Brazil Trip 101: Rio de Janeiro – Hang Gliding

29 10 2012

One of the must do activities when dropping by the city of Rio de Janeiro is to view the city from the sky, flying on artificial wings. One of the reasons why someone like me can fall easily in love with the city is how its long stretch of beaches are so close to its lush green hills. Both enveloping the city in between both vibrant with the fusion of its new cityscape atmosphere and its old, traditionally Brazilian fun-loving culture.

We took our chances with the Associação Brasileiro de Vôo Livre located along the Praia de São Conrado. It was a bit tougher to commute towards though as there were no direct buses from the city centre. We took a bus to Leblon and a 20 – 30 minute taxi to reach São Conrado. From there, a short walk along the the shore, you’d spot the team of instructors lounging, fixing up their gliders, and entertaining their guests.

 

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A Commentary on the Philippine Party List System

29 10 2012

I was reading through an article regarding the Comelec tearing through the legitimate party-lists from those that aren’t. What I found quite interesting was a comment by a reader (Platypus09):

There should only be 2- to 3-political party structure in our country like the US’ Democratic Party, Republican Party, and the Green Party.

It has to be mandated by Congress as a political reform law or by way of a Constitutional
Amendment to streamline and get rid of multiple-political party structure during elections, which sounds ridiculous and out of control.

More parties means chaos, people will be divided, more-than-half-of-the-majority mandate will not be reached if there are more than two candidates running for national government
positions from multiple political parties, Comelec will need more manpower and thus VERY COSTLY.

If there are only two main political parties as electoral structure, these candidates will run against each other first depending on their party affiliations in the geographical or electoral divisions they belong and then the party winners will run against each other. Thus, there will be only two to three candidates per position per electoral division.

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