Yesterday my son Jared and I went to Gaisano mall. I had to do some errand for our other business since during the holidays the courier here were closed. Plus Bob and I had been out of town too for his Santa gig. I told Jean that we will met her at G-mall. At G-mall we bought some of the stuff that’s needed for our business. We buy stuff there if SM and NCCC were out. Really our first choice to buy our stuff now would be NCCC and SM. The other mall were just secondary since SM and NCCC really paid Santa Bob good money for his gig there at their mall.
Anyway, after buying our stuff at G-mall Jared, myself and Jean rode a taxi to come home. We told the taxi that we will be going to Matina and Jean will be drop off at the Bankerohan. So when we get to Bankerohan Jean was off, it took her maybe less than 30 seconds. She just open the front door of the taxi and she’s off. Then the taxi said that he had to start (flag down again) since we drop off Jean. I told him, “really”? I said: “If you’ve waited even for 3 minutes I understand that you’re starting to flag down. She just got off within seconds of stopping and then we will be going and you’re going to start the flag down again?” He said: “Because I stopped to let her out so I will start the flag down again”. I told him: “Just stop your taxi and we’re going out”. I paid him the exact amount, I didn’t give him any tip. I’ve had before a taxi waiting for me while I was at the atm. He didn’t flag down, but it’s charging me while I was inside. I gave the taxi driver big tip. I’ve seen people here do the same the had the taxi waiting at the atm, convenient store and many others.
Since we got off the taxi we waited for Jean on what she’s doing and we got another taxi. We tested our other taxi not an orange taxi of course. We got a white taxi. We told him to drop Jean at NCCC just at the outside stairs near the highway. The taxi driver said okay. And off we went to our house without flag down or other charges from the taxi driver. Of course he got a good tip from us.
During December time Bob and I always gives good tip on every taxi ride we ever rode. For example: Like during Santa’s gig: from our house to SM Lanang the taxi fare it cost us like P127, but we gave P200 to the taxi driver, we told him to keep the change. That’s just one way. Another example: From our house to NCCC or SM Ecoland & S & R, the fare usually comes to P40. Lot’s of time we give tip like 10 to 15 on top of the P40. If we encounter a very nice and courteous driver we will give P20 – P50 more. During December we will pay P100 lots of time.
Good thing I hardly ride the orange taxi. Luckily not too many of them driving around town. I definitely quit riding with them. So thankful of other taxis that’s driving around the city. I’m so happy too that we live near the SM mall, NCCC mall and S & R. We can even just go walking to go to any of those mall. So that I don’t have to deal with those orange taxi.
Happy New Year Everyone. Stay safe!!!