Safety Precautions This New Year

December 28, 2016
New Year’s Day is the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. It is the time at which a new calendar’s year counts increments by one and is observed on January 1. In present day, New Years Day is the most celebrated public holiday, where many Filipino families unite on New Year’s Eve celebrating a midnight meal known as the Media Noche. This is a week after the Christmas’ Noche Buena. Filipinos believe that we should put as much food on the table so that you will have food all year round.

New year Precaution
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Aside from the traditions and superstitions to wear polka- dots prints or any circular designs to symbolize money, display twelve round fruits at the table for good luck, and for children to jump as high as they can so they would grow up tall, it is commonly observed with lighting fireworks making a lot of noise when the clock strikes twelve as New Year starts its reign.

Fireworks are Chinese inventions and were added to our traditions every New Year to bid the old year goodbye and welcome the upcoming year.

During the New Year’s Eve, in line with all the merriments, we still have to follow some safety precautions:

  • Handle fireworks with caution. Use only authorized firecracker products and must buy only legal firecrackers from reputable stores and always read instructions and make sure to take all the necessary precautions before lighting them.
  • When firecrackers fail to ignite, never attempt to re-light it. Otherwise, put it in a can of water and get rid of it.
  • When firecracker strand ignites, move away and do not stand over it.
  • If necessary you can install a smoke detector in your house to avoid tragedies of fire.
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and flammable materials. Check for flaming cigarette butts or firecrackers and extinguish it properly.
  • Wear safety apparel like baseball cap or hardhat, gloves, earplugs, facemask and goggles.
  • Use a flat solid surface with no dry grass when lightning firecrackers.
  • When someone got injured by a firecracker:
    • Clean the wound by running the injured body part with cold water to reduce heat level.
    • Have the burned area cleaned by dry cloth.
    • Apply a topical anesthetic burn spray or Aloe Vera lotion/ cream to moisturize the burned area.
    • Apply an antiseptic cream to the burned area and if necessary wrap it with clean soft sheets or gauze.
    • If there are pains, take an analgesic like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
    • If the burn is serious enough and cannot be handling by home remedies, the victim must be brought to the nearest hospital for medical treatment to avoid nasty infection or a bad case of tetanus.
  • It is important to know what firecrackers are authorized to be used and those that are not. Go with fountains, lucis, sparklers, roman candles, and trumpillo. Bamboo canon is also familiar but to some who are adventurous, they will use the 5 star, “sawa”, Super Lolo, or maybe kwitis.
  • Never get too drunk if you are driving home after the eve whether a car, motorbike, or bicycle.

To most Filipinos, lighting fireworks is a common belief that it would drive off bad luck and cast out malevolent spirits. New Year practices and traditions like this is a great part of our culture and describes a lot about the Philippines, however let us not just put out of our mind to be very extra vigilant.

Jarvis by Mark Zuckerberg: Released December 20, 2016

December 25, 2016
Building a simple AI (Artificial Intelligence) to run Mark Zuckerberg’s home was his personal challenge in 2016. Just like Jarvis in Iron Man, his focal goal was to gain knowledge about the state of artificial intelligence, but these challenges led him to learn more than what he expected. This has actually given him an enhanced logic of all the internal technology and an overview of home automation.

jarvis by MArk
Image (Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook)            

Jarvis is a simple AI, a digital butler that can be use to control Zuckerberg’s home. This is by simply talking to his phone through the application that he built, it can control everything including lights, appliances, music and security, temperature. It can learn his tastes and patterns, learn new words and concepts, and can entertain his daughter Max.

It uses several artificial intelligence techniques, including natural language processing, speech and face recognition, and reinforcement learning, written in Python, PHP, and Objective C.

One best thing about Jarvis is that it can recognize people at the gate, it lets them in automatically and tell Mark about it. If Mark doesn’t want to talk, he can text Jarvis through the Messenger bot and it will follow his command.

While coding, Mark encountered some predicaments like connecting and communicating with all the different systems in his home. He need to write a code to connect all his systems, which all speak different languages and protocols. Another thing is that most appliances are not yet connected to the internet and it is impossible to control some of these using internet-connected power switches that lets you turn the power on and off remotely.

He wrote a code so his computer could control his home which he can use as his foundation in controlling his home. He made this code so he can exchange a few words using text messages, and afterwards he added the ability to speak and translate his voice into text for Jarvis to read.

The keywords is somewhat important here, like “living room”, “lights”, and “on” to determine that he was telling Jarvis to turn the lights on in the living room. It must be clearly stated, like if it’s in “ family room” or “bedroom” or “living room” or “Max’s room”. For instance if Mark asked Jarvis to play a song, he should include where because it might end up playing music in Max’s room while she was taking a nap.

Music to some extent is appealing but more complex because there are too many artists, songs and albums to hold, unlike in lights that can only be turned on or off. One example of this was a request connected to Adele: “play someone like you”, “play someone like adele”, and “play some adele”. If you will take a look at it, these three sounds alike, but each one is a totally dissimilar category of request. “Play someone like you” is to play a specific song titled Someone Like You. “Play someone like adele,” is suggests an artist like Adele, and “Play some Adele” is to play music of Adele something like a playlist.

One difficult part of this project is the face recognition but very useful when your friends are at your door and your AI needs to find out who they are through the cameras that were installed.

Jarvis was programmed on a computer, but in order for it to be at its use, you have to exchange a few words with it anywhere you happen to be. Along with that, Mark can also use his phone. How? Mark created an App called Messenger Bot, working across both iOS and Android. In that way he can communicate with Jarvis by texting it and it will instantly be relayed to the Jarvis server and process it.

Texting is as important as voice and speech recognition. Jarvis could listen endlessly to what he says because of the dedicated Jarvis app that he built. This app allows him to situate his phone on a desk and just have Jarvis pay attention.

Morgan Freeman is a popular American actor with an authoritative voice and calm behavior. He is lending his iconic sound to Mark Zuckerberg and will record only limited set of commands.

For Mark, this project was fun and rewarding and he is looking forward to sharing what he learn and he is open to suggestions to make it more effective.

Imagine every home sitting on this planet to have artificial intelligence embedded onto its walls. Could this be our future? What outcome can these phenomena have?

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Free Education for Filipinos Starting Next Year

December 25, 2016
For the first time in the history of the Philippines, free tuition fee for college education is indeed an accomplishment of the Duterte administration who once promised during the election period that they will improve the country’s education sectors with full support of the legislative department of the government.

Free Education In the Philippines

Due to the realignment of P8.3 billion of the Senate in the 2017 budget of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), students enrolled in State Universities and Colleges (SUC) do not have to pay their tuition fee starting next year. This additional budget will cover tuition fee of students in SUCs which was discussed during the Senate deliberations for the 2017 budget and was later approved by the Congress and Senate to be included in the 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA) under the administration of President Rody Duterte.

During the Lower and Upper House deliberations of the 2017 national budget, this proposed budget was questioned by Sen. Panfilo Lacson and named as a form of pork barrel because there were reports that the House lawmakers originally wanted to include the P8.3 billion in the DPWH budget to provide for development projects of the AUTONOMOUS Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), but senators wanted the fund allocated to the CHED instead.

The congressmen eventually conceded to the senators during the bicameral conference committee for the national budget.

CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan said in an interview, “That’s purely for tuition fee, that’s purely to remove tuition from the student expenses. We cannot spend P8.3 billion on anything else except to compensate the schools for the fact that they can no longer charge tuition fees.”

She also added that CHED is working with other government agencies for the implementing guidelines on how to utilize the budget which will be part of the 2017 General Appropriations Act now awaiting the signature of President Duterte.

Licuanan also appended “Logistically, it will be difficult. How do you share, how do you divide the P8.3 billion with 113 SUCs (and the University of the Philippines), and what formula do you use? The implementation will be a bit of a challenge, but that’s the intention of the P8 billion.”

Napoleon Imperial, CHED deputy executive director, said that the commission would coordinate with the Department of Budget and Management to regard issues regarding fund utilization. He added, “CHED wants to ensure that the implementation / guidelines are defined properly to be able to manage the huge amount of funds accordingly.”

