Fun Snapshots in Cagsawa Ruins


To equalize our expenses in the luxurious resort of Misibis Bay, our group agreed to spend a night in an affordable hotel. We just need a place to stay for a couple of hours before our flight on the next day. Im glad I found Ellis Ecotel. This newly-renovated budget hotel is surprisingly located inside Embarcadero de Legazpi, Bicol's urban mall and shopping center.

Legazpi boulevard at night

Im never fond of mall strolling, that's why I usually get tired and I've no energy left to go home. Finally I can experience sleeping right away after strolling in the mall.

Embarcadero de Legazpi
i like the idea of staying in a budget hotel inside this mall. ^_^

Lucky us, Ellis Ecotel has an ongoing soft opening promo rates. The single room only costs me P550, that's a 50% savings!

Ellis Ecotel at the 3rd Floor of Embarcadero de Legazpi

lovely reception area

Checking-in was a breeze and the staff were all accommodating. They explained that they were just having a soft-opening and they asked us to bear with their ongoing-constructions on some rooms. That wouldn't be any problem at all!
Here's my single room:

elegant looking standard room filled with mirrors

single bed with flat tv, aircon, chair, and private bathroom with hot/cold shower

What more can I ask? I got the best value for a private room inside a mall. And most of all - I have the luxury to place my things anywhere! In tagalog, pwede na magkalat!

best part of getting a single room: pwede magkalat to the max!

Ellis Ecotel
3F Embarcadero de Legazpi, Legazpi City, Albay
http://ellisecotel.com
reservations@ellisecotel.com

Another advantage of staying inside a mall is that restaurants are just around. There's no contest, everyone picked to dine at Bigg's, Bicol's most famous fast food chain.


appetizers

Bigg's BBQ Ribs
the best tasting ribs I tasted is still in Bacolod- bigger and cheaper!

We can't find a good place to have a drink, so we ended up buying some booze and staying in our hotel room. Ayos!

vodka delight!


Since we came to Legazpi unprepared, we needed to ask the locals time and again how to go to our next target destination. A trip to Legazpi wont be complete without paying a visit to the mighty Mayon Volcano. We're okay to ride a jeep or a bus to reach Cagsawa Ruins, but time is our concern. Good thing we found out we can hail a taxi that can bring us to Mayon and back. It's much cheaper than renting a van (van rental costs P2,300 for a day tour). The guards in Embarcadero called the taxi operator and not after 5mins, a taxi appeared before our eyes. Ang galing, taxi by request! =)

Metered rate from Embacadero to Cagsawa Ruins only costs us less than P200. We asked the taxi driver to wait for us, and he willingly agreed. Paying P500 is cheap and convenient compared to riding a jeep or renting a van. Kudos to Mrs.Vee who insisted to pay for the taxi fare. Big thanks!


hello mighty Mayon

around 1,500 people were buried alive inside this church when Mayon erupted in 1814

Upon arriving, a few locals approached us and offer their photography services. Aside from viewing the Mayon, it became a famous activity to do some tricky snapshots in front of the scenic view. So be it, our group agreed to get the boy's assistance and off we started our fun photoshoot! Bawal ang KJ!

i play the giant while Rem plays a pa-cute na dwarf

this time, Mrs.Vee as the giant

why I like traveling with Remay?
he's prepared to expose himself in my blog ^_^

im not your superwoman shot

high jump competition?

Looks fun but trust me, the sun is melting us down. Sobrang init.
Here's our behind the scene shot..

who says we didn't have an umbrella at all? ako pa ^_^

After this fun activity, we gave the boy P200 and left. We rushed to Ellis Ecotel to pick up our things and off we go to the airport. Goodbye Legazpi, til we meet again.

51 responses:

Chyng said...

for my future travel buddies - be ready ma-expose ha. effort itago/iedit ang identity sa blog.. ^_^

estranghero said...

great series, i was surprised seeing a new post for this trip. ^__^

empi said...

Galing naman ng trick!

JeffZ said...

sobrang SULIT ng 550 for a single room!.. and its elegant.. :)

bang said...

Panalo ang room!

Calvin said...

i think hotel st ellis din may ari nitong ellis ecotel. ganyan din style ng bathroom sa st ellis eh. tsaka sila rin may ari ng embarcadero. ganda ng timing niyo to get it at that rate. nice!

MarLiesTravels said...

love your wacky shots! dapat mapuntahan din namin ito soooon! =D

Batang Lakwatsero said...

natatawa tlga ako dun sa kasama nyo na tinakpan ang mukha. wahaha..

michi said...

winner ang room and cheaper pa. galing and kulit ng shots in casagwa ruins. hehe!

Kath said...

Sulit nung room! :)
Good thing may taxi, kami dati tricycle lang from Legazpi to Cagsawa Ruins. haha.

Nicole said...

may director pala talaga sa Mt. Mayon! Ang galing at ang ganda! :D

ahmie said...

ang mura nung room at bago pa, super sulit...as always, nice photos...

Sumi Go said...

