Long time no Blog. Just got back from our 8 day Japan trip with my girlfriend. It kinda served as a distraction from all the shit that’s happening in life. Escape from reality if you must say.
I’m back to work now in my desk and during the day, there are a lot of things which got me triggered and I’m thinking, why can’t Filipinos adapt to a more civilized culture (in comparison with Japan).
I’m going to list down the things which triggered me today and their comparison with Japan culture.
1.) Driving Ethics – I’ve been a car dependent ever since high school and it’s my way of transportation anywhere. The streets that I pass by in our country have no dedicated pedestrian traffic lights. One of the things that happened during the day is that as usual, pedestrians just cross whenever they want to!! Whenever they think it’s free!! I almost ran over someone who’s stupid enough to just run for it.
In Japan, pedestrians are civilized. And all their streets have dedicated traffic lights. (I guess we can also say that the traffic scheme and train/public transportation in our country is bad in comparison.)
2.) Lines in stores – I was in line at Starbucks about to buy my daily dose of coffee when all of a sudden, this random guy just rushed in front of me when the barista said “next customer please”. I told him that I was already in line and the reason I didn’t respond immediately is because I dropped the Starbucks planer card. He said that he was in a hurry so I didn’t even bother fighting with him. One thing that I love in Japan is that whenever you’re in one of the Japan stores, then a foreigner suddenly rushes in front of you, the cashier person won’t allow it. He will point at the “Stand here” sign and tell that person to wait in line. That’s something that the barista in Starbucks didn’t even bother to enforce.
3.) Public awareness – I was in the escalator going down when I saw some girl rushing to get down. She probably is trying to catch a bus or something but all of a sudden she was stopped. Why? Because not everyone is staying in the right side of the escalator. Some deuce bags are in the right, some are in the left. They just don’t give AF. Aside from that when I was about to eat dinner in KFC, there are multiple vacant seats which are occupied by A F**CKING BAG. I’m glad the bag can dine in while I can’t. In Japan, all of them stay in one side, they make sure to free up space even if it’s rush hour and it’s tedious to get in. ALL FOR THE PUBLIC.
4.) Clean as you go – At first I didn’t like this culture, but when I got a seat in McDonald to eat dinner, the table was super dirty. I’m a neat freak myself. It would be really good if we can adapt to the CLAY GO movement when dining in public.
5.) Public Bathrooms – Maybe this could also be added to the public awareness part. Filipinos just don’t give AF who uses the bathroom next. They trash anything and spill anything on toilet seats. Also I would just like to point out that I love the Japanese toilets. That automatic bidet functionality and the tissue which could be flushed? One word LOVE.
Anyways, that’s about it. I’m thinking about writing another Blog this week related to something that I felt this weekend with my girlfriend. Do you guys have any cultures in your country which you simply hate? Comment down below! Thanks for reading.
To end the blog, here’s a random Japan pic with my girlfriend.
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