5 Day Bicol Experience

@tryxiness (4548)
Philippines
February 22, 2008 8:20am CST
I went to Albay last sunday, and spent 5 days there because of a training. Prior to our flight to Albay, I was informed by the host that we would be staying in a villa near the seashore. So, I was pretty excited and was anticipating to see Mayon's peak. The first time I went to Albay, Mayon was hiding... So Sunday came, and when we arrived to Albay it was raining. Then while we were miles before landing, the pilot declared that the weather was deteriorating, and if the plane could not get through, then we have to go back to Manila. but inspite of the challenges felt by the pilot, he brought us there safe. I did not find the rain and deteriorating weather as a threat though, I mean, it could probably be just one of those days. So, Monday night I was still able to go to the town of legaspi (we're stayin in Sto. Domingo, Albay). I did not find any thing weird about the rain. Came Wednesday, my boss was supposed to follow on that day, then her flight was cancelled because of the rain, so she planned to fly in the following day. Then yesteday came, and the weather was really deteriorating, I could see the seawater rising and I was so scared of the rain and the fact that we're near the sea ( thoughts of the Phuket tsunami kept playing on my mind). Basically, my psyche was at high stress level because I did not want to stay more in Bicol knowing that I am missing home already. Anyways, we spent the whole night singing despite the fact that we knew legaspi was in a flooded situation... and we were not sure if the sun would shine... we could still hear strong winds at around 2 am... but we all basically left everything to God. When we woke-up at 6 in the morning today, we could feel the heat of the sun, and we knew that we could fly back in the afternoon today, though, our host would still want to tour us around the city, it's just that we could no longer take another day since we're missing our loved ones already. :) Well, I was able to see the peak while we're on our way to the airport. I still would want to see Mayon on a clear beautiful weather without any things in mind. :D
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5 responses
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
22 Feb 08
What an incredible view, set aside the weather conditions they have when you're there!;) I know that there's a place that tourist should go there, in Sto. Domingo, but have forgotten what it was called. I would love to experience being near that famous cone, maybe someday, when time and budget permits!;) Anyhow, glad that you finally went back safe and sound.
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
22 Feb 08
Thank you. I am super glad too. Though we have not visited much of the tourist spots, i still enjoyed mingling with Bicolanos. :D
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
22 Feb 08
So, how'd you find them Bicolanos? =)
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
24 Feb 08
The Bicolanos are great. They really are warm and hospitable. They were the ones who reassured us that everything is fine and the heavy rain is normal. :) I had my bicol express and pinangat experience too. :)
@channuk (23)
• Philippines
29 Feb 08
I would like to go to Albay to experience the culture..The people i think are the attraction more than the Mt. Mayon...i want to stay there for a week....
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
1 Mar 08
The food is ok. You have to try them they all are spicy (hehehe, i am exaggerating things). But yeah the food is ok. The people are quite nice too. :D
@rsa101 (23627)
• Philippines
24 Feb 08
Oh that's too bad you visited the place when it was raining. Mayon Volcano is such a wondrous sight to watch especially when you are there where there are no clouds that envelope the mountain. I am a bicolano that is why every time I visit the place I always am amazed by the uniqueness of that mountain. I would suggest if you could come back make it on a sunny day and you would appreciate it more.
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
1 Mar 08
Yes. I really hope that I would be back on a sunny day, I also wanted to tour around the place. I wanted to go to lignon hills too. Hayyy! :) I just wish it would not be rainy when I get there. :D
• Philippines
23 Feb 08
Well, I lived at Legazpi City, Albay for about 10 years (since I was born). I really loved the place and how people are so hospitable and friendly there. My grandmother is still living there and she was alone when the flood phenomena came. We were really afraid that she won't last long but God did his best. My Grandma was safe and sound. Luckily, our house there was built with two floors, so she's staying upstairs and the whole first floor was flooded! Her neighbors would like to stay in the house too but my Grandmother was afraid the house can't handle such number of people inside. The city was beautiful indeed. :) I always go there for vacation since I live in Manila now. :)
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
24 Feb 08
I am glad ur grandmother is safe. I think Legaspi is ok now. :D
@NCgirl (488)
• Philippines
22 Feb 08
I've been there, it's really amazing to see the Mayon...not to mention the people are so nice and respectful and hospitable, it's like you're at home with strangers!