|People fall in line at the MRT North Edsa station. Source: www.thefeedph.com|
Commuting has been a part of our daily life. Whenever we go to places that are far from home and walking isn’t enough, there is no such thing we could get there but to commute, unless you have a car then that would be hassle free. But then there are people who prefer to commute when going to school or work even if they have their own car and one of the top reason is the increasing price of the gas. They’re just being practical if I may say.
Have you noticed that whenever we’re on the road there are barkers, annoying and pervert passengers, speedy drivers, and you’re commuting experience will never be complete if you haven’t been stuck in a traffic jam.
Barkers – I REALLY HATE THEM. Reason? First, I don’t get the point of shouting to persuade passengers to get in the jeep. Why would the hell you needed to shout to have more passengers or for the jeep to have passengers? To catch their attention? To inform them the route of the jeepney? It’s a big NO. It is automatic that passengers will get in even without the barkers, there is a sign on the side and front of the jeep as to where it will go. Long ago, my uncle told me that there were no barkers here in the metro, so who the started the “Barker Industry”???
Second, they are burden for the drivers. We all know that those drivers don’t get that much from driving a jeepney, and yet the money that is supposed to be spent for the family’s need are still being taken away by these barkers. I witnessed how those rude barkers hop in the jeep and when the jeep stops to a place where there are passengers he would start shouting. The driver will have no choice but to pay the barker after, yet they demand for more from the drivers. Let’s say the drivers give them at least 10 php, and let us assume that there are 50 jeeps to pass on that place. Then that would be 500 php a day, more than the minimum wage of an ordinary worker. Ang kakapal ng mga mukha.
Lastly, some of those barkers start a fight either between the passenger or the driver. When a driver refuses to pay what the barker demands, that’s when the argument starts or worst the fight. There was one time that I was on my way home from PUP, there was this barker who keep on saying that what the driver gave him isn’t enough. The driver refused and the argument starts. The driver insist that he would not pay what he is asking, then suddenly the barker throw the coins on the jeep’s side mirror that made the driver burst out. Luckily some PUPians manage to calm the driver and said that it would be best if he continue and ignore the barker.
Annoying and pervert passengers – When I say annoying passengers I mean those maaarte and swapang sa space. There were times that I want to say in their faces that they’re riding on a Public Utility Vehicle, what to expect? Pakikisama is what you need to have a pleasant ride. And damn all those pervert passengers, they have no respect for the ladies. Ladies, we should also keep on mind that if we want to be respected by the guys, we should learn first how to dress properly.
Speedy drivers – I just wanna say to them that I wanna live my life to the fullest so please, drive safely. My heart’s beating fast when they drive like they’re a Formula 1 racer.
Oh yeah the traffic jam – I hate being stuck especially when I’m on my way to the university. That’s the one of the reason why I’m running to my morning classes. Well, it’s also my fault why I’m late, I would have just wake up early and fix myself faster so that I could be at school on time.
So those are some of the things I hate about commuting, if I’m going to list down all the things that I hate, it might take me lifetime. LOL. But I must say that it’s a big help for me since I’m just a student. The student discount also is useful.
Share us some of your experiences or encounters by commenting below. I’m sure you have also lots to share and rant about. 🙂
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