Pinatubo Expedition

by Danny Tariman

It was an experience of a lifetime.

The trip was rough, in fact very rough. Riding a 4×4 wheel Toyota, we had a one-and-a-half hour cruise through vast fields of volcanic debris – rocks, sand, lahar – on an almost dry riverbed.

It was worth the trip, the view is awesome and fantastic!

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My family joined a group of backpackers who were to explore the crater of Mt Pinatubo – the volcano which erupted in the mid-90’s. It was actually my son who organized this backpackers’ trip.

We all prepared for the trip. We searched blogs in the internet to know the dos-and-the-donts. We read all the groups’ announcements. And so we were ready – we made sure we have light baggage, enough water, long-sleeved tees to cover our skin and caps to cover our heads from sun and dusts.

With about 50 persons in the tourist bus, we left left Makati at about 2 o’clock in the morning. We had a brief stop-over at a fast-food shop in gas station along North Luzon Expressway where we had quick breakfast. We arrived at the drop-off point in Capas, Tarlac at about 630am. This is the starting point of our expedition.

My son, as the lead-coordinator for this trip, stepped out of the bus to register the group with the local tourism office which was managing all groups going to Mt Pinatubo. After the registration procedures, we hopped into our 4×4 Toyota which took us to the jump-off point to the crater of Mt Pinatubo.

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The ride was exciting. It was my first time to see the lahar-covered valleys of Tarlac. We passed though winding ways – not roads really! It was very dusty, and bumpy; with rocks and lahar, it couldn’t be better. But the view was awesome! The used-to-be mountains that are now very steep gorges. It was like the earth was scooped out of the big mountains!

We zigzagged to avoid big boulders and rocks. We passed shallow streams of water. I wonder if a 2×4 will be able to cross that rough and rugged ways. And after 1 ½ hours, we reached the jump-off point to the crater.

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It was another 30-minute trek to the crater of the volcano. We passed through trails and at some point crossed shallow streams of water. The big part of the trek was uphill. For people my age (early 50’s), it was a bit of a challenge. But it was worth the walk. Upon reaching the crater we were greeted by this awesome lake created when the volcano erupted. It was really an experience that will linger in my mind.

The lake was awesome and very enticing to get near. The still and quiet, emerald green water is enclosed by ravines left behind by the most recent volcanic eruption. We went down to the lake shore. How I wish we could have took a short swim but it was prohibited! While enjoying the scenery and the cool breeze, we took out our lunch packs and had picnic on the grounds of the crater. About half-an-hour later, we packed up and prepared for our return trip.

The decent from the Mt Pinatubo was a bit easy. We reached the base camp is no time. Once again, we jumped into our 4×4, and drove back to Capas, Tarlac. Because these was really no “road”, our driver took us on a different route. I can see other off-roaders doing the same. We can over-take without the limitations of a narrow road as we can use any trail as long as it is hard enough to carry our car. At times, our driver had to engage the 4 wheels especially when we are crossing or passing along a river.

Things to bring during this trip: plenty of water, bottles of Gatorade or Powerade (whichever brand you prefer) to provide better body hydration, disposable mask which you should wear during the lahar off-road trip – because it is very dusty, and sun block lotion. Wear light-material shirt –preferably cotton. You can also bring cap or shawl to cover your head during the dusty drive. Oh, don’t forget your packed food. In our case, we bought home-made big sandwiches – big for more energy.

By the way, I didnt’ tell you yet about my expedition team – my family. I was with my wife (about 50 years old), and our 2 children, in their early 20’s. Why am I telling you about our age? Because even at 50, you can still enjoy trips like this.

Shouldn’t you try this awesome, one-of-a-kind experience?

True Leadership

by Danny Tariman

“With humility think of others as being better than yourselves. Do not be concerned about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others.” (Phil 2:3-4)

“Sir Dan, I’d like you to meet our…” thus Ger was about to introduce me to the project team.

“Just call me Dan or Danny. Please don’t call me ‘Sir’”, I interjected.

Having worked in a different culture overseas, I had been used to addressing persons in their first name, even those who are of higher positions than I do.

But Ger, who is the Head of this bank’s group was insistent on calling me ‘Sir’. His position has the initials “VP” in it. He is not a lower-ranking officer. His group is composed of a number departments.

The same with Sally who is with our project team. She also calls me ‘Sir’. She too is the Head of another group within the bank and under her are a number of departments too.

