog post of Ella that I reposted. Here is a statement from Dr. Esperaza Cabral of the DSWD.

I may be cynical about the Philippine government, but I believe in fair and balanced news. I just hope that what Dr. Esperanza Cabral said is true.

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Statement of Dr. Esperanza Cabral on the issue of relief goods in the DSWD Warehouse
October 23, 2009

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) manages the National Relief Operations Center (NROC) which is the facility for processing and storage of relief goods that are purchased by the Department or donated to us by generous individuals both here and abroad. The relief goods are released to our Regional Offices or directly to evacuation centers or to the local government units as they are needed and requested by these entities. They are delivered in trucks, many of which were lent to us by private companies or by military vehicles. Some of the goods are shipped by air from nearby Villamor…

Black Terror

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Black Terror issue #5 will be out in November and is written by Hester and up and coming artist Jonathan Lau.

Jonathan Lau's previous work includes Battlestar Galactica Origins #1-11 and Battlestar Galactica Ghost Squadron.

His work has been evolving and based on the previews of Black Terror #5, this is one of his best works yet.

For a full review of the comics, go to CBR News.

Apple Get A Mac Ad - Broken Promises

Do you think Apple is just going to sit around doing nothing while Windows 7 launches?



How about targeting Windows XP users who are looking to upgrade to Windows 7? Got an ad for that too!



Relief Goods Not Being Distributed By DSWD?

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This is unconfirmed, but this is from Blog Ni Ella at http://www.ellaganda.com/. Which is now down.

I am reposting this from Jenniepperson.com who was able to copy Ella's blog before it went down.

Again, this is unconfirmed. I am reposting in the hopes someone in the know can clarify the situation.

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Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo? (A special report from a volunteer)Oct 21st, 2009 by ella Dear friends,I’m asking your help to spread the word. Tulungan po ninyo akong ikalat ito. Beyond this, we should also demand action. I disabled a plugin so you can copy the photos of relief goods rotting in DSWD warehouses. You can link this post to your blogs, facebook, websites etc. You can also email the photos.
Philippine News (US based Philippine newspaper) will use this as its front page story this week. Every Filipino has the right to know where the tons of donations from the UN and other counties go. Kahit po nakakahiya sa mga nag-donate. Kung sa ganitong paraan, mat…

Windows 7 Launch Party

Did you host or attend a Microsoft Windows 7 Launch Party? If so, I hope it was better than the party hosted by this guy.

Another Funny Commercial

Here's another funny one, from Hong Kong this time.

Funny Commercial

Here's a funny commercial from Thailand.

Greatest Freak Out Ever

This kid completely lost it after her mom cancels his World of Warcraft account.



I've seen a lot of freak out videos from gamers. But this is the first time I've seen anyone try to shove a remote up their ass.

Drunkest Guy Ever Goes Back For More Beer

This drunkest guy ever video has been circulating on the Internet.



Kind of sad really.

But the silent film treatment is hilarious.

Wynne Arboleda incident

You've probably heard of this incident it the PBA last week where Burger King player Wynne Arobelda beat up a Smart Gilas fan.

Watch.


From what I gather, the fan (Alain Katigbac) threw a few criticisms towards Arboleda because of his foul against the Smart Gilas player which can be considered flagrant.

Alain Katigbac has filed charges against Wynne Arboleda and Mark Yee who stepped in between Katigbac and Arboleda during the incident and made a threatening posture.

In some forums, a lot of people are criticizing Alain Katigbac for being a coward saying that if he is man enough to curse at Katigbac, he should be man enough to take a fight. Typical Filipino macho man response.

In the case filed by Katigbac, he said he just joined the other fans in booing Arboleda because of Arboleda's dirty plays.

In the Inquirer article:
The complainant admitted he joined other fans in booing Arboleda’s hard fouls on JV Casio of the opposing team.Katigbac recalled that after the foul, the cager was o…

Lego Pop-Up of Temple In Kyoto

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I saw this video of a Lego pop-up of the Kinkaku-ji temple in Kyoto. Amazing work!



Here's the photo of the temple.

404 Error Page

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Tired of the old 404 Error Page message? Here are some templates you can use for it.

More at http://rorr.im/digg.com/design/4_oh_4_is_no_longer_an_error_top_404_error_pages_pics/

Pilobolus

Pilobolus began, in 1971, as an outsider dance company, and quickly became renowned the world over for its imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration. Nearly 40 years later, it has evolved into a pioneering American cultural institution of the 21st century.

