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

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…

Is This The Luckiest Tennis Shot Ever?

Kim Clijsters 2011 French open net to post to court winner shot.

What happened 13 Days After Pacquiao's Fight With Mosley?

If you remember, I posted this before about natural disasters that happen 13 days after a Pacquiao Fight?

Well, this is not exactly 13 days, but Manny Pacquiao fought Shane Mosley on May 7, 2011. On May 26, Typhoon Chedeng entered the Philippines killing 3 people in May! In the middle of summer. We don't usually get typhoons in the Philippines until July.

Not only that, just today, over 800 tons of milk fish or bangus died near Taal volcano.

Of course, the closest thing that happened on the 13th day could be Manny Pacquiao's support against the RH Bill :)

Maybe we should ask Pacquiao to stop fighting for the sake of the country.

800 Tons of Milk Fish Die On Taal Lake

From The Examiner.

More than 800 tons of milk fish or locally known as bangus died in a lake near Taal Volcano.

Authorities blame the deaths on sudden temperature drop. Officials have banned the sale of the rotting fish, which are being buried by the truckload in Talisay and three other towns in Batangas province, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources official Rose del Mundo said Sunday.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:

Hot Chicks Have It Easy

This video answers the question, "do sexier women have it easier than their plain counterparts.

PAL Flight Attendants Serenading Bruno Mars At 30,000 feet

PAL Flight Attendants singing Just The Way You are By Bruno Mars

RH Bill - The Grand Debate

The Reproductive Health (RH) Bill is the biggest issue in the Philippines today. A show called RH Bill: The Grand Debate aired on GMA News on May 22, 2011 with lawmakers, women and church officials airing their side on the issue.

Here's a compilation of the videos I found online.

Which side do you support and why?

Greatest Marriage Proposal Ever!

So this guy Matt wanted to ask his girlfriend to marry her. What does he do to ask for her hand in marriage? Watch.

Check out their website here.

Coke Commercial - Philippines

How many Coke is she carrying!?

Manny Pacquiao Punches Daniel Tosh In The Face!

Comedian Daniel Tosh takes on a punch to the face from the eight-division world champion boxer, Manny Pacquiao.

I love the last part.

Tawanan Muna!

Pasyente ..... Magkano ang facelift?
Doktora ... Complete treatment ay P145,000.
Pasyente ... Mahal!!! ano bang pinakamurang treatment para magmukha akong bata?
Doktora ... Heto tsupon, P20 lang!!!

Customer ... Waiter! bakit ang tagal ng order ko? iIlan ang cook nyo dito?
Waiter ... Ay, sir, wala pu kame cuk dito...pipse lang. Pipse!!!


Pasyente .... Doc, may problema ako...tuwing alas otso ng umaga dumudumi ako...
Doktor ... So, anong problema doon?
Pasyente ... Eh alas nuwebe po ako nagigising.

A man was carrying 3 babies in a train..
Lady sitting next asked, 'are they your babies?'
Man: 'No, I work in a condom factory and these are customer complaints!'

A lawyer driving on a highway notices a crowd in an intersection.
With his urge to get into the thick crowd a…

Catholic Church Calls for Tax Boycott Over RH Bill

The Philippine Catholic Church leaders has called on their members to boycott tax payment as a form of protest against the RH Bill.

The Citizens Alliance for the Protection of Human Life has threatened to mount civil disobedience by not paying their taxes if the reproductive health bill is enacted into law.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said that "protesters going on civil disobedience by refusing to pay taxes must be prepared to end up in the slammer."

President Aquino warned this was seditious. Catholic bishops said they would rather risk jail time than drop their opposition to the measure.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it that the church doesn't pay any taxes? I don't know if priests pay taxes, but if they don't, how can they call on their followers to break the law and risk going to jail when they in turn risk nothing? That's quite unfair isn't it?

I understand the Catholic Church's need to defend their stance on the RH Bill, but their…

Manila, Philippines - Then and Now

For all of you who love nostalgia. I found a couple of videos comparing old Manila to the New Manila. In some cases, the difference is astonishing.

You know what's the saddest part about the change? The fact that new Manila is way more dirtier and the haphazard erection of electrical post and wires around the city that literally destroyed the view of the skyline.

Can you also imagine how many historical building the country has? How is it maintained now? The history and story behind all the historical buildings in the country can be compared to the history of Spain, Italy and France. But for some reason, Filipino just seem to hate old things and always want something new.