At first I was uneasy.

But it struck me that even with their high positions in the bank, they truly respect me not just by calling me “Sir”. They defer to my opinions, they listen to me when I speak. In our meetings and dealings, I can sense their humility.

Despite of their humility, I have observed how their subordinates respect them too.

This is what I call “true leadership” – a leadership that does not use force nor intimidation, nor fear. True leaders are able lead people by influence through their humility.

But don’t get me wrong. Leadership in humility does not mean weak leadership. Because there is an inner strength and an inner power to influence in humility. Actually, leadership is influence (according to leadership guru John Maxwell). People are more likely to follow persons who does not bully them, who cares for them, who regards them as a co-worker or co-leader. These people would tend follow their leaders because they want to, because they know their leader cares for them.

And this affirms a Biblical principle in Philippians 2:3-4: “with humility think of others as being better than yourselves… also be concerned about the interests of others.”

I pray that we will all lead like our Leader – Jesus Christ Himself!

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Travel Memoirs: Naga and Daet

by Danny Tariman

We had been hitting many wonderful places in the Bicol region in these past 4 days. I am enjoying the drive, thanks to our very dependable Isuzu Crosswind. We’ve been to Caramoan Islands, had explored Sorsogon, rediscovered Legaspi City with its perfect cone – the Mayon Volcano. I am a bit tired, but definitely enjoying the experience. I really love driving long-distance out-of-town trips.

Our final leg is a quick tour of Naga City in Camarines Sur and a brief stop in Daet, Camarines Norte.

We left Legaspi City en-route for Naga City, late in the afternoon. It’s been a lazy drive; plenty of cars and buses along the way. When we reached Camalig, we bought the famous pinangat (taro leaves slow cooked in coconut cream). It was great that the dish is offered frozen! We can bring some more as present to friends.

We also had a brief stop in Bato, Camarines Sur near the railroad crossing, where the popular Pancit Bato came from. This type of noodles is sun-dried. My wife bought some just enough for a family meal so we can try this local dish.

We reached Naga City at about 8 o’clock in the evening. After cam002checking-in at the hotel, we started exploring the place. We went to the city public square and see what’s going on. Aside from a monument in the middle, there is an array of vendors selling various stuff – from pork barbecue to peanuts to fruits, from souvenir items, to massage service. After few minutes of strolling the area, we took our dinner at a local restaurant and then had our rest.

Naga City is the home to Our Lady of Peñafrancia – a famous icon of cam004the Blessed Mother, which is known to be miraculous. We visited the 3 major churches in the city – the Naga Cathedral, the Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, and the Minor Basilica where the cam001image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia kept. It was like a thanksgiving visits to the churches as we wrap-up our Bicol Road Trip.

We also passed Ateneo de Naga where my wife had finished her college. Of course, my son took photos of himself in front of the Ateneo gate being an Atenean also – he graduated from Ateneo de Manila.

cam003After our lunch, we returned to Maharlika Highway en-route to Manila via Daet, Camarines Norte. My daughter took the steering wheel during our drive to Daet. – just a portion of the highway, For about 30 minutes, she drove our car as I need to rest too. We passed by the Bicol National Park – a restricted forest area. The road in the area is zigzag – caution: drivers.

We reached Daet at about 2pm. We dropped by St John Church. I visited this church in the late 90’s and it is so different now. I like its former ‘antique look’. After few minutes of communing with the cam006Lord in thanksgiving and prayer, we drove to Bagasbas Beach. We passed the busiest road in the city – right in front of a market!

The beach is a vast mass of land. I can imagine on high tide, one can walk towards the middle of the sea without the fear of getting drowned! It is so wide and almost flat. The wind is so refreshing and the cool, you’d like to inhale for more! We had some fun photos here.

cam007On our return to the main highway, we stopped at the public market and bought some items. Wow, the stuff are very, very cheap! We bought coconut and fruits. Oh yes, the Daet pineapple is a unique variety. It is elongated and slim, and even if it is still green, when you chop it and eat, it is so sweet, you can even eat the core!

Finally, we drove back to Manila. My wife had to drive the car for me for almost an hour. I have to sleep. I am so tired by now, after almost 5 days of driving.

It was a truly wonderful experience touring the Bicol region. Give it a try!

