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culture by Darleen Sy

Watch: A little act of kindness can go a long way in Uber’s new video

#KayoRinPo encourages riders to show how much drivers mean to them.

A mother of three and a victim of an abusive marriage, who has successfully escaped with her children, Marissa Fuster is only an example of one of the thousands of Uber driver partners who continuously share their stories and inspire commuters across the country.

With the fast paced world that we live in, it’s easy to get lost and caught up in things that—at the end of the day—don’t really matter. Amidst the busy streets of Manila and the seemingly never ending list of things to do everyday, stories like Marissa’s are good reminders for us to acknowledge and appreciate the people we often take for granted. While Marissa turned to Uber as a means to financially support herself and her family, she does more than just provide her service. Her story has been one that she has told to many of her riders and in return have admired her for her bravery and perseverance. One even texted her after her trip saying that she reminded her of her own mother. For Marissa, these conversations that she has with her passengers also inspire and encourage her everyday.

As Uber driver partners take us to our next destination, we become a part of their stories just as much as they become a part of ours. Even the smallest gestures, from a simple “thank you” to a 5-star rating, can go a long way. Because just like everyone else, they have their own stories to tell.

Watch Uber’s latest video, #KayoRinPo, https://www.facebook.com/pg/uberpilipinas/videos/?ref=page_internal that features the stories of three drivers including Marissa.
Darleen Sy
Darleen Sy is a freelance multimedia artist and aspiring creative director. An old soul at heart, she enjoys having long and deep philosophical conversations. If she's not cooking up vegan dishes, she's probably out exploring new things to do and places to visit. You can find her on Instagram at @darleensy.
culture by Jacs T. Sampayan

Uber and Singapore Airlines give you a chance to go on an instant adventure

One of the best carriers in the world partners with your go-to transport app for an exciting trip to the unknown

Up for a quick—and we mean, really quick—getaway? Tomorrow, July 22, Uber riders from select cities in the metro will get a chance to win an instant ticket to a mystery location in Southeast Asia. Not that the public needs more reasons to love this app, mind you.

If you are an Uber user from Makati, Pasay, or Bonifacio Global City, simply open the app between 8 to 10 on Saturday morning and request for an UberPLANE ride. Three lucky passengers will win a two-way Economy Class ticket from Singapore Airlines with hotel accommodations. Take note: you will be picked up (at your pick-up points of course) and brought to NAIA Terminal 3 to fly to your surprise destination at 1pm of the same day. Winners will be given priority check-in privileges, 30KG baggage allowance, and access to the Manila SilverKris Lounge before the flight.

It’s kind of crazy, if you think about it to suddenly let yourself be brought to another country on impulse. But hey, given the infuriating circumstances we’ve been inundated with lately, maybe a little adrenaline would do all of us a bit of good.

This one-time offer by Singapore Airlines and Uber was done in celebration of the flag carrier’s 70th anniversary. For more updates on the mystery locations and to learn more about UberPLANE and other offerings, visit singaporeair.com, or facebook.com/singaporeair.

Art by Mags Ocampo

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Jacs T. Sampayan
He's the current Editor of the The Neighborhood, Managing Editor for Rogue, and an editorial consultant for a top public relations firm. In his spare time, he helps run a volleyball training camp, hosts trivia nights, channels all sorts of drama into whacking a tennis ball, walks along major highways to surpass his FitBit goals, and sleeps as little as possible. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @jacs_do_it.
wellness by Alyssa Castillo

3 Friday Traffic Workouts You Can Do in Your Uber

You’ll probably get weird looks from your Uber driver, so try to be subtle.

Traffic in Metro Manila has been dubbed the ‘worst on Earth’—not just by our very own local drivers and commuters, but also by global traffic app Waze. Every one of us has wasted countless hours braving the endless stretch of EDSA; a painful experience that may have traumatized some into staying home for a couple of days afterward. But maybe there are more productive ways to make the most out of that precious time stuck on the road. Coach Gab of Central Ground Crossfit shares these quick and easy body toning steps, because, well, your Uber bill might as well cover your imaginary gym membership fee, right?

cg-3Abs Contract
Target: Abdominal Muscles
Tip: You can literally do this anywhere.
1. Sit firmly on your seat and make sure your body is relaxed and your back is straightened out.
2. Squeeze those abdominal muscles while steadying your breathing. Contract and hold.
3. If you want to step it up a bit, lean back a bit and allow your legs to follow with the movement. Lift your legs a bit and do the same with your arms.
4. Balance and hold this position for as long as you can before relaxing your muscles and going back to position #1.
5. There isn’t a specific number of reps for this exercise, so do as many as you can.

cg-6Air Squat hold
Target: Thighs, Glutes, Butt
Tip: Only attempt this move in crawling, standstill traffic. Sudden jerking of the car could lead to injury.
1. Sit firmly on your seat and make sure your body is relaxed with your back straight.
2. Engaging your core muscles, lift yourself up from your seat. Pull your shoulder blades towards each other and push your chest out slightly.
3. Bend your knees and lift your butt off of the seat then hold. Keep your weight on your heels and make sure your knees are over your toes, but not beyond them.
4. Lower your butt as far down as your thighs can stand while keeping your knees rotated outward.
5. As you lower down, raise your arms parallel to the ground while also maintaining an upright torso. Hold this for as long as the car is on standstill. Make sure you are balanced and that your feet are firm on a flat surface.
6. Squeeze your butt to come back up, lowering your arms back to your side. Sit back down to your seat. Repeat each time the car comes to a long stop.

cg-74-Minute Bag Raise
Target: Shoulders
Tip: Heavy books and heavy laptops make for great alternatives to weights.
1. Sit firmly on your seat and make sure your body is relaxed and your back is straightened. Steady your breathing.
2. Raise arms directly in front of your until they are at shoulder level. Hold for 20 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds. Repeat for 8 rounds.

