As mentioned in our about page, we both love to travel. One random day, feeling adventurous, we decided to book a flight bound to Legazpi, Albay for a day. Hence, the first flight and last flight out schedule for this particular trip. Join us for our 12 hours adventure at the home of the famous beautiful Mayon Volcano!
We only have basic itineraries. To see the perfect volcano, taste authentic Bicolano foods and of course to bring home some blissful finds.
The weather was great when we visited Legazpi. The majestic Mayon Volcano welcomed us with its stunning view. Indeed, it was postcard perfect!
Our first stop was at Oriental Hotel Legazpi. It is one of the pioneer hotels in the city. They have a very relaxing view of Mayon along side their infinity pool. We were supposed to have breakfast there. But upon checking their selection, we realized it’s too continental. It’s almost the same with foods served in hotel buffet in Manila.
We asked around and learned that there’s a local restaurant nearby with selection of local foods even for breakfast. We ended up at Bigg’s Diner. We ordered porkchop with Laing on the side and beef tenderloin tips .
After our heavy breakfast, we headed to Legazpi public market. We bought some local products here for Blissful Keeps Shop. They have wide selection of native products- bags, coin purses and wristlets, etc. Reasonably priced foods and other “pampasalubongs” can also be found here. From here, we met Kuya Mike, our tricycle driver. We rented his tricycle for the day for him to take us around the city. He is very reliable and trustworthy. You may contact him at 09301379516 should you happen to visit Legazpi.
Next stop is the Cagsawa ruins. It is a historical place where ruins of the eruption of Mayon volcano on February 1814 can be found. We tried the Sili ice cream here. The level of spiciness is from Level 1 to 5 depending on your tolerance. We opted with level 2,the ice-cream was just right, not that sweet and comes with a hint of spiciness. Surely, it was very refreshing!
We did more shopping here from toys for my son- locally made guitar to more native products. We ate in a carinderia (Gotohab sa Cagsawa) – non aircon restaurant with simple straight forward food. We had coconut soup with fish, laing- made of dried taro leaves and coconut and some sautéed vegetables. The foods are reasonably priced and very delicious.
We also went for a quick trip to Pacific Mall for some treat at Graceland, a homegrown restaurant. At Php55, the halo-halo (dessert consists of shaved ice, cheese, nata de coco, purple yam) was really good.
Our last stop before heading home was at Small talk cafe. It is located around 15 minutes from the public market. It is located in a residential area, in what seemed to be an ancestral house. It is homey and has nice interiors. We ordered Tilmok, consists of small shrimps cooked with coconut milk and taro leaves, Pisa- boiled langka (jackfruit) with Bicol patis (fish sauce) and topped with Pili (local nuts) chunks. For dessert, we had apple pie. The food were superb, all fresh and used local produce. The only problem was the service. The attendants were not at all attentive. It was not peak hour when we went but we have to really waive our hands just to get the attention of the waitresses. We would still consider dining here the next time we visit the place but only when we have ample time. Otherwise, we will just skip it and try other cafes.
At 6pm, we were seated at the airport waiting for our flight back to Manila. Definitely, it was an awesome adventure for the day. Thank you Mayon Volcano for showing us how perfect you are. Till next time, Bicol!