Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Commuting Is Fun

Dress and Sandals: Zara | Camisole and Earrings: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: H&M
Bag: Michael Kors | Watch: Swatch | Lips: Mac in Sunny Seoul

The Philippines, especially Metro Manila, don’t offer as many scenic areas as that of other countries that can make your commute fun and memorable. On top of that, the public transportation of this country is one of the most inefficient in the world. Your day has not even started yet and you already look like you had the worst day of your life. Despite the shortcomings of our public transportation system, there are ways we can make the daily journey fun and productive.

 If you haven’t made the big decision to switch to home-based and dread having to beat the rush hour and road congestion every day, you might want to do one or more (or all) of the things I listed below. These can make your commute every day fun and productive – so you can look forward to the road congestion when you go to work tomorrow (and every day thereafter):
  • Finish My World Wide Web Duties – the first thing I do as I sit on the bus is to finish my World Wide Web duties. I check my Facebook account and reply to messages or posts. I check my Twitter feed and see what is trending. I check my Instagram and wanderlust (I follow a lot of bloggers who travel a lot and accounts that inspire me to travel). I check my mail and see if anything important came through overnight. I check my YouTube account and see how many views my videos got and to check if my favorite channels uploaded anything. I check my Line Play account and collect the coins for the day (or change the outfit of my avatar). I check this blog for new comments that need to be published. I get this out of the way so when I get to work, I can concentrate and resist the urge to browse the internet.
  • Organize My Day – one of the things I like about the 1.5-hour bus ride from home to work is that I can start organizing my day as soon as I sit down. Some people like to sleep throughout the journey (which I sometimes do too) but most of the time I prefer get my day organized. Because it is hard to write on a notebook, I do this on my smartphone. I use apps like Wunderlist (which I like because I can tick each item as I complete them  but sometimes crashes), Evernote (for simple notes) or the built-in note app. I like to get my day organized at the start of the day so as soon as I sit on my desk at the office I am ready to work.
  • Catch Up On My Reading List – some people prefer to listen to audio books because books tend to be quite heavy. But I am very old school. I like the smell of paper and the sound it makes as I turn every page. I bring a book with me to keep me entertained throughout the journey. Once I am done with my to-do list for the day, I bring out my book and start the journey to fantasy land (yes, I am a sucker for fiction).
  • Listen To Music and Stare Out The Window – on days when I am feeling emotional and nostalgic, I just want to listen to ‘emo’ music and stare out the window. I want to think about the future, about my life, about travel and many other things. I sometimes even daydream (I am a fangirl and I can’t help it). This is a breath of fresh air for me as it allows me to drown in my emotions and just let my imagination run wild. This is something I enjoy particularly when it rains.
  • Learn A New Language – want to learn Korean for your trip to Seoul next month? Want to learn a little bit of French for when you go to Europe in a few weeks? Commuting is the best time to learn a new language. I know a lot of people who want to learn a new language but their excuse is always time. They are already too tired after work and they prefer to rest during weekends. Why not use your long commuting time to learn? There are a lot of apps you can download such as memrise which contains lots of different languages such as Korean, Japanese, German, French (even English). Of course it won’t give you an intensive learning experience like a classroom-based language course but at least you learn phrases and words which can help you on your travel.

Though riding the public transportation is a burden most of the time, it shouldn’t hinder you from having a good day. Make the most out of your time and start your day right. Yes, you will hate the crowded trains and the flood of people trying to get ahead of you. Yes, you will hate the heavy traffic and cars swerving here and there. But we have the choice to allow it to ruin what could be good day or shrug it off and make your day fun and productive. Instead of stressing yourself with all the inefficiencies of the public transportation system, make your day productive and fun instead.

P.S. To all my Filipino readers, by the time this post goes live, elections would have already finished. I hope you considered how inefficient and ineffective our public transportation system is when you voted.

P.P.S. I know some of you might contest that doing any of the abovementioned is dangerous because there are thieves everywhere. Take care of your belongings and make sure you do the things I mentioned only when you feel it is safe to do so.


  1. I love the dress and your MK bag!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  2. Amazing post and tips!! Beautiful outfit and place! =)

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  3. Cool dress! I have a 30 minute commute, and I enjoy the down time.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  4. I don't really have spend so much time commuting but if I do I'd listen to podcast and ted talks too!

  5. disqus_5n9vU7FZceMay 12, 2016 at 1:14 AM

    So right tips! For me is so difficult to find some time to commuting, but i think I'sd spend it listening music or reading!
    Beautiful dress!

  6. you are so cute

  7. Very chic, the dress is so cute. You look fab. :)

  8. Great tips!
    I love your dress!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  9. While stuck in traffic, i love staring talking something interesting and throwing jokes with my boyfriend, friends, family. even it is really like baking you while under the heat of the sun :/

  10. The commute sounds awful, but seems like you've found a way to make the best of it :) Your dress is beautiful, and I love the blush bag as well-- I just purchased it in white!

    Morgan | www.monde-et-mode.com

  11. The commute really is awful. I think the Philippines has one of the worst transport systems in the world. It's that bad.

    Thank you! I saw the white version of this bag and it is just too pretty! I also want the silver and lavender versions. This is prettiest bag I own that I want it in all colors!

  12. Thank you! I've had it for a while but only got to wear it now.

  13. Thank you! I

  14. Haha! When I commute I am mostly alone that's why I have all the time to do those I mentioned above. My boyfriend would still be snoring in his bed by the time I leave the house so I can't even talk to him on the phone.

  15. Thank you! Do you mean you don't ride public transportation? I envy you! But I don't think I will ever want to learn how to drive. Yes, listening to music or reading are always good ways to kill time while riding public transportation.

  16. Good on you! I used to hate having to commute for hours because that means I have to wake up extra early but sometimes I like the down time. I like that I have the time to do all those I mentioned above before I get to work.

  17. Thank you. Me too. I enjoy the downtime before the hustle and bustle at work starts

  18. Thank you! I got the bag for only 7,000.00PHP in Guam. It retails for 21,000.00PHP here in Manila!