i think that was the first time i encountered that extra long length of traffic in NLEX.

i used to kid that because of the population density in the south, SLEX is no longer called “south superhighway” but “south supertraffic” because it’s almost always heavy traffic. last night, coming from my niece’s party in Pampanga, we were doing regular highway speeds in an expressway — made me think i could’ve saved P150 if i took MacArthur instead!

it was just the volume of cars, i think, that were avoiding the heat of summer. instead some people leaving home for manila at 2pm, or 3pm, or 4pm, they all decided to wait for the sun to go down and avoid the heat — and we were all inside NLEX at the same time until late evening.

we left at around 7PM and arrived 1030PM. you’d probably say that wasn’t bad. by “traffic” standards, yes. but for NLEX, it’s just so tiring. you’d think sitting inside a car isn’t tiring but it is. specially if you drive a manual. clutch, gas, brake. clutch, gas, brake. repeat that for 2 hours and you’ll feel like you’ve walked the same distance as you drove.

anyway, just wanted to chronicle what happened last night. oh, good thing the little one was sound asleep while we were in traffic. it would’ve been even more stressful if he was being unruly in the backseat. one of life’s little blessings, the universe saying, “here, have some quiet time in this stressful situation.” ahhhh…

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