Kabataan Party -List Rep. Sarah Elago praised the allocation of the budget and called it a step in the right direction for SUCs. She also said, “This is a victory for the youth movement which has long fought for the right to education. This is great news for the nation’s youth and their families, especially the poor and the marginalized.”

She added, “I also call on student councils and student governments, as well as the regents and the trustees, to conduct student consultation summits to help shape and monitor the implementation of the tuition-free policy. We must do everything in our power to have it implemented quickly and with a positive effect on students and the SUC community. We do not expect this to be easy; we are fighting a decades-old problem that infected SUCs with the wrong notion on tuition. Some SUCs may insist on violating the spirit of the Congress decision, but we will patiently and unequivocally fight them.”

In a testimonial prepared by Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, chair of the Senate committee on education, arts, and culture – called the Senate’s initiative as a “major reform that will greatly benefit Filipino families.”

There has been a story published prior to the 2016 elections on the feasibility of a tuition-free policy as promised by several candidates then including Presidential candidate Grace Poe, and Senatorial candidates Sherwin Gatchalian and Walen Bello.

With this great news, students can now be stress-free in regard to their tuition fees because these calls will soon be answered by the government. This implementation is a great way of starting the promised improved education in our country which can be a big step towards becoming a solid and advanced nation. 

Bicol International Airport (BIA): Soon to Open

December 25, 2016
It was early of 2006 when government officials planned and discussed the feasibility of an international airport in Legazpi, also known as Bicol International Airport (BIA). It was March 4 and 5, 2006 to be exact when the officials in Daraga, where the airport would be constructed as discussed by the Barangay captains of Alobo, Inarado, Kinawitan, Burgos and Mabini to convert the agricultural lands into industrial lands for the airport; many families were displaced from the construction.

Bicol International Airport

It will be the first international airport to be built in Bicolandia and would be evidence to economic growth in the region and of the dreams of Bicolanos. The Bicol Regional Development Council, after much delay, has newly announced that it would soon be finished in July 2017. BIA will now be included in the lists of international airports in the Philippines.

It was July 2007, when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the DOTC (Department of Transportation AND Communication) to fast track the paperwork and official procedure of the planned new airport and released 85 million pesos for its advance engineering study. During that time, Tourism Secretary Ace Durano, has assured the allotment of 250 million pesos for the purchase of land. On November 2007, pre-construction activities such as feasibility study and site development planned have been completed.

The airport was originally scheduled for completion in 2014 but due to construction delay, the project was expected to be finished at an unspecified date before 2016. In June 2015, it was reported that the construction is 47% done and would be finished in July 2017. At some time in July 2016, it was reported that the construction would be delayed further and would be finished in August 2018.

In September 2012, the Budget Department released 4.6 billion pesos to support the public-private partnership (PPP) projects of the DOTC. The airport will receive a total of 2 billion pesos for the development and to fund the engineering of runways and taxiways.

BIA was a 4.7 billion peso project and is on a 200-hectare plateau, 15 kilometers from Mayon Volcano. Some sources name it Southern Luzon International Airport and will replace the old domestic airport, Legazpi Airport in Legazpi City hosting local flights to and from Manila.

According to Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, the new international airport would pave way for a safer and faster means of transportation. People who will travel abroad who are residing in the Bicol Region will no longer have to travel going to Manila for their international trips especially the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). He thanked President Rodrigo Duterte, who graced the groundbreaking ceremony last December 8, for approving the BIA project. He also said, “He lost here during the elections; nevertheless, he still showed that he is doing his job. What took the previous administration three years to do; he was able to do in four months.” What he was talking about was the release of 700-million peso funds for the construction of the landslide facilities of the BIA.

Salceda added, “Duterte knows what the people need and care about every day. Here in Bicol, our strongest potential is Tourism.” The congressional representative also said that the projects would create 100,000 more jobs for Bicolanos.

He later concluded, “We owe it to Duterte for being decisive,” since the construction has been delayed for over a decade after two former Presidents, Gloria Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III, failed to implement the project. They put the blame on former DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya for not prioritizing the project.

Another good thing about this is that the more tourists will visit the region for attractions like Camarines Sur Water Sports Complex and the Caramoan Islands that will encourage economic growth and tourism in the Bicol Region.

It would be an advantage to many businesses from different business industries once BIA is fulfilled because of reduced travel time.

Daraga Mayor Gerry Rodrigueza Jaucean said in an interview, “We’re grateful to the President for fulfilling the Bicolano’s dream to have an international airport. This is the realization of our quest to become one of the booming regions in the country.”

Top Destinations to Spend Christmas Here in the Philippines

December 18, 2016

Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in the archipelago. Philippines celebrates the longest Christmas season in Asia with 90% of most Filipinos are Christians and 80% are Catholic. This is the time where families and friends unite. You can hear Christmas carols as early as September and usually lasts until the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9. The church observe this season and formally start the celebrations from the beginning of Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo on December 16 until the Feast of the Epiphany or Feast of the Three Kings on the first Sunday of the year. Simbang Gabi is a way of thanksgiving, worship, petition or simply fulfilling someone’s wish for it to come true (as they say).
Top Destination to spend Christmas
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In urban areas like Metro Manila, most offices organize parties and are usually held during the second week of December, right before schools and universities go on holiday. Most schools organize Christmas Party, and common activities includes Kris Kringle or Monito/Monita; there also are parlor games that they do in order to push with the celebration. Food is provided through potluck, or through money contributions to buy food.

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One Christmas traditions that’s very common to Filipinos is the Christmas trees. Another is the parol or lantern which symbolizes Buddha’s power to disperse and to disrupt the power of evil and darkness. Christmas decorations are glamorous and catches eyes of people who observe them.

While some people are very busy shopping on malls for Christmas gifts, some are planning to have a Christmas vacation with their family anywhere in the country. Having a vacation, particularly a Christmas vacation is a perfect gift. Here’s a list of the most affordable places to visit during the Christmas season:

1. Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Located in the western provincial island of Palawan. It is a popular tourist city with many perfect beach resorts, natural wonders and great seafood restaurants. It has been acclaimed as the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines. It is a truly great spot for families who plans to celebrate Christmas and New Year away from civilization.

2. Boracay Island 

This island is surely a paradise you will enjoy during Christmas break. It is a perfect place to get away from urban jungles. Most of their crowds are single, and couples who enjoys night life and big crowds.

3. Panglao Isaland, Bohol 

Its primary tourist attraction are its coral white sandy beaches of which Alona Beach has. Panglao is known for snorkeling and diving sites like Arco Point, Kalipayan, Napaling and Puntod. Compare to Boracay , Pangao has less night life and it also has less crowds. A perfect Christmas destination. . The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon is the second oldest church and is made of coral stonework. The stones were reportedly cemented together with the whites of a million eggs. Another good place to visit is the Tarsier Sanctuary in the town of Corella. Perhaps Chocolate Hills is the most famous site in Bohol with a unique geological formation of more than 1700 mound-like hills spread over a 20 square mile area.

4. Baguio/Banaue 

During Christmas holidays, most people prefer spending their vacation in Baguio to experience cold temperature. Aside from being the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”, this is also often considered as the “Winter Capital of the Philippines”. It also have many places to visit which includes the Botanical Garden, the Asin Hotspring, Burnham Park, Rice Terraces, etc. You will also enjoy their sidewalk bazaars and flea markets without spending too much.

5. Cebu City 

The second largest city in the Philippines next to Metro Manila. It is also called the Queen City of the South which can offer iconic churches that can be visited during Christmas season. You will also enjoy the view of the giant Christmas tree in Fuente Circle, where colorful lights are light up every night throughout Christmas, New Year and up to the Sinulog Festival. Aside from their hotels, you will also enjoy their beaches.

6. Batanes

If you want to experience winter Christmas you can visit the northernmost province of the country situated in Cagayan Valley region. Batanes as they say is so beautiful, though it would costs more than the other destinations. They also have numerous hotels where you can stay during the Christmas break. Batanes is also known for its Arius trees or the Batanes Pine which they use as Christmas trees and decorate it with Christmas lights.

