Will greedy cab drivers make GrabTaxi/GrabCar lose its shine? 

I used to be so in awe of GrabTaxi that I could be appointed as an unofficial brand ambassador. I literally tell all my friends and officemates and anyone who cares to listen about how it’s the best innovation after sliced bread.  This is the sad reality when you live in a country where transportation…

PUJ Chronicles

If you have to go somewhere in this country, in one time or another, you have to ride a jeepney. Considered the “King of the Road” in this country, there is no street where you will not find this popular mode of local transportation. Thing is– the inside of a jeepney is a mini-ecosystem in…

Cab You!

If there’s one thing I hate (with a passion) right now — it’s taking a Goddamned cab. For the non-Pinoys and the uninitiated, the price of riding cabs in Manila have increased tremendously a few months back. Flag down rate in Manila used to be 30 pesos plus a P2.50 addition for every X number…

TrenSpotting Series: Commuting with the Walking Dead

This was how it was earlier at the Guadalupe MRT — like layers of zombies shuffling aimlessly waiting for salvation in the form of a (long-arriving) train. This picture is not my property I swear to the Higher Power that I will no longer leave the house later than 8AM. The commute going to Ortigas…

TrenSpotting Series: The post about the magic stick

If you’re a train-riding public like me, then you must have seen it. “It” meaning that funny little contraption used by security guards when checking your bag before you board the train. And with various security threats usually hounding the metro, that little contraption keeps us all safe and well, eliminating all possible means of…

Inflight entertainment – the Pinoy way

WOHboy…we Pinoys really had to take it much further…. When this video of dancing flight attendants first caught my attention on YouTube (and in the news), I really don’t care much: After all, while we have to admit that this gimmick by CebPac is a bit trite and tacky, we must admit that the dancing…

All I want for Christmas is yooooooou…!

Seven days before Christmas and I am unveiling my Christmas wish list. I pretty much stopped wishing and asking for a lot of material stuff, mainly because the Lord has been very kind to me–my husband and I. He has given me too much, and even answered some of my deepest wishes and fondest dreams….

Christmas + Manila = Hell

I’ve just been to hell and back, and I survived. If you don’t believe in hell — spend Christmas in the Philippines. Stay in Mega Manila and decide to shop for presents from 2PM-onwards on any of Manila’s biggest malls and shopping centers. If you’d like the “Singapore shopping experience” then head to Makati, to…

TReNSPOTTING

I needed to be somewhere slightly North last Friday (I live in the Southern part of the City) and required the use of the local train (we call it the Mass Rail Transit or MRT, similar to what the HKongers call their public train system). Unlike the HK train transit which is very convenient and…

Nothing like PDA to wake you up in the morning

One of the reasons why I eschew public transportation is my low tolerance for anything that requires contact with my fellow human beings, especially if their in the midst of doing something execrable. This is the same reason why riding cabs (if I have the money) or walking (if my destination is near enough) are…