Albay Sunday, July 26, 2015
#ChaMike4Ever in ALBAY
Mike and I had a FUN-tastic time in Albay. We decided to only spend 3 days (2 1/2 to be exact) because we both had work and we couldn't afford to take a longer leave. For me, the three-day Albay vacation was just enough to experience its famous sights and offerings. If you're an adventure seeker, nature lover, beach bum and want to have a romantic moment with your partner here's a quick rundown of what ChaMike did during those days.
Day 1 | Legazpi & Daraga
|The Oriental Hotel, ATV, Cagsawa Ruins, 1st Colonial Grill, Small Talk, Daraga Church|
12:00 nn Arrival at Legazpi Airport, transfers from airport to hotel
01:00 pm Check in at The Oriental Hotel
01:30 pm Start the day tour- Lunch at 1st Colonial Grill
02:30 pm - 04:00 pm ATV to Mt Mayon
04:00 pm - 04:30 pm Daraga Church
04:30 pm - 05:00 pm Cagsawa Ruins
05:30 pm - 06:00 pm Buy goodies at Pili Nut Factory
06:00 pm - 06:30 pm Buy pasalubong at the Terminal
07:00 pm Go back to hotel, freshen up for dinner
08:00 pm - 09:30 pm Dinner at Small Talk Restaurant
Day 2 | Misibis Bay
|Misibis Bay, Windsurfing, Eco Park, Romantic Dinner|
From Legazpi we transferred to Misibis Bay, Cagraray Island to feel the summer vibe. Since we failed to go to any beach during summer, we made a quick escape to Misibis Bay for a last hurrah before rainy season arrives.
08:00 am - 09:00 am Breakfast at The Oriental Hotel
09:00 am - 10:00 am Visit Embarcadero.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Check out | Transfer from The Oriental Hotel to Misibis Bay
12:30 pm Check in at Misibis Bay
01:30 pm - 02:30 pm Lunch at Spice Restaurant Misibis Bay
02:30 pm - 03:30 pm Eco Park Tour
03:30 pm - 06:00 pm Enjoy the beach and try their Water Sports Activities
06:00 pm - 07:00 pm Freshen up for dinner
07:00 pm - 10:00 pm Romantic dinner for two
Day 3 | Albay to Manila
|Goodbye Misibis Bay, goodbye Mt Mayon, goodbye Albay|
The last day was spent exploring the resort and appreciating nature. In the afternoon we transferred to Legazpi Airport. Good bye Albay!
09:00 am - 10:00 am Breakfast at Spice Restaurant Misibis Bay
10:00 am - 11:00 am Exploring the resort
12:00 nn Check out | Transfer from Misibis Bay to Legazpi Airport
02:30 pm Flight from Legazpi to Manila
3-day Albay Expense
I have to admit we kind of splurged a bit for this trip. We opted to spend more than what we used to when we travel like booking a regular flight rather than a seat sale, renting a private vehicle rather than using a public transportation and setting up a romantic dinner for two rather than a simple dinner at the restaurant. So you will notice below that our trip to Albay was a bit expensive. You can opt to save more than what I did though sometimes spending more can make your trip worthwhile, convenient and more memorable.
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#ChaMike4Ever Romantic Dinner Date
Once in a while, it would be really nice to have an intimate and romantic date with your partner especially if it's an anniversary you're celebrating. For ChaMike's fourth year, aside from the numerous activities we tried, I surprised Mike with a beach-front romantic dinner set-up in Misibis Bay.
#ChaMike4Ever's Water Sports Activities.
ChaMike loves to try everything for the first time. The day before we already experienced riding an ATV to Mt Mayon. This time, in Misibis Bay we tried two new activities.
#ChaMike4Ever at the Eco Park Misibis Bay
One of the main attractions of Misibis Bay is their Eco Park Tour. For only P150 per person a van will drive you around Cagraray Eco Park. Upon check-in, we informed the reception staff that we will avail of the tour (they need advanced booking for that), the staff gave us options of the available time of the van that will pick us up.
#ChaMike4Ever at Garden View Room Misibis Bay
ChaMike's fourth year anniversary was celebrated in Albay for three days, half of it was spent in the luxurious resort that is Misibis Bay (the first half was spent in The Oriental Hotel Legazpi)
#ChaMike4Ever in Misibis Bay.
Celebrating our anniversary entails us of going somewhere in the Philippines we've never been to. Good thing dealgrocer.com had an offer of a two day one night stay at a Garden View Room for two with airport transfers and breakfast buffet for a fee of P9,300++
Misibis Bay is a luxurious 5 hectare resort in Bacacay Albay. It hosted numerous celebrities from the local and hollywood scene including my crush, Zac Efron who visited the Philippines three years ago to promote a clothing brand.
After our stay at Oriental Hotel Legazpi, we were picked up by a Misibis Bay van (we asked them to pick us up at the hotel instead of the airport). For around one hour travel time we where then transported to paradise.
The moment we stepped on the tropical resort a staff handed us wet towelettes and offered to take our photo at the Misibis Bay signage.
|Towelettes the moment we arrived|
We were then escorted to the reception area for check in. We were also given juice for refreshment while waiting for our room.
At the reception we asked for other recreational activities such as the eco tour & water sports activities (the eco tour should be booked in advanced). They also asked us to deposit a fee of 2,500 (this fee became quite a hassle for me later on)
Here are the list of things ChaMike did during our 2 day 1 night stay in Misibis Bay.