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Rediscovering Mayon & Legaspi

by Danny Tariman

I and my family had been on the road for 4 days now. We had just been from Caramoan Islands – the first leg our Bicol road trip. We were fascinated by the crystal clear waters and the islands, and the top-notch accommodation and food. Yesterday on our second leg of the tour, we were mesmerized by the natural beauty of Sorsogon – the lake, the beach, and its scenic countryside.

The third leg of our tour is the majestic Mayon volcano and its surroundings. I thought the place is the usual ordinary sight I see every time I pass by the city en route to Catanduanes. But it is different now. I am so excited to re-discover the Mayon Volcano and Legaspi City.

En-route to Legaspi, we stopped by the Cagsawa ruins. This is the leg004belfry that was left of a church after a massive eruption of Mayon Volcano in the 1800’s. Because of the volcanic debris that fell onto the church roof, it collapsed, leaving only the bell tower which has become a landmark in Bicol. Aside from the usual picture taking, you can also taste some local delicacies. Try the pili nuts in all its varieties!

It was a late Sunday afternoon drive, and so upon reaching Legaspi City, we first went to San Rafael Cathedral where we attended the Mass. This church is in the middle of the city, you wouldn’t miss it. After the Mass, we had a quick dinner at LCC where we ate the pinangat (taro leaves slow-cooked in coconut cream) that we bought from Camalig, Albay – a town before reaching Legaspi. This pinangat is a must-taste when in Legaspi.

The following day, we continued our discovery tour driving to Lingon Hills. I noted that it is the only hill popping out of a vast leg002plain. This hill is surrounded by Legaspi City and the town of Daraga, and is overlooking the airport. You can see from the top the scenic view of the city. This is an uphill drive – you have to put your gear on first or second all the way to the top. When you reach the summit, you will be greeted by a nice shopping arcade selling all kinds of souvenir items and a nice viewing deck. Indeed a good spot to take photos.

Our 2 children will not have a complete experience without riding the zip-line, a thrilling cable ride from the top to the hillside, where you can see the city and its surroundings.

Our next stop, another exciting experience for our children, is the leg001ATV ride to Mayon Volcano. We rented the All-Terrain Vehicle, for each one of them. This took them to the Base Camp of the volcano. They passed through rugged trails and rivers on their ATVs.

This discovery tour cannot finish without tasting local food. And so, after the ATV ride, we went for a late lunch at Small Talk Cafe. This cafe is small cozy place offering unique Bicol food – pasta with a t leg006wist of Bicol taste. Samplers: spaghetti in creamy finely-chopped taro leaves cooked in coconut milk; ravioli in hot chili (siling labuyo) and tomato sauce. Aren’t these very creative, uniquely Bicol gourmet? Really volcanic! Oh, we missed the chili ice-cream at that time – this is a creamy home-made vanilla ice cream spiced with hot chili syrup. Hot ice cream? Out-of-this-world indeed!

We capped the day with a late afternoon stroll at the city’s latest shopping center – the Embarcadero de Legaspi. This is a sea-front mall with many al-fresco restos and cafes. It is a glittering sight at leg003night. We did some souvenir shopping here. There are local crafts and native delicacies sold in this mall. There is this nice shop at the mall corner which sells good quality t-shirts with nicely designed local prints (Mayon, Bicol, Legaspi, etc). Make sure to buy some.

A re-discovery tour indeed for me, and a discovery tour for my family!

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After the Storm

by Danny Tariman

​I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities. (Amos 9:14)

I had been monitoring the storm “Glenda” as it rips across the Philippines. At about 5:30 in the morning, while still on bed, I tuned-in to our radio to listen to the latest update. The storm has passed through the southern part of our island is now nearing Metropolitan Manila area.

At about half-past-seven, the wind’s intensity grew stronger and maintained its force. I started to feel uneasy. I called my family to a quick prayer asking God’s intervention to spare us and our house from effects of the storm.

I went outside our house to check our surroundings. I can’t stand to see the winds blowing the trees, especially the trees very near our house. I continuously prayed for protection because if indeed the trees will fall, our house will be directly hit.

I silently prayed in my heart that the storm will be gone, as it seemed that the clock ticked slower with the passing of the storm. Thanks be to God, after pounding the city for about two-and-a-half hours, the wind started to slow down.

By 10:30, I surveyed our surroundings. It was littered by debris brought by the storm – leaves, branches and twigs, fallen trees, and a knocked-down electric post.

