Monday, August 1, 2016

Wisdom from the Road #42

On drivers
(and bus conductors and flight attendants)
Talk to your tricycle driver, jeepney driver, van driver,
habalhabal driver, taxi driver, bus conductor, flight attendant, etc.
(Just don't be a distraction.)

Their job is long and tiring and kind of boring and maybe lonely. Be nice to them. Talk to them. Having someone to talk to would break the monotony.

I remember sitting up front in a jeepney in Davao City years ago and got to talking with the driver. And one of the topics was Duterte. I asked him if he would like to have Duterte as president. He was on the fence about it... yes, because he believed it would be good for the country, and no, because he was afraid many would not like Duterte.

Moalboal, Cebu
During the 8km ride to Basdaku in Moalboal, I talked with the tricycle driver. It turns out he was from Luzon and moved to Cebu because his wife is from there (oh, love). I asked for his contact number so we could hire him again the next day (and we did). On the bus leaving Moalboal, he sent a text message saying thank you and have a nice day.

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  1. On my recent trip to Camiguin, I encountered a habal-habal driver who turned out to be a real boxer on the side. He was generous with his boxing stories and even with his political inclinations.

    And I agree with you that most of these hardworking fellas are genuinely kind.