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Down To The South We Go (The Commute)


As instructed by the expert tour guide (our Marinduquena friend), SO and I took the 7pm trip to Lucena, Quezon via Jac Liner (Kamias Terminal). Because the bus ride from Manila to Lucena takes about 3-4 hours, it’s most ideal to leave the city at 7pm so that passengers headed for Marinduque may be able to catch the ro-ro ferry going to the island at midnight.

The bus ride was smooth and considerably enjoyable because of the free wi-fi service. Yep, you got that right, free wi-fi. INSIDE the bus. While moving. Mabuhay ang Jac Liner!

This is me (right) quietly goofing around with Lebs, the host/tour guide (left). Photo was taken by SO. 🙂


Internet speed was not bad at all, which allowed me to tweet and make Facebook status updates from Quezon City to Laguna. However, connection was lost when we reached the first town in Quezon. Mabuhay pa rin ang Jac Liner!

We reached the Lucena port at around 11:30pm, as expected. Lebs said that luck was on our side that night because the port wasn’t as crowded then as it usually gets during Fridays. The queue in the ro-ro ticket booth was short (thank God), so we had a few extra minutes for a snack and a smoke. :p

Since our it was a night journey (so heat was not gonna be a problem) we just bought economy-class tickets. Plus, SO has a tendency to get seasick, so the breeze (and the wide open windows) sure helped.

The ferry ride took almost 4 hours, but boredom wasn’t a problem for us since we had one another to chat and goof around with. Also, there were two functional TV’s in the area which kept passengers entertained while others were reading or asleep.

Lebs and I goofing around (again) in the ro-ro:



We reached Kawit Port in Boac, Marinduque at around 4am. Immediately after alighting the ferry we rode on one of the public jeepneys parked right outside the port gates, which took us to our destination, the town of Sta. Cruz. This bumpy ride took another hour and 30 minutes, as Sta. Cruz is one of the last stops of these transports.

Finally, at almost 6am, we arrived in the Rejano ancestral home. After almost 10 hours of commuting, we were more than ready to go to bed.


Bicol Express


…nope, I’m not blogging about the dish. Equally as exciting, though, is that the Bicol Express Train is literally back on track! Inaugurated in 1938, the train had been operating on and off for several years until it completely ceased operation when super typhoon Reming (international name: Durian) struck the Bicol region in 2006.

pnr train

Here it is now! Newly painted and completely refurbished, I hope. Now I can go to Bicol without having to sit in a bus with very little leg room or wait for discounted plane tickets that come once in a blue moon.

Fare rates are said to cost almost the same as bus fares going to Bicol, so it’s guaranteed not to be expensive. Also, different types of seating are available for passengers to choose from. Unfortunately, online access to detailed info on fares and seats is not possible right now as PNR’s (Philippine National Railways) website is currently under re-construction. I’ll post updates, though, soon as it gets back online.