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Week-long Bicol Vacation Day 5 (Gone Fishing!)



After our early breakfast, I accompanied the kids to the big pool.  They had the place to themselves that made them free to frolick and even play with the garden hose that was around. Rap's skin has become so dark, I just kept on reminding myself that it's ok because he's a boy.


Around 9 am, we left them to the supervision of Ate Luz and Belle, Ate Cel's maid.  Kuya Edward, Ate Cel, Dong, Megan, Dadijun, and I went to the Camsur Watersports Complex to watch wakeboarders. Dadijun chickened out of wakeboarding this time. He did fine the last time we went there. Maybe he just wasn't in the mood. The last time we went there, the place was still in its soft opening stage. The hotel was not even available yet. Now, the place has greatly improved and is very tourist friendly. I even got the chance to check my mail and blog a little because WiFi is available. The accomodations here are a little bit more expensive than EcoVillage but it's worth it especially for the watersports enthusiasts who want to be closer to the facility.


We went back to the Ecovillage for our scheduled fishing activity. We rented fishing rods for 20 pesos each that came with free bait. I thought that fishing was an easy sport but I was surprised that it wasn't. It took me about 20 minutes before I caught my first catch. It was a modest sized tilapia. Megan was the first one among us to be able to catch a fish and hers was a big one!  She was like a fish magnet, there was really no stopping her. I think 50% of our catch was hers. Rap started to get impatient seeing his cousin catch fishes. But after an hour of waiting, he finally caught his first and only catch... a jumbo tilapia that made his eyes glow with pride. At the end of our 2-hour stay in the fishing area, we were able to catch a little less than a kilo of tilapia. My 2nd catch was the biggest of them all, 2nd biggest was Megan's, and the 3rd biggest was Rap's. Dadijun caught teeny weeny fishes that we gave to Totoy as pets in his aquarium. Ate Cel caught none.





We left the Ecovillage around 1pm. And since we haven't eaten our lunch yet, we passed by Jollibee along Panganiban Avenue. It started to pour by the time we got inside. Rap ordered a Spicy Chickenjoy meal, his favorite. His face turned red once he started eating the spicy chicken. It made me laugh out loud because he sudddenly realized that we're in Bicol and what's spicy in Manila is not yet spicy here. I tasted the chicken and it was really,as in blazing, hot! Hahaha, our tastebuds suddenly got a reorientation on what's spicy and not! I just bought sundaes for dessert just to make our tongues numb. Rap's cousins were so happy to be eating at Jollibee. I know that for them it's a luxury to be eating in a fastfood. That was what I reminded Rap about. That he's lucky he's more fortunate than most of our relatives so he should be always ready to share his blessings.

We checked in at Sampaguita Tourist Inn, a local inn at downtown Naga. It's the finals night of American Idol and we wouldn't want to miss it. Tita Ops and Ate Cel do not have cable subscriptions in their homes. It was also unfortunate for us that QTV11 is not available in Camarines Sur so checking in was the most favorable option. We initially planned on checking in at a hotel but the hotels were fully booked because of the upcoming Kaogma Festival. Foreign tourists were everywhere in downtown Naga. We got an airconditioned room for 650 pesos. After the American Idol final showdown, we went out and had dinner at Red Platter which was just a walking distance away from our inn.

As I'm writing this blog, I'm having anxiety attacks of David Archuleta winning American Idol this season. I am really a David Cook fan from the start. Archuleta bores me with his very predictable balladeer personality. Tonight, I felt that the judges were in favor of Archuleta especially with Cowell saying "Archuleta wins tonight." or something to that effect. Oh please, I hope not! David Cook is a musical genius and he deserves to be the new American Idol.

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