What form of public transportation would you use when you are with a foreigner?

haven't commuted on a jeepney with my foreigner fr - jeepneys
Philippines
March 20, 2007 3:23pm CST
Let's say, you're with a casual friend who is a foreigner like a Caucasian or any nationality which can be easily distinguished as a foreigner in your country, would you still take the public transportations which accommodate several passengers like jeepneys (here in Philippines) to get you where you're planning to go, or you prefer to use a single/ small group passenger public transportation like taxi cabs? Personally, I have always gotten a taxi cab when I'm with my foreigner friends especially in my previous job where I got quite a few foreigner colleagues. I don't really know why, but it seems like it goes automatically. Maybe I just don't feel comfortable commuting on a public jeepney with a foreigner and go crowding in the seat...:P how about you? what are your preferences when choosing a public transportation when you're with some foreigner? Or you don't care at all whether you're with some foreigners or locals.:P do share your thoughts.:P
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• Singapore
20 Mar 07
Why not? Then again, it would depend on your friend. Does he want comfort? Or does he want to experience the way locals commute? ;-)
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• Philippines
20 Mar 07
ummm I guess it's more of the comfort thingie coz the jeepney we normally use here usually gets crowded especially during rush hours, and they also tend to stop every now and then to pick up or drop off some passengers..so it would really somehow lengthens the travel. :P
@mykykko (424)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
i would prefer to ride on a taxi cab for our safety.and besides,the air in metro manila is already poluted (dirty) and it is not advisable to go out with friend like that in a public transportation since it's so hot around.shame on me if i will let him/her travel riding a jeepney.but if he really wants to experience the ride i will do the honor.jeepneys are only found here in the philippines.lol
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
21 Mar 07
i thought of that, too. i am basically from the davao city and my dad lives in manila. and sometime this july, my boyfriend will visit me again and will visit my dad's place in manila as well. so, by the thought of it, i won't let my boyfriend ride in jeepneys when in manila. that's why i did let him try it here in davao city where air is clean and davao people are friendly to foreigners... safe place for them.
@catcai (1057)
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
First I would ask if she’s up to it- if It's ok then the better. I would personally prefer that my visitor gets to experience my country first hand. Besides it will be an adventure for my visitor. I’ll just choose which places we can commute and ride jeepneys in safety because you know how it is in our country ;P Although cabs give much more privacy- but they cost a lot- and besides taxi drivers tend to over price you when they see that you’re traveling with a foreigner. Public transportation is fun- I would even ask her to ride a tricycle as well. And even a “kalesa”. These are the simple things that make our country different from the rest. It may not be convenient but that’s what makes us what we are. =)
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
21 Mar 07
My opinion is that different situations require different approaches. If the person is a business acquaintance, especially if it is a client, I think taxis are more appropriate. If the person is a friend, public transportation should be fine. It also depends on the quality of public transportation and the country a person is coming from. For example, here in the US a lot of people with even a modest income frown on public transportation and never use it. To them "buses are for poor people" or something along those lines of thought. There is a marked difference in Europe, where public transportation is not only much more efficient and cheaper, but people also use it more extensively regardless of income or social class. Generally, though, there is nothing wrong with public transportation. I use it all the time, wherever I travel. Taxis isolate you from the world, whereas on public transportation I can see more of the local people and the country I am visiting.
@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
21 Mar 07
I use whatever is available. ne one trip across a country we travelled by a plane, a bus, on foot and a boat all in the matter of a day. Cabs are fine, and in Mexico I squeezed into a station wagon taxi the whole trip. I don't really mind. I just use whatever is convenient.
• India
21 Mar 07
It depends upon the foreigner,if he is rich i would choose a taxi to provide him comfort.