Cost of Education

Just read this today.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced that 300 colleges and universities will increase their tuition fees this school year.

The CHED also said that 8 out of 10 high school graduates will not be able to go to college.

I've heard from friends that the tuition fee for De La Salle right now is about P100,000 per year for Computer Science.

I've also read that UST 4th year Med students pay around P200,000 for their tuition.

It seems that education now is really only for the rich. Private elementary and high school runs between P20,000 to P100,000 per year depending on which school you go to.

Sure, there's free public schools, but the quality is so bad, you wonder what they teach there.

It's really difficult for today's youth to get ahead in life. Companies tend to hire students who graduated from the top schools like UP, De La Salle, Ateneo and UP. But the tuition fees for these are so high, it's almost impossible to afford.

But if…

Life Imitating Cartoons

Is this where Prince William and Kate got the inspiration for their wedding?
Photo from Jim Paredes' Twitter @Jimparedes
This image has been doing the rounds lately. But it's actually Photoshopped.

Here are the originals.

You have to admire how some people think sometimes. This is just too funny.

Library of Congress National Jukebox Now Online

The Library of Congress National Jukebox is now online.

The National Jukebox makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

Genres include, classical music, popular music like blues, jazz, ragtime, country, religious music, comedies and speeches.

It's a goldmine for historical fanatics.

Check it out at the National Jukebox.

Big Tornado in Taipei

Wow! I didn't know that they get tornadoes in Taiwan.

This happened on May 12, 2011.

Aikido Weapons Training

Have you ever seen a Steven Seagal movie? Of course you have. Do you know what kind of martial arts Steven Seagal uses? It's called Aikido.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs.

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks. Aikido can be categorized under the general umbrella of grappling arts.

See this demonstration by Steven Seagal on the Merv Griffin show.

I really loved watching Steven Seagal when I was younger. Then I saw this movie where he was using a weapon.

I wanted to learn how to use a weapon like that. There was also this movie he made called Marked for De…

Automated Sperm Donation Machine

This is both the funniest and weirdest thing I've seen today.

The comments are even funnier.

PHILIPPINES: Leadership vacuum, myopia harming Reproductive Health Bill

This is a very interesting article I've came upon about the RH Bill from Asian Correspondent.

It basically says that the RH Bill, if unresolved will favor the critics.

It's a good read.

Here's the link.

Mortal Kombat 9 Cosplay

I just saw these Mortal Kombat 9 cosplay videos today. I just love cosplays. Don't you?

Sony's PSN Was Running Without A Firewall

The big news about a massive security breach at Sony's PSN exposing the personal info of 77 million members just gets better and better.

For a background, PSN is Sony's PlayStation Network where users of the PS3 can connect to play with each other. You put in your personal info and credit card info as well to buy other titles.

There was a breach in their servers and 77 million members info was exposed to the hackers.

The problem was, not only was Sony not very forthcoming with that information at first. It took them several days before explaining why PSN was offline and two more days before it confirmed the security breach.

Sony said the attack happened between April 1 and April 19 into its servers in San Diego. But the vulnerability that the attacker was able to exploit was also known.

The information on the servers were the names, birthday, address, password and credit card info. Sony said that the credit card info were encrypted but the rest are not. Password are not exactl…


You can't mistake what this product is for.

Electric Post In The Middle Of The Road

I got a lot of comments about the photos I posted of Old Manila in the 1950's. A lot of peopled loved it and wished we could bring it back.

Well, I'm sad to say that I highly doubt we'll ever see Old Manila again. Case in point.

Yakal St, a photo by maxor888 on Flickr.

Electric Post at Yakal Street, a photo by maxor888 on Flickr.

If you're asking "Is that an electric post in the middle of the road?" Yes, that's right. Of all the stupid things people do, they built an electric post in the middle of the road!

Don't ask me how you get to the other side of the post with a car. They just build whatever they want, whenever they want. Sadly, that's just the way it is now in the Philippines.

So if you're wondering if Manila will ever go back to where it was in the 1950's. Don't bother, it won't.

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

Just in case you haven't heard. Osama Bin Laden is dead. He was killed in a firefight in a mansion in Pakistan on May 1, 2011. Here's a video of President Obama announcing the death of Bin Laden.

Here are videos of the celebration on the streets by the Americans after they heard the announcement.

The celebrations lasted past 3am in some parts of the city.

This ended the 10 year search for the USA's most wanted man.