It was Friday night wherein the weather in the Metro wasn’t good. Heavy rain and floods near my area. My bag’s packed already with all the needed things. Did the laundry and was able to hear mass. Despite the heavy rain I was still very excited for my Saturday’s activity because this is my chance to check my bucketlist conquering Pinatubo.
Saturday comes, 19th December at early morning I was waiting for my companions to send me a sms however I didn’t received any or facebook message atleast, that was my HINT #1. Received the sms sometime 0300 in the morning and decided to push with the plan. Met up at Five Star Terminal at Pasay but when I arrived the bus going to Dagupan has just left, HINT #2. Yes, the rain’s still present but decided to look for other options. Went to Partas Terminal yet there’s no bus at all, then went to Victory Liner Terminal and gladly the bus for Dagupan was still there. After buying the ticket for Capas, Tarlac, we were stopped by the conductor from going into the bus because we were part of the chance passenger(s), HINT #3. Prayed and lucky enough we’re able to ride the bus. Arrived at Capas, Tarlac and took a tricycle. Halfway almost the place for the 4×4 ride, the tricycle’s tire was flat, HINT #4. It was traffic as well due to the making of the bridge, so when we arrived to the said place the member from the tourism stopped us because it’s already cut-off perhaps due to the weather. If I trusted my instincts I wouldn’t have gone to the place but I took risk.
That was supposed to be the day where my first ever climb will happened but due to certain circumstances my attempt of trekking Mt. Pinatubo failed.
Good to know I took the risk so decided to explore the place a bit, why not I am already there.
Went to Isdaan Floating Restaurant located at Gerona, Tarlac and spent most of my time there enjoying the restaurant’s theme park view. Stayed there for 4 hours and after, decided to check out San Fernando’s Giant Lantern Festival at Robinson’s mall.
Although I wasn’t able to go and see the beautiful crater. I wasn’t able to do my 1st ever climb a mountain. Wasn’t able to check my bucketlist: Conquered Pinatubo. Got disappointed a little bit but I know He has his reasons why I wasn’t able to push it and I know in His time I’d be able to go back there and trek and witness the wonderful view of Mt. Pinatubo. Good thing I was brave enough to go, even though the plan didn’t go well I still enjoyed my day despite the weather condition.
0430 – ETD Capas, Tarlac via Victory Liner at Pasay
0715 -Arrived at Pacas,Tarlac
0755 – Tryke to 4×4 ride
0830 – Hitchride going back
0855 -Drop off at AFP ride jeep to Pacas main
0910 – Wait bus to Isdaan
0945 – Ride bus from Capas to Gerona (Isdaan)
1045 – Arrived at Isdaan restaurant
1445 – Leave Isdaan
1600 – Arrived at Mabalacat Terminal
1625 – Leave Mabalacat terminal
1720 – Arrived at Robinsons San Fernando, Pampanga
2115 – Leave Robinsons
2130 – Victory Liner terminal waiting
2148 – Leave San Fernando via Saulog Transit
2330 – Arrived Ayala, Makati
Pasay to Capas, Tarlac – 185/pax ac bus via Victory Liner
Capas to 4×4 ride – 300/tryke but was less by 50 due to some skills
AFP camp to Capas main – 25/pax jeepney
Capas to Isdaan – 40/pax non-ac bus via Five Star
Isdaan to Mabalacat terminal – 85/pax ac bus via North Solid lines
Mabalacat to Robinsons San Fernando – 30/pax non-ac provincial bus
Tryke to crossing (Victory Liner terminal from Robinsons) – 60/tryke
San Fernando to Ayala, Makati – 112/pax ac bus via Saulog Transit
Isdaan Resto – 500/head w/ tip
– Maanghang bakang pancit
– Tinupig na manok
CR – 10/pax
Giant Lantern Fest t-shirt – 250 w/ yellow pass for the event and a guaranteed seat
Charging station Ministop – 20 for 40 minutes
TOTAL EXPENSES – P1,402.00
1. Follow your instinct although it’s not bad to take a risk
2.Always check the weather of the place before going as it is different in other places, if you know someone from the place ask him/her
3. Be familiar of the place if not mobile data is useful during this kind of situation to give you ideas and suggesions to where to.
4. Going to Pinatubo is a bit pricey if you’re going alone so tag some friends or join some groups to lessen the expenses
5. There are so many things Tarlac can offer you not only Mt. Pinatubo
6. Going to Isdaan from Capas main, ride any bus having a Dagupan sign or ask if it’ll pass through Gerona as Isdaan itself isn’t well-known. They might take you to a fishing pond or a fish port. Hihi
7. Isdaan is a very big place, good for gatherings, for sure kids will enjoy the theme park view of the place. It has branches in Laguna and Talavera as well.
Happy safe travels everyone, hopefully I was able to help you.