Taking Public Transportation in the Philippines

Experienced travelers will have no problem running through airport procedures in the Philippines. Similar to any other country, you’ll leave the airplane then await your baggage. After collecting your baggage, you can hail a cab outside the airport. Transportation becomes challenging for first time visitors after departing the airport. Here are some advice and strategies to follow with transportation within Manila.

Taxis are the most comfortable means of transport. They are easily available in many major areas in the city. Meter price begin at Php 30 (about US $0.60). Always note if the taxi runs a meter for the commute. The meter is completely required if you’re unfamiliar with the area you’re going to. You may have to ask the driver to put it on. Be wary of drivers who cheat and overprice you for the trip. Some drivers ask for an added Php 50 or even more just to acquire more cash. Keep away from taxis that ask for a higher initial charge.

A less expensive alternative to the taxi is taking the bus. Buses only drive passengers at major areas, so you will have to know where you’re going exactly. They’re equally safe as taxis and have inexpensive rates. To ensure you aren’t overcharged, ask Filipinos what the normal price is for your desired area. Give the exact price or make sure to compute your change after paying.

The least expensive mode of transport is the jeepney. Jeepneys are unique to Filipino culture. They’re actually jeeps that left after the American colonization. These jeeps have a capacity of around twenty individuals. Their noise, speed, and color make them easy to look for in any area around Metro Manila. Ride a jeep if you’re already familiar with the various areas of Manila. Only in the Philippines will you experience riding this rare form of public transport.

Another cheap means of transport is the “tricycle,” a side-car moved by a motorcycle. They are also worth taking for the experience but expect a dizzy and sometimes unsafe ride. Drivers of tricycles commonly overtake other vehicles and crawl through the road side to pass through traffic.

Why Big Motorcycles and Motorcyclese Make No Sense But Really Do

First off, it’s important to understand why big motorcycles are loud as they hurt the ears of anyone on the street or within 50 feet. Why is this important? It’s important because it’s not about being loud; it’s about being heard, on your own biker terms.

Just why one wants to be heard is not the question to ask jumbo sized bikers. They really won’t answer such a foolish question but just give you a snarl and a jumbled mumble. In the end they assure you they know but ‘just can’t seem to put it in words’; a typical biker behavioral cop out.

It’s all about the chopper but in a certain sense it isn’t. The true essence of bikerhood brotherhood is not riding but “talking” about your bike. If there is one thing bikers love more than their bikes it’s talking about their bikes.

But who are we wannabes to judge. Our middle-aged Michelin man bodies can’t take much riding around on a bare frame. We have to pull over, take a breather, get a beer and have a smoke and most importantly look for any available opportunities to talk motorcyclese.

The problem for amateurs is real bikers can tell right away if you can talk motorcyclese or not. To get away from being an obvious wannabe, you have to be proficient in motorcyclese.

Motorcyclese is like learning a foreign language and the best way to learn a new language is called immersion. If you want to learn Spanish, you go to Mexico City. If you want to learn motorcyclese, you go to a chopper shop.

Right away you probably guessed that chopper guys aren’t concerned so much about your spiritual needs as they are about your motorcycle. Actually, if you really dig hard and deep enough, you will find for many their spirituality is their motorcycle.

Having said that, one then comes to the conclusion that the whole big motorcycle thing is all psychological; a perceptual smoke and mirrors show. This enlightened concept is almost certainly to be greeted with disapproving biker growls.

Why grown middle-aged men would want to bruise their posteriors and find solace with comrades that have also bruised theirs, is well, a certain type of peak religious experience. On a certain level. OK a lower level. OK, on a lower brain stem level.

But more likely it’s an aging body with little rebellion left that can actually let the motorcycle do all the rebelling…that is of course, unless one falls off. And at that point one may have to in fact enlist the aid and succor of a professional biker babe.

The professional biker babe fills three primary biker functions:

1) keep her biker guy from falling off
2) pick him up when he does fall off and
3) wire him back with Mexican baling wire if he is in more than three pieces.

Clearly big motorcycles aren’t a typical female thing; biker babes are not known for their dainty femininity. Most biker guys will reluctantly admit there are better ways to chase after dainty women than riding smelly, loud, big motorcycles. It emits an image.

And maybe that image and resulting self image is getting closer to our answer. That’s why the only way to really learn motorcyclese and big motorcycle chat is by totally immersing yourself.

It’s not just the raw motorcycle technology, but the look and feel of your big motorcycle self-expression that truly matters.

The first tactic is to speak wistfully of motorcycle parts like tapered exhaust phalanges; understanding you really have to be wistful or it will clearly ring phony. It’s not just knowing about tapered exhaust but having your self-expression actually exude tapered exhaust passion.

Then again just for fun you could try going into the local chopper shop and start talking carbon footprints and such; make sure to feel the warm reception you get from all the biker tribe. Beware here as some of the biker guys only think of face and footprint in one context.

