Experiences and Stories of Biyaheng Palos

Experiences and Stories of  Biyaheng Palos
A Personal Travel Journal

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Baguio Transportation

The country's summer capital welcomes visitors and tourists from almost everywhere during the Flower Festival. 

Buses bound to Baguio are fully booked on these extra special days, hotels are fully booked as well. So take time and book a month in advance if you wish to experience the festival of festivals in the North.

Here's my instruction on transportation if you wish to just observe the events particularly the highlights of the festival which is the street dancing, usually falls on a Saturday and the grand float parade, which is on the following day, Sunday.

Going to Baguio City:
1. From either Pasay or Cubao bus terminals of  Victory Liner or Five Star, hopped on to bus going Dagupan. Drop off point is the terminal of either of the two, then ride the Baguio bound buses of Victory Liner in Dagupan, may it be a non-airconditioned or airconditioned, they alternately transported visitors and tourist to Baguio City, but at the day before the major events, most of these buses were non-airconditioned. So if you wish to get to Baguio as early as possible, hitch whatever is available.

2. If you like to take the shuttle vans going to Baguio City, you have the option to commute in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija (Common Terminal). Also, available in Dagupan City, shuttle vans to Baguio via GT Transport Inc., just walk about 100 meters from Bus stations of Five Star and Victory Liner or ride a tricycle and tell the driver to take you at the shuttle vans terminal going to Baguio.

Going down from Baguio City is a different story.

So Victory Liner and Genesis are both jam-packed. you have no other options but to wait for your chance if you could still hop on to buses leaving Baguio. The next available schedule for you might be 5 hours or worse, wait until another day. Try your luck in Shanum Street or Otek Street, near Daniel Burnham monument at the Rose Garden, this is where other buses and shuttle vans going to Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, La Union, etc. are stationed. 

Leaving for Manila:
1. From the Pines Garage GT Transport terminal in Baguio City, take the Dagupan City route. Once in Dagupan, tell the driver to guide you where Victory Liner or Five Star buses are located, since the shuttle vans terminal is located 100 meters away from these bus stations, or ride a tricycle from the shuttle terminal and tell the driver to drop you off at either of the 2 bus stations. From the bus stations in Dagupan City, look for Pasay/Cubao bound buses. And have a nap while enroute to Manila. Travel time is about 4.5 to 5 hours.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Town Fair

For most provinces in the Philippines, each town Fiesta is celebrated in honor of their Patron Saint or just a festive atmosphere for everyone to celebrate life.

Who wouldn't be delighted of seeing people's happy moods?

The classic rides of Horror Train, Caterpillar, Ferris Wheel, and Carousel, where our grandparents enjoyed when they were young adults and used to accompany us to the town fairs.

And the food stalls now get upgraded too. Before it was all balut, bibingka and soda, now there's kwek kwek, burgers and hotdogs on sticks and oh yes, there's the real Jollibee on mobile.

And remembering the shooting booths where you fire at ducks and win a chippy and lollipopTo a kid, that's already awesome.

Wanna get scared by men in scary masks? Try walking thru these booth. They are live men walking, so girls, don't complain if they have touched you somewhere else. HAHA.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Guisi Point Lighthouse..

Based on history, the Guisi Lighthouse is the oldest in the Philippines.
Situated on top of the hill along the beach of Guisi.

Guisi Beach is located in Barangay Dolores in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.
The stretch of the beach is enthroned with golden-yellow sand.

The Lighthouse can be reached by a short hike, starting from the marker of Guisi Point, reach for the Guisi Beach and the shore butresses-like trail will lead you to the gated passage.

Before ending at the olden Lighthouse, you'll pass by the ruins of a settlement during the Spanish era.

Walk a little and you're on the charm of the olden lighthouse built in the 18th century.

The historic wall of Guisi Lighthouse is like talking to you out of magic spell. And the view of the seacoast  is like telling the stories of how this lonely sentinel of the sea in the antiquated days managed to guide vessels that passes through.

A modern lighthouse is erected to serve it's purpose of guiding passing crafts. 
Today, the remains of the olden Lighthouse is magically standing to tell its magnificent story in stillness. But the feeling of some sort of enchantment just can't go. I am obsessed by its charm.

Going to Guisi: From Nueva Valencia (beach resorts in Alubihod), hail and ask the tricycle to bring you to Guisi Point in Barangay Dolores, look for the marker (usually, they will unload you to where necessary, tricycle can't go up and down the trail). Walk a little and you're on the charm of the olden settlement and lighthouse of Guisi. Descend before it gets dark.