5 New Year’s resolutions we promise to keep in 2019

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by Jason Tulio | Jan 1, 2019
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The year 2018 is over, so it’s time to look ahead to the next 365 days. Here are five resolutions we want to uphold for the coming year.

1) Go on more road trips.

Traffic is getting worse by the day, but that doesn’t mean we have to lose the joy in driving. This year, we vow to make more time to step away from our city dwellings and explore the open road. Our cars deserve that freedom, and so do we. Italian tune-ups can work for our mental health, too.

2) Make the most of improved services.

We like to complain about slow government services, but if the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) new online appointment system is anything to go by, things are slowly improving in some areas. The best thing we can do is to maximize them.

3) Explore more alternative modes of transport.

Traffic is only getting worse, so everyone should do their part to try and help out. In 2019, we promise to try out more of the up-and-coming transport alternatives that are available. That is, if the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) doesn’t put a halt to them first.

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4) Be friendlier to the environment.

Speaking of alternative transport, e-jeepneys are becoming more and more common on the streets. On top of that, the Philippine National Police (PNP) now has a handful of Toyota Prius units. Combustion engines are fun and all, but we need to pay more attention to our planet’s future.

5) Lose weight.

Yeah, we know. It’s the most cliched resolution of them all. Why are we telling ourselves to stop getting seconds at the buffet on this list, you ask? Well, it’s not actually for us. As of writing, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is proposing a measure to reduce the lane widths on EDSA for added safety. So you see, it’s not us who needs to go on a diet. It’s our cars who need to slim down to fit on the road. We figured we’d start by hooking up one of those electronic ab machines to the hood so our rides can sport a six-pack.

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What resolutions do you promise to keep in 2019? Share them in the comments.

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