Thursday is “coding day” for our car so we were one of the daily commuters today who traveled the streets of Quezon City despite the heavy rains. A heavy downpour, flood and traffic in Manila will most likely result to chaos, we were not spared from this episode today. We’re just thankful that we don’t have to deal with this situation everyday, hands down to all the commuters and also the public utility drivers who have a lot of patience to be able to bear this scenario. Meanwhile, Jeff and I can’t help but compare the streets of Manila with the streets of Hong Kong. Come to think of it, Hong Kong streets also have buses, motorcycles, taxis and luxury cars like Ford Fiesta and Lexus plying the busy streets day and night. But what’s remarkable is that each vehicle has their own lanes and drivers are well-disciplined and stays at their lane no matter what. Buses load and unload passengers only at their designated stops and stay at the bus stops only for a few minutes. Same goes for the taxis, they fall in line at taxi stands and wait for their passengers from there. The result is an organized and moving traffic flow despite the narrow and crowded streets of Hong Kong. Streets of Manila are far behind with the developments in other countries but how I wish that the MMDA and other government agencies concerned can do something about Manila’s proverbial traffic.
While we’re observing HK streets, we also ogled at those shiny luxury cars passing in front of us. We were completely blown away with the black Chrysler 300 parked in a street. You can see lots of these especially in Central or Causeway Bay area. There must be some laws in Hong Kong regarding the use of old cars because we didn’t see any old rickety cars there. Maybe that’s another reason why their streets aren’t much crowded than we have here. They control the release of new cars and prohibiting the use of old cars. Land Transportation Office in the Philippines can also adapt these laws to minimize vehicles in the road, not necessarily require all car owners to buy newer car models like a 2010 Lincoln MKT, but only to eradicate really old vehicles that are almost an eyesore and a smoke-belcher too.