I had to take the public transport while my car was being fixed. During this time, I was able to get a better view of what people go through rider the public transport. I talked with the drivers of taxi and Jeepney that I rode on going to my office in Espana in Manila.
Most taxi drivers I talked to avoided taking me to my place of work because of the huge traffic build up happening daily at the corner of Quezon Avenue and Araneta Avenue. The DPWH is constructing an underpass in that area.
Yesterday, one taxi driver impressed me so much. When I asked to be taken to my office in Espana, he GLADLY said yes! He was also the only driver that greeted us "Good morning" when we rode his taxi from Commonwealth Avenue. The fare to my office amounted to P247.00. I gave him P300 for a very good service he gave me that day.
Lesson learned: never say no when it comes to serving the needs of your customers. They might just be the person you need to be financially blessed.
The previous day, the opposite happened. The taxi driver refused to bring me to my workplace due to the traffic. he was more concerned for his convenience and the possibility to be holed up in the traffic thereby decreasing his income potential. So I asked to be dropped along Quezon Avenue so I can take a Jeepney.
I was able to ride a Jeepney with less passengers. I took the front seat beside the driver. I had an interesting and a long conversation with the enthusiastic driver. I learned that because of the heavy traffic along Araneta and Quezon Avenues, he was losing about 6 trips, which he estimated cost him about P1,000 a day. With that money, Jeepney drivers can buy a lot of rice to feed the family!
I really enjoyed that 2 carless days.
Like what St. Paul said, in all circumstances, I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me.
I know something good will come out of what I have been through this week.
I learned a lot from the drivers. I learned a lot about myself.
I learned a lot from my problems. Thank God for the problems.
P.S. My car, a Toyota Corolla - 1994 model, has been fixed by Chief (we call Ruel that name because he is good in providing his client an excellent service). Exalta can be contacted at 7885119 or 7819958. I highly recommend Chief Ruel to those looking for someone they can trust for the repair of their cars.
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