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Apr 7, 2010

DAY FOUR

Just scratching the itch to write something in english again. I miss this.

Like pretty much everyone else who's a little bit insecure about their lives, I felt that my life is boring. I mean, nothing much happens to me. The usual stuff. So I thought, for 2010 I should do something spontaneous for 10 days. Something out of the box for me. Things other people will see as stupid.

Today was Day 4.

So to keep you up-to-date with the three previous days that I have not chronicled in this blog, here is a rundown of all the things I did before today:

DAY 1: Locked myself in a cubicle in the office washroom to... pet my stiffy.
DAY 2: Flirt with a random stranger... she turned me down. Epic fail.
DAY 3: Close a blog (it was either Gillboard or the other one... I loved this more)

Now we're on Day 4.

A little trivia about me. The company I work for, they only pay us once a month. Huge companies in the Philippines apparently do that. Anyway, so after a long period of hefty paychecks from my employers, last March there was nothing really special that came in terms of bonuses or what have you. So we were paid our basic salary, plus night diff and the usual.

Needless to say, three weeks later I no longer have budget to last me until next payday (which is April 15). So earlier this evening, I took out the rest of my cash from the bank to budget for the next 8-9 days.

I didn't have change. Not even twenties or hundreds. And I'm embarassed to pay using coins because that would mean I'd have to take out my ziploc plastic bag to get my coins (my coin pars' zipper broke last week).

With no change, and no plans of getting my crispy bills changed, I decided to do Day 4. I won't pay for my commute for the day.

The FX was easy. I only have to fake sleeping, and since alot of people get off in Baclaran, I'd only need to wake up at the precise moment and get off. And that's what I did. Not to say that the whole thing was easy because my heart was literally trying to escape from my chest the whole way. I was paranoid. Does this woman beside me know I didn't pay my fare? Will she tell? Will the guy on the other side of me by the door let me out if the fx driver says I did not pay my fare?
Twenty bucks is not worth all this crazy shit I went through.

It was a long twenty minute ride. Snow Patrol, Aiza Seguerra, Sponge Cola, Kris Allen and Taylor Swift can't drown the guilt away from me.

Thankfully, the Kuya who was beside me also got off in Baclaran. So that was a relief. Now comes the hard part, THE BUS.

That is harder. How do you outsmart someone who deals with these things on a daily basis. I mean, I have coins, I could pay them the eleven pesos easily if I want to. But I don't. I'm already in the zone. It's don't-pay-your-fare-day today.

I had an idea. I actually took the greedy bus. The ones that wait until it's almost full before they leave. I sat at the back. I took different colored tickets that were left on the sides of the window, at the back of the seats etc. Midway while travelling and while bus boy (don't know the english of kunduktor) was busy getting tickets from my fellow passengers, I moved to an empty seat towards the front (in Libertad) where some people get off. So now, the bus boy just passed me, and when he got to my place to check if I have tickets...

I paid him. I did not have the same colored ticket he was giving the passengers.

Nice try though. 50/50. Not bad at all for a first timer.

I'm not going to do that again though. The guilt is going to give me aneurism or a heart attack.

24 comments:

rudeboy said...

I hope you dim the infernal sun on the 10th day.

Spontaneously, of course.

Stone-Cold Angel said...

Try my bored list to here. You'll be unbored in no time...

Not bad for a first timer... hahaha! =)

glentot said...

Maybe keep flirting with random strangers? That's a good de-boredom-er.

Chyng said...

sa april 18 may gagawin ka? this is better than your boredom list.. Ü

MarcoPaolo said...

di ko pa na-try ang di magbayad sa bus, sa jeep at sa fx...gusto kong subukan pero kinakabahan ako ng todo. :)

mag-out of town ka parekoy para maaliw ng konti ang iyong buhay. :D

jayvie said...

hahahaha! astig. try mo mag 1-2-3 sa jeep. mas madali hahaha

gillboard said...

jayvie: nagawa ko na yun... di sinasadya... hehehe

marco: di naman ako ganun kaburaot sa buhay ko... gusto ko lang maging spontaneous...

chyng: ano meron sa 18? basta weekend... malamang okay ako...

gillboard said...

glentot: sabagay... kelangan hasain ang flirting skills... hehehe

angel: sige, pag sobrang bored talaga ako... itatry ko yan.. mukhang masaya yung kape eh... hehehe

rudeboy: wag naman ganun... hehehe

Sensei Jery said...

hehe, it's always better to just FORGET not paying than actually intentionally not pay.

just last night bumababa ako ng jeep. nasa tabi pa ko ng driver. i was hooked to my ipod kaya nakalimutan ko. i went out. nobody stopped me. i noticed metal pieces in my hand. i opened my fist and there was the supposed 7 peso payment.

