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Travel can serve as both recreation and education. When traveling, our horizons are broadened, our perspectives become more balanced and inspired. Tourism is a positive aspect of travel in that it aims to show the best parts of a destination to visitors. The country visited might not be completely perfect, but a good destination would have places that are pleasant, peaceful and healthy for people to visit.
There are advantages both in group travel and in solo or single-family travel. For Filman arranged combined group travel, there is both convenience, savings, scheduling and efficiency in traveling in buses with a tour guide as well as having sumptuous meals laid out for you. This experience is continually being improved and updated to give passengers a smooth, pleasant and memorable experience. Traveling solo or in a single-family gives flexibility and time to explore. You can also have a combination of both, traveling solo/single-family and then joining a big group in some part of your journey.
Currently, during the pandemic, it is not advisable to travel. Thus we are not posting any new travel products. Still it is nice to be able to reminisce about past journeys and hope that perhaps in the future we can once again visit the lands of our neighbors, both local and global, experience their hospitality and avail of their products and services.
Photos taken in SM Mall of Asia (MOA) during a supply run to Ace Hardware. Pancake House in MOA is gone. But the one at Aseana Square nearby is still open as of this post.
The Positive Aspect
The Worrying Aspect
What can be done
In our new normal after the COVID-19 quarantines, here's a proposed layout that we have drawn up for jeepneys, a popular public transport in the Philippines. (see image below)
Additional upgrade would be to use electronic payment systems (which are out of the scope of this simple post). If electronic fare collection is used, the space for the fare boxes can be used for other things, like a place for safety seatbelts and airbags.
Known limitations would be that
Known advantage of this layout: the passengers would be able to see the outside better than current layout and call for a stop. They could use a bell or a buzzer to signal for stops. All the internal partitions would be transparent so that driver can see.
This can also be implemented in buses.
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Different historical events and corresponding photos can be read about and looked at.
How To Work From Home Even If You Don't Have Work
So what would a person do if (s)he is in an industry shutdown by the COVID-19 lockdown and there is no work to do in the industry?
TLDR: Find things to do. Get ready for the future.
One of the reasons why we’re uncomfortable with the present situation is we want to have enough resources (cash comes first to mind) for our future. Money is a tool and a pretty good one at that. Still it is written that we can’t put our trust in it, because it is here today and gone tomorrow. Also that we can’t chase money for it will be a path of many pains. Plus depreciation and inflation. The question we ask ourselves then is what else can we do aside from thinking about money? Some of the answers can be found in 1 Timothy 6:6-19 in the Christian Holy Bible.
Current Situation: Covid-19
Even at this time, we hope for smooth, maybe more laid back daily itineraries for you, our Filman Travel customers and friends.
A Typical WeekDay (BLD - Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Meals)
Home Sweet Home
As you wake up to another blessed day, take time to have a slight smile and breathe and be thankful. Say/whisper a short prayer. Go to the window, the doorway or the yard for some sun and stretching. After which we would go for our breakfast, of which you and/or a housemate can prepare one that is simple and healthy, or a sumptuous one that could fill you up until it's time for lunch.
After our meal we can start and do some work or chores if you need to do any. For our retired or vacationing friends, we can read a book, choose a really good show/movie/documentary on streaming or cable, or watch the news over the air. Listen to the radio. There are so many stations to be listened too, all delivered at once to our listening device with no installation or subscription fees. We can appreciate that FM/AM radio's been here a while, but it is still a modern technological marvel. Take breaks to get a drink of liquids. Choice of cold or warm water, warm tea, iced honey calamansi tea, local juice (pineapple, mango, starfruit, balimbing, strawberry, etc). Optional soda package available, included if you bought some from the store/supermarket. As it is the summer time, you might want to make your own banana split dessert. Banana and ice cream do go well together.
We will have our healthy lunch at the dining table area, option of being surrounded by family, friends, housemates. Or peruse a cookbook if you're alone.
After a short rest or nap after the meal, take the time to practice your musical instrument if you have one. If not, then your singing voice. Enjoy learning to sing a group song with your housemates or sing solo with your operatic voice. If you're singing solo in the shower, make sure to maximize the audio enhancing qualities of the bathroom. Then back to any work or chores, if any. Or sit back and think of past blessings and beneficial interactions, and hope for wisdom and guidance for the future.
Evening, sit around the dining table for a filling and nutritious dinner with family, housemates, friends or with your spouse. Unless you need to self quarantine, upon which you would have the luxury of your own room/area (single supplement applies.) After dinner you can work on some puzzles, color in some colouring books, do some knitting, play card or board games (without touching your face and remembering to wash your hands after), tell jokes, or just rock on the rocking chair and listen to podcasts with or without headphones.
Night time: Get to bed on time to get enough sleep and be prepared for the next day of our lives, in the midst of a historic time. Be ready to be part of history once again tomorrow.
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2/17/2020 0 Comments
Filman Travel advises against any unnecessary travel, especially to affected areas of the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak. We value the safety and health of our customers and as such have kept from posting new travel products for the upcoming months.
We will post new destination products for the later part of the year soon.
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