BICOL ROADTRIP WITH KIDS [Camarines Norte – Camarines Sur – Albay – Camarines Sur]

A trip unplanned but thanks to the APEC holiday for the long weekend plus it coincided with my youngest birthday; indeed, a birthday celebration away from home.

We are true blooded bicolanas; me a full born MasbateƱa and hubby’s father was hailed from Sorsogon.  Whenever we’re in Bicol’s soil, it has a natural homey tone except that we missed both our provinces for this round. This however was the kids first Bicol trip which made the voyage a family tree quiz bee.

During college, the Bicol highway is a customary sight and the verge of trees shadowing the road was inscribed by my countless lonely plies then but today, it was the kids turn for the dumbfounded gaze.

The actual account of our Bicolandia road trip as follows:

Day 1
Depart Manila for Bicol
Around Daet, Camarines Norte
-       Jose Rizal Oldest Monument
-       Kapitolyo ng Camarines Norte
-       Parroquia de San Juan Bautista
-       Bagasbas Beach
Traveled to Naga City

The Year That Was – Year 2015

We jolted Year 2015 with a rainy Intramuros roam that ended in a savage Zark’s burger meal. Yet, it failed to please the New Year travel itch…


With tummies filled, we continued our jaunt to the nearby Aliw Waterfalls.  The flurry from the earlier Hulugan Falls adventure still loiter in our psyches. 

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Aliw Falls though part of Brgy. San Jose was less than a kilometer away from Brgy. San Salvador of Hulugan Falls.  The two are actually within strides, just note of the gate of a deserted housing project which served as the jump-off of Aliw Waterfalls.  Earlier on, we informed our guides that we will explore two waterfalls.  They’re the one who suggested what to visit first.


Laguna is famous not just for Pagsanjan Falls but of other waterfalls as well and we’ve visited quite a number already.  So when we heard of gigantic waterfalls in Luisiana, we wasted no time and organized an instant daytrip…

It was 5am when we took off for our Luisiana adventure with a two waterfalls goal, Hulugan Falls and Aliw Falls.  We had a quick breakfast at Paviola in Siniloan and even punned of Buruwisan Falls instead.

Hulugan Falls

We nearly missed Brgy. San Salvador being the first Luisiana barangay after the municipality of Cavinti.  Thanks to the Hulugan Falls poster for directing the way.  At the barangay entrance is an information area where you will first secure your guide.

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Breakfast at L'Aubergine Restaurant

L'Aubergine Restaurant is a renowned fine dining restaurant in the Metro and is said to always top this category.

It’s not a usual weekend for us sitting in comfort in a resto far from home.  But even hubby, a non-breakfast person is curious of Aubergine’s new morning offerings.  We buzzed at 530am for ample time to freshen and drive to the Fort.

Supposedly a meet-up with a dear friend who arranged for our reservation but due to family reasons it turned an early date for us :)

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Our trip to Sydney was for the Rotary 2014 International Convention which happened to coincide with my birthday J

We took the Manila – Kuala Lumpur – Sydney route via AirAsia.   I am a usual flight snoozer but being out of Asia for the first time kept me awake all the way.  The Indonesia – Australia pass was a long journey but the moment the next land mass was at sight, I was caught in awe… I startled hubby of the reddish landscape down under, I thought I was out of earth for a while. LOL.

Baler Day Tour – Part 2, What to do in Baler?

It was 10am when we reached Brgy. Ditumabo, the house of the Mother Falls more known as Ditumabo falls.  We forgot that most trippers were held indoor as well yesterday by the bad weather, so it was then that everyone was at the waterfalls.  We took a trike to the main jump-off which was filled earlier on.  We trekked for nearly an hour by the river crossing bamboo bridges, rivers and streams.  It was fun and the kiddos were loving it.

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Batanes Travel Tips and Do-It-Yourself Itinerary

Travel Tips:

1.    Batanes is feared for its pricey fare as the regular return airfare can go as high as P16k per head… Lucky for us, we were able to grab a promo fare of less than P1500 two-way per head.  We booked in October but our travel date was July of the succeeding year.

2.    Basco runway is just 1.25km long which explains the limitation in the aircraft capacity.  Brace yourself as landing can be a challenge especially at times of strong winds tied with the sways caused by being at Mr. Iraya foot.

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