Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Postscript: 43

"Better to be over the hill than buried under it."
"Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years."

Thank you dear friends for the greetings, we are all but transients in life on earth. Better spend the rest of our lives doing things we like as long as we don't interfere with other's happiness! The earth has revolved around the sun 4.54billion times. I have made it around only 40times. My journey is filled with excitement, joy, sorrow and pain but is one hell of a ride! See you in the next 30 or so revolutions around the sun! Unless by some stroke of luck, a meteorite strikes and ends my journey prematurely. God bless you all

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Panasonic Pedal for the Environment

Panasonic Philippine's Corporate Social Responsibility Event

Panasonic Philippines held it's first bicycle ride event. Dubbed "Pedal for the Environment 2013" the event was organized to promote the company's environmental awareness program. The total number of participants were limited to 300 only for logistical reasons. It is difficult to control the number of cyclists travelling public roads. A number of marshals, traffic enforcers, security personnel were involved to make sure everything flows smoothly. The route is 19.5 km long with climbs that are challenging especially for newbies. The event was organized through SLY Tours and Events. I'm sure, this project was the brainchild of Panasonic Riders. Great job guys!

The long climb started at kilometer 6 and went on to kilometer 12 with some technical tracks that will surprise both newbies and intermediate riders. Since this is an advocacy ride, the event organizer had scheduled some stops to let the others catch up. The participants were also shown the pollution blanketing Metro Manila.

As early as 4:30am, cyclists started arriving inside the covered court of Panasonic

At around 5am, 75 percent of the participants arrived
Good ole Cookie was given the number 179
Ride out started at 6:00
First rendezvous point near 8km mark
With Rey Bernas
Muddy road
See Metro Manila? It's hidden inside that smog

Foothills of Sierra Madre
Rest  before climbing Antipolo
Finish Line. Waiting to get my Finisher's Medal
Photo op
Homeward bound


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Population, problems and solutions

In 1960, the population of the Philippines was 26Million, in 2010, the population rose to 92.34 Million. In 50 years, the population increased 355%! Calabarzon, NCR and Central Luzon comprised one third of the population. By the time I die in 2040, the population would have increased to 162 Million, assuming we use the 1.9% annual population growth rate. How on earth would the next set of leaders solve the problems linked with population growth? Food, Housing, Healthcare, Jobs, Economy. Daunting? Yes. But we can help solve it now. 

1. Limit your offspring to one.
2. It's time to get rid of "Ako-na muna" attitude. 
3. Stop stealing little things. Where do you think the root of the pork barrel scam come from? Once you steal that small item and get away with it, you raise the bar and steal even bigger items.
4. Follow traffic rules. The rules are there for a reason, to maintain order and help strengthen our character. Beating the red light and bribing the traffic enforcer wont help our country.
5. Love the Philippines. Do not speak ill of our country and our countrymen ESPECIALLY IN FRONT OF FOREIGN VISITORS.
6. Follow the golden rule of your religion. Every religion has its own version of it. But in the final analysis, it all boils down to: Do Unto Others What You Want Others To Do Unto You.
7. Love your family, your wife, your kids, your parents and siblings. Remember, the core of any society is the family. Guard it with your life. A strong family with a strong moral code helps in the development of a better Philippines.