Thursday, December 3, 2009

Diyos Mabalos Bicol

We went to Sorsogon to celebrate our daughter's 8th birthday. We booked our flight with Cebu Pacific for the price of the bus fare. We planned to stay in Sorsogon for two nights and another night in Albay. We really had no plan except to see Paguriran Island in the Bacon District in Sorsogon City. Our trip was from 27 November to December 1 so we only had to get a one day leave because it was a long weekend.

We left Manila early in the morning and after about less than an hour flight, we arrived in Legaspi City, the jump off point to Sorsogon. We took a tricycle to the Legaspi City Grand Terminal where we took a van going to Sorsogon City. The flight was so early that Angel slept on our way to Sorsogon.

Without any idea on where to stay in Sorsogon, I searched the web and found this site on, it was Fritz Homestay. The owner was very accommodating and replied to my emails quickly. She was really a hands on owner and personally manages the inn.

On our way to Sorsogon, we asked the driver to drop us at Executive Village in Tugos. From the gate of subdivision we walked to the inn to stretch our legs although tricycles are available.

Upon arrival, we talked to Jo, the owner, that we wanted to go to Paguriran Island and asked if she can provide us packed lunch so that we have something to eat while there.. We were checked in and shown to our room.

The room was pretty basic but what got my daughter excited was the pool, which we used over the two nights that we were there.

Located in Sawangan, Bacon District., Paguriran Island is about 1 hour away from the city. Fare costs 40 pesos each and the last jeep returning to the city is about 3 PM

Crossing the waters going to Paguriran can be done by foo, especially during low tide. Children can take a banca which costs 20 pesos for the return trip to the island and. It takes less than 5 minutes to reach the island

After our swim in Paguriran, we got off at Rizal Avenue in the city. We found a restaurant with a lot of locals going in to have their merienda. We decided to check it and have an early dinner there.

The following morning, we decided to have a road trip to Bulan, which is the jump-off point to Masbate via ro-ro ships. The trip to Bulan, passing through the towns of Casiguran, Juban and Irosin, costs P70 one way and takes about 2 hours.

Upon reaching Bulan, we went to the Immaculate Conception church to pray for awhile.

After, we talked to some people what can be done in Bulan and were told that locals usually go to Sabang Park to have their picnics and swim on the beach.

We were also told that the town has an eco-park. Thinking that it was similar to the La Mesa Eco-park in Quezon City. We decided to go and see for ourselves what it was. We were disappointed with what we saw. The park seemed to have been neglected and from there we saw a bulldozer cutting away a road through a mountain or hill.

Returning to Fritz Homestay, we had an early evening dip before finally having our dinner consisting of alimasag ang nilagang baka.

The following morning we took a tricycle to the city to take a van going back to Legaspi City.

We had breakfast at a mall near the Legaspi City Grand Terminal where we met my wife's relatives. We were to spend our night in Oas, Albay, about an hour away from Legaspi.

After arriving in my wife's relative's place in Oas, we had our dinner and after which we went to Kawa-kawa in Ligao. It is a hill with a good view of the surroundings and the stations of the cross going to the top.

Tired after the long trek to the top of the hill, we went home and went to bed right away. The following morning, Angel blew the candle on her cake which she was too tired to blow the night before.

After having some cake, we were driven back to Legaspi for our flight back home. We stopped over the Cagsawa ruins first for some photo ops before getting to the airport.

As always, Angel wanted to know right away when we were to return to Albay as, I think, she hit it off right away with her cousin.

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