This is just a collection of some recurring thoughts I’ve had while commuting. If I feel like it, I may update this as more thoughts come. Most of them will be in Filipino, my native language. Some may also be a mix of English and Filipino, and some may contain (excessive) profanities and vulgarity. You have been warned.
Note: I’ve added English translations to the ones written in Filipino for everyone’s benefit. If ever you read a phrase/sentence that doesn’t quite match my translation, please let me know and I’ll check it out. :) I’m not a master translator of my own language, but I try my best to get it as accurate as possible.
“I need to be ready. I need to always be ready. Malay ko ba kung may gago na mapagtripan lang ako. (I wouldn’t know if some asshole would just mess around with me.)”
“Kailangan handa yung kamay ko sa pindutan ng payong ko, para kung may sumubok na nakawan ako o tsansingan, tamaan agad yung gago.” (I need to have my hand ready to push the button on my umbrella, so that if anyone ever tries to rob me or cop a feel, the bastard will be hit immediately.)
“… Okay, my phone, my shitty phone is still in my pocket.”
“Siguro mukha akong bagong commuter minsan. Yung bag ko nga, nasa likod ko pa. Hindi naman siguro halata na maraming laman ‘to.” (I probably look like a new commuter sometimes. Even my bag’s on my back. Probably not obvious that this has a lot of things inside.)
“Subukan nilang nakawin bag ko, puta sipain ko mukha. Subukan din nilang tumakbo, mabigat ‘to mga gago. Haha!” (They just try to steal my bag, I’ll fucking kick their face. Then if they try to run, this is heavy, you bastards. Haha!)
“Sana walang mangyaring masama habang nasa biyahe.” (I hope nothing bad happens while on the trip.)
“Pwede kaya akong nakasabit sa likod ng jeep? Gusto ko gawin yun, kaso alam ko bawal yun in general eh.” (I wonder if I can hang at the back of a jeep? I want to do that, but I know it’s not allowed in general.)
“Gago naman yung kotse na yun, kita na ngang nasa tamang lane yung jeep/traysikel, pinilit pang sumiksik. Tapos sila maiinis pag sila nasiksikan? Mga puta.” (That car was an asshole, the jeep/tricycle was on the right lane, and it forced itself into it. Then they’ll get annoyed when they’re the ones being jammed into? The fuckers.)
“I hope I don’t get late.”
“Okay na ‘to, at least may exercise ako sa umaga. Lakad-lakad din.” (This is okay, at least I get exercise in the morning. More walking.)
“Sorry, kuya, di kita mabigyan ng donation. Kahit alam ko pwede ka siguro makabili ng pagkain gamit nito, marami pa rin kasing gago sa mundo. Sana nakadala ako pagkain, nabigyan kita sana.” (Sorry I can’t give you a donation. Even though I know that you might be able to buy food with this money, there are still a lot of assholes in the world. I wish I brought food, I would’ve given you some.)
“Saan kaya nakatira si kuya bulag na palaging nasa overpass? Paano kaya siya nabubuhay pa rin?” (I wonder where you live, Mr. Blind Man who’s always at the overpass? I wonder how you still continue to live?)
“Magmumukha na lang muna akong first-time commuter. Di ko alam magkano babayarin ko para makapunta dun, eh. Haha.” (I’ll just try to look like a first-time commuter. I don’t know how much I need to pay in order to get there. Haha.)
“Ah, puta. Maling sapatos nasuot ko ngayon. Basa na tuloy paa ko hanggang mamaya.” (Ah, fuck. I wore the wrong shoes today. Now my feet’s gonna be wet until later.)
“Kung may sumubok man hawakan dibdib ko, putangina hahablutin ko yung titi nung gago tapos subukang durugin. Kung magreklamo siyang masakit, eh sabihan ko kaya, ‘Eh tangina mo ako hahawakan mo ginusto ko ba?! Eh ikaw, hinawakan kita, di mo gusto diba? Putangina mo pala eh.’” (If anyone would even try to cop a feel, son-of-a-bitch I’m gonna grab the bastard’s dick and try to crush it. If he complains about the pain, I’ll tell him, ‘You son of a bitch, did I want to get touched by you?! You didn’t like being touched by me, right? Fuck you.)
“Ano kaya mas magandang gawin? Titigan ang mga gago na titingin din, o wag na lang pansinin? Ano ibigsabihin kung pinansin mo sila…” (I wonder what’s better to do? Look at the assholes looking at me straight in the eye, or don’t notice them? What does it mean if I notice them…)
“Uy, may bagong graffiti.” (Hey, there’s new graffiti.)
“Shet, ang ganda naman ng makeup ni teh. Wing pa more.” (Shit, girl’s makeup is so nice. Slay that wing(ed eyeliner).)
“Gusto ko magsuot ng skirt minsan, o ng short, pero natatakot pa rin ako kasi malaki pata ko tapos mga hilig usually ng lalaki dito eh legs… Tangina ano ba meron sa legs? O sa pwet? Ano maganda dun? Di ko gets bakit may mga may hilig sa legs.” (Sometimes, I want to wear a skirt or shorts, but I’m still scared because my thighs are big and the thing most guys like here are legs… What the fuck is up with legs? Or with the butt? What’s so great about that? I don’t get why some people like legs so much.)
“Shet. Ang inet. Wala akong dalang pamunas.” (Ugh, it’s so hot. I didn’t get to bring a towel.)
“Kelan ko kaya mafefeel na pwede na ako magsuot ng sleeveless tas ‘di kakabahan o maiinsecure?” (I wonder when I’ll be able to wear sleeveless and not feel nervous or insecure?)
And more to come as the days go by.