i haven't even been a month-long yet working in makati. but i can already say that i have already noticed atleast, a handful of interesting things about it.
even without statistical back ups, it is safe to label makati as the most highly convenience store concentrated area in the country (ortigas being the second in the list).
when i was in baguio, i already find it extremely ridiculous to see three 7/11 outlets along the stretch of session road. in which, each outlet has different price ranges for specific products.
but during my first day in makati, when i tried looking my way to work, i just realized that i have already passed atleast three 7/11 outlets in my walk. not to mention ministop outlets and other not that popular convenience stores.
at first, i never really get the rationale about it. until one day, i went out of our building to smoke. unfortunately, i already ran out of cigarettes in my pack. so as usual, i took a walk and find a sidewalk vendor that sells my brand. i was so preoccupied of looking for one during that time, that i just realized that i already consummed my entire 15 minute break by just looking for a single cigarette vendor. out of tough luck, i was forced to buy a pack in 7/11. but since i have already ran out of time, i wasn't able to smoke even a single stick from the pack that i just bought.
for the record, i haven't seen a single street kid or vagrant that asks for spare change. this is something that i am not really used to especially if you live in katipunan, where street kids are roughly greater than the whole ateneo population. and if you study in recto, where street kids and vagrants are more arrogant than common people.
thank god i don't have a car. because aside from the oil hikes, driving in makati is like getting off your car and pointing your finger in a traffic enforcer just to get a ticket.
rerouting traffic schemes in makati are more often done than one doing his laundry. why do i know such if i don't drive a car? if you're a commuter you'll notice that almost everywhere there is a traffic enforcer ticketing someone. and the sad part of it is, educating the driver about the new rerouting shcemes is longer than the actual ticketing.
almost all buildings have people smoking infront (sometimes at the back as well) of it. so if you're a non-smoker makati is pretty much a not-so-friendly environment for you. on the other hand, if you are thinking of quitting like me. there is absolutely no chance dude if you are working in makati. the place is so fond of smokers that they have alloted a space in each establishments as a smoking area.
when a fellow blogger, in the name of dabo (naks! kasama siya), texted me that he was taking his afternoon merienda in a jollijeep, i was actually imagining a rolling jollibee kiosk, more like the one that chowking previously had. i also thought that probably it was a new marketing strategy for makati people, who are always on the go. but when he told me that he was having "turon," i got completely lost.
for the benefit of other people who are as dumb naive as i am. a jollijeep is basically a mobile carenderia. but the catch is it doesn't move. so why is it called a jeep if it doesn't move? i also have no idea!
nonetheless, the jollijeep caters to almost all menu that one could possibly think of and in the most cheapest possible price. you'll be even be suprised to know how vast that choices could be. but there is actually no space inside for a kitchen to fit in. there are only magical caseroles spread all over the place that instantly produce the food that you order. interesting huh?!
i was just kidding, dude...
* mak, thanks for the request. i almost forgot that i used to this before. hehehe! keep you're request coming, naks radyo?! hahaha
** sorry for the typo and gramatical errors. hehehe.