Riding the jeepney then; riding the jeepney now

Posted: April 21, 2011 in Life, Musings
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A Jeepney was a common transportation vehicle ...

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Then

Back when I was a kid, a jeepney’s seating capacity would be able to comfortably sit a specific number of passengers.

Now

In these trying times (to boost their income, o sadyang makakapal lang ang mukha ng drivers), a jeepney’s normal seating capacity would be able to handle a specific number of passengers, and then some. So kahit malaki ang mga kasama mo, kung animan lamang talaga originally ang kayang i-upo, gagawing pituhan, at isisiksik ka pa din para lang ma-“tama” ang bilang ng magkabilang upuan. Ayos!

Then

Some drivers and passengers fill the jeepneys’ interior with their off-putting puffs of smoke.

Now

Since there’s the Clean Air act, public utility vehicles like the jeepney are required to display the “Do not smoke” sign. Yet the first violators I commonly see are the drivers themselves. Saludo ako kay manong drayber.

Then

People would just throw away their trash outside the jeepney they’re in. Ayaw ata nila madumihan yung jeep, kaya sa labas tinatapon.

Now

They’ve placed makeshift trash cans  for rubbish behind the driver seat. It somehow works—those only near the receptacle use it. But some drivers and passengers, pasaway talaga! Iba talaga pag nakakakita ng kalsada. Feeling ata personal nilang basurahan ang kalye. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Then

Jeepneys travel like what they’re supposed to.

Now

Jeepneys travel like MRTs: ‘pag kaunti pa lang ang nakasakay, bawat kanto, kahit walang tao o pasaherong pumapara, hihinto na lang at mag-aabang ng may sasakay. Ang nakakainis ‘pag nagmamadali ka pa naman, matagal silang mag-antay; minsan lagpas dalawang minuto. Anong istasyon na ba tayo, kuya?

At eto ang pamatay…

Then

You need to flag down a jeepney to get  a ride.

Now

You don’t even need to hail one anymore. Kahit di ka naman sasakay o kaya naman ibang direksyon ang nilalakaran mo; hihintuan ka nila, kakawayan, at sasabihing, “tara, sakay na!”

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