Archive for March, 2011

Much has been said these past few days of what happened during the March 12, 2011 episode of Willing Willie aired over TV5. For those who didn’t catch the episode or not really a Willy Revillame fan, here’s the link to the controversial portion of the show….

After the said episode, Facebook, Twitter was flooded by numerous reactions from everyone.

By Agot Isidro on Twitter (http://tmi.me/8dBpA)

“Just saw the video of JanJan. Exploiting kids to cover up for your lack of talent. Willie, pag nagka-anak ka, pagawa mo sa kanya yan ha. Bad part is, I’m sure he won’t mind, in exchange for more moolah to buy his fancy cars.”

“I’m sure naabutan din ang parents ni Janjan for showing up. I agree, they are to be blamed too. But Willie is the ringleader. It wouldn’t hv come this far & this bad if he exercised a little decency.” (http://tmi.me/8dDWO)

a.k.a. 5uperfan
iammerlyn a.k.a. 5uperfan
http://tmi.me/8dBpA and http://tmi.me/8dDWO → The controversial tweets of Miss Agot Isidro. #TeamAgot! 🙂

 

Letter to MVP  – Re-blogged from Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

http://aboutmyrecovery.com/2011/03/28/letter-to-manny-v-pangilinan-from-dswd-sec-soliman/

 

The letter to Manny V. Pangilininan (MVP) really struck most of the people who read it hence more reaction on the social networking sites. After the letter was published, Willy V. had to explain their side of the story. The child jan-jan, together with his parents and a younger sibling appeared on the show…..

 

 

Everyone can expect more reactions from the ever popular Facebook & Twitter after this so-called “explanation“. Hmmm….wondering if people did believe the “explanation” aired over primetime.

 

 

 

 

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Ave Maldea

Posted: March 30, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I was browsing on the Internet and found this article written by Eric S. Caruncho on the Philippine Daily Inquirer. It’s a good read and I thought of sharing it with y’all…..


http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/sim/sim/view/20090502-202727/The-Art-of-the-Bicycle

In my own opinion, we should support individuals who has a true passion for building bikes.

Thumbs up to Mr. Maldea!

Salute to the author of the article. Thank you sir for making us aware.

Friday afternoon at the office balcony

Driver’s License Renewal

Posted: March 25, 2011 in adventure

The year 2011 marks the year when I’ll be renewing my driver’s license. This would mean a trip to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Pasig City. I chose this satellite office of the LTO since not so many people frequent the site.

Step 1. Surrender the driver’s license for renewal. The LTO clerk will issue an application form to be filled up.

I got the application form. LTO had lined up several armchairs to be used when one has to fill up the form. Three years back, when I had my license renewed, there were pens. This year, there were no pens in sight. I had to go back to the car and get a pen. So, there I was taking my time filling up the form. (Lesson learned: ALWAYS bring a pen when visiting a government agency)

Step 2. Drug test

Fill up another form for the drug test. After filling up the form, the person behind the counter hands me an empty plastic bottle for the urine sample. (Okay, time to urinate!). I then submitted the sealed plastic bottle for testing. I then proceeded to the next table where the “doctor” is. Doc got my bp (110/90). After the bp, now comes the eye test. Cover the right eye and read what’s on the board. (simple, huh?).

Eye examination over. Went back to the table where the doctor is. I saw him placing check marks on the form I filled up. He hands me the form with his remarks…”Fit to drive!” Oh! By the way, this express medical exam inclusive of the drug test cost me Php400!

Biometrics and picture taking followed.

Step 3. Picture taking and signature for the license.

I patiently waited for my name to be called. After 15 minutes or so, I was called to have my picture taken again.

Step 4. License Evaluator

Almost done. I had to wait for another 10 minutes. Again, my name was called. I now proceeded to window 2. The old guy behind the counter informed me that I had an outstanding ticket to be paid at the main office of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) located in Makati.

At this point, I was puzzled. I do not remember any apprehensions made by the MMDA in the past years. I was telling myself that it might be just a computer glitch. I had no choice but to holla ass to the MMDA at Orense in Makati.

Trip to MMDA takes place……

When I got to MMDA, I proceeded to getting my clearance for the “outstanding ticket”.

Step 1. (MMDA) – Pay Php30 for the clearance application

The lady behind the desk had this grumpy voice (probably because she’s used to talking to jeepney and bus drivers) and asked me to have the license photocopied. Had to go out of the room and cross the street to for the photocopy.

Lined up to pay for the clearance application.

Step 2 MMDA. Apprehension Verification

After paying for the clearance application. I had to wait (again) for my name to be called at Window 10. It was a 30-minute wait. Alas! I heard…”Tiongco, Ryan”. When I approached the window, the person showed me a Traffic Violation Receipt (TVR) dated October 9, 1999. Now, I remembered this ticket!!!! After 12 long years, it showed up.

Reckless Driving

Okay…okay…….an outstanding RECKLESS DRIVING violation ! A Php500 PENALTY.

