Bacolod – Boracay: A Back to Back Birthmonth Adventure


Unlike last year in Indochina, we didn’t plan to splurge on my birth month but when God blesses you, He will bless you with much. This 2017, lots of surprises came our way. These trips are included.

Because we were traveling together with the husband’s sister who is taking a month off work from being an OFW, our expense were very minimal. If it were up to us, a traditional birthday dinner will do considering the unplanned expense due to Mama’s hospitalization. But God’s awesomeness doesn’t end there. He not only allowed me to travel for my 31st birthday but He also gave me the chance to celebrate it with a mini-outreach at Josefa Recio Therapeutic Center (no photos to protect the mental patients). The gifts from my generous friends were converted into cash to buy foods for the mental patients who were at the center. Happy to be blessed to bless others. 🙂 I could go on yapping about God’s awesomeness these passing months but this blog is not for that. Go to my personal blog if you want to read about God’s faithfulness.

Moving on, Bacolod and Boracay were not on our list of must gos. For us, Boracay is just beach and Bacolod, what’s in Bacolod? But the trip convinced us that there’s more to Boracay than beach and there’s really something in Bacolod worthy of checking.

Below are the list of things that surprises us on our Bacolod – Boracay visit:

1. Bringing a car on a road trip to Bacolod is not that expensive.

Ever since we had punky, a road trip outside Cebu was in mind but we were never really that serious until the option presented itself. Road trip in Bacolod? Why not! The husband was incharge of the research. He noted that there’s only a few available articles online about it so we were not sure how much to pay until we arrived in Toledo Port. We only paid Php1025 pesos for Punky (our baby Suzuki Celerio) including the driver via FastCat. We chose FastCat because unlike LiteFerries, the travel to Bacolod is only an hour. Passenger fare is at Php150.

2. Going to Boracay from Caticlan involves multiple transport.

Compared to our previous pre-planned travels where we OC everything, we didn’t researched Boracay to bits. So when we arrived in Godofredo Ramos Airport we were pleasantly surprised at the number of rides we took to reached Boracay. Going to our accommodation in Watercolors, we booked a transport tour for Php2500 for 4 pax. From the airport, we were met by the tour personnel then ushered to rode a van to the port then a speed boat for 5 minutes then another van. The 5-minute boat ride baffled us. Why didn’t they build a bridge instead?

Going back to the airport, we commuted. We only spent Php980 in all. Rode a tryke to the port for Php180. Paid Php700 at the port: Php75 for the fare and Php100 for the terminal fee. Then another tryke to airport for Php25/pax. It was a good thing we tried the non-arranged transport. Now we know how much to allocate for a DIY transport to Boracay.

Total travel time from the airport to Boracay Station 1 is around 1 hour.

3. Staying at 2 different accommodations in Bacolod was strategic and comfortable.

On our first night, we planned to stay at Mambukal but it was fully booked so we stayed at M02 Westown instead. From San Carlos, we drove to Murcia to visit Mambukal then had a late check-in at M02. Had we stayed in Mambukal, it would have been out of the way to visit the city center at night. We rested after check-in then had dinner at Mercy’s Talabahan near the city hall. We then strolled and took photos of the city hall after.

Breakfast was included at the accommodation. After eating, we did an early checkout and attended the 10AM mass at San Sebastian Cathedral. We visited The Ruins after and stayed until our stomach screamed food. We arrived at Chicken House at 130PM. Had we arrived a little later, we would have missed eating there as they closed at 2PM and opened again for dinner time. After lunch, we were ready for Campuestohan Highlands Resort – our 2nd accommodation for the trip.

CHR was big and suprisingly, their rooms are not that expensive. We stayed at log cabin for only Php3300. We took the good for 3 person room and paid Php300 for the extra person. What’s good in staying at CHR overnight is that you get to experience a Baguio like feels in the morning.

4. Choosing an accommodation in Boracay Station 1 was worth it.

When we knew we were staying at Station 1, we were surprised. It was pricey but worth it. We stayed at a room with own balcony and mini-dining while the husband’s sister and mom is at the adjoining room with bath tub. Nighly rate is at Php7500/room. We stayed for 2 nights for a total of Php30K. The staffs were great. We were provided with welcome drinks and fruits plus good night chocs for 2 nights.