I saw our neighborhood starting to clean up. And so I joined them clear up our street of the debris. We were hand-in-hand doing our work together to bring back our community back to its former state. Yes, I know, that the Lord will restore us His people, as we try to rebuild our lives (Amos 9:14) from what the typhoon had destroyed.

But one thing that I realized while we were cleaning up our street. The love that we – the neighbors – had for each other. Social standing was removed, job titles were gone; we were just plain good neighbors helping each other.

Jon, who has a number of cars in his garage, started helping me – even if it was still raining. He was literally drenched in rain while helping me. Vic, who is a Senior Vice President of a company, volunteered to help me carry a garbage bin full of leaves. Mang Tinoy, a neighbor’s family driver, spontaneously helped us cut a fallen tree in front of our house, while Vic carried the branches away from the road. Another neighbor Bot, who owns a power rental business, offered to connect our house to their mobile power generator set while the whole community was in black-out. [All names are fictitious but persons are real.]

This is a real display of concern for each other. This is love in action.

Thank you Lord for giving us these good neighbors. I claim Your Word in James 2:8 – “if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well”.

Yes, we are, and will always be, doing well in Your presence O Lord!

Found!

Found!
by Danny Tariman

“Seek and you will find…” (Matthew 7:7)

It was early in the morning. I was about to go to work when my wife said to me “I can’t find the original CR. Did you keep it?”

I replied “No, I did not keep it. Let us pray for it. I know it is just somewhere inside.”

She was referring to the original copy of the Car Registration Certificate.

We were about to register our car for its annual registration at a local Land Transportation Office (LTO). My wife was preparing the documents – the Car Registration Certificate, the previous Official Receipt of registration – when it occurred to her that the original Car Registration is lost!

She tried to look for the usual compartments where we normally keep documents like this. But this time, it is not there. She prayed, as I suggested, while she continually look for it in every possible place.

While waiting for my ride, I texted and asked her if she found it. She replied back that we continue to pray. She said she went the back to the possible locations again – the drawers and shelves – but couldn’t find it.

We kept on praying. Few minutes later, she was led to get hold of a Holy Week Reflection booklet which we carried along in our travel to Bicol last Holy Week.

Lo and behold! The original Certificate of Registration of our car was inserted in the book!

And our car’s registration was processed at the local LTO very fast.

Indeed, there is nothing impossible for those who believe. As the Word of God in Matthew 7:8 “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds.”

Sorsogon Escapade

by Danny Tariman

Sorsogon was the second leg of our Bicol Road Trip. Our first stop was the Caramoan Islands where we had an exciting experience of the beach, the islands and the food.

Back on the Road

We left Caramoan at about 10:30 in the morning. We were ferried by the resort’s private boat to Sabang, reaching the port before 12. We immediately drove back to Maharlika Highway en-route to Legaspi where we plan to sleep for the night. Along the way we dropped by Bigg’s, a local fast food chain that offers not only the usual burger-pasta-chicken menu, but also Bicol dishes served in style.

We were nearing the town of Daraga in Albay when we saw this food stand selling local delicacies – baduya, kalingling, and a few others. Since I told my family that in our trips we will eat local food (part of tasting local culture), we stopped and ate our afternoon snack.

We finally arrived Legaspi for our evening rest at about 5:30pm. But before going for the rest, we went to the Mass as St Raphael Cathedral in downtown Legaspi.

Sorsogon Here We Come

We left our lodging in Legaspi City early at 7 in the morning. We were all excited as we were headed for Donsol, Sorsogon to interact sor005with “butanding”, the giant whale-shark as called by locals. We reached Donsol tourism office at about 8:30. We saw the shark replica at the office. We also saw the vast sea in front. Unfortunately, we were advised by boatmen that it is off-season (it was mid-June) and chances of an encounter with the giant fish is very small.

Not willing to take the risk of spending for nothing (renting a boat with nothing to see), we decided to explore the Bulusan Lake/Volcano. And so we hit the road again, this time heading towards Bulusan.

Bulusan Lake & Volcano

sor001We had a long drive, passing through Sorgoson City but did not enter the city proper and instead used the diversion road, and through the towns of Gubat and Barcelona, and finally reached the lake and volcano at about 11:30. We were a bit hungry by then and there was no decent food – except for instant noodles and canned goods. If you plan to go to Bulusan Lake, make sure to bring your food so you have something to fill your tummy while you enjoy the lake surroundings.

