We don’t get it.

Philippines. Where jeepneys once claimed the title “King of the Road”. Maybe they still are. We ride one everyday to the bus terminal. We encounter different people along the way. Some of them we just don’t get.

Traffic was heavy at the intersection this morning. The jeepney halted several meters away from the stoplight and stayed there for about three minutes. If you’re in a hurry, that’s a grueling wait. We were relieved when the light turned green. 75 seconds is not that long but we knew we could get to the other side if we hurry a bit. The driver also looked determined to do it.

We covered about two meters and a perfectly normal lady passenger asked the driver to pull over.

She got off.


Clearly, even the driver got frustrated.

We didn’t make it to the other side before the light turned red.

We wanted to scream.

In a parallel universe, we saw ourself explode.

Why? We don’t get it. -aB


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