Aside from the superb accommodation, compared to Station 2 and 3, Station 1 was laid back. The beach was wider and not too populated. The beach walk from each stations was one of the high lights of our Boracay visit.

5. Both trips were still fun and relaxing even if we didn’t OC on the itinerary.

We didn’t have a full blown itinerary for these trips. We just picked the places to stay and did the activities that were available. In Mambukal, we just enjoyed the hot spring. Since it was raining, we missed to visit the falls and the boat ride. Same thing happened with CHR, we were only able to experience the wave pool and bubble swim for some minutes before we checked out. When we arrived at 4PM the previous day, the weather was cold. We were only able to take pictures before the attractions closed at 5PM. Had we known, it would have been better if we arrived early. Yet even if we were not able to do the activities, staying at CHR was already awesome. The whole resort is an eye candy. The pictures we took were enough. 🙂

Popularly known for it’s party atmosphere, what we had in Boracay was not what we expected. Contrary to what we believed, there’s actually something in Boracay other than the parties. The beach was awesome and staying at station 1 totally changed our view. We actually want to visit Boracay again. 🙂 Read our Boracay post to know why.

One Trip and Tons of Fun in Moalboal, Cebu


We were on a self-imposed hiatus since our trip from Indochina from August 20 to September 1, 2016. The wife has been struggling with a lot of things and with it the desire to pursue wanders and adventures were put on hold. But since the start of the year, she realized that she was overdoing everything and was putting unwanted dent to our awesome life. 

Last weekend, we kicked off our wanders on a joy ride to Moalboal, a 5-hour drive to the South of Cebu with our 2 guy friends aboard #Punky, our 2-month old baby Celerio. It was a trip with tons of fun other than the beach.

The Itinerary 

Day 1:
08:00 Meetup
09:30 ETD to Moalboal
12:00 Lunch stop at Metro Carcar
13:30 Resume drive to Moalboal
15:30 ETA Nanay Terry’s
16:30 Magic Karaoke
17:00 Kite Flying
17:30 Dinner Preps
18:30 Dinner
19:30 Night Swimming
20:30 S’mores-ping Time
21:00 Board Games
02:00 Lights Off

Day 2:
07:30 Breakfast Preps
08:30 Kite Flying, Swimming
11:30 Going Home Preps
12:45 ETD to Moalboal Market
13:00 Lunch at Moalboal Market
15:00 Mantayupan Falls Barili
16:00 Milk Station Barili
19:00 ETA Cebu City

Where We Stayed:

Nanay Terry’s 09103618540 
Php 2000
Airconditioned room good for 4

What I like about staying at Nanay Terry’s is that it was at the laid back part of Bas Dako. You will still need to walk to the public beach which makes Nanay Terry’s front beach less crowded. 

What We Did?

  1. Karaoke on the car – it was so timely that the husband was able to discover “Magic Karaoke” – a bluetooth mic and speaker.

2. Kite flying – we bought Octi before our trip to Indochina but was only able to fly her once at SRP where we were told that we need to get a permit to fly. Haha! But only after we were done flying her. Lol When we return from our trip, we scouted other places to fly her but failed. 

3. Banana  bed lounging

4. S’mores-phing – melting the marshmallows and putting in between hersheys and grahams crackers.

5. Photo Ops

It was a fun-filled weekend and a learning one too since we were able to produce our first ever #Xiaomi #Yi recorded videos. Haha! The wife compiled the videos while the husband did the final editing.

It was a gloomy Saturday but we were blessed with a sunny Sunday. It was an awesome come back indeed from our almost 4 months of break from wanders.

Till our next escape!!! But first, let us know what you think of the #CarpoolKaraoke, #BananaBed and #KiteFlying. Have you tried any of them? It’s awesome right?

10 Things To Do in Northern Mindanao for 3D3N


Unlike digital nomads who can travel to places without worrying for leaves, payday traveler’s days are of high value. Our first visit in Cagayan De Oro was fun but the 2nd was simply amazing. We not only covered CDO but the neighboring provinces of Camiguin and Bukidnon too. It was my first time to hop from place to place. I must have loved it so much because most of the trips that followed were patterned that way.

Visiting more places in a single trip can be hectic but can save you money on fares and leaves. Most of our trips were aimed to cover as much spots as we can. But that is a different story when it comes to trekking.

