Making Sense of the Waze Report Tagging Cebu as the World's Worst City to Drive


First and foremost, let me give a little background of myself. I was born in Bulacan, studied college in Manila for five years, graduated in  2007, moved to Cebu the same year and stayed in the city for about nine years now. Every year, I travel to Manila and Davao at least twice. I'm also a long time user of Waze App. What I'm trying to establish here is: I know what I'm saying.
Driving in Cebu.
So, there's this latest buzz about a report from Waze tagging Cebu City (or likely Metro Cebu) as the worst city to drive at. Looking closely at the published report, the famous Google traffic app uses the following indices to rank the cities:

  • Traffic – Density and severity
  • Quality – Road quality and infrastructure 
  • Road Safety – Density of accidents, road hazards and weather 
  • Driver Services – Access to gas stations and easy parking 
  • Socio Economic – Access to cars and impact of gas prices 
  • Wazeyness - Happiness and helpfulness of the Waze community (as measured by reports “thanked” by other drivers and driver moods selected within the app)

Among the 186 cities rated, Cebu ranked the worst at 186th. Of course, the prideful city inhabitants won't waste no time to cast doubt on the results especially when they saw Manila at 170th, less worse than Cebu. But can we really believe this report? My personal take is NO.

SCAM ALERT: PRC ID Renewal Message via Facebook


Have you received a message on Facebook similar to this?

Engr. (your name),
NOTICE
Please be informed and advise to call PRC LICENSE DIVISION HEAD OFFICE immediately c/o OIC Rodrigo F. Balaqui Jr. at 09156862500 for your clearances of license. Your prompt attention is advised.
This would be our final notice!
Thank you!



 Well, this is a scam and PRC is very much aware of this. Please read PRCs advisory here.

http://www.prc.gov.ph/news/?id=4081

Professional ID renewal can only be done in PRC office.

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How to Apply for a Korean Visa here in the Philippines?


This article will give you basic information on how to apply for a Korean visa.
Korean Visa Stamp - Image by Wikipedia Commons

Where is the Korean Embassy/Consulate?

In Metro Manila, here's the address of the embassy:

122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines
In Cebu City, here's the address of the consulate:
12th Floor Chinabank Corporate Center, Lot 2, Samar Loop Cor. Road 5, Cebu Business Park, Mabolo, Cebu City
Phone numbers and email addresses can be found here:
Korean Embassy Contact Information

How Much is the Visa? 

59 days (or less) stay in Korea -- GRATIS (FREE)
60 to 90 days stay in Korea --1800 Pesos

So if you just want to tour Korea in 59 days or less, you can have a visa for FREE!

How to Get 4 Free Audiobooks from Audible.com?


Love audiobooks? Well, I do. As a busy person, I can't find time to sit down and read a good book. With audiobooks though, I can enjoy a book while I'm doing other routine tasks such as cleaning or just riding a vehicle to and from work.

Audiobooks, though, are not cheap. A regular novel will cost you about 30 USD (1500 Pesos). That's what? twice the price of the hard cover edition? And four times the paper back edition? Might be too expensive of a hobby for many.



Now, one of the leading audiobook provider is Audible.com. If you sign up for a premium account, the price will be slashed down to half (about 15 USD or 750 Pesos). But did you know you can have at least four free novels from Audible.com?

But before telling you how, let me assure you that this is purely legal. We are not stealing in here and I think Audible is okay with this. So without further ado, here's how:
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