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Top Travel Tips: How to Protect Yourself when Traveling

Whether for business, pleasure or whatever,  we naturally do want things to go about smoothly in our travels. Yet what could assure our safety?

Here are the basics that you need to know.

  1. Do advance research of your destination from attractions and its peak seasons, hostels, climate, culture, practices, exchange rates, local cost of living and political stability among others.
  2. Be updated with your country’s travel advisory. If you have no clue about it, then the more you make sure you do tip #1.
  3. Have duplicates of travel documents. Accidental loss or damage to your travel documents could mean big trouble, thus, it would be better to prepare for the unexpected by having photocopies.

    Enjoy and maximize every single day of your travel – get vaccinated.
  4. Take proper vaccinations. More than adjusting to the time zone, sudden climate changes could get your body react negatively, so make sure you get your shots before traveling.
  5. Learn the local language. While having a translator app is good, knowing how to speak a few local lines is better than a robotic audio that may even mispronounce some words.
  6. If you haven’t got martial arts’ skills, then at least bring some self-defense items like a pepper spray – or even a Swiss knife that is not only useful for outdoors but could be used for protection, too.
  7. Consider your length of stay yet travel light and pack only climate friendly clothing, supplies and accessories. Know what’s taboo.

    Don’t just travel light, but also consider what’s “acceptable” in the region.
  8. Pack important and frequently used items in a special bag. Can you imagine the hassle when you have to dig your bag for coins just to pay a rickshaw? Or the stress you would have realizing that your phone is not even in your pocket but in the cargo hold?
  9. Bring a basic first aid kit. While there may be hospitals or health centers wherever we may go, it would be a no-brainer to bring a first aid kit with you in your travels. Like, wouldn’t it be a hassle if we had to go to a hospital just because of a tiny bruise?
  10. As much as possible, book in a hostel that is near your purpose for traveling. Proximity adds assurance to security. Makes sense?
  11. Check-in with your embassy. For extra assurance, wouldn’t it be reassuring that your country knows where you are exactly?

    Connecting with officers secures your adventure.
  12. Know where the police and proper authorities are. Accidents, petty crimes or even getting lost where you are can happen. So, knowing where you could get the nearest help would be telling.
  13. Leave valuables at your hotel’s safety vault during your stay. Does it make sense to keep bringing all your valuables when you got hotel service that offers top-notch security? Enjoy your every adventure with less baggage, with literally less baggage!
  14. Follow local laws and regulations. You can not just come in and explore some place with your ego – like, thinking you are a paying customer and that the customer is always right. Rules and laws are what makes a place safe and orderly, if you want to be safe, then follow local laws and regulations.
  15. Familiarize yourself with the transportation system. Every place or country has some kind of structure in how they go about things especially in commuting, so to make your visit more efficient and comfortable, it would be good to know not only where certain places are but also how to get there faster and cheaper.
  16. Stay in safe zones – whether it’s having fun at night or walking only in well-lit areas with decent people. While we know of some places to be of high risk, not all low risk areas are really low risk. What if you suddenly encounter an intoxicated guy in the dark? People drink but if they lose their mind from it, a low risk place could suddenly turn into a high risk area.

    Dim lights does not always mean unsafe – seeing women and children gives us a clue.
  17. Make sure of your water sources. Same goes with food. If you are really a traveler, experiencing local delicacies is a must. However, be mindful of not only what your belly can take, but if the food is really safe to consume. One clue would be – if many locals are eating it, in that particular place, then the food must be safe. As for water, it would be advisable to drink only from your hotel, a good restaurant or just buy your water if ever.
  18. Be friendly and respectful. Appreciate the culture. This probably is the most overlooked aspect of safety – and that is ‘friendliness’. No, you do not necessarily have to shake hands with everyone in sight but at least let that positive aura shine in you. Whether you need direction or help, being friendly and respectful would go a long way towards having that great travel experience.

Happy and safe travels!

YouTube Review: Guy has Seizure while Skydiving

Skydiving, anyone?

Well, it’s actually the subject of our featured YouTube video of the week – yup, skydiving!

So, if you’re scared of heights – this is not for you, at least the actual thing that is. Anyway, let’s check out the video and see why it could be even more dangerous..

As the title suggests, guy has seizure while skydiving! Wow, that must have been an experience, eh?!

Having seizure at around 9,000 feet.. Losing consciousness for 30 seconds.. Only to regain it by 3,000 feet. Whew! Thanks to the jumpmaster and the buddy system – the ripcord was pulled with still 4,000 feet.

Shouldn’t there be some medical before attempting things like these? Sure Christopher was checked, but still..

Some lesson for us all.

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Patched up cracks of a toilet at ICM's LG level
Patched up cracks of a toilet at ICM’s LG level

Earthquake consequences: Weakened structure. This is expected after a major calamity like an earthquake. Thus, ICM management should give more consideration to its structure – don’t just patch up, go deeper in your repairs, this is no small house but a mall.

Benches near the UG Level entrance 2 of ICM
Benches near the UG Level Entrance 2 of ICM

I was seated at about 12:35pm to 12:45pm trying to feel the consumers’ pulse, instead felt the flooring was actually “shaking” with the comings and goings of people. Nobody’d probably feel it unless you link to your senses to the floor with no thoughts of just fun.