Here are some of our multi-province trips:
3D3N Northern Mindanao (CDO+Camiguin+Bukidnon) -> DIY trip
4D3N Southern Luzon++ (Batangas+Laguna+Baguio): DIY trip. See itinerary here.
4D3N Central Luzon (Pampanga+Tarlac+Zambales+Bataan): Packaged trip w/ itinerary
5D4N Bicol (Camarines Sur+Caramoan Islands+Albay): DIY trip

Interested to explore Northern Mindanao like this? 
Here’s how we did it!

  • Book an early morning round trip flight to Cagayan de Oro.
  • Get on a ferry bound to Camiguin.
  • Explore Camiguin in 1D1N and visit the following spots:

Sunken Cemetery
Walkway to the old volcano and 14 stations of the cross
Catarman Church Ruins
Sto. Niño Cold Spring
White Island
Ardent Hot Spring

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City of Golden Friendship!
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The sunken cemetery!
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Jump shot with Mt. Hibok2x on the background!
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Mandatory group pic!
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Creative shots suggested by our boatman!
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Walkway to the old volcano. It would have been fun to trek up but we had no time to spare.
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One of my favorite pics of the trip. Migo & I contemplating about our future. 😀
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I might have grown fat and he…some flesh but one thing has remained unchanged – our devotion to wanders and our love for each other. ❤
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With the gang!
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A cold, cold spring indeed!
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Photo ops with Ann!
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On the way to White island!
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Colorful boats!
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Aside from swimming and enjoying the powdery white sand, we were quite busy thinking of poses for our photo shoot.
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It’s truly amazing that Camiguin has both cold and hot waters. Ardent spring was a wonderful treat after a long day of wander.
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Pics with the girls!
  • Return to Cagayan de Oro via ferry early morning of the 2nd day.
  • Settle down and do the white water rafting in the afternoon of the 2nd day.

White Water Rafting

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All in! Ann & I were missing. I decided to keep the memory of my earlier white water rafting intact by not trying it again. It was a great day to spend with Ann alone as well. 🙂

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  • Do a city tour at night and settle on the 2nd night at CDO inn.
  • Prepare for a long travel to Bukidnon on the 3rd Day.
  • Stop by at Divine Mercy Hill.

Divine Mercy Hill

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Shorts are not allowed in Divine Mercy Hill. We were provided cloth as extensions.
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Group pic! This was Migo & I’s 2nd visit. First time was in 2008. The chapel at the heart of Jesus is almost finished now.
  • Continue the journey to Bukidnon and enjoy the following spots:

Dahilayan Adventure Park
Del Monte Plantation
Dinner @ Del Monte Club House and be in for a treat!

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Superman zipline. It was quite a rush!
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Too many nice views in Dahilayan for photo ops!
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The exterior and interior odf this house is <3!
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Mandatory group picture!
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We were told to clip our hand if we were almost at the end of the zipline.
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More pics!
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Picture before flying!
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Yay! We did it. We were given certificates as proof!
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Just being Migo & Miga!
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We were famished when we reached Del Monte Club House for dinner! But we didn’t really expect to be in for a treat. The size of their steak was just too much. Migo & I just shared one meal. If we only knew the size of the servings, it would have been a different story. 😀
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The Club House!
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Stopping by at the center of Del Monte plantation.
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Of course, this was mandatory for me. 😛
  • Go back to Cagayan de Oro and spend the 3rd night at the same inn. Leave at an early morning flight out of CDO on the 4th day. Not considered in travel day since you will be back at work by lunch time.

Estimated cost of that travel is around 8-10K! And digging in my old notes below, it reminded me that my boyfriend paid for the whole trip. Gosh! That and more makes me feel very lucky to have him – not everyone is blessed to find someone who spend his hard earned money just to be with someone he loves. Today we are married and more or less the setup is the same. LOL So yeah, technically, I wouldn’t be this adventurous without him. ❤

