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Getting Notice on a Wrong Note

The long overdue program for the modernization of the country’s icon Jeepney had made the government suspended it’s office operations the very first day of workweek including the school’s operation nationwide. Several groups of operators, drivers and their stakeholders have decided through an announcement of their countrywide strike to get notice of their disapproval of the (sic) modernization program.

What constitute a strike, why it’s been the prevalent mode of airing grievances, why people tend to go to the road and create disturbance of paralyzing size?

The answer has been written and rewritten the histogram of success, which is getting nothing notice on  a wrong note!

We can take the road, either to success or chaos and end up victor in our own thoughts. – Paquito

Have a safe ride going to work and returning home.

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Warning Heavy Traffic Ahead, The Thin Line between Traffic and Progress is Discipline

Traffic situational report moderate to heavy for the next 10 minutes.

We normally heared so much whining about traffic and the hell effect it could make to our daily routine especially if we are obligated to use the main highways or roads to reach our destination. It’s just a part of the whole society, but what about those needing emergency runs like the Firetrucks going to where the fire is? Ambulances who’s going to pick up a dying patient from an accident or whatsoever? Police enforcers car running after the hooligans? Last but not the least professionals who are into medical care wanting to reach his patient in hush needing urgent shots of high grade calmers? And the lone stumbling block only to fail at these all is you said it right traffic.

According to the latest business news the total sales of brand new cars soared as high as 30%!  Economically speaking this is a great news and we need to sustain the growth it has created to the transportation sector.

Don’t be surprised if traffic gets a little bit more congested from this month onwards as the trend of automotive sales continues to rise and reach unprecedented levels. 

Vehicle sales rose by a total of 6,438 units in April 2016 compared to the same month last year, which represents a 30.3% increase.This was confirmed by the report of both the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA), which also showed a ‘double-to triple-digit sales expansion across all segments.’ 

Sales gains attributed to new models and promos.

So that’s the good news, and to have a balance sort of supply and demand from both cards which is the cars to road ratio. Engineering the traffic and it’s side effects is the next main source of serious concern to serve the people. The Americans commissioned the famous city and urban planner Architect Daniel H. Burnham to see if he can duplicate or applied perhaps the bright ideas he did for the city of Chicago and Naples where one of the highlights were the maximal use of potentials of the water ways and it’s linkages to commerce. Some were done whilst most are not. And time flies faster than expected add up the technological advancement which could have been utilize swifter than we thought but we choose to go backward underlying the primitive ways of U-turn slots wherein our road network as designed effectively are rectilinear in form that the basic control system we just need is the proper utilization of Stop Lights.

In today’s situation the main reason behind the unsolicited traffic that effectively makes your day a nuisance one is the core discipline we must exert towards our co-users of the road whenever we are driving wherever we may be going. Millions of gallons of petrol and diesel are wasted and the extreme effect it borne to our businesses especially those in the logistics and forwarding segment. Will reverting back to the original flow of opening up all active  intersections help ease the congestion? Does relocating the bus terminals adjacent to main high ways release freely the button from the bottlenecks? Will opening of posh subdivision roads leads us at least 10 minutes earlier to the central business district of the city? So many questions equates so many solution! Let us not use the discriminatory word ‘phase out’ for it trickle down to the marginalized sector whose source of living were anchored and tightly tied to their 1979’s model jeepney’s where the cultural mementos are sacred. Maybe we can encourage them to do some upgrade to sound better, limitation of routes must be enacted into laws to fortify the not so radical face-lift of the thoroughfares. These are all about the technical engineering side but how about the medical health hazards it can possibly make to us?

Respiratory illness, cardiovascular diseases, urinary tract infection and the most common of all “stress” where even at a young age of mid-20’s everyone’s is experiencing stresses. Deprivation of healthy sleep and the early to leave their houses in the morning and the late evening arrival of the same somehow eradicate his quality time for his family and himself. We do all believe that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. No wonder were still languishing in the third echelon of the society and stalled temporarily not until we find the proper antidote to this traffic mess. 

Then there’s the advent of the app based transport network services that truly is a convenience only for the riders benefit. Pickup at the front of their gates and being dropped off to its destination with the same comfy and class that is after a smart navigation with the help of Google Maps and Waze whereas the latter freely gives update on the road “traffic situation” like heavy build up or potential hazards on the road that you might be expecting along the way and help you understand the next road condition a bit. Yet it doesn’t solve nor provided the lead to the perennial problem which is the tragic effect of traffic as a whole. It’s gonna be back to basic and important character trait to perfect if not to dissipate ultimately the mess on the road. Discipline 

Will it really bring the soulution to the problem? You read the right word it’s the soul-lution that counts, we need to address the problem with the strictest form of controlling ourselves whenever we are on the road, to navigate the streets of our acceptance of the truth and it’s unbalance effect to the people. We tend to murmur about the simplest things but forgot to accept the reality it’s bound to happen. In every metropolitan city traffic is an ingredients of progress, a spice of problem that only the trait of acceptance and understanding as the foundation of soulution to realign our expectations toward the attainment in the end of every mans contentment. 