I saw their dance on Conan and thought I'd share it with everyone.

Pilobolus - Late Night with Conan O'Brien - Watch today’s top amazing videos here

Working At Google

Google is considered to be one of the best places to work, and this is the reason why.

Filipino scholars’ abroad urged to return to RP

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Filipino scholars abroad should return to the Philippines and share what they have learned to help improve the country’s academic and industrial sectors, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

Senator Edgardo Angara is also calling on the national government to help local agencies involved in education.

Angara, who heads the congressional committee on science, technology and engineering (COMSTE), said he was concerned about the Filipino scholars abroad who would not return to the country after they have completed their studies.

Bringing in more Filipino experts in research and development fields, including IT, will enhance the country’s scientific infrastructure, Angara said.

One of the endeavors he is also promoting is for local universities, the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Science and Technology to build more partnerships with foreign schools for exchange student and scholarship programs.

In particular, partnership…

Animals Inside Your Computer

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I found a couple of photos where people found rats, geckos, snakes and spiders inside their computers. The warm environment inside your computer makes a good home for these little critters.

So if your computer is not working properly. Maybe you have something other than a bug. You may have a rodent. :)

Hitler Upset at Balloon Boy Hoax

Hitler Upset at Balloon Boy Hoax.

Apple Introduces The Mac Mini Server

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Apple introduced several products today like the unibody Macbook, new 21.5" and 27" iMacs, the new Magic Mouse and new Mac Minis.

Way to steal Windows 7's thunder Apple! Announcing new line of products two days before Windows 7's launch on Oct 22, 2009.

The new Apple products are very compelling. The new iMac 21.5" is $100 cheaper than previous generation and the 27" is cheaper than the 24" version of the previous generation iMacs.

While these are great products, what really caught my attention was the new Mac Mini Server.

Now, using a Mac Mini as a server is nothing new. A lot of people are already using Mac Minis as a server. But this is the first time Apple has actually brought out a Mac Mini that has OS X Snow Leopard Server pre-installed.

The new Mac Mini Server has a 2.53Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed, 1066MHz frontside bus, 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM and NVIDIA GeForce 94…

Facebook - A Scary Fact

A friend forwarded this e-mail to me.

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EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ ALL OF THIS and HAVE CHILDREN READ IT TOO!

After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to
grab a snack and get on-line. She logged on under
her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy
List and saw GoTo123 was on.
She sent him an instant message:

ByAngel213:
Hi. I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was
following me home today. It was really weird!

GoTo123:
LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone
be following you?
Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?

ByAngel213:
Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination
cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.

GoTo123:
Unless you gave your name out on-line.
You haven't done that have you?

ByAngel213:
Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.

GoTo123:
Did you have a softball game after school today?

ByAngel213:
Yes and we won!!

GoTo123:
That's great! Who did you play?

ByAngel213:
We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are
so gro…

Pasumpa-sumpa by Milyo Naryo

Pasumpa-sumpa video by Milyo Naryo.

Family Guy Pimps Windows 7

Here's a preview of the Family Guy episode promoting Windows 7.

Flexible Love Folding Chair

This is ingenious.





Ang istorya sa likod ng R.F.I.D. scam - Kung May Sasakyan Ka, Makialam Ka

Someone forwarded this to me. I don't know how true it is, but knowing LTO, it probably is.

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Noong 2007, ang kontrata ng STRADCOM sa computerization ng LTO ay nagtapos na. Subalit dahil nakasaad sa kontrata na "HAWAK NILA SA LEEG" ang LTO, dahil sa pagtatapos ng kanilang kontrata ay dadalhin nila ang mga computer hardware at software, at ang ititira ay ang DATA lamang, nanatili ang STRADCOM sa LTO. Patuloy sa paninigil ng COMPUTER FEE kahit na ang DATA ng bawat sasakyan ay naka-encode na at wala ng dapat pang i-build up o i-data entry. Patuloy ang pagkulekta ng STRADCOM ng bayad, dahil walang kumukwestiyon, sa ilalim ng ilong ng mga motorista.

Sa kabila nito, ang pamunuan ng DOTC at ng LTO ay humingi ng mas malaking "PARTE", ibig sabihin, patong, lagay, kickback, etc, dahil nga naman, tubong lugaw na ang STRADCOM dahil dapat tanggal na nga sila. Syempre pa, medyo nagpakipot ang pamunuan ng STRADCOM at nagmungkahi na magdagdag na lang ng mga sin…