A and I have this transportation conversation often. Whenever we go out — grocery shopping, meeting-up with friends, parties and occasions (birthdays, weddings, christenings) — we talk about, most of the time, getting a car when we get home. The convenience of just having to get in a vehicle and go wherever you want when you want to and not walk for long distances with the crowd of fellow 9-to-5-ers, comfortably seated and cool with your air-conditioning.
But taking the ‘rational’ opinion, i easily become the ‘kontra-bida’ in these conversations. living in a 50-sq.m. house without any provision for a garage meant either leaving the car under the sun and rain on the street in front or removing part of the house to make room for the garage (which meant more money to spend!). then there’s the annual registration, possible repairs and maintenance, and fuel costs.
then there’s question number 2: brand-new or not-so-brand-new? the brand-new car allows us more flexible terms and lower monthly payments (here, i say that we will pay 100k+ more than the SRP of the car in the long run) but a 2nd-hand car costs less and saves us a bit more money (and here, i say that it’s older, we’re not sure history of use/abuse of the car, prone to breakdowns, etc.) which brings the conversation to a halt because A is already cross with my negativity. 😛
but in reality, i do want the convenience of a car. i want to drive to tagaytay on a weekend just because. i don’t want to be stuck in the office waiting for the rain to stop because cabs are mostly occupied. i don’t want to be rushed carrying the grocery bags as i transfer from the jeep to the tricycle and into the house. i don’t want us to carpool anymore with college friends who probably go out of their way just to drop us off to our destination or to the MRT. i only ‘rationalize’ because i want to convince myself that i still can adapt and i’m just not committed enough, that i’m just a whiny little kid who can’t handle some little inconvenience. ma-reklamo lang ako at masyadong pa-sosyal.
i grew up with the convenience of a vehicle — a bright red ’77 Toyota Tamaraw. mas matanda pa sa amin ng ate ko! hahaha! i guess di ko na hinahanap kasi na-experience ko na eh. A, however, did not. and she tells me how she feels as she narrates those times she and her parents would be left at some event hitching a ride with some other family member or get stuffed into an already-packed jeep. i experience it now, and start to feel a bit ‘kawawa‘ myself. but i still try to convince myself that 1. it’s OK with my friends because they are generous, and 2. they don’t think any less of me just because we don’t have a car. if it’s just them i’m concerned about (i.e. showing-off), then i have no reason to get a car. but thinking of how i inconvenience them with their own car, that gets me to worry a bit. is it a compelling enough reason?
medyo mahaba lang ang post today. pero alas-8 na. kailangan na umuwi. magko-commute na naman muna ako dahil mahal ang taxi. magastos. pwede na ipang-hulog sa bahay o kotse. 🙂 (for my daily commute dilemma, i’ll post something in the future about it. i think may solusyon na ako. 😀 )