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I love jeepneys, buses or trains no matter how smelly, crowded, filthy or run down they may be.

What’s my favorite public utility vehicle? The jeepney of course!

Oh the Philippine Jeepney or the “Dyipni”, painted with colorful, personal or miscellaneous artwork and blasting out of its speakers is loud and obnoxious music noise as it carelessly race through the streets of Manila suddenly stopping at any moment, at any corner for passengers, it’s quite a sight.

Climbing in a jeep, squeezing your arse in the small space between complete strangers and trusting them with your fare as they pass it to the jeepney driver – it’s an experience that completely obliterates your personal space.

Then there is the danger of getting in a vehicular accident, getting robbed by someone cutting through your pants for your mobile phone (unsuccessful attempt) and high probability of getting gum on your pants and sitting next to someone sweaty, smelly and maybe insane.

Exhibit A.

My everyday jeepney to school is Cubao-Divisoria. I’ve ridden jeepneys hundreds of times and I’ve been riding on this route for a year now. After our last graduation practice, I hopped on a jeepney home. The man beside me used a really sharp blade to cut through my pocket (which also cut through my phone’s casing, yes it’s that sharp) without me even feeling a thing. He was quick and quiet. Luckily, I noticed and was able to get my phone and got home safely. Although I walked home with a big hole on my jeans. Hahaha.

So what’s there to love?

Well…

It’s easy to find a jeep to ride on in Manila. The fare is cheap and the ride is entertaining.

Well there is also the interesting stories from interesting people. The weird stories told by weird people. Basically, it’s the people you ride with that makes getting on the jeepney worth while. Hehehe

Maybe for most Filipinos, jeepney’s are more of a bane. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t admit that there are times that going on a jeepney during a hot summer day or  rainy day makes me cringe and want to take a taxi even though I’m going somewhere near.

But despite it’s downsides, hop on a jeepney. More often than not, you’ll go down with a story to tell. 🙂

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Let’s help our fellow Filipinos in Ilagan and CDO!

To: Red Cross Youth-San Beda Chapter/ Bedan Volunteers-SBC Manila
From: Manila CYC and RCY-Manila Chapter

Two simple ways we can help them:

1. Using your Facebook account: 7-Eleven Philippines will donate P10 per new LIKE on their fanpage up to 1M, on behalf of their fans. (Just type in “7-Eleven Philippines” or click enter this link http://www.facebook.com/711philippines?sk=app_208195102528120&app_data=dlt)

2. Using your mobile phone/ via SMS Donations:
Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899-Globe or 4143-Smart.

(This is based on my personal experience and my application for a Master in International Business for Hult.)

School hunting is an arduous task.

First there is the SEARCH.

You can either google schools that come to mind or MAKE A GMAT ACCOUNT.

I got the idea of creating a GMAT account from a friend who applied to a Singapore based business school. The GMAT is one of the requirements of business schools but the GMAT website also provides a number of services that you can avail for free if you have an account. One of these is the search engine tailored to filter your preferences for a business school. So if you’d prefer a Master or MBA in a certain region with a specified program or a joint degree, you can easily filter the hundreds of schools to those who provides programs suitable to your preference.

Next is the INQUIRY.

Since schools try their best to differentiate themselves, they create different standards, requirements, program specifics and duration or even specialized courses to be more appealing to prospective students. The trick is to ask the exact details of their programs so you can find out if they can meet your education preference. Get to know as much details like will a professor teach you or just the teaching assistant, are there scholarships, is the campus culturally diverse and the like so you’ll know where you’ll fit in.

Then there is the Online APPLICATION.

Every school has a different application process. Some need only an online application form and a good GMAT score, while some need the whole enchilada – transcript, recommendation letters, application form, TOEFL, GMAT, and a personal statement. For Hult I only needed a personal statement, a CV, recommendation letters and a completed application form since I was only applying for an MIB which didn’t require work experience or a GMAT score.

Then you’ll be INTERVIEWED.

The first few calls would just be a “getting to know you” kind of interview. These are short and casual interviews for prospective applicants. I received a lot of calls from Hult Admissions which made me more comfortable and made the application process easier. I also appreciated  the efforts they put in to get to know the candidates.

If you complete all the requirements you’ll be scheduled for a FINAL INTERVIEW.

I haven’t had mine yet. More on this as it unfolds…