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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…

Manila - The most Beautiful City in Asia 1950's to the mid 1970's

Welcome Google visitors! If you're looking for old Manila pictures from the 1950s to the 1970s, you've come to the right place.

You'll see a collection of nostalgic photos when Manila was in its heyday. Just a quick note, I don't take credit for these photos. Somebody just sent them to me and I felt that it was important that I share it in the hopes that other people will see how beautiful Manila was and hopefully help bring it back to its former glory.

Manila when it was the most beautiful city in Asia in the 1950s to 1970s

The photos must have been taken in different years, from the mid 1950's to the mid 1960's, judging from the car models (though some cars are pre 1950'd). Where is O'Henry's Coffee and Donut shop in Plaza Sta Cruz (Plaza near Escolta & Reina Regente)?

Can you recognize the cars? Chevy Bel-air 1958, Simca 1961-62s, Toyopet 1960s, VW Beetle 1960's, early 1960's Mercedez Benz 220...

Take note, naka sapatos ang mga tao, walang…

Five-year-old's 911 call saves dad's life

Amazing little girl.

Here's the full call. Audio only.

Vince Carter's Turn For The World Record

Now it's Vince Carter's turn to set the world record for sinking an 86 ft shot while sitting down.

Dwight Howard Sets A World Record

With the flick of his wrist, Dwight Howard immortalizes himself in the Guinness Book of World. He first sank a 42 ft shot while sitting down. Not only that, he went back further and sank another shot at 52 ft!

Six Again

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her birthday.

'I'd like to be six again', she replied, still looking in the mirror .

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside
down. He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a
chocolate shake. Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's. What a fabulous adventure!

Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted.

He leaned over his wife with a big sm…

Russian-Bar Acrobats

Russian-Bar Acrobatic at the Circus Festival of Monte Carlo. Is it any wonder why the Chinese won the gymnastics at the Olympics?

What Palace would be like if Aquino wins

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Benigno Aquino III on Friday gave a preview of what Malacañang would be like if he became president—a Palace where his running mate Sen. Manuel Roxas would be an active partner in running the government and “pork barrel” would be shared with friend and foe alike, including President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who’s running for a seat in Congress.

To jump-start his antigraft drive, he would pursue a "personal ambition" to catch a smuggler or a corrupt official responsible for a substandard infrastructure project within the first two weeks of his presidency.

Interviewed on dzBB radio by news anchor Mike Enriquez, the Liberal Party standard-bearer said his personal goal would be to kick his smoking habit. He also said he had not decided on an altar date with his girlfriend, Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad. (See related story on Page A6.)

To his big business supporters, Aquino’s message: No …

Anong Problema Sa C-5 Extension?

Here's an info graphic to explain things.

Photo credits to Reinmark De Guzman

Axe Clean Your Balls

If you have dirty balls that need cleaning, check out this very important message from Axe.

Fil-Am Figure Skater Excels in Vancouver Olympics

This is pretty cool.


Amanda Evora, a Filipino-American woman, together with partner Mark Ladwig, competed in the figure skating pairs competition in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

They didn’t win a medal but came up with personal bests in their first ever Olympic Games.

The 25-year-old Filipina who trains in Florida and Ladwig posted a personal best score during the competition.

Their score of 114.06 points, based on difficulty of elements and grades of execution, was their best of the season by more than 15 points. Combined with their personal best in the short program Sunday, their total score of 171.92 points put them in 10th place.

The gold medal went to Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo of China, who ended a string of dominance by Soviet and Russian skaters dating back to the 1960s. Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China won the silver and Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany the bronze.

Evora is considered to be the first person of full Filipino ancestry to represen…

Heaven or Hell

While walking down the street one day a Corrupt Philippine Senator was tragically hit by a car and died.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator.

"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are…

Why I live in the Philippines...

When I travel, people often ask me why I live in the Philippines ?
Well here it is..

It is the only place on earth where...

1. Every street has a basketball court.
2. Even doctors, lawyers and engineers are unemployed.
3. Doctors study to become nurses for employment abroad.
4. Students pay more money than they will earn afterwards.
5. School is considered the second home and the mall considered the third.
6. Call-center employees earn more money than teachers and nurses.
7. Everyone has his personal ghost story and superstition.
8. Mountains like Makiling and Banahaw are considered holy places.
9. Everything can be forged!
10. Almost all kinds of animals are edible.

11. Starbucks coffee is more expensive than gas.
12. Driving 4 kms can take as much as four hours.
13. Fly-overs bring you from the freeway to the side streets.
14. Crossing the street involves running for your dear life!
15. The personal computer is mainly used for games and Facebook.
16. Where colonial me…

Wanderlei Silva's Advice To Kid Who Gets To Date Arianny Celeste To His Prom

Here's a footage of Wanderlei Silva as he tries to teach some Portuguese to Conner Cordova, the kid that is lucky enough to take UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste to his prom.

And in case you don't know who Arianny is, here's a Maxim photoshoot.

And some photos.

Reply To The Allegations Against The Sandwich Guy

This is the response of The Sandwich Guy to the e-mail blast sent by by Leovic P. Pablo about his experience with the restaurant.

