13 Struggles Only Girls Who Are Always Late Understand

"Papunta na."
by Cheekie Albay
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1. Abusing the snooze button in the morning.

Seriously, why did they even invent that thing? It just gives you an excuse to go back to sleep for 10 more minutes. Or 20. Or 30.

2. Setting your watch, your phone’s clock, and every single clock in your house at least five minutes ahead in an effort to be early.

But of course it doesn't work, because you know they’re five minutes ahead. (You set them yourself.)

3. Getting easily distracted as you’re about to leave.

You’re just getting ready to leave the house for an appointment when you get an instant message from your SG-based friend. You bet she’s in town! So you reply, get in an animated chat, and end up being late for your appointment. Naturally.

4. When people text or call to ask where you are and you’d rather not say the truth because you're nowhere near where you're supposed to be by now.

“Papunta na,” you text friends you should’ve met by now. Truth is, you’re still in your bedroom looking for that pair of shoes that seem to have disappeared. Maybe try looking under the bed?

5. When you completely underestimate the traffic.

This is you. Every damn day. Like you haven’t lived in Metro Manila for the past 25 years.

6. Having to actually run in an attempt to make it somewhere on time.

It has become a way of life for you to scurry up escalators, hurry down hallways, and elbow your way through crowds while muttering “Excuse me, excuse me” to catch a movie/concert/flight/whatever you’re late for.

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7. Always being the last to enter the room at a morning office meeting.

By the time you’re slinking to the nearest free seat trying to look invisible, the meeting is well underway and you have no idea what the eff is going on. You just hope no one asks for your input throughout the entire thing.

8. Getting all these salary deductions for your tardiness.

They add up, which sucks. (But not enough to miraculously turn you into an early bird.)

9. Giving up on coming up with excuses for being late since it happens so frequently.

There are only so many times you can use the “traffic sa EDSA” or “hassle sa MRT” excuses before people bark at you to just wake up earlier.

10. Actually feeling pleased when you have a legit excuse for being late.

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“I had to take my lola to see her doctor,” you say unflinchingly, as you sit at your office desk.

11. Being so proud of yourself when you're early, or at least, not the last person to arrive.

"Late si Marco? Ano ba yan!" *flips table*

12. When people say you don't care about their time.

It's not that, it's just that for some reason, you continue to remain unflappably positive that you can get to a meeting place in 30 minutes flat—no matter how much past experience has proven otherwise. You just have to shower in record time, tell your cabbie to beat all the red lights, and run, run like the wind, that’s all.

13. Being secretly relieved that there’s such a thing as Filipino time.

While you don't get as much crap for being late because latecoming is so common in these parts, it’s still awful, and the entire nation should be embarrassed to even have this thing in our collective consciousness. Now if we could all start getting rid of this sickness by giving up our right to hit snooze, the world would be a much better place. Baby steps and all that.

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