In the span of three hours we (my friends and I) debated if we’re going to go out and have some fun, only to relieve some stress out of our minds and body due to work loads and most importantly to get out of our apartment (our apartment is too hot to stay even if we do have an aircon). And luckily, we reached a decision we were going out – destination – the Venice Mall, which house the famous Venice Grand Canal.
We started prepping ourselves at 2:30 pm and done by 4:00 pm I think, and as we headed out the skies seems to darken a bit signalling that a rain will be expected. But it will not stop us from our plans.
We boarded a train bound to Ayala Station, next is the BGC bus but since it’s our first time, we ask the direction to our destination, one of the bus station’s security guard entertains us, “5th Street West Route Mckinley Hill” he happily replied.
So, Venice Mall here we come!!!! 🙂
Okey, we’re already inside the bus that have placard indacating West Route, the only problem is we don’t know where is 5th Street. As the bus runs, we scanned every road signs that may be of help to us and yet no luck.
One of my friends (Ate Marlene) reads aloud one of the signs we passed by, “5th Avenue”, I heard her and read also the sign, yeah, it’s says 5th Avenue and one of the bus stop but since we’re up to a really really really good luck that time (if only you knew) 😇, we didn’t get off the bus. One of the miscalculated decision on our part. Also, where everything seems to be the start of an adventure.
We get lost!!! How lucky can we get??!! 😕
We get off to the road that states 7th Avenue, way too long if we’re going to walk back to the 5th Avenue we saw. And since we’re lost in a big City with no one knows us and with no data connection to Google Map, we try the usual and most effective way, we ask. 😉
Some guy points that we should go in that building then on the left a jeepney will going to pass by that will take us to our destination. And so we did. We’re now waiting for the jeep that states, Gate 3, and we proved that we’re really lucky because every jeep that will pass that road were already full. We opt for taxi and still no luck. Then, we waited and waited and waited and waited until it’s already 5:30 pm.
Gosh!! We waited for good 30 minutes!! (Panicmode alert 😨) We really doomed!!
Then when we are all panicking on what to do an accident happen at the nearby crossing, a motorcycle vehicle screach throwing it’s driver. An emergency ambulance arrived and meddlesome individuals helped or gossips? Which of it?? I don’t know. One thing is for sure the three of us is included in the ‘usisera’,. Hahaha
We ‘usi’ the scenes and reason for the accident, then we forgot that we’re waiting for a jeep. Jaja spotted a jeep that is not full but it’s to far from us though it is in full stop because of the traffic light, but we did not take another chance, we run for our dear life just to make it in time for the jeep. And that’s the first time I run for jeep alone. 😱 So embarassing!!!!
We manage to arrive in Mckinley Hill in one good shape. Thanks God!! Then we walk a good 50 meters?? to arrive in Venice Mall. The Mall is still under construction and some shops was still not open but it’s open to take a tour, to picture or eat to some open restaurant.
Inside the Mall, you really do feel that you’re in Venice, Italy (but I think the REAL Venice is more than these). There is the famous gondola along with singer to serenade the passengers, the heart lock which is widely known for lovers, a tenor musician that entertains the passerby and a whole lot scenery to take picture of.
We took lots and lots of pictures inside the mall until past 6:00 pm. Everyone can go around the Grand Canal in only a matter of 15 minutes (cause the lenght of it is not that long), but if your’e a fun of taking time to LOOK at the scenery – really LOOK at it – well, it took more time than the usual. You can see different places to view the Canal depend in everyones’ perspective. And it’s up to you to enjoy it or not.
After enjoying the view (and walking around and above the Grand Canal), it’s time to taste the food. There are different restaus and fast foods to choose – from asian cuisine, to italian, to filipino, to light eaters, coffee lovers, steaks and meats lover, up to foods in the convenience store – any thing. But the three of us decided to taste asian cuisine – more especifically Japanese food (for where I am fond of).
At first we thought that the serving is only little, that we’re not going to be full but it’s only in the presentation cause the cuts and the different side dishes and desserts can make you hate to eat anymore for the next couple of days. Funny to think that WE’RE going to hate to eat. Hahaha.
It’s already more or less 8:00 pm when we decided to go home, and the facade of the Venice Mall is beautiful at night because of the lightnings that illuminates it’s structure. And of course we took pictures of it.
After everything (mind you, the walk back to the jeep station is not an easy task, with path that slopes down and up, an aching legs and stomachs full, it takes a willpower to go 😦😦😧😧), we manage to catch our ride back by jeep bound to MarketMarket or SM Aura and another one to Ayala or Edsa and from then train to Taft Station then a good walk for mere 15-20 minutes.
Apartment bound at last!! 🏢🏢🏢😁😁😁😁😁🙌🙌🙌
At the end of the day, after a hot-half-day at the apartment, the exodo in the train station, lost moment when riding a jeep, an accident (though we’re not involved just a mere ‘usisera’ :):)), the Mall (everyting we do inside of it) and the ride back, it still worth all the trouble. Especially when you have someone (friends, family or lover) whom you can share the adventures, the moments and a mountain of laughter and smiles, it’s all that’s matter.
Looking back, we’re not really going out for thousands of reason – weather is not good, tired at work, no lunch and breakfast yet, lazy prepping ourselves and many more, even when at the middle we want to back out and just go home – but we choose to go and continue for only one reason – to enjoy. And that’s what we do and we get. We gain memories, bonds, lessons?? (Yeah, definitely!!!), and tons of pictures to look back for and reminisce the story not for the heck of it but for smiles IN IT. 😌☺☺☺☺