The ramblings of a self-proclaimed call center veteran - on surviving the Philippine Call Center industry.

Monday, November 21, 2011

TIPS ON - HOW TO TRAVEL SAFELY


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It personally hurts me to see fellow agents become victims due to our careers.  I do sincerely hope that people who harm others die horrible deaths.

I myself had been a victim once.  I was on my way to work at 3am in the morning when three men rode the jeepney I was riding and mugged everyone.  This happened near Araneta Ave, cor Quezon Avenue, and I lost my money and cell phone that day.

After that I have been more vigilant and I came up with some effective tips that will hopefully give you insight on avoiding evil people.

1)  WATCH WHAT YOU WEAR

Do not be stupid!  You are travelling at night and you flaunt the latest and most expensive fashion accessories?  You walk dark streets and you wear tight and skimpy outfits?  Show more common sense when you are travelling.  You never know what perverts may roam the streets, so do not help them single you out.

Kung kaya mong mag-papanget at magmukhang walang pera - gawin mo.  Sa opisina ka nalang mag ayos.  Wag magsuklay bago umalis ng bahay.

2)  LEARN TO BE AWARE OF PEOPLE

When you have the graveyard shift you should practice "kapraningan".  Be overly cautious of everyone on the street and note every passenger who rides the bus/FX/jeepney with you.  Evil people give off an evil aura, so IF you see someone and your instinct dictates something is wrong then act on it.  Either get down that vehicle or run away.  It's ok to look stupid as long as you are safe.

Buti nang praning kesa mapahamak

3)  TRY NOT TO TALK TO STRANGERS

Call it rude, but during nights, it is better to ignore people.  I have heard a story from a colleague who was just asked for the time, and he ended up getting mugged.  It's better to walk fast and not mind people in the streets, even those asking for help.  If people really needed help (asking directions, or time etc.) they would be in well-lighted areas since they are practicing caution themselves.

4)  FIND SAFE AREAS

Try to ride near the bus drivers and avoid sitting on the edge of the bus where no one sits.  Stick to the crowds as much as you can.  Try to find well lighted areas or security guards when you are waiting for jeepneys.  If you need to text or call, wait till you are in a safe place.

5)  BE WARY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

It is true that big name taxi corporations impose stricter policies before they hire cab drivers.  So during nights, try to find branded taxis.  Always note the plate numbers and text your friends.  Look at the taxi driver first to see if the danger instinct kicks in.  

Before you ride jeepneys, screen the people riding it first.  If you do not feel comfortable riding, then do not.  

6)  DO NOT BRING EXPENSIVE STUFF

Only idiots bring expensive stuff when they commute at night.  Buy a cheaper cellphone that you can use when travelling.

7)  PRAY BEFORE YOU TRAVEL


Any other tips you can share?








4 comments:

  1. yeah, dapat din pag bbae ka may anti harassment device ka. gaya ng mace

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  2. leave home early when there are still people around the area, you can always sleep in the designated SLEEP ROOMS anyway.

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  3. I like the point nomor 5. Once I had a not famous taxi to get me to my flat. They charge me an extra for no special service I got.

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