I know some of you, even after having gone to the Philippines a gazillion times, have NEVER EVER ridden a jeepney! I strongly urge you to do this. Even if you are not Filipino or have never been to the Philippines,
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Where will you ever be in
A TIN CAN DISCO ON WHEELS
sitting uncomfortably stuck to the two people next to you?
If it sounds intense, it is. The physical requirements alone can make some people bow out. Like literally make a low bow while walking out of the jeepney.
Some say it is called "Jeepney" because people are sitting knee-to-knee with each other.
**BAD JOKE ALERT**
"Jeep" "Knee"? Get it? hehe <<-- (Tagalog for "haha.")
If you don't want to sit inside the small space, you are allowed to "sabit" either by sitting on top of the roof or by clinging on the back of the jeep. Don't be surprised if you see older kids clinging to the back of the jeep. I used to do this when I was younger too. Danger?-- What danger?
Anyway, should you decide to try out taking a jeepney when in the Philippines,
Here are some guidelines to follow:
1. If you are seated far from the driver (near the jeep entrance), the other passengers are expected to pass your payment to the driver (and pass your change back). Say thank you to the people.
2. If possible, pay with small bills or with exact change especially early in the morning. If people are being noisy in the Jeepney, do not ask them to be quiet. Filipinos are not known for being quiet in public.