Just remember never insult a biker’s babe…she might be his wife. These days smart bikers are known to find women that drink less than they do so they always get a ride home. To a certain extent that does dampen the rebelliousness benefit but then practical is practical. After all, past a certain age any barroom floor is just too hard.

And never question a biker’s motives; you can question a lot of things but not his motives. So in the end we are stuck with fancy explanations like ‘rebellious spirituality’ or simplistic ones like ‘better than a scooter’. Right.

But like many bastions of thought, there one day comes the true revelation like “Big guys ride big motorcycles because they don’t fit on little motorcycles.”

Like many things in life, the truth is often laced with disappointment. So take a deep breath and rest assured it’s okay. It’s highly unlikely you will see 350 pound men riding around on Vespas.

Just don’t forget to swagger a little bit as you approach any showroom with the sign Harley or Hellbent written over the door. It’s really important for you to keep up your biker self-esteem.

The Nexus S From Google Utilises High End Hardware And Software Alike

The Google Nexus S is the latest installment of the Nexus series. Manufactured by Samsung (the previous version was made by HTC), this handset boasts impressive hardware and software alike. Its key features include a 5 mega pixel camera, the latest version of the Android operating system, along with heaps of internal storage and 1 GHz processor.

The handset utilises a 4 inch touch screen for navigation of the user interface. This boasts super AMOLED capacitive technology meaning it is highly responsive yet offers superb rendering of on screen imagery thanks to a pixel layout of 480x 800 which is able to display up to 16 million vivid individual colours. Accelerometer and proximity sensors are provided as standard along with multi-touch input support and a number of touch-sensitive shortcut keys. The glass of the screen itself is oleophobic, meaning that the build up of fingerprints and smudges is avoided when using the touch screen.

16 GB of internal storage is provided as standard, meaning Google Nexus S is able to store your digital music collection, along with many video files, photos or documents you may need to keep with you at all times. Thanks to this generous level of storage, the need for expandable memory such as a microSD slot is essentially eliminated.

The Google Nexus S calls upon both EDGE & GPRS to stay connected to the appropriate cellular networks on the move. Browsing the internet is super fast thanks to an HSDPA connection providing speeds up to 7.2 mega bytes per second in areas with 3G coverage. Wi-Fi connectivity is also provided, meaning users can take advantage of local wireless networks for a faster browsing experience. Additionally, both micro USB and Bluetooth connections are provided so users can connect the handset to compatible hardware devices whereby a number of different tasks can be carried out.

The Google Nexus S is also highly competent camera phone. The 5 mega pixel digital camera boasts a pixel resolution of 2560x 1920, meaning the resulting still images are of stunning quality. In order to simplify the task of taking photos whilst simultaneously improving their quality, auto-focus, touch-focus and an LED flash are all provided, the latter of which overcomes the obstacle of low lighting conditions. Geo-tagging is also included which keeps track of where users took photos and shot videos (a feature which functions thanks to GPS with A-GPS support). The camera can be used to shoot video footage in WVGA quality at 30 frames per second, whilst there is a secondary VGA camera located on the front of the phone which can be used for portrait photos and video calls.

Whether you are looking for productivity device for the workplace, a comprehensively compatible multimedia phone, decent camera phone or a device or browsing the web on the move, the Google Nexus S is worthy of a closer look. It comes with a comprehensive package of standard features ranging from multimedia and entertainment applications along with productivity tools for the workplace and social networking integration.

Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread) is the operating system of choice and this works alongside a 1GHz processor resulting in a fantastic user experience. Due to the combination of high end hardware and software alike, the Google Nexus S is an ideal alternative to the more established Smartphone brands.

Car Rentals – An Easy Guide

Toronto, gigantic as well as the overcrowded city of Canada, has always been a centre of enthusiasm for travelers. Numerous Car Rentals have been inaugurated to provide effective transport facilities to the visitors as well as tourists.

Facility to book your car online with Toronto Rentals Cars is accessible. In order to make online booking you need to book the required car on order via official website of company. When you make plan of hiring car, you should consider few tips.

GPS system should be installed on your selected rent car as this city is over loaded with people and visitors generally get puzzled, so to keep you away from crowed places as well as to avoid time wastage on blockage of traffic you must have GPS technology in your rented vehicle.

Do ask the company about all hidden charges which are exclusive of rent as it can be some sort of tax etc. Be aware of age policies of different companies as well ask for the liability provided in time of need.

You can lessen the rented price by selecting that Toronto Rental Cars company which is near to your residence. As, generally most of companies charges you on basis of distance travelled, fuel consumed or unlimited mileage etc. So selecting near by location saves fuel as well as your precious time.

So while planning a trip to Toronto, make sure you consider the above mentioned useful guidelines to avoid troubles as well as to get the most appropriate packages.

Drive clean and luxuriate trip to Toronto!