#ChaMike4ever in Albay
Yes, it has been four great years with Mike and I can say that being with him for the past years has been the most thrilling and happiest <insert kilig reaction here>. Every anniversary we make it a point to go somewhere in the Philippines that we've never been to, good thing Mike is the ever supportive boyfriend who gives me the freedom to decide where to go and this year 'we' opted to visit Albay. Albay is a province in the Bicol Region which is well known for the glorious beauty of Mount Mayon, an active volcano that is dubbed to be the perfect cone-shaped volcano. Despite my eagerness to visit this place for so long it was not until this month that I finally got the chance to do so when I stumbled upon a Misibis Bay discount offer at dealgrocer.com. Of course I also wanted to drive an ATV going to the well-known volcano (just like what Zac Efron did when he visited our country) so that was definitely on top of our list.
Below is ChaMike's complete list of the things we did in Albay for three days.
1. Adore the beauty of Mount Mayon
They say that when you visit Albay and you see Mount Mayon's clear form it means that you have good intensions of visiting the place. Although on our first meeting Mt Mayon was a bit shy, sea of clouds covered her majestic form. Quite saddened by our first meet up I was about to question my own motives but fortunately, little by little she peeked from the clouds and at long last was able to show her full beauty before day break. It was a spectacular sight! There were lots of 'oohs' and 'aahs' every time we stared at this natural landscape.
|Our first meet up|
|Mt Mayon in it's full beauty|
Upon reading further you will notice that most of the attractions here have a connection with the volcano...
No one leaves Legazpi without a visit to the iconic Cagsawa Ruins. This postcard attraction is a MUST for every Legazpi traveler.
3. Stop at Daraga Church
Daraga Church is a four-century old Roman Catholic Church located in Daraga, Albay which is considered to be a National Historical Site. It is strategically located on a hill above the bustling town where you can have the view of Mt Mayon.
4. ATV to Mt Mayon
For the ultimate Mt Mayon experience, ChaMike drove an ATV going to the volcano. It was one exhilarating ride.
An urban mall in Legazpi City harbor. You will see various shops & restaurants where many locals and tourists flock. As for me and Mike we just wanted to take a few shots with the Legazpi signage at the back of the lifestyle hub.
6. Stay at The Oriental Hotel
Been wanting to book here ever since I heard it opened. The Oriental Hotel is located atop of a hill and their main attraction? A view of Mt Mayon from your room.
|The Oriental Hotel|
6. Eat Authentic Bicolano Cuisines
Spicy and delicious, Bicol's signature cuisine. Albay offers a good selection of Bicolano dishes that's interestingly unique and surprisingly good- anyone care for a chili ice cream? I wouldn't pass up on that. We dined at two restaurants- 1st Colonial Grill & Small Talk.
|Ice cream at 1st Colonial Grill|
7. Experience the prime resort that is Misibis Bay
We treated ourselves to a serene sanctuary that's been a well known beach escape from local and hollywood celebs alike.
8. Buy souvenirs and pasalubong at Albay Pili nut Factory and Terminal
The best pasalubong to buy are Pili nuts. Pili nuts are also popular in Albay and the best place to buy it is at the Albay Pili nut Factory. Choose from variety of delicacies with Pili nuts that ranges from P105-P150. I bought their best seller Mazapan de Pili, I also bought a pack of Baby Rose, Pastillas de Pili, Turroncitos de Pili, Pili Nut Choco, Pili Nut Brittle & Toffee Rose. I loved the Turroncitos de Pili most.
|Albay Pilinut Factory|
How to go to Albay
ChaMike flew via Cebu Pacific Air from Manila to Legazpi.
Details of Van Rental
Name: Nestor Calmada
Cellphone: 09275686940 | 09284734679
Fee: P2,500 for 5 hours
Type of cars: Innova, Starex etc
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Small Talk Legazpi ALBAY
ChaMike's to-do list in Misibis Bay ALBAY
Misibis Bay's Garden View Room
Misibis Bay's Eco Park Tour
Misibis Bay's Water Sports Activities
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Famiglia at Bellini's.
After appreciating the 3D artworks at Art in Island the best option to dine or hangout is at Cubao eXpo, a stone's throw away from the actual museum. Cubao eXpo is formerly the Marikina Shoe Expo, it has evolved into a bustling community of restaurants, specialty boutiques, bars, art galleries and thrift shops. Bellini's might be the most famous of them all.