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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… Ina Mo


Traffic Enforcer

I just saw this but I don't know if it's true. One of my pet peeves driving in Manila is when you get caught and they say your violation is "swerving" which is ridiculous. It's a violation for you to swerve, but not for Jeepneys to swerve.
Very Important Message:

Kapag hinuli ka ng traffic enforcer at alam mong wala kang violation:
1. Kunin mo ang mission order nila upang malaman mo ang kanilang area of responsibility, time of duty and official function;
2. "SWERVING" ay HINDI isang traffic violation.

1.Hindi maaaring kunin ang iyong driver's license maliban na lamang kung ikaw ay sangkot sa traffic accident o nakalikom na ng 3 o higit pang traffic violations.
2. Walang karapatan ang traffic enforcer na pababain ng sasakyan ang driver.

Ipadala ang pangalan ng traffic enforcer at ang reklamo sa

Guns N' Roses - November Rain

Guns N' Roses is the most popular band in the 1990s. November Rain came out at the height of their career. One of the best songs and music video in my opinion.

The Best Taxi Driver in the Philippines

I found this story on Facebook. I think it's worth sharing. Here's what the person wrote.
April 26, 2012

Hi guys, I just want to share the experience we had with this guy.
Indeed i can call it "a day"...

Meron kaming "raket" sa Crowne Plaza Hotel sa Ortigas, tabi ng Robinson's Galleria. It was a very stressful day. Somehow na-overcome namin. Sobrang nakakapagod...

Uwian time na. Around 6:30pm, sa main entrance ng hotel. Ang hirap maghanap ng masasakyang taxi. Although maraming taxi sa daan, dala na rin ng sobrang traffic at rush hour, karamihan kokontratahin ka. Taytay ang way nmin from Ortigas. After an hour and a half finally nakahanap kami na willing maghatid ng pa-metro lng ang charge then sabi q dadagdagan nlng namin. Madami kaming dalang gamit pero 2 lng kami na sasakay. Nakarating kami sa bahay, nagulat aq sa metro ng taxi. From Crowne Plaza Ortigas hanggang bayan ng Taytay P163.00 lng ang metro given na natrapik at halos nakatulog na kami sa band…

New Great Wall of China

There's a big dispute going on between China and the Philippines in the Spratly Islands. There's even a Facebook page dedicated to people voicing their opinions and urging people to help protect Philippine sovereignty.

Here's an image showing what China is claiming to be their territory.

Frog or Horse

I saw this cool image on Facebook. Can you see both animals?

New species of purple crab discovered in the Philippines

From Yahoo! News.
Four new species of crab have been discovered in the Philippine island of Palawan. And one of the crabs truly stands out with its unusually bright purple shell.

National Geographic reports that the Insulamon palawanese may use its uniquely colored shell to help identify its own kind.
"It is known that crabs can discriminate colours. Therefore, it seems likely that the colouration has a signal function for the social behaviour, e.g. mating," Hendrik Freitag of the Senckenberg Museum of Zoology in Dresden, Germany told AFP.

"The particular violet coloration might just have evolved by chance, and must not necessarily have a very specific function or reason aside from being a general visual signal for recognition," Freitag told National Geographic. Freitag's report on the new species of crabs was published in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.

Despite the big news, the newly discovered crabs are quite small in stature, each from about an inch to two …

Prisoner's Dilemma On British Game Show

A British game show called Golden Balls invites contestants to play a version of Prisoner's Dilemma. The two contestants decides whether to split or steal a pot of money.

From Wikipedia.

The prisoner's dilemma is a canonical example of a game analyzed in game theory that shows why two individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interest to do so. It was originally framed by Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher working at RAND in 1950. Albert W. Tucker formalized the game with prison sentence payoffs and gave it the "prisoner's dilemma" name (Poundstone, 1992). A classic example of the prisoner's dilemma (PD) is presented as follows:

Two men are arrested, but the police do not possess enough information for a conviction. Following the separation of the two men, the police offer both a similar deal—if one testifies against his partner (defects/betrays), and the other remains silent (cooperates/assists), the betrayer goes free and the…

Favorite Pinoy TV Theme Song from the 80s

I found this site that compiled a list of favorite theme songs from the 80s. Nostalgia!

Here's the list.

