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I would like to extend my gratitude to Dr. Elna Chia and the great nurses at Mother Seton for the care they had given me during my short stay at the hospital. It made my hospital stay more bearable.
I never got a chance to say thank you to all of you who treated me with my emergency operation to remove an invader in my ovaries. Thank you…thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Dear Santa Clause,
Since the world did not end on the 21st of December and if I could have my hearts wish, I would like to travel a little more for the year 2013. I see a lot of travel bloggers who get paid for doing the thing they love most write and travel. It would be nice if someone or a company can sponsor me to grant my wish. Yes, I might be pushing the limit here but who knows. This wish list to Santa Dearest will be a series of posts as their will be other parts of the Philippines and other places overseas I would like to see as well.
For this post, first stop is Bicol.
I listed 3 big tourist attractions in this post that I have not seen yet but there are lesser known places in Bicol that I, Jenny, needs to visit.
1) Check out Caramoan Island and stay in Gotta Beach
Out of the 7000 islands in the Philippines, Caramoan is probably known for its international exposure. Caramoan has been the favorite site for international franchise – Survivor. The place has hosted the Serbian, Israel, Bulgarian, Swedish, India and lastly, US Survivor versions. Popular tourist destinations are the Caramoan National Park, the Centro, and Gota Beach, and popular activities include diving, swimming, snorkeling and spelunking.
Please check them out for rates and travel info @: Caramoan Island
2) Check out Misibis Bay Resort, Cagraray Island– the luxury island playground!
Misibis Bay is a private tropical hideaway built on a pristine stretch of beach along the southern tip of Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay. Misibis Bay Resort is a wonderful place to visit for its relaxing atmosphere, the surroundings looks so fantastic and beautiful, and a haven afar the crowded and polluted cities elsewhere. However, looking at the prices of foods, drinks and room rates are pretty steep compared to other similar places and 5-star hotels in the big cities, nonetheless, it still does not stop me from wishing to visit Misibis Bay Resort one day.
Please check them out for rates and travel info @: Misibis Bay
3) Donsol, Sorsogon to see Butanding, Whale Shark
I visited Sorsogon once but only came there for a bit for my Pili Oil Blog but did not have the time to check Donsol out.
When you are coming from Albay, it is one hour drive south of Sorsogon. Donsol is a host to one of the highest concentration of Whale Sharks in the world. These creatures have been frequenting the waters off Donsol, Sorsogon for many generations.
Although Whale Sharks, or “Butanding” as they are locally known, are enormous in size and power, reaching lengths greater than 15 meters, they are remarkably gentle and docile enough that it is generally safe to swim among them. Swimming among the whale sharks is a captivating experience. Generally, the whale sharks at Donsol swim very close to the surface of the water. I am not a daring person but I don’t mind doing basic snorkeling in order to get closer to the gentle giant. My biggest wish!
The Lonely Planet Guidebook describes the Donsol experience as the “quintessential Philippine adventure.” The Time Magazine called swimming with whale sharks the “Best Animal Encounter in Asia,” in one of their issues in year 2004.
Genie, in the bottle! Please grant all my wishes……….
The pictures were taken during the last day of Peñafrancia Festival. During the fiesta, you will see loads of artisans from all over Naga City and from other parts of Bicol selling their crafts. Fiesta’s is their busiest time.
I got myself a mortar & pestle and used it as a paper weight in my office to hold down my receipts. Not really a cook so I used it as an ornament. I think it’s pretty.
Sorry, I have been busy in the home and work front but I did managed to stop by two trade shows during the Peñafrancia Festival. A happy place for me!
The first one is the 2012 Bishop Francisco Gainza Trade Fair (BFGTF). It includes traditional participants in food processing and handicraft producers as well as consolidators and franchise businesses. The Bishop Francisco Gainza Trade Fair was organized by the Archdiocese of Caceres through the Caceres Social Action Foundation, Inc. (CASAFI). It’s origin traces back from Bishop Francisco Gainza who pioneered the First Agro-Industrial Fair in Bicol in 1875. The fair is geared towards alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship and solidarity that promotes integral development. (Cbanga360.net)
The second trade fair I attended is the first ever Bicol Travel and Food Expo (BITFEX).The 11th Regional Tourism Congress was held last September 12-16, 2012 at the fully air conditioned exhibit tent of the Avenue Plaza Hotel , the premiere boutique hotel in this city. The event was spearheaded by PBN TV5 and DZOK, in partnership with the City Government of Naga and Avenue Plaza Hotel, and in cooperation with the Department of Tourism V, the Department of Trade & Industry V, Department of Agriculture V, TESDA V, and the Bicol Regional Tourism Council (BRTC). (Bicol Mail)
I enjoy going to trade shows that promote Filipino Products specifically Bicol Products. Always a passion of mine. I did meet a couple of vendors and traders who are of great talent. One even invited me to go to her organic farm in Baao (The La Huerta Organic & Leisure Farm) and also join her art group. I will do a post on a later date on each of this very talented vendors.
