Sleeping in a bus: MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES

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A realistic timeline experienced by a Manila commuter.

5:30 pm – I left the office. Me and my office mates decided to have a short snack.

5:50 pm – Snack’s done. I’m waiting for a Cubao-bound bus. The traffic is already in front of me. I am just in Caloocan. 

5:57 pm – I’m off to Cubao.

6:30 pm – I reached Balintawak. 

7:24 pm – I reached SM North Edsa. 

7:58 pm – The traffic loosens a bit. (Let’s celebrate!)

8:01 pm- Finally! I reached Cubao. 

Total Distance: 11 kilometers (Caloocan to Cubao)

Total Travel Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes.

The Normal Travel Time: 10 to 15 minutes (Especially when the bus driver is badly in need of a comfort room or  he’s assuming he’s driving an airplane.)

It doesn’t end there.

8:04 pm  – I arrived in Baliwag Transit Bus Station.

8:34 pm – No Hagonoy-bound bus yet.

9:04 pm – No Hagonoy-bound bus yet.

9:34 pm – No Hagonoy-bound bus yet.

9:46 pm – Finally! There’s a bus.

9:48 pm – The long and winding road EDSA resumes. Warning: More traffic ahead.

11:09 pm – Finally! Just got home.

Total Distance: 46 kilometers (Cubao to Paombong)

Total Waiting and Travel time: 3 hours and 5 minutes

The Normal Time Travel: 45 minutes to 1 hour (When there are lots of buses and the driver direly needs to sleep or just excited to sip a hot Sinigang soup.)

The Reason (According to the ever efficient traffic and transportation officials): 

Humongous trucks.

Conclusion:

SLEEPING IN A BUS: MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES

Recommendation:

To the bus companies, please have free pillows and blankets for a more comfy ride.

To the traffic and transportation officials and the rest of the government, you’re doing a great job on making things WORST. Congratulations!

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