You can perhaps understand me if I’m hesitant to go out even though there was a slight easing of restrictions on Metro Manila recently. I’m not getting any younger and I may have some underlying conditions that would make me easily succumb to COVID-19. Since March 16, I broke home-quarantine, so to speak, only once — this was when I met up with an office teammate who graciously took time to bring me my office desktop computer equipment in a meetup near my apartment.

The wife had to get out of the house to travel some 8 km (about 5 miles) and back for an important, time-sensitive errand. I tried to discourage her and asked her to delay the assignment. But she pleaded to me that it’s something that needs attention as soon as possible. I let her proceed.

Helped the wifey book a GrabCar ride but for reasons I do not understand (perhaps an app glitch?), I was only able to book her a GrabTaxi. I monitored her ride on my mobile app until she reached her destination. After determining she arrived safely, I asked her how was the driver’s service and demeanor (I was bent on completing the post-ride survey on my mobile as quick as I can.)

She replied, “The driver was unusually nice. He’s an elderly person and was very polite as well.” Was so happy with what I heard (a courteous taxi driver in Metro Manila is a rarity nowadays) I sent him a ₱50 tip through the ride-hailing app.

Safely returning to me after an hour or so, I asked The Wifey how was her ride back home. She was surprised how lucky she was with taxi drivers today. They were both courteous, she pointed out.

Because of the pleasant experience, she said she tipped both well, specifically mentioned handing out an extra ₱50 for the first driver. We both just had a good laugh upon realizing that we unwittingly gave out a collective ₱100 tip to the Grab taxi driver I booked.

Anyway, he was well-mannered. He deserved it.

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