It was a lovely, sunny day to travel. The skies were glorious-blue.
We took the SCTEx (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway), dubbed as the longest expressway in the country. The SCTEx did not fail to impress hub and me. The ride was so smooth and scenic, it was like taking a road trip in another country. It’s awesome – how this world-class highway was carved in the middle of nowhere, at certain points cutting through small hills.
We paid Php112 for using the SCTEx, on top of the NLEX toll fee of Php174 from Balintawak to Sta. Ines. The expresways’ values are priceless, compared to enduring traffic, bumpy roads and reckless drivers at Dinalupihan. Agree?
The ride was so smooth, we forgot about the speed limits – a sleepy rate of 60-100 kph only. At one point, hub reached 160 kph. We were surprised when the highway police flagged us down at the toll gate (Subic Exit).
HP: Ser, pakitabi lang po.
Hub (to me): Naku, nag speeding tayo. Umabot ako ng 160 kanina eh.
Me (glaring at hub): huh??
HP: Ser, nag over-speeding po kayo. May speed limit po tayo na 60-100 dito. Umabot kayo ng 127.
Hub: Naku, pasensiya na ho. Hindi ko namalayan, ang ganda ho kasi ng daan eh.
HP: Patingin na lang muna ng lisensiya niyo.
Hub (*kamot-ulo*, *kalkal-wallet*, *bigay-license*): Eh, pasensiya na talaga ho. Pano ho ba tutubusin ang license?
HP: Dito po sa Region 3 office ng LTO. After 3 working days.
Hub (*pinipilit na manatiling kalmado*): Eh kasi ho, magbabaksyon lang sana kami ng weekend. Taga-Manila ho kami. Eh ang laking abala kung after three days ko pa balikan. Okay lang naman sa akin ma-ticketan. Pero yung pagtubos ang problema ko. Mahal na yung gas at toll, may trabaho pa ako. Kung pwede ho, sana huwag nyo nalang kami ticketan.
HP: Sige, warning na lang muna ang ibibigay ko sa inyo. Sa susunod, ingat na lang ho, at i-observe niyo ang speed limits.
Hub (nakangiti na): Salamat ha! Sobrang ganda ho talaga kasi ng daan eh, napabilis kami.
HP: Sige, ser. Ingat!
Whew! All the while I was holding my breath and keeping myself from butting in. This precious lesson – shutting up and letting hub do the talking – I learned last year, around the same time, and the same place: Subic!
You know how traffic rules are observed to the dot in Subic?
Well, last year, we came for our first Subic weekend getaway. While hub and I were arguing over where to have lunch, we failed to come to a full stop at a “STOP” sign. Almost immediately, a fat-bellied crocodile-lookalike police (with Salonga for a last name, I still remember him… I took his photo pa nga eh, while extorting Php500 from hub) approaches us. To cut the story short, I butted in and did my yadayadayada.
Though Salonga did not give us a ticket, he drove away with Php500 lunch money. I know, it’s bad to give in. But for hub, it was either pay the ‘tong or come back after 3 days to pay the fine. Ugh. That Salonga sucks big time, eh? He almost ruined our vacation…
Anyway, I’ve got to go and get ready to pick up the kids from school. More Subic stories and photos later!
Ooops, what’s the lesson learned here?
That/Those speed radar/s (wherever it/they is/are) really do/es work.
On the way back home, hub drove so sleepily-slowly within the speed limits. All other cars were speeding past us, probably thinking : “Hoy, lolo! Gising!”
To forget how slow we were, we occupied ourselves with spotting the radar’s location. Unfortunately, we did not find it. It is my suspicion that the radar is inside one of those highway patrol trucks parked somewhere along the road.