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When we got lost in Sorsogon 

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Travelled February 18,2016

“Unexpected is either surprisingly well or perfectly imperfect”

It was part of our 25th birthday bucketlist to go to Palawan, we already booked flight for our 4 days vacation. But few weeks before our trip I got an emergency from our province in Bicol that needs me to be there. And because it’s a family related, we decided to just cancel our trip and go to Bicol instead.

Same travel date in Palawan we headed to Cubao for our 12 hours bus travel to Tiwi, Albay in Bicol. There is a direct bus to Tiwi that will takes almost 13 hours depending on traffic situation. Tiwi is 40 minutes drive from Legazpi City, the mainland of Albay.

bus ticket (yet the most convenient bus conpany)
getting ready for a 12 hrs bus ride

We left Cubao around 5:00PM and expected to arrived at 6:00AM next morning. And good thing because we arrived on time.

We arrived home and do my personal errands. It was Neah second time to be in my home town,the first time she was in Tiwi we only stayed for 1 night so this time I take the opportunity to ahow her some of hidden gems of our place. It’s not totally gems but it something that our place can offer  when it comes to tourism.

We started with the “corangon islet”. It is an islet located in Baybay Tiwi Albay which is just walking distance from the town proper. The panoramic view of Corangon can be seen far from the seashore of the beach, but just recently the Corangon is getting closer to the public,the tourism office are now accepting tourist to visit the islet during lowtide.

But riding a boat to see closely the islet is not our plan. We instead go to the seaside and point her out the Corangon island (I’m not even sure if I showed her the right one because corangon is not visible during hightide).

Instead…

 

take a selfie

 
and took photos of her along the beach
 

After the sight seing at the beach side we headed to our town parish church.

 

St. Lawrence Parish Churh

   
   

 

We return back home after church and take our lunch. We went to nearby city tabaco to accompany my mother for her checkup. While waiting for her doctor, we went to a cafe within the area. I saw this cafe from a friend who posted a picture of it on instagram.

Here we go Amore Coffee.

 

Amore Coffee Shop located in Tayhi Tabaco City near DBPMCF
 
They serve a different version of Coffee and Frappe.

their best seller Ryan’s Praline Frappe
Ryan’s Praline Frappe , Mocha Frappe, their version of beef Nachos and Cheese Sticks

 Their frapped was served after 30 minutes from the time we ordered but we guve it a chance because they just opened when we dine.

I love their bestseller Ryan’s Praline Frap (i just dont know where they got that name). Nothing special with the  beef Nachos, I was looking for something spicy and beefy flavor but thei version is different. Cheesesticks was fine, as expected cheese rolled with wrap.

What we like more about this place is a corner where they offer some kind of activity while you dine.

 

totie playing Dart Spin
  
   

One more thing about this cafe is that it’s pet friendly.

Fast forward after our personal errands, I met my friends in college and decided to have some drink as my birthday salubong that night.

 

with Totsie,Janet,Franz, Mama and Dev with our grilled fish pulutan,pinangat and sinigang
 
The next morning was my birthday! And our next stop is Sorsogon City. Sorsogon is more than 4 hrs ride from Legazpi City. But before we headed to Legazpi to reach Sorsogon, I was given a chance to show Neah one of my favorite food since  I was a kid.

representing the puto kutsinta on it’s colorful version :With coconut pulp as a toppings

And that’s what we had for breakfast!

Around 9:00AM we arrived in Legazpi Grand Terminal where we need to have another 4 hrs van ride.

We arrived in Sorsogon proper around 1:00PM we immediately look for jeepney going to Matnog, Sorsogon. After around 20 minutes we just realized that our time maybe not enought for island hopping in Subic Beach. We look for nearby places on google and ended up getting off to a place we dont know. We therefore decided to go back to the city proper and follow the instruction we found from a blog online. We ride a jeep with a signboard “Bacon” and ” Sawanga” 45 mins. Jeepney ride from city proper.

 Paguriran Island

welcomed by a calms sea of the island

We rented a cottage for our remaining hours for only Php 150.00, there is a sari sari store along the beach but they dont sell cooked food aside from cup noodles and caned goods.
 
birthday gift for me
   
   
   Since the last trip from Bacon to the city proper is only until 4:00PM, we decided to go back to the city earlier for dinner and we need to catch thelast trip of bus back to Manila.

Meanwhile, right after we arrive in the city proper we take some glimpse on their City plaza

 
 
 Then dinner finally!

dinner at Biggs

 

We got the last trip of Philtranco bus bound to Cubao around 7:00PM as chance passenger oha!

