Photo: "The Ride of My Life"
(A New Series)

I've been a commuter for the most part of my life and have experienced the travails of travel in and around the metro.

I'm quite certain that the degree of difficulty each Filipino passenger faces now has since increased... (Times have changed, most will say...)

The rush and crush of humanity fighting for a spot in a jeepney or the train. The unnecessary exposure to the elements - heat, rain, dust, noise, virus. The wasted hours, spent energy stuck in traffic. The danger of being held up... Etcetera.

Through the years, fortunate circumstances have come my way to pluck me out of the rigors of 'commuting life'.

I still commute from time to time, and, actually, feel nostalgic doing so. I've found it to be a great way of keeping myself grounded, of reminding me about where I came from, and of teaching myself to continually count my blessings.

Here's a series dedicated to our common, daily travels.

I hope you will enjoy viewing and reading the stories behind each photograph I will post in the coming days and months.

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Photo: "The Waiting Game"

Lao Tzu once said, "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

And, may I humbly add that preceding each single step is a waiting game.

Almost always, we are confronted with the spectre of battle for that much coveted space in the transport of our choice, especially during the crush of rush hour, made all the more excruciating by the dead weight of tired bodies eager to retire the day.

There are times, however, when we wait for that ride by our lonesome, in an otherwise lonely and desolate highway, crushed by the heavy weight of the heat of the sun and the burden of rain.

We wait for that messianic bus, a bus that stands for that single step to take us home.

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+PeopleandLife | +Serein Lee 
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Photo: "Ponderous"

There's really something about the commute that makes one ponderous, lost in a swirl of thoughts, reverie...

More so when one sits by the window.

Is it because of the streams of life that pass our vision, akin to a flashback or even a 'flash forward' of our time spent or will spend here on earth...

One that is even more made acute by the isolation we experience amid the presence of total strangers? 

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+#Window Wednesday | Curators: +Jules Falk Hunter +Jason Kowing +Catherine Furet +Cheryl Cooper +J.J. Bentley 

Note: This is the only window that a Philippine jeepney can speak of.  I hope it counts as a contribution to  #WindowWednesday . :)
Photo: "Some things just make me wonder..."

...like for how long a regular commuter's body can take the toll of air and noise pollution before it finally caves in.

...like why the girl inside this air-conditioned bus is covering her nose.

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Photo: "In Between Now and Then"

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"Ponderous"

There's really something about the commute that makes one ponderous, lost in a swirl of thoughts, reverie...

More so when one sits by the window.

Is it because of the streams of life that pass our vision, akin to a flashback or even a 'flash forward' of our time spent or will spend here on earth...

One that is even more made acute by the isolation we experience amid the presence of total strangers?

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+#Window Wednesday | Curators: +Jules Falk Hunter +Jason Kowing +Catherine Furet +Cheryl Cooper +J.J. Bentley 

Note: This is the only window that a Philippine jeepney can speak of.  I hope it counts as a contribution to  #WindowWednesday . :)

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