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I never thought I’d move here. Subic, maybe, but Angeles City, never. But a combination of circumstances in my wife’s family, the return of the baby we were caring for to her teenage parents and my wife’s loneliness in Cebu City made it happen. Most of her family are now in Angeles City, having escaped from rural Samar. Angeles City is the only place they can find work. No one finished school. No one has a high school diploma except my wife, but in Angeles, men can work at construction sites mixing cement and carrying things; some of the women have found work outside of the bars, but some work there too. Many don’t work at all; they just are.
My wife followed me to Japan when I taught there, and then Vienna, Austria, so now we are here. It’s been two days and so far all is well. We rented a house in an upscale security neighborhood far from Field’s Avenue and the bars, and it just seems like another, although smaller than Cebu, Philippines City.
We went shopping at a place called the Pure Gold Market and people kept saying hello to Rachel in Waray. “That’s my cousin,” she’d say or “He’s from Sua.” It’s like a homecoming.
We found the easiest way to move was to fly from Cebu to Clark and pay for 40 kg of baggage for each of us. 1100 Php for the ticket and 1250 for 40 kg baggage on Air Asia. That’s pretty cheap. We packed a couple of Balikbayan boxes and landed at Clark 1 hour and 10 minutes later. Yesterday I flew back to Cebu, got another 40 kg and flew back. Luckily we still have our condo in Cebu City so that makes the back and forth petty easy.
Now, of course, there’s the car, my motorbike, and the cats.
Here’s the plan, and here’s where I can use some advice from you erudite readers.
In early December I will be bringing my 2016 Kia Rio, packed with household stuff, from Cebu to Manila on the 2Go Roro. I will be traveling by car and my two cats (yes we’re taking care of all the necessary BAI travel docs for the cats.) The ship lands at Pier 4 in Tondo.
I am looking for a driver to meet me at Pier 4 and to drive me and my car to Angeles or even to the entrance of the Toll Road Highway to Angeles City. Once I am on the highway and out of city traffic, I think I can drive the rest of the way to Angeles.
Anybody up for this job? Does anybody have a reliable brother/friend/driver who can help me out? I don’t know the exact date but it looks like December 7 or 8, and of course, I will pay them.
A few weeks later I will be making the same trip with my 150cc Honda Click. I can do the driving there but, I need a route, the back way from Pier 4 Tondo to Angeles City. Because it’s not a 400cc bike, I can’t drive on the toll roads and highway, so it has to be a different route.
Does anybody have a map with written directions on how to make this trip North from Manila, Pier 4 on a 150cc motorbike? I’d appreciate the help?
So that’s about the status of our adventure now. We’ve found a couple of good restaurants here. We have the internet connected and so far I’ve avoided Fields Avenue.
I rented a 125cc Suzuki and I did drive past a sign that said,
“Need a Hickey? Ask for Mrs. Hickey?”
I’m not sure what service she offers, but I’m covering my neck.