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7 Habits of the Highly Effective MRT Commuters

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-- Many thanks to Cris Evert Callueng for letting us share this article!

The MRT (Metro Rail Transit) is one of the Philippines’ most convenient public transport systems. Stretching along the span of EDSA, it spares us from the long traffic, expensive cab fares, bumpy bus rides, reckless drivers, and sweltering hot jeepney rides. During rush hour, however, the MRT transforms itself into a jungle.

Here are Seven Habits that will help you endure the MRT rush hour experience.  

Habit 1: Manage Your Time Wisely While the MRT reduces travel time, commuters still need to allot a good 30 minutes to wrestle your way inside the station. Your litany begins when you see a crowd or a line gathering outside the station. Tailgate the person in front of you and do not ever let anyone else cut you in line. It would be best to have a Stored Value Ticket handy. If not, join the seemingly endless snake-like formation just before the ticket gate entrance. For round trips, buy two one-way tickets at once, to avoid going through the same experience on your return trip. Do note however that one-way tickets are only valid on the day they were bought. Lastly, do not expect that you can get in the train on the first try, or the second for that matter. Getting into a train on the first try during rush hour takes lots of practice, energy, talent and tact.

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Pop Danthology 2013 Music Mashup!

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2014 Official Philippine Holidays

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Almost 2 more months to go and we're gonna be welcoming 2014 already. So before the year ends, why don't you plan already your 2014 vacations!
Here are the official Philippine holidays for 2014:  

Regular Holidays
  • 1 January (Wednesday) – New Year’s Day 
  • 9 April (Wednesday) – Araw ng Kagitingan 
  • 17 April – Maundy Thursday 
  • 18 April – Good Friday 
  • 1 May (Thursday) – Labor Day 
  • 12 June (Thursday) – Independence Day 
  • 25 August (Monday) – National Heroes Day 
  • 30 November (Sunday) – Bonifacio Day 
  • 25 December (Thursday) – Christmas Day 
  • 30 December (Tuesday) – Rizal Day  
Special (Non-Working) Days
  • 31 January (Friday) – Chinese New Year 
  • 19 April – Black Saturday 
  • 21 August (Thursday) – Ninoy Aquino Day 
  • 1 November (Saturday) – All Saints Day 
  • 24 December (Wednesday)
  • 26 December (Friday)
  • 31 December (Wednesday) – Last Day of the Year
25 February (Tuesday), EDSA Revolution Anniversary will be a special holiday for all schools 

Note that: observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations. 

Regular holidays = employee gets paid in full even if he/she doesn't report for work. Double pay if employee goes to work.
Special holidays = same rule but instead of double pay, employee is only entitled to 130% of daily equivalent pay

Expect number coding to be suspended during the regular holidays. Special non-working holidays are on a case-to-case basis but historically, number coding has been suspended due to obvious practical reasons.
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