Quezon National Park – Atimonan, Quezon (Dec’14)

I am always fond of passing by the Quezon National Park on my way to Sorsogon and vice-versa. I guess I just love driving a winding road, and enjoying its fresh air (unless there’s a diesel-based vehicles infront of you). It also offer a government owned travelers’ stop, which offers enough parking slots for travelers.

Quezon National Park offers enough parking space for motorists.

Quezon National Park offers enough parking space for motorists.

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For those who have kids and haven’t seen a forest, this is a good experience for them. I haven’t tried the mountain trail opposite the stop. My daughter once climb thru the stairs, but didn’t stay for long.

One time, I let my daughter and my sister to pose for the picture. It seems part of the travelers' stop but is not maintained anymore. Still, a good place to enjoy the nature especially for kids.

One time, I let my daughter and my sister to pose for the picture. It seems part of the travelers’ stop but is not maintained anymore. Still, a good place to enjoy the nature especially for kids.

The traveler's stop at the mountain side offers several amenities, including a small resto. Inset: It even offers an outdoor wash area instead of going to the restrooms.

The traveler’s stop at the mountain side offers several amenities, including a small resto. Inset: It even offers an outdoor wash area instead of going to the restrooms.

For those who loves to eat, the resto in the traveler’s stop offers bulalo and other lutong bahay stuff. Even brewed coffee is available – one has to wait though since they only brew the coffee when one is buying. It has clean restrooms and I normally donate 10 to 20 pesos (this is a small price to pay for maintaining a clean restroom).

Quezon National Park offers clean restroom. The author encourages the guests to leave some donations.

Quezon National Park offers clean restroom. The author encourages the guests to leave some donations.

They don’t charge for the cottage formally, but you get embarrassed after using it because somebody cleans it up. I normally leave PHP100 and a separate one to the cleaning lady.

And don’t forget to bring a lot of coins – there are locales who beg for money along the road. Beware, PHP100 worth of coins can run out very fast on the 10-minute mountain drive.  I normally encourage my daughter to pick the old ones.

In my estimate, you don’t save a lot in travel time if you take the mountain road or the normal route. You get to lose more travel time because one tends to buy food or look around.

It’s all worthwhile.

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Starbucks City Mug

Took a picture of the city mug for Naga City in the Starbucks branch in Terminal 1. I like the design - Pili nut. I am proud to see Naga has its own city mug, coming from a city mug collector.

Took a picture of the city mug for Naga City in the Starbucks branch in Terminal 1. I like the design – Pili nut. I am proud to see Naga has its own city mug, coming from a city mug collector.

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P287-billion Manila-Sorsogon rail system ready by 2019

Tutuo na daw ini? Batit pa ako nababati ko na ini. 

PNR train crossing the Bicutan section.

PNR train crossing the Bicutan section.

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Retired Cop Gunned Down

CAMP GENERAL SIMEON OLA, Legazpi City – A retired police was shot to death yesterday morning by unidentified men in Bacon District, Sorsogon City.

Camp Salvador Escudero Sr., the provincial headquarters for the Philippine National Police. Back in the old days, it was known as Cuartel.

Camp Salvador Escudero Sr., the provincial headquarters for the Philippine National Police. Back in the old days, it was known as Cuartel.

Police report reaching the office of Chief Superintendent Victor P. Deona, Bicol police regional director, identified the victim as retired Senior Inspector Ongorio Coranes, of Barangay Balete, Bacon District, this city.

Malu Calubaquib, PRO 5 spokesperson, said Coranes was shot by three unidentified armed men in the backyard of his house at around 9:30 a.m.

The victim died on the spot from a gunshot wound in the head.

The armed men immediately fled onboard a motorcycle towards Sorsogon City after the killing.

Sorsogon police are conducting investigation to identify the suspects.

Original article is published at Tempo on February 13, 2015.

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Banking in Sorsogon City – Philippine National Bank

One of the original banks that remain standing up to this time - Philippine National Bank. I grew up going with my grandmother picking up her monthly pension cheques. Not until early 2000s that they added another branch along Magsaysay Street - the former location of Land Bank of the Philippines.

One of the original banks that remain standing up to this time – Philippine National Bank. I grew up going with my grandmother picking up her monthly pension cheques. Not until early 2000s that they added another branch along Magsaysay Street – the former location of Land Bank of the Philippines.

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Barbeque sa Gilid san Plasa

The taste of this barbeque reminds me of my childhood fave in plasa. Street vendors show up late afternoon with their sweet and spicy barbeque. I can still remember the thin slices of meat, only four pieces per stick and costs 2.5/stick back then.

The taste of this barbeque reminds me of my childhood fave in plasa, along Magsaysay Street (in front of Good Luck). Street vendors show up late afternoon with their sweet and spicy barbeque. I can still remember the thin slices of meat, only four pieces per stick and costs 2.5/stick back then.

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When are they going to add the Baluko?

The picture is taken on December, 2009. Then, it only shows the Pili nut.

The picture is taken on 2009 in Baywalk. Then, it only shows the Pili nut. It will change 5 years after.

The photo is taken on December 2014. They added a couple of Tahong. I suppose Baluko is just around the corner?

The photo is taken on December 2014. They added a couple of Tahong. I suppose Baluko is just around the corner?

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