Posts Tagged ‘EDSA’

Un-Restroom (Uncomfort Room)

Earlier this morning, I rode the MRT to avoid the EDSA traffic. Normally, it takes a couple of hours to go to go to EDSA-Taft Ave. from EDSA-North Ave. But with the MRT, it will take you less than an hour.

Good to hear? Definitely! But the problem is, when you reach the end of the line and need to pee, you’ll find this in the men’s room:

Wow, this is supposed to be a restroom/comfort room. But wait, what this on the right side of the door? Oh, I see a hand sanitizer dispenser. Yay!

But the point is, what if you really need to go? The restroom cubicle has a sign saying that it is NOT IN ORDER. What happened to the money we commuters pay as fare? Is that what you call public service?

Anyway, last year (October 2011), I saw this sign on the same spot:

Wala Po Tubig (No Water).


Bawal tumawid, may namatay na dito (Crossing is prohibited, someone already died here)

The other day, I saw on the news the story of a mother and her 7 year old child who got hit by an oncoming bus when the crossed the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue. They died on the spot. The bus driver surrendered to the authorities and was charged of reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide.

This is something I don’t agree about the law. Although they were killed in the process of crossing the road, they weren’t supposed to be there in the first place. It is strictly prohibited to cross main roads like that, but some Filipino people are just stubborn, and still cross the road.

Filipinos have a lot of excuses why they still cross the road despite the presence of a number of pedestrian overpass. Convenience is one of the few. It will “save” time if they cross the road rather than walk for a couple more meters toward the nearest overpass. Some find it “too tiring” to climb up and down the overpass. If it’s on a stoplight, they find it “too boring” to wait for the green light, and sometimes, they tend to take advantage of the light volume of incoming vehicles.

Illegal places to cross are literally laden with warning signs such as an approximately 5-by-3meter sized sign. And sometimes, the authorities put metal barricades on the center island to prevent pedestrians to climb up and cross the street. But sadly, the Filipino pedestrians are “wise” enough to make a “passage” wide enough to pass through the metal barricade.

Now, if they got hit by an oncoming vehicle in the process of breaking the law, the driver is held responsible for it. My question is why? On a major thoroughfare like EDSA, Quezon Ave., Commonwealth Ave., etc., the vehicles have the right of way and the pedestrians have no business crossing it. They are law-violators, and if they die in the process, they should solely be held responsible for it. I am also a pedestrian and I know when or where to cross the road. Road safety practices are not limited to drivers, but also to pedestrians. So always obey the laws of the road to be safe.


The MRT on a Friday night

Travelling EDSA takes a lot of time, especially if its a rush hour. It’s actually a quarter to go before 10 and its a Friday night. In the Philippines, a lot of the guys come home from work at this time. If you drive your own car, its a painstaking ride. And if you’re a commuter, taking the bus is a big sacrifice, imagine being stuck in traffic when all you want to do is relax at home.

The Metrostar, popularly called the MRT 3, is a great (but a little less convenient) alternative for commuters. You can go Taft Avenue in Pasay to EDSA-North Avenue in less than an hour. You just have to bear cramming inside the coach. And sometimes, its very hard to get out because a lot of undisciplined passengers hurrily enters the train even if there are still passengers getting out. The upside is, its quite cool inside the train.

If you wonder why it’s called MRT 3, you have it all wrong. There’s no MRT 1 nor 2. I don’t know why its called such, but one thing I’m sure of though, is that it opened its doors to public during the administration of former Philippine President Joseph “Erap” Estrada.

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