“Nasaan na tayo?”, in english “Where are we?”, most probably the most frequent question every traveler asks during land transit.
A decade ago here in the Philippines when people ask me that question I would say “Wait…” then look outside and when I spot a sari-sari store I would go back and answer the question by saying the province, municipality and baranggay where we are currently at. Depending on the person who’s asking, the answer may give different reactions such as
- Girl – Plus Pogi Points.
- Boy – Plus Alpha Male Points.
- Elderly – Sinong nanay mo?
Lately though, the signage of sari-sari stores no longer has any written indication on its location. And due to the advances of mobile technology the ones asking the question is no longer beside you but your parents at home. Since the sari-sari store signs no longer have locations on it, you now have the excuse of annoyingly answering “I’m at the bus.”
I do miss the sari-sari store signs with locations. It was a big help to know where you are. It was something that gives me a little peace of mind during travels.
I could blame it on the advertising on sari-sari store signs that has a bigger part of the signboard than the name of the store. But I do know this helps to increase the income of the sari-sari store. I just wish that they would print or paint the location of the sari-sari stores back. Not for the local people as they already know the location, but for the people who are new and just passing by.