Bagasbas Beach, Daet

In November 2018, we’ve taken our EcoSport to an 8-hour trip to our home province in Camarines Norte and visited Bagasbas Beach in Daet.

As always, we’ve brought along our pet rooster in this trip!

Bagasbas, Daet, November 2018 (4)

During our short stay, we’ve visited  landmarks such as the boundary marker between Basud and Daet, and also the two-way radio landmark famous among fellow amateur radio enthusiasts.

Here are more photos of our visit:

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Crosswinds, Tagaytay

In May 2018, we’ve visited a coffee shop in Crosswinds, Tagaytay. The windmill shown in this photo is not an actual windmill (the blades do not rotate), but rather, a building designed to look like a real windmill. Make sure to drop by this popular landmark next time you are in Tagaytay.

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Crosswinds, Tagaytay, May 2018

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Pililla Wind Farm in Rizal

In April 2018, we’ve visited the wind farm in Pililla, Rizal. Twenty-seven wind turbines are built within this wind corridor in Rizal, some of which are accessible for free to the public. The best time of year to visit this place would be from February to April, when cool wind blows strongly from the northeast (Amihan), and there is a low chance of rain (dry season).

Pililla Wind Farm in Rizal
Pililla Wind Farm in Rizal

Leaving at 4 am from Daet, we’ve reached Pililla at 11 am. We explored the place for about an hour, then continued with our journey to Cavite. Pililia is only about 50 km (2-3 hour-trip) from Manila.

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Weekend Tagaytay Trip

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Just an hour away from our place of residence in Cavite, Tagaytay has become one of our favorite weekend destinations. Despite the thick fog, we enjoyed the view of the Taal Volcano from the Taal Vista Hotel.

View of the Taal Volcano from the Taal Vista Hotel view deck (August 2018)

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Bitbit River and Angat Dam in Bulacan

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In August 2017, I joined a trip to Bitbit River and Angat Dam in Bulacan, organized by Weekend Drive Philippines (WDPh), a community of (as described on their website) road geeks, road trippers, road travelers who share the passion of discovering new places and conquering roads less traveled.

Bitbit River is a popular place among off-road enthusiasts for showcasing and testing a vehicle’s water-wading capability, as in the case of this river-crossing EcoSport (owned by no other than the founder of WDPh)!

Angat Dam supplies 90% of the water requirement of Metro Manila. It is part of the Angat Watershed and Forest Reserve, a protected area.

angat dam

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Atimonan Zigzag Road (EME)

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The old zigzag road that passes through Atimonan National Park is called the Atimonan Zigzag Road or EME (not to be confused with Bitukang Manok zigzag road at the Bicol National Park, between the boundary of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur). This is my usual route to and from Bicol. It features hairpin turns and steep climbs that buses are no longer allowed to use the road (they use a longer, but safer alternate route). You may also notice at certain sections of the zigzag, the turn is so sharp and the climb too steep that motorists are asked (guided) to take the left lane (lane swapping), to give way to ascending vehicles.

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Traversing Bitukang Manok

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The zigzag road passing through the Bicol National Park that connects Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur is called Bitukang Manok (not to be confused with another zigzag road called EME, in Atimonan, Quezon). This place is only about 20 km from where I grew up in Bicol.

We had fun practicing uphill climb and traversing through the winding roads!

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