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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The day after the moving up day which is Palm Sunday, we started our trip to Bicol. Our destination is Tabugoc, Pandan, Catanduanes. It is really a very long trip by land. Since 7 years ago which was my first visit to Catanduanes also by land, I was hoping that maybe the road was even better. Well....I was totally wrong!

From Pangasinan our first stop-over was in my sister in-law's house in Manila. From there we started our trip at 6am the following day going to Tabaco, Albay. We were in two cars. My brother-in-law, Sandro, and his family were in the other car. We were supposed to leave earlier but what kept us was that we were travelling with little toddlers.

Maybe because it was already Holy Week and lots of people planned to spend the holidays outside of Metro Manila, we were met with traffic before we even reached the South Luzon Expressway. The traffic extended up to Lucena. Our first stop over (for lunch) is in Max's Restaurant in Lucena City (picture below). I was quite worried by then because at the rate we were moving we might reach Naga City by midnight. I wasn't wrong.

We decided to pass by Maharlika Highway which was supposed to be a short cut. Oh! It was a totally wrong decision because the road is under construction (picture below). We were delayed by two hours on target. We reached Naga City where we had our dinner at 8pm that day. After dinner we moved on to Tabaco, Albay. Instead of going straight to Tabaco from Naga via a short cut, we missed it and we ended up passing through Legazpi. After the devastation brought about by Mayon volcano, the landscape of Legazpi was totally invisible. We were lost we can't find our way to Tabaco. There was too much delay. We were very tired. We reached Tabaco at 1am the following day. We checked-in in a hotel where we spent a few hours of the dawn. I just wanted to straighten up and freshen up before we keep on going.

It was dark but nevertheless my kids were very eager to see Mayon. From the terace of our hotel room they can just look at the silhouette of Mayon volcano. I asked them to go to bed because we only have 3 hours of sleep. We have to be awake on time for our ride to the barge going to Virac, Catanduanes.

My husband and Sandro, his brother, decided to get tickets for all of us and to have the cars deposited earlier to the barge. We were bringing them to the island so it's best that they're there earlier. By 3am after around 2 hours of sleep, they were at the pier. At 6:30am we were all inside the barge. We were really excited!
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 1:56 PM  
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