Having to commute daily to work, I encounter several things that I just need to get by with. From the heavy and unpredictable Manila traffic, inconvenient excuses as buses and sometimes irritable people – I just need to keep my cool and move on. And to help me do just that, a simple play-list will push me across the highway and into my office. Check out my choice tracks, for an idea on how I get to work.
Roughly translated as “Charge” in Filipino, this upbeat song makes me brave the crowded streets of Manila to get to work. It’s cool and catchy, a must when you need to distract yourself from the noisy chatter by that couple fighting across the bus chair in front of you. Plus, it brings a positive message as well – no matter how hard or stressful life is, all you need is rock and roll to survive!
Banyo Song (Razorback)
A must for me, if I need to get up from bed. Banyo, which means Bathroom or Comfort Room in English, generally depicts a Filipino stoner getting out of his bed to do his daily grind. Though it can be considered as a junkie’s anthem, Banyo Song’s heavy metal riffs and tough-guy Filipino lyrics will give you the jolt needed to speed up to work.
Sometimes, any song from the Eraserheads will do the trick to get me to work. But I particularly like Magasin, since it deals with a person leafing through a magazine, somewhere in a crowded part of Manila. It’s a bittersweet song, which can serve as a helpful distraction from the ensuing chaos of commuting to work.
Mahal Kita Kasi (Nicole Hyala)
Laughter is the best medicine, and what a drug Nicole Hyala’s hit song is. Mahal Kita Kasi (which means Because I Love You) shows many of the Philippine’s popular pick-up lines. Funny and cheesy, with a catchy tune to boot, it always makes my commuting trips such a hassle-free affair. Try to listen to it – it’s great!
Commuting to work is as easy as it gets – if you’ve got the right tracks to back you up. Sugod will let you up and running to your office. The Banyo Song will let you out of your shower in no time at all. Magasin will let you notice your surroundings even more. And Mahal Kita Kasi will always bring a smile in your face. Create your own play-list as well, to have a stress-free commute.