My Bicol vacation answers my never-ending questions.

Our much-awaited vacation in the Philippines finally here.

It’s been a while the last time hubby and I went home together.  We are excited to enjoy our first ever domestic flight to his province none other than Bicol.

I mentioned in my older blog that since childhood I always wanted to visit Bicol to see Magayon. However, I never thought that soon I will find my love of life from this province.

Back to our vacation details, we reached Manila on December 07, 2017 around 1:00 am. Instead of flying straight to Bicol we chose to stay at my parent’s house at least 02 days.

We maximize those days processing some of our documents and a quick bonding with my parents.

A married couple would understand the importance of balancing the time spent with each parents side. By doing this we are maintaining the peace and friendly environment in both relations.

I guess it is normal that parents are sometimes jealous of their “balae” I don’t know the English term. It is the parents of the daughter or son in law.

That is why we ensure that we are providing them their needed attention. Hubby and I are guiltless on this point as we know we are giving the best we can.

Its funny but you can feel that sometimes they are competing.

Anyways, for now, I will be sharing you guys our vacation with my hubby’s mom.

According to my self-made itinerary, we should leave Manila by December 09, 2017 for a 7 days Bicol vacation.

I booked a flight through Cebu Pacific at the time slot of 1:30 PM. Our flight took about 30-40 minutes long aircraft experience is fine and thankfully no delays on schedule.

As ever beautiful island of the Philippines

Prior to this vacation we already plan how we want to spend our few days in Bicol. We decided to make it simple and normal Filipino province lifestyle. This is actually a part of our pre-planning just in case we decided to settle back home soon.

Yes, we are imagining our OFW retirement stage to live in the province peacefully.

Almost in Naga

Landed safely at Naga Airport

Though his town is a bit far from Naga Airport we didn’t find any difficulty in the public transportation. To start our province lifestyle experience we chose to ride in an ordinary non-aircon bus to his town San Jose. After that, we have to take a tricycle to drop up down in front of their gate.

Welcome to San Jose Camarines Sur

His mom was emotional and happy to see us. She knows we’re coming home but doesn’t have an idea of the exact date.

The moment I stepped in I know our Bicol vacation would be a relaxing, fun, simple and a province lifestyle.

Finally at home

Come and join our simple vacation.


Sabang Beach about 10-15 minutes away from his house

Amazing blue skies

Cruising at Sabang Beach

Boat to Caramoan Island.

Unfortunately, we didn’t proceed with a Caramoan trip due to few reasons. Jeep back to San Jose.

Mama Mil makes our vacation a truly relaxing one. As much as I want to help her at home she doesn’t let me and assure that it is alright.

Washing the plates for few times I guess the only house chores assigned to me. What a spoiled daughter in law I was!

We gain so much weight because of the perfect rice cooked in province style. Believe me guys you will love this than those cooked in rice cooker.

We don’t need to go farther to enjoy a beautiful scenery. Only at their garden, I enjoy a lot seeing these beautiful and relaxing flowers and plants.

Waling Waling Orchids

Love the color of this Waling-Waling Orchid

No need to buy a calamansi

Normal ingredients with the Bicolano foods.

There are days that we are just staying at home feeling lazy to roam around. But it is fine as I am enjoying the below “zoom in view” from their mini cottage.

This is a maximum zoom in shot from mobile.

Of course, hubby uses the chance to show me some of his memorable places back then.

Farm behind their house and a shortcut to his school.

Wow after 15 years I am able to see again this kind of view. Our hardworking farmers!


His Elementary school

We are thankful for our seven days province vacation it is really relaxing and refreshing. More than that it answers the never-ending questions in our mind.




If you would ask me 4 years ago my answer is any part of the world except the Philippines. But lately, I realize that nothing beats the feeling of at home.  For now, our answer is still the Philippines but still who knows where life would lead us.

Sometimes hubby and I are overreacting, isn’t it too early to think this thing?  We always feel that we are old despite that we are only in our early 30’s.

We travel by BLTB co back to Manila. All went well Manong driver drives smoothly. Total travel time by land is about 12-14 hours

How about you co OFW are you seeing yourself as well staying for good in the Philippines?

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