Bigg’s Diner

We went over to this local diner in our province for a li’l celebratory dinner for my brother and my parents — him landing a job, and the Masters having their 30th wedding anniversary. I love the new look! Sure, this diner was already known for its cool vintage facade but I really liked the way they spruced up the place with colors. It’s much livelier and cozier. 🙂

With Le Masters

My last day in Bicol was spent with my family. We celebrated Father’s Day over a simple lunch in Embarcadero de Legazpi. This is one of the new commercial hubs located by the city’s port. The place is a refreshing take on the usual mall restos that us, Bicolanos, are so used to.

Meet my brother, Buba. When we were kids we look so much alike that some of our friends would call us twins. But no, we have a 1-year difference. 😀

Lunch was a feast but I’m posting here my favorite dishes. Don’t get us wrong. We ordered some veggies too, but the Pinakbet (mixed vegetables simmered in fish paste) is a disappointment. Such a sucker since we always order a plate when we dine out as a family. Anyway, the grilled pusit (squid) is on top of my list followed by the crispy sisig (various parts of a pig’s head chopped and seasoned with calamansi and pepper). The grilled blue marlin belly and liempo (pork belly) are also good.

And here are my folks, whom my siblings and I fondly call “The Masters”. Aside from Father’s Day, we also celebrated their 28th Wedding Anniversary. I admire my parents so much because they are simple-minded, humble people who are still very much in love. While growing up, I always wanted to experience the thing that they have. My mom would usually act so excited when he hears my dad arriving after work. And my dad would usually troll around and try to evade her before giving her a kiss. Mushy, I know, but it’s something that is really hard to find these days.

Funny that I don’t exactly know their love story. I’ll make it a point to ask them next time we have our family bonding time.

As I’ve said, my vacation in Bicol was short but very sweet. Just a few nights ago, I found myself crying like a kid because I was missing them so much. 😦

It’s really hard to have a post-vacation depression. I know. I just made that up. But it’s going to be true. Just you wait. Haha! 😉

I can’t wait for next Bicol vacation with them. For sure, it’ll be much longer. 🙂

Bicol Road Trip

I was mostly awake during our road trip to Bicol, which is quite a miracle actually given my travel sleep streak. Anyway, it was good because I was able to observe the places that we passed through more.

The trip has not been easy. We experienced heavy traffic along the Alabang area and there were so many road construction sites in Quezon. The normally 8-hr trip was extended to 10. Still, the province has been a very welcoming sight. This is the view that greeted me when I woke from my short nap. This was taken in Gumaca, Quezon, I think.

It was already past 10AM when we arrived at Bicol proper so we decided to take brunch in CWC. It’s this wakeboarding site in Camarines Sur, popular to both tourists and locals. The lack of people has been refreshing. The last time I’ve been there, the place was overflowing with people and everyone was in a ‘summer party’ mood. 😉

Their clubhouse serve some mean quesadilla. I would have eaten them all if not for my queasy stomach. Always gets it when I do long travels.

It was rainy as usual but I was happy to be back. It was a short and sweet 2 day vacation with my family and friends. I will tell you more about it next time. 😉

Quirky June Wedding

 Here are some of the phone pics that I took last Saturday. It was a simple yet fun church wedding followed by a beachfront reception.  Well, we were forced to transfer to the in-house venue since the weather was not cooperating. Shoot! Bicol weather can be such a sucker…

We were very cooperative with the wedding’s color theme: yellow, blue, and turquoise. I so love our color splash, I couldn’t resist taking a snap while the priest is officiating. 😉

 This is a mostly-DIY wedding showcasing the bride’s creativity. I can never handle something like this (ever) so I was really impressed.

All the boys were wearing tidy white high-cut Chucks, including this cute ring-bearer that I saw playing around by the door. The flower girls looked so bubbly-cute in their yellow and turquoise umpire ensemble. 🙂

For the wedding’s guest book, they printed out a photo book of their pre-nuptial shots. It’s so adorable! Their personalities really shone and their 3-year-old daughter, Jazz, is such a cutie! I’m thinking of doing something like this on my own wedding but with Polaroid shots. I just wish I could afford it. $_$

And who wouldn’t love this cool vintage custom bridal car with the equally quirky plate? 😀 

Bicol in 2 Days!

I’ll be heading to Bicol at midnight to go to a wedding, the second that I’ve attended this year. It’ll be a short 2 days and 1 night stay but I’m pretty sure that it would be great. Sweet, too, since it’ll be in time for my parents’ 26th wedding anniversary and Father’s Day.

Super excited! 🙂