On a hot Wednesday afternoon, we pursued our initial plan of touring the Pasig River via the Pasig River Cruise (sounds expensive huh?.. ;P) . I thought it was a new and great experience for us, especially me, who is not fond of travelling by water. Special thanks to those blog sites where I was able to gather information on what to expect on this boat ride.
We started our journey in Guadalupe Station. We’re supposed to go to Kalawaang (Pasig) Terminal but there’s ONE big problem – we don’t know how to get there. Early in the morning we’re browsing the internet for directions on how to get there but internet was no help. Fortunately on our way down the elevator, Irman (our good-looking colleague.. haha!) told us that he knew the way to get to Guadalupe Station from our office (Eastwood City, Libis). Upon getting off the cab, the bad smell of the river got into us already. The terminal itself is significantly clean – well, excluding the smell, it’s organized and the people are accomodating. It’s far from what I expected. The boat arrived at 2:30PM which is (surprisingly) 6 minutes early of the schedule. The fare is 45Php only from Guadalupe to Plaza Mexico (Last Station). The fare table and schedule of the trips are posted but I did not take note of it. The fare ranges from 25Php, 35Php, 45Php and 60Php. They recommended to call any of the stations for the schedule because it changes monthly.
NOTES INSIDE: The boat can accomodate up to 150 passengers. This is a lucky day because there’s only few of us – about 20-25 people on board. It’s fully airconditioned so it’s really comfortable and you can barely notice the boat’s engine and no shaky feeling :). Eating is allowed but NO SMOKING inside of course. Passengers can even watch a movie during the trip – thanks to the LCD TV placed in front. The seats are stable and undetachable and life vests are available under every seat. The doors are placed only in front and at the back – two each. We’re allowed to go out to take pictures but due to security reasons, it’s a big NO to take pictures of the Malacañang Palace.
WHAT DID WE SEE? – Apart from the river (LOL), we saw the Guadalupe bridge, condominiums and other commercial establishments along Makati, the elegant Makati City Hall which does not look like the usual city hall, SEAOIL plant, Manila Post Office, the Malacañang Palace, Universities, big boats, cranes cleaning some parts of the river, children who seemed to enjoy playing in the river, signages and campaign banners to revive the ailing Pasig River, bridges and lots of boats again 🙂
It only took us 1 hour to reach Plaza Mexico – the last station near Intramuros. I haven’t even felt the hour long ride probably because I was busy taking pictures of anything. Though the day was at its hottest, I would definitely do this kind of trip again. It could have been more exciting and fun if the waters of the Pasig River was as clear and clean as it was in the mid 1900’s.