beep(TM) me aboard!

dati, sabi ni GMA, magiging 1 na lang ticketing system ng LRT and MRT. if i remember correctly, “Strong Republic Transit” ang tinawag niya sa sistema na pag-iisahin ang mga mass transit systems at kasama ang ticketing system dun. natanggal na siya’t patapos na ang term ng bagong presidente, ngayon palang nagkakatotoo yung pangako na ‘to.

well, better late than never i guess.

ang convenient kasi ng iisa lang ang hawak mong card/ticket for your travels. hong kong and singapore had these way ahead of us. ngayon, sa bansang 3rd world, nagiging semi-standard na siya sa modern modes of transportation — GreenFrog, COMET — and even fastfood with the HappyPlus Card of Jollibee.

nagkaroon na rin naman ng tap-and-go system sponsored by Globe and KitKat but they never sustained it. di ko alam bakit. maybe dahil sa MRT lang siya? maybe dahil ganoon din naman ang haba ng pila sa turnstile — walang special lane like ECtag sa NLEX? ewan ko. it didn’t fly.

finally, the single ticketing system is on its way in the metro. and i’m one of the early adopters just because i believe in the system, despite its kinks. this is a step in the ways forward, IMO.

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yes, i keep my card in a coin purse. seems durable enough. actually, di yun ang unang concern ko eh. i was thinking the metal in the coins might interfere with the tap system when i use it. apparently even with a lot of coins, the turnstile can read the card inside the coin purse with the coins inside. cool!

commuter ka din ba kagaya ko? kamusta ang beep experience?

ispeyshal [emergency] lumpia

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when your “race’s” reputation precedes you, it’s pretty difficult to stand up to some standards already present. they expect you to shine, excel, or surpass every person they’ve previously met.

i’m kapampangan. i was born and raised in pampanga. and the reputation for being great cooks is the first thing that non-kapampangans assume. “shame on the kapampangan who does not know how to cook!”

but i think there are just certain things we do that makes us ‘excellent cooks’. one does not necessarily come with the cooking gene in his or her DNA. you get the creativity gene or the OC gene instead and just apply it to cooking. i believe you are one of these: you are strict with the ingredients (completeness, quality, amounts, etc.) or you experiment (e.g. mixing ingredients, spices and cuisine) on purpose or by pure circumstance.

and this lumpia recipe carries with it this story:

during our fiesta, we underestimated the number of guests to arrive. by late afternoon, almost all the food was gone. we had to serve something to our relatives arriving early evening. all the meat — pork and chicken — were already cooked and served. we couldn’t serve hotdogs or canned corned beef could we? Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

Mar and Grace 2016 na nga!

ay, anubayan… pumayag na si Sen. Grace Poe maging VP ni Mar? tapos nanunuhol pa ng ensaymada sa mga Spanish-speaking Pinoys. Ayan o, malinaw na malinaw! “Mar y Grace”. Sa salitang tagalog, “Mar at Grace!”

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maling tambalan na nga, eepal pa sa preliminary campaigning at suhol! boooo!

of course, i kid. obviously, these are Mary Grace goodies. it was just a humorous thing we noticed at the office while they were giving these away.

paano mag-uber?

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i just discovered uber! well, matagal ko na siyang alam. inisip ko dati ay pang-sosyal siyang serbisyo. pero ngayon, nalaman ko na relatively ay pang-working class naman pala siya… specially with the situation we have here in manila kung saan namimili pa ng pasahero ang taxi, o di kaya naman nangongontrata. sino di maba-badtrip diba?

kaya sinubukan kong mag-uber minsan. wala lang try naten. last week, sinubukan ko kasi sabi ng LTFRB eh huhulihin na daw nila yung mga Uber na hindi pa rehistrado by August 20. aba, wala nang panahon!

paano ba mag-Uber?

