Student absentmindedly hands out fare change in a jeepney ride


…a proof that we all have our “sabaw” moments.

“Sabaw” is a Filipino translation for the English word “soup.” But the word has been attributed to certain moments where our brain feels like there nothing in it–like a bowl of soup with no ingredients in it. The term #sabaw became popular particularly on social media and is used in different situations.

It can refer to an answer that makes absolutely no sense.

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It may also suggest a person’s state of mind after a grueling mental work.

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Often, the term is coined after doing something absentmindedly.

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“Sabaw moments” are often a result of fatigue or too much preoccupation that you no longer pay attention to things and people around you. One student shared her recent sabaw moment during one of her jeepney rides.

Armin Sta. Maria, a third year college student, posted on Facebook her hilarious sabaw moment that eventually gained a lot of traction. As of this writing, her post has 18K reactions, 4.6K shares, and 1.8K comments.

SOBRANG SABAW KO TODAY NAKASAKAY AKO SA HARAP NG JEEP TAPOS MAY NAG-ABOT NG BENTE SA LIKOD KO THEN KINUHA KO DI KO ALAM…

Posted by Armin Sta Maria on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

According to Armin, she only had three hours of sleep that day. She was also worrying about a subject she couldn’t enroll into because of its limited slots. And thus, she didn’t notice when she took someone else’s jeepney fare and handed out the change for it herself instead of letting the driver do it.

She was sitting in front of the jeepney, beside the driver. And it was the driver who pointed out to her what she was doing. She said, “…bumalik lang ako sa senses ko nung tinanong ni Manong Driver, “okay ba yung sukli mo?” Tapos naka-thumbs up siya. Buti na lang po good mood si Manong kasi tumatawa rin siya.” (I only realized what I did when the driver asked me, “Are you giving out the correct change?” Then, he gave me a thumbs-up. It’s a good thing he was in good mood at that time.)

Armin further shared that she felt very embarrassed about what happened but was laughing out loud with the driver. When she reached her destination, she apologized to the driver for what she did.

It was not the first time that Armin had her share of “sabaw” moments. She shared that she had another one while she was entering her school: “Papasok na ako sa entrance ng school at nakapayong po ako dahil mainit. [Hindi ko namalayan] na hanggang sa lobby naka-payong pa din ako. Buti po sinita ako noong guard noong paakyat na ako ng 2nd floor.” (I was entering our premises and had my umbrella open due. [I didn’t notice] that I still have the umbrella until I entered the school’s lobby. The guard just pointed it out as I was on my way up to the 2nd floor.)

Okay lang ‘yan, bes! We all have “sabaw” moments!

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