Stationary Jeeps: Countdown until Take Off

Jeeps rage through the streets of Manila, but some of them stay quiet at loading areas, patiently waiting for the whole jeep to be sardined-packed with people.

These stationary jeeps, they know how to fool you. They tease you with a little bit of motion, making you think that, Ay malapit nang umalis ung jeep, hindi na ako bababa, or Ay hindi yata pupunuin yung jeep, maghihintay nalang ako. 

You’re wrong. You’re so wrong.

The jeep driver is an expert at masking the long wait. He can trick you by simply turning on the engine. When the barely-filled jeep quivers, your brain thinks, he turned on the engine, malapit na umalis.

You’re wrong. You’re so wrong.

When the jeep driver notices that you are looking out of the jeep’s wide entrance, then you lift yourself up, then sit back down, the driver will make the jeep go forward. This makes you think, Baka aalis na, di nalang ako bababa. 

You’re wrong. You’re so wrong.

The jeep doesn’t completely go forward because it rocks back to its original position, and you are rocked like a baby in a stationary swaying crib.

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2 thoughts on “Stationary Jeeps: Countdown until Take Off

  1. I know the same experience in our area of the Philippines. Before I got my Philippine Drivers License and was able to buy a vehicle, I rode the jeepney in Bacolod City. In subdivision areas and in other certain areas outside the main part of the city, the jeepney driver will not drive off until he has a certain number of passengers. One must be prepared to wait for the ride to begin.

    Some, but not all, trike drivers in our area of the Philippines will do the same thing unless one is willing to pay more for a single ride. It is like pay or wait.

    ~ Gary ~


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