Night Travels During Holiday Seasons 2011 - 16th Eve

Everybody is talking about "Simbang Gabi" or Evening Mass. They are asking who went and who didn't, why they didn't go, when will they go the next morning or evening, and how was it or what happened along the way. Interestingly, I didn't hear anyone ask what the message was for that first Simbang Gabi for 2011. Anyway, it's just the Catholics who are doing Simbang Gabi so I guess this doesn't make sense for others who do not practice it. Of course, I didn't go, even for curiosity's sake because I am working at night and I'm way too sleepy to wake up at 3am for the 4am mass.

Ayala Avenue seems more lit up on the night of December 16th. More Christmas revelers on the road carrying more presents. Makati Medical Center (Makati Med) had their Christmas party and their music was loud and their fireworks beautiful. At past 11pm, there were more private cars than taxi cabs, jeepneys, and buses on the road. There were so many passengers waiting and this time, I had to stand in the bus from Ayala to Baclaran because the buses are so packed and everyone is rushing to go home. I think the bus was carrying 70 passengers instead of 45.

In Baclaran, there were so many people and a few Cavite buses and jeepneys. I had to walk towards the bridge in front of Heritage Hotel so I could take a jeepney as jeepneys nearing the bus stop are all full. I took a jeepney bound for DBB-C, and because I'm the first passenger, I got to pick my seat and I chose to seat in front, beside the driver. The jeepney was instantly full and is on its way to Cavite.

Just after the toll gate plaza of the Aguinaldo Boulevard, the jeepney lost all lights. The driver told me his alternator is not working and his battery is low. He is "lowbatt", he said. He didn't slow down though but moved to the right side incase he needs to do an emergency stop. But I guess one reason he did that is to hide from the expressway patrols ;)

We reached the Longos rotunda and it was hard for him to turn left because he was being honked by other private cars. At least, the driver is familiar with his route and was down the flyover as quick as possible. He maneuvered the jeepney to the right side once again, and we were on our way to our destination. However, he removed his signboard of DBB-C and replaced it with Imus/BDO because his jeepney is no longer safe and he knows it. He was also very careful with the ignition because he said if the engine dies, he won't be able to start it anymore. Good thing his car garage is just along Patindig Araw so he can drop off all his passengers safely in Imus and bring the jeepney home.

A testimony that the driver was smart was that when he passed another jeepney at 7/11, Imus, he stopped it and transferred his two passengers bound for Dasmarinas, Cavite. As for me, I was safely home around 1:15am.

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