Pleasurable Journey

ILIGAN CITY – MINDANAO

Legazpi

It’s a long weekend (August 25 – 27, 2012) and this only means one thing: laag again sa mga suok-suok! To where this time? Sa bayan ng Mayon Volcano, Legaspi – Albay. Promo na naman ang CebuPac, ang mga wak-wak nangatol nasad. For a roundtrip fare of P2,190 for both me and Coleen *The SEO Traveller, ay wala na talagang atrasan to!

Meet my Travel Buddy:

Coleen – The SEO Traveller

The truth is: Na-byaan mi sa flight, pastilan Dolores, Colores! I couldn’t miss the chance to go, I was excited and I couldn’t disappoint Coleen. And since it was an unintentional fault (og akung sala, aku jung sala..og akung pinakadakung sala), I re-booked the flight right then and there sa halagang – SECRET! And Yes, dayun mi but waited 5 hours for the next available flight!

I’ve seen Mayon Volcano around several magazines, even inside my elementary books. It has turned a very popular spot to represent the country due to its perfect cone shape but getting close to this magnificent masterpiece of nature has given me a lot to think – ba’t xa ganyan, ayaw magpakita? chos rasad kaaU.

I have my cousin in Legaspi, Ate Marilou who gladly welcomed us! We were pampered and secured with her and her family’s presence all throughout our stay in Legaspi. Thank you so much ate Mar – kuya Roy – beautiful Lila and playful Gab!

Ate Mar – Kuya Roy and Gab-Gab

So here are the exciting adventures we tried and experienced in Bicol:

1. Albay Park and Wildlife

Albay Park and Wildlife

The park is open from 6:00am to 8:00pm daily except Monday. Entrance Fee: P20 for adults and P10 sa mga bulilits. Kids will surely enjoy the spacious playgrounds, mini-zoo and biking areas. Sulit for the entire family and mga isip-bata like me.

Meet my cousin’s smart son: Gab-Gab

Gab-Gab and ate Pam

Ate Pam: Gab oh, my peacock! Ba’t kelangan ng peacock uminom ng tubig?

Gab: Para di po sila tumanda! O.O

Pwedi.

2. Cagsawa Ruins

malandungung adlaw – Cagsawa Ruins

The Cagsawa Ruins are the remnants of an 18th century Franciscan church, the Cagsawa church. It was built in 1724 and destroyed by the 1814 eruption of the Mayon Volcano. They are located in Barangay Busay, Cagsawa, in the municipality of Daraga, Albay.

Cagsawa Ruins Front Side

Feeling nag-basa, wala raba jud! *chus sa self!

3. The Mayon Valcano

Mayon Volcano – Captured at Legaspi Airport at around 10am

We missed to get a clearer and nicer snap of the volcano when we’re close to it. Both its base and peak were covered with thick clouds though weather was extremely fair. But its beauty was still extraordinary, you would really wonder how nature was able to shape it so perfect. At all points of Albay, you will see this giant landscape standing firm and strong as if guarding the entire place.

Mayon Volcano on a Cloudy Day

4. The Embarcadero Mall

Embarcadero Mall de Legaspi

Embarcadero’s special setting makes the place perfect not only for various shoppers but for the entire family and couples. Facing the fascinating Legaspi harbor, you have the options to either listen to a live band, indulge yourself to great cuisines, relax inside the first-class accommodations or just freely stroll and savor the coldness of the night.

All Lights Out at Embarcadero Mall

Embarcadero Mall is owned by the same person who owns the luxurious Misibis Bay – Zaldy Co!

And who would dare to miss the famous Bicol Express? Bicol region is known for their spicy foods. Almost all forms of dishes in the area are flavoured with SILI – katakot-takot na amount ng sili!

The Original Bicol Express fresh from 1st Colonial Grill in Legaspi !

The Famous Bicol Express

Kainan na!

Bicol isn’t just blessed with wonderful sights but also with warm and very polite locals. In every corner are souvenir shops in interesting colors made even more inviting by the smiles from friendly and gentle Bicolanos.

Thank you po Aling * sori nalimut man ko.