  
We’ll be back #sorsiūüĎô

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Fort Santiago, Intramuros Photo Gallery

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“BEING A TRAVELER NOT ONLY MEANS RIDING ON A PLANE AND GOING SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL. A TRAVELER CAN GOES IN THE WORST PLACE AND MAKES IT BEAUTIFUL” quote by: Neah
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“One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.
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‚ÄúWe live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Jawaharal Nehru
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‚ÄúEvery man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.‚ÄĚ
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You don‚Äôt choose the day you enter the world and you don‚Äôt chose the day you leave. It‚Äôs what you do in between that makes all the difference.‚ÄĚ
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‚ÄúTake only memories, leave only footprints.‚ÄĚ
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‚ÄúPeople don‚Äôt take trips . . . trips take people.‚ÄĚ
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‚ÄúI‚Äôd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.‚ÄĚ

Visited November 12,2015

CAGSAWA RUINS ALBAY,BICOL

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Travelled May 13-14 2014 Regoin V,Bicol

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WHY BICOL?

Among the different places we visited,this is the place were I wanted to bring Neah.I was so proud to have Neah with me because this is my home town,I was born here, I grew up here,this is were my life started.

WHAT IS IN BICOL?

Just like other Phillipine’s tourist destination Bicol has a lot to offer,from beacutiful white sand beaches,Islands and Islets,falls,mountains,delicious exotic foods and ofcourse the perfect cone Mayon Volcano.

We planned to have a “quick” visit home and Neah’s first time in Bicol. Why it’s quick?because we only have 3 days and the travel time takes almost 13 hours 1 way bus ride.

The bus left Manila 4:00PM and we arrived around 7:00AM the next day.I was very excited to let Neah experience Bicol. We had a Buddle fight lunch on our house when we arrived,the challenging “kamoteng kakoy” (cassava leaves) bare hand yeah!

Ginataang Kamiteng kahoy(Cassava leaves cooked w/ coconut milk)
Ginataang Kamoteng kahoy(Cassava leaves cooked w/ coconut milk)

“you cannot qoute it as experience,unless you tried”

Trivia: Neah’s¬†biggest challenge¬†is¬†eating vegetables, all leafy and green vegetables.

Well,we are even here for food Bicol is  known for spicy cuisine cooked in coconut milk,everything about peppery food are from Bicol province.

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Pasta Bicolandia (4/5 spicy pasta)

Summer in Puerto Galera 2014

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April 26-28 2014 Puerto Galera,Oriental Mindoro

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It was in the¬†middle of summer 2014 when we planned to have our summer getaway. There are a lot of beaches that we wanted to get drowned but we chose somewhere just near the city. This place is one of the places I really wanted to discover even before. I just don’t ¬†have ¬†time and I don’t know how to get there.

So here we go, we had an idea to read some reviews and related blogs so ¬†it will be a bit easier for us to get to the place. We looked for a possible transient, hotel or inn’s that we can stay and also considered even their rates since it’s peak season.

So here’s how we get there.

We rode a Jac Liner bus in Taft ¬†bound to Batangas ¬†Pier,travel time is maximum of 2 hours depending on traffic condition, When we arrived at Batangas Pier we bought our ticket for another two hours boat travel. As far as I know there are 2 major shipping lines operating in Batangas pier, and the boat intervals are every 30 minutes.When we arrive in the island we thought were already there, but no coz there’s more! For some reason the boat cannot directly drop off passengers to the beach front directly, maybe because of low tide or maybe because of peak season and a lot of tourist are on the beach side LOL but since it was our first time we didnt even complain. We rode an L300 van that carries approximately 12 passsengers from the boat (the van was owned by the shipping company so no cost) we travelled a zigzag roan to the main Puerto Galera for almost 30minutes.and when we arrived, YES! it’s white beach and yes! It’s crowded.

And yes,we went there without any reservations made so we looked for a place to stay in, expect all hotels or inns along the white beach are fully¬†accommodated¬†because it’s summer, peak season and yes, weekend! There are actually a lot of locals offering us a place to stay but we can’t think of anything because we are tired from less than 5 hours travel from Manila, Until there’s this one guy who approached us, he asked if we are looking for a place because he knew a place but he gave us proper expectation that it’s a walking distance from the beach front.

It was approximately 10 mins walk from the beach front where the resort named ” Villa Cristina” located. ¬†The place is quiet far from the noise from the beach, we are welcomed by the owner and deal on the prices of the rooms. We got the¬†air conditioned¬†Nipa hut w/ CR and a small veranda made of concrete but it was mold like a real bamboo.

WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN BE FOUND?

There are a lot honestly, from simple to extreme. we haven’t been in Boracay when we went there or other high end beaches so we don’t have any to compare. Water sport activities can be found such as Banana boat,Jets ki ride, there are some who parasail and ofcourse beach Volleyball.

Banana Boat
Banana Boat
jetski
jetski

THE BEST FOOD TO EAT?

