1. Not wanting to go to work because you have to commute. Taking the MRT is a huge part of the "grind" in the "daily grind." It's exhausting even if you're pretty much just standing up. Is it the heat? The grime? The number of people you rub shoulders with and try to get ahead of? On most days you just wish you didn't have to commute, but the travel's relatively cheap and you burn calories climbing the stairs.
2. Forcing yourself to get up early to beat the rush hour. Can you get any more sleep-deprived than you already are? You rise before 5 a.m. to get ready and you rush while you're at it just to get to the station before 6 or 6:30 a.m. because it'll be hell soon. This wouldn't be bad if it weren't for #3.
3. Not getting to wear your favorite shoes or tote your favorite bag. Your shoes are just going to be stepped on and dirtied, and your bag might just get slashed or stolen. How sad to stick with things you aren't fond of anymore.
4. Seeing a long line of commuters on EDSA when you're nearing the station, and being filled with dread. There's a long, winding line already?! So much for all the effort rushing and making sure you didn't leave anything important at home! What, do you have to get to the station at 5 in the morning? It's ridiculous.
5. Sweating like crazy and not looking fresh anymore for work. The sun's out and it's toasting your skin. You worry your makeup has already turned cakey or is melting off your face from all the sweating. All that effort to look decent and professional just went down the drain. Yup, you just wasted makeup too. Wonderful.
6. Having your time wasted by waiting it all out. Are you really just standing and waiting in line to get in the train station? And when you get in you'll wait who-knows-how-long again on the platform? Where's a book when you need one? Then again, it's not like it's entirely wise to be absorbed in a novel when you have to be vigilant and watch over your bag and yourself.
7. Getting catcalled by truck drivers who pass EDSA. Nope, you just can't wait in peace, can you? Someone's just got to "compliment" you. Ugh.
8. Seeing that there's still space in the middle of the train but no one seems to want to go there so none of you and the other people can go in the train and get to work. WTF? Sayang na naman ang oras! You've no idea why some people just don't have the courtesy to move.
9. Squeezing yourself into the train and hoping you make it in. "OMG I MADE IT."
10. Hearing the conductor say "Huwag pigilan ang pintuan ng tren. Next train na lang po" or "The train will be arriving shortly." Yeah, right. How soon is soon? Fifteen minutes? There's so much you could've done in that time! No commuter knows when the train is arriving, or if it will even come. Because who knows, it could've broken down along the way. #Truth
11. Getting elbowed. This hurts, especially when it's done on the boobs. Let's have some sense of space, people.
12. Having to worry about pickpockets and snatchers. So you pretty much have your hands on your bag and your bag in front of you the whole time. You don't have anything to entertain you, but you know it's better to be safe than sorry. (Good thing other people have their phones out so you can just watch them play or text their S.O./kabit. LOL.)
13. Getting poked on your back by the corner of a really stiff leather bag. Can bags with really pointy corners be deadly weapons? They really hurt, okay.
14. Trying not to fall asleep in the train. It's not pretty to doze off with your head up and your mouth open, and you don't want people to see you that way (even if they don't know who you are). More importantly, you need to keep an eye on your things and you can't miss your stop!
15. Other people's hair brushing your face, your eyes, or your lips. EWW. That thing's dirty. There should be this unwritten rule that if one's hair is clamped or tied to a ponytail, she shouldn't be turning her head a lot.
16. Walang aircon and masikip—can’t breathe, more sweat.
17. Having a hard time applying or retouching your makeup in the train. Time to put on the red lipsti—oh fuck. That's such a bad lampas, and it's not going away! Huhu! Now you look like you have a swollen lower lip.
19. Getting crushed when a group of people lose their balance. And losing your balance, too. That can lead to injuries, right?
20. Getting home during rush hour. This is bad enough since you're lining up for ages again. But imagine the commute during payday and it's also the evening before a long weekend! Camp na lang ba sa office?
21. Trying not to lose your cool when someone announces over the PA system that the MRT won't be on operation anymore. After nearly an hour of waiting without major updates or anything, REALLY? What. A. Waste.
22. Feeling sad and frustrated that you lose time for yourself. It's not just because of the time you spend waiting or commuting that you get home late (or have to wake up early). It's also how the commute drains your energy so much that you're simply too tired to do anything other than crash onto your bed.
23. Just remembering the life-threatening incidents that can happen. Like the conductor losing his control over a worn down train and the train derailing. It's not a question of if but when. Thought you were safe?
24. Having to hear people tell you to just buy a car or take the bus. Oh, yes, yes. And then you'll contribute to the traffic of Metro Manila! What a brilliant idea! The MRT isn't called a "public transportation" for no reason, smart-ass.
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