finding our way home

anyone who’s ever had to move to a new place knows about the hassle that goes with it every step of the way.

from finding a new place to move to, to packing up your stuff and realizing you’ve inadvertently amassed two-roomfuls of useless things, to the logistics of actually getting those useless things (plus the actual useful ones you own, like clothes) to the new place, and finally to making a set of walls and empty space feel like home.

the most basic hassle though, is learning how to get to and from your new address. horrible as your old place was (because why would you ever leave if it wasn’t? oh yea, you got married.), chances are you actually knew more than one route and which bus or jeep to take to get there.

ever since alvin, i usually just sit and say ‘place-i-don’t-know-how-to-get-to’ and he’d either give me step by step directions to get there, or literally bring me to where it was.  this set-up has been working very well for the past four years. until now.

every wednesday, when the car had to stay off the streets, alvin and i used to take the makati loop jeep home to constancia. this jeep is easy to find; walk over to park square, climb up the winding concrete floor leading to the jeep terminals, get on the jeep and let it drop you off at the corner of constancia and jp rizal.

our new address isn’t as convenient to get to. the simplest (and frankly, the only one i know) way is to ride the train to magallanes station, get the mantrade-prc jeep and get off in front of shopwise supermarket. now if i were going home straight from work that would be fine since i would be on the train from ortigas anyway, but coming from the ayala mall cluster is a different matter altogether.

our first wednesday at makati terraces, we tried to go home from the glorietta mall. now, we *know* that there exists a jeepney line that plies the ayala-zapote route; we’ve seen it turn right along p. ocampo street a few hundred meters from shopwise which, though not ideal, was still a walkable distance to our building, but we had no idea where it originates or where the stops were.

we remembered seeing a couple of unofficial jeep terminals in front of landmark and so decided to check those out. when we got there, alvin asked one of the barkers which the line for the zapote jeep was, and we skipped off to where he waved us to.

when our jeep came, it had a ‘makati loop’ sign on its windshield, which i pointed out to alvin. he seemed unconcerned and so we got on. five minutes later, the jeep was driving through the exact route we used to take going home to constancia.

by then, it was too late to change jeeps and so we agreed to just stay on and see where it goes past where we usually got off. it drove past constancia, past zapote (yes, the same zapote we were aiming for but the other end of a fairly long street), past mcdonald’s prc, then it u-turned into pasong tamo and we began to feel hopeful; we were on pasong tamo already, after all!

then it suddenly turned right going to sta. ana and hopeful started turning to dismay.

but even then alvin wouldn’t get off, it might just be detouring and circle out to pasong tamo again, he reasoned. after a couple of minutes and with the driver showing no sign of doubling back down some parallel street, we finally shouted ‘para!’, scrambled off the jeep and ended up spending a good fifteen minutes walking the rest of the way home.

it’s wednesday again and we still have no idea where to get the elusive jeep, plus i have a morning meeting along makati avenue tomorrow which i plan to go straight to from home. i’m thinking maybe i should leave the house a couple of hours in advance in case i needed to walk all the way there.


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