Ten Commandments of Driving

June 20, 2007 at 4:40 pm | Posted in All, Australia, Environment, Life et al, Melbourne, So You May Know | 3 Comments

The Vatican has released a document called “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road”, part 61 of which is the Ten Commandments of Driving. Read full contents of the document here.

Drivers’ “Ten Commandments”

61. In any case, with the request for motorists to exercise virtue, we have drawn up a special “decalogue” for them, in analogy with the Lord’s Ten Commandments. These are stated here below, as indications, considering that they may also be formulated differently.

I. You shall not kill.

II. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.

III. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.

IV. Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents.

V. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.

VI. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.

VII. Support the families of accident victims.

VIII. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.

IX. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.

X. Feel responsible towards others.

Victoria is averaging 176 (in 5 years) road fatalities a year. TAC has a daily road toll update here.

This is a very timely reminder of how people on the road behave now. Speeding, among others, coupled with stupidity kills. Isn’t that irresponsible?

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Lakbayan – How much of the Philippines have you visited?

June 20, 2007 at 3:36 pm | Posted in All, Life et al, Philippines, Travel | 5 Comments

LakbayanHow much of the Philippines have you visited?
Find out at Lakbayan!
Created by Eugene Villar.

I first read about Lakbayan at Shari’s misteryosa.com. I chanced upon it again at Jim Caro’s Blogbastic.

I want to laud Eugene Villar for coming up with this cool site. This is a good measure of how well-travelled one is in the Philippines.

I am a C Philippine traveller. I have been to places all over Luzon. having lived in Manila for 15 working years, I had the opportunity to explore Luzon more than the Visayas islands where I came from. Thanks to an ex who let me tag along with him on his business trips and to friends who joined me in my adventures. I grew up in the province of Negros Occidental – the shoe boot shaped island in the Visayas but have never been to the other side, Negros Oriental.

Nevertheless, I am happy to say that I have seen the Philippines (except for Mindanao, never had the opportunity) more than an average Filipino have.

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In these days, is it worth it being a Good Samaritan?

June 20, 2007 at 1:10 pm | Posted in All, Australia, Health, Life et al, Melbourne | 1 Comment

The shooting incident in Melbourne CBD on Monday the 18th has prompted a lot people to ask if it is worth it being a Good Samaritan.

One person died and two more were injured after being shot when they tried stopping a man attacking a woman. The gunman who is still at large has been named since.

So where does one draw the line in helping others? What I mean by others here is that people you do not know.

In situations such as this, where a man is hurting a woman, would you think twice about helping her? Being a woman myself, I don’t think I can would even try to stop a man trying to hurt someone. I’d rather call the police. When one is angry or stressed, one does not think rationally and can be very capable of doing stupid things.

According to Better Health

Anger is a powerful emotion. If it isn’t handled appropriately, it may have destructive results. Uncontrolled anger can lead to arguments, physical fights, physical abuse, assault and self-harm. On the other hand, well managed anger can be a useful emotion that motivates you to make positive changes.

Anger triggers the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response. Other emotions that trigger this response include fear, excitement and anxiety. The adrenal glands flood the body with stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. The brain shunts blood away from the gut and towards the muscles, in preparation for physical exertion. Heart rate, blood pressure and respiration increase, the body temperature rises and the skin perspires. The mind is sharpened and focused.

We all know that adrenalin rush can do wonders to the physical and mental strength of a person.

But I digress. I happened to be listening to Light 89.9 FM on my way to work the next day of the unfortunate incident. The hosts were taking calls from listeners and airing their views on helping others and being a Good Samaritan. Some say they would still help but they will have to size up the situation first. Others say, just call the police which I think is the right thing to do. Clearly, people’s views have been somehow influenced by this sad event.

If being a Good Samaritan would put me and my loved one’s life at risk, I’d rather shut up and let authorities handle the situation.

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Why did they build the Great Wall of China?

June 15, 2007 at 4:24 pm | Posted in All, Australia, Melbourne, Something Funny, Travel, TV | 7 Comments

The Great Wall of China

The placard must have been inspired by the Telstra Bigpond’s ad shown in Australian televisions. The video below shows the ad. It’s a crackup. I’ve seen it over and over again but it still doesn’t fail to make me laugh.

What makes the ad funny is the father’s answers to his son’s questions.

  • Nasi Goreng is not a person let alone an emperor of China. It is Indonesian and/or Malaysian(?) for Fried Rice.
  • The Great Wall of China was built during Zhou Dynasty when vassal states each built their own walls. Under the Qin Dynasty the walls were united, a symbol of the now united China. The wall was renovated during the Ming Dynasty.
  • And the rabbits? Calcivirus was first noticed by scientists in China in 1984. The virus has since wiped out 95 % of feral rabbits in parts of China.

Talk about creative marketing.

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