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Taxi service responds


In response to last week’s column, GrabTaxi Inc. vice president for marketing Natasha Dawn Bautista said she would look into the incident that I encountered while trying out the company’s services.

Posted: December 10th, 2013 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Not up for grabs


I have a question for the people behind the automated smartphone-based booking and dispatch company Grab Taxi: How exactly does one get a cab?

Posted: December 4th, 2013 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Thumbs up: How bus bays can help solve Edsa’s traffic and safety problems

Buses plying the Edsa route are notorious for picking up and dropping off passengers just about anywhere. Unfortunately, safety issues are commonly overlooked. Taxis are no better.

Posted: August 4th, 2013 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

With crummy airport and mercenary taxi drivers, it’s not fun in the Philippines


Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. will have to get airport authorities to improve their services, particularly transport, if we are to convince visitors is it, indeed, more fun in the Philippines.

Posted: June 19th, 2013 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Overcharging taxi drivers at Naia


An arriving passenger at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 thought she would save money by taking a taxi dropping off a passenger at the departure area. Many passengers do this.

Posted: June 11th, 2013 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

World’s second most polluted city turns to buses

This picture taken on December 17, 2011 shows smoke rising from a smokestack above the smog over the capital Ulan Bator. AFP FILE PHOTO

On the streets of Ulan Bator a people renowned for their horse riding skills have to contend every day with ever more Hummers, Land Cruisers and Range Rovers.

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Hong Kong cyclists stuck at government red light


On Hong Kong’s traffic-heavy streets, horns blare as speeding red taxis, double-decker buses and public minivans shuttle people to-and-from work. But there is one thing missing – bicycles.

Posted: September 23rd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

The battle against drunk driving


“Once my kids reached legal age, I started drinking with them. We’d each have a bottle or two of beer. I wanted to remove the mystery of alcohol because you know how kids are, if it’s not allowed, the more they’d want it. I wanted them to know they didn’t need to sneak around.

Posted: July 25th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

The battle against drunk driving


The stories are tragic. In just the past few weeks, we’ve seen headline after headline about horrific car accidents that have resulted in multiple deaths.

Posted: July 11th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Now it’s time to make sure bus drivers, conductors are qualified


Starting this month, bus drivers and conductors will be paid regular salaries, instead of commissions from every trip they complete.

Posted: July 4th, 2012 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Discovering North Korea by train


To get to North Korea, one can make the rare journey by taking a plane from Beijing to Pyongyang. But for those who have the opportunity, the train offers a unique glimpse of the most closed country in the world.

Posted: April 22nd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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  2. Palawan favorite getaway of show biz celebrities
  3. This is not just a farm
  4. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  5. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  6. She has become the sex slave of her best friend
  7. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  8. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  9. Most criticized books list includes Hunger Games, Perks
  10. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  1. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  4. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  7. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  8. Prince William fuels speculation of second royal baby
  9. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  10. This is not just a farm
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
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