The 10 Worst Things About Commuting in the Philippines

Hagardo Versoza!

Thanks to the horrible commuting conditions here in Metro Manila, the stress of work begins long before you even get to the office. Whether you're taking the train or riding the bus, you have to jump through a few hoops and then some before you can reach your destination, wasting precious time and energy in the process. As if you need another reason to loathe working on weekdays, right?

At this point, all you can do is prepare as much you can. Here are the 10 worst things about commuting in the Philippines:

1. Bumper-to-bumper traffic
Sometimes, you just can’t beat heavy traffic. All you can do is hope that somehow, somewhere, your boss or client is stuck in traffic, too.

2. Long lines at the MRT
You might be able to escape carmageddon when you take the train, but you better be prepared to wait in line for a little while longer.

3. Lack of proper public restrooms
When nature calls, you deserve to go about your business with dignity.

4. Picky taxi drivers
There are a lot of choosy-cat drivers who select their passengers only at their convenience. 

5. Pollution
It’s gotten so bad that you feel the urge to take a bath barely 10 minutes after leaving the house. 

6. Crowded areas
When you get stuck in a crowded area, you're more likely to get exposed to certain bacteria and viruses. That is, if the claustrophobia doesn't get to you.

7. Heat
On a hot day, walking for just five minutes from one end of a walkway to another can make you sweat buckets.

8. Inconsiderate passengers
From the guy who wouldn’t give up his seat for an elderly lady to those who blatantly cut in line at the MRT. 

9. Body odor
Sharing such close quarters with other people on the train or jeepney can make anyone feel self-conscious about body odor, and with good reason!

10. Bacteria
Most people don't know this, but when you commute, you become exposed to as many as 10 types of bacteria. Mix them with sweat, dust, and pollution, and you're very likely to arrive with horrible body odor. After all, sweat itself is odorless; it's when it mixes with bacteria that the bad smell starts to come in. Nobody wants to feel dirty and smell bad when they get to the office!

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