Friday, June 19, 2009

Weekend Escape: Sirangan Resort, Sorsogon


Another week has gone by, despite my all best, chocolate-covered, intentions of coming here and sharing the wonderful escape we had last weekend.

How we did absolutely nothing but lie in incredibly squashy lounge chairs, take dips in the pool and sea, have naps in our white canopy bed, and sigh contentedly at doing absolutely nothing away from absolutely everything.

How the place we found to hide away was filled with a charming, eclectic mix of faded rugs, native lamps, grandfather chairs, chandeliers, and an old-school snooker table.


How there was only one other couple there, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Aside from a saucy little kitty with a gold collar and a friendly bunch of dogs who watched over us. And two adorable puppies.

How they had their own organic herb and vegetable garden with the hand painted signs in Spanish.

How the manager is also the cook and she made us freshly baked bread every morning.


How we hardly looked at the menu...just chatted with the cook every day about what was the fresh catch, whether we should have prawns or crabs or fish (we had all three), how we should prepare our spanking fresh seafood, and what vegetables to pair with it – all we had to do is sit back and enjoy awesome meals on a terrace fronting the sea, with nothing but distant islands and a few fishermen’s boats dotted about.

How we made a mess of the tablecloth while eating the crabs.


How I finally saw Mayon Volcano!

How there was fresh flowers all around, even if we were practically the only ones there.

How many avocado shakes I had.

How, despite it being rainy season, the only time it rained was when we napped.

How I really wish we could’ve stayed longer.

Hope these photos give you an idea...happy weekend kind folk!

34 comments:

Manggy said...

Awesome. Just asking for whatever was freshly caught? Lap of luxury! So jealous.
I love that there's a seemingly random puppy there! Hee hee! :)

Soma said...

Sounds like a taste of heaven. i could live there for ever:-0 If i could!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I'm positively green!! I was going to say I hope you're well Joey as it's been a while but I know from this that you're more than well!! xx

Anh said...

What a great trip!!!

My holiday starts after next week. Just 10 more days, 10 more days, I shall endure :P

JMom said...

It sounds like heaven. You would have had to drag me from there kicking and screaming :)

Cecilia said...

"Stay a little longer"? How about forever?! ... Beautiful.

Ling said...

Wanna be there NOW!! How fabulous!!

Rasa Malaysia said...

I really need to visit PH soon. I think PH has the best looking tropical islands in the whole world, and there are thousands of them to choose from. ;)

Watergirl said...

The kitten! and puppies too!
Ok, yes, the rest sound great as well :D
Adding this to my list of boutique resorts to go to when I come home. I wonder if there's a dive site nearby....

Paz said...

Wonderful getaway. Wish I could do the same. *sigh* ;-)

Paz

Midge said...

Fresh seafood, fab interiors, fresh bread every morning, and an adorably sassy kitty-cat: what's not to like?!

Adele said...

looks like a fab place jo! i'll ask you more details when we need a hideaway place. hope you are well...

Lindsay Brandt said...

Hi! I'm a long time reader of your blog and in the process of planning my honeymoon. I was wondering whether this resort is "honeymoon worthy." It sounds amazing and we've been searching for the perfect relaxing spot. We want great views, some privacy and hopefully, a little bit of luxury. Maybe a couple days here and a couple days @ the The Amanpoulo on Pamalican Island... any thoughts?(brandt_lindsay@yahoo.com)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Manggy! The fish was awesome! Not exactly a luxury – the seafood was cheaper than what I get here in Manila! The puppies were adorable – C and I were quite taken with them :)

Hi Soma! Me too! Siiigh...but real life beckons as it always does!

Hi Amanda! Thanks! It has been a while...hope you are well too!

Hi Anh! Hang in there...and have fun on your holiday! :)

Hi Jmom! Hehe...I SO wanted to stay longer!

Hi Cecilia! Haha! More reason for us to return :)

Hi Ling! It was really charming :)

Hi Bee! Thank you! We have over 7,000 so there are lots to explore :)

Hi M! According to the owner most people come for the diving so it’d be perfect for you! Actually, don’t let my lazy weekend fool you, there is lots to do there – aside from diving there are different eco-treks and island hopping trips, and some falls and hot springs too...you can also hire a car and explore the nearby towns :)

Hi Paz! I wish I could stroll down the streets of NYC! ;)

Hi Midge! I know...I was smitten!