@chengbeb (285)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
It really depends on the situation or how many times my foreigner friend has visited the country. If it's their first time to visit I'd often let them experience the Filipino way of transportation making sure of their safety in the process...it's like showing them a part of your culture...a part of yourself and I get positive feedbacks from most of them and it makes me feel happy that they enjoy what I enjoy. But if it's their second time that's when I would ask them if they would like to still try the local transportation or taking cab or using the car. It's fun to be adventurous once in awhile....^_^
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
21 Mar 07
when my boyfriend who is a swede came by the philippines sometime last year, i wanted him to try how it is to ride in our public utility vehicles around. for starters, he was able to try the ferry which took us from cebu to bohol. although the ferry terminal where we waited for many hours was packed with too many people, he never complained. when we returned to davao city (where i am a resident of), i let him tried to be in jeepneys twice. and he did have fun. seeing how people sit side by side with strangers. and i was so happy when he get to wrap his arm on my shoulder or hold my hand inside the jeepney. makes me feel he's so proud to have me as his girlfriend. also, i had him tried our own padyak or trisikad. there, he went scared a bit. but atleast, he was able to try it. most of the time we used the taxi cab or rent a car services. but for his two weeks, i was able to introduce to him how i live my life everyday. it's how i shared some little parts of my life and it was nice that he appreciated it.
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
21 Mar 07
It doesn't matter what they look like, we have a big mix of nationalities here so no-one actually looks foreign at all. I wouldn't change what I usually do at all and just take them along with me on the metro :)
@franxexces (1096)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
foreigner or local.. like relatives or friends visiting.. I prefer to use your vehicle or if none then rent a van for convenience and i think it's cheaper because if you go for public transpos you pay more since drivers take advantage. And when you're in a private vehicle then you can go anywhere. And you don't have to wait for the vehicle since it's there. Therefore, it won't delay your schedule.
@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
21 Mar 07
I'd still use public transport. Here in Ireland we have a lot of Chinese/Japanese/American students and there are a lot of Polish people now living here. I don't think my foreign friend should feel at all uncomfortable..:)
@Mamaof4 (222)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
I wouldn't take a foreigner friend around the Philippines in any of our public transportation modes either. It's just easier and far safer to go by way of a private car. Maybe the MRT? It's fast, air conditioned and if you use it during low-times during the day, i.e., not during rush hours, then you should be fine.
@alena824 (376)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
Is my friend here for a vacation or on business? Where are we headed to? And would my friend prefer taking a particular form of public transportation in the absence of a car. These are the factors that must be taken into consideration in this situation. It is not simply what I want or need, but what my guest opts for. Most of the time, foreigners at least try out the local mode of transport, whether it be the jeepney or tricyle or pedicab, for the experience. If they get a kick out of it, then that's a plus point. And I always make it a point never to take them on a public transport at rush hour!
• India
21 Mar 07
Documents and Settings................... wht u sa - Documents and Settings,,,
if the partner is a gal and i dont have the money in my pocket then i will chose a car so that i can go with some oholalalal in a car with her permission and if some bad strangers then i gowith the trian or buss or something which is used with the public and ican see many publics init safe and easy...................
• Singapore
21 Mar 07
Wow, tat vehicle is huge, if i go to your country, I will want to take ride. Actually, as a tourist or foreigner, he/she should try the local food, transport, etc in order to know more about the country. If I am with a foreigner, mostly, I don't bring them to take taxi, I will accompanny them to take the local mrt and buses.
@egay679 (152)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
there are a lot of foreigners who visit a particular country because they wanted to experience what is it like to be one of the locals. if this is the case, then i would say that i would take the jeepney, if my foreigner friend is game to do it. if not, then hailing a taxicab would be the best option.
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
I would definitely love letting them experience riding a jeepney... I am certain that they would enjoy every moment of it. Imagine, having only seen a jeepney on tv and actually riding it... it would be a once in a lifetime experience for them, so don't let them miss it. Have a nice day.
• United States
21 Mar 07
Mestizo ako, pero people looked at me as a foreigner. Last year, tumira ako sa Bicol malapit sa Ragay. pero i take the jeepney o ng tricycle kasama ng pinsan ko. ayos lang sa akin pero i own a Nissan Serena -- bumili ako sa Naga City. I did most of the driving back then or my pinsan.
@lvap0628 (731)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
I would ask my friend what he preferred. There are some foreigners who would like to experience what the country has to offer so if he wants to ride a jeepney or bus then I will accommodate him. I will tell him the pros and cons though before we do. And since you're also from the Philippines you are well aware that we have a wide variety of pickpockets and other unpleasant people we can encounter in a public transport.
@Gwapako_28 (2142)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
Maybe i will use taxi cabs also. Especially our weather here in the Philippines is very hot.It would be more convenient and relax to our foreigner friend to use it.