My wife and I booked a 1-way flight to Ilocos Norte because we intended to take the bus back to Manila with the hope of dropping by Vigan should time warrants. It was already 7:30pm on a Sunday when we got to laoag from Pagudpud.After withrawing money from the bank, we decided to roam around for a few minutes to snap some night shots. We finally got to the Fariñas station at around 9pm where we boarded the bus bound Cubao. It was then that I made the last-minute decision to stop in Vigan for an hour or so before taking the bus again to Manila.
pusangkalye in Calle Crisologo
On the way to Calle Crisologo, I saw some old churches and well maintained plazas, less the beggars prevalent in the parks in Manila. I imagined walking around and enjoying the view. But we went straight to our destination since we didn't intend to stay long.
At around 11pm, we suddenly felt hungry. I remember that we didn't have dinner yet as we were in a hurry to board the bus back in Laoag. We roamed around Calle Crisologo to look for a place to eat. The only one open was Max Restaurant, there were still customers eating but they were already closed for new orders. All the other stores were also already closed. We then decided to ask the guard if there is any food station we can go to. He said it's difficult during this time of the day. Not even a convenience store? I was starting to feel uncomfortable.
We ordered our food and ate it as if its the most delicious food ever. No other choice.
We then proceed to the bus station and find out if we can get back to Manila in time for my afternoon work. The bus station was filled with locals and a few foreign tourists eager to get to their destination. I noticed that they dont issue tickets but numbers instead written in cut cigarette package. Our number says 97. I asked the guard about the time of the next trip. he said we just have to wait coz the last trip from Vigan to manila was at 8:30 pm, all other trips after that are the ones from Laoag. In other words , we will be chance passengers if there are available seats.A few buses already arrived in the station but all of them were full. It seems that there is a slim chance of boarding one soon. I asked people around since there's no clear queue for the passengers issued with numbers, one told me that person #10 is still in the station. ouch. I started to get irritated.
When we got there, there were around 20 or so people waiting for the buses to stop. Buses came but they all passed us because they are full. Yeah, what do I expect, it's Sunday night and vacationers are expected to go back to Manila ayt? It took us almost an hour standing along the highway. To no avail.My patience was already running out....
And why in the world that a travel blogger named pusangkalye failed to remember this? I thought it's gonna be easy.Shame on me. I was too excited to see Vigan and I didn't reasearch on this. The only assurance that I had was a photo of the bus schedules from Fariñas Laoag station. I opened my dslr from time to time to see when the next bus will be leaving Laoag.
PS: this is not to say that I hate Vigan in totality. Staying there for a few hours is definitely not enough to appreciate everything that it has to offer. I hate it only for this particular experience which is also mainly because of the poor judgement (s) I made during our trip. Take this as a satire then. If asked, would I want to go back to Vigan? Of coarse yes!!! Next time, I would be wiser to do more research and not to try to go back to Manila on a Sunday night.