The day was spent mostly traveling. I left Olongapo City that morning. It was a beautiful sunny morning compared to the day before. I remember i wished that the Sunday’s weather was the weather that Saturday and we could have gone to the beach. But anyway, there’s still more sunny days to come and hopefully can visit Mitch and Deye again in the future and go with Deye to the beach.
Mitch sent me off at the bus station. Actually, near the bus station (Victory Liner). I took the van because i was still dropping off at SM – Pampanga to see my son. I took a picture of this monument to serve as a landmark for me in the future. I think it is indeed a landmark of the city.
After i settled my stuff inside the van, i went out of the van to take photos of what’s around me. So that’s the monument and i also saw this colorful building -
Arlene’s Inn II
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I think at the back of that is the bus station. If I just knew that the bus also drops right at SM then i would have taken the bus, maybe a Genesis one.
Not far from the the spot where the van is waiting for passengers is the yellow jeepney stop. That jeepney goes to Sta. Rita where Mitch residence is.
Now i hope all of the above will help me in my future travel back to Olongapo if given the chance. And hopeful too that future travels will bring me beyond Olongapo. I can remember ten years ago, we went swimming in Iba, Zambales and i guess that was the furthest part of Luzon that i’ve been to. Somehow Kuro eyeballs will bring me to Pangasinan and more more beyond.
I think the travel was to SM Pampanga took 2 hours and it was a very sunny day. I tried taking photos of the sceneries but the van’s glass is not very clear. There were many interesting places that we passed by. It would have been a great photo shoot opportunity when passing that way in a private car so that anytime you can ask the driver to stop because you’ll take photos.
Anyway, after a few minutes i was into the building, i got a text and it was from the father and son tandem. I replied texted them my location and in a few minutes they were there. I was so happy to see my son.
Here’s one of my fave photo of Jaizon that day.
I told him, “gayahin mo” (imitate him) but that’s all he did but smiled. I feel he thinks i was crazy. lol! But he was such a sweet boy for doing my request. After this shot, we were off to that Fuji center to develop some of the photos i took to be left with them.
At almost 3 i really have to say bye. The sent me off at the bus stop outside the building. I took a Genesis bus. Once it was off, I dozed off and was awaken at Caloocan already.
I didn’t know where SM North EDSA is. But i have already told the bus conductor and driver am dropping off at that bus stop. They forgot about me. The bus conductor was not the “shouting” type guy. So we passed by SM North EDSA. Maybe the guy was curious why i kept looking at him straight to his eye. He just smiled and i asked him, “malapit naba SM North?” And he replied, ay! dapat bumaba ka dun (the stop where we just left). I did not panick but keep on smiling. lol! So i told him, hey, i really dunno where to stop. I need to go to SM North. He instructed me to get off at the next bus stop, cross the highway through the overpass and took a bus back to SM North.
The overpass experience is also unforgetable. It shakes when there are big busses passing by below. Oh my i just walked slow and pretended i was just feeling ok. lol! I was not okey. I was scared the wind will blow me off from the middle of the overpass. hahaha
To make the long story short, i arrived at SM and it was full of people. I can’t hardly move comfortably. I have to find a non crowded place to settle myself and text my cousin of where i was and what to do next. I went up to the 2nd floor and i saw one place that was not crowded. Settled my stuff in one of the chairs and i made an order. While waiting for the order to arrive, i texted my cousin.
He did not come to pick me up. Instead he sms me that i should take a van that will go to SM Fairview and i have to get off at Puregold North Fairview. They are there across that mall, waiting for me. So i went. I did not doze off to sleep.
I was watchful of the places and the buildings we were passing. I must see a Puregold that they described. Then the guy beside me said, heto na, Puregold North. I saw the word North and got off right away. When i looked at the signage again, i read “PUREGOLD NORTH COMMONWEALTH. ” I was scared for a moment and was mad at the driver for letting me off. I then texted my cousin am at the wrong place. I told him i am lost! He said i can now take a jeepney and get off at Camaro. Oh haii i really dunno Camaro. We arrived at the place midnight so i was not able to see some landmarks. In the morning, i was in a hurry so i was not able to really check what landmarks i could use if in case i will just be alone in going home to their place. He called and said, don’t take the jeep! I can see you now! I was so relieved. lol! The thing was, i was at the right place but he gave me the wrong location of Puregold. :D I was sorry for a moment for thinking bad at the driver. It was my cousin’s fault. hehehee
We arrived at Rhoda’s place. Had a time to relax and enjoy a bit of the sunset that can be seen from the window, did some online tasks and pack for the next day’s travel back to Mindanao.
It was showering a bit yet i saw a glimpse of sunshine.