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Sunday, September 13, 2015

#Hugots on the Road: Braving Manila's Worst Traffic with Feelings

For the past week, I heard a lot of traffic terror stories; the usual 1 hour travel time took 3.5 to 6 hours. And yes, it was traumatizing and totally such a waste of time.

Someone said before that, "Traffic is not fatal" or "Hindi nakakamatay ang traffic." Haven't this person learned about what Sottie Waves said? "People die everyday, some mentally, some physically and others emotionally."

Just imagine how millions of people or even a little percent of that who were stuck in traffic started comparing EDSA on how they were feeling at that very exact time. Imagine how many people started thinking, "S*#t! Para akong EDSA, di pa rin ako nakaka-move on." But then again, take note, the dilemma lasted for about 6 hours...


For the broken-hearted
Para sa mga iniwan, sinaktan, umasa, at pinaglaruan
1. "Nandito pa rin ako. Kung di kaya ako late sa date natin noong isang linggo. Tayo pa rin kaya? Ako pa rin kaya? Sana ako na lang ulit."

2. "6 hours na ako dito. Parang tayo, 6 years na. Akala ko lang pala aandar at may mapupuntahan pero wala pala. Wala."

3. "Buti pa ang EDSA, hindi ako balak pakawalan."

4. "May mga tao talagang ayaw magparaya."

5. "Hindi lahat nang umaalis, bumabalik. Yung iba nakakabalik pero huli na, may iba na. Bwisit na EDSA to!"

6. "Ano ba iyan! Umuulan na nga, traffic pa. Tapos ako, niloko pa!"

7. "Sana para akong kotse, may wipers na lang din yung mata ko. Para tuwing nababasa ang mata ko, walang makakaalam na lumuluha ako... na nasasaktan ako.


For the Hopeless Romantic
1. "Pero ang tagal ko na dito. Ang tagal ko nang nag-hihintay."

2. "Parang Uber, habang tumatagal, lalong napapamahal."

3. To EDSA: "Kahit saan-saan ako magpasikot-sikot, sa iyo lang humihinto ang mundo ko."

4. To the tune of, "I would die everyday waiting for you..."

5. "Kelan kaya mawawala ang traffic dito? Hmmm... Sa tamang panahon."


For Two-Timers
1. "Ano ba yan! Di man lang pwedeng kumaliwa!"


On the Rocks
1. "Sabi ko sayo 'wag tayo dito dumaan eh! Lagi naman ikaw ang tama eh. Ikaw na lang lagi ang nasusunod.

2. "Nakakapagod yung traffic. Parang Ikaw."

3. Rider/Commuter: "Manong, gagalaw pa kaya 'to?" (referring to traffic)
Driver: "Tiwala lang."

4. Guadalupe to Makati ride took 3 hours. "So near yet so far..."

5. "Kasi kung magbibigayan lang, pwede namang umayos eh. Pwede pang maayos."



Just like what I said a couple of times, I prefer going somewhere far than traveling within the city. 'Coz at times, it is traumatizing... at times, you just want to stay at home and hide your feelings. :)


How about you? What have you been realizing while you were caught in traffic?

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