I bet if each one of the 20-million+ Filipinos in the metro earned a peso for every time they use this word every day, we’d be able to raise enough funds to buy all those buses, taxis, jeepneys and tricycles who can’t seem to follow simple traffic rules. Let’s buy them to discard them. Traffic problem solved! Okay, maybe that was too harsh. Let’s just use the funds to buy more trains on the MRT. Better? Maybe.

And since I think it’s a bit mundane to talk about something so commonplace and anger-striking, I decide to write about the 5 things we can do while in bumper-to-bumper madness. My ultimate suggestion would be to try and get a job that is scheduled on a mid-shift or a night shift, if you can handle it. My travel time was cut in half ever since I worked this shift. In the meantime, if you still need to brave the rush hour, here’s a few things you can do:

  1. Pray. Remember that passage from Psalms 46:10 which says, “Be still and know that I am God.” You’re literally “forced” to be still in traffic — especially when it’s raining! Why not make the most out of the situation? Someone once told me that “Prayer is the most under-utilized yet is the most powerful tool a Christian has.” Pray for the drivers around you. Pray for our nation. Pray for the world.
  2. Call your mom or dad. Or lola/lolo or tito/tita or ate/kuya. Just get in touch with a family member. They’re probably stuck in traffic, too.
  3. Pull over to eat. Sample the local food fare in wherever your stuck at and you might discover something newsworthy! Then, you can call your parents and tell them about it. Two birds, one stone. Liters of gas saved.
  4. Watch a movie. You’d be surprised how many reruns you can watch on YouTube. You’ll thank God for the internet! Seriously. I think the internet may have saved a lot of lives that could’ve potentially ended because of road rage.
  5. Listen to a new music album. Spotify saves the day! By the time you get home, you’ve probably memorized the whole thing. When you decide to go to their concert, lip-syncing will be a cinch!

I’m sure there are better ideas out there. What’s your anti-traffic-stress strategy?