Date: 10/26/2011
This got me thinking…. I was worried yesterday knowing the estimated money for our CDO-Camiguin-Bukidnon trip. I told Migo that he should just go alone. The expenses is around 8K. Actually he already told me before that he’d pay for everything but I was still worried. The amount is just too much to spend on travel. I love travel but almost always I wanted it to be fun but not pricey. The biggest amount I ever spent so far was last August when we were in Manila, around 5K. If I’m going to compare it going on this trip is covering 3 provinces already, it’s much cheaper and besides it’s not my money. But I still can’t get the hesitations out of my head. Then I found the article below in my old mails. Maybe I should just go. Hmmm…

Source: Unknown

Money has no memory. Experience has. You will never know what the total cost of your education was, but for a lifetime you will recall and relive the memories of schools and colleges. Few years from now, you will forget the amount you paid to settle the hospitalization bill, but will ever cherish having saved your mother’s life or the life you get to live with the just born. You won’t remember the cost of your honeymoon, but to the last breath remember the experiences of the bliss of togetherness. Money has no memory… Experience has.

Good times and bad times, times of prosperity and times of poverty, times when the future looked so secure and times when you didn’t know from where the tomorrow will come& life has been in one way or the other a roller-coaster ride for everyone. Beyond all that abundance and beyond all that deprivation, what remains is the memory of experiences. Sometimes the wallet was full& sometimes even the pocket was empty. There was enough and you still had reasons to frown. There wasn’t enough and you still had reasons to smile. Today, you can look back with tears of gratitude for all the times you had laughed together, and also look back with a smile at all the times you cried alone. All in all, life filled you with experiences to create a history of your own self, and you alone can remember them all.

The first time you balanced yourself on your cycle without support
The first time she said ‘yes’ and it was two years since you proposed
The first cry, the first steps, the first word, the first kiss, all of your child
The first gift you bought for your parents and the first gift your daughter gave you
The first award, the first public appreciation, the first stage performance,
And the list is endless experiences, with timeless memory…

No denying that anything that’s material cost money, but the fact remains. The cost of the experience will be forgotten, but the experience never.

So, what if it’s economic recession? Let it be, but let there not be a recession to the quality of your life. You can still take your parents, if not on a pilgrimage, at least to the local temple. You can still play with your children, if not on an international holiday, at least in the local park. It doesn’t cost money to lie down or to take a loved one onto your lap. Nice time to train the employees, create leadership availability and be ready for the wonderful times when they arrive. Hey! Aspects like your health, knowledge development and spiritual growth are not economy dependent.

Time will pass& economy will revive& currency will soon be in current& and in all this, we don’t want look back and realize we did nothing but stayed in gloom. Recession can make you lose out on money. Let it not make you lose out on experiences & if you are not happy with what you have, no matter how much more you have, you will still not be happy.

Make a statement with the way you live your life:

How I feel has nothing to do with how much I have.

so SEIZE THE DAY! LET’S MAKE MEMORIES! ;p

9 Things To Do In Central Luzon


When I was young, I thought organized travel was laziness and expensive. But looking at it 3 years after, it’s not actually THAT bad. It is still travel of course, sans the hassles of negotiations and other DIY must dos. The best part of it is that you only have to mind the pictures and the views. Everything from transpo to food and in between are done for you. Who wouldn’t want that?

When we started travelling in 2008, we were satisfied with 1 out of Cebu travel. I especially love DIYs because planning always gives me such high. I’m a cheapskate too and never runs out of ideas on how to make travel cheap. I love researching and planning every bit as well. But we never had constant travel buddies. Looking back, our travel companions were different each year so we always settled with the majority decision making.

2012 was a busy year in both trekking and travelling. After our first major climb in Mt. Talinis with BRB on July 13-16 and my 2nd birthday trip (this time) with Ganisiya on August 17-20, we joined Migo’s friends in a packaged trip to Central Luzon on October 12-15 with Pinay Key Point priced at Php6000/pax for a minimum of 10. One of our friends backed out so we increased our share by Php400 each.

Before the trip, I never knew that Central Luzon was that beautiful. Nagsasa and Anawangin cove literally took my breath away. Not only that, there are a lot of things you could do in 4 days and 3 nights.

Here are the 10 things you could do in Central Luzon

Travel to Mt. Pinatubo with a kick-ass 4×4

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Trek to Mt. Pinatubo

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Swim in Mt. Pinatubo

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Overnight Camping in Nagsasa Cove

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Camwhore with Nagsasa’s out of PH’s beauty

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Get Enchanted with the beauty of Nagsasa Cove

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Island hop and swim at Anawangin Cove

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Island hop and stroll in Capones Island

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Get up close and personal with animals in Zoobic Safari

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Para sa Hah-yah-hay na travel, contact Pinay Key Point.

