Annoying traits or habits some Filipinos have

Wait. Don’t get me wrong. Proud Filipino here! But honestly, there are just things some Pinoys do which are really annoying. Trust me, I’m sure I haven’t done/would never do these (If I did, I would appreciate it if you tell me when was it):

Stating the obvious

Why would some Filipinos ask questions that they already know the answer to? For example, I recently got a haircut. People who see you in the flesh, or saw your selfie sporting your new do would even have to ask “Did you cut your hair?”.

GUYS! My hair was almost-half-my-back long before I had this below-the ear/above-the shoulder cut. What else could I have done?? That question is only valid if I only had an inch sliced off. Or, you’re asking if I cut my hair myself which is somehow impossible because I’m not that skilled.

Next time, better end it with an exclamation point rather than a question mark (i.e “You cut your hair!”).

Tell you things that you are actually aware of. Like when they haven’t seen you for a while and their usual Hello is “Hey, you gained weight!”. That’s actually very impolite. Is there even a person who doesn’t acknowledge or know the changes that their body go through?

Keep it to yourself if you actually know that when others tell you the same thing, its possibly offending. Also, you wouldnt like it your convo went like:

You: “Hey, you gained weight!”

Your friend: “..and you haven’t changed a bit. You’re still ugly!”

DISCIPLINE, where art thou?

On the road; while driving

To those travelling via a motorcycle, NEVER OVERTAKE on the right side of any vehicle. Everybody is aware that the 4 – 18-wheelers here do not have the Right Hand Drive. In addition, please stay on your special blue-dotted lane because was set up for your own good.

U Turn slots should only be a single lane (or line). Take the leftmost or rightmost side (if there’s any) when turning. To those who do not do this, please know that you’re causing inconvenience to those who are smarter, doing it the right way.

Stay on your fucking lane, esp when you know you need to pass by the flyover. But no! Almost 70% actually choose to overtake those who follow the traffic rules. You guys know that you’re the cause of the jam and long lines of cars?

Running late? Who’s fault is it?

USE and HONOR THE SIGNAL LIGHTS. Those are not car designs. Its like a silent “Excuse me”. GIVE WAY, instead of blowing your car horns to those who know the purpose of their signal lights.

Don’t worry. Wherever you’re going, I’m sure it’ll still be there. The roads/highway will not be cut in half in 3-seconds when you let the polite driver before you pass by.

Arriving at Sunday masses after the offertory, and still have the guts to race you to the Communion line. Need I say more?

The Blame Game is so strong when something negative happens. Better practice the 90-10 principle, guys. What would you rather do? Stress yourself out, sulk, or react positively and move forward? Choose the latter. Avoid the migraines.

On the other hand, they take all the credit when results are positive, even if all they did was pass the responsibilities to those who actually know what to do.

As I’ve said before, drop the call when the party you’re calling didn’t answer within 3-5 rings. Otherwise, send a text message why you need to speak with them. They might be in a more important engagement or going through something that they do not want to speak with you. DO NOT DIAL AGAIN. Its very impolite, super irritating and disturbing.

Very rich in bad attitude. If those have monetary equivalent, I’m sure our poverty rate would drastically drop.

1. When you actually have or given a choice, you just do not want to do it because…

  • It would make you look bad or ugly
  • You haven’t done it before (all the more reason you should, right?)
  • You think its not a Win-Win situation (when in real life it cant always be like that).
  • You just don’t want to. Period.

2. When some employees submitted their resignation letters and are already in the rendering mode, they choose to be late and/or absent within the 30days 99.5% of the time.

Why not leave the company in flying colors and be a good employee before getting off? Atleast even just for show. LOL. I mean, your next employer is still processing your papers before you onboard – including background checks. Sure, you’ve been following the values, policies, etc. before and been Employee of the Month. But ya know people. They forget about all the good things when you do something wrong.

Feeling entitled

“I know I’m pretty and guys would like drop whatever theyre doing just to talk to me. I can get away with everything”.

Oh yeah you can, esp after doing them the favor.

“My folks are famous politicians/celebrities! I should have the same treatment!”

This also applies to people who keep on name-dropping whoever they think are worthy. Like you said, THEY ARE the ‘elite’ ones. YOU’RE NOT. YOU do not count unless THEY say so. The same offers do not apply to you.

“I am the boss” or “I am the Team Leader”.

Yeah… how did you get where you are again? You also started from scratch. Unless, you have actually used the name-dropping power and cheated your way in.

“I am a customer. I should always be right!”

Uhh, not really. Most of the time, the customers who use the “The customer is always right” when they know they did something wrong. Yes as a customer (who are everyone), you always have the right. The right to complain, to give your opinion, etc. But that doesn’t always mean you are always right.

Ok, this is like 2 ½ pages long. I may have add some more but will just end it here – for now.

These are just observations. If you have been offended… well… 2 things. How were you brought up by your parents/guardians? Or, were you just influenced by your peers.

Either way, you have your own mind and body. The choices and decisions have always been yours.

What’s the big deal?

One of the biggest problems in this world is that of the 99.9% goodness/greatness you have done and just simply received kudos for (even though you have contributed to major changes that happened), it will be instantly ignored and forgotten by the 0.01% of a mistake you made and use it as blackmail.