My home is slowly filling up with native handicraft from abaca, capiz, wooden, sweet tropical wines, bags, baskets, bauls and bayong. Even a walis! It is trully addicting for me. Besides a passion, I also like helping small artisans. With me buying their products, I get to help their business in a small way. When I have time, I also check the Naga City market, always hunting for products. Plus, when I am in traveling within Bicol, always make sure I check out the markets. It is a huge Cost Plus for me.
You will always be remembered for your country’s service
No longer in our life to share
but you will always be present in our hearts
You are a great politician
You speak of the people
Your legacy must be followed
For the betterment of the country
Good-bye DILG Sec Jesse Robredo
Where was I this weekend?
The trip was mainly for my second blog: Canarium The First Virgin Kernel but I did squeeze in some pleasure with this weekend trip. Engineer, Victor Goyena, or Bogg’s in short, invited me to attend the Albay Pili Industry Federation (APIF) mobile meeting in Daraga Legaspi. The meeting involved not just Pili Oil but all aspects of the Pili Industry. I will post the details of the APIF meeting on a later date together with my 6 hectare Pili and fresh produce organic farm visit in Anislag Daraga.
My first stop was A. BICHARA SILVERSCREENS ENTERTAINMENT CENTER to say hello to my dear cousin, Anna Marie. The Bichara Silverscreen is located in the heart of Downtown Legaspi. The building has an art deco feel and the building showcases innovative interiors and state of the art technology for film viewing. If you are into the past, present and future Hollywood memorabilia,this is the place to go. So if you are around Legaspi, come visit The Silverscreen.
Embarcadero is also my usual hangout when I go to Legaspi. The La Mia Tazza Coffee Shop and the native bazaar section are my favorites.
I also stopped by Red Continent Diner & Bar for drinks and to have dinner as well. It is located in the third floor of The Silverscreen. If you are looking for Bicol, Indian, Mediterranian or Thai spicy cuisines and you are currently in Legaspi; then, head over to Red Continent Diner & Bar . You should also try the Pili Butterscotch shake. (Yummy and to die for!) I would like to thank the manager for the 25% discount on my tab. I will surely be back.
LRV AGRI-SCIENCE FARM & RESORT
What a well spent day out with family! As always, those unexpected trips are the most fun ones. Plus, no rain and the sky is as blue as you can get…
My sister-in-law suggested LRV Agri-Science Farm Resort in San Bernardino, Calabanga, Camarines Sur. Surprised again!!!!!!!!!!! Just like the Stonehouse Garden Resort in Mt Isarog. So I took my brother, his wife, a family friend and my nieces with me.
LRV Agri-Science Farm is an eco-friendly fully functioning agri-tourism resort and it was founded on November 4, 2010. It was set for an advocacy and promotion of agri-tourism projects to increase the sustainability of livelihood programs for surrounding communities.
For peaceful and tranquil pursuits there are a couple of swimming pools, fishing lagoons and boating lakes. Outdoor leisure and activities also include family picnics, bonfire sites, river rafting, surf biking, kayaking, fishing and it provides pathways for walking, jogging and cycling. How can you beat that…..
We will surely come back but this time we will rent a cabana and spend the night in the agri-farm resort!
For inquiries, Contact The Village @ San Bernardino at:
San Bernardino, Calabanga, Camarines Sur
(054) 698-3511· 698-3128
STONEHOUSE GARDENS RESORT
As you know, I love this place so much…That day, I was like in heaven..Total happiness.
Nature is what I crave for..Not really a city and mall person, I much prefer to be close to nature than among-st sea of people . So this place helped me decide where to live, I decided today to move to Bicol instead of Manila.
The provincial rate is a lot lower than Manila. However, with my ingenuity and creativity, I will find a way to triple or quadruple my earnings. I find that I am more creative and energetic when surrounded by nature.
Plus, my second blog will help promote an organic Bicol based product. And by living here, I will be able to help and promote Bicol Tourism too by showing all my wonderful adventures.
So the order from my landlord was really a blessing…This could be my calling.
I would like to extend my gratitude to the owners for their hospitality during my visit. I never forget people who treat me with kindness.
Please feel free to visit their website @ Stonehouse Gardens Resorts
STONEHOUSE GARDENS RESORT
A private rain forest resort
Since I have one month left before I come back to Manila, I said why not make the most of my time here in Bicol. I heard about this resort through google and by my hike to Malabsay Falls Mt Isarog. So made an effort to wake early and asked my sister to take me to the base of Mt Isarog. Walked the trail to the resort and as soon as I entered, I was mesmerized by its beauty. To top it all, I was the only guest there. I had the pool, the 11 acres of rain forest, farm and gardens to myself. What made my day really special was the hospitality of the owners. They gave me free lunch which I did not expect. Plus, produce from their organic farm. I only planned a day outing but wished I stayed overnight. I did not wanna leave but I have to travel to Legaspi in two days so I promise them, I will be back but will stay there for three days longer to explore the rain forest and more.
Happiness all day!
Please feel free to visit their website Stone House Gardens