Cagsawa, Springs, Mayon, and Our Other Home | Daily Prompt: Far from Home

Tell us about the farthest you’ve ever traveled from home.

It has to be the Tiwi Hot Springs.

Frankly, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been there since I was kid. And every time is never the same. Something new always happens. But those moments are easily forgotten.

While Bicol is miles away from Manila, it always felt like home.

Certainly, my family was there. And so were our relatives! Granted that—yes—the house became noisier and possibly even crowded, you can’t help but love the feeling of love in the house. Stories and jokes never ceased and there was never an hour that passed without anyone breaking into fits of laughter over something funny or embarrassing.

Even when we were at eating, the noise would still go on. Talking and constant cooking could keep us at the table for hours. And were it not for the matriarchs of the family who love keeping everyone in line, we may have never left the kitchen.

Yes, we could simply go to the ruins or the hot springs. We could easily find the Mayon Volcano in the horizon. But family is what we’re there for. The sights are just great bonuses.

Not really embarrassing but close enough.
Not really embarrassing but close enough.



15 Comments Add yours

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  2. Seriously? You’re a Bicolano? Hmmm… San ka dun? hehe.. I’m from Ligao City eh.. 🙂


    1. Mati Serrano says:

      Technically, I’m not.
      But all of my relatives are.


      1. How come? Hmm.. Anyway, what province ba relatives mo? 🙂


        1. Mati Serrano says:

          All over Bicol, I guess.


          1. ahhh okei.. hehe you can visit more beautiful places at Bicol, and post more about them in the future. 🙂


  3. given all your blog posts, you write beautifully. it makes me proud to know that you’re a fellow bicolano like me 🙂 keep it up!


    1. Mati Serrano says:

      Thank you so much! I shall do my best.
      And it’s nice to see another Bicolano here.


  4. mobibrad says:

    We do have hotsprings around Jakarta, but most of them tend to be overcrowded during the holidays. I liked it when I was little, but now I prefer traveling further to find secluded ones.

    I assume Tiwi is not so much different 😀


    1. Mati Serrano says:

      Well, compared to the volcano and the ruins, not as much.
      Can’t be called hidden since the three spots are relatively close to each other. Ergo packaged attraction tour. Sorta.


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