“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Saturday, August 22, 2009

SCTEX bridge cages

In the Netherlands and other European countries there is incidentally the problem that car drivers are attacked by heavy objects falling down from a crossing bridge.

They are thrown down from a bridge by crazy people, who want to hurt the driver and knocking the car.

It seems a kind of game, and I guess it are usually young boys, but I have never heard that they were catched. Of course it could as well be older people with a mental disease like a pyromania.

It was reported several times that a brick was thrown through the windscreen and you can imagine that, if one drives with a speed of 120 km/h, it might kill the driver or other persons in the car, which actually happened several times.

In the Philippines there are not so many freeways, actually there are only three on Luzon, the biggest island of the Philippines: SLEX, NLEX and SCTEX.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

"Google speaks"

A couple of weeks ago, when I went to the Philippines, I bought a book at the airport Suvarnabuhmi, titled: "Google speaks", written by Janet Lowe.

I was interested already some time in the company Google, so an opportunity to get a better understanding, and I would have ample time to read during my visit to the Philippines.

Since some time I use several products of this company and for free (browser (Chrome), mail (Gmail), Blogger,Google earth and map), but even more important, they are good products, well designed and rich of functionality. I like them much more than Microsoft's products, especially since Microsoft started with their Live products.

The book gives an insight view in how the company started, about the two guys Larry Page and Sergey Brin who started the company some 12 years ago, where it all started in Stanford University, where other IT companies started as well, the business model and strategy, policy, privacy problems, and many many more.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sari-sari and OFW

As usually the departure time for the ride to the airport was far too early. My flight departure is 2.20 p.m., so I suggested to depart from home at 7.00 a.m. It is a drive of 5 hours usually, but because it is Sunday, I assume the traffic will not be as on business days.

But because of the heavy rain of the last days and a chance of flooding , it was decided that we needed more slack in our planning, therefore we would leave 6 a.m.

We took an alternative road, because from Urdaneta to Tarlac is not a pleasant road to drive. A lot of tri-cycles, buses, trucks even on Sunday. So we went via Malasiqui, Bambayang and Saint Ignatius to Tarlac. It is a quite road, easy to drive and some times nice views, especially just before Tarlac, small hills with rice terraces.

From Tarlac we took the new SCTEX toll-way to Dau and from there the NLEX to Manila. In total ca. 250 peso toll. Manila did have no traffic jams, so we arrived at NAIA at 10.30 a.m., where I had to wait an hour before the check-in gates were opened. This blog was written in the lounge and I will publish it when I am back in Bangkok later today.


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