7. Puerto Galera, Mindoro

Another place where to spend Christmas to is the Puerto Galera, a small city on the North Coast of Mindoro Island. If you are fond of scuba diving and snorkeling this place suits you. Aside from that, you can go trekking in the jungle or the volcano.

8. Davao 

During the Christmas season this province flickers, and this is though the effort of the government and its people. Visitors from other location here in the Philippines and around the world will come to see it colorful decorations. They decorate the People’s Park, Eden Nature Park, Rizal Park, and the Matina Town Square with lights and décor for the people to watch every night. They also have are several interesting attractions that make Davao great Philippines vacation destination

9. Zambales 

One way of celebrating Christmas is by camping especially to families who enjoy the season in a comfy campfire setup, away from noise and pollution. There are places like Anawangin and Nagsasa Cove

It doesn’t necessarily matter where you spend your Christmas eve and Christmas day itself; it does not really matter how much you have spent. You can always find your own go to place to make your Christmas season a simple yet meaningful one. What does matter is that the true and essential meaning of Christmas still lies dormant and excited in our hearts and the thought of remembering Jesus Christ himself – that is what the most definite and meaningful Christmas thought you can give yourself.

Driver’s License to be released starting December 19, 2016 in Metro Manila

December 18, 2016
Are you part of the population who are currently hurting because your driver’s license is just a receipt? Well, a recent announcement made by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) rang bells to the ears of Filipinos. Because starting tomorrow, December 19, 2016, Driver’s licenses will now be released and the goal of the department is to complete it by February 2017. 

 

Officially, The LTO announced in a press release today, Sunday, December 18, 2016 that the driver’s license cards will finally be available starting Monday, December 19, 2016.

"The Metro Manila release of the cards will erase 700,000 of the 3-million backlog in 3-years valid driver's license cards. Rollout in other regions will follow, and is expected to be completed by February 2017," the LTO said. They also added that the cards will just be for those who registered during the 1st of January, 2016 until the 16th of October this year.

LTO Assistant Secretary also had a fair share of the release and had a few words. He reminded motorists well, everyone that they just need to present the official receipt of their payment in order to successfully claim their cards.

“I would like to caution all the claimants that they need NOT TO PAY a single centavo to claim their driver's licenses since they have already paid for it," said Assistant Secretary Galvante where he was quoted as saying.

Having this said, you should not have to cling to fixers to hasten the process because you shall not have to pay ANYTHING anymore because you have already paid for it. So avoid making deals with fixers that might ask you to pay thousands of pesos more which in the end won’t really hasten the claiming process.

Well for further information, back in 2013, the Commission on Audit (CoA) halted the production of cards which was handled by Amalgamted Motors Philippines Incorporated (AMPI). The CoA found that there was no “legal basis” to continue the production of cards because of the lack of proper contract. In simpler terms, the corporation’s contract with the LTO already expired in 2006.

Worry no more, driving population of the Philippines because this coming 2017, all of our prayers as regards to our license cards will not remain unanswered. With all the positive changes and adjustments that are happening, it is just right to be excited and merry because this news is a perfect gift for us this Christmas.

Along with that is the 5-year expiration that LTO implemented last month. With these updates, can we say that we Filipinos are being given the proper treatment and well-deserved gifts? Give us your feedback!

Philippine Long Weekends in 2017

December 17, 2016
After 365 days of 2016, it is slowly coming to an end. A lot of us would like to think about how long another year can be but it is truly just counting the days backwards. We have had long weekends in 2016 but there will be more in 2017; this happens rarely so I would suggest that you take advantage of this because you never know what year this’ll happen again. If I counted it right, we are entitled to have 10 regular holidays, 9 special non-working holidays, which would cost you only 3 days of leave that will result to 11 long weekends for the stretch of 2017.

Philippine Long Weekends in 2017
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This guide is good for travelers in such a reason that they would be able to know what dates they should file their leaves to achieve the long weekends. It also is good for planning cultivating activities and for family gatherings, etc.

January 2017
  • New Year’s Day – FRI (Dec 30, 2016), SAT (Dec 31, 2016), SUN (1)
April 2017
  • Holy Week – THUR (13), FRI (14), SAT (15), SUN (16)
May 2017
  • Labour day – SAT (29), SUN (30), MON (1)
June 2017
  • Independence Day – SAT (10), SUN (11), MON (12)
  • Eid’l Fitr – SAT (24), SUN (25), MON (26) *LEAVE, TUE (27)
August 2017
  • Ninoy Aquino Day – SAT (19), Sun (20), MON (21)
  • National Heroes Day – SAT (26), SUN (27), MON (28)
October 2017 (Additional Non-Working Holidays)
  • All Saints Day – SAT (28), SUN (29), Mon (30)*LEAVE, TUE (31), WED (1)
November 2017
  • Bonifacio Day – THUR (Oct 30, 2017), FRI (1)*LEAVE, SAT (2), SUN (3)
December 2017
  • Christmas Day – SAT (23), SUN (24), MON (25)
  • Rizal Day – SAT (30), SUN (31), MON (1)

So here is the list of the long weekends that we will be experiencing in 2017. Again, it is essential to every employee to know this in order for them to achieve proper planning and to gain great results from their long weekends.

You might be thinking that this is a hoax or some kind of trick but no, this is 100% legitimate and these figures definitely astounded us when we first knew about it.

One thing to strongly take note of is that the Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha are just estimates. As we all know, these dates are based on Islamic or lunar calendar so it will always be right and proper if we wait for the announcement from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) for these national holidays.

Nevertheless, it is still going to be a good year because we seldom experience occurrences like this and this year, it is served to us in a platter.

So? What are you waiting for? Plan for a trip now; take advantage of this gift to us because these types of things are rare most especially for us Filipinos because we are busy people. Don’t know where to go? Keep following us and be updated to know more about trips and traveling.

List of Crimes Punishable by Death under Death Penalty

December 12, 2016
This year, a new president sat down and changed the lives of this nation under his ordinance. Along with that, citizens of our country are now observing the “change” that almost everyone has been yearning for. Having that in mind, the House of Representatives Justice Committee has approved the newly proposed measure to reinstitute death penalty in the country.



Before this, let me give you a quick background of death penalty here in our country.

It was obliterated in 1987 under President Cory Aquino’s administration but was revived in 1993 under President Fidel Ramos’s time.

Under his time, some of the crimes that were punishable by death were:
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Drug Trafficking; and
  • Murder
In 2006, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed a law that abolished capital punishment. This year, President Rodrigo Duterte a.k.a “Digong” is ready to have it back.

Under this, three (3) methods can be used in executing the death penalty which will be based on what I will about to list below. These three methods are:

  • Firing Squad
  • Lethal Injection
  • Hanging
The government bodies came to a decision to have people who are to commit these crimes and acts be nominated to death penalty. The Death Penalty Bill or House Bill 1 is now up for second reading. The bill was approved and had a vote of 12-6 without abstention.
  • Treason
  • Qualified Piracy
  • Qualified Bribery
  • Parricide
  • Murder
  • Infanticide
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping and serious illegal detention
  • Robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons
  • Destructive Arson
  • Plunder
  • Importation of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals
  • Sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution, and transportation of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals
  • Possession of dangerous drugs
  • Cultivation/Culture of plants classified as dangerous drugs
  • Unlawful prescription of dangerous drugs
  • Criminal liability of public offer for misappropriation, misapplication or failure to account for the confiscated, seized, or surrendered drugs
  • Criminal liability for planting evidence
  • Carnapping
Listed above are the crimes that are punishable by death penalty. If caught and if you have no acceptable reason and opinion, then you are most definitely rightful to receive it once it is officially out and in practice.

The reason why our government currently wants this to take effect is because they want to make their citizens feel safe and secured. By all of the things happening around us, a lot of people are getting scared in terms of being out and carefree. If this gets officially approved and practiced, many Filipinos will get reassured of their safety and contentment.

Home Remedies for Fever

November 23, 2016
A fever is a rise in internal body temperature to levels that are considered to be above normal. The normal or average body temperature is about 37ºC (in Celsius) or 98.6ºF (in Fahrenheit). And body temperatures that are above 100º.4F or 38ºC are generally considered to be febrile. It’s usually a symptom of an underlying condition, mostly often an infection. A part of the brain, the hypothalamus, controls the body temperature from the normal temperature and in response to an infection, illness or some other cause, the hypothalamus may reset the body to a higher temperature.

