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My trip to Legaspi, Daraga, Donsol, and Cagraray

Published April 9, 2012 by Diosa

In every travel I take, I rely on the internet for information heavily. I’m guilty of not being able to say thanks to those who took time and put their itinerary on the cyber world. I hope this will be the first of many travelling tips and guides I contribute in the net.

Date / Time Actvities Things to Bring Fee
April 4

6:40 am

8:40 am

9:40

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

4:00 pm

Manila – Terminal 3

Terminal Fee

Manila – Legaspi

Via Airphil

Legaspi City Airport

City Tour and Donsol Transfer

Lignon Hill

Daraga Church

Cagsawa Ruins

Lunch

Embarcadero

Legaspi Blvd.

Go to Donsol

Vitton and Woodlands Resort

Standard Double

Deluxe

Register at Donsol tourism office

E-ticket. Valid ID. Credit card used

 

 

 

 

Comfy clothes and shoes

Mosquito Repellant

Sunblock

Water

P200/pax

P1918/pax

 

 

P20000/coaster/3 days

P20/pax (senior  citizen/ children below 3 feet – free)

Optional:

Zipline: P250 – 350/pax

P10

P250 (eat all you can)

P2640/night

P2400/night

*extra mattress – P300

April 5

5:30am

7:00 am

10:00 am

 

6:30 pm

Wake up

Whaleshark Interaction

Registration

Back to Resort

 

Firefly watching

Packed food and water, sun protection apparel and lotions, snorkeling gear, and underwater or video cameras, minus artificial underwater illumination devices or gadgets.  

P3500/boat

P100/pax

Optional:

Snorkeling Gear – Rental Fee P300/pax

P1250/5 pax

April 6

7:00am

9:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:00pm

Donsol to Legaspi City

Day tour at Misibis Bay

Roundtrip land transfers (from your hotel in Legazpi City/Hotel Venezia to Misibis Bay) Lunch at Spice Market / Dela Playa Restaurant

Non-motorized watersports activities like Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) surfing, Hobie Cat sailing,windsurfing, kayaking, and snorkeling

Use of resort facilities (Indoor Activity Center, swimming pools and fitness center)

Legazpi to Donsol

Sunblock

Camera

Swimsuit

Changing clothes

 

P4270/pax

(children 5 years and below – free, 20% senior citizen discount)

April 7

9:00 am

11:15am

1:15 pm

2:10 pm

Donsol to Legazpi

Legaspi Airport

Terminal Fee

Legaspi to Manila

Via Zest Air

Manila – Terminal 4 (Old Domestic airport)

E-ticket, Valid ID, Credit card used  

 

P30/pax

 

P1384.40/pax

 

Contact Numbers:

Albay Tourism Office: 052 4810250                                                  Vitton and Woodlands Resort:  annie.09279126313; 09178501771

Misibis Bay: 09175991590; 0524810888; 026618888                        Legazpi Tourism Office: 052 480-4956/57

Roam-travel: miggie.09175581494; 09228207954                            Legazpi City Tourism Services Unit: 052 4802698

Airphil: 052 480-7515; 855-9000                                                         Zestair: 855-3333; 052 4805005/55

Please use this as guide, don’t follow it. The travel to and fro Donsol is very tiring. If I could undo our itinerary, it was better to stay in Legaspi.

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In the company of children

Published April 9, 2012 by Diosa

I had been a preschool teacher for many years now. I love the children but after spending 10 months with them I really need a break. Come March and all teachers are looking forward to summer vacation. We are seeking peace and silence with nobody calling us teacher.

I spent my summer break in Bicol with friends from work. Surprisingly, I still found good company in children. Maybe not that surprising but without trying I found myself enjoying a moment with them. It was relaxing as well as stimulating. They are witty and yes far more sensible than some grownups.

