I am not a highly paid professional to afford spending a lot traveling to places with thousand kilometers away from our home. Just to satisfy my urge of going somewhere, I need to be meticulous about my spending thus, "diskarte" is a must for me to pursue the goal. Before reading more about this post, I just want to tell the readers that this post does not aim others to adapt [this] itinerary (just a purpose of sharing) because my travel to the following places in this entry has no set itinerary at all, and we just hit the road and ask somebody what to do and where to go in that destination, it was just unplanned.
Mayon Resthouse Park
My destination is the Bicol peninsula (not the whole region itself) composed of 4 provinces namely Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay and Sorsogon. The reason why I only spent 3,500 pesos for 3 days and two nights for the 4 provinces will be discussed later. For now, I will just focus how I traversed the peninsula in 3 days and 2 nights and as I said, the itinerary was just very random since it was come-what-may and it might be too inconvenient to adapt, anyhow, you may adapt it and I will be sharing my experience.
To note this is my longest land trip so and it took us 24 hours to reach our lodge (includes stop overs). From Vigan, we arrived at 8 pm of June 29, 2011 and we reached the Bicol soil the afternoon of July 30 and this starts our Day 1.
I rode in a bus, and it was just a hitch actually. It was in fact a bus that carries the Ilocos Sur delegation of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers who are going to Legazpi City, Albay to attend a national convention and I grabbed this opportunity to have a hitch although I didn't know the people inside this bus except for one person whom I connected with to join this ride.
Day One (1) - It's All About the Arch
For that case, there's no time to waste because I am afraid the driver will suddenly change his mind and just drive us away ahead so I have to go down and the funny thing was the engineers with me were also "game na game" although I have to accept the fact that some others are killjoy.
Another welcome arch, that's great!
After the welcome arch, I was able to see another arch but this time is embedded with the architecture of Peñafrancia Basilica in Naga City.
Peñafrancia Basilica Minore in Naga City
Beautiful arched windows add beauty to this not-so-old church. The arched windows transform the ambiance into a medieval period.
Those archs were just great enough to start the day one. Peñafrancia Basilica is located just few minutes away from the city center of Naga. The concept of the church building was created in 1960 by Archbishop Pedro P. Santos. The construction of the church began in 1976 but delayed due to financial problems. It was completed on 1981.
The Basilica was just our stop-over on our way to Legazpi City and that ends our day trip for the day 1. It was already 7 pm when we reached Oas, Albay (the location of our lodge called Masaraga). Oas was still one hour away to Legazpi City.
At night, we had to take a rest after the long 24-hour journey and be ready for fun the next day.
Day Two (2) - It's All About the Fun
Aside from the great food, I also enjoyed the garden setting (Gazebo) of the restaurant. I just love how the air gently strikes then the white charming curtains sway until I can feel the garden breeze while eating with the best dishes.
After the great tummy treat, you can also visit and explore the Balay Suanoy itself, an ancestral house with an old-world charm. Let's have a tour inside this house turned restaurant.
After the great food, we headed to Donsol, Sorsogon with the hope to see butanding (at least) surfacing at the water. Unfortunately, it was an off-season. The town of Donsol can be reached from Legazpi City for about 1-2 hours.
After about an hour visiting the town of Donsol, we headed to Daraga Church and see the majesty of that church located atop a hill overlooking the Mayon Volcano.
In fact, the best time to go in this church is when you are hungry (lunch or merienda) because beside the church is a restaurant called JZOR located in a setting where you can enjoy the view of the Mayon Volcano while eating.
After the merienda at this restaurant, we headed to Cagsawa Ruins. Entrance fee is 10 pesos. Cagsawa Ruins is the location of the church that was washed out by the wrath of the Mayon Volcano and left many people dead.
We headed further to Mayon Volcano, yes the Mayon Volcano itself where we reached halfway of the volcano's crater at the Mayon Resthouse Park in Tabaco City. That was again about an hour from Cagsawa Ruins.
The Mayon resthouse is on a high elevation and the bone-penetrating coldness of the air tells you that you are just with the clouds in a high altitude.
The day mode is over and we spent our night time at the Embarcadero de Legazpi for food tripping.
That ends the Day 2!
Day Three (3) - It's All About the Shopping and Food
We started the day three by first visiting the Lignon Hill on which after that, we started our shopping and food trip.
Entrance fee at Lignon Hill park is 30 pesos (if I am not mistaken) and you can also have a zipline for 200 pesos. You can tour the park for an hour of two.
After shopping at Legazpi Grand Terminal, we headed to Tummy Yummy to taste the Sisig Bicol Express. Tummy Yummy restaurant is also located within the premises of the Legazpi Grand Terminal.
After that, we headed to Naga City at SM Naga to do shopping and another food trip too where I tasted the Squid Bicol Express.
That ends my 3-day and 2-night on the spot itinerary.
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