The allegations posted by the complainant in his email blast are false and grossly irresponsible. The fact simply is that the complainant mistook water-soaked ingredients of his sandwich to that which he claims is phlegm.

The ingredients of the country tuna sandwich include cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, vegetables with high water content. During sandwich preparation, these vegetables may give off some of its water content to something that may be similar to the “colorless liquid” mentioned by the complainant in his email. This has been explained to him from the start.

We vehemently deny in the strongest possible terms insinuations that misdeed ever attended the preparation of our sandwiches. Our crew has never admitted to any wrongdoing and we find no motive whatsoever for any of them to carry out any misdeed as alleged. Our crew has …

Sandwich Guy (Libis) Incident

Got this from an e-mail. I wonder if this is true. Can anybody confirm?

This e-mail was sent by Mr. Leovic P. Pablo, an IBMer, to their HR after his horrible experience in The Sandwich Guy.

Dear HR,

I shouldn't have brought this up to the management, but I think, with the current situation I am faced with, this incident compelled me to report this to you and so I could use some help. I am also writing this to let my fellow IBMers know about this stomach turning incident which will hopefully open their eyes before buying or eating somewhere.

On January 5th, between 7:30 to 9 AM. I had a gruesome incident with one of the stores here in Eastwood. The name of the store is the Sandwich Guy. It is a small kiosk located here in Eastwood under the tower clock in front of the 7-eleven store. We used to buy lunch from there and get large orders as they serve healthy sandwiches, pasta and drinks. Until that morning, when I discovered something.

On my way home from work, I…

Foreign demand for Teasury securities falls

From Yahoo Finance.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government said Tuesday that foreign demand for U.S. Treasury securities fell by the largest amount on record in December with China reducing its holdings by $34.2 billion.

The reductions in holdings, if they continue, could force the government to make higher interest payments at a time that it is running record federal deficits.

The Treasury Department reported that foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities fell by $53 billion in December, surpassing the previous record of a $44.5 billion drop in April 2009.

The big drop in China's holdings meant that it lost the top spot in terms of foreign ownership of U.S. Treasuries, dropping to second place behind Japan.

Japan also reduced its holdings of U.S. Treasuries, cutting them by $11.5 billion to $768.8 billion in December, but that amount was still more than China's December total of $755.4 billion.

The $53 billion decline in holdings of Treasury securities came p…

Windows Phone 7 Series Hands-on

Here's the new Windows Phone 7 Series OS hand-on from Engadget. Expected to be released late 2010. The OS is based on the Zune OS. It looks great, but will this finally be the iPhone killer for Microsoft?

Be careful what you say to your wife

My wife and I went to the state fair and one of the first exhibits we stopped at was the breeding bulls.

We went up to the first pen and there was a sign attached that said,

My wife playfully nudged me in the ribs ...Smiled and said,
'He mated 50 times last year.'

We walked to the second pen which had a sign attached that said,

My wife gave me a healthy jab and said,
'WOW! That's more than twice a week! You could learn a lot from him.'

We walked to the third pen and it had a sign attached that said, in capital letters, 'THIS BULL MATED 365 TIMES LAST YEAR'

My wife was so excited that her elbow nearly broke my ribs, and said, 'That's once a day. You could REALLY learn something from this one.'

I looked at her and said, 'Go over and ask him if it was with the same old cow every time...'




My condition has been upgr…

Funny Free Throw Shot

Brady Morningstar slips his free throw shot.

An Explanation of Life Spans

On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."

The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"

So God agreed...

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."

The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"

And God agreed...

On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."

The cow said, "That's kind of a tough lif…

Megan Fox Strips Down

Megan Fox is the new face of Emporio Armani underwear 2010. What did you think I meant with the title?

8 Year Old Sets Bench Press World Record

Andrew Hedrich, an 8 year old kid recently set the world-record for bench press with the Raw Powerlifting Federation, at a competition in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

He hoisted 57 ½ pounds. If you're not impressed by that, consider that he weighs just 54 pounds. He broke the record for his weight and age class.

Google Buzz

Interesting new service from Google called Google Buzz. It's like Friendfeed on your Gmail.

They're finding more and more ways for us to be connected all the time. It makes it hard not to know what your friend are doing anymore. :)

A woman was in town on a shopping trip

A woman was in town on a shopping trip. She began her day finding the most perfect shoes in the first shop and a beautiful dress on sale in the second.

In the third, everything had just been reduced by 50 percent when her mobile phone rang. It was a female doctor notifying her that her husband had just been in a terrible car accident and was in critical condition and in the ICU.

The woman told the doctor to inform her husband where she was and that she'd be there as soon as possible. As she hung up she realized she was leaving what was shaping up to be her best day ever in the boutiques. She decided to get in a couple of more shops before heading to the hospital.

She ended up shopping the rest of the morning, finishing her trip with a cup of coffee and a beautiful chocolate cake slice, compliments of the last shop. She was jubilant.

Then she remembered her husband. Feeling guilty, she dashed to the hospital.

