Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Motorcycle Lane

     I've never learned how to ride a motorcyle. If my memory serves me right, I have only ridden a motorcycle four times and that was during my AdDlaw Summer Internship somewhere in Calinan, around twelve years ago. The only way we could get to our foster family's house is through habal-habal. It was an experience I will never forget. 

That's me at the back. (Farthest from the left.)
Photo taken by Atty. Mon Salas, the third passenger
of the motorcyle I am riding on.
         As I mentioned here, I am not particularly fond of motorcycles. Having been a driver on the road since I was 18 years old, I have long been irked by the way motorcycle drivers behave on the road. Iba talaga ! They have a crazy different set of "rules" - all of which boils down to going where they fit. MyGas !

       It was good to hear that in Metro Manila, the MMDA has designated motorcyle lanes along Commonwealth Avenue and Macapagal Highway beginning last October 19, 2011. It is set to designate motorcycle lanes along EDSA by next year. 

      Incidentally, I just came from a short vacation in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam where 1 million motorcycles ply the streets daily. Crossing the streets of Saigon (District 1) along the Ben Tanh Market rotunda, I was praying for my dear life like crazy. The motorcycles were everywhere and they don't stop on corners or before pedestrian lanes. Our tour guide later told us that the rule of thumb when crossing the street is to just move forward without stopping, the motorcyle drivers would just drive to avoid you. My Gulay!

You can see the helmets all the way to the back. Ang dami.
(Picture from

Wala silang takot sa ulan. 
Dire-diretso lang sila sa corners.
         I hope the Davao City Council would replicate MMDA's efforts and designate motorcycle lanes in the thoroughfares of this City. It would be beneficial to the motorcycle drivers, four-wheel vehicle drivers and pedestrians. Wish ko lang! 

Sunday, October 16, 2011


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      I learned how to ride a bike when I was 8 years old and in Grade 3. My sisters and I shared a kiddie bmx. There must be a picture of that bike in our photo albums and I will update this blog when I find one. My sister Tetet learned earlier than I did but our youngest Kang never learned how to ride a bike. 

Kang in High School learned to In-line Skate.
But she doesn't know how to bike. 

    Now in her late 20's, she is learning how to ride the bicycle and has engaged her teen friends in Bukidnon to help her.

Kang works for Environmental Science for Social Change in Bukidnon.

    She has shared this to her Facebook friends and one former teacher advised her to not look at the pedal and keep her eyes on the view ahead.

    The advice brought back memories of when I was learning how to bike. When I was 8 and struggling to keep my balance, I had the view of the majestic Mt. Apo to keep my eyes on.

That was my view. Ganda !
(Picture taken by Kang.)
A better picture of The View from
      I've said it before but lemme say it again  .... I so love Davao City. I feel so lucky to have grown up in this place. Learning how to bike, I have Mt. Apo, the country's tallest peak, telling me to keep my balance and move forward, one pedal push at a time.

Good Luck Sisteroo. Pagdali.
Baka maunahan ka ni Aliq.