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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Publisher: Shy - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

10 Things You May Not Expect About Pahiyas Festival, Lucban

We know that travel going to Lucban if you're from Manila would take 4 hours.  Faster if you take the backroute and if you're going there through a private car in an earlier time like 5am or what not.  During my trip there, there were some things that I wasn't expecting because for one I haven't read about it in the blogs whilst doing my research.  So I made this list for you so you wouldn't be as surprised as I was.

1.  Bubbles blown in the street.  I think because it adds to the festive ambiance so bubbles are blown by sellers .  So when you're doing your stroll expect to see them in the air... somehwere.

2.  When there are tourists, there are vendors.  Almost everywhere selling almost anything.  From refreshments, hats, floral head wreath, pancit habhab, souvenir shirts, longganisa, etc.





3.  They have a thing with stuff human like mascott.  I don't know why.  I haven't asked a local about it.  Maybe you can ask them when you decide to go there one of these days.







4. The path is long and winding.  Now I knew it's going to be a long trip.  I had already accepted that fact, but no one really informed me about it being winding.  For people out there who easily get car sick, prepare your plastic, candies, and white flower/vicks.

5.  Not all houses are decorated.  You would see houses decorated in one street, and when you cross the street to see more, you'll see regular looking houses, but try to walk a bit more and you'll see another street decorated with buntings and all. When I was there, there were only 2 streets which looked festive.


6.  Expect to walk a lot.  There's a point near the outskirts of the town where no tricycles and cars can enter so you wouldn't have a choice but to walk.


7.  Bring umbrella.  I had a feeling that I had to bring umbrella, but I was concern that I'll be hitting people by it when the crowd gets packed.   So I left mine behind.

8.  It's not really that crowded.  Upon entering you'll be intimidated by the line ups of private cars parked along side the street.  By then you'll be thinking that the place would already be so crowded.  Fortunately it wasn't really that crowded that's because I arrived there after the procession.  So if you arrive at 10am there would still be traffic but not so many people as expected.

9.  Police visibility.  I was surprised to see a number of policemen in some corners of the street.  It was understandable because it was a big event of  the time so safety and security are important.  I think I was just not expecting to see them.

10.  No portalets.  So make sure to dine it in a place where there's a toilet.

So there you go.


Good luck with your trip! :)

Publisher: Shy - Monday, May 16, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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My Solo Trip to Pahiyas Festival, Lucban

For years now I've been wanting to go to Lucban to see the Pahiyas festival ever since it was featured in a travel show way back when I was still a kid.  I was supposed to go there last year however I got sick, and so I had to push through with it this year.

After doing a bit of research I knew, that I should take the backdoor route which is Manila-Pagsanjan, Sta. Cruz-Lucban than the usual Manila-Lucena-Lucban.  Well an blogpost of some blogger he said that it only took him around 1 hour and 45 minutes to get there, but for me it took me 4 hours.  Now here's the deal, his bus took off at 5am, mine took off at 6am.  And maybe due to traffic and all I got to the place at almost 10am.  You can see here the importance of getting to the bus terminal earlier.

Before even this trip, I've already resolved to do 2 things.  Doing more than that would be a bonus.  First, is just stroll around and seeing houses studded with decors.  Second, eat pancit habhab.  After doing those 2, my trip would be an overall success, which it was.

Going there was just as painful as my last trip to Nagsasa Cove.  Travel time is too long.  So when I reach the place, I had to make the most of it. Seeing too many cons than pros would just make me a fool, so see the pros I did.  It was a challenge because of the festering heat of the sun, the traffic, the pollution.  But when you get there, it's as if a chip has been taken off my shoulder.  

Just look at these pictures.









This trip isn't hard on the wallet.  Overall I spent around P500, however it is time consuming.  Will I recommend this to someone?  Well honestly, yes if they just want to fulfill their curiosity and see something unique about our country.
Publisher: Shy - Sunday, May 15, 2016
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