Just like the other places we visited, each of them has their own specialty. I was thinking of eating “mindoro frog” which I know is very famous but unfortunately I¬†haven’t¬†seen any on ¬†the menu (and Neah for sure wont take any risk to try that thou).¬†There are a lot of restaurant along the white beach that serves affordable food. I forgot the name of the resto but we found this one resto where we had our breakfast for only 199 for two. Its a big serving it has bacon, ham, sausage and scrambled egg.

At the afternoon, mango shakes is very suitable while you chilling the beach ūüôā

We enjoyed a lot during the nigh¬†because ¬†restaurants turned out comedy bars, that offer diff “promos” on their drinks. We enjoyed watching how gays entertain the crowd. And we tried what they called galera cocktail good for 3 or 4 for only 250.00 I think. At our last night ¬†we wanted to have a memorable dinner so It took us ¬†time looking for the place to eat. Until we reached the end of the long beach where you can find cozy restaurants but the price is a lil bit pricey but It’s worth It ūüôā

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CRYSTAL BEACH Zambales

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March 29-30 2015
¬† ¬† ¬†¬†It was one of my wildest dream since I have Neah as my travel buddy and that is to experience¬†beach side¬†camping,I’snt sound interesting that you will fetch your tent together, you will cook food by yourself, you will save your ass from mosquittos in any way possible, girl scout thing and I find it really exciting.
Same drill,we find a place for beach camping in Zambales and please not the overcrowded Anawangin and other commercialized beaches that needs Boat transfers. We found out Crystal Beach Resort in San Narciso Zambales.
Since we really wanted to feel the real camping experience we brought our own tent online, we even made “to bring list” for our fist camping experience.
And those are:
* Tent
* Blanket
* Flashlight
* Power banks for our phones
* Pajamas
* Off lotion
* Chips/ Canned goods (century tuna and Vienna sausage)
* Hotdogs
¬†We have a ready made¬†itinerary¬†but for some reason Jam Liner in Kamias dont have bus bound to Iba Zambales or maybe I just overlooked because I’m excited?LOL
We rode another Taxi to cubao and went to DLTB, unfortunately the Iba bound bust just left and the next trip will be 11:OO AM and it was chance passenger. Good thing I remembered an alternative way to Iba based on the blogs that¬†I’ve¬†read. We took Olongapo bound bus and from Olongapo we can ride another bus to Iba that will drop us to San Narciso Zambales! Girl Scout!
We arrived in Olongapo past 12:00PM and rode an airconitioned bus to Iba Zambales, It was less than an hour travel in which we passed some part of Subic and the jumpoff to Anwangin in San Antonio Zambales.
      When we reached San Narciso just in front of the church we hire a tricycle to the market to buy water and some food.Then we go straight to the resort.
      We were impressed by the resort staff. One of the staff accompanied us to the camping site and offer to help us fetching our tent.
   

¬† ¬† ¬† It was our first time to fetch tent on our ownūüĎŹ With our flowing sweat and our starving tummy we still made it!
After a quick rest we prepare something for late lunch,we have this hot dog and marshmallows ready for grill.
But it was not that easy,we¬†don’t¬†know how to lighten the charcoal so we can cook,I never¬†thought¬†it will be this hard I swear.
Now lunch is ready with our camping style foodies,Salted egg and can goods LOL

We stayed at the resort for a night and the following day was pic-op’s and swimming time! We really had fun on our first camping experience, we love the camp site, the trees the¬†beach¬†and most specially the friendly staff of Crystal Beach Resort. It’s 5/5 for Customer Service.

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Tagaytay

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I can say that this was my dream place on my almost three years of staying Manila.As usual schedule won’t allow me to experience what “Tagaytay”is.I have a lot of officemates,friends seems like Tagaytay is just a nearby place where they can reach anytime in any day‚úĆÔłŹ.Pitty me.

I’ve learned about Tagaytay on some movies that I watched, word of mouth,online deals etc.and I’m so excited because I know one day I will feel the breeze of Tagaytay.And I’m dreaming of going to this place with someone special.

As my curiosity continous I keep asking Neah about the place,how to get there,what’s the big deal of making Tagaytay a special place for others and of course ¬†WHY I’m interested as well.haha! I tried reading blogs and reciews about several hotels and resto in the place.

Until little by little i already made a decision on how “possibly”we can go there,of course Neah will be with me. I patiently read all reviews,list down some activities that we may enjoy once were there,I even asked some of my friends whom I know already went there,seems like I’m going out of the country.haha

The thing is,i dont know how to tell Neah that I want her to be with me in Tagaytay.How can I tell her this without sounding awkward,OMG

Yes. She agreed to be with me though ūüėĄ we are still on the stage of courtship but I now maybe somehow she trust me on going somewhere alone the two of us.And I know she can feel that I am so eager to go there.

