To Commute Through Traffic

To commute, by definition, is
“To travel some distance between one’s home and place of
Work on a
Regular basis,” according to Merriam-Webster.

In Philippine English, however, there’s a
Slightly different meaning to “commute”, which
Is used to mean traveling by any form of
Public transportation (e.g., jeepney, tricycle, bus, train).

Further, commuting time is perhaps one of
The biggest problems faced in
Metropolitan Manila.

Whereas in other countries (notably Japan, and maybe the US),
An hour of travel allows you to
Reach another prefecture or state, or
At least a place how many hundreds of kilometers away.
In Manila, an hour is
Rarely enough time to get from point A to point B.
Case in point: it takes me approximately
1.5 to 2 hours to get from my home to office, which is about
20.9KM away.

The fault here lies in the traffic situation of our metro—
The overpopulation of motorized vehicles,
The lack of train cars to accommodate the commuting population,
The leniency of traffic rule enforcement,
Among others.

It is a problem when
People are more stressed from commuting to work
Than the actual work itself. Or,

When one finds him/herself pleasantly surprised
To arrive at the office an hour after leaving for work,
Even though s/he left the house at 5AM. (Should we really be
This surprised?)

For all that I love my country, there are
Certain problems that need to be
Acknowledged, and hopefully,
Addressed.

On that note, expect to see on this blog
Both the good sides
And the uglies—
Of my beloved country,
Of places I go,
Of things I see,
Of people I meet,
Of experiences I make.
Because, after all,
Where there is light,
There is also shadow. (And vice versa.)

P.S. How do you feel about traffic? :/

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