Tuesday, July 15, 2008

5 unique things about makati

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.

5.
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.

4.
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.

3.
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.

2.
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.

1.
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.

25 comments:

blackdarkheart said...

wow, jollijeep yung kinakainan namin nuon nung nagtatraining pa kame sa cvg sa may insular. alam ko sa likod yun ng insular nakatambay eh. memories nga nama ng makati...ang tindi!!

mrs.j said...

ang jollijip na yan ay pagmamayari ng isang design shop/ad agency na di marunong magalaga sa kanilang mga empleyado tsuk!

true yan.. galing me dyan haha

1 week lang..
:P

dabo said...

naks.. kampay!!!

Bino/Geno said...

I never had the chance to work in Makati. I had my experiences in Ortigas. Whenever I'm in Makati, it's always to eat out. Some of the best fine dining restaurants are in Makati. Yummy!

the donG said...

hahaha.... yon din dati inisp ko sa jollijeep. hindi naman gumagalaw at hindi rin naman itsurang jeep.

yung traffic scheme dyan medyo magulo. kaya konting mali sa ikot or liko, ang layo na ng pagiikutan mo. good luck sa mga first time na mag drive sa makati.

pansin ko rin na along ayala avenue, sumusunod talaga ang bus sa area kung saan ang babaan at kung saan pwedeng sumakay. kaya lang dyan lang sila ganyan. pagkalagpas ng ayala avenue balik ulit sa mga dating gawi.

gillboard said...

mahal ko ang makati... dun lang ako maaaring maglakad sa hatinggabi na nakalabas ang celphone at di natatakot na manakawan.

WHITE said...

hi ewik! :)

i am an avid reader of your blog since your ideas impressed me a lot so much so that i included you in my blogroll. this entry proves yet another milestone with regards your ideas and I salute you for that.

my first job was in makati and i can testify to everything you wrote. in fact, this entry made me reminisce of what makati looked like 12 years ago.

in any case, please check your mybloglog message inbox with more of my comments.

thanks thanks!

theTripper said...

ang alam ko ang jolijeep ay talagang jeep. meron din dati iyan sa the Fort kaso pinagbawalan yata. wala na kasi akong napapansin eh. :)

Mel said...

haha, welcome to makati business locale!

Mugen said...

Oh but you missed something:

It's already considered a work out to trek from RCBC Plaza to Ayala MRT Station. Done it once or twice and I'm not even working in Makati. Grabe magiging lean ako diyan. Ahaha.

enrico said...

hay, memorable ang makati sa'kin dahil sa loading & unloading scheme jan sa ayala. since i was working b4 in laguna, dko alam na may designated unloading stations. nung bababa ako ng bus sa loading area lang pala, i was literally pulled from my the back of my pants pabalik sa front seat ng bus. malay ko ba dahil sa probinsya ako nagwowork. npahiya ako bigtime dun, d 2loy ako naka-concentrate sa exam sa potential company na lilipatan ko sana :9

joaqui_miguel said...

The jollijeeps and the 7/11 and Ministops sprouting everywhere like mushrooms on a rainy days are 2 of the reasons why I love it here. Welcome to Makati bro!

amicus said...

nasaan ang (mga?) jollijeep? parang wala naman akong napapansin...

pero meron kaming ate helen.

dabo said...

alam ko na kung bakit mo napansin ang traffic scheme ng makati..ehehe..lagi ka kasi naka-taxi noh? he he he

William said...

i vote makati over ortigas, my reason is pretty obvious lol

jericho said...

wahh.. miss ko na ang makati. laluna pag may rally... hehe

Eben said...

bigla ko tuloy naalala yung opisina days ko sa makati cbd...

tama ka marami nga smokers, dati ako nagwork sa PBCOM at dun sa labas ng building maraming nagyoyosi break.

sa mahigit 1 year kong pagtatrabaho sa makati, dalawang beses pa lang ako nakakain sa jollijeep kasi may baon ako palagi.

nung nag-aapply pa lang ako ng trabaho, katuwaan namin ng friend ko yung kung anong building ang may pinakamagandang elevator. LOL

♥nova-san said...

With my limited knowledge of Manila, I liked Makati the best out of all. It's cleaner than most other places, and it feels livelier and fun. My favorite hotel is there too.. Shangri-La.

Oh, thanks for explaining jollijeep. I was wondering what that was, and I was going to ask, but thankfully, you saved me from the embarrassment. hehehe

pensucks said...

maraming nga rolling eatery jan a makati. pero dito sa ortigas wala pa naman akong nakikita, bakit kaya?

bryz25 said...

makati is fine but architecturally it is lacking a filipino soul. its buildings are reharshed/recycled designs of buildings erected in florida or hongkong 20 years ago.

unlike in manila where the buildings (at least the older ones) are somewhat organic. as if it breathes just like the people who utilized them.

khentutz said...

hey wanderer, in my 3 years life of working in Makati, i would beg to disagree with your items 4 and 3. Within Ayala Ave and CBD, no beggars can be seen but try to walk a little farther inside the side streets, they may not look as dirty as those we can see from other places. Although i can say that you can walk safely using your mobile phones and gadgets here, pero syempre kpag gabi at sa side streets e ibang usapan yun. For the traffic, marami ang nanghuhuli dahil may Komisyon ang mga MAPSA at iba pang enforcer, kung naranasan mo na mahuli sa ibang lugar at dito sa makati e magkaiba ang fine to pay per ticket, kase nga may patong at napupunta sa mga nanghuhuli.

Sa mga convenience stores naman e, solve ako dun kase kapag naubusan ako yosi e may mga mabibilhan ako agad, share ko lang, mas mura sa 7/11 and yosi kaysa sa mini stop :) masarap sa jollijeep pero nakakasawa din. halos parehas n din ng preso sa mga cafeteria sa building ang bagong mura e yugn poochin sa valero malapit sa citibank. Yung yosihan e, sobrang dami ang nagyoyosi sa tapat ng iba't ibang building. ang masaya lang dito e halos lahat sa cigarette bin nagtatapon ng opus. sayang d man lang tayo nagabot dito sa makati.. lalo pa at pakalat kalat lang ako dito.

hehehe, sorry ang haba ng comment :)

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

interesting facts you've shared about Makati. good luck sa job, hope it's working well.

Anonymous said...

It is now called JollyCube. Dati pa yung JollyJeep. Jeep talaga sya dati na ginawang tindahan. Dahil luma luma na ang mga JollyJeep, pinapalitan na iyon ng JollyCube.

Me nakita akong beggar na naligaw sa isang street near Ayala. Sinisita sila ng Makati Police. Dinadampot at di ko alam kung saan dinadala.

Just some facts i know.

Lance said...

just so i won't miss this post..xixixixix

wanderingcommuter said...

khentutz: finally, someone disagreed...love it! probably that is something that i have overseen. its interesting to know that these people are also adjusting with their environment and to avoid being caught. very good observation, dude!
you know what i actually asked about the traffic rules with a friend who is residing in makati and he told me that the ticketing ordinance actually make sense. though he is not familiar about it. but one thing he knows is that those officers are more lenient against them, makati residents...
regarding convenience stores, yup! it is very accessible problem is