Much has been said about commuting via the MRT, which makes a lot of people think that taking the bus is a much better option. But guess what? It's not always the case. Below are five things students have to endure while riding the public bus to school.
- What personal space?
Whether you're squeezed in a seat with another stranger; seated right next to a standing passenger, his butt to your face; or standing in a bus having to deal with unwanted physical contact (read: rubbing body parts) with every boarding and alighting passenger, you know that the moment you enter the bus, you lose all sense of personal space, especially during rush hour.
- "Maluwag pa" is a trick statement.
You know that this infamous bus conductor's line doesn't exactly always mean there are still enough seats. "Maluwag pa" can sometimes mean, there's still a lot of room for standing passengers.
- Ticket inspection causes you panic.
You panic whenever the bus inspector checks on your ticket because you usually just stuff it somewhere you don't end up remembering. Sometimes, you present him with a ticket from another ride or worse, a different bus line.
- Bus seats are not always comfortable.
The seats intended for three people? Most of them can only sit two adults and a child comfortably. This is because the seats are teeny tiny and unless all passengers have super skinny bodies, someone's always going to have a hard time squeezing herself into the seat.
- It's not for the faint of heart.
Sometimes, if it's your lucky day, you'll come across baby cockroaches on your way to school. Not in the streets, but inside the bus! In the windows where most people prefer to sit, to be specific. Instead of dozing off or cram studying, you focus on making sure the baby ipis don't crawl on your skin!
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