It’s has been raining sporadically for quite some time now. July can be such a dreary period indeed. Two weekends ago it didn’t rain! Alas, a good reason for an unplanned travelling up north of Manila with the family!
The quick agenda;
A trip meant to fill some food for the mind, body and spirit! At least that was the plan! But then again, there was not a plan at all!
The loose itinerary:
a) Drive up the expressway for a much needed de-carbonization of my old-school VW. Although ‘Bulak’ (cotton), the white Jetta GLI is well maintained and is a daily driver (6days a week for an old-school car is not bad!), it needs to stretch some mechanical tendons as it is mainly a city slicker. There is nothing better than a blast of 160kph to remove carbon deposits in the engine combustion chambers!
b) Take a hearty brunch meal (I did say “food for the body”) in the sprawling food mall pretending to be gasoline station inside the expressway. A tall frost coffee to liven the senses (need to drive alertly) to top it off!
c) Drive-off 60 plus kilometers away from home and visit some places for uplifting ones spirit and mind.
d) The rest is ...well…anything goes!
I did 'accidentally' met a guy with a VW Beetle and his family’s collection of cameras. Dozens upon dozens of old Japanese and German cameras in those assortments. You got to love this kind of stuff, unpredictably fun!
I parked in a street, a few walks from his place and thought that the street graffiti is a weird contrast to the original Alpine white paint of the Jetta. Or is it just me?
After that, we made a quick visit to a very near Marquee mall for the ladies' favorite activity: shopping... and again food galore!
Of course it’s de rigueur to check out diecast cars, and I was not disappointed. I set loose one diecast during another food mall-gasoline station stopover for dinner heading back home. Darn, another nice coffee and Subway footlong sandwich was irresistible to cap the night gorge!
The best catch of the day was totally unexpected, making for one happy impromptu trip!