Category Archives: Pedestrian’s Story

Commuting to Manila

UBER no longer available

Since Uber is suspended and when I checked Grab, the fee was über high I decided to take the shuttle, those UV Express Service.

I had to go to my son’s dorm in UST area. So, I was told to take the shuttle from Bicutan to Lawton and get off at Park n Ride in Lawton. From there, I would take the jeep to UST-Dapitan. Alright.

My husband took me to the shuttle terminal in Egypt, Doña Soledad but there was a long line, so he took me to the terminal at the back of SM Bicutan. There was no line there! Yey!

We took off right away and OMG! My driver was the king of the road! We took the Skyway and even if it was packed our driver managed to snake his way through by changing lanes and honking his horn. He was driving this way until we reached Buendia turned to Dian-Durango-Bautista-P.Ocampo-Taft until we reached Lawton.

Since, I would be stopping off at his last stop, I seated myself at the back of the van. It was cramped but that is commuting for you. I didn’t mind. Besides the AC of the van was working well. What I didn’t like was the way the driver went about his business. I felt I had to also stretch my foot as if putting on the breaks and would close my eyes several times waiting for the crash to happen. I couldn’t remember the many times we almost crash into a vehicle ahead of us or beside us. He wanted to be ahead of every vehicle! I looked around my co-passengers and they seemed to didn’t mind. Some were staring into space, some were napping. But all of them were hooked on their smartphones listening to music or watching a video.

Would you believe? I was praying that a traffic enforcer would flag us down and arrest the driver. I didn’t care if I would be late for my appointment or something. I just wanted the driver to be apprehended.

I was the last one to get off at Lawton, and I said, “Grabe ka Kuya magdrive parang ambulansya.” (trans: you’re driving was crazy man!) And he just responded with a naughty smile. Grrrr!

I felt really unsafe!

Was it because I was no longer used to taking public transport or was that driver an exception and was really reckless?

So, here’s an appeal to LTFRB or whichever agency is it that handles erring drivers–may it be vans or cabs–to passionately pursue disciplining them like LTFRB is doing with Uber and other ride-sharing services.

Safe transport does not only involve having all the documents, complying with all the licenses or what-have-you. It also involves having conditioned public utility vehicles and responsible drivers.

Kwentong Kalye 3: It Pays to Be…

Setting: Megamall Carpark

Two motorists going around looking for a parking space. Motorist A finally found an opening and so waited on the sideline. But when the space became available, Motorist B cut him out and beat him to it.

Motorist B then blurted out, “It pays to be fast!”

Perhaps due to sheer frustration, the Motorist A crashed into Motorist B’s vehicle then went, “It pays to be rich!”

Note: The story was related to me by a friend. :)

This is a repost.  The one I posted got lost in the transfer to this new domain, I think.

Kwentong Kalye 1: We’ll still be cooking it, sir!

We decided to have lunch at Jollibee Merville one time. I was at the counter waiting for my order when I overheard this conversation between the old man (OM) and the counterlady (CL) on my right side.

CL: Sir, mga 15 minutes pa po.
(Sir, your order will take about 15 minutes.)

OM: Ha, bakit?
(Why?)

CL: Kasi, sir, lulutuin pa po, eh.
(We’ll still be cooking it, sir.)

OM: Ano, tanghali na magluluto pa kayo? Pambihira!
(What? It’s almost 12 noon, and you’re still going to be cooking? You’re impossible!)

😀

Loose translation:
Kwentong Kalye = Pedestrians’ Stories

In local parlance, this is “Mga Kwentong Kalye.” Stories that we hear from the streets or things we experience on the streets.

If you have your own “kwentong kalye” do share them here. :)