during my pencil pushing days…i always love History and stuff. I even considered myself as the class historian, not to bragged got the elementary award for it and during high school i also was one of the top students.
Nuff said, but seeing Mt. Mayon once named “7 Wonders of the World and the other with Almost Perfect Cone” was a long overdue dream.
Booked my ticket last year for me to add a check on my list, After a number of blog sites to check on and compare to, wallah!!! i was on my way to Bicol Region. Flight was around 8AM MNL and i was rushing straight from work not to miss my flight.
Arrived late morning and greeted by a cloudy Legazpi City. Mayon was so shy when i first attempted to take pic at the Airport. I directly hopped on the next available UV Van to Naga City and took almost 2 hrs with the traffic on some areas where bridges were under repair and what so other things DPWH were busy of. Took a tricycle going to Naga Land Hotel and paid the regular rate of 8Php. Checked in with no hassle since booking done online and i was given the room on the 3rd Fl for single occupant. I didn’t waste any time freshen up and off to go for my city tour under the gloomy afternoon.
Since my hotel is just few meters away from my first list: San Fransisco Church Ruins -took pictures and offer candles and prayers then crossed the street and enjoyed the Quince Martires Park.
Few hundred meters is the next destination: Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, Holy Rosary Minor Seminar, Archbishops’ Palace, Universidad de Santa Isabel. Rode another tricycle going to Peñafrancia Shrine and walked my way to Our Lady of Peñafrancia Basilica for sightseeing and more prayer offerings. Another walk to Magsaysay St. where coffee shops, restaurants, and bars are located, i found myself dining to their local version of Jollibee the Bigg’s Diner. Ordered spaghetti since i was not the starved. The place was as described by the bloggers, all about 80s its as if you are walking the memory lane. Starbucks was just few steps from the diner and was able to checked it for later. Headed back to the hotel for a quick nap.
Woke up at around 8PM and my tummy was acting already…remembered i listed one name for possible dinner location, the Naga Garden Resto. As mentioned on the blogs it is a carenderia type resto but will satisfy your Bicol cravings and true enough i asked for Laing and Bopis with rice and good thing they had free soup of kinalasan. My consumption for the night was then filled.
Walking through the busy streets of the City pushed my a little closer to the City Hall and Luneta Park. and captured few lights and sights of the Centro.
Still early evening and I was not sleepy yet, so i decided to head to Magsaysay and check few bars with good relaxing music and thanks to the good Kuya . With acoustic and SanMig Apple on my left hand, i managed to make myself comfortable alone. Oh forgot to say the TV was there to entertain me too while the band was on break. Done with a bottle and PBA i took tricycle going to Starbucks for a cup and enjoyed it for an hr or two.
Ended the day tour at Naga with good feeling…from churches to good walk to the city to my fave coffee.