She saw the doctor in the corridor and asked about her husband’s condi…

Side by side?

Mind numbing.

Klann Linkage LEGO Spider v1.0

Cool Lego project.

Now it’s green urinals for the ladies

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

MANILA, Philippines--Three public toilets are now open 24 hours daily along the Edsa strip for female commuters and pedestrians.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Oscar Inocentes led agency officials at the “soft opening” of the new structures Friday.

One urinal is located underneath the Edsa-Ortigas flyover while two toilets adjacent to each other are near the Quezon Avenue station of Metro Rail Transit and a provincial bus stop at the intersection of Quezon Avenue and Edsa.

Painted apple green, the urinals are not quite like the pink urinals for males installed during the time of MMDA Chair Bayani Fernando.

With a floor area of 3x5 feet, the cubicles have concrete walls and green translucent roofs to allow the entry of natural light during the day.

Inocentes said the toilet can accommodate only one person to prevent robbers and criminal elements from preying on women.

Each urinal has a wash sink, a trash can, and …

Winnie Monsod Explains C-5 Road Extension Unnecessary But Benefited Manny Villar

Here's a video of Winnie Monsod explaining the C-5 Extension which is the controversy surrounding Manny Villar.

Banker Looking At Nude Photos in Background - Seven News Update

During a news interview with Macquarie bank and with the bank's trading desk in the background. A worker was caught looking at scantily clad photos of women on his computer. In case you're wondering who the girl in the photo is, it's Miranda Kerr

Watch the video.

The banker is Macquiarie's client investment manager David Kiely. Apparently, he was sent an e-mail with those photos as attachment and may have been a practical joke gone wrong. The bank is investigating him and he is currently on leave.

There is an Internet campaign to save his job.

Here's the link.

Idiot Cuts Electric Cord With Scissors

It was quiet in the office till the cleaning lady showed up. This winner uses scissors to silence her... He doesn't hear much now.

Paper beat rocks, scissors beat paper, electricity beat scissors!

Richard Gordon Commercial

Sen. Richard Gordon. My only question is, is it a conflict of interest to use the Red Cross for his political agenda?

Gilbert Teodoro: Galing at Talino

Gibo's slogan, Galing at Talino.

Gilbert Gibo Teodoro TV Ad - Sulong Gibo

Different approach in Gibo's message.

Senator Noynoy Aquino's Latest TVC

Rapper President?

Noynoy Aquino TVC - Kurapsyon ang Problema, Kahirapan ang Resulta

I'm not for Noynoy or any candidates...yet. Just want to share each candidates platform/message as I find them.

Lab The Size Of a Postage Stamp

Interesting talk by George Whitesides on a foolproof tool for disease diagnosis at virtually zero cost.

Leandro Barbosa Joins The Na’vi People

Misleading Claims

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Last week the Arroyo administration began placing full-page and double-spread colored advertisements touting its achievements in the economy, social development, infrastructure, jobs, agriculture, energy and digital infrastructure.

The big ads must be costing taxpayers a considerable amount of money. (A colored double spread costs about P660,000.) Not content with this, Conrado Limcaoco, head of the Philippine Information Agency, urged other government offices to bear part of the burden of placing ads highlighting the “legacy” of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

It is curious that the Arroyo administration is now advertising its claimed achievements in its “last two minutes.” It looks like it is a propaganda effort for Ms Arroyo who is running for representative of the second district of Pampanga, and for the administration’s presidential candidate, Gilberto Teodoro. There is no attempt to conceal the not-so-subliminal ploy to hig…

Ganito Ka Rin Ba Mag-English?

Nahilo ako.

Same Sex Marriage

Fred and Larry got married in California.

They couldn't afford a honeymoon so, they go back to Fred's Mom and Dad's house for their first married night together.

In the morning, Johnny, Fred's little brother, gets up and has his breakfast.

As he is going out of the door to go to school, he asks his mom if Fred and Larry are up yet. She replies, 'No'.
Johnny asks, 'Do you know what I think?'
His mom replies, 'I don't want to hear what you think! Just go to school.'

Johnny comes home for lunch and asks his mom, 'Are Fred and Larry up yet?'
She replies, 'No.'
Johnny says, 'Do you know what I think?'
His mom replies, 'Never mind what you think!
Eat your lunch and go back to school '

After school, Johnny comes home and asks again, 'Are Fred and Larry up yet?'
His mom says, 'No.'
He asks, 'Do you know what I think?'
His mom replies, 'OK, now tell me what you think.'
He says: 'L…

The Zen of Sarcasm

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone.

2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.

3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.

4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.

6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

7. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

9. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is probably not for you.

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a bo…

The New Lara Croft

Meet Alison Caroll, the new Lara Croft. She's a 23 year old gymnast and a former receptionist. She has been chosen to play Lara Croft at promotional events and trade shows. I think she's the best Lara Croft yet.

Watch her gymnastic moves.

Oh yeah, and uhm... this photo.

iPad Keynote in less than 180 Seconds: Incredible, Beautiful, Amazing!

Mad TV iPad