Kane said...

Gillboard,

Baaadddddd kaaaaaaaaaa! Hehe

Who knows where this little experiment of yours will take you, eh?

Kane

Chingoy said...

that flirting thing amuses me... wanna try it sumtym... will update you :)

Ayie said...

Nice. Hindi ko alam if I'll be able to pull something like that. Baka nga atakihin ako sa puso sa sobrang tensyon.

First time ko po atang mag comment dito. =)

Random Student said...

may kilala ako nagstatus ng i'm bored sa FB the next day nasapak ayun 1 week busy punta ng piskal, pa-CT scan, pa-dentis, pa-ortho haha! suggestion for your upcoming days: sa chowking wag mo muna ibigay ang # mo tapos pag unnoticed ka na, iwagayway ang # sa crew demanding a bucci or kangkong. just say di ka binigyan ng resibo.

HalfCrazy said...

Haha, don't let a day pass by without you doing something to make it memorable! But it's hard to do something different for a day if you don't have money and you're inclined to just stay at home. Boring.

Medyo mahirap rin sa FX ah! Konti lang kayo dun so monitor ni Manong Driver yung kung sino yung mga nagbayad na. Saka ako, pag sa public transpo, nalalaman ko kung sino pa yung mga hindi nagbabayad. Hinihintay kong magbayad sila eh. Haha!

Sa Bus, gawin mo pag malapit na yung kunduktor sayo para maningil, baba ka. Tapos sakay ka sa ibang bus. Pag malapit na ulit sayo kunduktor, baba ka, tapos sakay ulit. Repeat the process hanggang makarating sa paruruonan. Haha!

ENS said...

in a way nagyari na sakin yan...
hindi ako nasuklian nuong una...
kaya the next day hindi ako nagbayad...
sa magkaibang bus yan...

so much for: madaling gumawa ng masama at mahirap magpakabuti...

Raft3r said...

nyahaha
ang lupet mo talaga, oo
hehe

Lawstude said...

ang galing naman. sa taxi kaya pwede yan? hahaha. pag yun nadale mo bilib na talaga ako. kausapin mo ng kausapin hanggang malito.

gillboard said...

lawstude: di ko yata kaya yun.. ako lagi naiisahan ng mga taxi driver eh... hehehe

rafter: salamat!! di naman masyado... konti lang...

ens: yung di sinasadya... nangyayari din sakin yan.. nagugulat na lang ako na may barya pa sa bulsa ko... hehehe

gillboard said...

half crazy: nice tips... gagawin ko yan minsan... ikaw ha.. mukhang gawain mo yan? hehehe

random student: oo nga.. nakachat ko nga nung isang araw.. nakakagulat.. sana'y ayos na siya..

pero di naman ako bored... hehehe

ayie: welcome sa blog ko ayie!!! balik ka ha!!!

gillboard said...

chingoy: teka... may asawa ka na diba? bad yun... hehehe

kane: yeah, who knows... hopefully not in jail though.. hehehe

jery: aminin mo... sadya yun noh?! hehehe

silentassasin said...

busboy=konduktor..LOL
pwede rin ticket guy?
haha..pero panalo un pag 123 mo sa fx!

caloy said...

galit ako sayo..tagal mo di nagparamdam. ikaw na nga lang ang nag-iisang supporter ko eh. :(

the donG said...

isa ka pala sa mga gumagaawa nun. hahaha... enjoy summer!

kcatwoman said...

talagang anti non paying scheme nila yung iba iba ang kulay ng ticket. haha totoo hindi worth it hindi magbayad kasi kokonsyensyahin ka. at least you have that experience to share

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