a jeepney affair to remember

while riding on a regular jeepney on the way home (a daily routine), i
found out that the vehicle i was riding was not such an ordinary one
at all…

felt semi-irritated inside coz there was no conductor and you can tell
the age of the driver by how “fast” we were going. besides, i was
seated exactly right at the back of him; and when 20 peso bills come
in threes, you’re bound to end up confused and arguments would soon
arise of finding out who paid for who and where and how many they
were. witnessed the painstaking mouth of the lola
passenger-turned-part-time-conductress (who was my jeepmate located
beside me) constantly blabbering till the lolo driver got the fares of
the other passengers right. i had the urge to write about the silly
situation then and there.

so after getting a pen and paper to write about the mishaps that
occured (you can imagine how many times lola stated who payed for who
and where). i kept on writing what i am typing now while hearing: “20
pesos for the two girls from SM to blahblah… the other 20 is from
blahblah… and etcetra.” still unmindful of what’s going on, i kept
on writing and writing, while laughing my heart out (in silence, of
course) and grinning. after the arguement err conversation was over
and all was settled, you could feel the deep sigh of the lola
passenger-turned-part-time-conductress and lolo driver. all was well
already… until i found out what made my heart leap.

looking outside, i noticed that i was way, way passed my stopover. i
hurriedly asked the lolo driver to stop the vehicle and stood slightly
up and was on my way down. only, i noticed that i wasn’t prepared coz
i was holding my bag, a pen and paper, and my wallet on both hands.
not to mention that i left the bag unzipped. my wallet fell and after
picking it up immediately, i stepped down the vehicle while still in
an awkward position. (i swear if a snatcher would come up to me, he
could’ve taken my things easily). good thing i got down in a sparsely
proper position. while walking and trying to zip my bag, i shoved my
now crumpled paper, my wallet and pen inside while in a criss-crossed
bearing coz i was afraid that something might fall off. and unluckily,
the cover of my pen did. so i picked it up stupidly and walked
(approximately 297 steps back), heedless of the number of people
staring at old clumsy me. but if i ever had to walk, i had to keep my
chin up to let others know that there was no problem at all…

imagine if i hadn’t paid my fare, things could’ve been worse. so now
who got the last laugh? sheesh.

posted Friday, 22 October 2004

amia made this comment,
usually my jeepney rides are as eventful as yours. haha.

comment added :: 22nd October 2004, 20:39 GMT+08
nicole made this comment,
hahahaha i always find something funny while i’m riding the jeepney oh
not to mention the horrible music that they play! ay kakamiss mag
take care

comment added :: 23rd October 2004, 01:26 GMT+08
Nix made this comment,
miss ko na rin mag jeep, kasi usually here, i go home alone or may
driver. natatakot kasi ako mag jeep, for some inane reason, ayoko mag
jeep. lol. maybe i just have to get used to it again.

comment added :: 23rd October 2004, 09:52 GMT+08
CNBGirl made this comment,
uneventful ang jeepney rides ko. 🙂

comment added :: 23rd October 2004, 22:57 GMT+08
A visitor made this comment,
saya mag commute no? daming bloggable things.
meron palang conductor mga jeep jan sa inyo. dito sa maynila wala no.
kaya multi-tasking ang mga driver. hehe.


comment added :: 25th October 2004, 15:57 GMT+08
A visitor made this comment,
haha! nakakatawa tong entry mo! 😉
i had coffee last monday in bo’s coffee club, so my friend and i would
remember cebu. hehe.


comment added :: 27th October 2004, 21:17 GMT+08
Shawty made this comment,
mas gusto ko mag jeep aside sa mura minsan cool ang mga jeepmates mo hahaha

comment added :: 28th October 2004, 13:09 GMT+08
A visitor made this comment,
hehehe. If you hadn’t paid the fare, things would be a lot less
complicated bro. haha!

comment added :: 2nd November 2004, 15:19 GMT+08
coleen made this comment,
yun nga, in manila there are no jeep conductors. if you’re at the
driver’s back and you feel like you’ve been unofficially assigned to
become the temporary conductor or “taga-abot ng bayad”, simply pretend
that you’re sleeping. hehehe

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