boat, jeepney, bus, bus, jeepney, long ass walk
Anilao Travel Blog› entry 5 of 19 › view all entries
January 8th, 2009 – by: silan
Step One: Take the Batangas Star Express from Manila to Batangas City. This bus cost 60 pesos and was about an hour and a half.
Step Two: Take a jeepney to Anilao. Though the jeepney system can be confusing, locals are very friendly in helping you find your way and get on the right one. After looking very confused and searching the pages of our Lonely Planet guidebook, a man approached us at the bus station asking us where we were trying to go. He helped us flag down the right jeepney and ushered us on, and we were on our way. The jeepney ride is about an hour and costs about 30 pesos. Anilao is the end of the line for this jeepney, so if you're not sure, sit down until someone kicks you out!
We stayed at the Punto Miguel Resort for one night. It was less than stellar accomodation, but we were only there for one night so we didn't care too much.
We left in the late morning the next day, figuring that since we didn't really have any trouble getting here, we wouldn't have much trouble getting back. It turned out to be a little bit of a longer day than we had thought.
We let the people at the resort know what time we were leaving and took the boat back to the town proper where we could catch a jeepney. We wandered around the town a little bit longer before taking the jeepney back to the bus station where we were let off before.
At some point on our trip, the man in front of us heard our murmurings of Alabang and tried to give us new directions... but having no clue as to where anything was, these didn't help much. Then, all of a sudden, people were telling us to get off the bus, and get on the one behind that was heading to Alabang.
Eventually we got to some sort of mall and a bunch of people got off... so... we got off too! We entered the mall and asked the information desk how to get to Alabang Hills, where we were staying. They gave us directions of which jeepney to take to get to Alabang Town Centre and we took our chances. We found our jeepney, got in, and again, a nice woman helped us tell the driver where we were going and told us when to get off.
So now we were standing in front of Alabang Town Centre, knowing we were nearby our friend's house, but were unsure of exactly where to go. So I called and talked to her for about 20 seconds before my phone died.
We asked around and were able to find the gate to the subdivision and after a little bit of difficulty going through the security gate, we started the long trek to our much anticipated shower and food. Unaware of how long this walk actually would be, we started off a little more cheerful than we ended. But eventually we made it, had a delicious hour, and gorged ourselves on the cherries and apple pears that we had dreamed of eating during our extended journey back.
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