O U T - O F - T O W N R E T R O S P E C T
Most of us have had at least one stopover between our place of departure to a desired destination. Such a thing is part of a traveler's experience. Without one, the journey seems disconnected from the destination.
One stopover that I can't forget was in Baguio City en route to Sagada, Mountain Province. I had to be at the Sagada-bound bus terminal in the city by 6:00am so I decided to leave the Victrory Liner Cubao-Quezon City bus terminal at midnight. Unfortunately, the trip was quicker than anticipated that's why I arrived in Baguio City four hours earlier.
A few of them were already up as early as 3:00am for a chore at the market. The people I saw at Session Road seemed to be at an extended gimik mode from the night before.
Lechon Mami Eatery Style
I found myself an hour later inside the 24/7 Sabat-An Restaurant ordering next to the Sagada-bound bus terminal. The unpretentious eatery looked like it was built to provide food to roving policemen and weary travelers. It beckoned. I came.
I enjoyed my lechon mami (noodle soup with suckling pig) because the serving of lechon was hefty. However, I was a bit nervous while seated next to the armed men because their weapons were just resting on top of our table next to their food. It's the type of scene you see in action movies of the late Fernando Poe, Jr. If an ambush occurred, I'd be next to them as targets. Fortunately, they had to scram for an emergency, so I was left there to finish my soup.
The stopover provided me insight as to how I can see a place at a different time and at a brief opportunity.
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