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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…

CPDRC Inmates Gangnam Style

The world-renowned Dancing Inmates of Cebu dancing Gandam Style.

Prisons, more Fun in the Philippines!

Breaking Up with Overly Attached Girlfriend

Jimmy trying to break up with Overly Attached Girlfriend.

OAG is Laina who's one of the most popular meme on the Internet.

Life Of Pi - Latest International Trailer

This looks like a good movie. I should read the book before watching it.

Based upon the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, 'Life Of Pi' tells the story of a young man's incredible survival at sea against impossible odds. A remarkable technological breakthrough in 3D epic adventure, Pi is an emotionally captivating experience that will inspire, touch and transport audiences to a place of discovery that they will never forget.

From Academy Award Winning Director Ang Lee, comes 'Life Of Pi', starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Tobey Maguire, this December in theatres near you.

TV Patrol "Foreigners Singing Filipino Songs"

And while researching some other Filipino music. I came upon this video from TV Patrol about foreigners singing Filipino songs. Kind of cute isn't it?

One of the couples in the video above is Phillip and Clarice Hitt.

Pretty Russian Singing "Kailan" by Smokey Mountain

While looking for some other versions of Kailan by Smokey Mountain, I came upon this video. Her name is Anna Rabtsun.

Kailan - M.Y.M.P.

Lovely rendition of Kailan by M.Y.M.P.

From Wikipedia.

M.Y.M.P. (or MYMP, short for Make Your Momma Proud) is an acoustic band act from the Philippines, which consists of five members. Their career started when Raymond Ryan, a station manager of iFm watched one of their gigs, and met up with a producer to produce their 2003 debut album, Soulful Acoustic, which has since been certified Platinum.

Kailan was original sung by the group Smokey Mountain which had had James Coronel, Geneva Cruz, Jeffrey Hidalgo, and Tony Lambino as its original members.

And here's an amazing guitar solo of Kailan by Lex Von Sumayo.

Finally, a Bossa Nova version by one of the original members of Smokey Mountain, Jeffrey Hidalgo.

Andy Williams - Moon River

I love this song. I used to listen to it all the time when I was younger. RIP Andy Williams.

"Moon River" is a song composed by Johnny Mercer (lyrics) and Henry Mancini (music) in 1961, for whom it won that year's Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was originally sung in the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Audrey Hepburn, and has since been covered by many other artists. The song also won the 1962 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

It became the theme song for Andy Williams, who first recorded it in 1961 and performed it at the Academy Awards ceremonies in 1962. Williams's version was disliked by Cadence Records president Archie Bleyer, who believed it had little or no appeal to teenagers. Andy Williams's version never charted, except as an LP track, which he recorded for Columbia in a hit album of 1962.

Williams said he never tired of singing "Moon River," whose melody he considered "beautiful" and whose lyrics he call…

Google Underwater Street View

Google Street View continues to impress. It has now brought underwater imagery to Google Street View.

Here are some samples of what you can see.

This is Apo Island, Philippines

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Heron Island, Australia

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Sunset at the Great Barrier Reef.

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Beautiful isn't it?

No, Google didn't drive their car underwater, they got their images from Catlin Seaview Survey.

Cristina Gonalez - Sexy Pinay

Classic sexy Pinay. Cristina "Kring Kring" Gonzales-Romualdez. If I'm not mistaken, this was a Tanduay Rum calendar she made back in the 1990s.

CSA teen on bully's gun-toting Dad: 'I really thought he'd shoot my brains out'


MANILA, Philippines – At first glance, Jamie Garcia seems like an unlikely target of bullies.

He towers at more than 6 feet tall and has a rather gentle, apologetic, demeanor. But Jamie has been bullied and mocked at the Colegio San Agustin (CSA) School in Makati where he is on his senior year in high school.

His butt and genitals were often poked by one of his male classmates, his main tormentor. Then on August 30, after months of constant taunts and harassment, Jamie had enough. He stabbed one of the bullies with a ballpen and punched another. The incident escalated when the father of the classmate he punched rushed to his school, slapped and threatened him with what he recalled was a .45-caliber gun.

“I really thought he’d shoot my brains out,” Jamie told InterAksyon before granting his first full interview on TV5’s morning show, ‘Good Morning Club.’

Jamie’s father, Mike, was oblivious to the bullying until he was called that day to his son’s school. “Wala siy…

Ganito Ang Epal

You see banners and tarps put up by politicians all over the country claiming they were the ones responsible for certain projects and developments which we call "Epal". For some people, this has become the way it is and have turned a blind eye on these things.

You can't really blame them because the country is so big that it's easy to just dismiss them.

But, what if we were to reduce the size of the Philippines into the size of a house. Now imagine your servant (public servant that is) were to claim responsibility for everything that was done to your house. Now remember, you are the one paying the salary of the servant and for everything else. Your servant doesn't pay a single penny on anything.

This is what your house would look like.

Would You Follow The Rules If the Enforcers Don't Follow Them?

This is a video taken by a friend. How would you expect the motorists to follow the rules if the enforcers themselves don't follow them?

Look at how these MMDA enforcers are riding on the back of the truck. Sorry, not riding, hanging.

Uber Epal!

I saw this on the Anti-Epal Facebook Page. I can't believe the "kapalmuks" of some politicians.

Here's the photo and description.

The sender wrote, "My son won (this) in their school sportsfest as champion... paano mo ipagmamalaki ang medal na ito ni wala ngang bakas ng sportsfest o ano mang kinalaman sa pagiging panalo mo... so sad ang ka epalan ng mga ito... ang kakapal talaga... kung magdodonate ka ng medal pwede mo naman ilagay sa likod yung pangalan mo kung hindi mo talaga mapigil umepal..."

