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I love jeepneys, buses or trains no matter how smelly, crowded, filthy or run down they may be.

What’s my favorite public utility vehicle? The jeepney of course!

Oh the Philippine Jeepney or the “Dyipni”, painted with colorful, personal or miscellaneous artwork and blasting out of its speakers is loud and obnoxious music noise as it carelessly race through the streets of Manila suddenly stopping at any moment, at any corner for passengers, it’s quite a sight.

Climbing in a jeep, squeezing your arse in the small space between complete strangers and trusting them with your fare as they pass it to the jeepney driver – it’s an experience that completely obliterates your personal space.

Then there is the danger of getting in a vehicular accident, getting robbed by someone cutting through your pants for your mobile phone (unsuccessful attempt) and high probability of getting gum on your pants and sitting next to someone sweaty, smelly and maybe insane.

Exhibit A.

My everyday jeepney to school is Cubao-Divisoria. I’ve ridden jeepneys hundreds of times and I’ve been riding on this route for a year now. After our last graduation practice, I hopped on a jeepney home. The man beside me used a really sharp blade to cut through my pocket (which also cut through my phone’s casing, yes it’s that sharp) without me even feeling a thing. He was quick and quiet. Luckily, I noticed and was able to get my phone and got home safely. Although I walked home with a big hole on my jeans. Hahaha.

So what’s there to love?

Well…

It’s easy to find a jeep to ride on in Manila. The fare is cheap and the ride is entertaining.

Well there is also the interesting stories from interesting people. The weird stories told by weird people. Basically, it’s the people you ride with that makes getting on the jeepney worth while. Hehehe

Maybe for most Filipinos, jeepney’s are more of a bane. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t admit that there are times that going on a jeepney during a hot summer day or  rainy day makes me cringe and want to take a taxi even though I’m going somewhere near.

But despite it’s downsides, hop on a jeepney. More often than not, you’ll go down with a story to tell. 🙂

I often go to Tomas Morato to eat. With several restaurants just next to each other, it is not hard to find a great one.

I finally decided to try this Japanese burger restaurant, Sango. I sat down in one of the booths with a collection of Naruto and One Piece manga.

Naruto and One Piece Manga Collection

I asked the waitress if it was okay to read them and of course she said yes.

I took one out and scanned a few pages only to find out that it is in Japanese.

I don’t know if she was trolling me or she thought I knew how to read Japanese or what.

Anyway, their menu consisted mostly of burgers and sandwiches and probably a few rice meals. You can choose from sumo sized burgers, regular burgers and even rice burgers. Soooooooo.. I ordered the Beef Yakiniku Rice Burger and chose a Japanese salad on the side instead of fries (yes you can choose to have fries or a salad as a side)

This reminded me of the rice burger offered by McDonald’s in the past and this other rice burger at Mercato but THIS rice burger was different. Why?

I carefully picked it up, opened the cover and in an instant the delicious beefy aroma escaped the crisp white wrapper. The smell was heavenly.

That first bite, with the beef and sticky rice swirling in my mouth was delightful.

With just sticky rice, a leaf of lettuce, japanese mayonnaise and the tastiest beef yakiniku slices I have ever tasted – that single burger ousted any other rice burger I have ever tasted.

If you get a chance to pass by Tomas Morato, don’t hesitate to try Sango’s burgers. http://www.sango.com.ph/

I’ll try a sumo burger next time 🙂

I was back reading all of my blog entries to check grammar or spelling mistakes. I was horrified to see my errors – how could I over look such errors? I edited a few simple errors but decided to keep some mistakes.

Why? Because:

– I want to keep the imperfect, raw and unedited feel of my entries.

– I feel it is unnecessary to edit or proof read everything.

– It is a simple way to see the progress of my writing skills.

Side note:

When I was in high school, I frequently wrote good (if not great) poems, stories and simple journal entries just for fun. After reading all of my posts, I came to the conclusion that my writing was better in high school. Hopefully, I can find the time to write some more to regain good writing skills.

Keeping my fingers crossed.