(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/99/Train-ride on May 26, 2012 1:23 AM)
Last week, I rode the Bicol Express from Naga City to Alabang. (More information about it can be found here.) It left Naga City at exactly 6:30 PM and arrived in Alabang at around 5:15 AM. Each coach has a comfort room with a toilet room for males and a toilet room for females. The sink in the toilet room had water, but it seemed that the sink outside the toilet room didn’t work. I took the “aircon ordinary sleeper” (which has beds) and a ticket cost 665 pesos. (For comparison, the cheapest seat (not a bed) in a Naga-Alabang airconditioned bus costs around 700 pesos.) Each compartment has four beds (two double-deckers). Each bed has curtains and a lamp. In addition, each bed at the bottom has a retractable table and a retractable bed guard rail. Each compartment has a retractable chair in the hallway. It was ridiculously cold even though I had a jacket and a blanket. The constant shaking and the squeaking of the door to the comfort room kept me awake the whole trip. It was a good experience but I can see why not everyone would like it.