Fever is associated with physical uneasiness and causes depends on your age and physical condition. In children with fever are often caused by colds, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, vaccines, poor appetite, ear pain and lethargy. For adults, fever is dangerous if body temperature rises and if associated with heat injury such as heat stroke and stroke. But many believe that fever is a natural bodily defense against infection.

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Fever is easy to measure and it is your body’s way of fighting an infection, the fever will kill the bacteria and virus. A fever can greatly weaken the germs and severely limit their ability to reproduce. It also helps burn away toxins and stimulates the immune system. On the other hand high fevers can be dangerous for small children, when the body becomes too weak to handle the infection it will be extremely uncomfortable.

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There are numerous treatments to reduce high fever without using a fever-reducing medications like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen. Sometimes we just don’t have any of these medicines so better try a non-medical approach to lower the fever. It is important to do remedies before relaying to your doctor and if one with fever already looks very sick, if he’s drowsy or very fussy, or if he has a seizure. But we have to keep in mind that reducing the fever doesn’t help cure the illness and if temperature climbs high enough and if one feels really uncomfortable and becomes too weak to handle the infection , doing some remedies can help lowering the fever.

Here are some methods to cure a fever at home:

  • Place a cool, damp washcloth on the forehead while on rests and also under the arms. It can stimulate sweat that helps keep a body cool and improves blood circulation. 
  • Give a lukewarm bath or sponge bath. As the water evaporates from the skin it will bring the temperature down. Don’t use cold water. It can make the body shiver and may cause the body temperature to rise. Do not use a rubbing alcohol, it can make the skin feel cooler. It can cause a temperature spike and possibly alcohol poisoning. 
  • Offer plenty of fluids least eight ounces of water every two hours and chilled foods to help cool the body from the inside out and keep hydrated. Our body can quickly lose moisture and get dehydrated by sweating and sneezing caused by colds and flu that are often associated with fever. Dehydration can cause temperature to rise and often leads to headaches, dizziness, muscle cramps, low blood pressures and seizures. Sports drinks for adults are acceptable liquids for re-hydration but must be use carefully because these drinks do provide electrolytes. Try diluting one part of water to one part of sports drink. For young children, consider a commercial electrolyte rehydration solution like Pedialyte which have been specifically designed for children’s bodies. 
  • Use a fan at a low setting and have it circulate the air around. 
  • Remove layers of clothing that can trap heat and make fever last longer. Wear loose, comfortable clothes to help the body relax and improve air circulation Use a light blanket if she’s shivering. 
  • Get plenty of rest so the body can heal faster by strengthening the immune system. It takes energy to fight an infection, and that can wear out a child or an adult. Rests is healing. Stress plays a role in illness too. 
  • Stay indoors. It is better to rest indoors where the air is dry and the temperature won’t change too much 
  • Avoid smoking because it can suppress the body’s immune system. Smoking on the other hand requires the body to fight harder against viruses and bacteria. Children should not be exposed to secondhand smoke when they have fever. 
  • Reduce too much caffeine intake because it stimulates water excretion and excessive intake can lead to dehydration. 
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, whether it is beer, wine or another drink. It weakens the immune system, making it harder for the body to recover quickly. 
  • Take a fever-reducing medication if fever is very high. 
  • If fever doesn’t come down and the high body temperature lasts over seventy-two hours then you should see the doctor immediately.

Home Remedies for Acne

November 23, 2016

Our skin is important because it is the outermost layer of our body; it protects us from foreign not-so-good elements, unwanted bacteria that might cause illnesses and diseases, it balances out the heat that our bodies receive. Acne is a natural part of human development; in most cases, people get it from passing through puberty, some have it even after that because of genetics while some just have it of wrongdoing. In this article, we are going to relay some of the best and the most effective home remedies to treat acne.



First and foremost, let us first talk about what causes acne. Is it about not sleeping early? Is it about not cleaning your face all the time? The main actual causes of acne are:

  • Clogged pores
  • Bacteria
  • Excess Oil
  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Hormones; and
  • Certain medications 

Of course, that are not just the only things that cause acne. Researchers are also on the hustle of determining whether sleep deprivation, stress, and other aspects of modern life are connected to adult acne. An estimated 70-90% of young adults suffer from acne. Below are the list of the most effective and the best home remedies for acne.

Honey Face Wash


Most of us see honey as just an ingredient you could add to certain recipes and certain dishes. But aside from that, honey is also an effective element that could wary your skin from imperfections. It may sound strange but honey + cinnamon is actually well (literally) a killer duo in fighting pimples and acne. Honey is an effective natural anti-biotic to help wipe the blemishes out. The things that you will need are:
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • Paper towels 

Procedure:

1. Rinse your face with clean water and pat it out dry.

2. Mix your 2 tablespoons of honey with the 1 teaspoon of cinnamon until they are thoroughly blended and mixed.

3. Apply the made mask to your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off completely after doing so.

Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider causes bacteria to die because it becomes alkaline and it balances the pH level of your skin – it makes harder for bacteria to live in your skin. What you will need for this are:

  • Pure apple cider vinegar (unfiltered)
  • Fresh water

Procedure:

1. Wash your face with water and dry out with towel. With a part vinegar to 3 parts water, dip a cotton ball into the vinegar and apply it to the blemish.

2. Leave it for at least 10 minutes; apply it multiple times throughout the day. Take note: do not overdo it because it might cause your skin to break because of the concentration of the vinegar.

Egg Whites


Egg whites, if most of you are not aware, are an effective way to fade scars and reduce acne that are left by blemishes. How does it help the skin? Well egg whites contain a bulk of protein source and vitamins which are obviously helpful for the skin because it combats acne and rebuild skin cells. The things you need for this are:

  • 2 to 3 egg whites (yolk separated)
  • Bowl
  • Washcloth

Procedure:

1. Rinse your face with clean water and dry it out with the washcloth.

2. Wisk the egg whites until they are frothy; let it sit for a few minutes.

3. Cover your face with it. Usually 3 to 4 layers is enough for it to be fully efficient. A good tip is to let the first layer dry before applying another layer.

4. Allow your mask to sit for 20 minutes to half an hour before rinsing it off completely with lukewarm water and pat dry using the washcloth.

Milk, Honey, and Yogurt


We’ve all heard of the rumors that spread around about dairy products causing acne but applying it to your skin actually causes it to improve your unwanted outbreaks and your tone. Overall, the two substances evens out irritated skin causing the imperfections to smooth out. What you will need for this are:

  • 1 tablespoon of low-fat or full-fat yogurt milk (anything but skim)
  • 1 tablespoon of natural, raw honey

Procedure:

1. Allow your milk or yogurt to come (or at least close) to room temperature so your skin won’t be shocked when you apply it.

2. Have your 1 tablespoon of milk/yogurt mixed thoroughly with 1 tablespoon of honey.

3. Dip cotton pad and scoop up and apply it to your face. You can either have it sit on your face or just pat it up, whatever works fine.

4. Let it be on your face for a good 10-15 minutes and rinse it off using a washcloth gently to get rid of loosened dead skin.

5. Moisturize after going on with the whole process.

Papaya


If you’ve been living under a rock, papaya is a relevant and essential ingredient in beauty products and a lot are amazed of it as well. Plain-raw papaya is an all-natural acne remedy that eradicates dead skin cells and helps reborn new ones leaving your skin soft, smooth, and fresh. What you will need for this is:

  • Papaya

Procedure:

1. Rinse your face with clean water and pat dry.

2. Mash up the face of the papaya until its texture and consistency can be properly applied to your skin. Leave it there for 15-20 minutes and then completely rinse it off with warm water.

3. ***If your skin dries after doing this process, then use a moisturizer to avoid skin dryness that can worsen your acne.

