Dear Santa Clause my biggest wish for 2013 is……………PART 1

Source Photo: Chaz11 Blogspot

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

Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur, Philippines (Source Photo: Caramoanislands.com)

Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur (Source Photo: Caramoanislands.com) 

Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur, Philippines (Source Photo: Caramoanislands.com)

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

Misibis Bay Resort, Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay, Philippines (Source Photo: Xoprivate.com)

Misibis Bay Resort, Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay, Philippines (Source Photo: Xoprivate.com)

Misibis Bay Resort, Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay, Philippines (Source Photo: Xoprivate.com)

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.

Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines (Source Photo: Xoprivate.com)

Genie, in the bottle! Please grant all my wishes……….

Source Photo: Treasure Trove Blog

 

 

 

Gainza & 1st Bicol Travel and Food Expo Trade Fair

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)

A beautiful Lamp Stand

Bernadette De los Santos of La Huerta Organic Farm (An Agro Tourism in Cam Sur)

Me with Don Ramon of Bignay Wine (Gainza Trade Fair)

Me trying the chilled taho. He is also the one that made the furniture. He already exports furniture in Europe.

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.

Me in Cebu Booth

Love the bag from Daraga!

Why I prefer freelancing?

Please forgive me if I have not been following your blogs lately.  I have been busy with setting up with my new venture and the same time looking for freelance work.

Canarium, The First Virgin Kernel Oil is trading in Alibaba.com!!!

 

I have not found work yet but still positive that I will be able to find one soon while I pursue my passion of blogging and promoting Bicol’s flagship product “Pili Oil”.  So far, I have received several inquiries in Alibaba and through my Canarium, The First Virgin Blog.  I hope this will lead to some deal pretty soon.

The reason why I prefer telecommuting than working in an office setting because I do have obligations with my family and telecommuting will give me the time to check on my brother.  He is doing so much better now.  He is responding with the medication the doctor prescribed him.  He is starting to talk and slowly by slowly, he is gaining his independence back. He is disabled and healthcare in the Philippines is not off par so one has to be creative in searching for the right doctor especially in the province. I love my brother and this is so far one of the best thing I did in my life. Because of this, I refused to work in an office setting.  I am doing all I can to find work freelancing so I can help my brother and also, follow my passion.

Photo Credit: Empty Easle

Hoping for a miracle!

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.

Mahatma Gandhi

This is why I enjoy blogging and prefer to do freelance: 

Today I stopped by a Tropical Wine kiosk in the mall. I remembered blogging about the Bignay Tropical Wine (please click on the link) and immediately, the girl remembered me.  She said you’re the blogger in Jenny’s Serendipity. She was surprised to see me and she was following my site and knows what I was doing. I tried the Tamarind Wine and she asked me to come back to try there other products. I told her that my Bignay Wine post is one of my most viewed post and she was delighted when she heard that. Took some pictures of my serendipitous date with Don Ramon’s Sweet Tropical Wine Collection. If you are in Naga City, please stop by:  NAGALAND E-MALL, ELIAS ANGELES ST., NAGA CITY FROM AUGUST 28- SEPT 1, 2012.

Source Miracle QuoteBrainy Quote

 

 

LRV AGRI-SCIENCE FARM & RESORT

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
Landline Nos.:
(054) 698-3511· 698-3128
Mobile:
0999-7659636
Email:thevillage.sanbernardino@yahoo.com

Family Reunion

Bichara Reunion

A Family Reunion is a time to reminisce the past, a time for fun, a time to rejoice, and a time to share old and new stories and lastly, make reconnections.

It is a time to get together in the faces all around us and find images of ourselves in hearts both new and old. A family reunion takes place on a specified day each year for the purpose of keeping an extended family closer together that strengthens the bond for family and reminds us of the gift of belonging. This is a chance to share our history. Also, it is a reason to celebrate our past and time to welcome our future as a family.

“One united family!”

Sorry y’all if I have not been visiting your blogs, busy with the upcoming reunion!

Pooch – Family Pet

“The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.” -Erma Bombeck

Uncle’s Pet

Stonehouse Gardens Resort Part II

STONEHOUSE GARDENS RESORT

Commadre Gardens

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.

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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 

Whats up with Jenny!

Filipino Fishing Bait [Atolayan Island, Cam Sur Philippines]

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Please forgive me for not visiting your  lovely blogs as it has been crazy lately for me.  I am currently in Legaspi and had a meeting with a trader earlier today.  It was a three hour meeting and we both left happy.  This meeting is for my second blog which will launch in one month.  It is something I am very passionate about for the longest time now so hang on for the big day. A possible way to earn money while blogging.

Plus, deciding where to live whether in Manila or Bicol. Manila cost of living is higher but pay is higher. Bicol cheaper cost of living but lower pay. However, lots of nature and lots to blog about. I miss cycling and I cannot do that in Manila. I have no choice but I need to move by my landlords decision to sell the house and family is coming over too.

Alot to weigh in, can I work and leave on my own? If I decide to live in Manila, who do I stay with..If I decide to work and live in Bicol, can I afford the freedom of being on my own and afford the mini excursions I crave for…In Manila, I could not do outdoor exercises but in Bicol, I can and get back into shape again…

Hassle hassle…….

Am I upset? A bit but things happen for a reason .  This was not part of the plan but God always makes the planning at the end…

What to do? What to do?

Atulayan Island Cam Sur Philippines

Stonehouse Gardens Resort

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 

The importance of creative play

CREATIVE PLAY

Atulayan Island, Camarines Sur Philippines

The importance of creative play in early childhood is one of the most important criteria in Mental Health. Play helps children weave together all the elements of life as they experience it. It allows them to digest life and make it their own. It is an outlet for the fullness of their creativity, and it is an absolutely critical part of their childhood. With creative play, children blossom and flourish; without it, they suffer a serious decline.

Source: Joan Almon of  Wardolf Research Institute

* The photo was taken before leaving the island. The kids in the photo live in the island with their family who watches over the resort.