We decided to leave Baguio for Manila at noon on Sunday to beat the crowd. We were going to have lunch as soon as we got to La Union. Since we were driving down via Kennon Road, it would only take us about 45 minutes and we figured we could wait. Unfortunately, even before we entered Kennon Road, we encountered a huge traffic jam. A bus lying on its side was blocking more than half of the road.
In short, by the time we reached La Union, I was dizzy from hunger. The kids were silent in the backseat and they’re never silent unless they are fast asleep or very, very hungry. We were so hungry that we were willing to stop and eat at the first available place — any place so long as we could get a table.
So, we stopped at this place called Jack’s Cafe and we ate what we felt was just “laman ng tiyan” (just to fill the tummy). The food was terrible, the place was not too clean and… well, we said we’d stop at Isdaan in Gerona, Tarlac, have dessert and coffee and just make up for the lousy lunch.
Unfortunately, long before we reached Gerona, we got caught in another — and worse — traffic jam in San Manuel, Tarlac which was celebrating its town fiesta.
It didn’t help that many Filipinos think that traffic laws are made to be broken. The vehicle in the photo above, along with many other violators, went on counterflow and blocked the oncoming traffic which just made matters worse. The cops were more concerned over the parade than the traffic, so… Good thing that, by that time, we had a huge bag of tupig that we bought along the road in Pangasinan.