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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Beating the Weather: Road Trip to Samar



A potential water sport haven is Samar. Like Bicol, Samar is typhoon-ridden. It rains from December to March and unforgiving during the rainy season. 
Except for some urban populations like Catarman, Catbalogan and Calbayog, Samar is mostly rural with a lot of farmland and coconut plantations. 

Although my hubby hails from Northern Samar, we haven't explored much of its beauty, yet. We've been hoping for good weather to see Biri Island and explore the caves. 

Recently, we've tried to visit Samar in late March with hopes of sunny weather. We planned for a road trip from Legazpi to Sorsogon and then, finally, Catarman. When our 1pm flight to Legazpi was delayed due to bad weather, we knew we wouldn't be able to push through with our exploration again.
Instead of an overnight stay in Legazpi, we headed straight to Sorsogon via public van at Southbound Terminal. Legazpi to Sorsogon takes around 3 hours but with a stopover to fix a flat, we reached Sorsogon past 7pm. And then took a special trip to Matnog, some 20km from where we alighted. We reached Matnog Port around 8pm and the ferry disembarked around 10pm.
As soon as we arrived at Allen's Port, We were fetched by Nanay. It was still drizzling so we hurried to the pickup. In 30 minutes, we were home and dry. It was a good thing the boys didn't get sick with all the rain and transfers we went through. The next couple of days, we got to rest. We were actually stuck inside because it kept raining for days. My in-laws took us to Fishville for a relaxing afternoon snack. It was indeed a refreshing place to unwind. Of course, my son got to pick the best cottage - atop the tree! So we had an overlooking view of the river. 
We had Calamares, pansit and one of my all-time favorites, 'kinilaw'. We had fruit shakes, iced tea and hubby had halo-halo. Hahaha! Nope, not at all, an enticing match. But we had a great time. Good to know there's a place like Fishville in Samar. 


Other Filipino delights I love in Samar (also found in Bicol):
Glazed Pili

Crispy Pili
Yema de Pili

Mazapan de Pili
lobsters
On our 6th day, the sun came out so we decided to head to the beach. It was Tomas' first time at the beach so he was wary walking barefoot on the grayish sand. Our beach escape was short lived with rain shower so we packed and drove back home. In the afternoon, I think we were able to walk around Catarman and UEP for just a few minutes before it rained again.
The next day, the sun stayed with us longer. Tomas started to love the sand. He played with the bucket and plastic toy car we brought along. I guess that was the highlight of our long stay in Samar. 
When visiting Samar, ask around for accommodations with generators. It's a nightmare to have frequent power failures especially when it rains (expect blackouts to be longer during typhoons). I'll try to ask around when we visit next time.

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