See below our itinerary via Pinay Key Point.

PACKAGE 1

TOUR DESTINATION:

PINATUBO-ANAWANGIN-NAGSASA-­SUBIC TRIP
TOTAL HEADCOUNT: 10pax
RATE PER HEAD: 6,000php

DAY 1 – October 12, 2012

6:20pm – ETA DMIA, CLARK
1 trip coordinator that will be assigned to meet you and pick you up at Clark Airport.
Transport for pick up:(Included in the package)
8:00pm – ETA your hotel in Capas
2 days booking: October 12 & 13 – Included in the package
3 Aircon Rooms with 2 queen size beds (4pax per room)
2 days breakfast

DAY 2 – October 13, 2012 – Mount Pinatubo Trip
Inclusions
4WD Jeep ride (inclusive of rental, gas, road fees and driver’s fees and meal)
Tour Guide per jeep
Porter (to carry your lunch, tents and picnic blankets)
Entrance Fees
Conservation and Maintenance Fees
Packed Lunch (rice, 500ml water, banana and a choice of viand)
shower
Trip arrangement/processing of climbing permit
Use of 3 tents & picnic blankets
Itinerary:
Pick up @ your hotel at 5:30am
2 hours travel to the base of Mt. Pinatubo & 2 hour walk
1:00pm: Pack up time
5:00pm – Back to your hotel

DAY 3 – October 14, 2012 – Zambales Overnight camping
5:00am – Pick up at your hotel with van – included in the package
7:00am – ETA Pundaquit, Zambales
Inclusions
Round trip Boat ride from Pundaquit to Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove & Capones Island
Boatman & Porter
Tour Guide
Entrance Fees
Cottage fees
Use of 5 camping tents (2pax per tent)
Use of 10 sleeping bags
flashlight per tent
Portable stove
Use of Cooking & dining utensils (pots, pans, plates, spoon etc…)
Firewood & bonfire (with 1 hotdog per head for this activity
Dinner & Breakfast
Use of 2 snorkel set, arm floater & life vest
Itinerary:
7:00am – Boat ride to Nagsasa Cove – 1.5 hours travel time
9:00am – ETA Nagsasa Cove – Explore the area
Lunch (Not included in the package)
1:00pm – Pack up. Boat ride to Anawangin Cove. 1 hour travel time
2:00pm – ETA Anawangin Cove – Explore the area
7:00pm – Dinner (included in the package)
8:30pm – Bonfire activity

DAY 4 – October 15, 2012 – Capones Island – Subic

6:30am – Breakfast. Pack up time:
7:30am – Pack up. Boat ride to Capones Island. 30 minutes travel time
8:00am – ETA Capones Island. Explore the area
10:00am – Pack up. Back to Pundaquit Village
Shower & preparation
11.00am – 1 hour travel time to Subic transport – included in the package
12:00noon – Lunch (Not included in the package)
Ocean Adventure, Tree Top, Zoobic Safari – Not included in the package
Pay your own entrance fees.
We will just drop you off at the entrance gate and will let 1 member of our team to accompany you inside.
You have until 4pm to explore these destinations.
4:00pm. pack up. Back to Clark. Estimated travel time 1.5 hours

More pics courtesy of our amazing tour guides:
Pinatubo
http://pinaykeypoint-gallery.blogspot.com/2012/10/team-18-execs.html
Capones
http://pinaykeypoint-gallery.blogspot.com/2012/10/team-18-execs-capones-tour.html

Access through Picasa:
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Bicol Day5: Mayon Encounter


Ever since we arrived in Bicol Region, to see Mayon with all her naked glory was on everybody’s list. Unfortunately, she was too shy on our 1st day. Thus the anticipation to see her up close grew even more. Everyone has been waiting for this day.

