2.19.2013

Road Trip: Via SCTex

Admittedly the photos were not taken along EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue) or previously known as Hi-way 54. These are a far contrast from the congestion and busy thoroughfare that stretches from Caloocan to Pasay with approximately 2.34 million vehicles passing through it everyday.

A haven for every motorist

During a recent trip to San Marcelino, Zambales to visit an ailing relative; a unanimous decision was made to reach our destination via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTex). And I instantly fell in love with the experience of traveling minus the countless cars I normally witness on the road.

A hill at both sides of the road; divided to give way for the hi-way

Every motorist would certainly enjoy driving through a scenic hi-way with barely a handful of vehicles on that glorious day! Imagine city life if the roads in Metro Manila was similar to this, right my fellow Manileños? Commuting would then be a breeze! No more rush hour and your 24 hours will be sufficient as you spend less time on the road! Meaning, there is enough me-time and quality time spent with our household too!

The rain about to fall from the clouds

With the brewing plan to rehabilitate EDSA, will the traffic condition ever equate to this? Hmmm... I sincerely wish. 


Note: The photo's hue was due to the light tint of the car's window 

49 comments :

  1. How you remind me of my private highway across New York State during the twenty years I drove for my job. 17, the Southern Tier, hundreds of miles through the Catskill mountains. So beautiful. Now it is a fairly busy interstate highway. Good to know such havens still exist.

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  2. Some years ago, when NLEX was undergoing a major rehab, the traffic was awful. My 3-hr travel would take 5hrs....but after all the repairs, wow, no more bumps and I felt like the bus was gliding...that feeling that the tires are not touching the road hehehe. I felt kind of woozy at first but I'm used to it now. All the previous inconvenience was all worth it.

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  3. I think the pictures are taken at SCTEx especially the on that cuts the mountain. It is tru, there are only few vehicles travelling this road.

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  4. Traffic is a problem in my area also...I try to stay off the x-ways as much as possible. The traffic is getting worse every year. Your drive looked to be relaxing...if only they were all this nice

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  5. I love road trips! Maybe because I'm just a passenger and not the one driving LOL

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  6. Lovely road trip who needs crowds?

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  7. i really miss roadtrips through the SCTEX!!! it just feels soooo surreal! :-)

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  8. I love driving through SCTEX. Ganda ng scenery and I've never passed thru there na may traffic. Pero I've only been a passenger. Haven't actually driven through there. Hopefully this year we can take a long road trip where I actually get to drive :)

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  9. sis the road looks like the road here in the far towns of Negros.

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  10. EDSA traffic gone? - i also wish. Nice nature/rd pics btw. :)

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  12. I love road trips too! I never had one via NLEX though. The view is amazing. I love to see nature from the car window, rather than high-rise buildings!

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  13. Nakakamaze talga magtravel dito. Very far from the scenes in manila roads. Parang wala ka sa Pinas. hehehe.
    Just like the 2nd photo, they used to break the mountain just to build the road.

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  14. you said it right, that is such a peaceful trip, i like the shots
    i hate Metro Manila traffic grrr...

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  15. Here in Mindanao most of the roads are under repair as usual because election is fast approaching, nagpapasikat mga pulitiko. But anyway, as long as the it will be convenient soon, I'll try my best to pass through these roads at present with less complaints. hehehe..

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  16. I like all the pictures you posted. I never experienced it before pero saya siguro noh. Love to try it one day with my family:)

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  17. We regularly traverse NLEX and SCTex going to Bataan. Driving thru SCTex is such a relaxing treat because I feel like I'm in Australia everytime with only the grazing sheeps on the vast farmlands missing along side of the road. Lol! I really love SCTex!

    With regards to EDSA, sad to say but I don't see traffic improving even if it's rehabilitated. Thousands of new vehicles are adding yearly while old cars are still being allowed on the roads. :(

    Have a great day Ida!

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  18. great photos, the advantage when traveling in the road, you get a chance to see beautiful scenery... :-)

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  19. I love travelling at NLEX and SLEX but I am always afraid of how fast the vehicles can run. Hehe.

    Mommy Maye

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  20. nice scenery, i missed that kind of trip

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  21. NLEX and SCTEX is one of the best roadtrips I have in Pinas. I wouldn't mind the toll as long as they maintain these roads.

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  23. I love road trips minus the traffic...these pictures are beautiful

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  24. I remember an experience there years ago on our way home from Subic. A big truck from the other lane just suddenly turned over right infront of us (buti na lang di kami natamaan)

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  25. This post makes me miss having road trips. Nice photos.

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  26. That's a really scenic drive that you went on. Must have been a great trip.

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  27. that is definitely a far cry from edsa. the latter is a veritable parking lot even outside of rush hours...

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  28. I hate traffic and I hope this EDSA rehabilitation would be the solution.

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  29. It has been a long time since I have gone on a road trip in Luzon, but I do hope I could go on one by next year. We usually have a road trip around Mindanao... some roads are good and many roads are also undergoing repair!

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  30. I dread the coming Edsa rehabilitation but hopefully traffic will get better. Manila is really so congested.

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  31. This has been always a breeze when traveling North. I hope someday , if possible, other Metro Manila roads il tn into this. *wishful thinking*

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  32. Your post really reminded me that I want to go on a roadtrip! Must plan one for this year.

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  33. how i wish edsa will be like that one day.. it would be a dream come true

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  34. I miss driving along sctex! It was a relaxing drive perfect for music and road conversations.

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  35. I would love that to happen! :) EDSA to be like this.. but I guess I'll see that only in my dreams. :)

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  36. I haven't traveled that way before. Maybe when we visit our relatives in Cabanatuan, we can pass by this route.

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  37. Road trips are something we miss doing since the youngest was born, we haven't been anywhere for ages. Wow! Great photos.

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  38. we always take SCTEX when going to Manaoag. It's easy breezy to drive becayse there's no traffic and it's faster.

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  39. Traveling outside within the Philippines by land is breath taking. Sakit lang sa pwet, but still it's always a happy trip. Happy tummy as well hahaha! I miss Philippines!

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  40. NO hope for EDSA, unless a drastic move will be made. How I wish they can do something to make the roads looks like something up above.

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  41. The scenery looks like the highway i take to go upstate NY. It is quite scenic and I like road trips. :-) Following you on GFC.
    Eliz

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  42. I think not is my humble opinion. Anyways nice shots! Its hard to get these shots when the car is moving!
    Chan

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  43. I love cruising along SCTEX, too! :) I enjoy the greens and the blue skies. haha Wish we could make our roads like these.

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  44. This is one of the few things that I miss in Manila. The road trips and passing thru SCTex for a smooth and safe drive. :_)

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  45. This is road heaven! Sana all roads look like this. Ha!

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  46. these are one of the best roads I've traveled so far. There's also Quezon Road, where you can see the scenic beauty of Mt. Arayat.

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  47. Thought my eyes were playing tricks on me....I know when I first read this, it says NLEX...the title was changed pala...I know kasi the permalink still says NLEX...so I'm still not going cuckoo after all lol! Anyway, I also pass by SCTEX so both are smooth rides now.

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  48. This is undoubtedly not EDSA. If this was EDSA then it must be the end of the world. hehe

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