Philippines Travel, 2019
Traffic in this 12 million people metropole is incredibly hectic. Day and night, 24/7, there is activity. To go out it takes much energy and very much time to do anything. All that in 32° to even 40°C. Traveling is exhausting.
Daily traffic jams are part of daily life. Typhoons happen ±20 times a year. During a Typhoon there are also floodings. Where the floodings hit all traffic stops untill the water can flow away.
This article describes a bus trip in 2019 that always takes much time but that day it was double! For example a 4 hour trip: 2,5 hours in a bus, then several Jeepneys (local public transport for 16 people, resembling a Jeep) and walk to your house.
That day an extreme traffic jam brought the capital traffic to a stop. the BUS took 5 HOURS over only 20km! We were just happy to have a seat. In total we travelled 7 hours over 20km ... and that was only ONE-way! We were so happy to have a seat on the bus.
This is why for several years we prayed for a car to be 4x faster home through shortcuts! With a car daily life becomes 'normal' and you aren't exhausted when you come home.
Look @ the pics of the busstop: 100’s to even 1000’s of people that need a bus