If there’s one think I dislike in life, it’s driving a car. Actually, I dislike traveling in general, but it’s something I have to do in order to get things done. Some of the people I correspond with, on almost a daily basis, have this impression that I sit at the computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s just not so, of course, and I’m going to become even less available as time progresses.
Sight-Seeing and Photo-Taking
As part of my endeavor to make the Philippine Island Sights a website worth visiting if only to look at the pictures, I have to get out and be around and about. I’ve already been doing that, to a small degree, but I’m going to be picking up the pace.
In my neck of the woods, Olongapo City, the real sights to see are at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ). It’s amazing what the Philippines government and the Subic Bay Management Authority have been able to accomplish since the US Navy base closed in 1992. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ll be spending most of my time taking pictures there for the foreseeable future.
I’ve been living here for over six years and I haven’t even begun to explore the sights at SBFZ. It’s mostly because I don’t like driving around, preferring to virtually visit most places I find interesting.
When my driver isn’t driving a taxi at SBFZ, he’s available to drive me anywhere I need to go and at any time of day. He’s a bilas (a sister-in-law’s husband) of mine, but I pay him for being available 24/7. Fair is fair and if need be, he’ll drive me to where I need to go instead of driving his taxi. His name is Alex.
My driver’s license expired on my last birthday and I don’t plan to renew it. I used to drive myself to various places, like my bank and shopping locations, but I always had someone with me anyway as another set of eyes. People drive crazy here and there’s no way I can see everything I need to watch out for by myself.
On the other hand, I might renew it after I return from my trip to the US just for the sake of another government ID card for use in the Philippines. Right now, I only have one and it’s my visa card (which will have to be renewed in four years).
Traveling in the Philippines is a Pain
But it’s not as much of a pain as it used to be. I’ve made countless trips into the city and countless trips to Manila, using the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and the Northern Luzon Expressway as long as they’ve been available. They’re toll roads, but I can make a round-trip for less than $20 USD, so it isn’t too bad. Local trips don’t cost much, except when parking in Olongapo City because somebody is going to get paid even if it’s only 10 pesos (around 25 cents in US dollars) to get out of parking spot without getting hit by oncoming traffic.
Regardless of how much I dislike traveling, it’s something I need to do in order to help Alex build and promote the website I designed for him. If nothing else, he may end up someday earning more than I pay him to drive for me.