The name says it all, it’s Voodoo! I was skeptical at first, how can a band of latex fix my
Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow).
(tennis elbow) and tight/inflamed knee? But it came down to either this 2,000PHP (40USD) or going to a physician who will most-likely prescribe some drug or operation to pseudo-fix the pain… until you break it again for 1,500PHP (30USD). SO I went the former.
It didn’t cure my tennis elbow so to speak, but the relief is significant and noticeable. So much so that it allowed me to train and properly address the issue by training the muscles and ligaments properly to permanently address the issue. I’ve been training consistently for a decade now, and wear and tear injuries are an inevitability, and I am so stoked that this product, as simple as it seems allows me to therapeutically deal with my injuries and teach myself more about my body as I grow older.
The bands are cheaper if you live in the US (19USD) from Rogue Fitness, but since I’m from the Philippines you need to pay extra for shipping and taxes. If anyone is interested, I got mine from Ken Tan of The Rack PH.
Good value for money : you get decent video quality with a 1.8f aperture, GPS, WiFi, an LCD, 16gb MLC microSD card, reusable suction mount and other features you may not even use for 6,000PHP (140USD)
Simplicity : it works out of the box. Just plug it in into your car’s 12 volt socket. It powers up when you start your car and turns off when you shut it down. There is an option to leave it running …at the risk of draining your battery.
Mounting and Interface : It comes with a compact suction mount which is sturdy and reusable. The interface is simple with 4 buttons and an idiot-proof UI to navigate through.
The optional App and software sucks… but it works!
license plates are unreadable in low light conditions without your headlamps turned on.
GPS receiver is weak and takes time to get a signal.
The video quality could be better but at the price they are selling it I can’t complain. It comes with practical features, no bells and whistles and just works out of the box. At the price point it sells at, I can’t complain really.
I spent the day using UBER as a means of transportation instead of driving, and I am very impressed by the implementation of their system. Finally, a transport system that actually works in the Philippines!
I like how the system is setup to be secure for both the driver and passenger:
You know the name of the UBER account holder and plate number before hand.
A copy of your trip with a map and route is saved on your account for reference.
No need to carry cash or valuables when riding. Your phone is optional after you requested for a ride, since payments are debited to your credit card
The driver does not know your destination before hand.
You get receipts and detailed trip information via your UBER account and email.
Rating based system for both driver and rider serves to be an effective deterrent against unwelcomed behavior.
Yes, the cost is a bit more than traditional taxi cabs, but that’s what you pay for convenience. I’d gladly pay 50 to 100 pesos more if it means that:
I do not need to wait in line for a ride
No more haggling with the driver before and after riding the cab.
have some control over the type of vehicle I ride.
pay for and get a ride for loved-ones or friends …at my expense 🙂
it is still cheaper than driving if you compute the cost of gas and parking fees. Not to mention the physical toll that Manila traffic has on your body when driving.
There are drawbacks to the system like:
having a credit or debit card
having a smart phone
having an internet connection
not regulated by government ...who needs this when the regulating bodies are; to put it lightly… incompetent!
But these requirements are really a non-issue when compared to the benefits you get in return …Beside, majority if not all the people UBER is trying to target already have these.
I’m glad it’s implemented here legally. It is a welcomed transport system that actually works for the people using and providing it. It also provides stiff competition to other transport groups who have become complacent and simply uncompetitive due to their monopoly over certain routes and transport types.