Alex’s Bicol trip

There’s nothing like going to an unfamiliar place and having a local take you around. We’ve been to Legazpi City and neighboring towns (see the posts from that trip) and never got to visit the places that Alex went to last week. We just spent so much time getting lost and getting pissed. Alex was luckier this time.

Last summer, Alex asked permission to spend Holy Week in Bicol. Her schoolmate and friend, Chesca, who hails from Legazpi City, was spending Holy Week there and invited her to come along. We didn’t know Chesca at the time except for a few casual hellos when we saw her at their school. That changed after the summer. Over the next twelve months, Chesca, along with other schoolmates, would spend several weekends at our house here in the suburb. And we got to know her — all of them, in fact — quite well. When Alex asked permission to go to Bicol with Chesca this summer, we said yes.

Alex, Chesca and their friend, Ardy, traveled by car. SUV, actually — Manila to Bicol is a twelve-hour drive and too punishing for a car meant for city driving. They travelled all of Wednesday, spent the next three days sightseeing and drove back to Manila on Sunday.

These are the photos from the trip. They were taken by Alex, Chesca and Ardy. THANK YOU, you three, for allowing me to publish them here.

No, there are no photos from the first day because they just slept for most of the twelve-hour drive. I think they only woke up when it was time to eat.

Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines

Day 2: Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon

Alex can’t remember how long the drive from Legazpi City to Matnog took. She just said, “Long.” Legazpi City is in the province of Albay while Matnog is in Sorsogon.

Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines

From Matnog, they took a boat to Subic Beach in Calintaan Island.

Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines
Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines
Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines
Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines

Now, that is my idea of a beach. Not Boracay which is too commercialized and too crowded.

Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines
Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines

Ardy, Chesca and Alex.

Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines
Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines
Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines

So, they spent all of Thursday at the beach. And took more photos on the boat ride back to Matnog.

Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines

No, the boat didn’t go inside the caves.

Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines
Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines
Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines

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  • http://www.tasteslikehome.org Cynthia

    Awesome! So very cool as you said.

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      Mayon Volcano just erupted spewing ash 500 meters high.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aarendal Albert ERT Rendal

    nice, its good they had a good and safe trip there. :)

  • Karen

    Very nice pictures especially the three of them in front of the majestic Mayon Volcano.

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      Less than 48 hours before it the hydro-thermal explosion. :)

  • Liz

    Beautiful pictures, makes me wanna go there soon!
    Thank you for sharing!

  • emyM

    Gorgeous….those clouds…wow
    Thanks for sharing!!!

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      :D

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    This one’s steamed — preferable because of the short baking time given the size of the muffins.

    However, if you’re baking larger muffins, I suggest raw sweet corn, sliced thinly.