There’s one place in Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) that I considered my favorite spot. We call it “The Parking Lot”. It’s in front of Wynn's Bar & Grill near the oldest structure in SBFZ – The West Gate. Last August 4, 2012 during my visit to Olongapo and Subic, The Parking Lot was the first place in my list to visit.
My first love, Aerous, introduced me to this place in the summer of 2004. It was my first time in Olongapo and in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Aerous lives in Olongapo and I met him through the online game Ragnarok. The Parking Lot is Aerous’ favorite hang-out place in SBFZ. It’s an old parking lot and is no longer in use. There used to be a stage there where we usually lie, stare at the stars and talk until midnight. There was also an old airplane there. However, the last time I was at The Parking Lot, both the stage and the airplane were gone.
From 2004 to 2009, I have travelled to Subic Bay and Olongapo around 15 times. I’m usually there overnight (I sleep at Aerous’ room), sometimes 2-3 days and other times 5-6 days.
During those trips and overnights, we usually visit The Parking Lot and the surrounding areas including the (former) Boardwalk, Xtremely Xpresso Café and the Tappan Park. We have so much memories of Subic Bay Freeport Zone in general.
Today, Aerous is already living with his boyfriend. He works and stays in Manila most of the time. We’re still good friends up to this day and we still meet once in a while. We update each other on the things that have been happening to each other’s lives. During these meet-ups, memories of our visits to The Parking Lot still flood my thoughts and it never fails to make me smile.