Monday, 2 February 2015

This Video Shows We Can't Follow a Simple Rule - SM North EDSA Pedestrian Crossing

In 2012, I wrote about SM North EDSA's bright initiative of putting up signalized pedestrian crossing facilities.

SM North EDSA pedestrian crossing

But then, later on, this happened! It was sometime in 2013 when I was stuck in SM North EDSA due to an official assembly that did not push through.

I was supposed to meet with a car-driving colleague so that I can hitch a ride going to the assembly venue.

Unfortunately, the event had to be cancelled for some reasons.

So instead of heading back home, I decided to take my usual dose of coffee and a couple of doughnuts in a certain coffee shop inside the mall. I was sitting by the window by then, with the view of the pedestrian crossing lane fronting EDSA corridor.

The traffic lights in the crossing facility were working. Then after a few minutes of watching the mall goers crossing, I saw something that made me record a video.

It is disappointing to find out that most of the time, we hear people complaining a lot about how bad traffic in Metro Manila is. Little do they know that at the outset, the problem is actually lurking within them.

Take this one for example. Pedestrians simply ignored the traffic lights as they cross the road.

What are your thoughts on this?

How about you? How do you behave on the road?

Monday, 12 May 2014

Manila's Anti Smoke Belching Unit Caught Racing in the Steet: Advocacy and Official Function at its Best?

I guess we can't just get enough of this thing - veteran journalist Ira Panganiban posted these photos on his Facebook page, showing a group of men on motorcycles seemingly waiting for the guns mighty bang to start the race.

Anti Smoke Belching Unit of Manila (ASBU) on street race

Their shirts bear the print "ASBU Manila", which stands for "Anti Smoke Belching Unit" of Manila.

Anti Smoke Belching Unit of Manila (ASBU) on street race

But indeed, they were on a race on Osmena Highway, as per description by Panganiban.

It goes with the irony, doesn't it? These guys are supposed to be government employees, tasked to police smoke belching in Manila city. Yet, they can't police themselves; They violate a simple helmet law.

That guy driving the second motorcycle from the left is wearing a woven hat. How amazing!

Anti Smoke Belching Unit of Manila (ASBU) on street race

Anti Smoke Belching Unit of Manila (ASBU), which I bet is under the office of Mayor Estrada should be looked into.

Motorists attitudes on the streets like these can be punishable acts according to the Department of Justice.


There are serious threats borne by racing in the public streets but these guys look like they're held up high with their throttles.

Dang, after a long and quite hiatus on this blog, I finally found a subject to post about.


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

No free rides on Jan. 9 for Black Nazarene Devotees

There will be no free ride for the Black Nazarene devotees on January 9 (Thurs), the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said on Tuesday.
Devotees are expected to troop to Luneta and Quiapo on the said date. As per past conducts of the feast, LRT ridership tend to increase as people flock to Manila's busy district Quiapo.

Feast of the Black Nazarene

That said, LRTA spokesman Cabrera said, barefoot passengers will be allowed to board the LRT trains.
The feast of the Black Nazarene is when a "life-sized, dark wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross" is being carried out for public veneration.

Urban walkers out there - beware of the increase traffic volume on the said date. Better plan your routes wisely.

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