Acne is not really everyone’s friend, it can cause you not to feel good – it can cause you to develop low self-esteem. Aside from that, it is a clear indication that you are not taking good care of your skin so after reading this, I recommend that you try any of these processes so that you can get a different result. As you can see, all of these are homemade items that you can easily find in your houses so, there’s really nothing wrong with trying, right?

Double Bonus for Public Teachers

November 23, 2016
Teachers here in our country are considered to be one of the professions that do not make a ton of fortune. This year, teachers in public schools which are 720, 000 in total will receive two bonuses which are the 13th and 14th month pay by yearend.

Public school teachers who have the basic salary of P19, 077 are in the line of the following perks: a minimum of P5, 000 bonus which is based on performance (PBB); a yearend bonus worth P19, 077; P5, 000 in cash gift and another P5, 000 as productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) according to Teacher’s Dignity Coalition chair Benjo Basas. 

Double Salary Bonus for Public Teachers
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But teachers who stand to receive the maximum amount of P35, 000 in performance-based bonus can get the maximum amount of P64, 000. “This is an unprecedented amount,” Basas said, attributing the increase in part to the significant increase in teachers’ basic salaries.

“The PBB, year-end bonus and cash gift will all be released this month while the PEI will be given in December,” Basas mentioned.

Under the Salary Standardization Law-3, the performance based-bonus (PBB) incentive allows teachers and some other employees eligible for it stand to receive a bonus ranging from P5, 000 to P35, 000 which solely depends on the performance of their school and its employees for a fiscal year.

According to Basas, only about 2% of DepEd’s teaching force could get the maximum amount of PBB. On November 3, DepEd Secretary Briones assured the TDC that the PBB will be released this month (November) and that the total YEB will be released before the end of this year.

Taking all of these bonuses and incentives, last year, an entry-level teacher got a total of P16, 774 in bonuses while about a small number of teachers received the maximum amount of P46, 744, Basas said.

Now, being a teacher is not all about making money; it’s not about getting a very lucrative pay every month. Teachers do not yearn to become millionaires or such because they can expect firsthand that their profession is not a money-making machine. What good to they get, you may ask. Well, the nobility that they earn from teaching other people what they know is the main price of their careers.

Imagine, if you are a teacher and you see your student becoming the president of our nation, wouldn’t that make you proud? Teachers should always be followed because they are duly put in that position for a reason. They undergo tests and exams just for them to push through to teach students like us.

This year, teachers should expect a more merry Christmas because of the bonuses they are ought to receive before the year ends.

The BPO Industry is booming in the Philippines

November 17, 2016
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is one of the most dynamic, robust, and fastest growing sectors in the Philippines right now and plays a major role in the country’s growth and development. It provides quality jobs and encourage economic activity and investment throughout the entire country. The BPO industry in the Philippines has ‘edged out India’ as the call center leader of the world.



The BPO industry started from a single contact center which is the Accenture Global Resource Center and was founded by Frank Holz in 1992. This marked the beginning of the local BPO industry in the country.

The Philippine Congress passed the Special Economic Zone Act in 1995, thus establishing the Philippine Economic Zone Authority which provides lower area requirements for developments and tax incentives. This Act consequently attracted foreign investors.

It was 1997 when Sykes Asia set up a shop and becomes the first multinational BPO in the Philippines. Then came Jim Franke and Derek Holley, founder of eTelecare, as the first call center in the country.

In 2001, US-Based outsourcing center called People Support had its operations moved to the Philippines, generating 8,400 jobs for the country. Followed by the Convergys Corporation in 2003 which opened up two more call centers here in the Philippines. It was the time when Jack Freker, the President of Convergys Corporation, announced the incorporation of the Philippines in the revenue generation plan and the global expansion of the company.

In 2005, accounting for 2.4% of the country’s GDP, the Philippine acquired over 3% of the global BPO market. A year after, with ePLDT Ventus leading in the BPO industry, domestic economy increased by 5.4%, thus 11,000 more people were employed. In 2010, the Philippines were then declared the world’s BPO capital. From this point, the BPO industry continued to grow and generate more revenue, with the industry providing the most job opportunities in the private sector.

The unemployment rate stayed between 8-11% in the Philippines since 1980s. The BPO industry has the most substantial contribution to economic growth.

Due to the lower costs of producing specific goods in another country, outsourcing has become a common business strategy for many multinational firms. There are two common practices of outsourcing and these are using the third party outsourcing or a captive market. This two is different based on the level of management, cost effectiveness, or the need for managerial control. Third party outsourcing using project based is primarily used for business activities with irregular frequencies or one-off projects. The usual costing method makes use of time and material costs and the fixed costs. The Dedicated Development Center is primarily used in business cases when there are hanging requirements. It could be used for some long-term goals for developing technology or software. This is preferred when resource requirements are lower in the outsourced country than the home country hence developing a comparative advantage. The customers are changed for fixed fees, which are all the wages of full-time employees.

In the Captive markets, the core or crucial business activities are needed to be run at cheaper costs. The rationale for employing such a setup is to cater to long term strategic plans involving high managerial control. The two major ways of setting up a captive market are the DIY or “start from scratch” model and the Build Operate Transfer model. This way, the business practices and operations are still running within and by the film which mitigates risks of disclosure of sensitive information. In the Philippines a good example of this set up is American Express, JP Morgan, and Wells Fargo.

In the DIY, or “Start from Scratch” Model, the usual flow is for the company to develop all its resources in the new designated area or country of operations. This involves the purchasing of property and equipment. The acquisition of property and equipment is done by contacting a third party liaison in the country of operation. The companies that have high levels of market knowledge and analytics prefer this model.

In the Build Operate Transfer Model, the practice is to contact a third party vendor in order to develop a contract in which the vendor is the one who develops the property, sources the employees, and manages the BPO center for the first designated period or amount of time. After which the company who contracted the vendor comes in and takes over the operations. The common practice is to have managerial and training staff of the company join at some midpoint of the period of the vendor’s development to have specialized training in order for the employees to meet company standards. This model is preferred by companies that do not have any specialized expertise in the new country of operations hence needing a local partner or vendor to assist with market entry strategies.

The Philippines continues to be a promising prospect for the BPO industry. It was August 2014 when the Philippines hit an all-time high for employment in BPO industry, from 101,000 workers in 2004 to over 930,000 in just first quarter of 2014.

Growth in the BPO industry continues to show significant improvements here in the Philippines, and is projected to experience an overall positive growth rate in the next coming years. This year it has generated 1.3M new jobs with 17% annual growth. Industry experts predict the industry revenue to reach $55 billion by 2020.

Though the overall outlook in the BPO industry is positive, there remains the issue of forecasted threats cause by policy shifts undertaken by the country.

9 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Start your 2017

November 17, 2016
2016 went by fast and is now closing to a stop. In a month and a few days, 2016 will end and 2017 will open new doors, opportunities, and memories. Most people are wondering how they can kick-start their new year and a lot of people are thinking of ideas on how they can. In this article, I am going to relay nine (9) new year’s resolution ideas that you can ponder upon to start your new year fresh, clean, and vibrant.

Learn a Martial Art


It’s not a requirement but it would be better if you indulge yourself in exercise and learn new things simultaneously, correct? Learning a martial art is a necessity; it can be your physical and mental practice of pushing yourself to your limits. Yes, you can always hit the gym and lift but learning a martial art is different. It’s like learning how to speak a new language.



Practice Meditation


Scientists and researchers have proven benefits that meditation can do to our overall lives and bodies. To name a few, meditation:
  • It lessens stress 
  • It reduces your anxiety 
  • It helps you improve your mood 
  • Meditation is one great way of getting back your appetite 
  • It increases your brain’s grey matter which is responsible for muscle control, decision-making, and self-control 

These are just a few of the benefits of meditation so, schedule meditation sessions and lean back to peace and tranquility.

Improve yourself in the best ways you can


If this year kicked you around by having it deal you with mishaps and problems, try to look at yourself; assess yourself that maybe, the problem is sometimes in you. Try to improve yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It won’t hurt to try to improve yourself; if you cannot help others to change, start changing yourself.

Start Saving


When the next year comes to open, it is considered to be one of the best times to save money, and why? Because psychologically, it makes our brains think and it persuades ourselves more because everything is great, everything is new. Start saving on the 1st day of January 2017 and progress as the days go by. You’ll be shocked and excited when you notice your consistency.

