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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Jeepney people


One thing's true about being a Filipino: You're not a Filipino if you haven't traveled through the Public Utility Jeepney. According to Wikipedia, when American troops began to leave the Philippines at the end of WWII, hundreds of surplus jeeps were sold or given to the Filipinos. And through the ingenuity of our ancestors, the normal jeepney was transformed into something that could accommodate at least 20 passengers. Which brings me to my title. Jeepney people. When you're stuck in a jeepney for thirty minutes, you notice things and see things you wish you haven't. And here are just some of the people or species we encounter during public transportation:

The crammer (pasaherus dinagstudyus). These species get in the jeep with eyes haunted by dark eye bags. They usually have a book with them or a dog-eared photocopy of their lessons. They murmur among themselves, reading throughout the ride. Their two eyebrows become one, as they focus through the bumps and stops the jeepney makes. Even though reading in a moving vehicle is bad for their eyes, they still take the risk into making sure they pass their exam. Their stomachs are growling tigers, a result of skipping a few meals. Beware of these types of passengers as they are subject to grouchiness when disturbed.

The smoker (pasaherus pataybaganus). Even when there is a sign that reads "No Smoking", the stubbornness of this specie could be compared to a mule. They look away from the others to feel less guilty, even though they blow their poisonous gas to the unfortunate person beside them. They truly have no conscience as they do not think of the health and welfare of the other passengers, more so to him. He thinks he looks like a bad-ass for smoking, but all they really look like is someone inconsiderate.  These species are to be handled by an elder whose anger to the specie could humiliate them for doing such an act.

The perverted one (pasaherus hawakhawakus). "Kung siksikan, bawal ang manyak!" (In tight situations, perverts are prohibited!) A sticker on a jeepney once read. These are warnings to girls who may be taken advantaged of when the jeepney's passenger capacity has maxed. This is when the jeepney looks like a tight can of sardines, just waiting to pop. These are usually when the species come out of hiding. Their hands are skilled into trying to get a "feel" from distracted girls. They pretend to cross their arms and brush their hand to the unknowing prey. Their range of meal covers from the hair of the girl, the breasts and the exposed legs. This type of specie is usually mentally deranged or usually hormonal, as they take the risk of being caught. These species are to be handled with a smack on the face and a police report on sexual harassment.

The music addict (pasaherus musikerus). These species are not to be disturbed easily. They are lost in their own world of music that is practically blasting from their ears.  It's either they're listening through an earphone, or they have their music on loud speaker for everyone to hear. They are usually lost in thought, and looking into the distance, trying to find the meaning of life through song. Their earphones range from the huge headphones to the Bluetooth ones that makes you wonder if there is really music playing. These species are to be understood for their lack of understanding of the world and escaping it through plugging their ears with something plastic.

The road blocker (pasaherus maydalaeus). These types of species usually has something big and heavy carried with them, thus blocking the path towards the jeepney's door. Although these people are not to be blamed by what they carry, they should be considerate enough to give space to the passengers getting on and off the ride or to move to a seat near the driver's seat so as to not disturb other passenger. As a passenger you must help them get in and out of the vehicle.

The gossip worshipers (pasaherus chikkaeus). These type of species are usually one of the people who just bumped into each other and have started talking almost at the same time about their neighbor, their kids, their husband, politics and everything else under the sun. Though very annoying, they usually provide inside details about important things. Beware of their stare, as they are sometimes quick to judge since they have someone to back them up.

The mommy with babies (pasaherus nanayeus). These species have younger versions of themselves inside the vehicle. They're usually pesky and wild, as the specie calls out to them. The younger versions are always in some kind of trouble which ends up as a burden to the other passengers. The specie is usually identified the moment little species climb in the vehicle followed by an older woman with a baby in her arms and groceries on the other hand. Be understanding of this species' stressful lifestyle and help her when possible.

The old one (pasaherus matandaeus). This specie is made of different breeds that could be summed up to grouchy, happy, know-it-all and the judge. As obvious as what their breed means, they are usually harmless unless they notice you. They are identified by the wrinkles of their body and their eyes are usually covered by a small framed glass. They are usually nosy and they butt-in to other people's conversations, even to complete strangers. They are harmless enough, but be warned for a lecture when your friends are too loud.

The "in-a-relationship" (pasaherus PDAeus). These types of species travel in two's, the way the animals did back when Noah built the Ark. Most of these species are identified when they hold hands or the male rests his arm around the female. They are usually harmless but some have been found to do more than holding hands. They are usual topics for gossip in the jeepney, receiving bad looks from the "conservative" part of the passengers. Although they dismiss the gossip, they must be treated with respect as you may have done this then, or you might do this in the future. Do unto others what you want others to do unto you. Gossip about them, and soon you'd be the one who they gossip about.

The cliques (pasaherus barkadeus). These types of species prefer to travel in groups, usually tagged as loud and uncivilized, thinking that they have the jeepney all to themselves. They pay their fares together; usually one collects and counts the money before handing it to the driver. They talk in a whole new language and they laugh at the most mundane things. 
They get in the jeepney together and they hop off together, leaving the jeepney very silent. They feel no pain even when other passengers are sending daggers through their eyes wishing they would shut up. Though very harmless, they may cause noise pollution.

