I had another misunderstanding kasi with Daddy last night, so I did not make sabay to him this morning when I made pasok to work. I was forced to make sakay the jeepney tuloy. Gosh! Buti na lang I did.
It’s like this. I made para kanina while standing at the gilid of the street. It was so init and so mausok kanina. It’s so hirap pa to make pila with my fellow commuters. Buti na lang I wore my new Converse. It’s so comfy, I swear! I also did not make dala my LV bag kasi it’s so bigat. I just carried my Secosana purse. T’was a good decision talaga.
So eto na. When manong driver stopped in front of me, the people made takbo to make unahan inside the jeepney. My gosh! So intense! Buti na lang I always join 10k marathons. Everybody was so competitive! I love it! I could feel the adrenaline rush with the rush hour kanina. Thank goodness I was able to make pasok on my first subok.
Thanks also to Kuya who did not make singit while making pasok in the jeepney. ❤
So we made andar na nga. I was so conscious of my looks kanina kasi everyone was so intimate with each other. We’re so close talaga, like cheek to cheek na. Pero that was okay lang naman. That’s part of the Filipino culture naman, da ba? Like, close family ties tayo 5ever? So touching, like, literally!
When it was time na to make bayad, I made dukot some barya from my purse. But no! I had no barya! It’s all P1,000 bills! Gosh! I’m so inexperienced talaga. Buti na lang the Ate beside me was so bait! She saw that I was panicking while making hanap some barya, so she asked me what’s my problem. When I told her I have no barya, she graciously offered to make bayad for me.
That’s the sweetest thing ever!
I was so grateful that I friended her on Facebook. I will invite her na lang some other day and treat her sa Starbucks. She’s so bait talaga, I swear! She deserves a caramel macchiato! Teehee!
Not only that, I was so gulat when other people made abot the bayad of other passengers to manong driver. It’s so cool kaya. You know, it’s like bayanihan but on a jeepney level. Everyone is helping others to make abot something even though it’s not theirs. And for what? Just to help others!
I was so inspired tuloy to make abot all the bayad even if it’s too malayo for me to reach.
And then, when most of the passengers made baba there sa CBD, I was left with manong driver. We made kwento to each other while cruising along Ayala. I learned that he has five kids pala and that they live in this shanty on the outskirt of Makati. He said he’s so worried daw about the government’s plan to modernize the jeepney.
“Why naman, Manong?” I asked him. “Di ba it’s so ganda naman to see new jeepneys?”
He made simangot, then he explained to me the real situation. According to manong driver, the cost daw of the modernized jeepney is a whopping P1.8 million. Where would he get naman the money, da ba? He’s lubog na raw sa debt, and he could barely feed his family and send his kids to school. Tapos the government wants take away his jeepney and force them to make bili this super mahal na new one?
Gosh! I didn’t know that! I thought it was subsidized. But no! Not pala. That is so sad. I was about to call Daddy na nga to say sorry and ask him to help this poor manong driver. But I realized it’s the end of the biyahe na pala. I was about to make baba na when Manong said something to me: “Salamat sa pakikinig. Ingat ka.”
I swear, I felt my heart break in two! I could hear the sincerity in Manong’s voice and feel his sadness, too. I felt so helpless and so privileged at the same time. Helpless coz I couldn’t make Manong happy, and privileged kasi I have a career, and I don’t have to worry like Manong, and I still have my Daddy even though we’re not yet bati!
I really wish talaga that I could help Manong to pay for the bagong jeepney. Pero I wish that the government would make isip pa more about this modernization program. It’s like so anti-mahirap! I super hate it talaga!