Pay by the Hour!!!
Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
73Trip End Sep 22, 2012
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passing the gate guards again and giving them a nod and smile. I flagged
down a jeepney (on my third attempt, apparently im not as attractive
with out Georgie on my arm. Tehe). Take a seat and focus on getting
myself somewhere near Clark airport. The jeepney hits traffic and
kicks me out. While pointing down the road and telling me to walk. I
head in the pointed direction and (get the vibe that i should re
ask for directions) I ask the next body what direction the buses are
They point me in the opposite direction and give some dodgy
directions. I get my hiking head on and stride the roads down.
finding myself in the middle of the most grotesque market and decide
I need more directions. I search for a clean clothed person and
ask him. He was so kind and even drew me up a map. I got back on the
mission and in 5 minutes I find a bus and ask the bus man if he went
to Clark. He said yes and I hopped on. After an hour and a half, the
bus stopped and people got off. I guessed it wasn't my stop as the
dude had not told me. After 5 minutes of sitting on my bottom, I get
up and ask him. When I ask are we at Clark? He laughs at me and says
'No! Your at Dau. Get a tricycle!' Well thats just ruddy great!!
Luckily in my little pad Georgie had written some notes from her
guide book (more detailed than mine) and the notes said that Dau is
I get a tricycle and tell him 'cheap
guest house please' he chats with his mates and his friend with
better English tells me he knows where he is going, and I must pay
P100. Hummm.... dodgy... and I will only pay that much if its a long
distance. So we set off and he asks how much my budget is. I tell him
P300 maybe P400. He looks concerned and tells me they are all P1000+.
I tell him I want cheap cheap and he needs to do better (haha). He
gets my drift and takes me down a dodgy ally. I see Hotel/hostel. Ok
lets try here. I hop out and the price is P1500. I laugh and ask
where is cheaper. They say next door. I walk around with my tricycle
man following, with my bags. And I ask the price. When I got the
reply of 'how many hours am i staying?' I thought 'Oh Boy!'. With
rooms for rent for 1,2,3,5,9,15 hours you can imagine that it was not
the most classiest of 'hotels'. After looking at the shabby room I
decided that anywhere cheaper would be a risky move and I took the
room and paid P580 for less than 15 hours (I did get offered company
from a tricycle guy but thought that the extra hours I would have to
pay on the room were not in my budget. hehe kidding!!).
I paid my 'Mr tricycle man' P50 and
he said nothing coz he knew it was more than enough (I gave him the
extra money as a tip for not messing me around). As I walked to the
main road he offered me a free ride, good lad.
McDonald's and bed.
What a mission!!!!