The lake is so serene with its color in perfect harmony with the surrounding tropical rain forest. There are some boat rides available for a minimal fee. And if you want to explore the lush forest, you can opt to trek assisted by a local tour guide. This is a very relaxing place, I would have taken a nap but the excitement is still boiling inside of me so I can’t sleep.

Dansalan Beach

After about an hour stay and rest, we drove back. Along the way, we sor002were captivated by this beautiful and pristine beach. I pulled our car to the side and checked the place. The rural, unspoiled charm of the beach was irresistible. And so we decided to stay for a while, have some swim, and enjoy the place.

We stayed until about 4pm and then we headed back to Legaspi. We passed by an old church which caught our attention again. We can’t let this pass, and so we had some photos taken. This trip is indeed full of surprises as there is not much blogs or articles on this route.

sor003When we reach Sorsogon City, we saw this line of vendors along the highway near a sea shore selling an assortment of seafood. From fish to crabs, to shrimps, to shell fish. What caught our curiosity is this long fan-shaped shell fish – about 8 to 10 inches long. We would have again tasted a local delicacy but we don’t know how this is cooked. And so we passed an opportunity to have taste of a Sorsogon delicacy. Maybe next time.

This is the third day of our 5-day Bicol Road trip. Definitely a most enjoyable ride!

It’s fun to explore Sorsogon!

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Love Your Child

by Danny Tariman

The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. (Prov 29:15)

“He is so talkative in school.”

“He knows better that his teacher.”

“Teacher asked him to color the elephant but he colored the background instead because that was what he wants.”

“He knows how to reason out.”

“He talks a lot and he is well-loved.”

An amused mother was telling me stories about her 4-year old child. Yes, the child is quite – or maybe – smart. But many instances it appears he is able to get his way – to the point of not following instructions.

He is cute, he is chatty, chubby, and he is lovable. However, if as a parent, we continue to let him have his way unrestrained, when he grows old, he will be a headache not only to the mother and father, but maybe to the family.

Sometimes as a parent, we feel pleased because it appears that the little child is smart. We smile, we feel light that he was able to do it his way. We even brag him and his story to our friends and neighbors. But this is sending him the wrong message. We are telling him through our actions that it is okay to not follow the teacher if it is not to his liking, that it is alright to reason out to the teacher.

If this is left unchecked, he may grow up disobedient – to parents and authorities. He may even not get a good job if he brings this bad attitude to work when he grows old.

If this is left unrestrained, he may grow up an undisciplined, spoiled brat who does whatever he wants to do.

The Word of God is very clear. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Parents should not only educate their children, telling them what is good and what is right. We must also correct and rebuke the child when he is not doing the right thing. We should never leave him doing the wrong way!

I agree, sometimes it is uneasy to rebuke or correct. Much more with a rod. But disciplining with a rod should be accompanied with an explanation so the child knows what wrong he has done – this is where wisdom comes. I know it pains. But then again, the Bible warns us so. Hebrews 12:11 says “all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it.”

I had passed this stage. My children are now grown up. I am very proud to say they continue to be lovable, and even huggable in their twenties. Whenever one offends the other, the offender apologizes quickly. When one is in need, the other helps. Up to this day, we go to Church together, we watch movies together, we eat-out together, and yes, we explore places together.

This is family, This is love.

Thank you Lord for giving me a wonderful family!

 

[Photo is a screen grab from Flickr.com]

Exploring Caramoan Islands

by Danny Tariman

Last June 7th, 2013, my family went on a 5-day road trip to Bicol. This was a planned trip as early as 2 months before. We were all very excited because for one, we will go to places we have not been before, and second, we will be visiting not 1 but 3 the most famous and popular tourist destinations in the Bicol region.

Despite the forecast of a rainy weather throughout the 5 day trip, we had good sunny weather except for brief showers in the afternoon.

The Road Trip

We left Metro Manila at about 7pm. I was on the steering wheel of our Isuzu Crosswind, while my wife was seated next to me. She was our head navigator. Assisting her were our 2 children who were using GPS (or Global Positioning System) on their smart phones to guide our way, while my wife would confirm the information using our map-on-paper.

