A real travel post: Day 1 of the 1st adventure
For some reason, i woke up earlier than my alarm clock yesterday. It must have been plain excitement, and my body wanting to get away. With my bags packed, i went to Victory Liner at 5:30.
When i got there, i was dismayed to see that there was a 5am schedule, but happy coz i would be able to eat. I was looking for the lumpia my ate was telling me about, but i knew later she was referring to Double Happiness. So i settled for malingsilog which cost me only 52 pesos. It was decent. No complaints.
The bus fare was 212 pesos. I thought it was higher. I settled in on seat number 8. My seatmate got on earlier so he had the window view. And he had his earphones on, so there was no chance of chatting with a fellow traveler. The bus left at exactly 6am.
Along the way, i was creating my travel playlist, and there are two that i feel everyone should have when they're travelling: Juice's Best Days and J.Lo's Feelin so good. I so wanted to burst into song but everyone else was sleeping. And while they did, i just enjoyed the view of passing by different cities.
When the bus passed by Robinson's Starmills, i knew we weren't going to SCTEX. It would've been faster, but less fun. At one point, i heard the dad seated across me asking for directions from the conductor. Whew! I wasn't the only worrywart there. I saw the Pampanga S&R, finally! The bus was filled with people right by Dinalupihan, where Mr. Big is from. Couldn't imagine the area being flooded by the recent habagat...
One of the things i wrote down on my notebook was seeing the domino houses the trio adventurers passed by in our Iba trips. So the name of the village is Lincoln Heights. And it's scarier in close view! The houses really are too close for comfort to each other. I hope the houses are strong.
Further, into Bataan, my Ate Angie called me and said that if i'm in the zigzagging road, i should be close. That road, ugh.
So i arrived at Olongapo. When the bus stopped and a lot of peeps got off, i thought it was already the terminal, so i got off. Inggitera. Lol. I had to find the terminal so my ate an pick me up.
I had lived in Olongapo one summer vacation. It was in my ate's house and the kids were still well, kids. Now her three children are all grown up. And we have new toddlers in the house. The house was still the same as i remembered. I took time to bond with the younger kids. And oh, when we went out to buy Coke, i saw a huge snail and had to take a picture of it on the road. There, a jeepneh was passing by. I almost got hit lol. My tita and my cousin's in-law (who we call mommy too) cooked fish fillet and sinigang! Wow! What a welcome! After lunch, we went straight to the house my cousin looks after.
Well, it is a nice house! Two floors, three rooms and a spacious living room (where they are sleeping in right now, i'm at the second floor alone). The furniture and appliances are really nice.
After watching a movie and eating almonds cashew and chocolate, i had to rest for a bit. We would be going to the Ayala Mall inside the base.
Hmm. Harbor Point reminded me of an unfinished Trinoma. It was bigger than the SM in the city proper. Not all stalls were done yet. The restos were good, Clawdaddy's, SumoSam, Army Navy, Yellow Cab, Starbucks, CBTL, etc. we waited for one of my nieces and my tita and we all ate at Kusina ni Gerry's.
While Gerry's is known for being an inuman place, Kusina ni Gerry's is more into food, with prices really affordable and the servings good even for students. I got kare kare paired with pansit bihon and extra sizzling sisig. They all ate something else. The food was good.
We went around and looked for stuff we needed. My nephew, whom i asked what he needed in Watson's, sai he didn't like Toblerone because it was expensive. I was amused, because he only agreed to let me buy him Toblerone if i got the smaller and cheaper one. At Puregold, i bought milk for breakfast, and my ate bought bigas.
After what seemed like a long day out, i think we were all full. I was tired. So we went back to the resthouse. I wanted to talk more but my body was too tired. I disn't have time for Bible reading, but i just silently thanked Him for allowing me to have the time with my relatives here, and showing me a good time. Oh, i brought my travel buddy Elmo. And we took pictures.
Later today, i don't know what we'll be doing, but i know there will be more food!