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Connecting my Cherry Mobile Ace to my Windows PC

Since November, I had gotten two Cherry Mobile Ace (powered by Firefox OS) devices for me and my mom at home. Cherry Mobile Ace, powered by Firefox OSBasically, the two Aces function as my secondary phone and as our landline phone unit at home. Being a developer though, I was also interested in using my Ace to test against HTML5 apps that I’ve made.

Prior to the Ace, I already had a ZTE Open Firefox OS device back in 2013. This Ace is a new device, and courtesy of Sir Bob Reyes of Mozilla Philippines, I was able to know how to connect to the Ace on my PC. Continue reading

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Firefox Tabs and the Bike Lanes of Marcos Highway

As I was cycling going home last night along Marcos Highway in Marikina City, I thought of doing another blog post for today. I normally write about my two main advocacies (Firefox and biking) but this might be the first time I’m tackling them at the same time! I realized something was strikingly similar between the two as I trudged along the DPWH-manufactured bike lanes along Marcos Highway. Continue reading

Kabilugan ng buwan. (image courtesy of Mr. Marius De Guzman)

Oda kay Luna

Kabilugan ng buwan. (image courtesy of Mr. Marius De Guzman)

Kabilugan ng buwan. (image courtesy of Mr. Marius De Guzman)

Lagpas ka man sa aking hawak
Hanggang tanaw lang ng aking mga mata
Isa kang banal na tanglaw dito sa kadiliman
Liwanag na humuhugas sa lahat ng karimlan

Mga kapintasan mo’y hindi nababatid
Sapagkat sa kabiluga’y isa kang obra ng langit
Ipinadala’t hinulma ng Poong Maykapal
Handog sa tagalupang kanyang minamahal

Ang rikit mo Luna, aking nakikita
Sa kabila ng katotohanang ika’y di magtatagal pa
Lilisan din kalaunan; aking mamatyagan
Muli mong pagbabalik, upang muli kang maawitan.

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The Philippines’ First National Bicycle Day

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From National Bicycle Organization’s WordPress site:

November 23, 2014  is the 1st National Bicycle Day in the Philippines!

This year, with the daily, time-consuming, stress-filled traffic gridlock that has been the general scene all over the metropolis, bicycling  makes more sense than driving a car, squeezing into a toxic-fume-spewing jeep/bus or even lining up to take the crowded and dreaded MRT/LRT  to get to one’s destination.

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For fifteen years, Manila had the Tour of the Fireflies bike tour / parade organized by the Firefly Brigade to spread awareness about the benefits of riding your bike. Now, it’s spreading across the country with the very FIRST National Bicycle Day! The aim hasn’t changed, and it’s a day of parading through the streets of Manila and other major cities of the Philippines using only these non-motorized transport units along with a horde of other fellow bicyclists on the road.

I will be biking and joining this event this coming Sunday in Tiendesitas, Pasig City. If you’ve got a bike, there’s enough time to prep it! The event is FREE, so get your gear and get going! This is a particularly good event to start, especially for my fellow Grundfos IS bike colleagues, to get a good feel of a Sunday morning with your bike, your friends, and countless other Filipinos pushing for change.

See you on the road!!

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Bike Commuting Road Hazards

Since my new office moved its location from Makati City to Pasig City this October, I’ve gotten back to my bike2work scheme, thanks to the office’s generous support for bike commuters like me by providing shower facilities and ample parking space courtesy of the building admin. From two bike warriors, by this week I’m counting at least four of us who have started to bike-commute from our homes! That’s not to mention several more who by now are considering and saving up for their own bikes to bring to the office. For someone who pushes and advocates bike commuting in Manila, this is surely good news, and is something that I definitely, wholeheartedly appreciate.

The thing is, unlike other countries which have waaaaay better cycling infrastructure, Manila’s metropolis has a lot of shortcomings especially in terms of support for bike commuting. For one, the roads are mostly car-centric, and that there are several hazards on the road that the usual cyclist needs to be aware of.

Case in point: The stretch of Ortigas Avenue along the town of Cainta, Rizal and Pasig City.

The extinction of multi-purpose sidewalks

Ortigas Avenue near Ever Gotesco mall

Ortigas Avenue near Ever Gotesco mall

 

Road widenings have become the easy solution for clogged-up thoroughfares such as Ortigas Avenue. Years ago, at this particular area near Ever Gotesco mall, there was a tree-lined sidewalk that was about two meters wide, enough for pedestrians and bikers to go through to escape the heavy traffic that has always been present. Eventually, a road widening project was made to remove this sidewalk completely to provide another lane to the vehicles plying Ortigas! The road may have been widened, but there is no more sidewalk that pedestrians can safely use. The heavy traffic never really went away, though.

For the bike commuter going through here, this project that was never completed [properly!] introduced a lot of problems. I can attest to this because I encounter them each and every time I bike-commute. Aside from the disappearance of the sidewalk with trees, several more issues remained.

The asphalting job that was never completed

Talk about several different layers of asphalt and concrete that pose a threat to bikers

Talk about several different layers of asphalt and concrete that pose a threat to bikers

A fresh layer of asphalt was poured on top of the old concrete road when this project was started. Fine. The thing is, years after all that widening effort and drainage improvements, the extended part of the road still remained unasphalted! It really reminds me of Banaue’s rice terraces, but I’m certain that the terraces look and feel much more relaxing.

Banaue rice terraces, Ifugao, Philippines. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

For bike commuters, it’s dangerous to have these kinds of uneven surfaces, especially those who are on folding bikes, because they can easily get knocked over if they happen to switch from one layer to another.

 

THOSE drainage covers from hell

The infamous rectangular drainage covers of Ortigas Avenue

The infamous rectangular drainage covers of Ortigas Avenue

So there’s value added to that road widening project — by widening the underlying drainage as well. Just look at that. Hideous. Every three to five meters there’s a group of rectangular drainage covers that isn’t level with the rest of the road. Definitely makes biking along this stretch hellish, especially when the bus and jeepneys force you to veer to the right side of the road. I’ve gotten several annoying instances of flat tires due to small screws, stapler wires, and others that happen to be just beside these covers. Voila! Instant hassle because of an instant flat tire.

 

Bike commuting in Manila is quite manageable, in my opinion. There are risks, of course, but definitely calculated ones whose dangers we can minimize. However, we, advocates of biking and a better environment in general, would quite appreciate seeing improved conditions on roads we cycle through. I hope to bring this to the attention of the concerned local government units of Cainta and Pasig, as well as the Public Works department, so that these hazards can be lessened, and everyone else can benefit.