Friday, June 01, 2012

General Santos City : Armrest



Rural Tours Bus (RTMI)

What would we expect if we travel from Cagayan de Oro City to Davao right now?  Obviously, the travel time from Cagayan de Oro City to Davao right now would take 10 hours or more. But this is just temporary in nature. It is because  roads are still under construction to this route, via BUDA.

In the late afternoon of April 20, this year, I waited in the terminal for almost an hour for the bus to arrive en route to Davao City, to attend  the Google Map Maker Mindanao Summit in General Santos City, which was hosted by Sir Avel Manansala of Gensan News Online Mag.

I opted to take the route via Davao  in going to General Santos, as precautionary measure, because of the recent news about bombing. This is also I guess, the safest route, via Davao City.
Fully Loaded Bus

I actually rode an aircon bus with signboard en route to Tacurong City, from my point of origin. Tacurong City is the shorter distance, than via Davao  route in going to General Santos City. I got off in Maramag Bus Terminal and again, I waited for another 1 hour for aircon bus to Davao. When the bus has arrived, it was fully loaded. 

Some of the passengers were standing on the center aisle and the conductor had announced that the bus was already full. He even warned us, entering passengers, not to get inside anymore because of over capacity. With my heavy backpack, I still insisted and got inside the bus despite of the warning. The result? I have to take the consequence of being insistent. SP, not the usual student privilege, but Standing Passenger (lol).
Eatery by the Road
(Bades Eatery)

A stubborn guy? Nope! I just took the chances and would probably be behind of schedule if I didn't took that ride. I just did on what is necessary at that decisive moment. I don't want to be late of my schedule. The bus wheels spun for 2-1/2 hours until finally we stopped by a roadside eatery
Endurance

I felt so tired for that 2-1/2 hours with that standing position and already starving. I got off and joined the other passengers to fill my growling stomach. Good thing that my wife  reminded me to buy 2 burger yums from food chain restaurant in Malaybalay City.
The Power of Two Eggs

I also bought 2 boiled eggs to supplement my 2 burger yums. The power of that 2 boiled eggs increased my endurance, and served also as my stomach filler. When I was about to get back inside the bus, I asked the conductor on how much time do we have to Davao City. He replied, that we will be in Davao for another 2-1/2 hours from that road side eatery. 

I have no choice but to accept the fact that I have to endure another 2-1/2 hours to Davao. My knee and back was aching right at that moment. Sometimes I have to lean on the side of the chair of the passenger sitting beside me. My toes were also aching that time. I have to balance my posture and composure while standing but still I felt so tired already. So very tired. Because that day, I still have fieldwork to finish. Maybe nearing to fatigue or stress, would be the appropriate description of my tiredness.

In the middle of a dark highway,  I started to feel anxious and fretful, but didn't slipped away from  focus. When the old lady sat beside me sensed my tiredness, she offered me her armrest, for me to have a temporary relief of my aching knee, toe and back. She is in her early 60s, I guess. She is like a mother to me, consoling her child from a tiring standing position.
Focus

Can you see the bag, besides my black backpack on the above photo? The lady beside that bag offered me her kindness to sit on that armrest. A kindness that very much appreciated. A kindness that worth to be paid it forward. When she told me that the 8 of them will alight at the Mintal in Davao, I regained my energy when I heard that. 

I sat down with that armrest for almost 1-1/2 hours, intermittently, I stood up. It temporarily saved my aching toe, knee and back. And when we finally reached Mintal, I sincerely thanked that old lady for offering me the armrest. Mintal is still about 30 minutes from the Ecoland Terminal.That 30 minutes meant heaven to me.

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A man, on his early 60s, said that he was on that road for almost 14 hours. 

Hearing that word from him, I then whispered, that I am better off than him, since I only endured standing on that bus ride for just 3 hours and sat down only for 30 minutes. That armrest and 30 minutes of sitting down up to the eco-land terminal, was really of a great sigh, comfort and haven on my part. It also saved my day of total discomfort and agitation.

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Another great part and good thing happened on that travel was when my classmate, Engr. Edgar dela Fuente, offered me his guest room in Davao and even fetched me up at the eco-land terminal at around 12 midnight. He even woke up at 4 am of April 21, and drove me to the eco-land terminal. With this, I sincerely thank him of  his unparalleled kindness and also his wife. 

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Oftentimes, we need to endure and experience difficulties in travel, because we know that before the end of the road, something good will happen, and that's part of the journey in between the origin and the destination.

Especially when you have schedule to catch up and you do not want to be late. A big thanks and much appreciation to that old lady and the armrest. I salute her motherly act.  


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40 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. Oh,it's very tiresome to travel by land via Bukidnon this long... Thanks for this post. It convinced me to travel by air, just booked my air ticket today for my scheduled appointment in Ozamis City next week via CDO.

