Going Bicolandia

We set a trip to Bicol months ago after we spotted piso fare promo in Cebu Pacific. Lucky for us, Arjie’s ancestors lives in Legazpi so we had our trip planned and set a 2 days/2 nights trip.

Super a dream come true. Taken at Embarcadero de Legazpi. From here, we get a small boat to bring us to Cabit Manito, Albay where we stayed for a night. Boat ride took us more than 1 and a half hour.
Know more here about Embarcadero de Legazpi

View of Mayon while on the boat, pero this shot was taken going back to Embarcadero na the next day.

First step on the beach. I didn't expect how beautiful the place is, it's low tide so there's a long sand bar like shore, it's a bit slippery because of some weeds and the sand is hot. What's the best for me is the view and the clouds that makes it so perfect. Beach is not commercialized, so for me super raw ng dating. I love beaches talaga and comparing this sa mga beach na nakita ko, this is classic.

We need to walk for more than an hour to get to the place. Super hindi kami prepared for this. Sana nag hiking shoes kami, super nakakapagod. Sanay naman ako sa ganitong challenge so ok lang. For Jhoy, super effort ang lakad namin.

Arjie’s relatives are very accommodating. The town of Manito is very rural, simple and magaan sa pakiramdam. Kahit pagod na, the view of the place and the breeze of the air was very relaxing. I remember Quezon province pero mas maraming over looking hills and wide mountain views dito.

First activity, taste of pili and had fresh buko to refresh us after a tiring walk. Kami na ni arjie ang galing sa night shift. Walang tulog pero go parin. First time to eat and see ng bagong kuhang pili from the tree.

Before going back to the town proper, our boat stopped to get a view and discover a boiling lake called “Nag-aso Boiling Lake” right on the mountain ridge. Nag-aso” is a Bicolano (local dialect) term for “steaming.” We was unable to get near the lake kasi mahirap and makalat daw going there from our location. Sadly daming litters nga on one side of the area where we can get water galing bundok. Sana lang the place should be preserved and clean
Know more here about Lake Nag-Aso

Finally at the town proper, Shot taken at Waway Resto which the locals suggested to us to get a good meal. Satisfying enough for me but didn’t exceed my expectations.

Btw, we had our hotel near the town. Apparently I was unable to take pictures. The hotel is just – ok. We didn’t took much effort to find a place to stay as we just opted to get cheap but good place to rest since our flight going back to Manila is at early time.

Taken at Daraga Albay as we headed to Cagsawa Ruins. Authentic native bags here are cheaper and in good quality. I wasn't able to leave the place without getting one and I ended up buying four bags, three for pasalubong naman.

And of course the famous Cagsawa Ruins, the old church that was destroyed by Mayon and was now a tourist attraction. For me the church and Mayon symbolizes that this majestic view was once caused a big tragedy and buried million of lives. Yet we all lived and moved on from the past and now appreciating it's beauty.
Know more here about Cagsawa Ruins

It’s already getting dark on our way to Lingon Hill. And of course, before we reach the top, madilim na talaga. We stayed for a while and headed back to city to look for a place for dinner. We found ourselves back at Embarcadero and stayed until 12 midnight.
Know more here about Lignon Hill Nature Park

We packed early in the morning and get ready going back to the Airport. Super sulit ang trip for all of us. Thanks to my best buds Roseann, Arjie, Cleah and Jhoy for another trip. Glad to meet Arjie's cool mom and gentleman cousin Stephen. Thanks to both of them for guiding us all throughout the trip. And of course, thank you Lord for the blessings and making this trip happened.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller


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