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The day without Facebook

In the advent of internet when most of socialization was  face to face with our warm bodies; the days when we had to communicate and interact with our families and friends miles and miles away by post, telegram, and telephone, the days when life seemed to be very slow but calmer.

With the amazing introduction of Facebook decades ago, it is now popularly known as the No. 1 social media platform, everything has been very fast, communicating to anyone in this world is like the speed of light. Facebook is astonishing and impressive! Isn’t it? Name it, it has it! It has become a platform full of magic!

The magical world of Facebook however has reached to an extent that it consumed me. Yes, it consumed my free time, to a point that it has been part of me big time. It was great at the beginning; I’ve got to find my long-lost friends and relatives, most of all Facebook gave me an unlimited cloud storage of my memories, particularly my travel memories.

Facebook – to hold my neck and occupy my precious time every single day is something that I’ve come to realize to be unproductive. It has gone beyond communicating and interacting, but to an addictive point, the worst scenario was it reached the point when I could no longer live without browsing FB day and night. I just woke up one Sunday that I had to put a halt on it; it has to stop! I deactivated it!

As of this writing, I am now on my 4th day without Facebook. I feel more freedom and consequently more productive. I no longer look for FB app on my mobile phone, I deliberately uninstalled it.  I need to train myself without FB for 3 months. I should get used to live without Facebook, I love the day without Facebook!

I have nothing against Facebook and all other social media platforms, they are all part of our digital world. It is just my personal take, it is only ourselves who can identify which is which is to prioritize in our lives; the things which we believe are more important and of significance.

Deutsche Bahn ICE High Speed Train (Germany-Belgium) 2016

Traveling by High Speed Train is the fastest way to move around Europe. When we had a chance to explore Europe by DIY (Do-IT-Yourself), it looked difficult and a bit scary at first but once you had your first attempt, traveling by train should be as easy as ABC. Europe as a whole has very efficient Train systems.

Germany is known for its High Speed Rail. They have the so called InterCity Express (ICE) which is the high-speed train operated by Deutsche Bahn. These trains operate across and beyond Germany, connecting cities like Berlin, Cologne and Munich. The modern ICE trains are one of the fastest ways to get around in Germany and its surrounding countries like Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Switzerland.

Our very first experience of DB Bahn ICE High Speed Train was when we visited our friend in Belgium. Since we were coming from Norheim, a small but beautiful village in Bad Munster, Germany, we had like our 5 train transfers on our way to Brussels, Belgium. We basically traveled by utilizing all types of German trains, and so the possibility of getting lost was there. It was our first time, Getting LOST was part of our anticipations due to train transfer time intervals which was as short as 3 mins. Speed and Time accuracy were the real name of the game!

How was the train experience?

  • DB ICE High Speed Train by far was the best long distance train experience I had, the series of train transfers were the best train adventures

How many hours did it take to travel from Germany to Brussels, Belgium?

  • Approximately 4 Hours

How much was the train fare from Germany to Belgium?

  • EU 230 Round Trip

How was the stability of Train?

  • German Precision Engineering is at its best, you could put your coffee on the table without spilling over; some were drinking beers inside the trains ,while others were working with their laptops..
  • Very minimal noise inside the train

What is the speed of German DB High Speed Train?

  • Average speed of 320 kmh

What is the distance from Bad Kreuznach, Germant to Brussels, Belgium?

  • 354.5 kms

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PNR BICOL EXPRESS 2012

Believe it or not! I was inside the PNR (Philippine National Railways) Bicol Express Train. It was my first long distance travel by train in my own country with a distance of 400 kms from Manila to Naga City in Bicol. The legendary PNR train of the Philippines was relaunched back in September of 2011.

NAGA TRAIN STATION

For a long period of time, I only heard from my grandparents that PNR train was a popular transport in the hay days for the Southern Luzon folks who traveled long distance to Manila. PNR railways however have been neglected after the World War II. Neglect made the train networks looked battered and so its cars. The train of the past became unpopular as the government shifted to building expressways and highways.

In 2011, the government relaunched its operations with refurbished imported cars from Korea. It was a new look for me. An adapted second hand or “ukay-ukay” trains from foreign countries was a good try.  Though it was not my first time to travel long distance by train, my very  first long distance travel was from Malaysia to Singapore back in 2010.

What was the speed of PNR Bicol Express on its launching in 2011?

  • It had an average speed of 40 kph

How much time did it take from Manila to Naga?

  • 10 hours

How much was the Train fare from Manila to Naga?

  • P 647 for cabin 1st class
  • P 380 for economy

Was the train stability smooth?

  • The car/train was shaky due to poor railways. The car/train was running on locomotive engine and so the noise and unwanted car/train imbalances were prevalent.

Is the PNR Bicol Express still operational this Year  (2019)?

  • The train service that was running from Tutuban in Manila to Legaspi City in Albay, stopped operations in 2012

PNR 1ST CLASS CABIN