Three crying faces

No hope for traffic in Metro Manila as of now! Well, one of my friends posted three crying faces in Facebook. Everyone reacted and asked her how she is and you know what? She was crying about the traffic in Metro Manila. What will happen if there is an emergency, like when you need to go to the better hospitals? You need to have a house near the best facilities?

Today, I am happy because I do not need to experience the horrible traffic situation in Metro Manila. It is a Holiday here in our country because of the ASEAN Summit.

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Four days of bliss

Well, attention, all my friends who love to sing, here is shure wireless microphone, check it out at MusiciansFriend.com!
This is very timing for the very long weekend! Today is a non-working day for office girls and boys. Monday is also a Holiday! That will be four days of bliss! I plan to sleep all day, watch TV, movie marathon, some eating and of course, singing will always be in the list of the things that I want to do. I am still deciding if the party will be here at our own home or maybe we will just join other home’s parties. I think the latter will be most clever. 😉

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And I tried the MRT Again but Never Again

And I tried the MRT again!

Well, as I am already in an early shift, I have ample time in the afternoon to early evening.

I opt to go home early, of course. That is why, I go straight to the shuttle station to catch the first trip or if not, the second one so that I will be home by 8PM, as I expect…but it is not the case, of course , because of the traffic in the Metro!  I realized that a two hour commute is something to be thankful for during the rush hour. Anyways, for the first three days, I experienced more than two hours of uncomfortable van ride.  So, I decided to try the MRT on the fourth day.

So, there was the usual long lines. I was able to ride the first train that passed because most people were in groups thus they cannot squeezed their selves in the already cramped coach. There was a space for only one person so I was able to get through. At first, the ride was okay but the hardship came in every stop when passengers were about to alight and enter. I did not have to move from my place to be able to be in another place in the coach as all the people were already pushing one another and yes, I was pushed forward, sideward, backward and in all directions during the more than five stops I think before I reached my station. Yes, I was also pushed out of the coach as many passengers were also to alight at the same station–considering that it is the second to the last station, still there were so many passengers left.

The only good thing about this was I was able to reach home by 730PM.

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For the artistic young fellow

First day of summer vacation! My son just woke up and what to do? I tried to encourage him to join clubs this Summer be it music club or sports club or anything that will keep him busy. The challenge is my son is quite an introvert. Maybe it is high time for me to buy the casio keyboard at guitarcenter.com. Having another equipment than the computer will be good for him, I guess. Anyways, my son is quite an artistic fellow. He loves to create animation, draw his stuff–though like abstract and all, and yes, he likes to play the piano also.

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Savings in Gasoline and Earlier Dinner Time

Sleepy me.

Have I mentioned that I am already in a morning shift? As in, very early for me.

I usually arrive before 730AM in the office.

Well, it has been three weeks! Imagine that!

So, how’s my Commuter’s Life?

Well, I think we are saving on gasoline. I ride the van at the nearby shuttle station. It takes only less than 10 minutes via a motorcycle  ride and I can ride the van already.

I sort of save time also because the travel time is sort of lessened by one hour to two hours.

More importantly, we can have dinner at an earlier time as I am home by 830 PM.

Anyways, to compare from my previous schedule:

730 AM- 1030 PM= 15 hours

530 AM-830 PM= 15 hours

Come to think of it, same number of hours spent to and from the office to house.

In conclusion, the benefits of having an early shift are:

  1. Savings on gasoline
  2. Earlier Dinner Time
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Eight Pesos Minimum Fare

Minimum fare is back to Eight Pesos! One driver was asked if it will be a great help to him or at least add to his daily earnings but according to him, it will just compensate to the increase in traffic these days.

For Commuters like me, how does it affect me? Well, if I commute everyday, that would mean  at least P365 additional expense, right? I pray to have a bigger salary increase because of this unexpected additional expense that I have not really included in my Budget. Come to think of it, I should include all increases in my Budget.

Anyways, my heart goes to the drivers and to the commuters. Both have rights and both have reasons opposing each other.

 

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Nationwide transport strike today

Nationwide transport strike today! I have a migraine too–err had a migraine! I am fine now as I can write this post.

As of the strike, I hope the commuters like me will not suffer as much given that there are many ways now to reach the office or your destination. There are P2P buses, UBER, GRAB and the UV EXPRESS. I just do not know if they joined the strike. Well, the strike mainly is to oppose the phasing out of old jeepneys. Those that are 15 years old and above need to be replaced already by new ones. There is a plan to modernize the roads.

My take on this? First, I am all for safety. However, I really cannot put myself in the place of the jeepney owners. Most of them maybe cannot afford to buy modern vehicles as of this time. I know also for a fact that some of the owners are new owners of those jeepneys. Usually, the original owners sell their old vehicles for new ones.

I hope that everything will work out right for the sake of everyone.

 

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We only live once

We have been saving a lot of money these days. Well, for us, it is a lot already though for some it is just a small amount. What are we doing to be able to save? Well, we try to focus on the future. However, sometimes, we want to splurge on some things like a paul stanley guitar! As of me, I really want to purchase it because the old guitar of my husband really needs replacement. What will make him happy, that is very important to me also, rather than any amount of extra savings, I guess. After all, YOLO, as they say or WOLO, we only live once.

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Hardcore

Our son spends a lot of time in the Computer. Well, yes, he is almost always there! I wonder what sites he go to. Yes, I do check it from time to time. Anyways, like Father, like Son. I saw that he was in http://www.guitarcenter.com/EMG/. Hmmm, I wonder what he could be eyeing? Is it for himself or for his Dad? The Valentines Day is very near and we got a very sweet son. Maybe he is trying to find a gift for his Dad. Oh, another ukelele, maybe? Or, maybe some accessories for his guitar? Or, maybe some hardcore musician’s stuff?

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The motorcycle is acting up

Yes, our motorcycle is acting up and it really ruins our mornings. Well, maybe it lacks regular check up. Who will I blame? Anyways, I learned that you need to always let go of the past- but learn from it, then Move On.

Do I need to buy a new motorcycle? It is just three years old. Our previous one was five years old before we finally gave it away.

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