 And so in conclusion, public transportation seem to bring out the best in people. People take a ride in it every time they need to go to one place to another. This is where they may interact with others or simply mind about with their business. I know there are more species out there, but the important thing to remember when you've encountered these species is to appreciate them. They were part of your journey, and as the saying goes, it's not the destination that's important. It's the journey. So no matter how irritating the people in the jeepney may be, remember that they are just like you. Living life the best way they know how. :)

44 comments:

  1. Ahahahaha! A funny list! I esp like being with pasaherus chikkaeus inside the jeepney, listening to people talk about other people's lives can be amusing :) also, girls talking about their lovelives inside the jeepney should be mentioned :)

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  2. Yeah, Jeepneys are so Pinoy and funny how you chronicled the different people in the jeepney.

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  3. They are everywhere and not only the jeepney people. Nice and profound list you have here. I like how you characterize your ideas including the imagery. :)

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  4. agree, i was in manila a few times. i tried to take jeepney before its like that but fun. that's life :)

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  5. Hahaha! This such a cute and funny post... Its nice to people watch in jeepneys too but just hang-on tight to your bag hehe...

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    1. i agree. luckily here in Tacloban we haven't experienced having holdapers in the jeepneys

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  6. This post made my day. Very nice dose of Filipino humor right there.

    and I agree, you do meet all sorts of people while taking public transpo, esp. jeeps. :)

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  7. Lol funny insight Le-an, this is a truly creative explanations of passengers.. I encountered every single one of them yet I miss riding in jeepneys now. ")

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    1. the philippines really has the best kind of people, no matter how much drudgery there is :)

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  8. i remembered the time when sarao company was very popular making jeepneys. how i wish we still have the kind of jeep company here. truly, jeepney is really for Filipinos. :)

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  9. haha super funny!! I enjoyed riding the jeep and I must say im the gossiper type. however kapraning lang cause baka there would be pickpockets!!

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    1. i'm lucky then that pickpocketing is not rampant here in visayas. :)

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  10. This is so funny!!! I have heard of Jeepneys, but I had no idea they were so big and could fit so many people inside!!

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  11. Speaking of smokers, In the US, they used to think it was their God given right to smoke anywhere they liked or whenever they liked. Now, laws have changed and there are many, many places that smokers are not able to breathe their poisons on us. I am surprised that someone in the Jeepney didn't tell that smoker to put it out!!

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  12. LOL- what a great list of people and species who ride on Jeepneys

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  13. I have never heard of the jeepney and could not imagine being packed as tight as sardines. I love the description of the people though, it is about the same as here when traveling on a subway but usually less crowded.

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  14. This is such a funny post! We don't have much for public transportation at all where I live but I can so see this all being the case!

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  15. A lot of these types of people can be found on NYC transit too. There are the same types of people everywhere. Very good list!

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  16. I think public transportation can definitely have its benefits. I had a teacher once who drove a cab and used his conversations as inspiration for writing!

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  17. Not sure if my comment went through...I just said that I think public transportation is definitely a great way to find inspiration!

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  18. Ha! This is pretty funny! Keep 'em coming!

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  19. You've got a great sense of humor, lol. This is a hilarious and very fun list!

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  20. How funny is that! I never knew what a Jeepney was or what Jeepney people were until I read this post.

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  21. I hate public transportation - yet I love to people watch. Human beings are so interesting!

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  22. This is so interesting! I never knew about the jeepney system... thanks for sharing!

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  23. Interesting read. I had never heard of jeepneys but I'm not from nor have I ever visited the Phillipines. If I ever get to visit there, I'll have to check these out, though I'm not sure I would want to ride in one lol.

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  24. Fab post, it definitely made me smile - reminded me quite a bit of our public transport as well. x

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  25. Sounds like an adventure and reminds me a lot of the trains here in New York City.

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  26. During the first time I rode a jeep was.. first year in college and I enjoyed it and treated it as if I was on an amusement park, lol! I don't ride one na though - dami na kasi problems now sa pinas - better to be safe than sorry.

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  27. Great list, I think we all have a few of these in our lives or know a few of them anyhow

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  28. That is hilarious! What a great post. Love it.

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  29. Very cute! I enjoyed you list of characters!

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  30. Great analogies that make it easy to imagine. it sounds like people here on public busses and subways.

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  31. What a funny outlook of watching people. It always amuses me!

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  32. I cannot imagine putting that many people in a Jeep, modified or not, lol. I think these people exist everywhere on public transportation. Love the "in a relationship" one!

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  33. This is funny because it reminds me of the bus system in my island home Jamaica, when I was growing up. I hope I never have to witness any of these things. I am not planning to rise the jeepney anytime soon

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  34. Nyahahahaha! I used to ride in jeepneys like this back in high school and college ;) It's very hot and tight inside. Waaa...

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  35. This sounds like a hoot. I would probably be to chicken to take a ride but would probably stand with my mouth open watching everyone.

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