Start Investing


Afraid of taking risks? Well, it is the new year, might as well plan on investing so that before 2017 ends, you would already have called yourself a risk-taker. Study investing and think about what it can do to you as a person. You will be fearless, you would study harder, you would benefit from failing because you would know what to do the next time you invest. In the long-run, you can find yourself swimming in a pool of success just because you took the leap and you risked what you have.

Write a Business Plan


I am not saying to start up a business right away when 2017 starts, all I’m saying is that you write a business plan so that you would have the ability to foresee what you can achieve in the business industry. Start by deciding on what you want to put up as your business, canvassing every cost you will make, planning business strategies, marketing, etc. You got to start somewhere, right?

Discover New Hobbies


Focus on being happy for yourself; do not always try to find your happiness in others. Learn new skills and discover new things for yourself. Take writing as an example; learn writing to express yourself effectively and emotionally. Practice smiling every time you need to see one, have fun and discover new things that you can do that would of course benefit you in whatever ways you can imagine.

Read More Books


Count the books you have read this year and try to double it in 2017. Reading is a means of learning, it is one way of showing yourself and the world that you have the mindset of learning on your own and from other people simultaneously. Yes, it might not be very beneficial physically but mentally and psychologically, you can be a pro, a guru of some sort if you read many books.

Incorporate prayer in your Daily Life


Many of us forget giving thanks when we are handed blessings in life. A lot of us tend to oversee what we have become that’s why we fail to remember God in every aspect we do. When the new year comes, try to deliver a short and simple prayer to give thanks to a brand new year ahead of us. We are given a new 365-day adventure, wouldn’t you be thankful for that?


These are just some of the few best ideas you can make for yourself this year. I am sure there are a lot more than that. Do you have any ideas of good and beneficial new year’s resolution that you can share to us? Did we miss out on some things we have listed above? Plan your new year and execute it accordingly so that you can have a start in living a new and grateful life.

5 Coziest Coffee Shops in and around the Metro

November 03, 2016
Whether it’d be for studying, for relaxing, hanging out, or simply a chill time with yourself, nothing beats a good ‘ole cup of coffee at an extremely serene and peaceful ambiance. Yes, whenever we talk about coffee, we immediately think of famous coffee shops or cafés like Starbucks, The Coffee Bean, UCC, etc., but there are coffee shops that offer less expensive treats and a more peaceful and tantalizing atmosphere. In this article, we will be sharing to you 5 of the coziest coffee shops in Metro Manila.



Caravan Black


When you think about it, the name sounds so sophisticated, well-thought of, and professional. Well yes, Caravan Black can bring out the hipster in you because of how it is designed and the drinks and treats that they can offer. It was recently opened in BGC (Taguig) and is still in its soft opening. With its design, atmosphere, and people, you will surely feel that you are in a place dedicated to sophistication and style.

4th Ave. cor. 27th St., Net Park Bldg., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Instagram.com/caravanblackcoffee


Shutter Café


“Shutter,” what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word? A camera, right? Photos, pictures, fun moments, etc. To tell you, this coffee shop in Tomas Morato is booming; with its photography-designed theme and vintage designs, this place is perfect for a snap to be posted on Instagram. Shutter Café does not only serve drinks with caffeine, they also serve fruit and milk teas, frappes, etc.

118 Sct. Dr. Lazcano St cor Tomas Morato near Tomas Morato, Sacred Heart, Diliman, Quezon City

(02) 413-6628

Instagram.com/shutter_cafe


Yardstick Coffee


Who says you can’t have a special time in coffee shops? The Yardstick at Legazpi Village, Makati stands to that saying. It actually is not difficult to fall in love with this place because of its big windows, serene ambiance, good light, you can really take time to yourself in this place. Its location is a perfect spot for relaxation because it resides in a quiet part of one of the busiest places here in the Philippines. Coffee, pastries, and other sorts of beverages can surely be found here.

G/F Universal LMS Bldg., 106 Esteban St., Legazpi Village, Makati.

Instagram.com/YardStickCoffee


Tenant


Probably one of my favorite places to hang out on because of the style and fashion that this place projects. It is a store/coffee shop that showcases fashion, sophistication, and trend. Since it is located in Makati, you can be assured that people who go here won’t just go here to make noise and to bug other people. Yes, it is safe to conclude that people go here to relax, share stories, and to take time in appreciating the beauty of fashion itself. They offer pastries, bread, different types of beverages, wine, and beer – yup, definitely one of my favorites.

G/F Solace Hotel, 9639 Kamagong St., San Antonio Village, Makati

+63 2 751-3086

Instagram.com/tenantmanila


Eight Ounce Coffee


Probably peculiar because of its location beside a gasoline station in Shaw boulevard but what they offer can certainly blow your minds away. It is a coffee shop slash kitchen from where you can order hot meals and beverages of different kinds. They also have cold brew bottles which will certainly catch those taste buds of yours.

1227 Pasig Boulevard, Pineda, Pasig

+ 63 2 650-5873

Instagram.com/eightounceph

How to Cool down your hot car quickly

October 18, 2016
Heat is a major issue here in the Philippines and it is getting hotter and hotter each and every day. For people who have cars, traveling is not really an issue because most vehicles have fair air-conditioning. One thing they should be thinking of is when they leave their cars under the sun for a time. It is such a frustration to get inside a car that is scorching with heat and of course, it bugs everyone for a few minutes until it cools down. Here in the Philippines, the weather is unpredictable and therefore, you need a few tips and reminders on how you can cool your car as quickly as possible.
How to Cool down your hot car quickly

Why bother to cool down a hot car when in fact it can cool eventually? Well some people might have this question in mind and to tell you, I also asked this question but after knowing its effects, I then ignored the question.
  • HEAT STROKE. The number one reason why you should consider cooling down your car with wits.
  • If you have kids or pets, their health might be affected negatively because of the stored heat inside your car.
  • The heat can damage the things inside your car such as gadgets, shoes, clothes, even paper.
These are just some of the things that you might experience if you neglect the idea of cooling down your car before you actually hop into it. To avoid these, here are a few of the tips that we have gathered to help you with this dilemma.

Use a sunshade


Sunshades are the things that would be very beneficial in times like this; these are the foil-like structures that people place in their windshields and windows to protect the interior of your car to heat up. The foil-like structure lets the heat bounce back thus, failing to enter the car.

Ensure that your sunshade covers the whole of the windshield because that’s where most of the heat comes from.

The air-condition strategy


Some people just use the air-conditioning system to put the heat away but instead, latching unto that idea does not seem to hasten the process. You can use air-conditioning but you should have vents on your windows instead. Give it a 5-minute rest and from there, I can assure you that the heat is tolerable.

You can also turn the engine together with the air-conditioning on while the windows are down and start driving to let the wind outside blow through the interior of your car so that it cools down faster – A little sacrifice for the long-term benefit.

The little space technique


Some people are aware of the heat when they leave their cars in open spaces so what they do is they leave a slight space in their windows so that when it gets heated up, the heat can escape through the spaces in the windows. Just make sure that the space is not that noticeable to avoid robbery or even carnapping.

All-in-one


Not to state the obvious but you can do all of these things at once in order for you to have the assurance that your car won’t get heated up at the maximum level. You can have sunshades, do the air-conditioning strategy, and the window spaces techniques. Doing this can prevent your car to lock the heat inside your car and can even disallow the heat from staying inside. Be mindful of security because leaving your cars in open space with windows even slightly open is a risk.

Summer is far but as I’ve mentioned, the weather here in the Philippines is unpredictable so it will be better if we just stay prepared. And besides, when summer comes and you have an open-space parking, you won’t be confused and you won’t panic on what you should do to avoid locking the heat inside of your vehicle.

