It’s such a cliché, but there’s always a first time for everything, and it’s my first time to write something about a traffic violation! Before I continue with my story, I would like to apologize to the Marikina government for illegally parking along Lilac Street on February 23, 2018. I promise never to do that again! It was such a learning experience for me, and I’m still on a high from getting my license back! Hence, instead of sleeping after such an exciting day, I decided to write this!!!
Alright, so my day started quite well: I was able to teach for 4 hours and have lunch with my best friends at Pan de Amerikana. We were scheduled for a 2 pm nail spa session at Nail Cottage along Lilac Street. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any available parking in front of the 3 Bentt buildings, so I parked on the sidewalk/bike lane, just right beside Bentt II. I thought I could transfer the car once a parking slot is available. Unfortunately, I forgot to do that after my foot spa! I had a full-body massage after, and when it was almost done, one of Nail Cottage’s beauticians informed me that traffic officers have arrived huhu!
Alright, moment of truth. When I approached my car, one of the officers asked for my license. Before signing the ticket, I kept asking him questions just to be sure where I should go and what I must do to get my dear license back! The officer was a bit snobby and impatient, and told me off for too much repetition. I explained that it was my first time to get a traffic ticket, so he must bear with me. Anyway, he told me that I can get my license back within the day by visiting the CTMDO (City Transportation Management and Development Office) at around 9 pm. I need to get an order for payment, and I have to go to the Sports Center to pay my fine – P500. I was confused and a little annoyed that I had to go to another place for my payment, but the officer did not explain anything else to me. I even checked online to confirm the amount – hello, trust issues hahaha! Anyway, I went back to Nail Cottage to have my legs waxed, and I kept thinking if I should wait for 9 pm or just go home and get my license back on Monday, February 26.
My best friends and I still had to go to the mall to buy some stuff and have my eyebrows waxed. We chatted a bit more, and it was only past 7 pm when we decided to part ways. I was really bothered by not having my license, so I decided to go to the CTMDO. I parked, waited for around 20 minutes in the car, then at 8 pm, I was able to talk to TA1 (Traffic Aide) Froilan Pintor. Unlike the previous officer, he was quite patient with me, pleasant-sounding even! He told me to just wait, but at around 8:30, he said he’d be issuing the order of payment so that I could already go to the Sports Center to pay. He was even kind enough to make a map for me!
I found the cashier at the Sports Center easily. I thought I could keep the traffic ticket & payment order, but only two receipts were given to me (one for trust fund, the other, general fund – not sure what those mean). I asked the cashier to lend me the ticket and form again because I wanted to take a picture! She and the other employees laughed and joked, “Souvenir?” Hahaha! Anyway, so yeah, I went back to the CTMDO, and after just a few minutes, I got my license back! Woohoo! Reunited after 5 hours!!! TA1 Pintor said it was his first time to encounter someone so happy after receiving a ticket hahahaha! I said it was a learning experience for me, something new, so it was definitely amusing! 😀 Oh, and I learned that I can actually pay my fine at the CTMDO, but their cashier is only open until 5 pm! On the other hand, the cashier at the Sports Center is open 24 hours!
Whew! I survived!!! I’m proud of myself because I did not panic nor felt extremely bad about it. Well, okay, I was a little worried because my license is expiring next month, and I didn’t know if I getting a ticket meant I won’t be able to renew it! Apparently, as long as you pain your fine, you’ll be fine! Yey! 😀 Also, it was still a great day because I learned many new things! Lastly, the cherry on top would be having two thoughtful best friends who even gave me some money for my fine huhu I love you, guys!!!! AND I LOVE YOU, TA1 PINTOR! THANK YOU HUHU! Sorry again for being a bit pasaway, Marikina! Love you! :-*