On my first day in Donsol, I was excited to see the whalesharks but only got disappointed when they didn’t surface the water. Perhaps with 30 boats all over the place, they were stressed out and hid in the deep part of the sea. It was terribly disappointing but I had been warned. We ate lunch and washed up. I was about to take a nap but decided to explore the place instead. I was eating my clubhouse sandwich when dogs started barking at the sea. It was a little intense as there were only few people and we couldn’t see why the dogs were barking. My imagination was running a bit wild. Is it a sign of earthquake or tsunami? Then, I saw the girl with her 3 big dogs. Two are German shepherds and one is a Rottweiler. The street dogs were barking ferociously and the girl teased them even more when she told her dogs to stay inside the resort. Eventually, she called her dogs and finally the other dogs calmed down. I thought this was my only encounter with her. I was mistaken. After eating my snack, I took a stroll at the beach. I was practically the only one there. I began taking pictures and went far from the resort. On my way back, she came out from her house with her three dogs. The dogs had their ears up and I felt their eyes steadily on me. She was digging in the sand when she suddenly spoke to me. She lives in Bicol and speaks English fluently. She showed me that she was digging out the glass in the sand. She asked where I came from and if I will be staying in Bicol. And all along her dog was sniffing me. I tried to be very cool because I’m really scared of her dogs. Though I know that these are trained dogs, it was still unnerving for me.

little bicolana with her three dogs

I knew Lyle since he was in his mommy’s tummy. He may be impertinent at times but he has redeeming qualities. I actually appreciated him on this trip. We were together during our firefly watching and disappointingly whale shark non-interaction. He is very caring with his younger cousin and shares everything with him. When I saw them eating snacks, the youngest was really hungry. Lyle shared his noodles with him and didn’t mind at all if he had eaten even his share. During our firefly watching, he was his usual self when his cousin said something and he told off his cousin that only an idiotic person would think about that. Unfortunately, his aunt was right there. He was clearly fighting back. He would ask silly questions and when I told him not to ask idiotic questions anymore, he came up with sensible ones. The tour guide was really patient with him but he totally pissed off his aunt. What really put him to sleep was when we talked about the natural lights like the sun, stars, and the firefly. He was leaning heavily and quietly snoring. When we got off the boat, he went to his mom and whispered that he didn’t see the fireflies because he fell asleep. The next day, I enjoyed playing table football with him. Even though he lost in all games, he was very sport and enjoyed the games too.

Lyle

On our last day, I met Theo. A four year old boy who jumps into the pool and never wants to get out of it. I was trying to swim when he showed me his water gun. He lent it to me and demonstrated how to use it. He started showing off his tricks with his gun and urging me to follow him. Later on, he got his ball and we started playing similar to football. Only in this game, we didn’t use feet but the water gun to push the ball. We were having fun and he was really nice and friendly. He is also funny. He told me that he farts like his dad. Oh! Really? He asked me if I didn’t hear it. Did you fart? He answered all the time. He’s one cute boy who takes pride in his fart.  His aunt called him to eat breakfast and that was the time when he became really upset. I told him that I’ll be swimming at the beach and be getting out of the pool too. He was sad and we said our goodbyes. If ever I have a child, I really would like it to be like Theo. He is such a charmer!

Sometimes difficult children ruin my desire of having children of my own but some children restore my faith in actually having one.

Karen’s Dictionary

Published April 11, 2011 by Diosa

Everytime I travel, I spend countless hours on the internet researching about the place. I would be awed, amazed, and surprised. I just to want make sure that we eliminate danger and possible rip offs. And I hope that we get to enjoy all the things the place has to offer even if we go to off beaten paths. Plus, I like trivias. However, my friend Karen usually comes up with things and terms that couldn’t be possibly seen on researches. Here’s some of the stuff she said which made us wonder at first then eventually laugh hard about it.

 

1. Trip to Coron

 

Coron is very beautiful. One that actually makes me shout “ang ganda ng Pilipinas!” Coron is a municipality that includes Busuanga Island and all nearby Coron island. (according to wikipedia and coronphilippines.com)

 

While waitng at the airport, we took pictures (camwhores we are) and came across the name of the airport. Karen made a conclusion: Busuanga Is. Coron, Palawan. Ahh, busuanga pala ay coron din. (Ahh, Busuanga and Coron is the same.) Then, we read what she saw. I think its Busuanga Island Coron, Palawan.

