7 Reasons To Visit Bicol 2/2

Here’s the continuation from my first post of “7 Reasons To Visit Bicol.”

4. Busay Falls. Busay Falls is in Malilipot, Albay. Entrance is as cheap as P5 for kids and P10 for adults. There’s an ample paved parking which costs P50 per vehicle. But you can negotiate with the kuya there to give you a discounted price if you have a number of vehicles. Busay has unadulterated seven falls and this is the first one. Locals say you need to have an experienced mountaineer to guide you to the other 6 falls. We only planned to bathe plus we have kids in tow which might be quite difficult for us to explore the other falls. Plus, you can’t take the kids out of the water anymore even if they’re hungry already!

At first, the water is terribly cold. But as you immerse yourself inside, you will no longer feel cold even when you go out of it. I had much fun swimming coz the deep part is just where the water directly falls.
This is where the water cascades.

5. Pansit Bato. I sometimes see Pansit Bato being sold around Manila. But Pansit Bato in Bicol tastes the best. The name pansit Bato is named after Bato, Camarines Sur, Bicol where it originated. We dropped by at a local seller in Bato, Cam Sur where my sis bought raw pansit.

6. CamSur Watersports Complex. On the way back home, my father took a turn to CWC. Its in Provincial Capitol Complex of Pili, Camarines Sur. It’s in an inside nook but the turn is easy to spot as there are street signs inidicating CWC. We set our mat and had breakfast there. But we never got to really explore the big big place as we’re out of time. I saw a glimpse of the nice villas which are so homey and inviting. Tourists from different continents make their way to CWC for wake boarding, dragon boating and other watersports. I saw their website and there’s a huge swimming pool, game centers, public skate park and inflatable house where kids can jump in.

Pili
Pili nyog
Pili hard skin

7. Pili Nuts. Most of you might have already seen the white kernel pili nuts. So I decided to show you the outside of the pili nuts. The first one still has the thin skin. It’s originally greenish and turns purplish black when ripe.

The second one shows what’s inside when you remove the purple skin. Months back I’ve been craving for this fibrous and fleshy pulp. Yes we eat that part too. When raw, the pulp is too hard so for it to be edible, you boil water and then put some in the bowl. Soak the pili (still with the purple skin) until the flesh becomes tender. Remove the purple skin and eat the pulp. It has a very inviting aroma that you can’t resist. But not all would like eating the pulp though. Can’t describe but it has a different aroma and taste. I first tasted the pili pulp when I was little and I didn’t like it. Tried it the second time and craved for it ever since. We eat it with rice like a viand.

Now the third photo shows the pili nut with the hard shell. You need a hammer to break the stone-hard shell. When you break it there’s yet another coating, a thin brown fibrous skin. If you have to peel a hundred pili nuts you need to blanch them to easily remove the thin brown coat. And then you get the white, nutty seed or kernel.

Pili trees grow in Indonesia and Malaysia and Philippines but pili nuts are produced and processed only in the Philippines, particularly in Bicol.

So there you go my 7 reasons to visit Bicol. But these are just 7 and there are hundreds! It means I’ll be coming back for more. Til next time!


 

7 Reasons To Visit Bicol

Our last trip to Bicol has sweet memories with little sadness as we sent my uncle off for the last time. But it’s at these times when family get together for strength and comfort.

This vacation was the most enjoyable one for me…so far. The last time I went to Bicol was after college which was more than 10 years ago.

There are many reasons why you need to visit Bicol and here’s some:

1. Awesome Sceneries - We used to ride the bus where you have to travel at night and just sleep in and when you wake up you’re now in Bicol. But this time, my father drove us all 5 adults and 5 kids for 10 hours (excluding stopovers). Father doesn’t drive to Bicol at night because of the big buses that you have to compete with by the dangerous zigzag roads.

 

I enjoyed looking at green lush of rice fields, trees, mountains, and the blue seas and rivers that we pass by the road. My sisters and I always go wow! Wow….wow! The kids either played during the travel and slept in some of the hours. I think kids don’t appreciate nature more than grown up people do coz I remember I was also like that when I was young…ger.

