“I wish I could just take a year off to travel.”- Gouache in my moleskine sketch mid 2008.
This year has been pretty eventful for me in terms of traveling. I shuffled quite a bit between Manila and Singapore, and had several trips to other countries, including Brunei and Malaysia too. Next weekend, the boyfriend and I are also heading to Bintan, Indonesia for an overnight getaway before I fly back to Manila.
I obviously enjoy the thrill of traveling. Sometimes I wish I could really just take a year off, hop on a plane (after buying some travel insurance online, maybe) and go from one country to another. ♥
As I mentioned in my post about our Caramoan Adventure, we recorded bits and pieces of our escapade on video too. Almost two dozen sets of them were great visuals on their own, but I decided to dissect a few and mashed them into a four-minute music video to the tune of Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” (our official Bicol-Caramoan Getaway song).
It isn’t exactly bluray quality, but I believe it captured well how the island tickled our souls and turned our vacation into one cotton candy of an adventure. ♥♥♥
Our Caramoan Getaway was actually sandwiched between several days in Legazpi City in Albay, Bicol. Another couple of days well-spent with a wonderful group of people!
Thanks to Shella’s warm, generous and extremely hospitable family, our group was well taken care of during our entire stay. We were driven around the city, fed to the brim and were given the luxury of comfortably staying in their beach house too. Such a lovely family! :)
Legazpi welcomed us with great weather, awesome food and this breathtaking view on the plane:
The beautiful Mayon volcano as seen on the plane, a few minutes before we landed.
It was raining in Manila when we left, so we were all praying for sunny weather in Legazpi. See how strong our combined prayers were? :)
These past couple of months, raves about the beauty of Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur have been sprouting the internet, that I mentally took note to add it to one of the places I want to see before I die. It was quickly ticked off my long list when I gladly accepted my friend’s invitation to join them on a trip there last month. It was a decision that I made on a whim, without even having to think twice. Another one of my carefree/happy-go-lucky spasm attacks, where I couldn’t have been more right, because not even a split second of disappointment lingered throughout the entire trip.
Two days and two nights was simply too short a time to be able to see all the islands in the area, but we managed to squeeze several in our agenda, experiencing the best adventure of our lives while at it.
The whole getaway was filled with surprising adventures left and right. From long boat rides, yellow wonderlands, tiresome hikes, motorbike rides, swimming under the rain, to heart-pumping tricycle rides on bumpy tracks of giant potholes. And of course, it was also filled with wonderful sceneries, joyous laughter and happy moments that will surely be etched in our memories forever.
And because I truly believe that pictures speak a thousand words, here are a ton of photos for your viewing pleasure. :)
We survived the two-hour (+) boat ride from Sabang port to Guijalo port with our iPods and endless cam whoring. =P
Finally at Guijalo port, but since it was low tide, we had to be transported to the dock in tiny boats. Here are the boys with Mr. boat man.