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  1. #487
    Quote Originally Posted by SkipKost  [View Original Post]
    Your point is well taken, but for anybody traveling directly from the airport to AC or Olongapo, the grind--either on EDSA or through downtown Manila--is a given except for those arriving 9-10 pm or later at night. Thankfully, according to leaders, the elevated highway connecting the southern and northern expressways will be a reality within three years, and that will be the end of the traffic grind through Manila. Right.

    Out of curiosity, doesn't this discussion relate to the Olongapo thread rather than Subic City? Barrio Barreto is in Olongapo, not Subic. From digging back into its beginning it appears this thread initially referred to the area north of Olongapo, where at one time there were apparently a number of bars. Technically, Subic is a municipality, not a city. There are hints in the first several pages of the thread that the girly bar scene in Subic, other than places catering to Filipinos, no longer amounts to much? And many early posts advised foreigners to stay out of the Filipino bars. Anybody with knowledge of the history of the place and current information care to comment?
    You are probably right about which thread this should be in, but this is where the report I responded to is. Is it possible to take a report with quote to another thread to reply in?

    Fair comment about the grind, but the point I was trying to make was that Pasay terminal is not the only option, as virtually every other post implies. AndyCap also said that HE would be in Manila for a few days, so convenience to Ermita might well be useful.

    I take your comment " right " as meaning you are not optimistic. On a side note, as a Brit I am wondering who will get a new runway first. Manila or London?

  2. #486
    Quote Originally Posted by ShiningWit  [View Original Post]
    As I stay in Ermita, I have never seen the point of grinding through traffic in a taxi to Pasay, to grind in traffic in a bus past where I have just come from.
    Your point is well taken, but for anybody traveling directly from the airport to AC or Olongapo, the grind--either on EDSA or through downtown Manila--is a given except for those arriving 9-10 pm or later at night. Thankfully, according to leaders, the elevated highway connecting the southern and northern expressways will be a reality within three years, and that will be the end of the traffic grind through Manila. Right.

    Out of curiosity, doesn't this discussion relate to the Olongapo thread rather than Subic City? Barrio Barreto is in Olongapo, not Subic. From digging back into its beginning it appears this thread initially referred to the area north of Olongapo, where at one time there were apparently a number of bars. Technically, Subic is a municipality, not a city. There are hints in the first several pages of the thread that the girly bar scene in Subic, other than places catering to Filipinos, no longer amounts to much? And many early posts advised foreigners to stay out of the Filipino bars. Anybody with knowledge of the history of the place and current information care to comment?

  3. #485

    Bus to Barretto

    Thank you very much for your help. You are really friends, and. As soon as I will be back, I promise that I will post a little report.

  4. #484
    Quote Originally Posted by XMan  [View Original Post]
    I think your best bet is to go to the bus terminal, find the bus, get on the bus. Wait until every seat is full. That's the departure time. LOL.

    Also check out "Fly the Bus" and "southern cross Hotel" bus. Both will take you directly to the Barrio Barreto section of Olongapo city. You can Google search or rtff at the Angeles city thread.

    As has been clarified before, Olongapo City and Subic city are both on Subic Bay. The hotel / bar section is technically in the Barrio Barreto section of Olongapo city -- not in Subic City. X.

    (I'm not sure what you mean about government departments. As far as I know, the long-haul bus companies are private companies.)
    From my limited experience of about 4 trips, I have found that the bus departs at the advertised time from outside the booking office.

    I have read the AC thread, and my impression is the hotel services operate Manila- Angeles and Angeles-Olongapo as separate services. Also, comments have not been consistently positive.

    I don't remember bringing Subic City into the conversation, and am aware the bar section is in Barretto, hence the suggestion regarding services to Iba and Santa Cruz. I don't remember seeing this mentioned before, nor anything about Sampaloc terminal. As I stay in Ermita, I have never seen the point of grinding through traffic in a taxi to Pasay, to grind in traffic in a bus past where I have just come from.

    VL website quotes " LTFRB & DOTC & LTO Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 "as the reason for the lack of timetables.

    Osuul: I don't recall the timetable being off in June, but a great tip re phbus.com. Timings are about what I remember, but the fare seems to have increased. All of 20 p. Phils is going to hell in a hand basket!

  5. #483
    I think your best bet is to go to the bus terminal, find the bus, get on the bus. Wait until every seat is full. That's the departure time. LOL.

    Also check out "Fly the Bus" and "southern cross Hotel" bus. Both will take you directly to the Barrio Barreto section of Olongapo city. You can Google search or rtff at the Angeles city thread.

    As has been clarified before, Olongapo City and Subic city are both on Subic Bay. The hotel / bar section is technically in the Barrio Barreto section of Olongapo city -- not in Subic City. X.

    (I'm not sure what you mean about government departments. As far as I know, the long-haul bus companies are private companies.)

    Quote Originally Posted by ShiningWit  [View Original Post]
    Sod's Law has struck.

