Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 Year-ender

2013 is full of challenges, just like any other year. Call me superstitious, but there is something about the number 13 in 2013 that made me cringe. Maybe I have _Triskaidekaphobia_ or the fear of the number 13.
Climate Change
Twenty five storms and tropical depressions visited the country with Super Typhoon Yolanda severely battering Eastern Visayas last November 8. A total of 6100 deaths were reported with thousands more missing.
Tropical Storm Maring caused havoc in Southern Luzon and Metro Manila by intensifying the Southwest Monsoon. The Marikina River rose as high as 19 meters forcing the evacuation of residents living near the riverbank.
A different kind of storm brewed in both Upper and Lower Chambers of Philippine Congress. Janet Napoles was implicated by her former employee and relative Benhur Luy of siphoning funds from the Pork Barrel of Senators and Congressmen. Big names were dragged as well, with Senator Juan Ponce Enrile headlining the bunch.
Heads will roll, or so the President promised.
Earlier this year, the Sultanate of Sulu launched an invasion of Sabah, trying to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. Two hundred thirty five militants arrived by boats from Tawitawi on February 11, 2013. The resulting standoff caused 68 deaths.
In September, supporters of MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari entered Zamboanga and tried to raise the flag of the self proclaimed Bangsamoro Republik. Armed conflict ensued, resulting in the killing of 183 insurgents and 25 government troops.
The country enjoyed a robust economy despite the natural and manmade tragedies of the year. Stocks breached the 7400 mark in May. But gains are lost by the end of 2013.
There are critics who said that the economy is merely a 'mirage'. True economic strength is still very far as more than a third of the population live below the poverty line.
Ups and downs, this year is one heck of a ride. Riding my bicycle provides me an escape to what was happening in the world. I rode 8700kms this year, an average of 725kms per month.

Map My Ride Stats
I participated in the Million People March against Pork Barrel in August.
Million People March
At the center of the storm

Kudos to the crew of Alvin Banaag for letting me join the Panasonic Pedal for the Environment this September.
Panasonic Pedal for the Environment
My first time to set foot on the island of Boracay
Boracay Adventure
Been to Tagaytay dozens of times using my bike
Ghost in you
Going up Imelda's Mansion

I also did Laguna Loop part 2 last November 2

Laguna-Rizal Boundary

Who knows what's in store for me in 2014.
With the right attitude, I can make it better in 2014!
Happy New Year to all.
posted from Bloggeroid

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