Voltes V (Opening), Champoy, Iskul Bukol, Goin Bananas, John en Marsha, Lovingly Yours Helen, Voltes V (End).

Please be patient, it may take a while to load.
Fav. Pinoy TV Themes Frm D 80s by Dj Bond on Mixcloud

The Older Crowd

A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office.

"Is it true," she wanted to know, "that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?"

"'Yes, I'm afraid so,"' the doctor told her. There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, "I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked 'NO REFILLS'."


An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation.

As he was about to get the anesthesia, he asked to speak to his son.

"Yes, Dad, what is it?"

"Don't be nervous, son; do your best, and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife...."



Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about you…

Filipinos try to pronounce an American's Name

The Philippines is a fantastic place with super friendly people, but if you are an American, many may have problems pronouncing your name.


UB: Anguib beach sa Sta. Ana, Cagayan, mala-Boracay ang ganda

A report from Unang Balita showcases Anguib Beach at Sta. Ana, Cagayan. It's considered the Boracay of the North. Clear waters, white sands but less people and not as popular...yet.

The Philippines is truly blessed with beautiful nature. I hope the current and future generations take good care of it.

Ted Movie Trailer

When a childhood wish accomplishes... Mark Wahklberg see his teddybears coming to life... for better or for worse! Directed by Seth MacFarlane, starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane, Ted Movie opens July 13th 2012.

Can't get enough of the thunder song. :)

PNP Issues Updated Guidelines On Checkpoints

Sana makatulong ito sa April 20, Know your rights.. Be pormal.. "Educate so you can medicate"


PNP issues updated guidelines on checkpoints

In a bid to eradicate abuses committed by police elements in the conduct of anti-crime operations, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome issued today a 10-point list of guidelines to be observed by lawmen manning checkpoints.

According to General Bartolome, the PNP will strictly abide by the instruction of the Department of Justice to implement a "no tint" or "clear window" policy among marked police vehicles in order to gain the trust and confidence of the citizenry. The move is also designed to prevent scalawags in uniform from using police cars for their illicit activities or violating traffic regulations.

The general public is thus advised on these 10 rules on military/police checkpoints:

* Checkpoint must be well-lit, properly identified and manned by uniformed…

Real Life Batcave

Carter Oosterhouse takes a peak inside a one-of-a-kind garage with an incredible entrance!

From Y! Tech.

When software mogul Tom Gonzalez sold his company and bought a luxurious estate on Lake Tahoe, he needed a place to keep his massive collection of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. So, he sunk part of his fortune into building a garage larger than most homes, complete with a huge underground bay capable of holding up to 40 cars.

While the collection of never-ridden motorcycles and high-end exotic sports cars he's assembled is impressive, they're overshadowed by the most impressive feature of the garage: a gigantic elevator used to access the subterranean area. Powered by hydraulics, the elevator is large enough to fit three cars end to end, and strong enough to lift them with an RV parked on top. It uses 800 gallons of hydraulic fluid and costs Gonzalez $25 in electricity each time it's raised and lowered.

In the accompanying video from HGTV's Million Dollar Room, Gonz…

Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era

Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era. As they say, music is the language of the soul.

Talk n Text's Mark Yee Sundot Scandal

Talk n Text's Mark Yee's embarrassing dirty defense against Anthony Grundy.

Kakabakaba Ka Ba?

Ang Kakabakaba Ka Ba? ay isang nakakahimanting, nakakauyam at nakakatawang pelikulang pangmusika na nilikha sa ilalim ng direksyon ni Mike De Leon. Ito ay pagbabalik na produksyon para sa LVN Pictures na naging di-aktibo sa loob ng mga mararaming taon at para kay De Leon na gumawa ng pelikulang ito pagkatapos ng isang tatlong-taong hakdaw.

Ito ay tungkol sa mga riwara ng dalawang tambal na talisuyo na naipit sa salimbayan ng putok sa pagitan ng mga nagbabakang ahenteng Hapones at Tsinong mangangalakal ng droga.

Starring Christopher De Leon, Jay Ilagan, Johnny Delgado, Sandy Andolong, Charo Santos, Nenette Inventor and Armida Siguion-Reyna.

On North Korea's Failed Rocket Launch

Philippine preparedness against a rocket launch from North Korea.
Philippine Anti-missile defence.