Tita Adele??? :) Hello! I am doing fine :) Just let me know if you’d like the contact details!

Hi Lindsay! I’ll email you! :)

biyay.i.ph said...

Oh wow, you were in my neck of the woods! Glad you liked Sirangan beach resort. Haven't tried there yet but they mostly cater to tourists, especially those coming from Spain.

yep, the seafood around here is pretty fresh and cheap too, compared to Manila prices.

Dhanggit said...

your photos are all deliciously taken!! and what a great weekend getaway you had!!

Bordeaux said...

I am green with envy. And missing Asia from your pictures.

Caleb said...

I found your food blog going through a few links. Glad I ran into it. Didn't know that the food blog community was so big. I love your posts!

I was wondering if you would like to exchange links. I'll drop yours on my food blog and you drop mine on yours. Email at ramendays@yahoo.com or stop by my site and drop a comment. Let me know if you would like to do a link exchange.

Cheers,
Caleb
www.ramendays.com

AiDiSan said...

Hi there,

I added your blog in my blogroll. I want to try your your chicken waldorf salad but not spicy 'coz it's the easiest among the recipes you featured here.

I love to eat and I love food blogs.

Enjoy your weekends

Lori said...

What a fabulous trip! Thanks so much for sharing. I can't get enough of travel reports. Especially when they include food pictures! Stunning!

Brandy said...

Oh this makes me want to take a trip there. It sounds wonderful.

Alisa@Foodista said...

Wow! That is so beautiful! And the photos are so amazing too!

Suzana said...

Sounds and looks like heaven on Earth! I'd love to be there too. Lovely photos, too! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Biyay.i.ph! Yup, the group that owns it is a Spanish group :) You are so lucky with your seafood! Wonderfully fresh and reasonably priced!

Hi Dhanggit! Thank you! It was truly memorable :)

Hi Bordeaux! Asia is missing you!

Hi Caleb! Will check it out! :)

Hi Aidisan! Thank you! You can easily leave out the chilli for the waldorf salad...and there are lots more easy recipes here :)

Hi Lori! Glad you enjoyed the post and the photos!

Hi Brandy! It was lovely :) We’ve got lots of nice island getaways here :)

Hi Alisa! Thank you! :) It was a really charming place :)

Hi Suzana! Thanks! We enjoyed our little get-away-from-it-all trip so much!

corrine said...

Hi Joey! Wow, that must have been a relaxing vacation! Joey, pretty please tell me how to book and go there. By plane I suppose? I can use a vacation with all the stress I am under...*sigh*

I hope to still get a copy of YUMMY.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Corrine! It was! :) It was in the Sirangan Resort in Sorsogon – you can get there by plane from Manila (which is what we did – we found cheap ticket online from Cebu Pacific) or drive (12 hours). You can check out all the details on their website www(dot) sirangan(dot)com :)

Marsha said...

Wow
That is heavenly!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Marsha! It was! :)

Drew | bicol tourism said...

hello po,, im planning to visit sorsogon this coming weekend and would like to feature some places that i would visit in Bicol Tourism. can you recommend some best places to go? thanks.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Drew! I wish I could be more help but the only place I visited in Sorsogon was Sirangan. Will you be whale shark watching? :) Hope you have a good trip!

Drew | bicol tourism said...

im not planning to go to donsol. im planning to have some vacation in some resort. if you have some good place to stay please leave me a comment at my blog. thanks.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Drew, I am unable to leave a comment on your blog -- Sirangan is the only resort we've been to in Sorsogon and we enjoyed it very much.

jp said...

Sounds great ! A friend of mine is from Sorsogon and introduced me to the avocado shake while in uni. They sound so weird, but tastes so great.

ChichaJo said...

Hi JP! It was a vacation we still love to look back on :) Avocado shakes (and other sweet avocado preparations) are actually quite common, a very well loved, over here :)