• December 6, 2013 /  environment
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    A couple of weeks ago, I made a new Mexican friend who couch-surfed at my place. He was here in the Philippines for a conference but during the weekend prior to that, we went around town to check out the sights and sounds of Manila. We talked about the similarities of Mexico and Philippines, and while there are some differences of course, I was surprised to find that we have so much in common, from language similarities down to the dirty politicians and congestion woes that we have.

    The Uniform Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or more commonly known as “number coding” was signed into effect in 1995 as a way to help reduce traffic in the congested, overpopulated Metro Manila. Mexico had a similar program called “Hoy No Circula” (“You Don’t Drive Today”) which also banned drivers from the road depending on the day of the week and ending number of your license plate. I don’t know whether or not our Number Coding was based on Hoy No Circula, but while their method was the same, their objective was different–Hoy No Circula was implemented to reduce air pollution. Read the rest of this entry »

  • February 1, 2012 /  environment, Geeking Out, Lifestyle

    gas pump tea potI was wondering last night I was wondering which car I would buy next year as I was driving my dad’s diesel-powered Nissan Patrol. It’s common knowledge that an SUV generally consumes more fuel than a smaller car, and several motivational speakers and authors often talk about a huge amount of savings just by using a smaller car.

    It got me thinking: would the total cost of ownership of the Toyota Prius (The only hybrid car in the Philippines) be significantly cheaper than buying a compact sedan or hatchback?

    So I did a little bit of research and my findings were surprising! Read the rest of this entry »

  • November 18, 2009 /  environment

    For Recycling

    For Recycling

    I have this jar at home. It was an old jar that used to contain choco flakes from Baguio, which I repurposed as a container for old, spent batteries, and I labeled it with black cloth tape and marked with correction fluid.

    After a couple of months of collecting AA and AAA alkaline batteries, I was quite surprised to see how many batteries our house actually consumed! All the old batteries from clocks, remote controls, flashlights, you name it, goes straight into the jar.

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  • March 16, 2009 /  environment, Lifestyle, Tech Stuff

    The rest of the Philippines may finally have a taste of riding these eco-friendly vehicles, as E-Jeeps can now be registered and issued license plates with the LTO.

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