30 March 2010

Kho Youth League 2010 Trip (Day 1)

A little past seven, the family has already gathered outside the house; set to go to Binondo Plaza - the meeting spot set by our Kho Youth League president, Zenaida Co. Although the rendezvous time is still 8.30 and our house is just a good half hour's ride away, dad insisted that we depart early as many streets are potentially crowded by teams of presidential, senatorial and local candidates trying to win public interest by closing down some roads to entertain the masses with their own brand of hodgepodge "entertainment" and campaign speeches.

March 27, 2010 - March 28, 2010 (Saturday - Sunday)
For the year 2010, the Kho Youth League decided to go to Naga, Bicol for our annual out of town trip. It is a 9 hour bus ride from Manila to the Naga city proper using the SLEX (South Luzon Expressway). With this in mind, most of us opted to travel by night in order to arrive at our destination early the next morning.

Together with my siblings and 23 other youth members of our association, we departed from Manila at approximately 9 pm and arrived at Naga City roughly at 7 in the morning the next day. Our bodies, half-frozen from the bus aircon.

Our first stop was Biggs' Diner, Centro Branch for our breakfast. Originally Mang Donald's, the store name was later changed to Biggs' Diner due to some legal complications against the name. Go figure.

Biggs' is a vintage pop culture inspired restaurant serving western favorites as Pork Kebabs, Tenderloin Tips and Cordon Bleu. Decorated with poster size photos of legendary celebrities as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and the Beatles, and 1950's knick-knacks, Biggs' is Bicol's brand of the American Diner.

Right across Biggs' Centro is the San Francisco Church and the Plaza Quince Martires (as seen in the photos below). We were told the the Plaza Quince Martires, in between Elias Angeles Street and Penafrancia Avenue, was constructed "at the heart of Naga City" in honor of the 15 Bicol Martyrs during the Spanish occupation.

After breakfast, we boarded the bus once again and headed to Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC). Quite timely, Manny Villar, presidential candidate and his team happened to be in the same vicinity together with other big names as Manny Pacquiao, senatorial candidate Ramon Mitra Jr., Willie Villarame and Ara Mina to name a few.

We lodged at the Villa del Rey Cabanas section - I shared rooms with my younger sister and a good friend, Stephanie Obiles. The room we got, Number 14, was fairly comfortable; it was furnished with two single beds, a television with a DVD player, a decent bathroom and some shelves to put our things. During our free time, Steph and I left our group to explore the said resort, figuring out the different activities that could be tried out.

Below is a map of Camsur Watersports Complex:

CWC is said to be known for wake boarding, water skiing and wake skating daredevils. To be honest, I don't know what water skiing or wake skating are, but I think I've seen a fair share of wake boarding lovers practicing their moves at the CWC Cable Park. For beginners, CWC also offers half day to whole day lessons on wake boarding.

That afternoon, after lunch, the group tried Lago del Rey. A man-made lake equipped with several fun, floating obstacle games. The price list of the activities at Lago del Rey can be found below:

The obstacle courses I mentioned can be seen from behind me. Among favorites are the trampoline, the iceberg and the slide.

After a tiring afternoon of climbing up and down floating obstacle courses, we finally retreated back to our rooms and changed for dinner. Meeting at the lobby, we managed to steal a couple of photos with Mon Mon Mitra and Willie Villarame. Can I say that Mon Mon was especially patient with us and he really does look good in person.

We had dinner at the Triboo Grill, where we were served several delights as Crispy Pata, BBQ, Laing, Bicol Express, Sinigang and other Filipino favorites. All of which were care of our president's sister-in-law, Auntie Elsa.

Below is a group photo of the Kho Youth League at Triboo Grill.

It was an extremely filling first day.

*Some photos were taken from Stephanie's photo album.

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