2. Mighty Mayon Volcano

 

Mighty Mayon Volcano

 

Sweet papa and mama with Mayon background

We’re so lucky to catch this beautiful Mayon in great photos. It was the perfect weather, sun, time, and location. We just stopped by the roadside in Ligao, City, Albay coz the view was so compelling.

In sweet pose is my Mama and Papa.

3. Balisungsong, Ibus, Suman Sa Latik

Balisungsong is made of cassava with strips of coconut. It reminds me of my summer days in Bicol when I and my cuz would buy this from a vendor who would pass by the house every afternoon.

Not in pic are Suman sa Latik and Ibus. These two are made from glutinous rice. Suman sa Latik is wrapped in banana leaves and you dip it in delicious sauce made from coco milk, sugar and sometimes with bits of pili nuts. My father is an expert in this. Whoooh yummy! Suman sa Ibus is wrapped in coconut leaves and you dip it in sugar when you eat it.

To be continued…

On The Way To Bicol

Bicol Diversion Rd.
Sariaya Seaside
It’s a sad reason why we need to visit our relatives in Bicol.
On the other hand, I was able to appreciate the very long trip. It’s our first time to travel to Bicol in daytime. My eyes feasted on lots of refreshing greens and blues.
We plan to go back to Manila but the van’s broken. Good thing it happened even before we hit the long trip back home.
More photos soon!

Kefalonia Greek Vacation


Greek weddings, Greek holidays, Greek food…there’s much to experience in this great vacation destination with rich culture and heritage. Undeniably, Greek Island is a dream vacation of every traveller.

Kefalonia, Greece in the months of May and June is an abundance of wild flowers which is good to see during mountain walks and feel the pleasure of the sea. Temperature is at 24-32 degrees C.

July and August are the hottest months of the year in Kefalonia with 33-42 degrees C. Hotels are busy attending to many visitors and other people are tending to their harvests.


Another great time to go is in the months of September and October, when the weather is not yet cold but not too hot. Temp is at 27-34 degrees C. The sea is still warm. People are harvesting grapes for wine and preparing for winter.

Some of the interesting places to see in Kefalonia are:
- Mt. Ainos Mountain – the mountain that stands on Kefalonia and gives the island some fantastic scenery. It’s Greece’s 3rd highest mountain with peak of 1626 metres above sea level and stretches as far as the outlying villages of Poros in the South. The forest on mount Ainos was declared a National Park in 1962. There is an abundance of flora and fauna- great for nature lovers and walkers. If you are lucky you may also spot the last few remaining wild horses living on the south eastern slopes.

- St, Georgios Castle – The castle of St George dates back to Byzantine times but the castles form that you will see now dates to the sixteenth century. Within up to 82 ft high and 20 ft thick walls, 8000 people found shelter whenever pirates or hostile forces attacked. It was the capital of the island until 1757.

- Drogarati Cave – a naturally formed cave that is at least 150 million years old, 1.5 miles from Sami. It has steps leading down in to the depths of the earth with a very impressive path, comfortable to walk on, has been hammered out between the huge stalactites and stalagmites. Because of its fantastic acoustics, Drogarati cave during the summer is often used for musical concerts and performances.

- Melissani Lake – is one of the island wonders. It is a stunning underground lake with the most stunning crystal blue water and is truely beautiful. Most of the roof of the cave collapsed during the earthquake of 1953. The rocks at the bottom of the lake cause the water to shimmer in all shades of green and blue. Small rowing boats manned by experienced guides take you into the cave giving you an amazing viewpoint of the stalactites which are over 1000 years old. In ancient times the cave was used as a place of worship of the God Pan and the nymph Melissan.

Book with Kefalonia.co.uk. They’ll give you the best deals for the best hotels based on you’re preferences – either on a five star Kefalonia hotels, modern villas or in a rustic Greek farm house. Most of the accommodations offer beautiful sea views and infinity pools with the view of the turquoise bays.