Friday, April 20, 2007

"It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something."

It was from the motion picture, Crash. The question is: does it apply to Filipinos as well?

Consider the MRT ordeal. It is not just about a mere people-brushing-past-or-bumping-into-another sort of experience. Here one gets the chance to have an "intimate" sense of others. Who would not have encountered the pungent smell of sweat? Or the horrible look of a pimple (and the more horrible look of a swelling one)? Or the sticky moistness of the skin? And so on.

The chock-full Ayala northbound platform (notice the other side)

I can't help but to explore once in a while on the possible solutions to this congestion predicament. Is building an MRT subway one solution? Or would the solution be about adjusting office hours? Or would it be about strategically putting the business centers in areas that allow heavy commuter traffic to be minimized? Though heavy traffic is good for business, there must be some way of striking balance here. How about giving responsibility to institutions or structures like employer buildings, malls and others, that cause heavy traffic? Perhaps they could help in the mobilization of people. And there is also the question on a good product attracting traffic volume. I will post more details of this exploration later on.

view from the other side - our perfect strategy

Just a side note, my friend blogged about our pleasant MRT experience. It was rush hour so my officemates and I decided to adopt what we call as our perfect strategy - taking a round trip. We were supposedly northbound but we went otherwise. The only problem was that we rode at the tail section of the train so that when it went back north, it became the ladies' section. We ended up taking the next train since the middle and end sections were jam-packed. So much about a perfect plan!

Click here and here for other accounts.

So to continue, other situations that somehow make Filipinos never lose that sense of touch are:
1. jeepney experience
2. wet market, 168 and others
3. religious feast like for instance the Black Nazarene feast in Quiapo, or even the El Shaddai.

And there could be more.


THE ANiTOKiD said...

galing galing! just when i thought it was serious and all came the punch line! a very good writer, you are bow...a gifted one. and knowing you, i know you will use it well.

Kat said...

sa Edsa rallies, sa rock concerts, sa lahat ng pwedeng mag-bottle neck.... =) hihi

mad a me said...

In Chile we´re living the same thing... maybe you have heard about the transport in the capital city know as "Transantiago"...really sucks have to experience that.. now I´m in a different part of the country, most because of my estudies, but if you just watch the news in my place.. you´ll see, that we´re just getting started (all begins on february 10th) and we have heard about the filipinian people... so... how many years do we have to last to get used to that kind of inhumanitation?

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