So, there I was, in Megamall, waiting for the PhilTranco bus to come along. When it did, I was greeted by my co-blogger and friend, Renz Bulseco of Traveling Nomad. I was relieved because I only had one more ride to go through to get to that airport in Pampanga, the one which services cheap airlines like Air Asia and SEAIR. I was also relieved because when I went up the bus, it wasn’t full, meaning that it was okay that I didn’t make any reservation. But when the ticket was handed to me by the girl, it read: P450 – Megamall – Clark. My reaction: “What the f^ck? I had to pay an extra P450 just to get to Clark? Make that P900 for my return trip.” That was NOT gonna happen again.
Approximately 20 years ago, just after I was born, a majestic mountain in Capas, Tarlac erupted. This eruption was heard throughout the world and the aftereffects of this event had been major. Major, that up to now, more than 20 years after, the effects are still visible – not only in the people it affected but in the place where it all began. After constantly battling asthma for more than 20 years, this 2012, I was brave enough to start fresh of all the new possibilities coming into my life. I was ready to take on a new challenge. And this meant going beyond my limits. Being an asthmatic has lengthened my limitations. I’m not allowed to climb (or so they say until I climbed Mt. Makiling and Mt. Tagapo). I’m not allowed to stress myself (and yet I have a night time job and 2 other solo projects, plus my blogs, plus my OJT). I’m not allowed to sweat too much (but hey, I live in Rizal and go to OJT in Makati, what would you expect?). I’m not allowed to do so many things. I am especially careful not to go anywhere I know will send me into asthmatic attacks every once in awhile. What I meant? Volcanoes. Being too close to volcanoes will get me into attacks
To end my Bulacan – Pampanga tour on October 28, 2010, we headed off to Clark Museum. Clark Museum was filled with a lot of Philippine artifacts.
The unfortunate thing about sharing a name with an apartelle with a not-so-good reputation is that not very many people see the other as a reputable hotel either. Unless you’re a foreigner, you probably know what apartelle the Holiday Inn shares the same name with and why it doesn’t have a very good reputation. Anyway. When the professors at school announced that we were going to stay at the Holiday Inn in Pampanga, we all laughed, assuming immediately that they were joking. They weren’t. As it all turns out, Holiday Inn in Pampanga, is NOTHING – I repeat, NOTHING like the apartelle which shares its name, although I have no idea if they’re sister companies or something. Holiday Inn is located in Mimosa Leisure Estate in Clark Field and you’ll see a sign at the entrance that will directly lead you to the grand 4 star hotel. There are 337 rooms in the hotel and it is a tourists favorite because it is only 5 minutes from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport. From outside, the appearance of the Holiday Inn was impressive with two buildings adjacent to the other and a fancy façade where taxis and cars would park to let out their passengers. Of course, our bus wasn’t going to go in there because it was too big.