After standing up, I transferred to another area near BDO’s kiosk and ICM’s Home & Fashion… and lo! I still sensed it, the “shaking.” This could be “dangerous” in the long run if taken for granted. Whether a series of strong aftershocks or just plain influx of people (which is longer compared to aftershocks), the unimaginable could surely happen.

Safety first!

VIDEO: Vietnam Airlines’ “missing wheel” incident…

A little over a week ago, Vietnam Airlines landed in Danang, Vietnam with a missing wheel. How did it happen? Check the video simulation… then let’s talk about the good and the “not so good” about what happened.

Okay, believe it or not, this is one of those rare aircraft incidents where there was “something” good about. And what is it? The pilot.

See. More often than not, in aircraft problems, the pilot’s inefficiency is pointed out. That they lack flight hours or training or what. But this time, the pilot showed poise and skill. Yes, no one may have noticed the “missing wheel” that dropped while in mid-air, but the pilot was able to land the plane safely.

That’s skill! That’s what makes this news worth examining.

Now, the “not so good” as mentioned even in previous aircraft related posts (type ground crew at the search bar) is that the “ground crew” or technicians may have missed on their responsibilities. Checking. Double checking. Triple checking is crucial to aircraft safety. Oh and as everybody was focused on – the wheel. That’s the serious part. It could cause real harm.

Still, though Vietnam Airlines may have succumbed to losses due to delays and the “missing wheel” news, if passengers are helped to think it through – that particular pilot could bring in the positives.

Now, it’s up to the ground people and the airlines’ management. Investigate well and be accountable – then thoroughly maintain.

Safe Malling…

With the recent “terrorist attacks” at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya — would you still go malling?

Well, certainly. Malling has become an integral part of modern life that no bombing news would deter consumers from excluding it from their lifestyle – unless it happened in their vicinity, of course. If such is the case, people would simply wait until the smoke has cleared, until security is once again in control.

But then again, malls and authorities should not take it easy knowing that this is the mentality of consumers. By all means, no. Malls owe it to consumer patronage that they are flourishing. Government needs to ensure a safe society. These entities should collaborate in making leisure less worrisome but instead pleasurable.

Malls, simply part of modern life
Malls, simply part of modern life

CCTV. Body checks. Terrorists already knows these, hence, they are prepared for it. To stop terrorists, think like a terrorist. Like what would you do if you were a terrorist yourself? Prepare for eventualities. Swiftness is key.

As for the public, don’t be too lax when going out, understand the “times” we are in. Be alert of suspicious characters. They don’t have to wear eye-catching clothes for you to know one. Shifty eye movement, rushing, purposeful steps, carrying of hand bags or backpacks – the presence of these factors is a dubious sign, so beware!

Ready to take-off…

Only recently, the CAAP suspended ZestAir for failing to comply with flight standards — like, having no Accountable Manager since July 19; its crew failing to check aircraft logs at one time; a ZestAir plane refueling with passengers on board last August 14 and its airline pilot was also found to have exceeded the 100-hour flight time limit per month.

Well, what does an “accountable manager” do anyway? The AM according to the PCAR ensures that all flight operations and maintenance activities are done with the highest standards of safety. So if for that reason and with the CAAP having proven the violations — the suspension was, indeed, justified.

This suspension would last until corrective measures were taken by the airline – which eventually was reported lifted just last August 20.

Just landed ...
Just landed…

Incidentally, however, my experience with ZestAir has been better than that of other local airlines. Every ZestAir plane I took departs on time and arrives at its destination 10-20 minutes before its estimated time of arrival. Wow! Its crews were also more friendly and helpful. Besides that, ZestAir got the lowest airfare rates. These are just some reasons why this airline is a good way to fly.

Nonetheless, just like other local airlines, it seems that many of their planes have “aged”; so as a reminder, ZestAir should make a stricter policy of regularly checking its aircrafts’ condition to assure of air worthiness. Safety is primary.

Does the fast need to get faster?

Does the fast need to get faster?

The fast is getter faster – that’s what happening to many of man’s creations nowadays. And in this news, we’re talking about “trains.”

hyperloop-sketch-horizontal-galleryJust a day ago, Elon Musk, the celebrated Founder of SpaceX, Tesla and PayPal introduced the Hyperloop transportation system – the fastest train yet. Really.

Hyperloop travels at almost 700 mph, more than doubling the speed of the current fastest train Shanghai Maglev Train which stands at 311 mph. Hyperloop is designed like a vacuum and that its passengers are seated in an inclined position for speed and comfortability reasons.

Still, the question is — does the fast need to get faster?

Take the Concorde for example. If we really needed faster planes, the Concorde should have survived. For whatever reason it was phased out — whether funding, passenger issues, maintenance costs or what — the entities involved should have tried to tweek things to continue with the innovation.. and inevitably produce even faster and safer planes.

Now, cars are different since your “feet” are touching the ground. Besides, very fast cars are not really used or maximized in the metropolis; otherwise, imagine the road accidents we’d have?

In case of trains, you maybe comfortably seated inside the hybrid train but what about your “soul”? I mean, doesn’t anxious thoughts come in to your mind? After all, although trains nowadays are technologically advanced, you’re still on rail tracks.

So, speed may be fun and duely considered in transportation; but safety should always be a primary consideration. And we’re sure engineers and investors have certainly thought about it — now, it’s a matter of passing on that “thought” to consumers. Not to mention the ticket price.