I was bound for Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) for my flight to Cebu (well, I can’t complain if plane tickets are free) and what surprised me when I boarded the De Leon Express bus bound for Urdaneta in Pangasinan with a stop over in Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga was the presence of on board and free wifi!
This is the first time I’ve rode one as I just saw one bus company along Taft Avenue in Manila offering it but never expected it there. But anyway, it was a good thing. Wifi, especially FREE, is something that is always appreciated. Keeps one connected online and get to update, check emails as well as surf while traveling.
The service has been offered for three months now, according to the conductor. Service provider is PLDT but I suspect it uses Smart’s Smart Bro system which are installed in their cellsites. Is it seamless? No. During the time I was online, from the Kamias terminal to the Pulilan portion of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), I got cut off twice. Another inconvenience is the jarring movement while on the road.
I really like the service but for a seasoned traveler, is this good? It got me thinking. Do we really need these technological advances even while we’re in transit? If I’m a first time traveler in a particular route, I would not be using the wifi. It will only distract me from appreciating the scenery, unless it is night time. But to think that I’m always connected, at home, at the terminal, at the coffeeshop, at the mall, do I still need to be hooked up even inside the bus?
I can’t answer this myself. I guess, it just depends on the situation. But personally, people who are in transit should just lay off from it. Disconnect. Unhook. Instead, appreciate the views, the smells, or even just read a book or get some sleep.