Albay Wildlife Park

I remember going to Albay Wildlife Park a couple of times when I was in college. It’s best to go in the morning as the weather can be SCORCHING HOT in the afternoon. It’s a nice place to hang out with your family and friends.

One of the attractions is the man-made lake where visitors can rent a boat.

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They also have a playground for the kids.

After Julienne explored the playground, we went to see the aviary. They have beautiful birds on display.

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The park also has an aviary with different types of birds. But personally, I kinda feel sorry for the birds in captivity. They have no room to “spread their wings and fly.” A lot of them were really lacking energy too.

We also went to see the reptiles. The cages of the lizards and the snakes were not very clean. They also have no drinking water when we saw them. I had a feeling like they were being kept there and nobody cares if they died. It was just a feeling I got when I saw their living condition. I could be wrong but it was feeling I had as a visitor of the park. So, shout out to the local government of Albay, please see to it that the animals are well taken cared of.

We also saw the lion and the tiger, which was the highlight of the trip. The lion was walking around inside his cage whereas the tiger was hiding so no pictures.

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Another highlight was the encounter with the funny monkey duo.

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Over-all, I think it is a nice place to hang out and see some wild animals. It is also very near Lignon Hill so next time, I think we’ll be checking that place out as well =)

Alinchlo Tourist Inn

Last month, I traveled solo to Sorsogon to see my parents. Before going there, I had to spend a night in Daraga, Albay because I already made a booking for Alinchlo Tourist Inn. I was supposed to stay there with Yoy and Julienne but they couldn’t make it so I had to go by myself. It has been raining too so I was like, yeah, bad weather, solo travel. I was feeling a little depressed.

First of all, how to get there. I googled the location of this inn, and since I was travelling from Naga City via UV Express, I got off at San Ramon Nonato Church in Brgy. Tagas, Daraga along the Diversion Road on the way to the airport and van terminal. This also works for those coming from Manila by bus. From the church, you can just turn left and walk for about two minutes but I took a tricycle going to the inn (paid P20.00) because of my bags.

The staff who greeted me was welcoming and friendly. They have a small store at the reception where you can buy instant cup noodles, toothpaste, shampoo, biscuits and candies, other stuff too. I bought one cup noodles (batchoy flavor) and the room boy got hot water and utensils for me.

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The room. Kudos to the inn for its cleanliness. The room was newly painted, had simple but new furniture and good working aircon. The smell was nice and clean. I instantly felt comfortable.

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The view from my window.

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The bathroom was clean with new toilet and fixtures. There’s hot water in the shower too.

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Since I was by myself, I met up with Caressa (who I work with in Naga), who also happened to be in Daraga that time. We met at Ayala Mall in Legazpi to buy supplies and have dinner. I just had to mention that when I was about to cross the road to board the Loop 2 Legazpi-Daraga jeepney, I very nearly got hit by a speeding bicycle. That was some scary sh*t.

After about two hours outside with Ca, I was able to go back to the inn in one piece. Now, going out was a breeze since you easily know when you are in Legazpi centro because of the landmarks (malls, buildings, etc.) but going back to the inn was a little tricky. First of all, you have to take the Loop 1 Daraga-Legazpi jeepney in front of LCC Mall (remember that from the inn I took the Loop 2 jeepney). Then, as I felt like the ride was taking way too long, the sights were becoming more unfamiliar. So, when I was feeling like I might miss my stop, which was the San Ramon Nonato Church, I asked the driver to drop me off at the church. Luckily, I asked in the nick of time because my stop was about 2 meters ahead.

Finally, I can rest my feet and enjoy cable TV and the strong wifi before sleeping.

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The next day. That’s looking out my window and the weather was still gloomy. After putting in some work on my laptop (day job), I checked out and went on my way to Sorsogon City.

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I recommend this tourist inn for solo and group travelers, and for families too. This place is good value for money, especially if you travel with your own car since you don’t have to get confused with commuting. Their rooms start at Php 800.00 if you book at the reception. I got mine at Php 896.00 via travelbook.ph.

Euresian Paradise Resort

Last week, we went to this resort that I discovered online – Euresian Paradise Resort in Pasacao, Camarines Sur.

