Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Tuguegarao Arrival

Excitingly hot! The "excited" part was me (c'mon, it has been decades since I've been to this place and I can't even recall how I got here then), while the "hot" part was the clime. Yeah, literally a scorchingly hot and humid noontime! But I didn't mind the 'hot'. Excitement took rein!

How do you like emerging from an Airbus A320 to a sizzling 39 degrees celcius at 12:47PM (yes, high noon)? It felt like it was 45 or even more degrees! Well, even the crews made faces as that aircraft door was opened. The heat really gets into your face (and nerves) hehe. But, I didn't mind. I was all too eager to step unto the Tuguegarao grounds for a heat stroke!

I whispered "noontime, empty stomach, very hot day, so.., don't anyone mess with me"! Ahhehehe, that was actually my self-reminder, to keep extra cool, calm and collected!

Yes, I was cool and collected. But calm? Ah, I think not really! Because I was excitedly grinning and smiling at just about anyone I met! Anyway, let's see some of the snaps I took along the way, going to my hotel.

Emerging from the arrival area, I turned back to see this view from their parking lot.

Surprised to see people outside the building on a hot noon! There are trees, at least!

Even drivers hub under the shade of another tree. They were having a caucus hehe!

The view from inside my hotel's limousine service - tricycles waiting for passengers.

Exit is where that white AUV (in the middle of picture) is about to turn - to the right.

Nice to see that blue billboard. Am going there tomorrow, so those became my choices!

A nice vehicle. Am not sure if I should call this a van? Only 7-seater with a tall ceiling and not commonly seen in this country. Then again, Sta. Ana is just near this city!

Alright, speeding out of the airport, I get to see the streets of Tuguegarao once again...

I think we did not turn right at that corner. Or maybe we did but went for another route to the city. Its a busy highway and the driver probably took a longer but quicker route.

See? Where we passed, it was almost always a solo-flight on the road! Hey, that yellow signage on the left says "Genaro's Grill & Special Bibingka", listed in my "places to see"!

This got me a bit alarmed, military-clad men with guns either walking or running.

Ay sus! Good my driver told me they are police trainees, and those are wooden toy-guns! Another combat exercise said the driver as there's a police/military academy in Tuguegarao. Hmm, interesting topic! Urban combat practice? Whohoa!

Before we turned right, the driver pointed to me that its a new bridge-in-the-making.

I surmised that must be a big river since the bridge looks rather "major"!

And there are the military men training again. Yeah, they looked exhausted!

Oh, Hotel Joselina on the left side of the road! Its listed in my Tuguegarao choices. But this time I was going Hotel Roma as suggested (reserved) by a friend. Maybe next time.

Oops, at this pint of my wonderful way to city center, the phone rang, and it was the boss of bosses calling. Argh! I had to answer, so I wasn't able to capture any more pics along the way. Until I was inside my room at Hotel Roma. But let's talk about that later.

For a chronology of this trip's stories, click these numbers:
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11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20


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