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2019 Bicol Road Trip: Day 2

May 22, 2019

I woke up to a very fine morning here in Naga City.
Well, apparently they're all busy at the moment...

The plan was to wake up early to take a stroll around the hotel and visit the nearby churches and plazas. However, everyone seems to have enjoyed the comfy bed, so in the end, I was the only one who went through with the plan. 
Long-time no see Jorge!

I did a quick visit to the nearby Barlin Plaza to give respect to the country's first Catholic bishop. The plaza is very small and one won't be able to do much except read the historical marker placed there. 
The Porta Mariae

The Naga Metropolitan Cathedral as seen from the Porta Mariae

Black is the new color for the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
Breakfast at White Bean Cafe

I then doubled back and headed to Naga Metropolitan Cathedral to revisit the church and the Porta Mariae (arch) and also attend the morning mass. After the mass, I received a text from my wife that we should already prepare as we'd leave after breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, we ate at White Bean Cafe which was located on the ground floor of the hotel. For breakfast, I tried the local dried fish called badi and discovered that it was quite similar to the tuyo that we buy in Manila.
Goodbye Naga, hello Ocampo!

We checked out of Naga Land Hotel at around 9:30AM and proceeded to the side trip destination that I added to our itinerary last night. For today's side trip, we drove to the sleepy town of Ocampo which was still in the province of Camarines Sur to see the Ocampo Deer Farm

Hello, deer it's been a while! 

Oh, deer!

It's pretty hot here doe...

Thank God I got this sweet photo on my fawn.

Despite the challenging road network going to the deer farm, I could still say that the trip was worth it. I love the fact that the entrance is free, the deer are domesticated and love the cameras, and most of all the interaction with these animals made me reminisce of our trip to Nara Park in Japan a few years back. 
Where could we eat? Hmmmm... Oh! There!

After the photoshoot with the deer, we continued on with our trip to my dad's hometown in Camalig, Albay. We had our lunch stop at Chowking in Xentro Mall in Polangui, Albay. 
Great view!

We reached my dad's house in Bantunan, Camalig at around 2PM and took some well-deserved rest before checking out the tract of land that he bought at the back of the house. We did a bit of planting as well. 
Was lucky to see Mayon's outline

That night, we spent our time chatting with my 90+-year-old grandmother. It was an amazing sight to see my 7-year-old daughter listening attentively to the stories of her great grandmother Lola Piling. 
It's really nice to see you again Lola Piling

We ended the second day of our road trip here. As for our plan tomorrow, we're set to explore the tourist spots of the town of Camalig. So, please join us on our 3rd day in Camalig. 

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Next: Day 3

Comments

  1. Looks like you had a great time. I love getting up close and personal with animals.-Cherise

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    1. Thanks Cherise! We did had a great time. I hope you could visit Bicol someday too.

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  2. This looks like a fantastic place to visit. I have always wanted to visit this country, and this makes me want to go there even more.

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    1. I'm happy that my blog inspired you to visit the Philippines. I hope you'd get to visit this year.

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  3. I cant wait to see the spots for tomorrow! Thank you for sharing your trip with us!

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    1. You'd love Day 3 of my adventure in the Bicol Region. =)

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  4. Ocampo Deer Farm looks freaking amazing, awesome pictures!

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    1. Ocampo Deer Farm IS REALLY freaking amazing! Please come visit. You'd love the place.

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  5. The deer farm looks so cool! It's amazing that the deer are so friendly and come post with you.

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    1. That's true. They reminded me of the deer at Nara Park. Cool animals.

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  6. Those pics with the deer are so cool, I can't get over how tame they are!

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    1. You'd fall in love with these creatures. =) Come visit Ocampo Deer Park

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  7. greats pics. thanks for sharing your travel trips with us

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  8. This looks like such a lovely trip :)

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  9. It looks very pretty there! How wonderful that your daughter was able to enjoy the stories from her great grandmother! I hope the rest of your trip is just as awesome!

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    1. It was Beth. It was truly a memorable road trip. You should check out Day 3 of this adventure. =)

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  10. Wow, this seems like a great place to see wild animals and see beautiful sights! Glad you enjoyed it with your family!

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    1. It is a place to see deer. =) We really did enjoy our second day of adventure.

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  11. It's been years that I haven't visited Naga. Maybe we will check it and, visit the deer farm too.

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    1. Oh, yes please. You'd be shocked how different it is already.

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  12. This is very interesting - and touching. But it doesn't say in which country you were - and I've never heard of these places before....

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    1. Oh these are all in the Philippines. =) You should come visit this wonderful country.

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  13. Wow these photos are beautiful and breathtaking! That’s for sharing this adventure!

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    1. You're welcome. Thank you for visting my blog as well.

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  14. This looks like such a good time! I can't believe the deer didn't run! And what a blessing for your grandmother to reach over 90!

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    1. We had a blast.
      How I wish I'd also reach that age.

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  15. Looks like a greate option for taking a family road trip with kids.

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    1. It is! You should bring your family along. =) Come visit this awesome province.

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  16. Amazing! Looks like u had a alot of fun.

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