every year for my birthday, we take a break and the family usually travels (out of town or out of the country). last year’s destination: legazpi city in albay, bicol.
side story: the night prior to our flight, it was really raining hard (due to habagat, i think) and most of the roads already had been flooded. our flight was around 8am, so it was still dark when we left the house, and we had to move really slowly to avoid getting into an accident. good thing i already did the web check-in the day before because when we arrived, it was almost already boarding time. we had to be escorted by the airline employee to the gate to expedite things.
i have coordinated with Roam International Travel and Tours (firstname.lastname@example.org) for our accomodation, activities and tours. the owner, miggie, was very accommodating. she asked me what we actually wanted to do while we are at legazpi, and then created an itinerary around it. i was also able to reach her via sms whenever i have questions or if i need recommendations on where to eat, etc.
we arrived at legazpi city airport at around 9am. we were picked up by the hotel’s van and we were brought to the hotel. we checked in at the oriental legazpi. since it was a little early when we arrived, our room was still being prepared. so after the check in procedures, we had breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant.
once we have settled in our room, we took a nap to get ready for the afternoon’s activity. at 1:30pm, we were fetched for the ATV activity. we got the 350cc ATV for the salvacion trail. since we had a kid, it was only hubby who went through the trail, and we just snacked and played around the area while waiting for him.
after the activity, we went back to the hotel to freshen up and rest. for dinner, we went to small talk cafe. it was one of the famous restaurants there which featured bicol fusion food. the place was an old house converted into a restaurant. sitting is a little bit limited. of course, we had the laing/pinangat and it was indeed good. this dish is made of gabi leaves, chili, meat and coconut milk. they also offered the mayon pizza and the pasta pinangat, but we were not able to try it out.
the next day, we had our breakfast at the hotel restaurant (jasmine restaurant). i liked the options that were served during breakfast. it was a mix of continental and filipino breakfast. there was not too much lying around that you would be confused on what to eat, but what they served would really satisfy you. there was the staple filipino breakfast food (garlic rice, tocino/tapa, eggs), plus other viands and usually a vegetable dish. they were also kind enough to give us a take out container for the champorado that my kid was not able to finish so that he could still eat it in the room.
after breakfast, we changed into our swimsuits and took a dip at the pool. one of the reasons why i chose this hotel was because of the infinity pool which had a nice view of the mayon volcano. 🙂 the water was a little bit chilly, so after swimming and playing around, and the requisite “photoshoot” we went back to our room.
we ordered room service for our lunch, and then we got ready for our city tour. the van and the tour guide came by at around 1:30pm. we went around the city — kawakawa hill, cagsawa ruins, daraga church, lignon hill and embarcadero. we also did some souvenir and pasalubong shopping.
kawakawa hill has the station of the cross which you will pass by on your way to the top of the hill. according to our guide, during holy week there are a lot of people visiting this place. it was a little bit tiring going up and around the hill, but it was good exercise. 😉
unfortunately, it was cloudy (with a little bit of drizzle) when we arrived at cagsawa ruins so we were not able to see the mayon volcano in its full glory. we had fun however doing the illusion poses courtesy of the guides there who were trained by the local government to do this stuff. it was free, but you could always give out tips so that the people could earn extra.
when we arrived at lignon hill, we were able the almost the whole mayon volcano. 🙂 hubby and i did the zipline here, and it was really fun despite the fact that it was raining when we zipped. i think it added to the excitement.
after the city tour, we met up with miggie, and she treated us to dinner at eat all be cool resto grill. this is a purely eat-all-you-can restaurant at legazpi city. they serve different kinds of viands (meat, seafood, soup, veggies) and also noodles and rice. they also have different local desserts.
we also stopped by colonial grill to taste the chili ice cream. 😉 we also got to taste other flavors like tinutong, melon, calamansi, bailey’s, and pili. the chili ice cream was really interesting since you will not feel the sting at first. but you will once you swallow it, the sensation will be down your throat.
on our last day, we just lounged at our hotel room after breakfast and prepared for our flight back home.
one thing i would like to take note of was the children’s play place at the departure area of the legazpi airport. my son had a nice time playing there and he wasn’t bored while waiting for our flight to manila.
i enjoyed our trip to legazpi. next time i would like to explore the other things which bicol has to offer. dios mabalos!