The holidays are upon us. Where will you be heading? Here’s an idea.
Our 2014-2015 Christmas break was spent in the province of Sorsogon. We spent a week wandering around the towns of Bacon and Irosin. It rained on us in this trip, but that did not get in the way of our wanderlust.
We enjoyed grounded karaoke microphones while it rained on us in our beach hut in Paguriran Island, which is located Bacon, Sorsogon, which is actually just a sandbar connected to a lagoon you can just walk up to and which has a shore full of dried, unique-shaped corals. How awesome?
We did a short trek to a falls called Bayugin in Irosin, Sorsogon and froze off our fingers and toes in the cold, cold water.
We did some hanging around the hometown too. The province may be a little sleepy and sometimes there’d be nothing to do but keep your eyes open and you’ll surely find something fun to do and photogenic to shoot.
The province makes you slow down, it always does.
PS. Dad always drives us to Bicol. It usually takes us around 24 hours to cover the road trip since we stop for naps but you can get to Bicol in 10 hours via land trip in a Penafrancia Skybus Premiere. Click here to book your trip.
‘Til the next rain drenched adventure,
After two hours of riding a bangka on Camarines Norte waters, islands called Calaguas welcomed me with their white sand and pristine waters and I couldn’t say anything. Calaguas literally took my breath away, and all I could let out were muffled shrieks of wonder and delight as I splashed the crystal clear and cool waters.
I will once again fail to document this travel in words but I tried during my short stay, capturing the beauty of these shores.
Experience this paraiso. You have to go to Calaguas. Here’s a little guide:
How to get to Paracale, Camarines Norte : Ride a bus bound for Daet/Paracale from Cubao or Turbina.
How to get a boat to Calaguas from Paracale, Camarines Norte and find a tent: Call Mang Boy at 0908 546 0683.
Where to stay : Pitch a tent under the stars.
What to do : Gaze at stars. Swim the turquoise waters. Climb the hill overlooking the islands and sea and try to fathom how tiny you are in this universe.
Enjoy life in transit,
Seize every opportunity to leave, travel and see places. One way and probably the best way to do it is to go with your family. It’s fun, funny, fulfilling and it’s free!
The holidays for me, always involved a 12 hour++ road trip (dad is our driver and he stops to sleep on the road a lot), going home to see relatives in the province, smelling my lola’s old iskaparate (closet) in our little balay (house), walking the dingy but comforting alleys of the Rilanse (wet market), sprawling along the shores of Sabang Beach, eating lots of seafood especially kasag (crab), enjoying the company of childhood friends and eating more kasag.
My dad was born and raised in probably the farthest, littlest town in Bicol: Bulan, Sorsogon and I already considered it to be my hometown too, even if I grew up and spent most of my waking days in Laguna.
Being in the province has always calmed me down. Time seems to be slower near the sea , the little shacks that line up that community and seeing hunched up para-uma(s) (farmers) makes me realize how richly blessed I am.
We never leave this hometown without seeing other equally stunning places within the bongto (town) and in the neighboring bongto. This trip made me discover a Lake Bariis located in Sta Remedios in Bulan!
And our visit would never be complete without getting our feet scratched on the corally shores of Sta Magdalena Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon.
In all manner of speaking, going home is always worth the journey that takes more than a day. It has always been and will always be awesome.
Enjoy life in transit,
Being a daughter of a Bicolano, I can definitely say that I already have a Master’s degree in long drives and roadtrips. We visit our hometown almost every year. I can watch every tight and steep turn in Quezon-Bicol’s version of Kennon Road, Bitukang Manok and I can sleep through the herky-jerky Quirino Highway. After more than 10 years of summer and Christmas vacations spent in Sorsogon, with each trip taking about 10-12 hours from Laguna and another 10-12 hours going back, I already knew I am on my way to becoming a road ranger.
This trip to Bicol however, was different. We took a planned little detour and discovered more of Bicol.
A 2-hour drive and a 2-hour boat ride from Naga City in Camarines Sur will take you to Caramoan. This island paradise is charming.
The place boasts of limestone islands, pristine beaches and lush greenery. We hopped four of the open islands in one day. Lahos, Matukad, Cadbalinad and Minalagos.
We only stayed for a day, thus the measly number of photos, but the sightly islands gave me more than a million reasons once more to explore and see more of this beautiful Archipelago and praise God, the designer of it all.
Dream of the ocean. See the ocean. Be near one.
Enjoy life in transit,