Here’s the story……

One fine Saturday of 10/9/1999, I went to Monumento in Caloocan City with my ex. I was driving her car back then. Coming from the northbound lane of EDSA we ended up in Monumento and had to make a right turn on Rizal Ave. Unfamiliar with the place, I kinda hesitated turning right but made the right turn anyways. From out of nowhere, SPO3 shows up like he came out of  a portal or has switched off his “invisible mode” on his utility belt….. I was asked to pullover, so I did. Rolled down the window and greeted Mr. SPO3. He said that I disregarded a NO RIGHT TURN sign. I told him that I never saw a sign that said NO RIGHT TURN. Besides, there were cars, public utility jeepneys on my right while I was making a right turn. The vehilces on my right also made a right turn on the direction I was heading. He never  bought the excuse and then gave me another violation that I disregarded a police officer. I then told him that I didn’t even see you. (Obivously, this guy wanted to get some cash out of me!). SPO3 asked for my license. To keep the argument short, I handed him the license. He walked away from the car and went to his motorcycle where his ticket book was. I was looking at him at my side mirror and the rear view mirror of the car. He was just there standing holding the ticket book. After a few minutes, he walked back to the car and told me to step out of the car. I told him that only those with criminal offense should step out of their vehicle. The driver of the apprehended vehicle shouldn’t step down of the car when apprehended by a police officer. SPO3 walked back to his motorcycle and waited for me to go down. Again, he was ignoring my statements.

SPO3 started walking back to the car. He said that he’ll start to write me a ticket (as if he’s threatening me already and he was just waiting for me to offer something that would make him forget that he saw me making the right turn). I told him, go ahead and write me the ticket coz we are in a hurry. The ticket was issued. I signed for it BUT I never claimed my license back in Caloocan. What I did was apply for a new driver’s license and declared my driver’s license lost. Little did I know that it would hound me back after 12 long years. The rest is history.

Going back to the MMDA, the person in Window 10 asked me if I was going to pay the Php500 penalty. I clearly said YES. He then gave me a number “34-C” and instructed me to proceed to the next room where Window 13 was and wait for my number to be called.

Window 13. I sat down on the waiting area and patiently waited for my number to be called. While waiting I saw these two LCD flat screen TVs mounted on the wall. They were showing videos from Just For Laughs tv and crazy Japanese videos one can find easily on YouTube. Everyone waiting was laughing. I really find this amusing and it lightens up the mood of the crowd. Thumbs up for MMDA for this move!

My number, 34-C was flashing on the wall. Alrighty! It’s my turn. I paid Php500 to get the outstanding ticket cleared off my name. After paying, I was asked to go back to the seat and wait for my name to be called. At this point, everyone was jolly. Smiles and laughter all over the room.

Alas! My name was called and the Certificate of Clearance was issued. I can now proceed to LTO!

The following day, I headed back to the Land Transportation Office in Pasig to continue to continue with the renewal.

I’m now on Step 5. Pay the License Fee and the computer fee.

Fees paid. (almost there!!! almost done! weee!)

Step 6. Release of License

Yeeeeehaaaaaaa! My license is released.

NON-PROFESSIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE

This year’s driver’s license renewal proved to be very very exciting. Whew!!!!!!

SEE YOU IN 2014 LTO!!!!!

BGC Skyline

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Photos

Caught myself strolling around Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. I was able to catch on my E72 cam this magnificent skyline photo….

 

 

A trip back to Joven

Posted: March 20, 2011 in Photos
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Amidst the numerous LBS (local bike shops, a biker’s term) in the metro today, I found myself returning to the bike shop I frequent when I was in my teens and later on through my college life.

I had to have the components of my Giant Yukon Disc (the model name of the mountain bike) transferred to a MARIN Palisades Trail frame. I was feeling nostalgic when me and a trusted friend, Joel visited the place. Every corner of the shop reminded me of memories of past cycling adventures.

During BMX days, me and my buddies would troop to the store. Seeing the parts we’ve dreamed of having were already good for us back then. We would just enjoy looking at the displays. Just like in the movie Wayne’s World and just as Wayne Campbell would put it, “You will be mine, oh yes, you will be mine.”

Too bad, I wasn’t able to take pictures when I was at the shop. The batteries of my trusted mobile phones literally died.

I have yet to talk to the owner in person again. I spoke to her on the phone the day before I went to the shop just to make sure that they have a mechanic on duty during my visit. Nothing has changed. Same customer service as before. *Thumbs up*.

Here are a few pictures to show y’all the reason why I went back to Joven again………

Took this baby out for two consecutive days of riding…….

Handling was great but still have to do some fine tuning on the derailleurs.

When I started blogging, I’ve mentioned that I’ll be posting pictures from my weekend rides. Well, here it is…..

Do watch out for my succeeding posts of ride pictures as I try to narrate what’s going on. 🙂