Bangkok’s MRT – March 2016

Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain system was good, but their MRT Subway system was almost heaven when I tried it out last March 2016 …

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The Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) System is Bangkok’s Subway system, and right now only the Blue Line is in operation, but a lot more are being planned to be made. It is a World-class system, as good as any found on the other major Asian cities like Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, etc. It is very modern, and like most modern structures it is made up of a lot of Marble and Stainless Steel. The Blue Line currently runs from the Bang Sue to the Hua Lamphong Stations, with 16 Stations in between, and fares run from a minimum of THB 16 to a maximum of THB 41, or P 21 to P 55 assuming an exchange rate of THB 1 = P 1.33.

’Entrance and Ticketing’
The entrance to the MRT are either thru Stairs, Elevators or Escalators, with the Escalators being used as the main entrance due to its…

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Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain – March 2016

Just posting here my blog about Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain system which I got to try out extensively last March 2016. Compare this with the kind of experience we get riding the sh$%ty MRT and LRT systems in Manila …

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Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain is a better equivalent to our Light Rail Transit (LRT) or Mass Rail Transit (MRT) Systems since it is an above ground Urban Train System, unlike their Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) System which is a Subway System. “BTS” stands for the “Bangkok Mass Transit System, and if you are wondering where the “M went in their acronym, I have no idea. But hey, since it is their system, they can call it whatever they want.

’Entrance and Ticketing’
Just like on the Bangkok MRT, access to the stations can be thru Stairs and Elevators, but the main ones used are the Escalators since they can move the most number of people efficiently. And unlike on most of Manila’s LRT and MRT lines, their Escalators are pretty well maintained and functional almost all of the time.
The Elevator Entrance to the Sala Daeng Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Skytrain. The Elevator Entrance to the Sala Daeng…

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Ang Hindi Opisyal na Pagsasalin ng Abril 25, 2016 Bidyo ng Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)

Screenshot of the video made by the "Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)"

Screenshot ng bidyo na gawa ng “Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)”

Isang kagyat na tawag upang ipagtanggol ang ating demokrasya at ang republika laban sa Komunistang uldog na si RODRIGO DUTERTE, laban sa diktadura ng CPP-NPA.

Kami ay mga opisyales ng Hukbong Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas na kabilang sa “Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)”.
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The Unofficial Transcript of the April 25, 2016 Video of the Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)

Screenshot of the video made by the "Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)"

Screenshot of the video made by the “Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)”

An urgent call to defend our democracy and the republic against the Communist Puppet, RODRIGO DUTERTE, against the CPP-NPA dictatorship

We are officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines belonging to the Network of Officers to Defend the Republic.
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Rodrigo Duterte – A Clear and Present Danger to Philippine Democracy

Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte, feeling especially at home during a Press Conference. Photo courtesy of Allan Nawal of Inquirer Mindanao.

Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte, feeling especially at home during a Press Conference. Photo courtesy of Allan Nawal of Inquirer Mindanao.

The last few days, a couple of followers have asked me thru Private Messaging on Facebook about what my opinion was if Rodrigo Duterte wins the elections this coming May 9, 2016, and my standard reply has been that to give him six months, see how he will do, then if things don’t go well then we start thinking of protesting against his government.

‘Revolutionary Government’
However, lately Duterte has been constantly telling media of how he intends to dissolve Congress if they try to impeach him, and that he will then establish a Revolutionary Government.[1] Now what is a “Revolutionary Government“? In simplest terms, it is a government that overturns and disregards the laws of the current form of government, and in the process enacts its own set of laws.
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Jojo Bi-NAY and his Twisted Justifications

Former Makati Mayor and current Vice President and Presidential candidate Jejomar Binay.

Former Makati Mayor and current Vice President and Presidential candidate Jejomar Binay.

I watched the Rizal Day celebrations last December 30, 2015, and while in the crowd I overheard two men with Bikes discussing politics. They were within earshot of a couple of people including me, and one of them was a supporter of former Makati Mayor and now Presidential candidate Jojo Binay, although he was trying hard not to be too obvious about it.

He started off by saying, “Baka nga si Binay pa ang manalo sa pagka Presidente, tahimik na ngayon, eh (Maybe Binay will win as President since he’s relatively intrigue-free these days)”. Then he says, “Di baleng kurapt, napapakinabangan rin naman ng mga tao (It doesn’t matter if he’s corrupt since people end up being benefitted anyway)”. He ends with saying, “Magnanakaw naman lahat iyan (All the Presidential candidates are thieves, anyway)”.
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Why is the Philippines Poorer than Its Neighbors?

Why is the Philippines poorer than its South East Asian (SEA) neighbors?” This is one question that I have been asking myself since I was in my teens. It is not an easy question to answer, but let me offer my opinion now on why I think this is so. First, let’s establish the fact that we ARE indeed poorer than our neighbors, and one way to do that would be to look at our Poverty Rate or the Percent of our Population Below the Poverty Line. Below is the data for Poverty Rate of various SEA countries including us taken from the excellent Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Factbook website[1] which will be my main reference for most of the statistical data I will be using in this blog.

Comparison of the Poverty Rates of South East Asian Countries.

Comparison of the Poverty Rates of South East Asian Countries.

As we can see in the above data, out of ten countries we are Number Two in terms of the highest Poverty Rate, next only to Myanmar with approximately one out of every four Filipinos being poor. Our Poverty Rate is at least TWICE of that of other SEA countries with large populations like Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. This establishes the fact that yes, we are indeed poorer than most of our neighbors in that a bigger portion of our population is below the poverty line than they do. So why is this so?

’The Corruption Scapegoat’
One of the main reasons Filipinos would tend to first say about this is it’s because of “Corruption”. However, I am not so convinced that this is so, because corruption happens everywhere, a quick search on the internet will yield corruption news happening also among our neighbors. Now people will then say, it is because Corruption is worst in the Philippines compared to the others, but is it really? What does the available data say?
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