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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Why Commuting is Bad for My Mental Health

Last Monday, when our office shuttle was still not available (it was fixed for three months), commuting was really tough. I left home at 6 am, and was able to get a ride to Manila at 7:15. I arrived at the office an hour late. While looking out for empty colorum vans (there were no buses where I waited) and jeepeneys, this was the thought that came into my mind:

"(fuming) Pagdating ko ng office, bibili na ako ng condo unit SA TAPAT ng office. Para si little boy, dun na rin sa Manila mag-aaral (eureka!). Malapit na yung school niya, hahatiran ko siya ng lunch, tapos ako na maghahatid at magsusundo sa kanya. Weekends na lang kami uuwi sa bahay. Mamaya, titingnan ko yung condo."

When I finally got a ride and arrived (super late at the office, I looked around. Ay, wala palang condo sa tapat, kasi school yung nasa harap, tapos ospital yung nasa gilid!

The next day,  I couldn't find a van again, and my brain was doing this weird clicking again while trying to get a ride:

"Aha!Bibili na lang ako ng van, ako na magpapasada ng colorum van. Dadaanin ko na lang sa charm pag hinuli ako ng LTO. Tapos hindi na lang ako bibili ng condo."

A mini cooper passed by, driven by a woman (I often see her at this hour, and she's probably on her way to work like me). Take note, I don't know her and where she comes from or where she goes to every morning, I just know her because of the car that she drives. If you saw it, you would really notice the car, and then the driver - because of the car.  My brain went ito overdrive:

"Kakaibiganin ko na lang yan. Aabangan ko siya sa grocery kung saan man siya galing. Tapos sisimplehan ko, hanggang sa malaman niya na pareho kaming pa-Manila pala. Tutal, dalawa lang ang kasya sa kotse niya, sulit pag sakay ako. Ako na magbabayad ng toll fee."

And a vacant jeepney passed by, without me noticing it.   Sheesh...

Good thing, a colorum van arrived, picking up passengers to Manila.

Oh meyn, napa-praning na ako sa biyahe.

4 comments:

littleeverydaystuff said...

Hahaha, ang kulet.

Naisip ko tuloy, ang daming nagtatanong sakin bakit daw di ako bumibili ng bahay at lupa sa suburban areas.

Bakit daw mas gusto ko mag-rent. Lagi kong sagot, ayaw ko magcommute. And the time spent on commute is worth more to me than real property.

blahblahblogchef said...

Kakainis mag commute noh? Tapos paglate ka magising, wala na, half day na or sl (surprise leave) nalang. haha.

jaja said...

@littleeverydaystuff -- yun nga eh, ang laki ng oras na nasasayang sa commute. pero kahit torture yun sa akin, pag nakakauwi naman ako sa bahay - HAAAAYYYY, home sweet home. heheheh
Thank you!

jaja said...

@blahblahblogchef - ay tama ka, di mo lang marinig yung snooze ng alarm, half day na. buti sa inyo pwede ang surprise leave. dito, di ko magawa yun hhuhuhuhuh. i miss surprise leaves!!!