Zoom and back

f22_cockpit It has been a while since my last post here.

Much has changed. Now I wonder which was my last post. I think that was the lechon. And Lechon Festival in Balayan is finished already as with San Juan’s Basaan festivities.

Cory Aquino now out of harm’s way. Gasoline pump prices gone up to 40 and back to 30php++ levels. Harina tumaas na naman daw. My suspension at work for being late three times (walang consideration yan). My girlfriend and I now acknowledged, finally. Ahmm, ano pa nga ba?

My main concern here is my driving experience. Yup but not on a plane. How I wish.

My driving experience has taken me to different places together with different people and different cars passing-by.

I drove to Alabang with flu (di pa uso A-H1N1) just to have coffee with my cousin and his girlfriend, my girl as well. Amf aga pala nilang magsara sa SLEX gas stations noh?

Then there was this time that we fetched tito at NAIA from Oman. Tita insisted that she drive to the airport. I was really a bit hesitant with the idea of driving home kasi nangangalit na ang ulap. You knew someone when he/she is mad right? Ganun yung ulap, very dark and really full of volume. Samahan mo pa ng kulog at kidlat, then you’re in for something horrifying.

After arriving at the airport, ayun zoom kaagad ako pauwi. It’s not that I hate to get the vehicle damp but the windshield is not up to par with my vision kapag nabasa.

And as I hit the asphalt sa Sucat Interchange (one bright flash) then big drops trickled on the roof. Delubyo!

Soon, zero visibility set in. I wish this was an aircraft with sophisticated instruments, para naman instrument navigation na lang ako with autopilot.

Pagbaba ko ng Alabang viaduct, para kaming nagpa-carwash. One big splash bathed our beloved Tamaraw. Wala akong nakita lalo. At parang nataranta ako. Buti Tito was there to guide me, sabi eh bagalan ko daw if I need to and stay steady sa steering wheel. Next thing I knew, wala ng ulan at sumilip na ang sunset. Ambon na lang.

***

Fast forward, it was Monday evening. Mom was contemplating if she’ll join us home or not. It was almost ten.

At dahil may pasok ako kinabukasan, at medyo inaantok na ako eh I advised her to just stay put sa Laguna.

SLEX is almost done naman pero wala pa ring ilaw. We braved the long trek home. Dark and so many trucks racing to deliver their goods in major palengke’s like Pasig, Balintawak and Divisoria.

I stepped on the accelerator. No one’s on the way. My speedometer clocking 100/kph. Sana mayroong sixth gear ang Tamaraw.

By 10:30pm naka-garahe na ako sa bahay sa Pasig. Now I can challenge my Tita to a race. Ahaha!

***

Next stop was Sunday drive.

With nothing in mind, they suggested we go up Tagaytay and hear mass at Pink Sisters. Pink Sisters convent is just by Aguinaldo Hi-way near Tagaytay Rotonda.

I obliged and soon we’re in Sta.Rosa approaching Silang Cavite.

Curved roads, cool winds brushing on your cheeks and… Wait! Am I seeing this for real or am I dead already driving in heaven.

No!

Five Porsche Boxster.

Three Audi TTS Coupe.

An SL-600 Mercedes Benz.

A Ferrari F430 Spider.

Buti na lang at di ako nakasagasa o nakabangga kasi matagal ko silang tinignan sa rearview mirror.

***

Birthday ni tito Danny. Kapatid ni Daddy at taga-Malabon City.

Yes I was grinning ear to ear. EDSA is the place to be. Buses, trucks and other private vehicles as well.

After kong umikot sa Corinthian via Ortigas eh I reached the part wherein I need to decide whether to drive or hand the wheel to dad.

As if my dad sensed what Im goin through, he told me “ideretso mo na,”.

And I avoided my first ticket by staying away from the yellow lane and simply staying at the second lane. I fret at staying near buses. They might cut me and I would slam easily at their butts. Marami pa akong pangarap!

In no time I learned how to handle going up in flyovers and how to avoid getting my engine stucked. In short eh yung mabitin ka sa akyatan dahil masyado kang nakabuntot sa sinusundan mong sasakyan. Stay at segunda!

Pagsapit ko ng Bagong Barrio, muntik pa akong masabitan ng isang brand new Mazda. Ginitgit ito ng isang pulang ordinary bus at napilitang sakupin ang linya ko.

“Prumeno ka,” hiyaw ng nanay ko.

“Nagpepreno ako kaya nga bumagal ako diba? Menor na nga eh, anlayo ng Mazda sa akin. Laki pa nga ng puwang oh,”

All’s well that ends well. Inunahan ko na ang Mazda after nyang makapag-settle sa lane nya.

***

Wala ng kasunod. Baka mamaya pag-uwi ko ng Laguna, fourth month bukas!

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