Para Po! Diyan na lang po kayo sa tabi (Jeepney Etiquette 101)
Because of the evident increase of the worsening traffic in my beloved province, I’ve decided to take the Filipino mass transport and commute instead of driving on my way to work. And for quite a while, I too had my own observations from watching people while I take the jeepney.
Heads up! The next part will be quite provocative. So let me address myself to my fellow millennials (and not-somillennials).
Let’s begin by saying that the jeepney is a community, and as a community, there are rules.
Follow these rules and all of us will be more comfortable despite the hot, humid, polluted air and sardines-like scenario. Disregard and run the risk of getting into a verbal sparring with a bothersome passenger, or go viral.
Rule 1: Sit up straight and hide the crotch. Let’s refrain from stretching our legs too much all the time.
Rule 2: Thou shall not put our arms behind our neighbour – especially if she’s a young lady and you’re a guy. Hindi naman kayo Paps! But Seriously, an arm behind someone’s back is just too “close” and people don’t like it. All the more, leave perverted motives behi nd.
Rule 3: Remember basic courtesy. Say “please” and “thank you” when we give the fare to our neighbour who passes on the money until it reaches the conductor or the driver. When we already need to get off say: “Sa lugar.” or “para po.” Whistling or making kissing sounds (tsup, tsup) are not proper.
Rule 4: Make some room unless we’re bringing a bag with our whole house in it. Our baggage will get a free ride. So do not put them where they could block the entrance and exit of the other passengers. More so, let’s move our butts off and make it easier for others to sit real quick. I too, love to sit near the exit. But tabi-tabi din po pag may time.
Rule 5: Watch your kids. Yes, life’s hard and commuting helps us to get by. We can save on transportation by letting our kids ride for free as long as they sit on our laps. (From ages zero to twenty-one right?) That’s okay. Just make sure your child, brother or friend will not disturb the passenger seated next to you. (Hmmm, I miss my kuya!)
Rule 6: No smoking. We’re all off to an important appointment, thus to smell like burnt ash is not something we want. Nor is the possibility of them getting lung cancer from second-hand smoke.
Rule 7: Hair Check: Sumusunod sa galaw di ba? Your hair, sometimes beautiful, sometimes not, sometimes treated, sometimes not. But who would want other people’s hair on their faces? So ladies, (and some gentlemen) tie, hold and keep your hair to yourself, or your “boyfies.”
Rule 8: Tone down voices. Yes, Filipinos, by nature are happy-people. But a public place is a public place. And unless we rented the entire ride, let’s keep all the pabebe moves, jackass trip, and tsismis to ourselves.
Rule 9: No 1, 2, 3! Maybe not all drivers are sweet lovers, but for sure all of them are real grinders, and has a family to feed. So for student-looking passengers who are not students, freeloaders and the like, pay fairly.
Rule 10: This one is for manong driver. Please don’t turn on to beast mode if we ask for the proper change. When the jeep is full, it’s full. Stop hording passengers like there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes, cute, chubby and healthy people like yours truly are on the same trip, thus your jeepney’s capacity would obviously var y.
And lastly, smile so that everyday will be a sunny and happy jeepney joyride. We always say, “it’s only in the Philippines,” so let’s make it a good one! If not, para po! Diyan na lang po kayo sa tabi!
Until here friends. Stay ‘Active’until our next chat. Be InSparked!
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