 

2. Trip to CDO and Camiguin

 

We really love to go to Camiguin. In order to get there, I studied different routes to the the place and decided to use the Cagayan de Oro route. We got there in the afternoon so we spent the night before heading to Camiguin. We hanged out at their Divisoria and attended the Mass the next day. On our way back to the inn, Karen saw a sign at a furniture shop. Since we were in Mindanao, we had a bit of hard time understandng the language. She read “lay away.”(all a’s are short sound a) We thought about it s0 we read it with her, we said lay away. Karen, that’s English. (the payment scheme)

 

3. Trip to Hongkong and Macau

 

 

Hongkong is my first international trip. My childhood dream of seeing Mickey Mouse at Disneyland is finally coming true. We only have 6 days to go around the place but we really don’t care if we get tired and exhausted. It’s a must that we get to tour all the destinations we chose to go.With hundreds of thousands of overseas Filipino workers in Hongkong, it’s possible that we’ll be identified as one of them. We were so excited when we saw them at the Largo Leal de Senado and it felt home when we heard someone spoke our language. Karen started gushing “DOH.” Huh? Domestic Helper. Ahh, DH. We had a good laugh even with an empty stomach!

 

 

This post is dedicated to Karen who teaches us the most provocative and sexiest model-like poses and provides us hysterical quotes when we get too serious.

 

 

 

Back in Bora

Published April 11, 2011 by Diosa

I could finally sing “nakabalik na ako sa white sand beach ng Boracay!” Both trips are so memorable for me. The white sand, pristine waters, and hot people all around make Boracay a destination one should not fail to go. I was here in 2005 and after going to a lot of Philippines’ beautiful islands, I wonder if Boracay is still one of the country’s top tourists’ spots. Well, whatever doubts I had, going back to the island cleared them all up. The beach wasn’t that crowded at this time of the year but still there are many tourists. I could complained about too many people or too many restos and bars or too many resorts but there’s still something I just couldn’t explain that draws me and apparently lots of people to the beach. I could actually sit there all day and just stare at the beach, watch the waves, feel the sand, and listen.

The trip going to Boracay proved to be an adventure for me. In 2005, I endured 13 hours of riding RORO with my colleagues which included sitting in the bus with some passengers that have live chickens with them, transferring to ferries, running for seats, and back aches that I kept feeling for 4 days. When we saw Boracay, I honestly could cry. I had the most amazing feeling on my feet when we finally stepped on the white powdery sand. This year, I took the plane. Thinking that it would be more relaxing, I was wrong. I went with my family this time and we took three different flights at three different terminals. My sister and I took public transportion to the airport where we would meet the others while they took the car. Since we were in a tight schedule, we called them every five minutes or less. My brother in law with my nephew were dropped to centennial airport only to be told that they should be at T3. They took the cab and transferred. Then, my mom and dad were supposed to be at T3. They did make it. Thirty minutes before departure time. My sisters, another nephew, and me needed to go back to domestic terminal but we had to park the car first. It was really stressful when you’re pressured with time. We finally found a parking slot and took the shuttle. The driver was kind enough to help us crossed the street. Hello, he dropped us at the other side. Yay! We got there just in time! (FYI, flights going to Boracay via Airphils and Philippine Airlines are the same which is why my brother in law needed to transfer to T3 terminal)

In 2005, we saw sailboats at the shore but this time boats dock at the pier at the other side of the island. It does make sense. The beach is free from gas leaks and people are free to swim.

 

we had ice cream then, I finally found Jonas. Their fruit shakes are so delicious!

 

 

Island Hopping

We enjoyed banana boat ride then I scaled into new heights this time, parasailing.

Just for fun with the kids, I rode the jetski on land with steering wheel :))

 

I went there with my shs binondo family then, my family.