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First ever pose with Mayon’s beauty. Had to asked the van driver to stop. 😀

Things You Shouldn’t Miss To Do in Legazpi, Albay

  1. Don’t go home without a Mayon background. She is a little tease so having a picture without a cloud mask covering her tip is truly worth a thousand words.
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Despite the grogginess from the almost 5 hours travel since Caramoan, we never let this view go. It’s one of those rare moment when you got to see Mayon’s perfect cone.
  1. Take a leap of faith and try the ATV ride to Mayon’s lava ground. The looks maybe deceiving but it’s really just a piece of cake. Nothing bad will happen if you’ll just follow the rules…and OF COURSE…enjoy the ride.
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Just meters away from where we started Ate Malot said “If only I’d known that this is part of the trip…”. I just smiled. After the ATV journey, I asked her how she is. What she answered completely astound me. Oh yeah! It was not only me who’s been changed by the ride. COOL!
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While waiting for the others to take their post on the group picture!

We availed the Php 1800 per person Basic ATV Tour from Your Brother. Their service van pick us at the apartelle by 6 AM. Few minutes passed and we were at their office where our extreme journey started.

The trail is around 13 KM back and forth consisting of rivers, roads, coconut fields and dark sands. The whole tour was estimated at 2 hours. We finished it with an hour extension. The delay was just okay considering it wasn’t peak season. It would be a different scenario otherwise.

  1. Give in to your natural ability to pose by cam whoring at Legazpi’s tourist spots.

Lignon Hill is a place atop a hill much like Cebu’s Mountain View. Yet this time, the view is not just mountains but some fields, city view and Mayon.

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After the ATV, the service van dropped us there. We were supposed to have a free zip line ride each. Nobody did. We just had snacks and picture taking. It has an awesome view of Mayon. We walked downhill to the highway after where we hired a tricycle to Cagsawa Ruins.

Cagsawa Ruins are the remnants of an 18th century Franciscan church, the Cagsawa church, built in 1724 and destroyed by the 1814 eruption of the Mayon Volcano.

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At Cagsawa, Mayon shied away. We didn’t get a view so we had our time playing with the tower ruin. When we had our fill, the focused change to pasalubongs.

We didn’t have much time so we just hit 2 spots. You could do better. 🙂

  1. Eat somewhere not from your home world…err I mean home province. As for us, tried 1st Colonnial Grill for our dinner on our first night in Legazpi, Bigg’s Diner for our lunch after the ATV ride, then finally Gilian’s Seafood at Embarcadero for our last supper.

We were always hungry that I often forgot to take pictures of our food. Next time, I will! 😀

And this is the last of the day series- my pre-summer escapade 6D/5N in Bicol Philippines. Till the next adventure!

Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

Bicol Day3: More of Caramoan Islands


There are about 50 islands discovered out of more or less a hundred. Most of the discoveries were from the staffs of different “Survivor” reality franchise that had its home in the islands.

Cotivas Island

For this day, we covered 3 islands and a mountain. The day started in Bikal port. After a long boat ride we reached what we thought as sandbar. It’s not…just Cotivas island where we had a little taste of the great Pacific Ocean.

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Unlike the islands visited the other day, this one didn’t have a rock view. We’re there for its cream colored sand and clear waters. We enjoyed doing jump shots. Despite the quick stop, most took the chance to dip in the blue green water. I wish I did.

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Busy doing my stuff in the sand while the others are swimming.
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Enjoying the water!

Manlawi Sandbar

It’s almost 11 am when we left Cotivas.  Next, Kuya Mike took us to the real sandbar in “Manlawi” island where we had our lunch in floating cottages.

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Floating cottages on the background.
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Cottages up-close!
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Souvenir shells sold for Php 10 or Php 20.
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Our cottage!

Manlawi’s sandbar was huge, but smaller than that of Bais’ and can be completely submerge in water unlike Camiguin’s White Island. It was high tide when we arrived so we had the chance to enjoy the knee deep water. We were not allowed to linger because we need to catch the high tide to be able to take the short cut to “Sabitang Laya” island.

We were not able to catch the high tide as planned. Our journey to the next island was therefore compromised.

Sabitang Laya

“Sabitang Laya” took forever. My butt started to get numbed of seating. Glad I’m not one of those people who can’t sleep on a boat. It made the journey bearable.

And finally, Sabitan Laya, our last island destination – the 7th wonder. We were given an hour to enjoy the island. But due to tide issues, the stay was extended. Lucky! We were able to camwhore at rock formations again. This time less jagged and sharp compared to that of Busdak’s.