As there is a serious lack of beaches near Naga City, we decided to go to Pasacao again. However, I wanted a clean place to go to since the first time I have seen Balogo Beach I did not find it very clean.

So, I checked Euresian Paradise Resort online and instantly became interested. We arrived around 10:00 in the morning and the sun was thankfully bright enough to enjoy a dip in their swimming pool.DSC02038DSC02065

The view of the horizon was great from their viewing deck.

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Although the resort barely has its share of the beach to enjoy (the area is composed of mangroves and marine plants), they have developed a swimming area with concrete divisions separating it from the mangroves.DSC02054DSC02053One important thing to consider if you want to enjoy this swimming area is to get there early in the morning because by 12:00 noon, the tide will be low and the water becomes too shallow. 

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For lunch, we grilled some marinated pork, chicken and some hotdogs.  We paid P50.00 for the use of their grill and the charcoal was also included in the fee.DSC02044

Entrance Fee: P150.00 (adults), P100.00 (kids).

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Thanks for dropping by! See you again next time. Bye!

 

Victor Hotel (Jose Panganiban)

Hello guys! I missed you and I missed blogging but I’ve been really busy these past weeks. And I’m only getting my blogging mojo back just now. I hope you all are doing well!

BTW, this post is about our stay at Victor Hotel where we spent a night during our short trip to Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte. This would be my second time in Jose Panganiban. The first time we went there was last year during All Souls’ Day. This time, we paid respect to the remains of Yoy’s aunt, the ever glamorous and nice Tita Iyah.

We weren’t able to see much of the town because we were pressed for time. Travel time from Naga took more than 3 hours because of the ongoing road constructions and heavy traffic. Some of the roads are still really bad, particularly in the Cam Sur areas.

Before I talk about the hotel, here are some snapshots I was able to take when we tried (and failed) to go to the breakwater (sigh!). Apparently, the breakwater is the favorite hang out in town. We failed to see it because every street we tried to pass were blocked. Yoy thought he remembered the place of his childhood but we never made it to the breakwater lol.

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DSC01946So, there is actually a new tourist inn… I guess we’ll check it out next time.

This (below) is Victor Hotel where we stayed for the night. There are only two hotels in Jose Panganiban, the other one is APOLONIA HOTEL, which was also featured in my blog last year.

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Our room was spacious enough to accommodate 5 adults and 1 kid. It had two beds (1 double bed and 1 queen bed) and very basic actually. It was relatively clean but the bathroom was old and smelled of like a strong ammonia odor. One more thing, if you need to charge your phone, your name better be Sherlock since you will need the skillset to find the only electric socket in the room (very much hidden under the dressing table, so pushed back you’ll need to look really hard to find it) .

THE ROOM (Sorry for the mess though………..)

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THE HALLWAY

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THE STAIRWELL GOING TO THE SECOND FLOOR

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I’m not showing you the bathroom because it’s my least favorite part. What’s better about this hotel though compared with Apolonia Hotel was that they have running water 24/7 while Apolonia only had trickles every now and then.

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I hope someday we’ll get to explore the quiet little town of Jose Panganiban and its beautiful beaches. Right now, the impression that I have is it’s a quaint place with kind and smiling people.

Thank you for taking the time to read! =)

Bee Farm (Camalig, Albay)

Welcome to the Bee Farm in Camalig, Albay! This place is great for sight seeing and relaxing because of all the beautiful flowers all in bloom. Just look at the pictures below.

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This is the sight that will greet you upon entering the farm. BTW, there is no entrance fee so you can look around all you want and take pictures for free.

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Love this red tractor, it gives the place a sorta Farmville feels =)

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I’m not very happy about the fact that I left my trusted Sony camera at the hotel and left with no other choice but to take photos with my 0+ cellphone instead. Now, this phone of mine doesn’t have a very good camera so I’ve been a little stressed. Anyway, blogging must go on and this is the best I can do for now.

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The flowers are amazing clouds of pinks, purples and whites all around us.

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There are fruit bearing trees too, like these avocado and calamansi trees.

