Friday, August 16, 2013

Our Camarines Sur Trip

My MIL had to go back to her hometown of Milaor, Camarines Sur sometime last June because her mother, who is 92 years old, became ill. Johan and I stayed at my parents' house while she was there.

Sometime in July, hubby received a call from MIL that their Lola is getting worse and it is possible that she will be joining our Creator soon. So, hubby and his siblings decided to plan a trip to Camarines Sur to visit their Lola and to give chance for her great grandchildren to see her as well before she passes away.

We all filed for vacation leaves and left at dawn on July 25. Hubby wanted to drive all the way to Cam Sur but didn't know the way so we relied entirely on the Waze Social GPS Maps Traffic Android App on hubby's phone.

I swear with this app's accuracy. It even shows you if there'll be a traffic on any of the roads that you will be passing through.

As we entered Tiaong, Quezon, the sun was beginning to rise. There is nothing like seeing it that would make you feel anything less than blessed, serene and at peace.

We had our first stop over soon after to gas up at Petron, use the comfort room and eat some of the sandwiches that I prepared for the trip. The kids ran around, ate cookies and we took pictures. :)

Then we're back on the road again. 

We arrived six hours after we started the drive. This is pretty fast according to hubby because it would usually take eight hours of driving before one could reach Cam Sur. As soon as we arrived at their Aunt's house, we had lunch, rested a bit and then we went over to another relative's house where their Lola is staying.

Surprisingly, my normally aloof son became a friendly, all-smiles, vibrant little kid. Even Lola had to say, "Makulit yan ano?". Hahaha!

We didn't get a chance to tour the rest of Cam Sur because the one place that we so wanted to visit, Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC), to try wakeboarding was closed for renovations. We only got to visit the Lady of Penafrancia Church and tried to catch a glimpse of Mayon Volcano - which didn't happen as it was cloudy and rainy all throughout our stay.

Our Camsur trip was well worth the long drive - we got to see Lola and were able to spend some time with her, my son was able to meet his other cousins and bond with them, my husband and I enjoyed the company of their relatives and got to taste authentic Bicol express.

We promised everyone we'll be back. Hopefully when we do, CWC is open again and we might as well plan a trip to Caramoan, too!

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