Ola! I’m currently here at LTO. Actually, I’ve been here since 9 a.m. (it’s already 2:26 p.m.), but I’m in such a good mood.
Bakit kamo? I think you guessed it right—I’m finally gonna have my driver’ license!!! Waaah!!!
Perhaps you wonder why this is such a huge deal for me, when thousands of Filipinos get their driver’s licenses everyday. For one, gone are the days when the proctors just give the answer keys to examinees. And two…OK, I’ll let you in one of my deepest, darkest secrets: I tried getting one 3 years ago (when Randy gave me Nicki. You know, Nicki? Nicki, as in my yellow Nicki Mirage. Hukhukhukhukhuk! 😂), but I failed the written exam. Passing was 30 points (out of 40 items), I only got 25. 😫
Bago kayo mawalan ng bilib sa akin, wait, let me explain please! When I took the exam, I was in a state of hubris. In fact a few months prior to that, my friend Chrys got her license and advised me to review online. I replied to her that getting a license didn’t worry me. After all, our house boys easily got theirs. When I failed and told Chrys, instead of sympathizing she laughed so hard and mockingly mimicked me, “Kung si ***** nga pumasa, ako pa kaya?!” were my exact words daw.
But then when I got home I learned that our houseboy didn’t take the exam pala—he had a friend who has connections at the LTO! Binigyan lang daw nila ng pangyosi and voila–instant lisensya! Unfortunately for me, that friend of his was already in the province.
After that traumatic experience, my student’s permit expired, and Randy accepted that I’ll just always have a driver. Although once in a while he would often grumble that I’m wasting his and other people’s time and other opportunities because I didn’t drive.
But almost exactly a year ago when I was free and Randy had to go to Pila to renew his license, I went with him to apply for a new student’s permit. Then I started trying to practicing driving again. As in nag-e-SLEX ako. I really, really wanted to have a license, but I kept putting off taking the exam again because of my “traumatic” experience.
Last month, I realized that my student’s permit was about to expire. Sh*t, sh*t, sh*t!!! I became desperate and started asking our drivers whether they knew someone from LTO na babayaran ko na lang just to make sure I’ll pass. They told me that there were lots of fixers within a certain LTO vicinity naman (there were none in the other LTO offices; there was none when I took the exam and failed).
Since there was no assurance, I reviewed. I tried answering the reviewers online, and those I could understand/visualize, I would ask our drivers and Randy. And whenever I drove, I would observe and scrutinize the broken vs continuous yellow/white lines, the road signs, etc.
Moreover, I would also feel strong guilt feelings whenever I thought of paying to pass the exam. “‘Wag kang magpalamon ka na sa sistema, Dewmaine!”, I would tell myself.
Yesterday, I made a decision and told Randy my plan. “Babe, magta-try na talaga ako bukas mag-exam uli. ‘Pag bumagsak ako, eh di ibig sabihin hindi ako ready. That means it’s better if I don’t drive.” He kissed me on the forehead, smiled and said, “That’s my girl.” (Natuwa siguro s’ya sa moral compass at principles ko). 💋
Besides, I read that Kris Aquino has difficulty driving as well. Sabi pa nga raw ni Kris, “You can’t have everything.” Tooomoooh, ‘di ba? Alangan namang nasa amin na ni Kris Aquino ang lahat?!?! Unfair naman sa iba. LOL 😂 Joke lang ha.
And most of all, hindi lang halata pero I care so much about God frowning on me ‘pag “nagpalamon ako sa sistema”.
So today, I’m here at LTO. The minute I stepped off the car, fixers approached me. I told them I had no money. Which was true–sinadya kong konti lang ang dalhin na pera para in case I get tempted, wala akong magagawa. By the way, they were asking for P3500.
Anyway, nakaka-#MyGahdIHateDrugs ang level ng haba ng pila. While waiting for my turn to pay and take my exam, I concentrated on watching the “reviewer” on screen. And sa sobrang tagal nang pag-aantay, pati mga fines ng bawat violation na-memorize ko na. Obstruction? Php1,000. Student driver driving without a licensed companion? Php3,000. O ‘di ba?
After 3 hours of waiting, I finally took the test. While I was waiting for my test results, natanggal lahat ng libag sa kamay ko. Baka pati dermis ko bawas na. My hpalms were so sweaty, and I was rubbing my hands together until the proctor/checker called my name. My gosh, the last time I felt this was during college when we had final exams. Boy was I glad I no longer took post-graduate studies!
As I was walking towards the checker/proctor, I thought I heard her say, “Pasa.” But I shrugged it off–ayokong umasa! When she said I could proceed to the parking lot for the practical exam (which I was sure I would pass), I was like Pia Wurtzbach when Steve Harvey said she was Miss Universe. Kung pwede nga mag-speech eh. 🤣
Anyway, it’s already 3:21 and my license–MY DRIVER’S LICENSE–hasn’t been released yet. I’m still waiting here at LTO sweating like a pig. Pero kebs. Masaya ako! I can say that I truly deserve this license, naka-smile si God at hindi ako nagpalamon sa sistema! And most of all, I can proudly blog about this. U
Thank you, Lord!!! 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