Driving Filipino Style – No Fun No Joke No Common Sense
I have previously written here and here about my perspective on driving in the Philippines as a foreigner. I really thought it was “out of my system” and had fully acclimatized to the “different” way of driving and lack of traffic discipline here. Hell! No! I may have acclimatized to driving about Bacolod, the City of Smiles but on the laughably described national highways you would have to be brain-dead to get used to it!
My first two posts on this subject went a little viral (20k + readers on Medium for example), certainly here in the Philippines, and were met in some quarters with criticism. “Who the hell is this foreigner telling us what to do?” sort of thing. Then some readers started to play childish games. You know the kind of games that school boys play – “mine’s bigger than yours!” But in this context it was a case of, “have you ever driven in Manila?” or Bangkok or Los Angeles or wherever that particular person wished to show off about by demonstrating that I was a driving wuss! Incidentally, the answers to those questions are no, yes and yes.
The episode that prompted me to revisit driving in Bacolod, Philippines was a journey home yesterday after such a wonderful two nights, three days away at Sugar Beach and the equally wonderful Takatuka Beach Resort.
It was so bad and littered with such frequent examples of dangerous road behaviour that I had no choice but to yet again highlight the problems faced by all road users in this country. Once again, if readers wish to apply certain labels to me as a result of what I write, then so be it. I had previously been accused of being a “whining foreigner” and was advised to quit writing in that vein for my own personal safety! I say this to those people – f&*k you! Indeed, to do justice to the story and also to really spell things out to my critics, I will depart from my usual practice of refraining from using earthy Anglo-Saxon words. I am from Anglo-Saxon stock thus entitled to use those words so “Fuck you!” – if the cap fits!
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