LTO to implement 5-year license validity

October 16, 2016
After all the talks and rumors about the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) next move, this month is the month that the LTO finally calls the curtain about this. Early this year, there were sayings that the LTO plans on having a 5-year validity of the licenses and just a few days ago, it was officially released. A lot of things will change and these changes might or might not affect you but to shorten this and to get straight to the point, let us look deeper into this very good news.
LTO to implement 5-year license validity
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Starting this October year 2016, new drivers and licenses will have a 5-year validity meaning, the ID’s or licenses they would have will be valid for a good five years. Hooray for the new order because it will be very much beneficial since we won’t be hustling to LTO offices every after three years. This change is per Administrative Order No. 2016-034 of the Land Transportation Office.

What if I already have a license; do I have to apply for a new one?


Existing licenses will have the same validity until it is renewed. For example, your license will be expired this coming March; it won’t extend 2 years but renewing it this coming March will let it enter the 5-year validity order. In line with this is of course increase in the payments for both new and renewal applications.

How much would the new application and renewal fee cost?


We are used to just paying somewhere around P350. 00 for our new license, right? If it’s done in the right way, of course but now, the new application for a driver’s license would be P585. 00 which is obviously somewhere around 50% higher than what we are used to pay. If we were to include the application fee and the computer fees, in estimation you would have to pay P820. 26 for that. Renewal then costs P652. 63 and that is of course not including the penalties, the cost of the medical examination, etc.

We have had the problems of “no stock of cards” in many LTO Offices and of course, the body anticipated for that to happen. If in any case replacement cards or the new cards are not available when you renew your license, the official receipt of renewal can be used as a means that a new card is on its way to you. This simply means that the old card is still valid until the time comes that new cards are available.

This time, the government is really making it up to us by giving us benefits that we have been wanting for a very long time; having driver’s licenses extend its validity for two years is already a lot and we cannot thank you enough for that. I just hope that this is the start of change in the Land Transportation Office’s side and we hope that more good changes come.

Number Coding Window Hours

October 13, 2016
Because of the ramping amount of cars we have in our country today, having all of those go in one single moment can cause not only traffic, but congestions and accidents as well. In the Metro, we have few simple ways of controlling the volume of cars that go on roads everyday but in this article, we are going to share the most common way of controlling that volume and that is the number coding. Yes, we are going to give you the window hours of cities in Metro Manila that you should take note of in order for you to be aware and not pay penalty fees for it.

Number Coding Window Hours

Just to be clear, there is a penalty if you drive during your number coding day. If your plate number ends on a specific number, you are not allowed to let the car out during the day when it is observed. The number coding is as follows:

  • 1 and 2 - Monday 
  • 3 and 4 - Tuesday
  • 5 and 6 - Wednesday
  • 7 and 8 - Thursday
  • 9 and 0 - Friday

The number coding is suspended on the weekends. During special and national holidays, suspension of the number coding is also strictly observed. Take note that the number coding might be stretched before or after the date of the holidays. The penalty for not abiding to this is Php300. 00 and that, to tell you is the minimum amount – that is to be paid at the redemption center in Makati (Orense Street).

Of course, people would not agree with this without any considerations or thoughts. The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or also commonly known as the number coding scheme starts at 7:00pm – 7:00am. We would like to thank metromaniladirections.com for approving these exemptions from Director Virgel De Dios and the Office of the MMDA Chairman Inocentes:
  1. Marikina, Muntinlupa, and Taguig contains no number coding so drivers and other people can be carefree in driving around without the fear of getting stopped by authorities. But it is strictly enforced in National Roads like East Service Road, Manuel L. Quezon, C5, etc.
  2. The whole of Pasig City has window hours of 9:00am – 4:00pm.
  3. Makati and Las Pinas do not have window hours so that is the normal 7:00pm – 7:00am.
  4. Pasay City has number coding except on the following roads: Ninoy Aquino Avenue, MIA Road, Domestic Road, Portions of Airport Road, Sales Road, Tramo and some parts of Buendia.
  5. EDSA, C5, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Roxas Blvd (Pasay), all other National, City, and Municipal Roads have window hours regardless of the city (meaning one can drive via EDSA in Makati any day).
  6. For the rest of Metro Manila (Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Manila, Malabon, Navotas, parts of Pasay, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, and Valenzuela) number coding is in effect (window hours of 10am-3pm is also observed).
  7. The city of Parañaque implements the Number Coding Scheme, including the window hours (10:00am - 3:00pm), in the following roads:
  • San Antonio Avenue, Pres. Aguinaldo St., Dominique Savio St., Japan St., Michael Rua St., and -France St. in Barangay Don Bosco.
  • East Service Road from Dr. Santos Avenue up to FTI Parañaque area.
  • West Service Road from Dr. Santos Avenue up to Merville Park Subdivision Parañaque area.

Here are the updates of the window hours of the main cities in our country. Note that it changes from time to time so it’s best to contact the MMDA metrobase at 882-4151 – 77 local 213 and 255. Now you know the window hours of the number coding scheme, so it is best to follow rules and regulations in order to let yourself out of trouble

Beating the Modern Manila Traffic

October 13, 2016
If you have been living and working in the cities, you most likely had a taste of the Manila traffic. You also then would know what time this traffic comes into play. To cut things short, almost everyone who travels in the Metro are aware of this and just accepted the fact that the traffic is a natural phenomenon. Many leaders planned on dissolving this by coming up with ideas but none ever became successful. People devised a few ways on how you can break from stress when you are under the MNL traffic and here are a few of those.

Beating the Modern Manila Traffic

The magic of Waze


Recently, an app had been introduced to us to help us get from one point to another in the fastest ways possible. This application is called Waze and many people have been using it. Uber drivers, Grab drivers, even normal citizens use this in order to beat the traffic and to get to their destinations in the best and fastest ways possible.

You need to first download the free app on your Play Store or Apple Store and from there, you can start using it.

Being a nightcrawler


Few people travel during the times when people are scarce; the times when it is not office hours, when it is just dawn, or such times when people are still asleep or already asleep. Traveling during these hours can help you get to your destination faster because there are less volume of cars and less people in the streets.

Traveling at 5am is safe but traveling at 6am is already traffic. Until 11pm, traffic is heavy in EDSA and in some parts of Mandaluyong, Pasig, and Marcos highway. Traffic is really unpredictable but it is for certain that it is not yet existent earlier than 5am.

Commuting is actually a goodie


Driving with the awareness that traffic might consume you is a bit bummer. Many people consider and choose commuting over driving because when they commute, they can do other things that can entertain them that would not be appropriate when driving. These things are:

  • Chat with friends and relatives
  • Browse the internet
  • Sleep

These three are the main things you can do if you are commuting and hell you cannot do these things while you are driving. Another thing is that if you commute, you can save tons of amounts for gas and it can let you rest while you are in the passenger area.

Kill time before traveling


If you attend work and you have a schedule that touches office hours, then you probably think and think of going into war because of the traffic. Find activities you can do before heading home like sitting and having a coffee for an hour or two, going to the mall, eating with office mates, friends, or relatives, and other activities that can kill time.

Traveling is not an easy task; it is not also a difficult one if you know how to. Know the ins and outs of the Metro and how you can get to your destination by sacrificing, and thinking smart. The traffic is very unpredictable especially now. It is up to you how you handle and avoid the general Metro Manila traffic.

18 Facts about the Human Brain

October 09, 2016
Our brains are so powerful that they control the totality of our bodies and take note, it is just a single structure placed in one area of our bodies – our head. It is so powerful that it is the one responsible for the things we feel, the things we think about, our satisfactions, our senses, and all other things. Dubbed as the central processing unit of the human body, the brain is an amazing and wonderful part of being a human. There are certain things that most of you do not know about it and in this article, I will be sharing 18 of those to you and I can surely tell you that it will definitely blow your mind. 

  18 Facts about the Human Brain

1. If you think that the brain is just another organ, think again. The brain uses a total of 20% of all the oxygen and blood inside your body.

2. Thinking about its composition, you would think that this organ is spongy, right? Well part of it is correct because according to researchers, the human brain has the same consistency as tofu.

3. When we’re awake, the average human brain creates produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb.

4. The human brain can live for 4-6 minutes without oxygen; it then begins to die. Not being able to have oxygen for 5-10 minutes may result to permanent brain damage.

5. Our brain is a small laboratory for it produces more than 100, 000 chemical reactions every second. Isn’t that mind-blowing?

