11 Jan 2012
in MOMents Tags: Bicol, Camarines Sur, Caramoan, Manlawi, MOMents, more fun in the Philippines, travel
So I was busy being a mother and doing my “home-based business” in call center mode today when I check in to my Facebook and voila!
My friend and STS (Science, Technology and Society) favorite seat mate Miapurple tagged me in a post, saying, “See what I found circulating on facebook! This looks very familiar”
And lo and behold!
09 Feb 2011
in Travel Factor Tags: Camarines Sur, Caramoan, CWC, travel, Travel Factor
UBBE CARAMOAN (Feb 25-27, 2011)
Travel Facts Ultimate Beach Bumming Experience
Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Bicol
P5,500 per pax
â€¢ Roundtrip bus (Manila-Sabang-Manila)
â€¢ All boat fares and other transportation services (Sabang-Caramoan-Sabang)
â€¢ All Meals (Bicol Specialty Dishes):
Day 1: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch
â€¢ 1 Overnight Camping with tent accommodation (group sharing)
â€¢ 1 Overnight air-con room accommodation at Caramoan Town (group sharing)
â€¢ Security fees, donations, tip, etc.
â€¢ Travel Insurance
â€¢ Travel Factor ID and lanyard
â€¢ Limited Edition UBBE t-shirt
06 Nov 2010
in Camarines Sur Tags: Camarines Sur, Caramoan, Gota, River View Vacation Inn, St. Michael Parish Church, travel, West Peninsula Villas
Traveling with a 10-month old infant, I opted to get a package, one I found on the internet. P5000 all-in for 3 days and 2 nights, including all the food, accommodations, tours, guides, and transportation from port and back and to all our destinations. It was a good enough deal.
We were supposed to stay at the West Peninsula Villas..
06 Nov 2010
in Camarines Sur Tags: Bicol, Camarines Sur, Caramoan, shrine, Shrine of our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, travel
I am not that religious and I hate climbing BUT I always do it just so I can say I did it, and at the end of it all, swear that I would never ever do it again. Just like what I did with Mt. Tapyas in Coron; but that wasn’t as hard as the 524-step climb to get to this shrine on top of Caglago Mountain in Barangay Tabgon, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.
When my friends and my brother were in Caramoan back in 2007, he already asked us if we wanted to go to the grotto – and we all said no. I have not regretted that decision at all; but this time, I said, “I’m here now and might as well get this over with.”
So I left my 10-month old daughter, who was then asleep, in the arms of our designated tour guide and we met up with another local in the area who would be the one to accompany us up the shrine. I was in no way going to take my daughter up those steps! I could barely get my own body up there, what more with a baby in my arms. Suicide, I thought! If there was no way I could have left my baby, I would have easily chosen not to go up.
Sure enough, I made a lot of rest stops, taking photos along the way.
05 Nov 2010
in Camarines Sur Tags: Camarines Sur, Caramoan, Lahos Island, Manlawi sandbar, Matukad Island, Sabitang Laya Island, travel
It was such a calm fine day, that afternoon when we first took off to see the beaches that Caramoan has to offer…
I instantly felt at home in that boat, in the waters, in the calmness of the sea… It made me miss El Nido so much but at the same time, I was glad that I was back in my own province.
03 Nov 2010
in Camarines Sur Tags: Bicol, Bikal, boats, Camarines Sur, Caramoan, travel
2 hours from Sabang in the town of San Jose and 30 minutes from the port in the town of Caramoan and one will find oneself in the small baranggay of Bikal – the gateway to the Caramoan Peninsula. Anyone who wants to explore the white sand beaches of the many islands of Caramoan will have to get on the boat from here.
17 Apr 2010
in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, MOMents Tags: beach, Calaguas, Caramoan, Lia, MOMents, mommyhood, travel
Right now I would be (or at least I hope so) in the island of Calaguas in Camarines Norte, having fun with friends and doing grown-up things, I suppose. No, I am not bloggin’ all the way from some remote island – this is a scheduled post.
I set this trip a few months ago thinking I would be able to bring Lia with me and not miss her a lot. I mean, not bring her with me to the island where we will be sleeping in tents, but I thought, maybe I could fly to Naga, leave Pili in the early morning of Saturday and get at the Vinzons port just in time for the arrival of the other beach bummers from Travel Factor and from then on, hook up with them to the island. The going back plan was leave Daet for Naga after lunch and be back to Pili in two to three hours. All things considered, I would only miss Lia for one night. But I had not factored in the event that I would have an actual job that has responsibilities and would not be able to fly out of the city whenever I wanted to.
Thus, the flying plan was scrapped and the bus plan came in. To be brutally truthful, I hate taking the bus. I cannot remember the last time I took a bus going to Bicol. I will not elaborate now as to why, but this much I will say, I never look forward to travelling overnight by bus. Just the thought of traveling by bus makes me think of not going..
.. but I guess (or at least I hope) I am now in the island and survived the bus trip. I am (probably) laughing and having so much fun with friends frolicking in the beach…
Only trouble is, I miss you, Lia love…
My dear little one,
I wish you are laughing here with us just like we did in Matukad Island in Caramoan.
And you are enjoying the sun on your face, the breeze blowing your hair, and the sand on your feet..
We will play in the sand and splash water all around us, and over our legs and even at our faces..
Manlawi sand bar, Caramoan
I promise to put as much sunscreen on you and all over you so that you do not get burned like you did here:
Manlawi sand bar, Caramoan
We can be castaways. You can stay naked all the time (isn’t that what you always want to be anyway?) and I will take care of you.
I miss you Lia and I wish you were here with us.