Tips and Info on SLEX and Travelling to the South Luzon

I went to my beloved town of Lopez, Quezon last Sunday. And in the tradition of my free six video post, I am writing some six info and tips about travelling, going south of Manila and SLEX.

1. If you’re the driver, get some good sleep.
A good amount of sleep (for the driver) still beats up the need for coffee and caffeine rushes and other gimmicks to keep the driver awake.

2. Gas up in the Metro
I’ve been posting prices of unleaded gasoline in my blog and filling the tank in the Metro will really save you a lot of money.

Take this example:

This is the price when I last filled my tank with unleaded gasoline.

Then I filled up full tank at the SLEX and it is P34.98/liter there. Then going some 200 kilometers south of Manila price of unleaded gas can go up to P39/liter.

Do the Math and be practical πŸ™‚

3. Check your tires, water for the radiator, etc.
Since you are already at the gasoline station, check the water for your radiator, check also the tire pressure and other usual motoring stuffs. This is both for safety and to prolong the life of your tires.

4. Use Skyway
Taking the Skyway may have some additional costs but I highly recommend it especially those leaving manila when the sun is already up. Will save you minutes of your precious travel time.

5. Prepare for the Traffic
SLEX. South Luzon Expressway. The last time I used SLEX was early in March 2009 (but since we were going to Binan, Laguna only so we have to use the Carmona Exit). But now SLEX road improvement is making some good developments. The southbound lanes are wide now (4-lane) and traffic flow is smooth up to certain points. Be prepared to have some slowdown near Carmona Exit (as they are still fixing some bridge there).

And hold on! Given the volume of the outgoing vehicles for this summer break, I am guessing that the southbound exit will have some major buildup; my estimate is that 3+ kilometers before the last tollgate, vehicle will have some major buildup and will add on 15~30 minutes on waiting and moving at a snail’s pace (because of the inefficient system they have at the tollgate).

6. Know Your Alternate Routes
…So that you can take it when the situation calls for it.
Some major and minor choke points at the following areas (we left Manila at 6AM last Sunday)
A. Last Tollgate (see item 5 above)
B. Calamba, Turbina Area (The buses and the jeeps there are a bunch of pasaway)
C. Exit to STAR Expressway (minor one, I think this is because of the volume)
D. San Pablo City (major choke point at the crossing in the San Pablo diversion road to the South
E. Candelaria, Quezon Town proper (as usual there are many pasaway tricycle drivers and motorist in this area)

I believe A is not avoidable (the best way to avoid it is traverse the SLEX very very early in the morning). B, C and D, can be avoided if we decided to take the Calamba~Los Banos~Calauan~San Pablo route.

Hope these free six tips and info will be helpful.

Will post some food trip, places and news about my Quezon trip during the next few days.

Have a safe and fun trip! OK? If you have other tips related to this, feel free to leave some comments.

After the TV premiere of Eheads Concert 2009 on GMA-7

I watched the Eraserheads Concert 2009 premiere on GMA-7 last night and realized its not like winning the Philippine Lotto
I’m happy to see the other details of the concert that I missed (the hello kitty guitar, etc.) but it seems GMA-7 did not include some of my favorite songs from the premiere πŸ™

The list of songs not included:

From the 1st set

  • Poorman’s Grave
  • Waiting for the Bus

From the 2nd set (the sofa set)

Well I guess that makes me more excited and still wait for the CD and DVD of the Eraserheads Concert 2009.

Eraserheads Concert 2009 in GMA-7 on April 5

Was watching GMA-7 this evening and was surprised to see that the Eraserheads Concert 2009 “The Final Set” will be shown tomorrow, April 5, 2009 on SNBO (Sunday Night Box Office) at 10:30PM.

Eraserheads Concert 2009

So to those who missed the March 7, 2009 concert at the Mall of Asia, make sure you stay glued to GMA-7 tomorrow night.

For some sneak peek of what to expect, kindly visit my Eraserheads Concert 2009 experience post.

Oh btw… Good luck with the commercials πŸ™‚

Downad, Conficker and April 1 – Part 3

A follow-up post on my Downad Conficker April 1 article series.

The D-Day has passed and it is good to hear that there were no major devastating issues related to Downad. But as Mad-Eye Moody of the Harry Potter series would say “Constant Vigilance!“. Nuff said πŸ™‚

Below is an interesting article from ZDNET blogs. If you like some visualization to know if you are infected by Downad, read on…

Because Conficker blocks victims from visiting Web sites for anti-malware vendors, Joe Stewart from SecureWorks has come up with a clever eye-chart (if that gets blocked, try this one) that provides visual confirmation on infections.

If you can see all three images in the top grid below, your computer is NOT infected with Conficker. However, if one of the F-Secure, SecureWorks or Trend Micro logos appears broken, chances are your computer is part of the Conficker botnet. Here’s the explanation on how to interpret the chart.

Want to know more, kindly visit this ZDNet Zero Day article.

Another visualization of Downad/Conficker Traffic can be viewed at this Trend Micro Malware Blog article.

Menardconnect and PageRank

I thought it was a either a glitch or Google’s April Fools joke on me. But upon reading some blogs discussing that Google updated their blogs’ pagerank yesterday, I did some research, asked experts around and seems it’s true. Yep, Menardconnect is Pagerank 1 now. They say the new pagerank is propagating via the google data centers and should normalize soon.

Thanks to all the readers, bloggers and all the people who inspired, helped and supported my blog.

DefConPH BeerTalk Manila on April 24

I’ve heard from a colleague that DefconPH will have their Beertalk in Manila this April 24. I’d love to come and be a noobie or a poser πŸ™‚

Seriously, I would like to attend and join the fun but it seems I cannot make it that day (will post the reason when it’s already final). Hope I can be free by the annual DefConPH event in Cebu this June. Good luck to the presenters!

So what is DefCon? DefCon is the largest “underground” hacking convention held every year in Las Vegas. DefConPH is the Philippine counterpart of the DefCon International. Beertalk is a gathering and discussion on techie issues, over beer of course. Want to know more, kindly visit the DEFCONPH site.

DefconPH BeerTalk2 Details:

Grilla Paseo De Roxas Avenue Branch, Makati
Near Greenbelt

April 24, 2009 @ 1900 HRS PHT

Who Should Attend:
Everyone can attend not just IT enthusiasts. We mean everyone, humans on different fields like Feds, Lawyers, Salesman, anyone who are willing to learn what is going on with information security these days.

Registration Fee:
Early Php800.00 / Late Registration Php1500.00 includes DEFCONPH Official T-shirt, 2 Bottle of Booze and 2 Slice of Pizza

NOTE: Early Registration closes on April 12, 2009

Complete details here.