At first, I’d like to say there is no my own picture. Because, I was drunken, so I’m not sure my camera was stolen or left somewhere. LOL.
Before the leaving day, Sep 4th, due to my fault, I had to work until 9:00 PM. After back home, I packed all stuffs in a hurry. Fortunately, I had nothing to be left.
My airplane’s departure was 15 minutes behind. But, in the end, the arrival time was 10 minute ahead at Manila.
I went to a taxi stand to go to Victory Liner Pasay Terminal.
To grab the taxi driver’s heart, I greeted ”Magandang Hapon(Good Afternoon) ».
As expected, the taxi driver got talkative. He appealed how much he loves Japan.
He asked me,
Driver: « How old are you? »
Me: « 41 »
Driver: « 41!? You look like 27. »
Me: « You are flattering me. I’m 41 years old. » (Yeah, last year everyone said to me, I looked like 30. I got 3 years younger. Wahaha.)
Driver: « Where are you going? »
Me: « Olongapo. »
Driver: « by taxi 2 hours 5,500 pesos. Taxi is better. »
Me: « How about Victory Liner? »
Driver: « Today’s traffic, maybe 4 hours. »
Me: « Umm, OK. Victory Liner is better for me. »
By the way, 494 pesos from International Airport terminal 3 to Pasay Terminal.
It’s more expensive than I thought.
Upon arrival, I headed to the ticket booth. As soon as I got a ticket, the bus left there at 2:45PM.
Luckily, I made it just in time. The sunlight came through the window. In the bus, very very hot. No one had energy to talk. Air-conditioned didn’t work well. After then, the shower started. It was chilly, I wore 2 long sleeves.
Time went by. At 6PM,the bus reached somewhere. Everybody got off.
I asked the last person.
Me: « Is here Olongapo? »
Man: « Maybe. »
Me: (Yes, Yes, I’m right. Victory Liner is better.)
It was raining so I wore a poncho. After then, the man came back.
Man: « Not Olongapo. It’s a parking area. »
Oh, come on!! I was so disappointed. How many hours will it take
It can’t help but taking a ride.
At 8:00PM, we reached Olongapo.
Which do you like, Maybe 5,500pesos taxi fare with 2hours ride or 223 pesos bus fare with 5hours 15 minutes ride?
I didn’t book any hotels. I already got tired so I was going to stay at a hotel near the terminal.
Upon getting off the bus, a man came close to me.
Man: « 350 pesos. around city. »
Me: « It’s true? 350 pesos? »
It was pain in the neck to look for another driver, so I followed him.
He also asked me.
Man: « How old are you? »
Me: « 41. »
Man: « 41!? You look 28. »
Me: « Salamat. »(Umm. I get one year older in 6 hours. »
Man: « You can speak Tagalog. »
Me: « Just a greeting. »
While driving, whenever he found a girl, he said « Hey, girl! ».
I thought « He is pathetic. » He said to me that he has 3 girlfriend aside from his wife.
After we got to the Cabin Hotel, he suggested he took me to a restaurant.
I put my baggage there and we head to a Filipino restaurant.
While going to a restaurant, he asked me tomorrow schedule.
Me: « I’ll go to the jungle camp. »
Man: « What time will you leave? »
Me: « Around 8AM. »
Man: « I’ll take you there. »
Me: « Is it OK? It’s early. »
Man: « No Problem. »
When we got to a restaurant.
He said to me, « I wait outside. »
I ordered « Beef Asado(I forget.) », « Boko Juice(Coconuts Juice) » and « Rice ».
After then, the driver sat in front of me.
The restaurant staff put a plate, a spoon and a knife in front of him as well.
Hmm, it seems they play trick on me together.
I accepted everything. Paying dinner is better than conflict.
After dinner, we got on his car.
Man: « If I take you to the Jungle camp, it costs 3,800 pesos. »
Me: « What are you saying? »
Man: « 3,800 pesos all around. »
Me: « Is that so? I quit to go. »
Man: « Then, get off my car. »
Me: (Sucks. I don’t know where I am. I must go to the hotel.)
Me: « OK. OK. Take me to the hotel. I’ll think over it while you are driving. »
Then, we reached the hotel at 9:30PM.
Me: « I change my plan. I quit to go to the jungle camp. I should know Olongapo. »
Me: « Here, 350 pesos. »
Man: « No. 1,500 pesos. »
Me: « What are you talking about? You said 350 pesos. »
Man: « It’s one drop. I took you to the restaurant. So, 1,500 pesos. »
Me: « It’s ridiculous. I don’t pay such money. »
Man: « If you don’t pay, I’ll call my boss. »
Me: « I never pay. You deceive me. You are a liar. »
Man: « OK. OK. 1,200 pesos. »
Me: « Eh? I don’t have such money. See. I stay the cheapest hotel in this city. »
Man: « 1,000 pesos. »
Me: « How about 400 pesos? »
Man: « My boss will get angry. My boss will come here. I don’t tell a lie. I show you my name and company card. »
It was dark in the car. I asked him to go under a electrical pole.
It was an advantage for me. I was able to get out of the car.
I wrote down his name and company name.
He started to talk about his family.
Man: « My wife lives in Manila to make money. My wife and me live apart. My 5 years old boy is waiting for me. Please, please. I need money. »
Me: « 500 pesos. »
Man: « You are the one who don’t pay money.You waste my time. »
Me: « What!? It’s my words. At first, you tell a lie. »
Man: « My boy is waiting. crying. »
Me: « OK. OK. Here is 1,000 pesos. Never come close to me. »
At 10:30PM, I was able to enter my room.
Which do you like, « Maybe 5,500 pesos taxi fare with 2 hours ride » or « 223 pesos bus fare with 5 hours 15 minutes ride and 750 pesos dinner and 1,000 pesos taxi fare and 2 and half hour ridiculous conversation »?
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