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Thank you Caressa for taking my photo =)

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These bees are about as small as flies (langaw) and they won’t bother you if you just let them be.

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That’s about it, our short stop at the Bee Farm in Camalig, Albay. Hope you liked it and hope you’ll go see it for yourselves. Till our next trip, bye! ❤

Panicuason Hot Spring & Adventure Park

Hello everyone!

Summer is here again. There’s no escaping the heat. They said we are experiencing the El Nino phenomenon right now, and there was also the water shortage in Metro Manila which was all over the news a few weeks ago. Yes, it’s summer time, indeed.

So, my first summer adventure was just within the city, we went to Panicuason Hot Spring Resort and Adventure Park. Everyone in Naga has probably been here before, it’s the favorite place for outings.

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The resort is located at the foot of Mount Isarog and if you are the nature lover type, you will most certainly like it.

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We had fun in their hot and cold spring pools but the temperature in the kiddie pool was just perfect for me. So I lingered there even though it was pretty crowded.

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The most fun part though was our adventure uphill to see the infinity pool. We did not expect that there would be so many steps to climb. The best thing about it though was the view (and the exercise!).

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A lot more walking than we expected…

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Across the fields, we went…

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Only to find that the infinity pool was being cleaned and we will not be able to swim. Darn it!

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The view was still nice though, so we took more pictures.

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In the canteen, they also sell organic produce and products. Unfortunately, we forgot to buy some to take home.

This trip was a nice way to kick off our summer. I must admit that if it weren’t for that uphill hike, our outing would have been a so so experience. So, if you visit Panicuason Hot Spring Resort, make sure you’re up for a hill climb.

Entrance Fee: Adult – Php200.00, Kids – Php160.00

Entrance Fee to the Infinity pool: Php50.00 (additional)

Naga City Ecology Park

I’ve Google searched this park a few times before and I’ve read some Trip Advisor reviewers say that Naga City Ecology Park (located in Barangay San Felipe) was mediocre, “so-so,” not well-maintained and not even worth the Php20.00 entrance fee. However, I beg to disagree because our trip was worth it.

I admit those unsatisfied reviews and the lack of pictures on the internet were the reasons why it took me so long before visiting the park. We went there this morning though and I am glad to learn that we have a beautiful place like this in Naga City.

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As I noticed that there are not a lot of features and blog posts on Naga City Ecopark online, I am now going to share what awaits you, what you can expect when you visit and the things to see and do. Let’s go!

Take a relaxing walk while enjoying Mother Nature.

Discover the different kinds of trees, plants and flowers…

Even some fruits like this unripe chico and these curious berries (which are not edible BTW).

Explore the maze.

People seem to think that the maze is the main attraction of the ecopark but for me, this place has more to offer than just the maze. It was a dry spell when we visited this morning so it was not very green as I would have liked it to be. Looking at my photos, you cannot even tell that it’s a maze.

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Visit the Topiary Garden

The Topiary Garden was where I felt that the short trip was worth it. It was well-kept, clean and as you can see, well-manicured trees!

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Flowers are everywhere in the Topiary Garden.

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Let your kids enjoy in the Graceland Ecopark Playground.

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Visit Ellen White Garden (where all the flowers are white)

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Find Inner Peace in Hardin ni Ina

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Visit Jose Rizal Mini Eco Park

You have to kinda lower your expectations though and maybe you should save this one for last because it was not well-maintained and not much to see.

Over-all, Naga City Eco Park is a great place to visit in my opinion because there is no other place like this in Naga City. It is a great place to commune with nature and enjoy its beauty.

A VERY VERY IMPORTANT reminder though, please clean up after yourselves. Let’s not throw away trash anywhere around the park.

Till next post! Bye!

Annyeong Samgyupsal

Annyeonghaseyo yeoreobun!

Hello everyone! It’s me again. Let me take you on another food trip to a Korean resto called Anyeong Samgyupsal. It is located along Magsaysay Avenue (infront of Villa Caceres Hotel) and offers unlimited Korean barbeque for only Php299.00. So what are we waiting for? Let’s eat!

