Friday, February 08, 2008

My Quotable Quote

I suppose I could blame all those years of watching too many Pinoy films of the kind having Cherie accusing Sharon of being a copycat and then Melanie buying someone out.

One night last January, after having endured many other nights of haggling with Metro Manila taxi drivers who always wanted us to add something extra to their meter price, I finally snapped. "P100," the cabbie told us he wanted me to pay extra for taking us from Makati to Alabang. "P100?" I half-screamed. "P100? Ang sabi niyo kanina P50 lang!" (Translation: "P100? You told me earlier just P50!")

"Eh bakit ka galit?" he asked, cockily. ("And why are you angry?")

I answered, "Mama, bakit ako galit? Eh kung kayo ho, pumunta kayo sa palengke at yung tindera hingan kayo ng dagdag na P100 para dun sa isang kilong isda na binibili ninyo sa kanya , hindi ho ba kayo magagalit?" A pause for dramatic effect. "Hindi ho ba kayo magagalit?!!! ("Mister, why am I angry? If you went to the wet market and the vendor demanded you pay an extra P100 for the kilo of fish you wanted to buy from her, wouldn' t you be angry?" A pause. "Wouldn't you be angry?!!!")

Call the FAMAS. I think I deserve an award.

11 comments:

ichi b. said...

ano ba `yan -- i'm dying to know how he responded.

Tess said...

apol, puti kasi kasama mo, they always think marami kang baon, ha-ha-ha!

katrina said...

*Stands up and claps hands* Bravo, bravo! ;-D Tama 'yan, nakakabwisit naman talaga 'yang mga taxi driver na 'yan. I've had to take cabs much more often lately, and while I'm lucky to live in a central location so they don't protest as much, I've had to deal with my share of jerks. And Tess might be right about your getting charged more because of Pierre. Don't these people realize what a terrible impression of our country they give foreigners? They make Filipinos look like they're all out to take advantage of the unsuspecting. Sigh... :-(

But yes, yes, like Ichi, I want to know what happened next! I would've slammed the door on the cab (or left it open to inconvenience him) and switched.

decorator said...

bwahahahahahhaah!!!!


very ate guy!!!!

An said...

Bravissimo! Sabay sampal dapat!

kala said...

*standing ovation*

La Pomme said...

Actually, GIRLS and GWYN, I was thinking of walking out, but suddenly he was very quiet and the next time he spoke he was very polite: "Oh sige po, P50 na lang." Sabay hikbi.

Oh, and yes, of course it had to do with Pierre being white. One time he was trying to get a cab for a ride that would have lasted just four kilometers and four taxi drivers were charging him anywhere from P200 to P400. To the guy who asked for P400, he said, "And for that price will you also give me a blow job???" Anyway, a bystander took pity on him and taught him how to get to his destination by jeepney. P7.50 lang.

haze said...

Did you get the Famas award ?

KatsMeow said...

Apol, glad you got home safely. I could see your taxi scene play out in my mind. So funny!

Btw did you and Pierre "pretend" to meet at a Manila bar and hookup? Just wondering... ;-)

decorator said...

bwahahahahhahaha!!!! best actor si pierre sa porn awards!!!!!

talo ka atih!

Anonymous said...

Naku, I think I am guilty of spoiling these cab drivers...kasi i am white also