Sep 22 2012, at Pasig Community School

Historical Photos of the Philippines

I found this great album on Facebook with a ton of historical photos of the Philippines with descriptions. You can find them at Edwin Francisco's Facebook account.

It's a great way to learn about the Philippines and to look back in history.

Here are some samples.

Samsung Takes A Jab at Apple

This latest ad for the Samsung Galaxy S III takes a jab at the people waiting in line for the new iPhone 5.

Samsung did this kind of commercial a year ago. What do you think? Good ad or fail?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

This looks like it's going to be another epic movie.

Fantasy Quest 2

Cosplayers from around Asia meet up at Fernwood Gardens in Quezon City for an event called Fantasy Quest II: The Saga Continues.

Cosplay is short for "costume play", is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.

Condom + Coke + Mentos

Watch what happens.

Jeepney Arts Festival

The Jeepney Arts Festival pays homage to the Philippine jeepney as the true icon of Filipino artistry, ingenuity, resiliency, and entrepreneurship.

With the aim to bring back the old glory days of fun and vibrant jeepneys in Manila, the Philippines will stop for three days on 20-22 September 2012 to relive the bayanihan spirit by repainting the jeepneys with spectacular sights of the country with the design theme "Its More Fun in the Philippines."

Artists, students, local government units, the private sector, and concerned individuals around the Philippines are being called to do their own share in reviving our folk arts and make Manila as a roving museum of arts and culture, while creating awareness about the fascinating destinations across the islands.

The finest artists of "Design Week Philippines" will create their own masterpiece as "Tribute Arts for Philippine Jeepneys." It will showcase various art pieces from the fields of fashion jewelry, painti…

Successful Filipino in LA

Here's a feature of a successful Filipino businesswoman who established a skin care clinic in LA. Olivia started her clinic in a room in a salon and now has two stand alone clinic and another one in the works.

Here she is featured on America's Best on KCAL9.

Mars Curiosity Descent - Ultra HD

If you were blown away by the video of the descent of the Mars Curiosity released by NASA, you'll be blown away by this Ultra HD version of the video.

This video was interpolated and enhanced. It was created from the original 4 fps video from NASA and expanded to 30fps for smooth animation and plays in real-time at the speed of the descent of the Mars Curiosity.

Here's the info from Youtube.

Working frame-by-frame, it took me four weeks to produce this video. It was a painstaking labor of love. You can support my efforts with a donation or a message of support.

Ultra-resolution, smooth-motion, detail-enhanced, color-corrected, interpolated from the original 4 frames per second to 30 frames per second. This video plays real-time at the speed that Curiosity descended to the surface of Mars on August 6, 2012.

Share this video with your friends. I think it's wonderful that everyone on Earth has a chance to see this amazing footage from Mars :)

Produced by Bard Canning.


Casiño wants clear definition of 'epal'

You know, sometimes I wonder if these politicians are doing it on purpose or just plain dumb.

It's unethical to put your name anywhere! Be it a billboard, tarps, funeral, fiesta, road work, birthdays, etc. It's not your money you're spending, it's the people's money.

EPAL means papel or ma-papel or pumapapel. It's a Filipino slang where the syllables are put backwards like sigarilyo becomes yosi. Epal means taking credit for something which a lot of politicians do.

It's simple really, if you want to put a politicians name anywhere, the first requirements is that they will have to be dead first. Simple as that.

Apple Coasting Keynote

Today Apple announced the new iPhone 5. But what if for some reason, Apple set up a keynote and announced...nothing? Here's a sketch from CollegeHumor with Christopher McDonald where they are so successful, they announced, nothing.

CollegeHumor’s Favorite Funny Videos

Gangnam Style Behind the Scenes

This dance is so popular now, it's like the Macarena of Korea. Here's the behind the scenes video of the music video by PSY.

Here's the full video.

Miss Korea Shinyaejoo Bikini Photoshoot

Miss Korea Shinyaejoo bikini photoshoot in Batangas, Philippines.

Ok, to be honest with you, the only reason I posted this is because I know people are crazy about Koreans now and this was shot in the Philippines.

Tito Sotto Does It Again!

Comedian Tito Sotto's Privilege Speech on September 5, 2012 was again a copy of someone else's work. This time, he copied from Robert F. Kennedy’s speech during Day of Affirmation on June 6 1966.

However, he did translate it into Filipino hoping maybe that people won't catch it. But sharp eyed bloggers still found out where he copied the speech from.

Here's the speech compared with Robert F. Kennedy's speech.

And of course, a new addition to our vocabulary.

Whackhead: My New Car - BMW 320 Automatic

This is freaking hilarious!

Fire at Tutuban Center

There was a fire at Tutuban Center Mall's Cluster Building 1 in Divisoria. The fire started around midnight yesterday. The mall is full of stores selling textiles and clothes which makes it difficult to contain and adds fuel to the fire.

Here are some photos of the fire taken by some friends.

The following photos are from TXTFIRE PHILIPPINES's Facebook Page.

I heard from the grapevine that the fire may have been set on purpose. This is because Tutuban Center is actually owned by the government and the tenants don't rent the stall indefinitely nor did they buy it. They bought a right to rent it for 25 years and the agreement is ending by 2014. If they want to renew, they will have to pay a hefty fee to renew their rights and most tenants do not want to pay for it.

It also took too long for firefighters to respond and there were rumors that those that did respond where spraying the fire with water and gasoline. Whether that's true or not, I don't know. But there'…