Toll fee vs. Fuel

Happy Easter, everyone!

How was your holiday? I’d say mine was fine. I didn’t have any grand escapade, but I did have a long drive back to my province up north.

I left the metro Wednesday afternoon. I’ve been like that–early to leave–ever since my horrific 8-hour Holy Week drive to my hometown circa 2014 . 4 hours of which was Nlex alone.

But that was three years ago. With the road widening projects here and there along nlex and opening of tplex exits, the drive has been so efficient! Really!

Over the years of driving to my province, I’ve come to weigh and analyze mileage and gas it entail. Normally, the drive would go over 200km. During the horrible 8-hour traffic, I spent half tank of gas (more or less 20L). But on a normal traffic, 15L of unleaded would do.

For my recent drive home, to tplex or not to tplex was a tough decision to make. There were so many factors to consider, but mostly it was money. Which one would be more practical financially? I wanted to put more science into how I arrived to taking all expressways possible just to get home, but honestly it was just because my capacity to drive with quality could only last 4 hours straight. So the rationale behind it was time.

And mileage!

Surprisingly, from the 200+ kilometers, I only spent 100 something this time. I was not able to note my mileage before leaving Manila, but I have already estimated that I’d have run a total of 39000km by the time I get back in the metro. But no, it’s not even 38900km at this time. I thought I will be needing to call Toyota for a PMS appointment already. But I guess not in another month.

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Maintenance milestones

What’s great with driving a company car is that you can be a really meticulous driver-owner who gets to have regular casa PMSes and other maintenance for free. I’ve been driving my baby for three years now and I learned that:

Year 2 – change front tires; change battery

Year 3 – change tint; change tail lights (which I have just done today. Badly needed that new tint as I do not want to be tanning while driving. And my tail lights were busted already.)

For those who’ve been driver longer than I, what else should I be expecting on my third, fourth and fifth year?

Pre-coding routine

Thursdays have to be strategic. It’s the day that would predict how I could manage my Friday coding.

On Thursdays, I get to have extra activities after work just to kill time. Sometimes I’d take yoga classes. Most of the time I do overtime *sobs*. This week, I watched a movie! And yes, I was able to get 5% off on my movie ticket, and parked for free at the mall (well, the cashier did ask for P10 probably because I stayed longer than the “free” hours) with the parking coupons that I got from my BPI Amore credit card.

The reason for this strategy is so I could arrive home later than my normal week nights because the overnight parking rate at my condo starts at 10pm and I need to park at the condo so I won’t have to walk 10 minutes the next day just to get my car from my
24-hour fixed rate parking and drive off before the coding period begins. I’m practically saving myself with some brisk walking while carrying my laptop and my everyday bag.

Swiper driver

So, I’ve recently got approved of a BPI Amore credit card. A friend has been blabbing about how he gets prioritized when buying movie tickets and gets access to lounges thru this card. Obviously, it got me getting the same credit card. The agent never even had to convince me into getting one. Ha!

The card has been delivered the other day and packed together were 6 free parking coupons for Ayala malls. Talk about #freeparking! And it’s valid until next year!

About me.

Hello, it’s me. Yes, I couldn’t think of anything else to welcome you to my blog than using the famous intro from mareng Adele. I am, yes, as the blog name suggests, a tsuper, a lady driver, below 30, driving since 2014. I am a salesperson–a field slave driving around central Metro Manila.

As a field-based employee who spends at least four hours a day driving, this blog is basically about my daily stories of getting from one point to another and of the struggles and singing in between my travels.