Living in Metro Manila is fun but minus the traffic. (Image: Government)
We are all too familiar with the horrific traffic situation in the country’s capital city. It has been affecting not only our job performance but even more so our personal lives, taking away hours we could have spent instead with our families and loved ones.
ShoppersGuide cares, that’s why we created a list of commuting hacks to help you reach your destinations hassle-free. If you master these tricks, you will surely find traversing Metro Manila roads more tolerable and even enjoyable either for work or for leisure.
5. Keep your Beep Card loaded
Just when we thought that our train systems can save us from the horror of heavy traffic, there come the long queues. Many irk at the thought of endless lines at MRT and LRT stations during busy hours. Do not forget that you have to buy a train ticket first before following the queue of people who already have a card.
Owning a Beep Card, a reloadable smart value card used to settle payments including LRT and MRT tickets, comes handy. It would be wise to load your card the total amount of your 1-week train allowance so you can skip the ticket booth. There are also Ticket Vending Machines on all LRT and MRT stations that let you read the current balance of your card and reload on your own.
In case your train encounters a technical glitch, you can also use your beep cards in several bus lines including BGC bus, Citylink, HM, and Froehlich Tours Buses.
6. Stay Entertained
Listen to music, read a book
, watch your favorite Koreanovela, browse the internet through your mobile phone
or daydream—whatever keeps you entertained, do it. While we can’t do anything quick to make these traffic problems disappear, distracting ourselves can help us battle the stress inflicted by traffic woes and noise pollution.
Meanwhile, an article from Reader’s Digest suggests that successful people use their time to plan out the whole day as well as creating a plan B in case inevitable delays happen  during their commute. Perhaps that’s a better way to spend the extra time we have on our way to our destinations.
While the government is still in the process of developing better ways to improve our transport system and there are things that are not in our control, we can contribute to the improvements by being responsible commuters and motorists. Sometimes, breaking a basic traffic rule can worsen the traffic situation. Remember to gather up more patience when hitting the road, offer help when necessary, and smile to fellow riders and commuters because it’s true that happiness is contagious and a smile can brighten anyone’s day.
Care to share your own beating-the-traffic hacks with us? Drop a comment below!