- Ed.'s note: In 2024, during an aggressive PPP (public-private partnership) drive, the Philippine government partnered up with the massive but extremely secretive Sinauna Group of Companies to deliver a host of basic services to the Filipino people.
One of those services is transportation. As with all the other Sinauna Group offerings, the partnership vastly improved the quality of service of local providers - while sparking major changes, such as pedestrian wormholes, shapeshifting bus conductors, creepy ladies in black dresses handing out flyers for condos, among many other things.
Adapting to change came easily to the commuting population of Manila, but of course the occasional gripe was to be expected. Whereby a blogger named Stella Avluela, more widely known by the username stellamaris_, started a list of light-hearted reasons to hate the commute in Manila, and left avenues for people to contribute their own "complaints."
These are some of the more highly-rated contributions.
stellamaris_ also came out with a blog called Reasons to Love the Commute, excerpts of which will appear in a later compilation.
(Author's note: this is an in-progress compilation of flash pieces built around the above theme. All blame goes to longjohnlicaros for its creation.)
- #1658 The Lights at Kamuntolan Station ~ anonymous
- #1634 Please Leave Your Discarded Epidermes at Home ~ anonymous
- #1674 Those Darn Wormholes; #1690 Fix the Darn Sprays ~ MrBoombastic26
- #1702 A Condo Unit or Else ~ anonymous; #1730 Era Five Drivers ~ KirbyisKing
- #1705 Ariel ~ anonymous
- #1750 Kalachuchi Tea ~ PirmeNaRaot
- #875 The Mist Portals ~ EchoMusic
- #988 Those Who Never Return from Galema Station ~ MsDarkMatter
- #510 Trip of a Lifetime ~ Ross_M_de_la_Cruz
- #859, #760 and #741 The Catfish Express ~ anonymous
- #652 Signs ~ NotoSignsAlongtheGCMRTXLine
- # 895 The Lambingan Bridge Guardian ~ yayFries
- # 952 The Fixer ~ Anonymous
- #1644 The Green Man ~ anonymous
- #542 Plants are such ***holes ~ signora.santibanez
- #886 Blame it on the Rain ~ anonymous
- #252 Think of the Children ~ aConcernedParent
- #1885 The Long-Hair Ban ~ Dh0nzZ_2027
- #2016 Lily, Whom We Love ~ anonymous
- #1282 Molecular Bonding on the Train ~ DocMartensKoAsanNa
- #387 Jeeps Going Through Cemeteries ~ anonymous
- #309 Punggok ~ D'Exterminator
- #418 Graffiti Prophet ~ anonymous
- #468 Push for the Economy ~ PumilaKayoooo
- #746 The Curious Case of the Cockroach in Car 5 ~ shadowbites
- #197 Sutsot ~ anonymous
- #295 Introvert Woes ~ anonymous
- #962 Disappearing Seats on the LRT ~ MarcoP
- #487 Reasons for the L Line Mucking Up One Fateful Day ~ anonymous x 3
- #711 - La Mesa Founders, Inc. Hates Trains, Probably