Much to my surprise when I got to the Ecoland bus terminal in Davao City, seeing for the first time the new buses of Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI). It was big, huge, in fact compared to their usual airconditioned and deluxe buses with plush seating, cavernous baggage compartment and a built in toilet! It seats 49 passengers and is probably the first in Mindanao, if Super 5, that other big company that plies the CDO-Iligan route hasn’t beaten it yet. Mindanao, although the second…Continue Reading “Rural Transit has new buses in its routes”

What happened? I asked the Peñafrancia bus driver who was with a few other bus passengers seemingly looking at the distance. Waiting. May singaw ang hose ng preno. Inaantay namin dumating ang mekaniko. Na traffic sa EDSA (the bus’s break has a leak. We’re waitng for the mechanic to arrive. He got stuck in traffic along EDSA), he answered. It’s been more than an hour since we’ve been stranded here under the tailend of the flyover in Alabang waiting. Time is ticking and my destination,…Continue Reading “Bus broken, stranded under the flyover”

Catanduanes is one of the under rated provinces in Bicol and in the Philippines in terms of tourism. There are lots of waterfalls like Maribina Falls, surfing in Puraran, caves, religious heritage structures and pristine beaches waiting for the intrepid adventurer. One of the access points to the province, if you’re not the flying type and prefers to take the bus ride from Manila, is via roro boat. There’s a regular roro schedule between the Port of Tabaco in Albay, gateway to the Catanduanes and…Continue Reading “Tabaco – San Andres – Tabaco ferry schedule”

I heaved a sigh of relief the moment I stepped into an empty taxi in Pasong Tamo near Waltermart in Makati. Terminal 3, I told the driver. He sped off and I smiled. It was already 6 AM and it was still unusually dark as it drizzled. Typhoon Mario was enroute to northern Luzon from the Pacific and Metro Manila was wet. One and a half hour ago, I got worried when I woke as it rained. The part of Makati City where I live…Continue Reading “Stranded at Terminal 3 while Metro Manila flooded”

Long queue at the check-in counter at the airport? Why not try the airline’s self service check-in kiosks? Air Asia is the second airline that I’ve used self service check-in kiosks and these are located at Terminal 4. Although not as extensive as Cebu Pacific, which I blogged about their kiosks before, this machines offer convenience and fast. Is it difficult? No. All you have to do is input your booking reference number, confirm and, voila, your boarding pass is printed. Unlike Cebu Pacific, there…Continue Reading “Simple way to check-in at Air Asia in Terminal 4”