Oh yes I’ve been very gala lately. Hurrah bum life!
My father went home for my graduation and we took this opportunity to go places! (Read: the only one in the family who can drive) Well, the Bicol region is not really new to us as my mother grew up there and we’ve already paid a visit there when my siblings and I were younger.
To Bicolandia, we didn’t use SLEX and instead took the Rizal-Laguna route targetting Luisiana, Laguna to Quezon. We were in Pagsanjan and the direct route to Luisiana was not accessible due to damaged bridge. So we had a detour and went to Luisiana from Pagsanjan via Majayjay. I didn’t know Laguna has so many municipalities *actually Googling it now*. Laguna is just parallel to Rizal so I thought it would be more like it. Or maybe there are fewer towns in Rizal because some large chunks belong to one municipalities only (Rodriguez [aka Montalban] and Antipolo), not to mention Talim Island is divided into two municipalities. Anyway, I think I have passed by majority of the Laguna towns though with my frequent adventures lately, haha. Ha, too bad it won’t happen again anytime soon.
We passed by mountains, national parks (read: forests prone to errr, hold-ups lol) and sea!
So after 9 hours of travel from Antipolo, we arrived on our first stop, Daet where we stayed for about two days in a neat relative’s house with a rice field at the back.
We visited the beach and whoa, the waves were a little aggressive than what I’m used to. Hello, Pacific Ocean! Lol
Dripping wet, we dried up by riding at the back of my uncle’s pick-up to rinse at the nearby river!
I think it is not my first time to bathe in a clean river but I have already forgotten the feeling of doing so. Hell, the water was so cold and heck, sweet. The current was also strong and it was very relaxing to lie on the riverbed filled with rocks.
We then visited a relative and got ourselves buko juice, fresh from the tree!
The next day we left Daet for Tabaco and we didn’t take the usual route.
This was freakin all over Cam Sur. Gahd. Hello you don’t own the province!
We used this route with this breathtaking view and well, really breathtaking curves. The road traverses a mountain with the sea beside it. Imagine the horror of those steep roads with sharp curves. This is the road to Tiwi I think.
That’s the mountain and the sea after we have reached the sea level.
And hell yeeeaaah. The famous Mayon Volcano.
We went up the Mayon Skyling View Deck. This is called Mayon Rest House by the locals, I remember looking up this from below Mayon when I was a kid.