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When we left the island, we save our energy for the feared 587 steps to heaven.

And heaven it is. Despite shaky knees, short breath, and what was left of our energy, we were still able to reach the top and enjoy a magnificent view of some of Caramoan’s islands. Truly worth the climb.

After cooling down, we decided that it’s time to go thinking of the perils of night boat ride. We were back at Rex’s by 6:30 PM. Dinner was served 30 minutes after. And off we retired for the night…dreaming of the adventures we had. And sadly…bye, bye paradise the next day.

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Up next: Bicol Day 4 & 5: Mt. Mayon Adventures

Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Action


I’m a reluctant photographer because I’m still confused whether I want to be the one in or behind a beautiful photograph. But ever since the boyfie had this signature craze pose in every places we went and mountains we climbed, I just had to get better.

These jump shots were taken from our last trip in Bicol Philippines. I still can’t get the perfect angle in all pictures though. But I’m determined to be. 

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Cagsawa Ruins in Legazpi City, Albay.
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CWC Wakeboarding Complex in Camarines Sur.
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Matukad Island, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.
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Cotivas Island, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.
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Lava Ground from the eruption of Mt. Mayon, Legazpi, Albay.
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Lignon Hill, Legazpi, Albay

Jump shots are tricky. Even if I did it countless of times already, I still can’t get the hang of it. The boyfie is also very strict so I just had to take the shot he would approve. Sometimes, it would take up to 5 jumps. 😦 Anyhoo, I’m happy to be learning things. And though I still don’t own the camera I’m using now, I’m considering to have one. Cheers to photography!

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The bottom picture was the first shot. We decided it was cool to have a series shot so the other 2 were done. Taken at Cotivas Island in Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

PS: This is my first post from Sue’s “A Word A Week Photo Challenge”. I have this monthly goal…for the month of March, I aimed to improve my travel blog. Along with that goal, I promise to grab everything in the blogger web that would help me get better.

This is a good starting month for me. I’m thankful to all the new friends I’ve known as seen in my Community widget. I was still not able to know and connect to all of them yet but one day, I will.

Hang in there friends. 🙂 Thank you for all the inspirations. It gives me the energy to blog more…but this time…BETTER!

Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

Bicol Day2: Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur


From CWC, we travelled 2 hours by van to the port…and another 2 hours to the island aboard a ferry. In total we’re 6 hours away from Legaspi airport which means by Sunday most of our day will be spent on the van.

The views consisted mostly of farmlands lying infront of a giant Mt. Isarog. It reminded me of the dream house I had when I was in elementary…house in the corner of a field with a mountain on the back. It took me 27 years to see that it does exist.

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Views to Guijalo Port

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When we reached Guijalo port, we had to take another 30 minute ride  to our accommodation.

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Our home for 2 nights.
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Across the inn.

After lunch we had siesta in preparation for the Caramoan discovery at 12:30 PM.

Island Hopping Day 1 (Half Day)

Covered 4 islands Busdak, Matukad, Lahos and Nilaos.

Each island has its individual charm but the magnificent rock formations were common.

Busdak Island

A quick stop at Busdak island gave us the time to cam whore in the jagged and sharp rock formations. One wrong step and you’re own the way to the emergency room. But that didn’t stop us from climbing the rocks just to get the perfect view. 😀

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Matukad Island

Our guide, Kuya Mike shared that most of the names of the islands were taken from their characteristic. Matukad (means steep) is best known for its lagoon hidden behind a steep rock. We had to climb for a glimpse.

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On the way to the hidden lagoon of the lonely Bangus.

Once there lived a family of Bangus in the lagoon, Mother, Father and babies. The Mother was captured  and eaten by a fisherman who later died of an unknown cause. Now a lone Father Bangus was left in the lagoon because he ate all his babies. My friends were able to see it. I didn’t because the guide says there are snakes in the water. And snakes creep me out.

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The 2 girls below were trying to get a good look at Father Bangus. The guy? Well…I don’t know what he’s up to. Hmmm!
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The rock just above the lagoon. It was a scary climb but worth it.
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The rock where the guy holding the camera has an awesome view. I climbed up there but was too scared to take a picture. Haha!

 

Aside from it’s steep rocks, Matukad island is also known for it’s powder-like fine white sands.

