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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Globe Love Bus: Heading North to La Union for FREE (North Trip Part 1)

As soon as I got to learn about the Globe Love Bus Promo (see separate entry), I called fellow Travel Tripster Kurt and asked for his approval.  He instantly agreed so I booked both of us for a Holy Week vacation from April 4 (wednesday) to April 9 (monday).  

We arrived at the Globe Love Bus parked in Glorietta 3 at exactly 10:00 a.m. which is the call time.  To our surprise, there were only two passengers in the bus when in fact, the Globe Love Bus was fully booked.  Soon, an elderly woman who we later found out to be Linda came in.  After an hour wait and the Globe staffs finding out that the registrants used bogus Globe numbers, our bus decided to depart for La Union.

Kurt was a bit disappointed as I showed him the itineraries and maps I prepared.  Being raised as a protestant, he just found out that the Holy Week lasted until April 8 (sunday) and that I planned the trip until April 9 (monday).  When I asked why he was so saddened, he told his sister's birthday was on Sunday.  I felt sorry for him.   Kurt values his family more than anything in the world.  But, his bad mood faded soon...

The Globe staff then proceeded with games and I won an ID lace.  Our bus mates Linda and Adam won movie passes and some other stuff.  Because the traffic was good that day, we arrived at the NLEX Shell station at around 2 p.m. and everyone purchased their lunches during our stopover.  Kurt bought me a meal from one of his favorite fast food restaurants that starts with "J". 

During the long trip, we had conversed with our seatmate Adam who is ironically a friend of my classmate.  When we learned that Adam is from Vigan, we decided to ask him for some pointers.  Upon seeing my itinerary, he asked where I got all the information.  I told him just from the internet.  He looked quite surprised.  He then examined it and listed down some additional places we could visit and some local dishes we could try.  

Overhearing our plans of travel and adventure, Linda who had relatives in Agoo, La Union, introduced herself and joined in.  We were all surprised that Linda had so much stories to tell.  She claims to have witnessed the Apparition in Agoo and has traveled to many places all over the Philippines.  She also showed us pictures of cleanest river in the area and Pugad Adventure.  Kurt and I were convinced quickly. =D  We were having so much fun but it was all cut off when we was dropped off at Agoo which is a few towns before our final destination.  I took a short nap while Kurt and Adam chatted on.

At around 6:00 p.m., we arrived at the Genesis Bus La Union Station.  We gave our thanks and bade farewell to the driver, Globe staffs and Adam as we rode off to Candon, Ilocos Sur.  Thank you so much Globe Love Bus for the safe and fun ride!