Produced by Alyssa Castillo and Sam Potenciano
Photography and Videography by Renzo Navarro
Production assisted by Jasmine Seale
Special thanks to Inna Alejandro-Pesigan, Dino Alejandro, and Chino Roque

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Alyssa Castillo
Alyssa Castillo is a freelance writer and is concurrently Rogue Media's Editorial Assistant for The NBHD. She reads for fun, writes for a living, and wastes too much time entertaining the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. Find her on Instagram as @lysscstll.
culture by Isabelle Laureta

6 uberPOOL Stories We Couldn’t Make Up

The good, the bad, and the ugly of commuting in Manila.

If Dante Alighieri were alive and living in Manila today, he would’ve surely added a tenth Circle of Hell— one devoted solely to Manila’s current traffic situation. Dedicated but not limited to the following nightmarish real life situations: rush hour traffic, Friday traffic, rainy day traffic, payday traffic, and any traffic related to the Christmas season (which actually starts as early as September).

Thank God then for the valiant efforts of certain ride-sharing companies (namely uberPOOL) to help lessen the amount of blockage on major roadways. Really, in theory, what about that could go wrong? The answer: a whole lot. While, to be fair, more often than not you’re treated to a hassle-free trip with pleasant uberPOOL-mates, other times the universe seems to conspire against you by dropping you into horrifyingly awkward situations (AKA the eleventh Circle of Hell).

And because all experiences (both the good and the bad) are best enjoyed when shared, we present six true life uberPOOL stories that’ll make you either laugh, cry, or reconsider commuting forever.
rogue-uber-pool-horror-stories-mark-161021“My friends and I were out drinking to celebrate someone’s birthday. When I couldn’t take anymore drinks, I decided to French exit by booking an uberPOOL ride. I was so dizzy the entire trip that when we arrived on my street, I started vomiting out the window. I told the driver, “Kuya, wait lang, papalinis ko ‘to,” then went inside and drunkenly fell asleep. The best part about that trip was that nobody else UberPOOLed with me. The worst: I had left my phone in the car, so I had to get hold of the driver again and meet up with him. I was so embarrassed but thankfully he was polite about the entire thing. I just tried making it up to him by buying him food. Yup, 1 star for me.”- Mark, Uber Rider, Quezon City

“It was nearly 1 AM when I picked up 3 passengers. The first was a girl who got in by herself and sat up front. The next two were these drunk guys who sat in the back. Mid-trip, the guys kept asking me to turn up the volume of the radio because they liked the music. They were so obnoxiously rowdy that the girl, irritated, snapped at them saying “Hindi sa inyo ‘yung kotse ah.” They all ended up arguing with each other the rest of the trip.”– Christian, Uber Driver, Manila
rogue-uber-pool-horror-stories-issa-161021“I really do my best to be a good citizen by helping solve Manila’s traffic problem through booking UberPOOL rides. One day while going to work, I realized that I forgot my wallet at home, and of course it had to be the day that I opted for a cash payment. The entire car went quiet as I searched for long lost bills in the pockets of my bags and my jeans. Thankfully, one of the strangers that I rode with offered to pay for my share. Pretty lucky on my end, but I swear nobody else on that trip looked too pleased to have me onboard.” – Issa, Uber Rider, Mandaluyong

“The moment my friend and I entered the uberPOOL, we nearly died from the smell. We didn’t know if one of the other riders just a bad case of gas or if it was something… worse. While sitting quietly in the back, my friend and I coincidently texted each other the same thing at the exact same time: ‘ANG BAHO HINDI AKO MAKAHINGA.’” – Faye, Uber Rider, BGC

“The first time I rode uberPOOL, my pool mates were three Chinese lolas. At the time, I was dying from a cold and wasn’t exactly in the mood for any kind of social interaction. I just wanted to keep to myself in a corner. Then, of course, the lolas all started talking to me, asking me how old I was, telling me all about their children and their children’s children, and even showing me pictures of all their families. One of them even started telling me all of her beauty secrets. In the middle of all this chikahan I came down with a coughing fit and they all fished out medicine from their bags and literally forced me take them on the spot. It was an amusing trip in hindsight, but at the time I just like: PLEASE SEND HELP.” – Caelyn, Parañaque, Uber Rider

“I once booked a ride with the current girlfriend of my ex. Out of all the people in Manila. We know each other personally but we didn’t say a word to each other at all—which made everything even more awkward AF! Let’s just say it was a pretty long trip.”- Trixie, Uber Rider, Makati

Illustrations by Tim Lopez
As told to Alyssa Castillo

Isabelle Laureta
Isabelle is a writer, watercolor artist, and cat mom—sometimes all at once. When she’s not busy writing or painting, she’s most probably on her on the way to the kitchen to look for something to eat. Her work can be found regularly at BuzzFeed Philippines and every Friday in the Manila Bulletin. Follow her on Instagram at @iplaureta.