We have the Habal2x(Big Bikes that can accomodate 4-5 people) which are used by students in UP Mindanao. We have the boat ride, which is basically used to commute from Davao to Samal Island and also the boat ride going across the Bankerohan River.
For the main highway we have the jeepneys, the non-air taxis (whose existence is is threatened) and the airconditioned taxis. We used to have buses but I guess the city decided not to have them. Buses are used only for out-of-town rides and not as a means to go around Davao City.
Usually, I ride jeepneys!
- Basically, I enjoy my jeepney rides here in Davao. Specially, when it is a long ride. I'm a picky jeepney rider. I only ride empty jeepneys. (Here in Davao, you have the luxury to choose your rides, unless you are in a hurry) Maybe two or three more passengers would not hurt but more than six? Nuh-uh. I would not want to ride that. Sometimes, it would take me 15 minutes to look for the perfect ride. Nyahaha. Really. I'm that picky.
Before when I was in first year high school and the "boom-boom jeepneys" or "uso-uso jeepneys" were a fad, I would ride them with my peers.
What are they? They are usually "lawin jeepneys" with "lower lower" sides (I don't know the car term for that). They have LOUD MUSIC playing either rock music or whatsoever they call "uso" that time (papa roach, linkin park, INOJ and other techno music). Each place(lanang, buhangin, bajada, sasa) have their own corresponding "uso-uso jeepney" with their own names. There is Amelyn, Quo Vadis, and uhmm I can't remember other jeepney names but I remember the black and green one with lower lower sides. Passengers would scream their name (and much to my chagrin I was one of them before) and hurry to rush inside and get a good seat. We'd rush beside ADDU because that's where they pick up passengers (and they usually get full right away). It's a rowdy, loud ride with dark, seedy, psychotic passengers. I got to experience that ride for half a year. Whew. And I'm glad I'm over that stage already.
When I lost my interest, they are slowly losing their touch and their "uso-ness". And just 3-4 years ago I think police are starting to confiscate their "stereos". I guess a lot of people are already complaining of the loud noise. So, now those "Uso-Uso jeepneys" are a myth and you'd prolly hear about them in stories only like what I am sharing to you.
Back to Choosing jeepneys:
- I want to be at the butt of the jeepney and not at the other end. It's easier to go down that way.
- I prefer multicabs over large lawin jeepneys.
During my jeepney rides, specially if it's windy and I can feel the cool air brushing my face and whipping my hair in different directions, that's where I get to think most. You know, suddenly a thought about certain this and that would pass and then you'd reflect the why's, who's, and what's.
I love to observe the people, laughing friends, cute babies, crying kids, nurses, moms, preggies, and the everyday-people. I eavesdrop with their conversations, laughing inside if they said something funny or muttering inside whenever they said something so off (which is rare).
A jeepney ride, is where you get to smile at strangers and laugh with them whenever something funny happened. Or be mad together with them and gang on a jeepney driver or conductor.
Why talk about jeepneys now?
Well, I just want to share my jeepney rides with you and how much fun a jeepney ride in Davao can be.