I have very few requirements when it comes to car, umaandar, may-aircon at malinis ang loob. Especially if it is a company car, as long as it can transport me to my destination safe and sound, I wouldn’t mind if it is almost 20 years old. But again, it’s just me and not everyone else.
Last Thursday, my cousin/officemate fetched me at FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in Alabang after my 2-day seminar. The rain has stopped and the traffic is terrible. We’re about to exit at Bicutan when we saw a long queue at the toll gate. Good thing we have E-pass, so we went straight to the left most lane (e-pass lane) and lined-up next to a relatively new white Toyota Hilux, then an enforcer approached our car.
Enforcer1: Sir, lisensya!
Enforcer1: (Nagmamadali), itabi mo muna pagkatapos mo magbayad (sabay alis)
Cousin: Ano kaya violation natin?
Me: Oo nga… (nag-iisip), baka coding? Di ba walang coding dito? (our plate ending is 7)
After passing through the toll gate:
Enforcer2: Sir, swerving po kayo. Nakita po kayo sa camera.
Cousin: Sir, bakit naman po swerving, sa C5 naman po pwede…
Enforcer2: malapad po kasi doon, dito po masikip…
Me: (nakisabat na) eh sumunod lang kami doon (sabay turo sa hilux sa unahan)
Cousin: Oo nga po, sumunod lang po ako sa kanya (tinuro rin)
Enforcer2: Eh e-pass po yun…
Me: (sumabat agad-agad) e-pass din kami
Enforcer2: Looked at our car (mula bubong hanggang gulong), E-pass kayo???
Cousin and Me: Opo (sabay pakita ng e-pass device)
Enforcer2: Bat di nyo agad sinabi? (feeling awkward)
We might be driving an old car, but it doesn’t mean we cannot afford to get an e-pass and have a 6,000+ peso load balance. Yabang. Hehe! Peace! 😉