Christmas Parties + My New Commuting Lifesaver (aka P2P Bus)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Counting the days till Christmas day! Along with the holiday rush comes parties with family and friends, and of course, the unavoidable heavy traffic! Few weeks ago, I had to walk from Magallanes flyover to the MRT just to reach my event in Megamall before the show ends! Buti nalang may Beep Card nako. 😅

Anyway, the things we do for the things (and people!) that we love!

Commuting to Makati via P2P! No traffic, huhu what a relief! More about this experience later.

Barx Christmas!

Annual Christmas party with my friends since high school! We had the usual potluck, chikahan session, and White Elephant at the new condo unit of our kabarkada. I love that when I am with them, it feels like I am young and 13 again, hehe! At the same time, I feel old, accomplished and proud learning where my friends are now in their lives! Nakakatuwa!

But of course, kagulo padin when it comes to makeup! Hehehe!

Japan In Manila Christmas!

One of the things that I am blessed with this year is having a Japan In Manila family. We usually meet once a week to create art journal pages together or discover a restaurant, shop, or cafe that is very Japanese! For our first party as a group, we went to Little Tokyo to take photos and eat legit Japanese desserts and ramen. Ended the day watching the anime Kimi No Nawa in Glorietta, and then dinner in Thousand Cranes.

For those two days, I tried to avoid the Magallanes incident by discovering new routes. I usually just ride the EDSA buses in Starmall Muntinlupa (Php 36), but thanks to my sisters' reco, I tried the P2P bus in South Park, a new Ayala Mall in Muntinlupa (former Nestle). Sharing this here in case I have fellow commuter readers from the south (or going to the south)!

I had to risk a new route during the Barx Christmas party because I was running late, and Grab fares already increased to Php600+ wala pang toll fee. I experimented and took the South Park P2P (Php 50), which left on-the-dot on their printed schedule (7pm).

So yup, kahit mag-isa pa ako, umandar yung bus 7pm sharp. So what do I like about the experience?

 1) The bus is clean, malaki and maluwag ang seats, malamig ang aircon.

2) Bus has fast wi-fi and TV screens with quality shows (usually naaabutan ko mga makeup Youtube tutorials, hehe).

3) Route is not EDSA, so iwas traffic rin. Passed by Don Bosco, walang other stops so bawal pumara. Everyone goes down in Ayala Greenbelt 5, near Zara.

4) Drivers and conductors are very courteous and professional. On my second time riding the P2P, I was with mom and wala pa yung bus. They gave up their chairs for me and mom while we were at the waiting shed. They are also nice in explaining their payment schemes (cash or BEEP card - which I also use for my MRT rides).

5) Again, they have a schedule so expect that buses will leave on-the-dot! :)

6) With the service, fare price is cheap at Php 55.

More P2P photos, taken from Mulat Pilipinas on Facebook.

They also have P2P from Starmall na. Will check this one out next time, but it's already near South Park. Ate rides the one from Alabang Town Center.

Secretary Tugade checking out the P2P in Starmall:

Hoping to have more P2P routes around the Metro! They are lifesavers for commuters like me, especially during the holiday season!

To more lakwacha time with family and friends! Heading to one later, with blog friends naman!
May you have a Merry Christmas. :)

PS: For your reference, here's P2P South Park's sched.

I think RRCG and P2P Facebook pages update their schedules and routes regularly, so follow them for more info because I am not super familiar with all of them! I'm just doing this for public service! Haha!

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