Hello Bicol ! Volume 1

This is my first time to write a blog and post something which, I hope would be worth reading. Haha! So here it goes…

Last May of this year, I was able to visit a remarkable place here in the Philippines. This is my first time to go to Bicol – it is located on Luzon Region – Region 4B of the Philippines.

So, we booked a flight via Cebu Pacific which only costs like 2,500 pesos for a round-trip flight. This is quite a bargain for me and my friends. The flight took only like around 1 hour from Manila to Albay. We make sure not to waste time to this trip so from the airport of Albay we head straight to the hotel-like-inn that we just checked online and able to get two rooms for ourselves. Afterwhich, we took our breakfast somewhere near our place – I think thats a fastfood chain nearby.

This is the inn we had stayed for 2 days. And yeah I must admit the place is cozy and clean. Also, people are all accommodating. – Captured the moment of my friends.

So, for the day 1 agenda. We went to caves and hills. For our itinerary, I just checked some articles that I sort out for references that we used for this travel. You can search on the internet some articles thats shows what places to go on Albay for some adventures.

First stop, the Hoyop-hoyopan Cave. Here you can see marvelous rock forms inside. – The stalagmite and stalactite formations inside the cave which gives different forms and illusions that would really amaze you.

Here is one of the rock formation inside of the cave. Pretty cool, right?

After our tour inside the cave, we head straight to a chocolate-hill-like mountain just near the cave. It looks like a chocolate hills of Bohol from the top but a smaller version. Haha!

There are 3-small peaks for this mountain. Climbing this mountain has a difficulty of 2/9 but since we arrived around 12noon. Its really hot on top and we have to go on hurry since we don’t want to burn out. Tho, there is a small nipa hut on the first peak where you can rest for awhile if you dont want to go on to the top. But, since we are here for adventure and to see the beautiful nature. We did go to the top and thats the photo I have below:

How refreshing seeing is this? πŸ˜ƒ

We are on the half of our trip for this day. After the cave tour and the mountain climb. Need to refresh a bit, had our lunch in a small house at the bottom of the mountain, there was a small sari-sari store who sells home-cooked lunch. People in this place are very friendly and accommodating! πŸ™‚

Before the day ends, we went on a waterfalls. It was a superb experience, where you have to ride a ‘balsa’ to be able to go to a waterfalls inside the cave. The trip is short but fun since you are able to experience this kind of ride. (I personally enjoyed it – it’s my first time to ride a balsa). Oh, mind you that the balsa is huge which can accommodate around 20-30 persons and is manually pulled by a kuya.

Reaching the end of the Balsa-ride was a strong current of water which you can’t actually enjoyed. Since the water is too deep and if you are not a swimmer. Then it’s a no-no to you. So , we just enjoyed then the other side if the cave where you can swim since the water is calm and there are few people around. It is like a lake inside the cave.

A perfect day to end our 1st day of trip here in Bicol. From caves, to mountains and to end, a refreshing time to swim on a clear and clean water. It was indeed a superb day 1 experience. Check out for my volume 2 of my – Hello Bicol experience!

If you have questions on my Bicol trip you can reach me on my email address.

Happy reading! And more adventures to us! πŸ™‚

#Rochelblogs πŸ’–


How organic are you?

This generation is the year for every ‘instant’ – fast food here and instant noodles. I personally believed that it is really an on-the-go meal and is very convenient, but then again.. Let me ask you? Do you ever wonder what does your burger and fries from your favorite fast-food-chain contains in terms of Calories and Fats? No? Err. Then, this is for you..

Lately this year, my mom was found to have kidney stones and high sugar, this is the time my mom really went on diet. Less sodium and less sweets – everything that we spoiled her with such as – chocolates, skippy and everything that she want to. Well, she deserves to be treated like a queen. But yet, we didn’t anticipated the fact that the health is now being affected. And then one day, she was hopitalized and gone several blood tests. And since she was on diet – going organic, going healthy and everything is in control.

Now, since we are surrounded with ‘garbage-food’ – instant meals and fast food era. We tried something that can be used to replace all those harmful condiments. 

Let me share you this, in replaced with those. We tried and invested on spices – McCormick spices in particularly. It comes with different variants and can be used on cooking, you can check on the label at the back of the container so that you know when and what food you can use it. 

As of now, this are the spices that we use for cooking. πŸ‘

Here’s the back of the container:

Use this for roasted chicken and bbq’s on sundays! πŸ’–

At first, it is really quite hard to quite using – soy sauce and fish sauce in cooking everyday meals. But slowly and now eventually we succeeded! πŸ‘

I do believe at first everything will be hard in quiting – but everything will be worth quiting for. It is quite expensive buying those spices unlike the other condiments, but I’m telling you – the foods are superb and promising in taste. 

Sauteed mushroom with rosemary and black pepper. Top with cheese and put on microwave for atleast a minute to melt the cheese on top. Viola! πŸ’–

I don’t want to you to crave this late night. But this mushroom ala pobre I had for lunch last week was a superb! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Must try! πŸ’–