Worse than a Can of Sardines

“Mas maswerte pa ang mga sardinas…” (Sardines had it better). This is what my mind exclaims every time I had to ride the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) train to go to the main office. When you ride the MRT, especially if you decide to stand near the doors (to make it easy for me to go out when I reach my destination), you will be crushed and you will feel uneasy throughout the whole trip.

In the past four work days, my boss sent me to a training in the main office in Taguig. To reach the main office from my home, I had to ride the MRT from the North EDSA station then go down the Guadalupe Station.

Riding on North EDSA is just fine. You only need to wait for 15 minutes lining up and edging other commuters up to the platform entrance.

The problem comes when you reach Kamuning, Cubao, and Santolan Stations where the agitated and now impatient commuters will push those already are inside the train so that they too could ride and reach their office on time.
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Inside the MRT (Recycled photo).

That experience made me think that I will never ever want to be assigned in the main office. I would rather outwit and outrun other commuters to the buses going to Quiapo.

23 comments:

  1. Aysus! kaya nga nung nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na makabalik sa probinsya namin, di na ako nagdalawang isip, ayaw ko na sa makati, sa traffic, sa siksikan at sa kung ano ano pang nasa kalye tapos ang liit ng sweldo...

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  2. Ya...I read in some Filipino blogger's post. He went to KL and he said it's much better here - and we though it is so bad here.

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  3. Sobrang rude pa ng ibang pasahero. Wala talaga silang pakialam kahit mabangga ka nila. Hayyy..

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  4. yaikes kaburaot pag ganyan
    hahahah grabi

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  5. wahhaha... i know.. sobra.. sardinas dian :D di na ata mawawala yun :D

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  6. dito ko na-experience yung sobrang siksikan sa train na tipong talang itutulak ka hangga't may space. walang chance para gumalaw. walang halong exaggeration(di pa yun rush hour). pero wala kang maririnig na sumisigaw or nagmumura. they're cool about it. kasi ganun talaga dito. tsaka maayos ang ventilation.

    kaya nung umuwi ako pinas at sumakay ng mrt muntik ko ng hindi kinaya. pagpila pa lang wala ng sistema. nasa harap ako nun while waiting for the next train then napansin ko na lang nasa likod nako. hay hay hay...

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  7. @LordCM:

    Ay uu bro. Minsan talaga mas mabuting mamuhay sa probinsya. Tahimik at mas presko ang hangin. Yun nga lang, karamihan ng job opportunities ay nasa Metro Manila kaya doon nagsiksikan ang mga tao.

    Kaya nga pabor ako sa mga proposal na i-decongest ang Metro Manila at i-distribute ang mga job opportunities sa ibang probinsya.

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  8. @Suitapui:

    I guess that Filipino blogger said that because commuting is chaos here. There is no system and if there is a system, people are finding ways to break it so as to be the first to ride the bus, the train, etc...

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  9. @Mariel:

    You are correct. There are so many rude people in MRT. Kaya nga saludo ako sa mga tao na hinaharang talaga yung ibang mga sumasakay para lang makadaan yung mga buntis, sina lolo at lola, yung mga babae at yung mga kapansanan.

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  10. @Poorprince:

    Haay...oo nga. Grabe ang labanan pag mag-MRT ka. Patatagan ng kalamnan talaga.

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  11. @Axl:

    Sa palagay ko the follwonig months eh medyo luluwang na rin sa MRT. Tataas na ang pamasaha eh. Maging 30 pesos na from Taft to North EDSA.

    Ewan ko lang kung magkanao yung minimum fare.

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  12. @Sikoletlover:

    Napanood ko sa TV yung sistema ng mga train d'yan sa inyo. As in may taga-tulak para ma-compress talaga ang tao at makasakay lahat.

    So yung tren d'yan at tren dito ay parehong siksikan. Yun nga lang pag dito ka sumakay e aping-api ka.

    Iba talaga ang epekto ng DISIPLINA ano?

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  13. Ahahahahahahahaha nakakabanas nga ang siksikan sa MRT pero kung paminsan minsan ka lang naman sumakay at trip mong gumala kung saan saan pwede na rin... wag lang kapag nagmamadali ka sa mga pupuntahan mo... hehehehehehe

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  14. @Xprosaic:

    ^_^ Pag nagmamadali ako eh MRT talaga ang sinasakyan ko. Mas mabuti na yun kesa mag-bus ka sa EDSA

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  15. Gosh! This looks worse than KL! Wonder if I will ever ride the MRT when I am in Manila! : )

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  16. it's almost the same in KL when it comes to rush hour.. :(

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  17. omg.. di na ata ako mkakahinga nyan sa sikip!

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  18. @Foong:

    I will not let you ride the crowded MRT if you are in Manila. I don't you to be crushed.

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  19. @Shirleen:

    Really? Hmmm...it is also the rush hour when I took this photo.

    Thanks for dropping by. ^_^

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  20. @Claire:

    Yup, you are lucky if you could still breathe. When you are inside the MRT, you will be crushed on all sides.

    Your arms and limbs will get tired because you can't move.

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  21. mainam pa nga ang sardinas, mabango pa rin.

    ang kaso sa mrt, minsan pag labas mo, amoy kilikili ka na dahil sa pawis mo at ng mga katabi mo. :(

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  22. @Siyetehan:

    Tama ka d'yan. At masarap kainin ang sardinas, lalo na kung mackerel. ^_^

    Kaya nga pag sa MRT Ayala station o farther and babaan ko eh sa connection ng trains ako pumupwesto.

    Salamat sa pagbisita ha.

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