Our very friendly and nice tour guide:

Thank you Kuya *sori wala naku napangutana

You have all the time to shop for every possible crafts you have in mind in Bicol. Apart from Sili, they also have a bunch of Pili. They also produce statues out from volcano’s ashes – something you couldn’t find anywhere else in the Philippines.

Local handicrafts – super creative and nice!

HIGHLIGHT of the TRIP?

The ATV RIDE at the Base of Mayon Volcano

It wasn’t too long ago when the ATV ride is made available so I guess we were among the few privileged to even try it. At P2,500/ head, you’ll get the chance to marvel the ma-rocky, ma-river, ma-bumpy yet ma-exciting na trail going to the base of Mayon. *Hay naku – ma-arte lang!

Ready – Set – Go!

I’m glad to be able to come with Coleen, she’s always on the go to try new adventures.

Coleen on her Smooth and Fun ATV Ride

ATV controls are so easy to master, you just have to practice proper control of your pace para iwas baligtad.

Weeh…naning to the max makalusot

The ride going to the base of Mayon was for about an hour. The sun was still up and biting but it was nothing to what we were able to witness when we reached the top!

The climb-climb session- para ingnun climber (murag unsa kataas sa gikat-kat, sus!)

climbing the hardened big boulders of lava

Would you believe that these hard rocks were once hot lava released from the last massive eruption of Mayon Volcano in 2006? Yes na lang gud, mao may ingun ni tour guide gud.

Col, ayaw pahalata na kapuy na kaaU – smile naman jan!

The view was out of this world. On every side, there was a unique piece of wonderful sight! I couldn’t believe to how close I was to Mayon. He’s so huge but its surface was so calm that time. It would be hard for anyone to believe that this sleeping giant has already killed thousands of locals.

Welcome Myself

On the otherside is the top view of Albay, an extremely laid-back, peaceful and clean town at the Southern part of Luzon.

Coleen and Pam – Backdrop: Mayon Volcano Base

So much memories to keep with my encounter with nature again! This is what I love most of travelling – the unique experience I’m able to bring home each time I leave – from the place itself, foods, people, to friends.

All Smiles – its a great Life!

Legaspi is an interesting and beautiful spot and would surely not doubt to visit again. If mahitabo, mu-hapit kog Sorsogon, hadlukun naku si Whale Shark a.k.a Butanding, rar!

Legaspi, Albay – August 2012

Stayed at: Sampaguita Tourist Inn

Days: 3D/2N

Transportation: Plane and Jeepney

Expense: P11,000 (due to re-booked ticket)

Enjoyed most: the ATV ride

Missed: clear and clean sight of Mayon Volcano

Overall Impression: 8 Stars

10 comments on “Legazpi

  1. blissfulguro
    November 29, 2012

    ouch sa rebooked ticket. i think i can hear your voice while i am reading this post. πŸ™‚

    • Pam
      November 29, 2012

      ouch nga talaga xa ate Karl..tinuloy ko nalang..nahuli lang talaga kami ng ilang minutes..nagkamali ako sa time..arrival time ang ina-kala kong departure time..

  2. Geraldine Apog
    November 29, 2012

    wow pam, kasuya ba oi..

    • Pam
      November 29, 2012

      na panagsa rasad ni Ge..sa maka-oras lang..anhi nia mo sa imung hubby Ge..:) *kisses

  3. theseotraveller
    November 29, 2012

    Hahaha…I really enjoy reading it Pam…as usual very playful and fun..love it! And by the way thanks..star mn kaau ta ani nga post..Looking forward for our next trip.. πŸ˜€

    • Pam
      November 30, 2012

      hahaha thank you Col..wala jud bia koy serious na storya as usual..:D looking forward sa imung blog updates tooo…:*

  4. chyngreyes.com
    November 30, 2012

    hi dear! im delighted to land on this blog! amazing photos! β™₯

    • Pam
      November 30, 2012

      WOWWWWW!!!! Ms. Chyng….grabe ang saya ko…thanks soo much sa pagbisita sa blog ko…grabe dream come true.^_______^

  5. loyddonald
    April 24, 2013

    nice blog.

    • Pam
      June 16, 2013

      thank you sir…well appreciated..:)

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