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Samgyeopsal or Korean barbeque may be one of my most favourite Korean dishes. It’s right up there with Korean Seafood pancake that I really like. So when we had a meeting and what might be considered as a “company lunch” at Annyeong Samgyupsal, I did not pass up on the opportunity.

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I found the ambiance to be a bit better than in Cjzave because Annyeong has a bigger space, the air conditioning is better and they have suctions for the smoke coming from the grill. I noticed it being a big hit with the teenagers. Probably because of the nonstop K-pop music blaring from the speakers and the design of the resto gave off Korean vibes. Jeongmal daebak!

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Let’s talk about the food. Korean food is always good. I admit some restaurants do it better than others but if it’s Korean food on the table, especially grilled pork belly, it’s always good, right?

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The barbeque was superb because the meat was very fresh.

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It went really well with the equally fresh lettuce greens and pickled cucumbers. I also found the baby potatoes side dish really tasty. Their kimchi was the best one I have had so far, probably because it was fresh kimchi and not at all the fermented kind (which I find too tart). It was delicious, crunchy and just the right kick of spicy. All that food was downed with bottomless pitchers of refreshing cold cucumber lemonade.

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I don’t necessarily like the grilling part though. At some point, it felt like a race against time, and the aftermath was a couple of overcooked and burnt meats.

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By the way, they also have marinated pork, beef and chicken. All the meats have to be ordered from the attentive waiters while the side dishes were placed near the liquor bar where you can get as much as you like.

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All in all, it was a good and satisfying experience. Will definitely eat there again with friends. It was a good place to eat, hang out and catch up on chikas.

So, that’s just about it for now. Until our next food adventure. Annyeong!

Wings N’ Things

A few weeks ago, I was with friends from work and we ate in this new chicken place in SM City Naga – Wings N’ Things! As I love chicken wings, I was really game to try their menu. The place is always packed and I remember trying a couple of times to eat there (with my family) but we just couldn’t get a table.

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So, we ordered the Grand Slam meal (Php 768.00) which is good for four persons. There were only three of us, and I eat like a bird, but what the heck.

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That was a lot of chicken wings and chicken fingers! And we got to choose different kinds of sauces. My fave was Garlic Parmesan and Honey Barbeque. We also had to put plastic gloves on because things got messy real quick.

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Grand Slam came with three cups of rice, four glasses of iced tea and a serving of fries with gooey cheese on top.

I’m actually getting a little hungry as I’m writing this, remembering the yummy taste.

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The ambiance of the place was nice, pretty Instagrammable.

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Hope you guys enjoyed that, and sorry if you got a little hungry too! Till the next post! Bye!

Aling Cely’s Kinalasan

Lately, I’ve been struggling for lack of better ideas and lack of energy left after doing other stuff (like my day job). Thing is, I have another kinalas story to tell because, well, I live in Naga where it is the most famous delicacy.

This time, we tried the locally famous Aling Cely’s Kinalasan in Dimasalang St, Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Naga City, it is located very near Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. The place is very simple and basic, just like every other eatery, but it is always packed.

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People come to Cely’s for their famous kinalas. For those who are not familiar with this local delicacy, kinalas is what Bicolanos call this bowl of goodness. It is a noodle dish with thick rich broth, pork or beef, topped with onion chives and boiled egg (by request). For a more detailed description, you can read my previous post on kinalas.

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There are also those who prefer to eat Loglog (just noodles and broth, no meat and eggs) which costs less, of course.

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When Naguenos think of this dish, they almost always think of Cely’s Kinalasan. Yoy said it is because many students frequently eat there as it is close to UNC and Universidad de Sta Isabel. Even he himself frequently ate the dish at Cely’s along with his closest friends so he’s got a lot of good memories associated with the place. He always ate kinalas paired with baduya (fried bananas).

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Julienne herself has become partial to eating kinalas. The Sorsoganon in me though prefers to eat stuff like dried fish, dried squid, mud crabs and balaw (fermented shrimp). So, kinalas is not my all-time favorite, but it is a yummy Nagueno delicacy that is a must-try when in Bicol, particularly in Naga City.

Thank you for reading! See you again soon! ❤

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