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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…

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American Taxi Drivers

Found this video on Youtube about two Americans who decided to go to the Philippines and become taxi drivers. Here's the description from Youtube.

"Turock (aka Tory) and Jason have been running their taxi in the philippines for the past year.

They both lost Jobs in the USA and picked up and moved to the Philippines to look for jobs. Jobs in the Philippines are scarce but starting a taxi service made sense.

This is a video of their very first run almost one year ago. They are running a taxi in the province of Isabela thru to Cagayan. Their route starts in Santiago and makes stops in Alicia, Cauayan, Ilagan, Tuguegarao. They only charge 30PHP per trip, MAY AIR CON PA! So the next time you are in Isabela sana sumakay kayo sa taxi nina Jason ni Tory. they can be contacted at: please message us for contact details. ;)

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The American economy must really be bad if we're not getting Americans to the Philippines and becoming …

Funniest Commercial Ever

President Noynoy Aquino SONA Speech 2010

Here is the full transcript of President Noynoy Aquino's 2010 SONA.


State of the Nation Address of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
to the Congress of the Philippines
Session Hall of the House of Representatives
July 26, 2010, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Vice President Jejomar Binay; Chief Justice Renato Corona; Former Presidents Fidel Valdez Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada; members of the House of Representatives and the Senate; distinguished members of the diplomatic corps; my fellow workers in government;

Mga minamahal kong kababayan:

Sa bawat sandali po ng pamamahala ay nahaharap tayo sa isang sangandaan.

Sa isang banda po ay ang pagpili para sa ikabubuti ng taumbayan. Ang pagtanaw sa interes ng nakakarami; ang pagkapit sa prinsipyo; at ang pagiging tapat sa sinumpaan nating tungkulin bilang lingkod-bayan. Ito po ang tuwid na daan.

Sa kabilang banda ay ang pa…

The Avengers at Comic-Con 2010

Cast of The Avengers at Comic-Con 2010. Excited to see the movie!

Joey Velasco - Sa Kambas ng Lipunan - On the Canvas of Society

I would like to share this video I saw.

It's a sad story about the state of the street children in our society.

Here's the description of the video from Youtube.

For further information visit

On the Canvas of Society
While you watch this video, allow me to share with you some words as a backdrop or background of this video.

What follows is an excerpt from Joey Velasco's speech at the start of his Book Launching and First Solo Exhibit in Art Asia. His book is entitled "They Have Jesus: The Stories of the Children of Hapag" and was launched on Oct. 13, 2006.

-excerpt starts-

Jesus Christ never wrote a book. The only scene in the Gospel where we saw him write was on the sand. But what he wrote was blown by the wind. What was etched in our minds forever in history and in eternity was his preference for the outcasts and rejects.

In the future, I will be like the sand that will be blown by the wind. I will remain an unknown artist and writer. I will soon be …

iPhone 4 Case Program Launched

Apple has official launched the iPhone 4 case program.

You download the iPhone 4 case program app from the App Store, sign in and select your Bumper or case.

Some customers are also getting an automatic refund of their purchase of the Bumper cases as well.

Here's the link to Apple's website on the iPhone 4 case program.

Manila Water Shortage

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

MANILA, Philippines—Authorities and water distributors are considering tapping Laguna Lake and other new sources for the water needs of Metro Manila, which has been hit by rationing because of the very low level of Angat Dam, the metropolis’ main source of drinking water.

Maynilad Water Services Inc. has resorted to rotating water interruptions in large swaths of its west zone concession area over the past several days.

Its counterpart in the east zone, Manila Water Co., is mulling water rationing in the coming weeks as rainfall is expected to normalize only by September.

Maynilad Water has started drawing water from Laguna Lake, the country’s largest lake, for its customers in Muntinlupa City since June.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said the government was looking for alternative sources of water like Laguna Lake, Marikina River and Pampanga River to mitigate the effects of the drought.

So a country p…

Apple iPhone 4 Press Conference Recap

Here's the recap of the iPhone 4 antennagate press conference today.

All iPhone 4 owners gets a free Bumper case until Sept 30, 2010. Available for order next week.

Those who already bought a Bumper case will get a refund.

Apple will also offer a choice of different cases. Not just the Apple Bumper case.

If you are still not satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone 4 for a full refund within 30 days.

AT&T will void/cancel your contract.

Here the video of Apple's July 16, 2010 press conference.

Here is the link to Apple's website explaining the antenna issue.

Here are photos of Apple's antenna lab facility. Tech porn!

Apple's Solution to iPhone 4 - Free Bumper Case

Apple, in a press conference today held by Steve Jobs said that Apple will be providing a free bumper case to all iPhone 4 owners until September 30, 2010. Those who bought a bumper case before will be refunded.

Users can order the free case on Apple's website. The application for a free Bumper case will be available next week.

For those who are still unsatisfied with their iPhone 4, they can get a full refund within 30 days of purchase without restocking fee.

AT&T is said to also waive their contract if they have one.

The free bumper case offer will also extend outside of US but only until Sept 30, 2010. Apple will decide after September 30 if they will extend the offer.

iPhone 4 July 16, 2010 Press Conference

Here's the link to the ongoing iPhone 4 Press conference at Apple Headquarters.

MobileCrunch live coverage.

Video they showed before the start of the press conference.

Some notable quotes from Steve Jobs

"We're not perfect, phones aren't perfect."

"We want to make all of our users happy. If you don't know that about apple, you don't know us."

"We heard about this not long after we started shipping. We've been working our butts off for 22 days. 22 days. It's not like we've had our head in the sand for 3 months."


"We haven't figured out a way around the laws of physics. Yet."

"Phones aren't perfect. It's a challenge for the entire industry."