Our health is in between the line of risks and progress that thin line can be magnified into a thousand strands of character traits lead outstandingly by our core discipline to help, to maintain, to follow rules and policy, to play the camaraderie needs of certain situation to negate the fact of expected chaos. Roads are the mere witness to our inconclusive determination to resolve the mess and we as the one who possess the highest form of intelligence must act naturally without any fanciful display of cowardice and neglect to our community.

How to Outsmart a would be Attacker in Public Places

Broad daylight attacks perpetrated in general public places boldly stated as headlines in broadsheets and tabloids has been becoming common news. Crimes of serious and petty ones are being committed inside and outside our homes in several places while you are reading this blogs. The cries and screaming voices were being belted out in frustration and freightening fashion in search for answers by asking why it should be them who should experience the brutal and merciless infraction in their lives. 

To be a victim is a choice, it is how prepared we are and comes out conciously our home and maintain our composure in every single seconds to outsmart the direct line of assault. An attacker is always on the lookout of weak and out of focus individual either is a man or woman regardless of age as long as it is within their sudden capacity to strike in a lightning quick action without any hesitation to finish the crime. So how do we prepare? What are the things we got to do to put up a sign that were not that an easy target all the time we are out of our comfort zone. 

Tough Mental Preparedness  is one of the biggest key element that we should establish. We should ingrained in our selves that were ready to deter, stabilize and control fully the assailant. Our core concentration must be directed to those weeaker points or parts where the suspect will feel even in a split seconds to put away his attention into what he is into you. Practice and serious excercises to execute it requires utmost attention. I can do it and I have to do it shall be your instant words to run the deal. It is the lack of mind over subject thing that befalls everyone as a victim and to ensure that’ you can seek help within the next minute is a great deterrent.

Basic Training of Self Defense is now handily accessible through the Internet. Before one has to enroll in a Karatedo or Judoka class to learn the basics of self defense stance and attack to neutralize an ill refute suspect, arms to arms combat and proper striking methods to ensure you’re safe and slightly battle scarred but alive. Use the Internet by searching websites offering free and downloadable self defense routine and rituals like how you’re doing it with your weekend Zumba on tv. Just think that it’s for own safety and you’ll learn to appreciate those hand and feet gestures including the act of receiving the blow from a suspect and converting it to his weaknesses and further downfall. Try to peek at those sites before heading out of work or home and your confidence level will rise expectedly.

Plan your Daily Route by having a three options to get home or to your office. In between stops gives you time to delay suspicious encounters and earns you the rigid mind set of a combat ready person. If you are using public transportation do make sure you have establish way to hit the road either riding a cab or app based car during rains, a carpool during dry season and riding a trike which is well lighted and open type for distinction in case of unexpected danger. Familiarizing yourself with the road is far better than those who do not, escape route is needed for a brief chase and being not able to dissect the roads or alleys will give you the underhand to escape. Learn to read and check the maps offered in Google I assure you it’s a plus factor for your navigation needs. Try to speak to your cab driver where are the possible road pass thru for a shorter or longer routes this way you’re learning it big time. 

Spray Bottles come in Handy as the suspect is secretly scanning the area and choosing their victim and you consider yourself as small, petite and too feminine then use the power of bottle sprayer. It need not be the standard pepper spray as cologne or alcohol spray if directed to the suspects eyes will drive the same effect and disturbance giving you time to strike him in his weak points as you’ve learned from your internet self defense class and seek help or get away from the line of danger. Always put it in your tops pocket or keep hold of it if youve sense something out of your trusted instincts. 

Use the power of technology Literally those selfie sticks is as great as an instant weapon at hand to defend yourself. By striking with all your might you’re assure of getting to your second layer of defense in hitting the suspect to his weak points. They want your laptop, iPad and big screened cellphones? Use it as a weapon of your defense as your life is the most expensive than anything else in times of danger. Great presence of mind is the key element here to secure yourself. 

Do not wander away from the crowd but choose your crowd like a group of buffalo trying to cross a river right in the scrutinizing eyes of the lion in the wild the last one or those who wander a few meters away from the crowd becomes the weakest link of the chain as it gives the mentality of being the last just by looking in his front and thinking no one follows of its the same breed but a roaring lion. The same in the city, you must always be in the pack crossing streets, climbing public elevated pedestrians and even shaded bus stops. Never indulge yourself to be odd man out of the few as this is a clear sign of danger. 