6. Human brains weigh about 3 lbs and no, it is not the largest brain. That title goes to sperm whales having 17 lbs of brains.

7. Unlike artificial intelligence, our brains do not have a limit to store memory – no it is not like the RAM of our computers. It is considered to have unlimited capacity.

8. Taste receptors which distinguish taste are not only found in tongues. Other areas include: stomach, lungs, intestines, pancreas, anus, and yes, the brain.

9. Want to be relaxed? Try sniffing a bar of chocolate because even the smell of it triggers theta brain waves which make us relaxed and comfortable.

10. Ever got drunk? Well many believe that alcohol makes you forget everything but no. When we get drunk, it is just that the brain temporarily loses the ability to create memories which cause us not to remember what we did last night…

11. When we learn something new, added brain connectors are not the only thing that happens – it also changes our brain structure.

12. Music is equivalent to sex and eating – for the brain at least. It triggers activity in the same brain structure that releases dopamine (sex and food).

13. Due to many released news of brain parasites, scientists now believe that the chances of a zombie apocalypse is now possible.

14. Like being in control? Sorry to say this but 95% of your decisions take place in the subconscious part of our minds.

15. The human brain is composed of over 100 billion neurons and a trillion glial cells.

16. In a day, the average person creates about 70, 000 thoughts. Who knows, maybe one of those is a million-dollar idea.

17. Even if it has billions of neurons, the actual brain cannot really feel pain because it has been proven that it does not contain pain receptors.

18. Laughing is actually a tedious task for the brain because just the simple act of laughing requires five different areas of the brain to work together.

The human brain is not just an organ because as you can see, it is what made this all up. Without it, nothing would be possible. Did you even think that the human brain is actually the one who called itself the brain? Didn’t that make your brain function?

8 Major Effects of Stress to your Body

October 09, 2016
It is inevitable; everyone gets it even the happiest and the most carefree people on earth can get this sometimes – stress. It is part of growing up because you learn how to think, you learn how to think of problems, you learn to find solutions and so on. A lot of us think that stress only hinders people from sleeping but in fact, there is a deeper and a lot more meaningful thought than just that. Stress can cause effects to our body that we most definitely would not like and in this article, we will be stating 8 major effects of stress on a person’s body.

8 Major Effects of Stress to your Body

It stimulates the immune system


Hearing it sounds not so bad, isn’t it? Technically, it is good for short-term but if you will look at it in a longer span of time, it is not really that great. Good for short term because it would help you heal wounds faster, it will help you get rid of infections but over time, it takes over the immune system making you more vulnerable to viral illnesses like fever, influenza, and the common cold.

The Digestive System


Under stress, your liver produces an ample extra amount of blood sugar to aid you have a short boost of energy and unused blood sugar is then reabsorbed by the body. This one’s good if you are active and if you can direct stress to physical activities but being under chronic or extreme stress, your body might not be able to cope with the blood sugar produced by the liver causing you to be susceptible to type 2 diabetes. Aside from this, stress can divert the direction of food inside your body which can cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation.

Muscle Pain


Yes, your muscular system is also affected when you’re under stress. You may notice that after being drowned in a lot of work, your muscles will release once you have relaxed or taken off. Being under constant stress can make muscles busy all the time and be tensed; not just in your torso but in your head as well. Causing headaches, backaches, stomachaches, and other “common” muscle pains you encounter. You may have had an experience before where you felt working out after being under extreme pressure and stress.

Your Respiratory Tract


Have you ever experienced breathing faster because you are stressing out on something? Well that act is true especially when you are under extreme stress. You tend to breathe faster in order for oxygen to be supplied faster to your body because it is a natural response of your body when under stress. If you have existing respiratory problems like asthma or emphysema, you will feel that it is difficult to breathe.

The Heart


Being stressed is also one of the main reasons why people have higher blood pressure. If you are stressed, tendency is your heart will pump faster in order to supply blood and oxygen throughout your body fast. Being under stress constantly can make your heart tired and you have higher risk of hypertension and/or problems with your arteries and your heart.

The Menstrual Cycle


Is have their menstruations late, early, even longer than before. I’ve had friends who experienced a total of 13 days bleeding because she is under pressure, stress, and emotional outburst. Ladies can have no menstrual cycle for months if they are under chronic stress or if they do have, they might experience painful periods and heavier flow of blood.

The Reproductive Sector


In both men and women, stress can be correlated to being infertile. Being under a lot of stress can make a man’s testosterone’s level to drop meaning – less sperm production = lesser chance of succeeding with a baby. Serious chronic stress can make a man be infertile.

Depression


Probably one of the most impactful effects on the human body is caused by depression through stress. We all know how real depression is and depression can be quoted to be the root cause of all of this. Not being able to eat, not being able to exercise, sleep, drink water, can all be causes of why these symptoms or these effects happen. One way or another, stress is not something you can just play with because eventually it can lead to serious and chronic depression.

Stress is not something that you should ever disregard because it is a serious thing. It is all processed in our brains and our brains are considered to be the center of our body, right? Imagine that center being bombarded with negativity, doubt, hatred, anger, greed, and all things ALL AT THE SAME TIME – how do you think your body would react? Beat stress by being positive; beat stress by eating right, sleeping tight, and thinking bright.

10 Ridiculous Laws From Around the World

September 18, 2016
Our world is a wonderful place in which every nation dwelling on it can have different ways of seeing things, different and unique ways of managing its people, and so on. Of course, every region implies different perspectives and opinions which pave the road of reason why there may be regions where a certain law is reasonable while other regions think it is not. However, there are some laws that might sound funny to a normal person’s ear but really, that law is legitimate and in fact, it is followed and is guided by the people who run that nation. Here are 10 of the most ridiculous laws from all over the globe. 

10 Ridiculous Laws From Around the World

1. Divorce is everywhere and is looked up to even in major countries like the U.S, the U.K, and other more countries. But did you know that in our time now, there are only just 2 nations where divorce is illegal – The Vatican and the Philippines.

2. In Maldives, public observance of any religion other than Muslim is prohibited. Yes, if you are caught walking with a bible in your hand, then you would be reported. It is also an offense to import bibles into the country so in order to avoid offending their people, might as well leave your bible at home if you plan on going on a trip to Maldives.

3. French drivers are required to have a portable breathalyzer inside their vehicle and if caught without it, it will be a fine of 11 Euros. Tourists or passengers inside vehicles are not exempted from this law and therefore should also carry one with them.

4. You cannot be sweet in the United Arab Emirates. This doesn’t mean you cannot eat chocolates in public; this means that displaying affection in public like holding hands, kissing, hugging, etc., are prohibited in the UAE. A lot of tourists have already been reprimanded and even jailed for kissing in public so better stay safe than sorry.

5. Singapore has a lot of laws that will make you laugh and smile. One example is that you cannot chomp gum while you are inside the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system. Another one is that lighting a cigarette in a public place, in a restaurant, on the streets, at the parks, etc., is also illegal. Now you get the idea why it is one of the cleanest countries in the world.

6. In Barcelona, wearing swimsuits or swimming attire is only applicable in beach areas. If you plan on leaving the beach, even if you just go to your car that is parked quite far from your location, you need to ensure that you have proper clothes. Non-compliance to this law can create a huge hole inside your pocket.

7. One major town in Alberta, Canada imposed swearing, cursing, spitting, and even yelling as illegal. So you better think of controlling yourself before going on the said town.

8. If you are caught winking at a woman in Ottumwa, Iowa, you will be fined and you can be sent in jail.

9. Probably one of the most ridiculous laws is in Thailand. This goes to every place in Thailand because if you go there and you accidentally step on your money, then you can be dragged down to jail.

10. In Hong Kong, there is a law that allows a wife to kill her husband if she finds out that he is cheating (with evidence or proof). The thing is, the wife needs to do the killing with her bare hands. Sounds nasty, does it?

Well, as you can see, these are only 10 of the most ridiculous laws out there and I am glad that I informed you about this so you know the policies in these places. Be sure to remember to avoid being reprimanded on a land you are not familiar with. Stay tuned for more articles regarding different ridiculous laws all over the globe.
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