Bicol 2016

After two years of not posting anything, I guess it’s about time I share something! Haha! Here’s a video (or vlog) of my trip with some friends to Bicol wherein we visited Legaspi and Catanduanes. Hope you’ll like it 🙂 It’s my first time to do a vlog hihi

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You can check out my travel photos in my Instagram account: instagram.com/dt_adventures

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Summer 2014

After a year long hiatus, I’m back! And I hope I can continue squeezing this in in my busy schedule hehe
Summer has come and gone in the Philippines. Though the weather nowadays can be quite gloomy due to the rainy (or typhoon) season, I can relish all the fun I had under the sun through the pictures of all the places I went to during the summer. And of course, I want to share them here 🙂

Baler
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You can read about our Baler trip from my dad’s blog post 🙂

Bicol
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Read more about Caramoan from my post last year and my dad’s recent post 🙂
I will do my best to write about Puraran, the surfing spot in Catanduanes, soon!

Sagada
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My brother wrote about our trip there here! 🙂

Other destinations
Mt. Manalmon, Bataan and Quezon
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There are a lot more places to visit in the country and I won’t let the rains stop me from exploring those! After all, it is more fun in the Philippines! 😉

Food Trip in Bicol

Tinuktok and Mother Bangus
In Guijalo Port, my dad and my brother bought kinunot and fried saltwater milkfish from a canteen. Kinunot is made with shark or stingray meat cooked in coconut milk with malunggay leaves. The milkfish, or Mother Bangus as the locals called it, is a huge one and it tastes better that those grown in freshwater. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos of it :\

Bigg’s Diner
Bigg’s diner offered burgers and spaghettis since their atmosphere is somewhat like an American diner. But since they’re based in Bicol, it only seemed fitting that they offer Bicol’s delicacies as well, like laing and pili pie ala mode.

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Porkchop with laing

Porkchop with laing

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Fried milkfish with pinangat

Fried milkfish with pinangat

Pili pie ala mode

Pili pie ala mode

Pinangat and Tilmok
The town of Camalig is known for their pinangat and tilmok and so of course, we didn’t pass the chance to buy some! 🙂 Pinangat is made up of folded layers of taro leaves cooked in coconut milk. Tilmok consists of shrimp or crab meat wrapped in layers of taro leaves which is then cooked in coconut milk. Customers have the option of buying spicy and non-spicy ones 🙂

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We bought ours from two stores: Let’s Pinangat and a store near it but I forgot the name :\ it was cheaper in the other store though 😉

Laing is somewhat similar to pinangat except that the taro leaves are not layered and folded up 🙂

Smalltalk Cafe
After our ATV adventure, my family had late lunch in a cozy restaurant called Smalltalk Cafe. They offer Western food with a Bikolano twist 😉

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Laing pasta

Laing pasta

Laing ravioli

Laing ravioli

My dad and I had laing/pinangat pasta, my brother had laing ravioli and my mom had tilmok (no photo). We were asked if we wanted or dishes spicy or not. My parents and I said we’d want ours to be a bit spicy and my brother had his dish regularly spiced. To our surprise, our dishes were muh spicier than we expected!! Haha! And for someone like me who has LOW tolerance for any spicy dish, this was very overwhelming. Hahaha! Well, I guess these local cooks are very used to spicy dishes that what they served us was just a bit spicy for them. LOL 😛

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On the way to Legazpi, we passed by locals selling maruya (banana fritters), kalingking (sweet potato fritters), etc. along the road. I got no pictures of those food though as I was driving when we bought and ate them hehe 🙂

Road Trip: Bicol – Naga

Ack! Late post again. Been very busy :\ Anyway, here is the last leg of our Bicol trip 🙂

Our second to the last stop for our vacation was Naga City. We arrived the place at around 8pm so the first thing we did was check in at Sampaguita Inn, a cheap but clean hotel near the center of the city. Right after that, we had dinner then we strolled around the plaza. The place has several food stalls; there was also an area where people play chess. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of it. When I was a kid, there used to be a giant chess board and pieces in the plaza.

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The next day, we visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.  Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia is the Patroness of the Bicol Region. A church was built for her honor near a river bank because of a promise made by Fr. Miguel when he was miraculously healed from his illness. Many more miracles have occurred through Our Lady of Peñafrancia a reason why devotees are increasing in number.

Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine

Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine

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The image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

The image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

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A stained glass window in Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine.

A stained glass window in Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine.

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Peñafrancia Basilica Minore

Peñafrancia Basilica Minore

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Ateneo de Naga. My mom's alma mater :)

Ateneo de Naga. My mom’s alma mater 🙂

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. St. John the Evangelist Parish

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral.
St. John the Evangelist Parish

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After visiting relatives, we started on our long trip back to Manila. Along the way, we stopped by Daet and Bagasbas beach — a local surfing destination in Camarines Norte.

Altar of the church in Daet we visited. My mom used to live near this church when she was young.

Altar of the church in Daet we visited.
My mom used to live near this church when she was young.

The vast beach of Bagasbas on my right!

The vast beach of Bagasbas on my right!

The vast beach of Bagasbas on my left! :P

The vast beach of Bagasbas on my left! 😛

After buying local produce from the market, we went back to the road bound home. And that ended our 5-day vacation. 

Aside from going back to Donsol, Sorsogon, we also plan to go to the beautiful, undeveloped beaches in Calaguas, Camarines Norte ❤ I can’t wait! With so many vacation destinations here, it truly is more fun in the Philippines 😉

Read about our previous activities in Bicol too!
– Caramoan
– To Legazpi
– Sorsogon
Around Legazpi

Road Trip: Bicol – Around Legazpi

On our fourth day in Bicol, we spent the day going to other tourist destinations in Legazpi City. Our first stop: Ligñon Hill. In this hill, you can have a good view of Legazpi City and of Mt. Mayon. It is also a park wherein various activities like zip-lining, trail climbing, etc. could be done 🙂

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When we entered Ligñon Hill, we were offered their promo of a 2 to 3-hour ATV ride with a zip-line ride for only Php 1,800. My brother and I took the offer and we were off to the best activity we had! Biased opinion since I was looking forward to the ATV ride since…forever! Hahaha 😛

The ATV ride is offerd by Your Brother Travel and Tours. From Ligñon Hill, we were guided to the starting point which was in the baranggay Pawa; it’s located behind Ligñon Hill. Before starting the tour, we had an orientation and test drive of our ATVs so we’d get the hang of it. Then off we went!

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We arrived in the base camp wherein we started our trek to the lava wall. The wall is from the 2006 eruption of the Mayon volcano; it is mainly composed of big rocks.

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My brother and I at the foot of the lava wall.

My brother and I at the foot of the lava wall.

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Creative shots by our tour guide. Haha!

Good thing it was a bit cloudy that day. The noontime sun didn’t burn us as we took the ATV tour haha! We were done by around 1pm and we headed to a cozy restaurant called Smalltalk Cafe. Details on that on a separate post 🙂 After our filling, late lunch, we visited other relatives before heading to Naga City where we spent the night 🙂

Read about our previous activities in Bicol too!
– Caramoan
– To Legazpi
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