Wear Decent Looking Clothes most of the victims are of course unwilling and they always fell to a fashion trap. Body hugging clothes, plunging neckline, micro mini skirts and sleeveless tops is like a garbage chased by flies. We all agree that were more presentable wearing those fads and fashion but by golly kindly put it in a place of proper decorum. If you’re just taking public transportation why not wear jeans and jacket and bring those attire in the office and change to that fashion you wanted and do the same by back to jeans and jacket going home? Am very sure it’s doable and it all needs discipline to achieve it. Wearing heels riding a jeepney somehow puts you in danger of slipping by hopping to that higher platform of buses and jeepneys. Don’t wear shades if you don’t need to as this limit your peripheral vision of the surrounding and this is what a perperator wants as they could come from the sides or at 4 and 7 o’clock angles of your back which where you are weakest when wearing shades. Skimpy clothings are a magnet to those maniacs and flesh starving guys who finds solace to victimize women wearing them. Be mindful of showing skin in public. 

Always have a Companion especially at nighttime where criminals are rampant. Having a travel buddy anywhere makes you a hard target. No single lion were able to bite two deer or buffalo simultaneously. If it’s really impossible to have a companion during the wee hours execute plan B by booking an app based ride going home. Really tired of traveling ? Hit the cafeteria open for 24 hours and you’ll be safer than ever just be sure to ignore drinks offered by a stranger to keep the deal of safety. 

Outsmarting those bad guys comes in thousand ways and what is more important is the way to discern that something unusual are bound to happen and keeping a huge amount of effort of maintaining a clear mindset to response smartly to any assailants is the best basic and initial remedy to deter the consummation of a petty or heinous crime and keep yourself safe. 

Reconsidering Urban Life as Rural location is Regaining its lost appeal once more

Rizal, Bulacan and CaLaBaRzon rural areas needs a second look in terms of location for the current and next generation practical choice to stay away from hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

Traffic contributed most for the lost quality time a man has to his family and so with the young professionals leaving them without a choice but to spend unscheduled drinking binge and other unwanted nightlife activities that’s adds up to fatal accident stats of the traffic bureau. Aside from time consuming hassle and wasted resources carbon dioxide pollution poisons the metropolis air. 

On going infrastructure transportation projects, improved transport network vehicle services such as UV Express plying the routes using the expressways of the greater Manila areas made it accessible for the workings blocs of the society. But how sustainable these improvement remains to be seen. As the perennial problems relative to traffic congestion continues there seems to be no solution or end sight for this woes. 

In the most developed countries people and vehiclar congestion is something they’re so serious about that they’ve given preferential priority as this is considered as one of the pillars of productivity. They’ve built the city along the suburbs and rural areas bringing the facilities closer to preppie and not the other way around. Workplace are a kind of magnet that everybody converge and spent 8-12 hours of their lives and another 2-1/2 hours for travel back home. And with the sixty percent of time spent outside in a stressful and chaotic routine it take toll in anyone’s health, respiratory and vascular health problems are at highest including diabetes and diarrhea. 

Do we intend to spend our best 20-25 years in this manner? Opportunity lost in financial and family time should be reverse once and for all to bring back the extra quality time we needed most. Life expectancy are far lower as compared during the 80’s as people as young as early 30’s are suffering from work related stresses but not with the work itself. 

With the current Presidents vision of an interconnected cities and municipalities through faster and safe highways including the on going train elevated railways it is high time to think and consider living or relocating again in a rural areas surrounding the capital and nearby city. Congestion will be limited and will likely to be seen during holiday season when people troop to big malls and shops for their shopping needs. Developers are now staking their chances to corner a handful of young and mid-40’s couple to start rural life in a modern and practical setting. 

Rural life offers a better chance to enjoy crisp air and the natural habitat. To stay away from the busy surrounding relieves stressful thinking and lessen our lines in foreheads. There we can enjoy planting tomato, lemon, malunggay and any sort of backyard veggies for personal consumption free of any insecticide and a healthier one. It’s totally different atmosphere spending life in the rural area but still strongly connected to the happenings of the city through technology. Lesser cost of real estate taxes and earlier time to hit the sack guarantees enough sleep. And besides establish a grassroots opportunity to enhance your leadership norm through local politics. 

The real solution to our mind boggling congestion problem is to start thinking out of the box in a long term practical approach. To some it’ll be a long shot while to others it is doable. It should start on a family’s aspirations to life and targets and full acceptance of the quality of education, job security and basic health provisions is within reachable ways and means that can be consider as something that can bring happiness to each home and community. It’s the inner thought on concept of successful life that drives people to act and decide logically. 

The realist and the dreamer are both contagious and trended as it is in this manner of illogical thinking that piles up societal problems after problems and coping up seems to be unreal which has reach its limits beyond control. It is the complex challenges that can be outdone through basic  and simple understanding of multiple options to survive these unrest. Fortunately for us family the smallest unit of the society is given the optional advantages ready for our taking and it’ is our smartest and civilize way to stop the chaos and unbalance social and demographical awareness to initiate the truest solution to it.