    I have just looked at Victory Liner's web site, and due to government departments faffing about, timetables are subject to change and you currently need to contact the company. Best of luck with that one. Hope they get it organised for my trip in 2 weeks time!

  6. #482
    Quote Originally Posted by ShiningWit  [View Original Post]
    Sod's Law has struck.

    I have just looked at Victory Liner's web site, and due to government departments faffing about, timetables are subject to change and you currently need to contact the company. Best of luck with that one. Hope they get it organised for my trip in 2 weeks time!
    Its been like that for a year. I think they keep it up to date on twitter. But anyway, like I said the buses to Olongapo leave roughly every hour minimum.

    Starting 5 am or even earlier. Just make sure to take a normal meter taxi to the bus station if you arrive at the airport and not one of those privat cars from booth outside of the terminal.

    Dont know if this one is up to date but it was about that when I was at the pasay station 5 weeks ago.
    http://www.phbus.com/victory-liner-bus/

  7. #481

    Bus to Barretto

    Sod's Law has struck.

    I have just looked at Victory Liner's web site, and due to government departments faffing about, timetables are subject to change and you currently need to contact the company. Best of luck with that one. Hope they get it organised for my trip in 2 weeks time!

  8. #480
    Quote Originally Posted by AndyCap  [View Original Post]
    Hello friends,

    Next week I going to visit Philippines, and after a few days in Manila this time I would like to explore the town of Subic (Barrio Barretto). I've never been there, but after reading many of your posts here, I still have some doubts.

    The place is always well attended, even in this period of the rainy season? Is there someone who was been there in October and HE can confirm that the hotels and bars are all open and operating?

    Moreover: can someone remind me where is the bus station that operate from Manila to Subic? And / or which company?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.
    I was there just 3 weeks ago. Everything but the floatings bars is open so don't worry. Every bar has about 10 to 20 girls. Every bar has at least a few lookers.

    There are very few Koreans so there is no danger that all the lookers are gone by 7 pm. Simply start at flash rat (the last bar at the end of town) or Score bar (in Arizona, first bar).

    And work your way up or down.

    There is several bus stop you can get to Olongapo (cubao, pasay.). I used Victory liner last time. Just make sure your use the express bus and take something warm with you. Last time I almost frooze to death in the bus due.

    To the AC. Just google "bus manila olongapo".

    The normal bus stops everywhere while the Express is via the Express way and only has one stop in Dau. Usually the normal bus leaves every 30 minutes while the express leaves every hour. But the normal bus needs about 2 hours longer.

    Depending what time you leave in Manila the express needs 2-4 hours (yes, it took me 3 hours once just to get out of Manila).

    From the Olongapo bus station you go to the main street leading to BB and wait for a Jeepney or use a trike (about 150 p) to your hotel.

    I searched everything on google and make screenshots and saved them on my phone. That way I had all the info on hand.

    BTW, I got a very strong recommendation for icoove hotel. Its only available via facebook and Email. Its brand new and only 2000 per night.

  9. #479

    Bus to Barretto

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyCap  [View Original Post]
    Hello friends,

    Next week I going to visit Philippines, and after a few days in Manila this time I would like to explore the town of Subic (Barrio Barretto). I've never been there, but after reading many of your posts here, I still have some doubts.

    The place is always well attended, even in this period of the rainy season? Is there someone who was been there in October and HE can confirm that the hotels and bars are all open and operating?

    Moreover: can someone remind me where is the bus station that operate from Manila to Subic? And / or which company?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.
    Victory Liner seems to be the major operator to Zambales Province, and they have 5 terminals in Manila. Pasay is the nearest for the airport, and the nearest to Makati as the crow flies. I think some or all services use EDSA out of Manila, in which case Cubao might be a better bet. Sampoloc (Earnshaw in the timetable) is the best for Ermita. I have taken a taxi for 73 p on the meter!

    Their website has a timetable for departures from Manila (nowhere else) and also quotes fares (something like 213 p).

    From memory, Olongapo services are hourly, almost 24 hours. Best choice are the services to Iba and Santa Cruz as they continue through Olongapo and you don't need to change. The conductor will ask you where you want to get off. Sampoloc services had about three in late morning and early afternoon, so convenient if you are in Manila already. From Olongapo, the blue jeepney terminal is around the corner from VL terminal. Fare is 12 p or so.

    Coming back is more interesting. You can try hailing a VL on National Highway and hope it goes to the right terminal or catch it to Olongapo and change. Caution. Several other operators have a color scheme that looks similar from a distance. Otherwise, catch a taxi / jeepney / trike.

    I would expect all hotels and bars to be operating, with the exception of the floating bars. Things might be quietish on the visitor front but hey, better odds for you.

    I like Barretto, and find it has enough bars for me, but I am not a mega-monger.

    Hope you enjoy.

