As of this week our company had relocated to this particular island in which a huge closed-down naval military base was located, first two days was smooth sailing for me when it comes to commute. For one thing, there was no other way of getting there via public transportation so I had to go back to driving again. Second, the new location is closer (distance-wise) to my house than the old location. And lastly, it was a perfect spot for the East Bay branch office— beautiful surroundings, a huge fountain at the front of our building so it was easy to find, and walking distance at a small walkway patio area is the food & grocery shopping area (as well as other small businesses). Cheaper-priced food since many of them are fast foods and small restaurants that serve good food; I think the foods there were a lot more delicious (as well as dang cheaper) than the one back at the old location.
Today was an exception. I was an hour late when I arrived at work. It wasn’t because I woke up late and it wasn’t because I got lazy and decided to work at a later time and make up the missed hour on Saturday. It was because the freeway I usually drive on and the exit that I always take to go to work was the scene of a great ball of fire that continued to burn for two straight hours.
The story of the gas tanker explosion on the I-880 Southbound is [here].
It took me two hours to get to work. I had to call my brother at home to text me directions to an alternative route. Once I got it, more problems came. The traffic at the back roads were as worst as the one on I-880. It took me another hour to get to work through the back roads. In conclusion, I had to work an extra hour until 5:30 p.m. to make up for my first hour I missed.
Despite of that all I think I would have been worst off if I decided to sit and wait at I-880 until the traffic is cleared. I can’t afford to wait, not especially when you absolutely have to get to work on time.
There’s this thing that we Filipinos call “Filipino time,” in which a person shows up about 30 minutes to an hour AFTER the scheduled time of an event or an appointment. In parties and other non-profit get-togethers that may be applicable. But for your job, there’s no such thing. I am one of those people who preferred arriving to work really early and I’ve had that record of being early to work, whether if it was 5 minutes or 15 minutes early. Today was my first day being late.
I’m dead tired because of this gas tanker fire that gave me my first tardy. Then again, as the saying goes, better late than never.