Personal: NinaRicci Goes To South (Simala – Argao)

I have been planning for this for two months that we go on a road trip (by road trip I mean, commute in a bus and just randomly alight to where “I” want to. It’s quote and quote I because Ricci was just a supporter. LOL! He did support me with my crazy ideas but during those trips, he complained a lot! Especially in going to our final province destination and to where we’re going to stay.

This is my grown up Christmas list. ^_^

I almost give up on him, he’s the pain in my head during that time that I almost wanted to shout. He’s such a kill-joy or maybe he’s just afraid that people might fool us and I keep on telling him – “don’t you have faith in humanity?” hahaha! I believe that people in the province area are not bad compared to the city, I mean they don’t take advantage of you being new to the place, and besides I have been to the place once with the pixies and it is only up to us if we’ll allow people to fool us. =)

Travel brings power and love back into your life.” – Rumi


Our first stop is Simala. We rode from Naga to Sibonga since we came from his hometown Lutopan, the fair from Naga to Sibonga is 45 pesos (Philippine Peso), we’re almost fooled by the mini bus conductor/clippies of 55 pesos fare. Good thing I sometimes go with my mom to Sibonga commuting and realized that its the fair from Tabunok to Sibonga. Husband has the guts so he complained and the conductor gave us back 10 pesos. A motorbike ride or known as “habal-habal” cost us 80 pesos back and forth. The driver will just give you his number so he will still be the one to take you back to the highway road where you can take bus back to the city. Ours was innovative as he made his own business card with a piece of paper writing his number so noting his number won’t take much time. 🙂

Here are the views from Lindogon Simala, Sibonga.


It is currently under renovation expanding the castle-like church/monastery.





We didn’t get the chance to kiss the image of the Virgin Mary because of the long queue. That people in line starts from the entrance and just imagine the long stairs on the side.




One of the many golden statues for the way of the cross.


Saw this father and son moment on our way down from the monastery.


A child selling blessed olive oil outside the monastery.


..and old women selling fan and some rosary bracelets.



Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

After visiting Mama Mary, we head on to Argao – the province after Sibonga. I remember going here once and just can’t get over how clean their park is and how peaceful it is as well.


This area in Argao is very historical. It is a small place with all the necessary establishments around it. A mini hospital, church, a legislative office, judicial office and the town hall.







This is the second spot or must-see when you’re in Argao but when we got there it was closed. I’m not sure if it is closed for good or just that day since it’s holiday, and we didn’t find someone from the neighboring houses to ask. I’m quite disappointed that husband was not able to go inside this castle but not bad though letting him see from the outside what I have been telling him on our way to this place. ^_^


We went back to the main road and found a pizza house and had our late lunch from there before we head on to our final province destination. We decided to head on straight to Oslob, since husband already went to Obong Spring in Dalaguete and old church in Boljoon can be viewed from the bus so we decided not to stop there. Oslob photos will be on the other post. 🙂

Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


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