"If you read all these articles out there, you'd think: Jesus! At least half our customers must have called in angry!"

"We asked ourselves: Whats the percentage of all iPhone 4 users who have called about antenna or reception…

Ryan Reynolds As Green Lantern

First look of Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern. I still think he would be better as Wally West aka The Flash. But this movie could change my mind.

Click on the photo for full resolution.

Here's the full story from Entertainment Weekly.

The Expendables

Now THIS is what you call guys movie!

Great piece of marketing isn't it?

Does The iOS 4.1 Fix the iPhone 4 Death Grip Issue?

In short, nope!

Aquino hits weather bureau for error

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

MANILA, Philippines—Presiding over his first disaster management briefing, President Benigno Aquino III Wednesday took to task the weather bureau for its failure to notify the public that Typhoon “Basyang” (international codename: Conson) would directly hit Metro Manila.

Officials from various agencies reported to Mr. Aquino the extent of the typhoon’s damage and the steps taken to normalize the situation at the emergency meeting of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Camp Aguinaldo.

After listening to an update by weather bureau chief Prisco Nilo, Mr. Aquino wondered aloud why the bureau failed to update its bulletin on the typhoon’s track.

The President said that contrary to the last bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday that Basyang would make land fall in Aurora, it struck the metropolis, toppling power lines and trees.

Significant error


Apple Study: 8 easy steps to beat Microsoft (and Google)

A Multi-Layered Display with Water Drops

Could this be the future of 3D displays? The technology is interesting, but not designed for home use. But it could be the starting point for future 3D displays.

Here's a more technical version of the video.

Why The US Is In Deep Trouble

Got this from an e-mail. Don't know if it's true, but it's funny nonetheless.


Why the US is in deep trouble

A DC airport ticket agent offers some examples of why.

1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman (Carol Shea-Porter) ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!)

2. I got a call from a Kansas Congressman's (Moore) staffer (Howard Bauleke), who wanted to go to Cape Town. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information, and then he interrupted me with, "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Cape Town is in Massachusetts."

Without trying to make him look stupid, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Cape Town is in South Africa." His response -- click.

3. A senior Vermont Congressman (Bernie Sanders) called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was…

Tiger Woods-Elin Nordegren Divorce Final

Looks like Tiger Woods will be paying his wife Elin Nordegren $100 million in settlement for their divorce. Elin is said to have full custody of the children but Tiger will have input in decision making in their lives.

Elin can never publicly speak about reported affairs he had while they were married and Tiger must keep girlfriends or any other unmarried women that Nordegren does not know away from his children.

Full story at Fanhouse and TMZ.

Bicycle Kick to The Face! 2010 Fifa World Cup


P-Noy Stops At Red Light

Well this is a first.

The SUV bearing President Benigno Aquino III, along with the PSG vehicles, stops on a red light at the intersection of Quezon Boulevard and Araneta Avenue in Quezon City on its way to Malacañang on Tuesday.

If President Noynoy Aquino has no other achievement other than stopping at red lights and now abusing his authority for the rest of his term. Then he's got my respect.

Yes, I'm easy to please considering how every government official no matter how lowly they are abuses their authority.


MANILA, Philippines—All eyes seemed to be on the country’s No. 2 man ever since President Benigno Aquino III, as part of his inaugural pledge to lead by example, ordered his escorts to strictly obey traffic rules.

And so Vice President Jejomar Binay apologized to the public Tuesday after a TV footage showed his security convoy beating the red light in Quezon City the previous day.

“The Vice President apologized to all motorists who may have been inconvenienced la…

Don't Mess With Granny

Ena Mallett a 77-year-old lady from Norfolk has become the first lady to ever reach the seventh dan in Spirit Combat International ju-jitsu. The award is so rare her new belt has to be made to order.

Read more:

Crises of Capitalism

In this RSA Animate, radical sociologist David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane?

This is based on a lecture at the RSA (

Futurama eye-Phone

Futurama's take on the iPhone and Apple.

Hell Explained

The following is an actual question given on a University of Arizona chemistry mid term, and an actual answer turned in by a student.

The answer by one student was so 'profound' that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well :

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving, which is unlikely.. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exis…


The kids filed back into class Monday morning. They were very excited.

Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship.

Little Sally led off: "I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30," she said proudly, "My sales approach was to appeal to the customer's civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success."

"Very good," said the teacher.

Little Jenny was next:

"I sold magazines," she said, "I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events."

"Very good, Jenny," said the teacher..

Eventually, it was Little Johnny's turn.

The teacher held her breath ...

Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher's desk.. "$2,467," he said.

"$2,467!" cried the teacher, "What in the world were you selling?"

"Toothbrushes," said Little Johnny.


Gloria’s “My Last Farewell”

Gloria’s “My Last Farewell”

Balitang Kutsero
by Perry Diaz

After lame duck prez Gloria Macapagal Arroyo left Malacanang Palace, my investigative reporter James Macaquecquec visited the vacated First Family’s quarters and found a document under the table. A note was attached to it saying: “To be published after I step down.”

My Last Farewell
by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Farewell, my Inang Bayan, land of the morning sun,
Pearl of the Orient Sea, Paradise lost.
With gladness I gave you my life,
With sadness I leave you now.
I made a lot of promises,
Some of which I kept.

I promised to end poverty,
But in the end, the poor end up eating dust.
I promised to stop corruption,
But in the end, power corrupted me.
I promised to end the communist insurgency,
But in the end, Gen. Delfin Bangit failed to end it.
I promised to create jobs,
But in the end, 3,000 Filipinos leave everyday to look for jobs abroad.
I promised to end the deficit,
But in the end, I left Noynoy with a P400 billion deficit.

I wish I was more ho…