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

 

 

 

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 

Toy Banka (Boat)

TOY BANKA (BOAT) 

As soon as we got down Nato Port from Atulayan Island, I saw these two adorable brothers playing with their toy banka (boat). I just had to take a picture. You can see the innocence and joy of  the two brothers showing off their prize toy.

 

Kids playing with their toy banka (boat) – Nato Port, Camarines Sur Philippines

Kids playing with their toy banka (boat) – Nato Port, Camarines Sur Philippines

Kids playing with their toy banka (boat) – Nato Port, Camarines Sur Philippines

Kids playing with their toy banka (boat) – Nato Port, Camarines Sur Philippines

After the hike down Malabsay Falls…

The pictures were taken by the camping site.  You could see me smiling all the way. Nature gives me that I am in heaven feeling.

By this time, the boys were hungry, thirsty and tired from the trek. Filipinos when they go for an outing – food and drinks is included. Well, not me…The lighter the better.  Bringing your home with you is such a hassle.

Thinking where to go next..Perhaps Caramoan Islands..

Buying some drinks for the me and the gang……

buying 1 kilo avocados – You know what that is for? Avocado smoothie. …Yummy!

Fresh produce from Mt Isarog National Park

A Nipa Hut in the camping site

A rooster in the camping site

My trek down Malabsay Falls, Mt Isarog National Park

This is part two of my trek to Malabsay Falls. 

Malabsay Falls, approximately 40 ft. high scenic wonder is located on the slope of Mt. Isarog in Barangay Panicuason, Naga City.

Going down to where the falls was definitely more challenging that I taught it was. We had to walk on narrow and steep pathway.  I was thinking of going by myself but thanked God, I decided to take the 4 gang of boys with me. Seeing the falls after the long walk was a truly a rewarding feeling. I was planning to go swimming with my bathing suit but chose not to. I dived immediatly to the falls even with clothes on. Who needs to be all glam up anyway?

To have a clear picture of the magical place, here are some of the shots that I took of the place from the step of the rain forest down to the falls:

Enjoy and click away!

Kambing (Goat)

Love the pic with the goat (Kambing) looking at me. We were heading down from Malabsay Falls when we saw a herd of goats (Kambing in Filipino).  I got really excited because this is the first time I saw wild farm animals in Mt Isarog besides a Carabao. This is not Africa so to see something like this in the Philippines is truly magical. Well, at least for me.

Hiking up to Mt Isarog Malabsay Falls

My trek to Malabsay Falls

Mount Isarog National Park harbors rainforest, endemic wildlife, waterfalls and is also home to nomadic Negrito (Agta) tribes people. I will write about my encounter with an Agta Tribe later on.

Mt. Isarog, an inactive volcano, rises in the heart of the province of Camarines Sur, the central part of the Bicol Peninsula. It is the highest forested peak in Southern Luzon. The Philippine government declared it as a national park since 1938 to preserve the pristine rainforest in the area for the enjoyment of local and international tourists.

I took my brother, my nephew and two other guides with me.  The weather was cloudy and it rained while we were in the falls.  The trip also took back memories of my childhood. Our parents would take all of us to visit this majestic mountain from time to time.  According to my father, during the Japanese occupation, the soldiers would trek this mountain to go to the falls to shower.

I only paid P50 for the entrance fee for the five us.  (Only a little over a dollar) How cheap is that!

Am not stressing for 3 months…………

I met up with a former co-worker, Dei, of mine earlier this evening in Starbucks and she did make a point. Since this coming 1st week of July, I will be having a reunion with my family in Naga. It makes sense for me to wait for it; since if I apply for a job after a month, I will be in probation for 6 months and cannot be off for that occasion. I already purchased the tickets and paid my share for the events so don’t want to waste it. All of my relatives will be coming all over the world so no way Jose will I miss it. I believe it’s a two or three day event. First day will be in my grandmother’s house if not sold yet; will be renting a reception hall then, my uncle’s beach house in Pasacao, Camarines Sur.

Before the big event…I might just

Go visit my family…this April
• Take the PNR Sleeper train to Bicol/and back

• Visit Caramoan Chain of Islands

• Cam Sur Wake Boarding Sports Complex

• Hike Mayon Volcano

• Hike Mt Isarog & check water falls

• Pasacao Beach


• Dolphin Watching @ Ragay Gulf ( Indo Pacific bottlenose dolphins and bottlenose dolphins)


• Bird Watching – @ Caramoan National Park, the marshlands of Calabanga, the Ragay Gulf and even in the Ecovillage located within the Provicial Capitol Complex, in Pili, Camarines Sur.


The Deer Farm Ocampo – Blackbuck Antelope, Fallow Deer, Chital Deer, Red Deer, and Elk.


• The Ecovillage

On May till end of June
Plan a trip to Vigan Ilocos for a few days

Come back Manila
Sleep…….Workout……………blogggggggggggggg………….do whatever……………China Town, Recto, Quapo, Divisoria, National Museum, Ayala Museum..

Till the reunion……………..

I have not done this and have been working since 1992

Till then, will decide whether to
Go back work for somebody or start a business…

Thank you Dei…..