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

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

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 Day1: Hello Legaspi City, Albay


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Hello Mayon! Touchdown Legaspi Airport in a very sunny thursday morning! May this weather continue till the 5th day! Yay!

After an estimated 2 hours of travel and Php 3500 for a van, our journey has finally begun at CWC.

Wakeboarding!!!

But before that here’s Asta’s( is my smartphone) first taste of capturing views…

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Till the next stop…

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

Summer Time: Where Are You Off To?!


Will you…

1. Pump up your energy at CamSur‘s wake boarding facility?!

Wakeboarding. Source: don-kuneho.blogspot.com
Wakeboarding. Source: don-kuneho.blogspot.com

2. Bask in nature’s beauty by kayaking in Caramaon‘s clear waters?!

Kayaking. Source: www.ck-inn.com
Kayaking. Source: www.ck-inn.com

3. Race with friends by ATV on the lava trails of the famous Mt. Mayon?!

ATV. Source: www.byaherosnapshots.com
ATV. Source: www.byaherosnapshots.com

Why choose 1, 2, or 3…when you can have ALL OF THE ABOVE. Wake boarding, kayaking and ATV-ing are just 3 of the activities you can do when you visit Bicol Region in the Philippines. In less than a week, you’ll be able to experience these adventures…and maybe more. 🙂

More stories when I return from my pre-Summer escapade in Bicol starting this Thursday(March 14) until Monday (March 18)! 

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