  10. #478

    Bus to subic

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyCap  [View Original Post]
    Hello friends,

    Next week I going to visit Philippines, and after a few days in Manila this time I would like to explore the town of Subic (Barrio Barretto). I've never been there, but after reading many of your posts here, I still have some doubts.

    The place is always well attended, even in this period of the rainy season? Is there someone who was been there in October and HE can confirm that the hotels and bars are all open and operating?

    Moreover: can someone remind me where is the bus station that operate from Manila to Subic? And / or which company?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.







    To Andy.

    The bus from Manila is victory bus station at EDSA at Pasay take about 2 HR from 150 p Olongapore take jeepney take about 20 min to Barrio.,you can also take bus from Dau bus station about 45 min cost 120 p I think you should check it out youself everyone is different having been coming here for last 3 yr not as crowed as AC the beach is dirty not that great the bargirl attuide is much better than AC everyone that I pick up stay all night.

    Fast eddie 48.

  11. #477

    Some info

    Hello friends,

    Next week I going to visit Philippines, and after a few days in Manila this time I would like to explore the town of Subic (Barrio Barretto). I've never been there, but after reading many of your posts here, I still have some doubts.

    The place is always well attended, even in this period of the rainy season? Is there someone who was been there in October and HE can confirm that the hotels and bars are all open and operating?

    Moreover: can someone remind me where is the bus station that operate from Manila to Subic? And / or which company?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

  12. #476

    Barrio Barreto

    I was in Barrio Barreto for a quick look around. Stayed in Arizon International Resort economy room. No exhaust fan in the bathroom. AC unit sucks. Very few choices in terms of cuties in the bars. Ended up banging a horny 30 sh bar girl from Wild Island. I am not coming back again.

  13. #475

    Answers

    Next week, I'll be up in Barrio Barretta again, this time for a week.

    Now I do have a few questions.

    1. how much is transfer from NAIA? Arizona CHARGES $100 EACH WAY INCLUDING 2 LOVLEY LADIES.

    -ICove hotel has no hotel-shuttle van and asks 4500 one way.

    -my rental car is 9000 p. Week, so I'd rather extend a be fully mobile!

    2. Club scene in Olongapo. NEVER DID CIVILIAN CLUBS, ONLY FLOATING BARS AND DANCING BARS. BARFINE IN SB IS P1,500 PLUS TRIKE MONEY/SMALL TIP....Friday NIGHT IS COMPETITION NIGHT BETWEEN BARS, I WAS A JUDGE. P800 ALL YOU CAN DRINK FOR 4 HOURS WITH FINGER FOOD.

    3. Decent restaurants in Olongapo to dinner with a sweet girl (no bar girl). I LIKE Texas JOES ON THE BASE. BLUE ROCK is good.... Arizona HAS GOOD FOOD WITH STROLLING GUITAR ON Friday night.

  14. #474
    No Miahne on DIA.

    Quote Originally Posted by RakishRogue  [View Original Post]
    A word of warning: A DIA-lady under the nickname "Miahne" is a scam. Had a tryst lined up with her, and two hours prior she asks if OK to bring a friend. As long as she was not hiding in the bathroom and would join the fray then fine with me.

    The agreed overnight rate was 2,000 peso for each (which is far too much to begin with I guess). They proceeded to:

    A. Mess up the bathroom no end.

    B. Deliver a combined total of 15 minutes of hanky-panky.

    C. Try leaving after 15 minutes yet expecting the full night's pay.

    D. Sulk non-stop when I outlined how this was going to work.

    E. Spend the last 30 minutes complaining of hunger, thirst, baby at home, exam tomorrow, waiting taxi, etc.

    F. Discover that the funniest and prettiest of the two had her red aunt visiting.

    In the end I kicked them out. Threats of police fell on deaf ears.

    So beware fellow Subic-visitors. While Miahne is lovely (50/50 Italian / Filipino) she's being too clever by half. Best shied away from and plenty other choice out here.

  15. #473

    A rip-off

    A word of warning: A DIA-lady under the nickname "Miahne" is a scam. Had a tryst lined up with her, and two hours prior she asks if OK to bring a friend. As long as she was not hiding in the bathroom and would join the fray then fine with me.

    The agreed overnight rate was 2,000 peso for each (which is far too much to begin with I guess). They proceeded to:

    A. Mess up the bathroom no end.

    B. Deliver a combined total of 15 minutes of hanky-panky.

    C. Try leaving after 15 minutes yet expecting the full night's pay.

    D. Sulk non-stop when I outlined how this was going to work.

    E. Spend the last 30 minutes complaining of hunger, thirst, baby at home, exam tomorrow, waiting taxi, etc.

    F. Discover that the funniest and prettiest of the two had her red aunt visiting.

    In the end I kicked them out. Threats of police fell on deaf ears.

    So beware fellow Subic-visitors. While Miahne is lovely (50/50 Italian / Filipino) she's being too clever by half. Best shied away from and plenty other choice out here.

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