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the exchange road to the pit stop

We've been planning to trek Mt. Pinatubo for over a month. We've read some blogs about it, and all of them say positive things about the place. As for me, since I saw a feature on it through a TV program, it's always been on my list of local sites to visit.

Finally, we've agreed upon a date when we could do it: March 29, Saturday. We're supposed to be five in the group - me, Jen, Sheena, Leslie, and her boyfriend, the same group of people who went with me to Potipot Island (minus a few). However, since our work-week ends on a Saturday morning, we decided to just move it to Sunday so that we could get rest and be well-energized for the trek ahead.

Then, the day before the big day, lots of changes happened.
me sleepy...
First, Leslie's mom was rushed to the hospital, so she and her boyfriend couldn't make it. Then, Sheena also backed out for some reason. So that leaves me and Jen. Normally, I get pissed off with last-minute changes, but I know that these guys really wanted to go but family comes first, so I understand their situation. So, Jen and I both tried inviting other friends we know, but only I had the luck to get a positive response, that from my friend Crystal. So, from five down to three. Not bad!

So, I woke up at 2AM Sunday and called Crystal to make sure if she's coming with us. She said she's on her way home from a party and she'd just change and pack her stuff and she'd be meeting us at the bus station in Cubao, Quezon City. Then, Jen and I met at the office in Makati at around 3AM to buy some snacks and two big bottles of water each (no plans of getting dehydrated during the trek), hailed a cab to Cubao, and waited for Crystal to arrive.
good morning! :)
We wanted to leave early so that we can get to our destination and start the trek while it's still not very hot. But, at 4:30AM (we're supposed to leave at this time), we still haven't heard from her. So I called and called and called all her 3 numbers, but she didn't pick up the phone. Uh-oh...

Finally, at quarter-to-five, she answered the phone and told us she fell asleep from exhaustion and that she didn't think she can still make it to the station, let alone trek. So, one more down. Jen and I looked at each other and wondered if we should go on. If we do, it could mean spending more money, and less people means less fun. But then, we're already there, and our minds were already set for the challenge ahead, so the answer was pretty clear. We bought our tickets (P150 each) and boarded our bus, and at exactly 5AM, off we went!

It was another opportunity for us to see the countryside which is very different from Manila.
some rain-soaked lahar area
Although there was only one stop during the entire trip, we didn't mind. What we minded, though, was the very loud TV inside the bus that plays a program featuring a religious leader preaching to his 'flock' and saying prayers aloud which I found really annoying. You can't even have a decent conversation with your seatmate. It was so loud aaarrrggghhh!!! Thank goodness Jen brought her music player, so we just drowned the preacher's voice with the music. The TV show lasted for an hour, then, to the whole bus' delight (almost), the driver turned the TV off. Now we're talking!

So from then, it was 'smooth-sailing' to Capas, Tarlac...

JeAr says:
hey guys!!! salamat, thanks, gracias, merci! i didn't know it was featured cuz i was out of town. thanks for dropping by and hope i didn't bore u with my melodramatic blog and repetitive pics hahaha! cheers! :-)
Posted on: Apr 21, 2008
reikunboy says:
congrats on being featured great blog
Posted on: Apr 20, 2008
abubu says:
yes nagsmile ako jan! hehehe. congrats!
Posted on: Apr 20, 2008
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the exchange road to the pit stop
the exchange road to the pit stop
me sleepy...
me sleepy...
good morning! :)
good morning! :)
some rain-soaked lahar area
some rain-soaked lahar area
Cubao
photo by: JeAr