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Enjoying the powder-like sand. I actually rolled over them. Haha!
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Us enjoying the view, the sand and everything about the island. Feeling survivor eh?!

 

Lahos Island

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Lahos in vernacular means “went through”. The 2 rock standing in the island looks like a gate in both sides where you can went through. In between the rocks are fine sands as smooth as sugar. The view in between is perfect for a “Survivor” shot. Kuya Mike says Survivor series had its opening there. Cool. And off we did our own shot too.

Nilaos Island

Since Nilaos island was our last stop, we spent most of our time swimming. It was conveniently situated between large boulders. The coastline was small. Glad we were the only group there. And since I was busy swimming…the pictures were forgotten. Haha! Will grab some pics from my companions soon.

Up next:
Island Hopping Day 2 (Whole day)

Gone to 3 islands (Cotivas, Manlawi, Sabitan Laya) and went up to Holy Rosary Church with almost 600 steps in Tabgon, Caramoan.

Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

Advextreme: ATV to Mayon Lava


Unlike wake boarding, I wouldn’t put the ATV adventure to my bucket list even it is just as awesome because I really wanna do it again. But before that I should learn how to use the breaks first. Haha!

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Spot the difference. 😀
(Pic courtesy of Kuya Guide from Mam Faith’s Cam)

It was my first time and was scared to suck so I choose to be on the last. Unfortunately, the arrangement changed after our first group picture. And I wasn’t given the chance to argue.

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Later I learned that it was actually a blessing. Because I didn’t want to hold the line, I forced myself to learn fast…And it seems I was doing REALLY great.

I love the thrill of the ride. The feeling that I am in control of almost anything…well, except the breaks. My hands were too small. The accelerator grip is stressing my hand so much that it makes grabbing the breaks an ultra extra effort. It appears I don’t really need the break that much though.

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From Left, Top, Bottom.
(1) Opps, Kuya…Don’t push me.
(2) Look Ma, I’m AWESOMELY driving!
(3) Aha…Aha…Ahahaha!
(4) Now…I’m DOING IT RIGHT.
(Pic courtesy of Kuya Guide from Mam Faith’s Cam)

But I know I have to learn how to use it. Next time, I’ll pick an ATV that would fit with my little hands. Maybe then…no more banging of plants, trees and rocks. Haha! I truly enjoyed the ride so much that the views didn’t matter that much.

Wasn’t even that sad when Mayon was covered in clouds when we reached the Lava ground. I was too excited to go back and be on the ATV again. 

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The trail going up is different on the way down. I like the first trail because it is of different terrains. There were rivers, coconut trees, grasses and roads. The 2nd trail was mostly dark sands and stones. I don’t like it very much. But it was great to have tried them.

Things learned on this activity: 1. It looks harder than it actually is. 2. Believe in yourself. Nothing is impossible when you do. 3. Always find the beauty in learning something new. 

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Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

Bicol Day4: All Day Ride


Ferry schedule from Guijalo Port to Sabang Port start at 5 AM and every 2 hours until 11 AM. Since were quite battered the day before, we opt for the 3rd trip. Reached Sabang by 11 AM where our van to Naga City awaits. The 3rd league of the all day ride comes after lunch at SM Naga City. Left SM around 2 PM. The van ride from Naga City to Legazpi City took 2 hours. At 4 PM, we arrived at Mayon View Apartelle.

Took an hour rest then mass at San Raphael Parish church followed. The mass was in English but there are vernacular excerpts in homily. It amazed me because I actually understood most.

From the church our next stop was Pacific Mall for dinner. The dispatcher advise us not to take the tricycle so we waited for a jeepney to Tabgon. Unfortunately, those jeepneys were rare, 1 in every 10 jeepney bound to Daraga. He helped us to get a Daraga jeepney that would detour to Pacific Mall. Just paid Php 10 each for that detour. I was thinking it would cost more.

Decided to have our first meal in Legazpi at a place not in Cebu. We dined at 1st Colonnial Grill. It was a delicious banquet. Loved their unlimited tinapa rice, chicken and ice cream in rare flavors of chili, lemon, ginger, tinutong and pili nuts. Thumbs up!

After dinner, had grocery for breakfast the next day. Retired early. Had to be physically fit for another extreme adventure – ATV Tour to Mt. Mayon.

Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

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