That is the “Supercat”, now called “2GO Travel”, and this ‘first trip’ from Cebu to Ormoc leaves at an unholy hour of 5:30AM. Argh! But I was too damn excited for my Livelihood Tour of Leyte, so 5:30AM was it. The best way/time to leave Cebu since I arranged to meet my friend 8AM in Ormoc. Yeah, argh again hehe!
I have taken this craft on this very destination a number of times, but golly, this was probably the first time (or 2nd time) I was going to bite the ‘first trip’. A dawn departure? Me? Well I had no better choice. But, I discovered some funny facts that better be etched in my brain (and yours) from now on. Anyway..!
Tuesday night, tried sleeping early so I could wake early. No can do! So, I just laid in my bed with a little bit of facebook and candy crush until my 2AM alarm went blaring. Washed up and left the Cebu house exactly 3AM so I could be at the 2GO port by 330AM – two hours before departure, right? Yeah, it’s in our system. Flying off to other islands every week just gives you that ‘in the system’ routine. But Oh My Gee, alas dimalas, I discovered it does not work that way with the fastcrafts!
330AM on a Wednesday, cab driver and I thought for a moment we were in the wrong pier. But we both know and knew there is only one Pier 4 and that is where the Supercat or 2GO docks at or depart from. Yes Joana, it was closed with nary a soul around! Might my boat have been cancelled or re-scheduled? If so, how come it seemed only I was not properly informed. The entrance door did not look like it was to open any minute soon. Gosh!
I paid and got off the cab, telling driver I would go find someone to ask. Not sure if Mr. Cab Driver was just curious or concerned, but he did not go off just yet. He was inside his vehicle alright, but I knew he must have been watching me. Fine I thought. If he was indeed concerned at the thought of leaving me alone in a dark and desolate place, well thanks to him. If he was just thinking he could still earn more if indeed I was in the wrong pier, thanks to him still, as that meant I had something if I needed to grab another ride.
I saw 3 porters bantering with a guard over at one end of the building. I walked to them to ask what time the pier opens.They told me 5AM. Wheh?! Concerned, I asked “eh di ba meron 530AM fastcraft papuntang Ormoc”? And they almost chorused telling me ‘yes, that’s why the building opens at 5AM’. Unbelievable but definitely true hahaha! Now what? I had to wait it out by the door for an hour and a half. Argh! But some things kept me lowly sleepy brainie occupied.
Like by and by, my fellow passengers kept trickling in and at about 4:20AM there was something like just about 20 of us in front of the main door. And there were bales of local papers ready to be shipped to various Leyte and Biliran towns like Maasin, Naval, Palompon, etc., And the first person to enter main door (at exactly 4:38AM) was a woman who seemed a to be worker in this building. She brought some of those bales of the day’s dyaryo and a porter (her husband?) followed in with the push-cart containing the rest of the bales. They were probably loading those ahead of the passengers.
Hey, I noticed that this boat was almost full, yet there was never a time I saw anyone rushing and dashing. And we departed even a bit ahead of the 530AM published departure time. 5:24AM to be exact! Hmm, why couldn’t this happen at airports?!
Anyway, ‘twas a nice and smooth 2 hour trip to Ormoc on a fantastic morning. Though there were thick dark clouds in the distance, it never rained.
Up next, OMG, I was going elsewhere after all!
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