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Travel Blogs from Lapu Lapu
... left from the vantage point of the mall, as you walk straight ahead, you will find the South Bus Terminal. Luckily for me, I was the only passenger that the bus awaited before it took off. So, I started my journey to the miraculous shrine at exactly 12:15 mid-day/noontime.
The air conditioned Ceres Bus Liner that I rode arrived in Simala at 2:15 in the afternoon (it was smooth 2-hour ride). There were also other passengers who got ...
... the people at the hotel told us we should only have paid 150... anyway the hotel in Lapu-Lapu was OK, very nice staff.
In the evening we went with a local girl named Dana Isabel, who we met on Couchsurfing, to a Philippino Barbeque ...
... mothers with tiny babies sleeping on
cardboard, sickly cats and starving dogs and streets and rivers
littered with filth as well as some very friendly children, keen to
practice their English.
total contrast to its surroundings, the cool, soothing oasis of the
Ayala Mall simultaneously revived us and made us feel incredibly
uncomfortable about hiding from the reality of the poverty ...
... than 30 minutes slower than my time in Chicago this past September, but still ranked in the top 30% of all racers that day! (had I run the same time I had in Chicago, I'd have been in the top 5%...just behind the Kenyans...an hour behind the Kenyans, to be sure, but still...).
One positive note about the course -- it went past several attractions that I remember from my first visit, including Ft. San ...
... of his face. He didn't say a word, so I presumed all was well.
I started to get nervous that we had driven past our destination, the local shopping mall. It had seemed much closer the day before in a jet lagged daze with the other interns. But soon enough, we reached the section of road with the yellow dividers and I recognized where we were. I thanked the driver and hopped off the back into the chaos that is the Save Mart mall. Jeepneys line the roads trying to cram ...