I’m not really a fan but I do like and watch all his films and shows. So what if John Lloyd Cruz got drunk? Like it was the first time. 🙄 It may just be the first time it was caught on video and went viral, because of some mature people misusing the power of social media, and thought it was their time to shine by hitting the “Share” button. What did you guys get out of it?

Like I said, so what?!

JLC has made a lot of blockbuster movies which really helped the entertainment industry (pelikulang pinoy), as well as continue selling out the products he endorse (which btw I heard were allegedly thinking of pulling out from being his sponsors because of that incident — I hope they don’t). Though I havent personally met him, he is probably doing more good things than we know. Yes he is a celebrity — and that automatically makes him a role model. But those who look up to him, and who actually have the correct upbringing by their parents, should already know whats right or wrong.

He didnt even need to apologize for having fun and for being himself. Like what he said in his Instagram post, “no regrets babies just life revealing its raw beauty.” This is what I also like about him: he’s a private person and doesnt give a damn. 🙂

I actually think that it would draw out the same reactions if he’s pretending to be someone he’s not. Oh well.

Stay true to yourself. YOLO. Walang pakialamanan ng trip.

/rant end

Dear LTFRB

Lemme go straight to the point.

Like most people, I own a car and I drive. But during coding days (which btw is utterly useless since it doesn’t really resolve the traffic problems anywhere – even if you have 2 coding days per car in some areas) and other times when I just don’t feel like driving, I take a cab – specifically a Reno cab. Either I call their HQ to have a unit pick me up right at my door step or wherever I may be, or just outright text/call one of our “suki” drivers, who are not “choosy”, nor they ask for additional fare on top of what’s indicated in the meter.

Yes, there were instances that directly contacting the drivers we know and even calling their HQ for a unit were unsuccessful. A bit unreliable, but nonetheless understandable especially if my location is completely out of their way. For example, they may be in MOA area and you’re asking to be picked up in Fairview.

I don’t never ride any taxis other than Reno for more than a decade now. Why? Because randomly hailing any cab, contrary to your belief, is no longer safe.

Same as riding the MRT, which is most of the time (or always) not working. If it is even running, it has been wiggly. I will not be surprised if there will come a time that due to overloading, it will just tip over and fall on top of the transportations along the highway causing a huge mishap/tragedy.

Buses? AKA roller-coasters-with-drug-addict-drivers who are the champions among violators.

Also, jeepneys! Whose drivers do not know how to use side mirrors and signal lights, as well as dropping off passengers 2 lanes away (from the middle of the highway) to the loading/unloading zones.

Penalizing, apprehending, impounding, removing — or whatever you may call it — the alternatives which are successfully working and convenient to everyone – is very Filipino. Knowing that there are people who will be affected along the way with this irrational decision such as the drivers and operators may have less income to none, as well as passengers may also encounter difficulty in finding safe rides.

While I somehow feel bad that the Reno drivers we know have told us their sentiments about losing their usual passengers and income since Uber and Grab, the said TNCs have been nothing but additional options, if not considered as blessings. If you’re looking for reasons, here you go:

  1. Its easy and convenient.
  • We now live in a fast-paced and considerably hi-tech environment – if not world yet. Just have a mobile data subscription, open the TNC Apps to book a ride.
  1. Its S-A-F-E-R!
  • No need to stand on the sidewalk under the rain, be a warrior and run after the next available PUV, race with the others who completely forget the senior citizens/pregnant women/ladies’ first rule of thumb (both actually cause accidents and too much traffic especially around 7am and 5pm).
  • Most drivers are also owners of the vehicle you’ll hop on to, so they are extra careful (some more vain, which is just fine) with their cars when driving.
  1. You can track your rides.
  • You’ll know immediately of the plate number, type of car, phone number and name of the driver with picture/s. Also, once your trip ends, you will receive a receipt via email with the same information, routes taken, ride duration, etc. You can also go back to your transactions history in the app.
  1. Its readily available
  • Once booked, they do not have views where you’ll be going until they go “On Trip”. The drivers also do not have any choice but to get you to our destination once you’ve been picked up, regardless if you’re coming from Taguig going to Novaliches.
  1. Its cheaper
  • You’ll immediately be informed how much you’ll need to pay – traffic or not. The amount you’ll see even before you board is fixed. It will be the passengers’ prerogative if they’ll be giving the drivers some tip.
  1. They value their passengers’ feedback.
  • Comments/complaints are forwarded to the drivers, owners or the operators (which are humans) of the vehicle/s, which somehow affect their ratings seen on their mobile apps. In this way, their next passengers may take precautions if need be when transacting with their assigned drivers.

(Your hotline/contact numbers are indeed posted in every PUVs with “How’s my driving?” or “May reklamo ka ba?” I highly doubt if there is even a day when you do not receive any complaints. What do you do with those? Your action plans may probably be in place but we just wonder why we don’t see results and just repeat offenders.)

These are all I know based from my experiences with the most reliable mode of transpo ever to be made available.

I cant speak for others, but you may ask your employees and/or family members if they haven’t even tried Uber/Grab and enjoyed it. I actually doubt if none of them ever thought about buying an extra car and even doing the same business.

Sincerely,

Driver-slash-passenger.