Why North Korea's rocket failed.

The Elderly Golfer

An elderly golfer comes in after a good round of golf at the new course and heads straight to the bar/restaurant area of the club house. As he passes through the swinging doors, he spots a sign hanging over the bar that reads: COLD BEER: $5.00 HAMBURGER: $10.00 CHEESEBURGER: $15.50 CHICKEN SANDWICH : $18.50 HAND JOB: $250.00 Checking his wallet to be sure he has the necessary money, the old golfer walks up to the bar and beckons to the exceptionally attractive female bartender who is serving drinks to a couple of sun-wrinkled golfers. She glides down behind the bar to the old golfer. “Yes?” she inquires with a wide, knowing smile. “May I help you sir?” The old golfer leans over the bar and whispers, “I was wondering young lady, are you the one who gives the hand-jobs around here?” She looks into his wrinkled eyes and with a wide smile purrs, “Yes sir, I sure am.” The old golfer leans in even closer and into her left ear says softly, “Well then, be sure to wash your hands properly, because I want …



Movie Heroes

So true.

Master's Champion Bubba Watson's Amazing Shot On The 10th Hole

Bubba Watson won the Master's Champion against Louis Oosthuizen thanks to this amazing hook shot on the 10th hole to recover from a horrible shot from the tee at the Augusta National.


Knicks vs Bulls - April 8, 2012

It was thrilling game between the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls. Derrick Rose returns to the Chicago Bulls lineup after missing 12 games. Carmelo Anthony finished the game with a season high 43 points and the game winning shots. The Knicks win 100-99 in overtime.

Watch the highlights and videos are The Hoop Diaries.

Operation Tule

Public service announcement lang para sa mga supot.

Richest Celebrities In the Philippines

I saw this video about the richest celebrities in the Philippines. Very interesting to watch. Of course Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is the number one since he earns in US Dollars.

University of the Philippines : Open University

I've always been in favor of giving people the opportunity to upgrade their learning. But we all know that sometimes it's not practical to go back to school and sit down for a few hours every day for a couple of month because we have work or families to take care of. Sometimes the distance is also a problem with the traffic in Manila or it's just impractical to leave our homes and go live in another city just to take courses in a University we like.

The solution for that is Open University and I just found out that University of the Philippines has an Open University program. The Open University concept allows students to learn from a distance. Students and teachers do not have to be in the same physical classroom to learn and they use a variety of specially designed learning materials like print, video and multimedia.

Students and teachers interact with each other using teleconferencing, e-mail and text.

UP's Open University offers several undergraduate, post baccalau…

Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

Been hearing this on the radio a lot lately. I love this song.

Laugh and Live Longer

Husband texts to wife on cell..
"Hi, what are you doing Darling?"
Wife: I'm dying...!
Husband jumps with joy but types "Sweet Heart, how can I live without U?"
Wife: "U idiot! I'm dying my hair.."
Husband: "Bloody English Language!

Angry wife to her husband

An Angry Wife To Her Husband on Phone:
"Where d Hell Are You ...?"
Husband: Darling, you remember that jewellery shop where you saw the diamond necklace and totally fell in love with it and I didn't have money that time and I said "Baby it'll be yours 1 day? ... " O:)
Wife, With A Smile & Blushing: Yeah I remember that my love!
Husband: I ‘m in the Pub just next to that shop

A Special Package for Business Men

An Airline introduced a special package for business men. Buy your ticket get your wife's ticket free.
After great success, the company sent letters to all the wives asking how was the trip.
All of them gave the same reply..."Which trip?"

A Family Forced From The Philippines

A sincere plea for President Aquino's intervention in a situation that is becoming a crises for this family forced from the Philippines by extortion and death threats.

Jeremy Lin Recovers After Knee Surgery

Jeremy Lin posted this photo of him after his surgery on his Facebook Page. Looks like the surgery went well and he was also answering some questions on his Wall.

Here's the photo he posted.

Check out his Facebook page here.

Google Maps 8-bit for NES

Google Maps is now available for 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment Systems (NES). Availability in Google Store is TBD but you can try it on your browser by going to and clicking "Quest" in the upper right hand corner of the map.

Jeremy Lin Season Ending Knee Surgery

Check out tonight's game between the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks at The Hoop Diaries.