 

The beautifully made and lighted sandcastles

 

at willy’s rock. no tattoo this time.

 

the waterfall stairs at regency

 

D’mall

 

My first airplane ride. No more roro. Thanks Mrs. C! Now, with my sisters, brother, and nephews.

 

I love Boracay! and I would love to go back again and again and again….

 

Amidst the empty chairs and busy tourists

Published April 11, 2011 by Diosa

I was waiting at the jetty port for the boat that would take us to Caticlan and ride the plane back to Manila. Right at the middle of these chairs and tourist where I was sitting with my newly tanned skinny arms, bronzed glowing cheeks, and long super dry hair, I wondered…. would anyone notice if I pick my nose? Well, just a thought.

 

A Different Kind of Rollercoaster Ride

Published April 11, 2011 by Diosa

The best position: on top

 

The best weather condition: bright and airy

 

The best way to move around: fast and thorough

 

and yes, its best to do it with more people than just one.

 

 

 

Had it all on the Jeep roof in Batanes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

their unique road sign, they used this long before the text lingo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Lord of the Rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

what were you thinking about?

 

 

Batanes Characters

Published April 11, 2011 by Diosa

I’ll be forever raging about Batanes and here’s another reason why I so love love love it!

When you are a tourist, people easily smile at you. I kinda have a sort of hangover when I got back to work for I smiled to every person in the building and what I received was a weird expression on their faces. Well, it could have only meant one thing, vacation is truly over!

I met different kinds of people in Batanes and they sure did add to my amazing experience. I forgot to take pictures with some of them and I now am regretting it. How could I forget Kuya Roger who seems to have a tale for everything, Kuya Nards who assisted us in every way he can and Tita Lydia who did very well in accomodating us.

Here are some people we met, got to know, and made friends with.

With my sister is the owner of the old house in Dakay. She is very used to having tourist dropped by her house. She inherited the house from her spinstress aunt. (Signs! signs!)

 

The oldest man I met. He’s 103 years old but still responds well. He says because he eats vegetables and fish. No pork or beef! When we went to his house, he was removing the corn pellets without eyeglasses. I saw his picture with his wife when they were still a young couple. He’s quite handsome and she’s beautiful.

 

 

The youngsters we had jumpology session with. Rosan is a sweet fresh grad and a bit shy. The sisters, who were funny talking about their facebook, are Bianca and Celine.

Mrs. Pax or Dax? She had this nice post which I imitated. 🙂 She sure looks like my Tita Dina.

 

These are nice girls we hanged with at Marlboro hills with their mom. This picture captured the essence of their characters on our trip. Sweet daughters and their overprotective mother.

 

Joan. OMG! I’m so jealous of her. She stayed in Batanes for 10 days, went to all 3 islands, and got that fabulous tan!

 

Well, here’s Raf squeezing in my solo shot.

The next one is with his girlfriend, Madge, my “I-don’t- care- if- its-rich- in-cholesterol” buddy.

 

And yes, the coastguards who are literally just guarding. They don’t have their own boat! The Taiwanese can easily take whatever they want. hmmmmmp! Well, at least they have a nice calendar that they gave to us. 🙂

 

Jewels and Christina. They were both travelling alone until they met us. Jewels is a college student who I immediately like because she can’t believe I’m 30. We ate at Fundacion Pacita and managed to get into a room for pictures! Ahh, Jewels, where are the pictures?

We first met Christina at the airport and she eventually stayed at the same resort. I think she’s like us who didn’t want to waste anytime not exploring the place. We bathed and slept at the resort and then we were out. She’s really great and it’s nice being friends with her.

 

Our entry pass to Fundacion room, Boron and Milyn. We kept on bumping to this couple during our 3rd day tour. And its very fortunate for us because we saw Boron when we were dining at Fundacion! Yehey! We got to go inside the room. We met Milyn the next day at the airport and she’s equally nice. They are really cool couple and yes, I think we could work out another trip to Batanes with them.

 

And here’s my ate, with whom I share this awesome experience.