Sunday, 29 June 2014

Jaywalking...More Fun in the Philippines!!!

A couple of nights ago I happened to watch on the news that MMDA traffic enforcers somewhere in QC were having a hard time controlling jaywalkers.  They are concerned as the death toll for jaywalkers are rising.  Honestly I was shocked that that was a REAL CONCERN in the Philippines.  I always thought JAYWALKING IS THE WAY OF LIFE IN THE PHILIPPINES.  But then again it may differ per city. 

Let us go to Taguig again perhaps.  Here is the usual scenario (actually less jeeps at this hour) at the FTI PNR station.  Again there are of course No Loading & Unloading signs where the jeeps happily use as their terminal & passengers happily load and unload them :)

As you can see there is supposed to be rails that are supposed to prevent people from crossing the streets, but these have been taken down at some points to give way to jaywalkers.  Of course it causes extreme traffic in the area especially if the train just arrived & let out its passengers.  Just less than a dozen steps are the "supposed-to-be" loading & unloading area that the Taguig government spent taxpayers' money on but now has become a parking area for jeeps.  And so the streets remain the loading & unloading area of the jeeps & buses even!  All these in front of Taguig traffic enforcers everyday (one day I actually saw a traffic enforcer stopping the cars to let the jaywalkers pass by --- just below the footbridge!!!).  Now I know where the Taguig taxpayers' money go --- parking lot for jeeps, decorative footbridges where the Taguig officials can hang tarpaulins w/ their names on it. 

*Photo of footbridge w/ tarpaulin, at the right side is the supposed-to-be Loading/Unloading area w/c is not being used, instead jeeps keep using the Taguig main road

I don't know, at least in Makati there are REAL NO LOADING/UNLOADING AREAS on their main streets (this is East Service Road by the way).  And this is conveniently located in front of Arca South (previously FTI), the supposed-to-be new BGC that Taguig is so proud of!  Wow, I pity all the buyers of those Arbor Lanes condo units --- this is what you have to deal with everyday!!!  Well I guess not all cities can be civilized!!!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Ganito Kami sa Taguig

Ganito po ang ibig sabihin ng No Loading & Unloading sa Taguig...

Isa po ito sa No Loading & Unloading areas sa Taguig (near Bicutan South Super Highway intersection).  As you can see dito po maraming tumitigil na jeep para magbaba at magsakay ng pasahero.  Yun po ang ibig sabihin ng NO LOADING/UNLOADING sa Taguig.  Nasa tapat lang po ito ng tambayan ng mga pulis ng Taguig...


It's Definitely More Insane in the Philippines

Yes, isa po sa sikat na "unloading area" sa Pilipinas ang gitna ng railroad!!!

Only in the Philippines!!!

Silver Swan Bus!

Yes...konting usad na lang ayaw pang gawin...kailangan talaga humarang pa sa daan at doon magbaba at magsakay...only in the Philippines!!!

*Greenstar Bus
*Magallanes-MRT area
*Being promoted by Silver Swan!!!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Ganito Kami sa Taguig

Just thought I'd share with you my experiences driving around Taguig...

See the No Loading and Unloading Sign?  I just noticed wherever you find one that's where passengers hover around & where jeeps use as terminal (in the middle of the streets)!

And there's even "unofficial" traffic enforcers making sure people get to load and unload in the middle of the streets y'all!

I'm speechless!!!

What It's Really Like in the Philippines

One of the things I really hate in the Philippines is that the street is being used as a terminal/parking lot or whatever the citizens want.  Just look at this area at Don Bosco Makati (Pasong Tamo cor. Pasay Road).

There are lots of policemen in this area everyday & they know these jeepneys CAUSE TRAFFIC just by making the streets their terminal...but they DO NOTHING! 

Now to make it much worse now that school season has started, I found out that schoolbuses also use the street as parking area.

Now if you are going straight to Pasay Road sorry for you.  You just have to wait for the left-turners (and the traffic light for this is green for ONLY A COUPLE OF SECONDS, letting pass 2 or 3 vehicles each time).  So no matter if it's a green light going straight to Pasay Road everyone has to wait because half of the street is now a parking space.

Oh and if you turn left at Amorsolo...guess what I saw...

Nice one GMA News TV!!!