From the reception, a four-wheel kart transferred us to our room. We stayed at their cheapest room offering- Garden View Room. The room has complete amenities but a bit far from the beach.
|Garden View Room|
Going to the restaurant/reception area, it was about 7 minute walk from our room. If you're too tired to walk you can always call the reception to ask for a kart (but don't expect them to be at your doorstep in an instant).
|Nice outdoor lounge|
Spice Restaurant is just near the entrance of the resort. It's an all day dining area that serves local Bicolano and other international cuisine. While waiting for our late lunch, to my surprise Chef Ryan Barlis was there. A schoolmate back in high school, became the head chef of Press Cafe and now a restaurant chef and consultant around the Philippines. I was completely shocked to see him in Misibis Bay (it's a small world indeed!). He was here to give the customers of the resort a better dining experience. Because of him, I knew we were in good hands.
We ordered Fried Chicken with Potato Wedges on the side, Melon Shake and Blueberry Cheesecake. Truly the food didn't disappoint. The chicken was good and crispy and the serving was ample. The melon shake was so flavorful and refreshing, perfect for a hot weather. Of course nothing can go wrong with a blueberry cheesecake, a sweet ending to our lunch.
|Our lunch | Melon Shake, Fried Chicken, Blueberry Cheesecake|
Eco Park Tour
A few meters from the actual resort lies an Eco Park that has several attractions such as the amphitheater, chapel and hanging bridge. With a fee of P150 per person a van will take you around the area.
It was a hot afternoon stroll at Eco Park so both of us were dying to take a dip at the beach…
Swim at the beach and pool
The weather was sunny and clear that day, perfect for swimming and because it was already June there were very few people at the resort. We had the whole beach all to ourselves.
|It's sunny in this part of the world|
We really appreciated the serenity of the beach, a perfect time to fully relax and enjoy. Although do not expect too much from the sand. Yes it's powdery but not as pristine as the other beaches in the Philippines.
|Black and White|
|Loving this b&w hat I found in H&M|
|Last hurrah for summer!|
Black Neoprene Bikini | @pearlypopswimwear
Black and White hat | H&M
|Seeing double <3|
If salt water is not your thing they have tons of pools scattered everywhere, there was even a pool outside our room.
|One of the many pools|
Engage in water sports activities
Mike and I are fond of doing something for the first time so we tried several water sports activities they offer, for only P750 you can do all the non motorized activities such as stand-up paddle, kayaking, snorkeling and the very challenging windsurf.
|The struggle is real|
We ended the day by enjoying the serene beachfront then later decided to go back to our room to prepare for a 'surprise' dinner date I planned for Mike.
One of our most memorable nights. A by-the-beach romantic dinner set up with a butler on the side. A perfect way to celebrate an anniversary or any romantic date for you and your partner.
The next day, we had our breakfast at Spice Restaurant. They have plenty of offerings, we both filled our tummies with great breakfast food. Ah, we love breakfast buffets!
After breakfast I roamed around the resort while Mike decided to rest in our room
Misibis Bay also offers indoor activities like billiards, videoke, table tennis, cheese. They also have a gym area for your fitness needs.
|Table Tennis, Chess, Gym and Billiards|
The sunset cruise operates daily, for P650 per head, a small boat will take you to a perfect sunset spot.
***At 12:00nn we were already ready for check out. A van transferred us to Legazpi Airport. And when I thought everything was perfect. I realized they never gave me the deposit of P2,500. Hurriedly I called their hotline and they promised to deposit it to my bank account the next day. After all the follow ups, rants, unanswered messages they where able to send me the deposit after three loooong weeks. It was so much hassle on my part, being the customer of a luxurious resort they shouldn't kept their customers waiting (they shouldn't have forgotten to return the deposit in the first place). They told me many times that they will call after they deposited the money but as of this writing they never had the decency to call or even text. I just found out and assumed when I checked my ATM balance. Unfortunately because of this incident, my drastic encounter overshadowed the almost perfect experience in Misibis Bay.
|Almost perfect stay|
Address: Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay, Bicol Region Philippine
Contact Numbers: (0917)5991606 / (0921)4873869 / (0915)5006833
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#ChaMike4Ever in Small Talk Albay.
ChaMike can't get enough of Bicolano cuisine so after the hectic day tour around Albay, we capped the night off by having a hefty dinner at Small Talk Restaurant.
#ChaMike4ever at 1st Colonial Grill
I am always fond of eating anything spicy. And as we all know, Bicolano dishes are synonymous to spicy dishes. So one of my goals when we visited Albay was to try their signature spicy cuisine. We first tried a well-known restaurant in Daraga, 1st Colonial Grill.
#ChaMike4ever in Cagsawa Ruins Albay.
No tourist leaves Albay without visiting Cagsawa Ruins. Cagsawa Ruins are the remains of Cagsawa Church built by Franciscan friars in the 1700's. It was destroyed by the eruption of Mt Mayon year 1814. The church tower was the only remnant of the baroque church which has become a popular tourist attraction in Albay.
#ChaMike4ever ATV to Mt Mayon.
Riding an ATV to Mt Mayon has been on my travel wish list for a long time now. Even more when Zac Efron, my boy crush tried it when he came to the Philippines to promote a clothing brand (I was even at that event in MOA). And finally after a couple of years, I was able to experience it with a hotter and even hunkier man (move over, Zac). Mike and I celebrated our four years in Albay and on top of our agenda was of course riding an ATV.