It was our rest day one saturday afternoon as we planned to take the almost two hour ride to Tagytay. We were about to get lost when we found out that the terminal near UN ave is non operational bound to Tagaytay. We contacted Neah’s friend and ask for alternative way to ride a bus bound to Batangas that will passby Tagaytay. We went down to LRT baclaran rode a jeep to Coastal Mall and finally!

The travel time  was fun. As I am excited that finally I will be there in just few hours.

We drop by Magallanes square one of the common stop over in Tagaytay where there are some restaurant to eat with a treat of overlooking view of Taal Lake and the Starbucks Cofee shop is a plus.

“So it’s true,malamig pala talaga sa Tagaytay” I ¬†told myself. We had dinner at one of the Resto just behind Starbucks magallanes.By that time it’s so hard to find a place to stay or even a place to have a cofee because it’s raining weekend aside from ¬†Starbucks was full of like “partying people”.

I can say that Tagaytay really test my patience,without any pre booked room,we search fir any available lodge that we can stay for a night but it’s not that easy because of the rain pouring on our head that night.Until ¬†we rode a tricycle and ask the driver if he can look for a place for us to stay,while on our way,we drop on some lodging houses and inns but all of them are fully booked.

For almost half an hour of just lookong for a place to stay we finally found one,but i think it’s a family room.It was a two storey with a bedroom on the atic of the houseūüėĄ

                       (After sharing some emotional toughts and experiences)

Early in the morning after taking our breakfast we decided to go back to Magallanes square and have some cofee. After almost a night of story telling and sharing our toughts were not yet done.

  

    

And before going back to reality we have this shirt as our souvenir.Since I dont have extra clothes when we went backhome.

 

And I promised that if Neah will be my girlfriend,we will celebrate out first month back hereūüėĄ

Travel December 15-16 2013

GRAND ISLAND Pagbilao Quezon 

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April 28-29 2015

¬† ¬† ¬† One of the best way to escape from busy work atmosphere is to go out and find a place where you can breathe fresh air and rest with tranquility that sorrounds you.¬†It was tiring week for us and we decided to go out of town,we are looking for a place just near the Metro and not more than 8hrs travel time,until Neah found out a hidden paradise from different blogs about Kwebang Lampas and Puting Buhangin, we read all the Pro’s and Con’s on going there since it was literally a hidden place and needs almost all mode of transportation.We made our itenirary basing on the information we gather from blogs that we have read.Since It was still summer exploring hidden paradise will be exciting.

      This is not the first time that we go out for camping so preparing for camping paraphernalia has been quiet easy. All our things were packed, tent ready,and on our itenirary we planned to leave early in the morning.Luckily Neah and I woke up late the following day and found ourselves waiting for a bus in Kamias bound to Lucena 6:00 in the morning.
 
It was almost 4 hours travel time from Manila to Lucena Grand Terminal we immediately look for any resto or foodchain where we can save our poor tummy. Hurray for JolibeeūüėĄ
After lunch we went to jeep terminal bound to Pagbilao proper/pagbilao market,we waited for almost 30 mins since it only leaves once its full, it was a dusty 30 mins jeep ride together with big trucks and buses on the road.
Our cab stopped directly in front of the jeep going to Isla Polo,same thing happened we waited until the jeep was full and the 45mins travel started on the narrow road way to Isla Polo.
 
¬† ¬† ¬† Until the driver stopped and point us to someone who can take us to the jump off and this time its a tricycleūüėĄ
Based on the blogs that wev’e read tricycle ride will cost php150.00 one way,but since we are only 2 and a backpack and handcarry tent we got the deal for Php100.00 one wayūüėĄ
This hospitable kuya driver got our number and volunteer to fetch us next day from the jump off.
On our way to the jump off,we passed through an ongoing construction owned by a Singaporean company,according to kuya driver it was gas and crude plant just like in Palawan. Another eye catching infrastructure was the power plant built just beside the lake going to the island,according to kuya driver since he worked there before it was a power plant that supplies current in Metro Manila.
 
So here we go,it¬†doesn’t¬†end here,there’s more! This time we need to cross the lake.
After the lake boat transfer we have to trek for almost 30 mins going to the beach front.
      We were given a glimpse of the sea before we started to trek,it was clear blue water with some rock formation.
We just follow the narrow path since we were instructed by the bankero to just turn left and walk straight the path and we can reach the beach front but walking in narrow path with pointed rocks is not that easy we have to watch every single step so we wont be hurt by pointed rocks on our way. 
   

  

¬† ¬† ¬† It was already¬†1:00PM¬†in the afternoon when we finally reach the beach front,and yes! It was rocky white sand just like in Puka Beach in Boracay,we fetch our tent and started to take our super late lunchūüėĄ
It took us almost 7hours travel time to reach the beach but it’s all worth it.

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