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  2. I missed the google map event. :) BUT miss GENSAN. :) Sobrang saya ko pag nasa gensan ako. :)

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  3. @Anonymous

    Tiresome is really the word to describe the travel from Davao to Cagayan de Oro City.

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  4. @Olan

    Patsada jud sad ang Gensan. Mao nang wow Gensan jud bai.:-).

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  5. Bonz, here's tacurong to cdo via carmen and bukidnon...from tacurong to your place, malapit lang cguro http://www.hikersitch.com/tips/tacurong-to-cdo-balingoan.html

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  6. Thanks doc. already visited the link. :-).

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  7. That was a long travel indeed. I tried travelling that far and that same place back in my college days. It was just as tiring as what you've mentioned here but the good thing was, I traveled with a group full with fun and laughter along the road.

    Great post! Would love to do long travel again. :)

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  8. @Filman Santiago.

    To travel with the group is really fun. Thank you for visiting me here. Keep visiting my site and lets exchange comments.:-).

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  9. every trip seems long especially if you're not comfortably sitting on the bus chair.
    it was really kind for the old lady to give you her armrest. :)

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  10. Kahago ana oi. Kapoy man gani maglinkgod ra how much more magtindog for several hours. Good thing that the`re are still people like the old lady.

    BUt I agree with you that sometimes we need to experience difficulties.

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  11. Wow. That was quite an experience. I don't think I'd survive that kind of trip.

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  12. Travelling for more than 10 hours is already tiring what more if you are standing for the whole travel.

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  13. Long travels I suppose, should be ok as long as you're having fun. In your case though I thought that was agonizing. You have to be thankful for that Samaritan woman though (I think you already did..hehe). But it was one experience so cherish it. :-)

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  14. Reminds me of Hubby's travel tales from Baguio to Ifugao during his university days. He says there are live chickens as well =)

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  15. We used to travel 4-5 hours when we are going home and I hate and love it at the same time, haha. I hate because the bus is crowded and it keeps on stopping anywhere but I love it because of the vendors that come inside selling different food slike penoy and balot. hehe.

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  16. hahha.. that's typical pinoy bus travel... or you haven't blogged it either... it's also an added experience :) I believe in the power of two eggs..

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  17. wow. buti na lang you met good people along the way :)

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  18. long hrs travel that's very tiring! but sure it'll be worth the fun :)

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  19. What a journey! However, I wish I have the same strength and patience to travel and stand that long.

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  20. @Bonz : Buti na lang nga nandun yong old lady. Nong oras nayon, gusto ko na talagang umupo. Kung walang armrest, naku mas lalong masakit ang aking paa. :-).

    @Yannie : Our travels to places, can also be compared to life's uncertainties and difficulties, after that we had been through with the difficulties, there are always good to happen at the end of the road.:-).

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  21. Wow, that's a long travel and definitely tiring. Thankfully for the old lady (good samaritan).

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  22. That was a really tiring travel,but at least an old friend of yours helped later.
    Thanks for sharing your experience :)

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  23. hahahaha that's a LONG trip! But like they say, it's the journey that's makes getting to the destination all worth it.

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  24. Endure and experience the travel because at the end of the road something good awaits--this is so true. I believe in this, too, and it's what gets me going through the tough times.

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  25. Boiled eggs are good to have when traveling. Instant food. Happy tour!

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  26. I love your storytelling style. I can imagine vividly that long but worthwhile trip.

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  27. The only travel I had that long was from the Middle East to the Philippines... thank God, my family members were not standing. It was tiring nonetheless.

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  28. Wow! That's a long trip, good thing you met a nice woman.

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  29. this is very informative thank you for sharing

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  30. In this kind of scenario, it's a good feeling that there were still few good people around and you are one lucky guy who was chosen to be given off by their kindness :)

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  32. So much for endurance ! Though it was obvious that the trip was indeed tiring, you were able to meet people who have touched your hearts and in the end was able to write a post and share about it your experience.

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  33. the lady was very kind and despite everything that you went through you have been blessed.
    :)

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  34. 10 hours? That's more that what I have traveled so far. The best talaga to bring your own water and food sa biyahe. The only problem with long hours like that, especially kapag mabako ay restroom breaks. :D

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  35. So much for endurance ! Even though trips like these are very tiring they are worth it. The lady is very kind.


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  36. I've never been there, hopefully i can travel there and enjoy the view.. :)

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  37. Wheew.. it was a long travel nga.. i've experienced long travels too but with a different place.. ngbabaon din ako ng boiled eggs :) and the best part of it are my companions that made me almost forget about the super long travel :)

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  38. Sounds like a fun journey!

    Dubai City Tour is also one of the best trips, with full of excitement and fun. There are variety of sightseeing and fun activities to do in Dubai

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  39. SP for a long period of time? omg! that was something. i can do it for at least an hour but more than that, i salute you. hehe i love eating boiled eggs too, i am craving for one now! :))

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