Sometimes it pays to have a demanding friend, because if I didn’t have one I wouldn’t be able to see Mayon Volcano in its full splendor,
or squeeze in our itinerary as many must-see tourist destinations in Albay such as the Hoyop-Hoyopan cave in Camalig, Albay.
or the mini-coral island in Tiwi that offers a subdued and yet still stunning view.
As the host of this trip, I could have just brought them to Daraga, Albay and let them enjoy the classic post-card view of Mayon at the historical Cagsawa Ruins. It’s not that the view of Mayon in Cagsawa is not great, but it’s because Daraga is easy to reach to and from my sister’s boarding house where we were staying at that time. Yes, I admit, there are times that I get really, really lazy 😀
And when I was almost about to convince them to just stay at home, my friend expressed her concern about getting the kid (yes a kid is with us) through a whole day of boredom just because their supposed “tour guide” didn’t feel like doing anything but spend the whole day in bed sleeping.
So I included Albay Park & Wildlife in the itinerary. Wildlife, as we locals call it, isn’t among the popular tourist destinations in Albay but it doesn’t mean it is any less interesting.
There we did things only kids do, which is play with abandon.
But of course we needed to recharge, because no matter how much fun touring could get, it could be exhausting as well.
After the caving experience, we went back to Camalig town proper and looked for Let’s Pinangat. Needless to say, it is famous for its Pinangat. We regretted ordering a spicy Pinangat though, because Bicol express is already too spicy!
I chose to schedule sightseeing in Embarcadero de Legaspi late in the afternoon to see sunset at the Albay gulf. But we arrived there a little early, so we found ourselves satisfying our food cravings instead. We had to leave the place for our last destination for that day without seeing the sunset. 😦
Surprisingly, we still had enough energy to climb up Lignon hill. The panoramic view of Albay at night is enough a pleasing sight. But the universe had been too kind to us for allowing us to witness another natural beauty — a full moon emerging out of the blackness of the night.
Now I understand the need of every tourist guide to see their guests fulfilled by their service. Based on my friends’ elated mood throughout their four-day stay in Albay, I could say that I did a good job as a tourist guide. Ehem, ehem 🙂
I knew it was the fantastic weather that made this spur-of-the-moment getaway one of the best vacations we had.
So I thank God for allowing my visitors to see and enjoy the sight of Mt. Mayon in many different perspectives, as well as you guys for choosing Albay. I thank Ely, too, for acting on my behalf as a more gregarious tourist guide.
‘Till our next travel!
more pictures of mt. Mayon here
photo credit: travel buddies