I left home last May 5, 2012 (Saturday) about 11AM to ride a bus to Batangas Port and ride a boat going to Romblon Island. The first day that I set foot on the province of Romblon is the day after but May 5 is what I consider the first day of our trip.
From the house I took a taxi going to Cubao and from there I rode a Jac Liner Bus (175 Pesos/person, 2 hours) which left around 12 noon going to Batangas Port. I needed to be in Batangas Port by 3PM as I was still meeting Dazl and her family along with Marky and Pam. Turns out I was way too early at Batangas Port (2PM) so I decided to buy a drinking water and some snacks. I saw a 711 convenience store in the vicinity but I decided to buy from a sari-sari store within the port because I like to support small businesses. When I asked for a 350mL of drinking water the lady at the sari-sari store said that it cost 30 Pesos a bottle! I was shocked but decided to buy the water since I thought that at the airport prices also goes that high. I was then craving for a hotdog sandwich that only 711 had, so I went there and decided to also check their 350mL drinking water and it was just 15 Pesos!
I like supporting small businesses but if their quality of service is crap and their prices are a total ripoff, I would happily go to big companies to get what a hard earning citizen, like me, really deserves.
Going back to the topic, Dazl and company arrived. I went through the terminal and met them to get my Montenegro Lines ticket to Romblon Island (954 Pesos/person, economy accommodation).