Wednesday, December 2, 2009

On Time

I don’t usually wear a watch as it makes me very uncomfortable. Save for those instances that it was presented to me in gift wrap, I never really had much use of this useful, little contraption. I pretty much rely on my handy dandy phone to keep me updated of the time.

So just imagine my agony yesterday morning when my phone’s battery suddenly went off while I’m waiting for a jeepney to work. Thirty minutes or so of waiting for a PUV with a vacant space was sheer torture, especially if you have no sense of time at all. Add another thirty minutes or so of being stuck in traffic almost took away my sanity. At that point I know I’m going to be late. No, I wasn’t worried about being reprimanded by my superiors. It’s just that I detest not beating the clock.

Filipino Time

I hate being late. Have I said it already? I simply hate it. And I abhor people who are always late. Especially those who are even PROUD of it.

Have you encountered such lowly beings? I sure know a few of them. Setting up a meeting time with those imps would be a futile effort as proven by these instances:

Mr. Punctuality: OK, so we will meet tomorrow at 7 AM. SHARP.

Mr. Tardiness: Alright. But I’ll probably arrive at 8 so don’t expect too much.
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Seven? I normally wake up at around that time. But yeah, sure! Seven!
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Sure thing! I’ll leave the house tomorrow at 7 AM. SHARP. *grins*

Know what’s irritating in those situations? It’s when those beings cheerfully proclaim to the world that punctuality is not in their dictionary. Like they deserve a medal of valor or something. Like it makes them cute. Fudge you.

No, I’m not being self-righteous here. As stated above, I’m not always Mr. Punctuality, but only on three kinds of situations:

1. I slept too much;
2. I don’t feel like going to my appointment and;
3. Friggin’ traffic jam.
*4. (Bonus) I know I would be dealing with Mr. /Ms. Tardiness (Baaad!)

Please, don’t blame it on Filipino Time. The sustained existence of this habit results from people’s conscious recollection of the deed. There is Filipino Time because people think that there IS Filipino Time. There are tardy people because they think that there WILL be tardy people.

Bato- bato sa langit ang tamaan wag magalit.

42 Comments:

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Lord CM said...

Ako naman kung okey lang ma late, walang problema...pero kung di pwede ah!asahan mo unang una ako jan :)

Vajarl said...

I also hate being late but I don't detest people who usually are. They get to me sometimes though, especially when they seem proud of their sort of way of showing up, like you. Now that I think about it, it does seem like being proud and telling every foreigner you encounter that you live in a third world country and you are proud of it. If that isn't weird, then I probably need to get out of my cave sometimes.

Snow said...

Right on badong! Ako rin ayokong ng mga taong late or nagdadahilan kung bakit sila late. This habit should not be tolerated.

Pero kung talagang there is a valid reason why na late ok lang...

Traveliztera said...

you know what? i was planning to blog about this so-called filipino time... i'm a punctual person and when someone tells me to be there at this certain time and the one who told me would be the one who would be running late really pisses me off... i wake up early and make everything quick just to not let down the person who gave the time and here she is, running an hour late. it really is annoying... =\ it's much better to give a time that u can really handle ... sana ganon nalang nga. but oh well... what's more annoying is the fact that they even brag about it--which u also said. oh well talaga hehehe :)

I am Xprosaic said...

Sa akin simple lang... may mga bagay err taong alam mong late talaga so kapag nagset na sila ng time dedependehin ko sa tao kung on time ba ako o mga hours late ako... jijijijiji

pmm012 said...

ako, i also hate being late, and i hate it when I wait for those who are late. but most of the time i tolerate it.. i dont want to go voodoo on you, but i kinda think of "maybe theres a reason why they are late" or "why i am late" - remember 9/11? A lot of people were spared because they were late, because something kept them from getting to the WTC on time, someone even had to just tie a shoe! .. un lang..

minatots said...

haha.

Gaad, you hate me and my kind. Nyahaha. But I'm not proud of my being Ms. Perennial Latecomer, though.

:P

isladenebz said...

Ouch! Tinamaan ako. Ngayong araw na ito, nalate ako ng pasok.

I'm not always late naman, pero in our group I'm known to be always late. I'm not proud of it.

Like you, I hate waiting for someone who's late. Kung ako lang, kapag wala sa oras iiwanan ko talaga.

Pero salamat sa cellphones. At least ngayon, you can always call that someone kapag na-late ng dating, unlike before na halos mamuti ang mata mo kahihintay (literally) bago pa dumating ang kausap mo.

I like your post. I promise not be late at work. (Mahal ang pamasahe kapag hindi ako nakakasabay sa service vehicle namin!)

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pareho tayo. hindi rin ako sanay gumamit ng relo. i only rely on my mobile phone when i need to check the time.

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