I am a daily commuter ever since I went to college I’ve been using the public transport. I am an observer whenever I am out and notice some things that annoy me every time I encounter it. It’s the lack of discipline of other commuters, it irritates me because they act as if they own the public transport.
1. MRT / LRT
These trains have female/elderly/children section except for the LRT 2 (purple line recto – santolan) what happens here especially during rush hour, whether morning (6am – 8am) or night (5pm – 8pm), first people standing in line without stored valued tickets they inject themselves in between people who has been there hours ago and when someone reacts, they seem not hear anything at all. Second, after getting their tickets they will rush into the platform and do same thing except that time they push the people in front. The person who is waiting patiently was now pushed aside and didn’t caught the train that suppose to be her/his ride.
The female section of the train shows more brutality than the concourse area. They don’t wait for the other passenger to get off first before entering the train. They don’t mind about the security guards and the driver doing voice overs “Sa mga hindi nakasakay, next train na lamang po, next train” .
Maybe all of them were in a hurry.
As for the concourse area, if you are not with your husband/daddy/boyfriend ladies better stick with the mean girls on the other side of the train. If you’ll not see any gentleman that will offer their seat to you or see PDA (public display of affection), the go-get-a-room scenario, you, your butt, and your boobs will be squeeze by a nymphomaniac riding the same train.
These people take advantage of jam packed rides. Think a hundred times before taking a train again yet wake up early and catch a bus instead.
Speaking of Bus…..
Oooh, aside from the difference that Ordinary Buses i.e. Don Mariano, Pascual Liner, and the like make you feel like you are riding a roller coaster and Air-Condition Buses i.e. Philippine Corithian, Malrose, etc. move like turtles, they both not hi-jacker / snatcher / killer/ pick pocketer proof but the attitudes of the commuters are merely the same.
To stereotype those people who take the ordinary bus whether, again, in a hurry or just being two pesos stingy. Most of the time during rush hour, majority of the passengers are standing and after a minute you’re cellphone and/or wallet are all gone. It’s always been the scenario in the Philippines.
Some of them are sober, they smell gross actually. They’re like psychos because when they can’t get off they pull a knife out and scare not only the conductor but the other passenger as well.
For normal passengers, believe me they are more irritating than the two I mentioned above.
You’ll notice these signs almost everywhere. Other contains “Bawal ang tao dito” “Ang bangketa ay para sa tao” “Walang bababaan dito” only physically and mentally challenged people cannot understand those bold statements planted all over Metro Manila.
What I hate most is that when the driver is saying e.g. “O Cubao farmers na, wala ng bababaan sa harap, lahat dito na bumaba” I was looking at this one particular lady I know she was about to get off the bus but what she did when reached the loading area she shouted “Manong, baba pa ako” and the driver said irritably “wala na pong babaan dito, sakayan na ho ito e, teka sandali… O dali baba” and wonder what the lady did? She was the angry about what happened, she was saying “Salamat ah, Salamat” .
I really want to grab her hair and say “Ang tigas ng ulo mo eh noh, dun nga unloading eh, bat di ka bumaba agad at maglakad? Pilay?” But of course I don’t want to make a scene and I just made a big sigh.
Another kind of Bus passenger is the one who’s really in a hurry but has a big birth mark in his ass. Who told him to take the turtle bus anyway?
What he did (he’s a she btw) was quarrel the driver for being stopped by MMDA officers. He was saying that the driver has no brain that’s why we were caught. He was very loud, he even told the driver that he’ll call the bus operator to sue that driver.
I was about to burst on with laughters when he got off at SM North EDSA Buy bay and the driver pranked to bump him. Imagine from P.Tuazon to North Avenue he was ranting because HE’S RUNNING LATE.
And when the Bus is jam packed, no one would care if somebody’s getting off. They will just stand there, make their bags an obstacle and before you know it, you missed the bus station. I just can’t take it when all they need to do is to make some room for us to get off right? And while getting off, all the people who wants to catch the same bus are like hungry dogs, doing their best to get on the bus. Annoying yet so funny.
Such a lame and insensitive passengers. I take the bus everyday and experience different scenarios.
My all time favorite, passengers who do not obey traffic rules. When vehicle cannot unload that’s the best time they shout “Ma para po” especially when the jeepney is making a U-Turn and changing lane the driver cannot just swerve from right to left and left to right.
Passengers who smoke inside the vehicle. My god second hand smoke can kill millions, include third hand smoke, where you smell like your nicotine. I have asthma so I am really annoyed.
Passengers who sit like they paid all seats. We call it “Upong bente”, duh? why don’t you get off and take a cab. My goodness why such insensitive people like you exist?
Lastly, couples. Ugh Okay, I have a boyfriend and we don’t do such things they do. Hugging and Kissing and giggling and on your mind I know, I want to scream also “Go get a room”. Parting kisses I think is acceptable, but more than that? Can you just wait for you guys to reach home before doing that?
The three main public transport have a passenger in common and that is the…
sleepyhead people. I know you’re tired, but please if you are drank or something? Will you please control your head from hitting somebody else’s shoulders?
So much for these passengers. All I am saying is that please be sensitive that you are not the only one who’s commuting and running late. You don’t own those vehicles too. Yet if you are in a hurry, leave your house early so you can avoid the rush hour. A little discipline will make our everyday living a little lighter. 🙂