I decided to ride the last trip of Victory Liner Cubao to Bolinao, Pangasinan at around 9PM. The trip went too well that we arrived at Bolinao at 2 in the morning!
After some time walking around town and talking to different tricycle drivers, one of them noticed that I was sleepy. He asked if I wanted to sleep for a short while in Dos Flores.
I was reluctant to take the offer because it was obviously a lodging that offers what we popularly call “short-time”. Negative sleazy images of people checking-in short-time came flashing on my head. But lacking sleep for a few days did not help me withstand the temptation of checking-in short-time. I then realized that maybe checking-in short-time is not as bad as I associate it is. Maybe I should give it a second chance, I’m just only going to sleep nothing more. I want to sleep badly!
I rode the tricycle. It was somehow farther than I expected but to my surprise Dos Flores it not a building with rooms like what I associate motels to be, but it was actually a cozy beach front resort. I paid the tricycle driver 40 pesos as we agreed and talked with the lady at the resort who had only awaken because of my arrival. (Imagine 2 sleepy heads talking.)
“Gaano katagal?” – Lady at the resort
“Hanggang 7AM lang po.” – Me
“Exted nalang ng 1 hour. Bel, P350 para sa short-time at P50 para sa 1 hour extension.” – Lady at the resort
“Ok po.” (Sleepy and awkward moment) – Me
Went inside the room, dropped my bags, set alarm at 7AM, made sure that some windows are open for people to see me inside and slept soundly for 4 hours.
After waking up, I found a new definition of the phrase “short-time”. Not the negative sleazy definition that I usually associate it with. But a definition where a sleepy, tired traveller could slumber even for a short while.