Got home last night by midnight, to my husband standing by the gate with his hands on his waist and the taxi driver chuckling in his seat. Nah, I’m just kidding about his hands being on his waist, but yes, he was standing by the gate, waiting for me, with prior text messages to me like, “So is the Virgin Labfest til midnight?” and “What time do you plan to go home?”
Actually, we went straight home after watching the play, with only a couple of minutes spent filling up survey forms and discussing how to get home and who goes with whom. It was just that the show started at 8pm, with three plays in the set, and the taxi ride was kinda long, in the pouring rain. As a side story, my heart almost broke when in the pelt down, out of the blurry vision of the road the windshield afforded us, I saw a pregnant woman with a one or two-year old baby in her arms begging from cars waiting for a green light. The little one was wearing a sando, its hair sticking to its head and its face, in the heavy rain. I had the urge to run out of the taxi and give my Esprit umbrella, and maybe I could have if only the traffic light did not change from red to green.
Today, I decided that I would catch the 3pm show so as to avoid coming home late in a taxi to a waiting, almost-angry husband. Besides, the lab fest could use an extra person in the audience. More people watch in the evening than in the afternoon because they have regular-hours work, unlike me – who works all evening and sleeps all morning.
So after my experiments with commuting from Cainta to CCP, which included taking an FX taxi from Junction to RCBC-Ayala and taking a cab from Buendia to CCP; as well as taking the orange jeep-LRT1-LRT2-to still, the taxi-route, I have finally resigned to just taking the LRT and just allotting more time for the commute. Since I have to be at all the sets to take photos, I figured a stored value LRT ticket is a worthy investment.
Route would be:
jeep from Cainta to LRT2 Santolan station
LRT2 Santolan to Recto station
LRT2 Recto-LRT1 Doroteo Jose station to LRT1 Vito Cruz station
Orange jeep to CCP
and vice versa.
Today was my first time to experience the LRT on a weekday scene and my, was it sensational! I have never seen so many people crammed in one place and with all kinds of smell – not in a long time at least! On the bridge from D. Jose station to Recto station, there were a lot of food stalls and I could not resist getting shawarma. I remember thinking, “Wow, I have not had shawarma in such a long time! I have not had shawarma since college! And I don’t even know if this shawarma I am having right now is good because I can’t even remember how it’s supposed to taste in the first place,”