  1. i-on ang wifi or data connection. sa office, may wifi naman at dito ako manggagaling so libre ang internet. kung nasa mall ka at walang libreng wifi, mag-data ka na lang tutal mura na lang ngayon ang 15 or 30 mins.

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  2. start ang Uber app sa phone.
  3. Piliin kung ano ang gusto mong sasakyan: Uber Black (mas ‘rare’, soshal at mas mahal) or UberX (mas pang-working class).

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  4. piliin ang Pickup Location. puwede mo i-drag ang map sa background hanggang makita mo kung nasaan ka. puwede mo i-set ang Pickup Location ng kaibigan mo at destination naman ang bahay niyo kung kinakailangan! :D this is convenient lalo na kung nagpapasundo ang isang friend mo at di ka makapag-drive!
  5. pindutin ang Fare Estimate para malaman kung magkano ang maaring bayaran sa Uber. Dito mo na rin pipiliin ang destination mo.

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  6. kapag OK ka na, mag-‘Back’ lang at pindutin ang Request UberX or UberBlack. pero kung may promo code ka, pindutin ang Promo Code at ilagay ang promocode gaya ng uberbadudels143 para maka-libre ng hanggang P200 sa FIRST TIME mo mag-uber! :)

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  7. after this, magko-confirm ang isang uber driver at lilitaw ang user name, plate number, make and model ng masasakyan mo kaya hindi ka magkakamali ng sasakyan. kung susuwertehin ka, baka Ferrari pa ang sumundo sayo! See the lucky Uber riders here!

Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

mga linya ng mga pinaparang taxi driver.

almost everyone i know on facebook in metro manila has been protesting against the ‘criminalization’ of uber, grabcar, and other ride-sharing services in manila. pero huwag mag-alala, may Premium Taxi naman na pino-propose ang LTFRB.

nakaka-inis lang. sabi nga ni James Deakin, “why reinvent the wheel?”

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and finally, ito lang na-isip ko ngayon isulat. dahil sawang-sawa na akong ayawan ng mga taxi. ang dami nilang palusot pero nagrereklamo sila bakit pakonti na ng pakonti ang kita nila. heto ang ilan sa mga linyang sawang-sawa na ako na marinig tuwing sasakay ako ng taxi.

1. “Trapik doon, ser!”

sa maynila ngayon, wala na yatang lugar na hindi trapik. kaya irrelevant yan kuya.

2. “Dagdagan niyo na lang.”

eh kung mabait naman kayo, di ako magdadalawang-isip na magbigay ng extra. huwag nyo kasi pangunahan ang kabaitan ng ibang tao sa pagka-gahaman niyo.

Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

constant reminder

i am diaspora. i have been uprooted and it is not easy to establish new roots when you’ve already grown so much. (in my case, i’ve grown VERY much horizontally rather than vertically. :P) but here, everyday, i am reminded how everyone is a stranger. and how i am outsider.

a12and fortuitous enough, i just got to watch this video:

i’m surprised that i’m this old already and i just found out Puerto Rico isn’t exactly a sovereign country!

all i could say after watching this again is, “RELATE!”

Day Trip to Baguio City!

Work required me to go to check our old site in Baguio. So I thought it was a good time to start vlogging.

Ang hirap pala! Nakaka-conscious! parang feelingera lang talaga yung dating when you record yourself on video. i tried being discrete pero di pala puwede kapag vlogging. And then, editing is so difficult and stressful. Or maybe just because my video recording were just really bad. Hahaha! but yeah… it kinda sucks. or maybe nagmamadali lang utak ko ngayon. Parang ayoko na tuloy. hahaha!

anyway, this is still just a test. i used my lenovo phone to record so it’s pretty obvious the quality of my vlog will be really bad. i reserved my camera’s memory for actual work and more important stuff like documentation. still, i think it’s a good start. saka na ako mag-aaral ng matindi ng video editing. i already have lightworks installed pero ang hirap nga niya gamitin. movie maker is so basic, it kinda sucks. still, nagsisimula palang naman tayo. :)