We were off to a good start. We cruised the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) at 100kph, but we had to slow down to about 40-50kph few kilometers from exit in Laguna as we were met by heavy rains. The rains subsided as we were approaching Quezon. However, the roads in Quezon province were under repair. This has somehow slowed down our trip. Road re-blocking was up to Quirino Highway.

In the last stretch of Quirino Highway – entering the Bicol region – the roads got better. I resumed my speed and was back to 90-100kph. We reached our first stop at about 5am at Sabang Port in Camarines Sur, just in time for the boat ride at 6am.

bic005Our first destination was the Caramoan Islands where the popular US TV reality show “Survivor” had been shot. In fact, not just the US edition of the show had their Survivor series shot in Caramoan, the islands were also host to other Survivor editions – France, Israel, Serbia and Bulgaria.

Riding the Seas to Caramoan

Upon reaching Sabang Port, we parked our car in a gated compound just in front of the wharf. It was safe and quite cheap at Php150. We then boarded an over-sized out-rigger boat with about 60 to 70 passengers. It was I think, the first trip to Caramoan. (You need to check the latest trip schedule on the internet to ensure proper planning of your trip.) It took us about 1 1/2 hours to Guijalo Port, Caramoan. This port is the entry to the Caramoan Islands.

bic003At Guijalo port, I and my son took a short walk to the surroundings. We bought also some food to bring along.

We had a taste of the local food at the port. I was really on the look-out for some unique local dish which I can introduce to my children. And lo and behold! We found kinunot – flaked shark’s meat in thick coconut milk. More on this on my daughter’s blog (just click the link). Here’s another one: a “mother bangus”. This kind of bangus lives in the seas – and therefore salt-water bangus. This is very different from the bangus we normally have in Manila which is grown in fresh water, because the size is at least twice as big as the fresh-water species.

We finally reached our Caramoan destination by yet another boat ride – a 30-minute cruise from Guijalo to Tugawe Cove.

Tugawe Cove

Wow, this place is a cut above the rest – clearly a class in its own. An exclusive beach enclosed by hills on all sides. Going up the resort, you will be met by the resort welcoming party, with smiles and cold juice drinks. You pass by lakeside huts walking on wooden planks, bic002then you go up hill on stairs carved out of the slopes. More air-conditioned huts, until you reach the peak where the hilltop restaurant and swimming pool awaits you.

We quickly stored our bags in our hotel room, and had a quick ala-carte lunch consisting of chicken, fish, and vegetable dishes with dessert and coffee in a very relaxing resort atmosphere on top of a hill, overlooking a swimming pool and looking further, the famous Caramoan Islands.

The Beach and the Islands

Soon, we found our way to the Cove’s exclusive beach. Few minutes later, we took our island hopping tour. Wow, it was so good to be on location of an internationally famous TV reality show – The Survivor. We went to Matukad Island where you can see an enchanted lake. You have to climb to the top of the island to see the this lake.

Move moved to other islands, including the place where a Survivor ‘tribe’ lived for 36 days. We visited the lake where they would catch bic001some fresh fish – I tried it too using a homemade rod and line (see photo). Unfortunately, after minutes of waiting, I got nothing. But a native boy was able to catch a fish within a minute! Oh, anyway…

We stopped and moored the anchor in one good snorkeling spot near an island. I and my son immediately jumped into the water. As we were enjoying the beautiful undersea wonders of corals and fishes, I noticed a sea snake wiggling very near me. I was truly scared! I immediately climbed the boat and my son too, and left the place.

In the morning the following day, we were greeted by a big bird flying nearby. It is a domesticated bird, but its size was quite intimidating. We didn’t dare to have it land in our arms. Hehehe. After our buffet breakfast, we were back to the beach again for our final swim before heading back to Sabang.

Back on the Road

From Sabang Port, we drove to our next destination: Donsol, Sorsogon, with a sleep-over in Legaspi City. Our son took the steering wheel from Sabang Port to the next town. Our daughter then piloted our car to Albay. I got back the wheel when we reached Albay province.

A Better Alternative

In April 2014, we went back to the irresistible Caramoan. It is really beautiful. But this time we passed through Virac, Catanduanes. On personal note, I would recommend passing by Virac. The sea travel to Caramoan is shorter, plus you have more options – the Puraran Surf Beach, the pristine Mamangal Beach, or the Twin Rock Resort with more amenities, plus a host of tourist destinations that Virac offers.

How wonderful it is to enjoy the place with the family!

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