Summer Drive

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

SUMMERTIME and the living is easy… the fish are jumping…”

This is the opening line of a famous jazz song sung by Jerry Mungo. It aptly describes the present heat bedazzling our country. Our home in this tropical paradise is visited by the searing heat of the sun’s radiance.

How do we face this summer frenzy?


Aha! Maybe the appropriate solution is summer driving. Yes, it is the key in getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city jungle. We are propelled to head for the beach, hie off to Clark, Subic or Tagaytay.

This is the cool solution to the mercury rising in our residences. Imagining our trip makes us feel the smooth, cascading and refreshing waters flowing through our parched selves as we go for an oasis.

Uncovering the sandy rocks amidst the rushing sea tides, we heal our minds, hearts and spirits to attain respite, relaxation and recreation. Before jumping into our cars, let us remember that safe driving is the best way to reach our summer spots.

Here are some friendly tips…

“Health Check-Up”

Ensure your car is in the pink of health.

In case you are uncertain about those coughs emanating from under the hood, better have your vehicle be serviced by accredited shops. Prevention is the better part of valor, especially, during long drives.


Fatigue factor can be the bane of distant traveling. Your reflexes must be in tiptop shape so you can concentrate on a defensive stance. Take frequent stops to take refreshments, stretch your driving legs and ease those back muscles.


If you are unfamiliar with your travel route, bring along a roadmap to help your navigation. Likewise, having a co-pilot like your spouse or a friend by your side is a tremendous help in scanning the roadside.

No Cellphone

How many times have we seen drivers chatting on their phones as if they had no other task to attend? Calling up friends while driving is not a comfortable mixture. Keep your eyes on the road and focus on a facile, relaxed and safe motoring profile.

Secure driving is the key to fully opening the summer’s exciting travelogue.


In sum, driving through the royal road to reach your destination means going for the safety code in motoring. Be happy and enjoy this summer. Tara, lakad na tayo.

Drive on with the happy lyrics of George Gershwin of ‘Summertime’:

One of these mornings
You're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll take to the sky
But until that morning

There's a'nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high
Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby…

Dear readers, have a blessed day. Share your summertime joys with your family, friends and fond sisters and brothers.


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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 30, 2014.


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