Love your photos! Ang kukulit niyo.. XD Nakakatuwa pa si Mrs. Vee, super game! Btw, ang ganda ng room at super sulit for the price ah.

pack up and drift said...

ang ganda ng hotel.. swear! ang kukulit ng photos. ahihihi..

Dianne said...

Ang ganda ng hotel! At nakakatawa talaga yung nakatakip ang muka na yun!

Ian | Going Places said...

Ellis Ecotel seems not to be a budget hotel with the amenities it offers. It looks a nice accommodation in Legazpi.

Sabi lagi nagtatago yung Mayon for pictures but in your trip super clear ng perfect cone buti hindi na natago ng clouds madalas daw kasi hindi yan makita.

Rizalenio said...

Ang cute ng style ng Ellis Ecotel. Parang may lego pieces. I noticed the pulbos, winner!!! :)

Ang ganda ng mga kuha as always. :)

gulaylover said...

andyan lang kami last week, sayang sana nakita kita at nagpa picture sana ako sa fave blogger ko :)

dong ho said...

ganda na talaga sa gabi. kakatuwa yung jumpshot mo.

ey wait... naalala ko tuloy tong dream trek ko sa mayon.

blissfulguro said...

bongga ang backless kung backless moments!

crumpylicious blog said...

Nice shots! Super nice yung hotel =) So cheap for 550. The food looks good too!

pusang kalye said...

ang ganda ng clouds nung dumalaw kayo ha. at ang ganda nityong ecotel na to.parang mga hotels lang sa ibang bansa ang feel. we need more accommodations like that.

so this means---bicol is officially your most love province ayt? :D

marxtermind said...

I'm very much willing to expose myself, when is your next travel? Hehehe!!! inggit ako nagpakita sa inyo si Mayon!!! I didn't know na may hotel pla sa embarcadero.

gillboard said...

di pala ako pwede sumama sayo. ayoko may face pic. lolz

loved your mayon pics. :)

m@noy en nin@y said...

wow buti pa kayo nakaikot ng legaspi at nakapag food trip! Nagpakita pa si mayon!!! Ganda nung room nyo sa ellis ecotel!

edelweiza said...

grabe super enjoy naman yang photoshoot nyo na yan with the majestic Mayon Volcano as background...astig! :)

ardee sean said...

the hotel is so elegant and really impressive and for Php 550 only, seriously, you are so lucky to have that promo. :)

Lawstude said...

that gives budget hotel a new meaning. they say you could only see the perfect cone of mayon if you have a beautiful heart, and mayon showed its beauty to you.

Dorm Boy said...

Never been to Mt. Mayon, so target ko makapasyal dun... hopefully next year. And i will try the sulit single room!

kg said...

ang ganda ng mayon! miss ko na ang bicol! :)

you should've gone up chyng. :)

Photo Cache said...

galing ng shots mo sa mayon. i like the design of the reception area of the hotel. why is it called ecotel?

btw, i'm not into shopping either.

Christia's World said...

That room was awesome! Lovet. :)

kay said...

Legazpi lang pala yun? Astig! Galing!

pamatayhomesick said...

nice shot chyng...
saka yung architectural shot very, ang galing ng tone. ipagpatuloy mo lang yun ganyan settings...mahusay!

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

hahaha natawa ako sa tinago ang mukha. ayaw ata mag pa expose ng travel buddy mu. :) nice captures Chyng. hang swerte at nagpakita si Mayon. :)

Untied Escape said...

Super love Ellis Ecotel inside the Mall,ganda infairness... Ako naman Mall-aholic! :p

lakwatsera de primera said...

sobrang generous nyo naman, 200 pesos binigay nyo sa bata, parang nahiya ako sa 20 pesos na tip nung auntie ko

Con Tour Blog said...

Natawa ako sa trick niyo chyng ah...:-). Patsada!! BTW, thanks to you guyz with your post. I learn a lot especially sa dot-com. See on March next year..(:-).

tina said...

ok lang sken m-expose chyng! Hahaha! Feeler lang... hope to travel with you soon :D

Pinoy Adventurista said...

nasa daraga church ako by this time... mura na ang 500 pesos na taxi ah... nice! :)

Kate said...

Wow! That is a nice and cheap place to stay!

Robbie said...

Waaaaaah!!! Nakita niyo yung Mayon! So lucky!!! <3

And nakakatuwa yung mga giant/dwarf pics lalo na yung Giant si ate. Hahaha.

Buti din at wala masyadong tao dyan nun. Mas okay talaga pag hindi peak season pumupunta sa mga popular destinations.

docgelo said...

sobrang mura naman ng ellis to think it looks decent and clean. ang husay! dapat syang maging huwaran ng mga ibang hotels sa pinas. bow!

ayoko noong multicolored lamp post sa legazpi; ayoko din syempre iyong nasa baywalk sa roxas blvd. mas maganda kung mas filipino-looking iyong mga ilaw. agree?

i love your giant photo shots, aliw!

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Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

ang tataas nyo tumalon!

Berylle Kaye Hong said...

Great pictures and love the camera tricks! I also wanted to avail that one before. Ang galing! :)

kikilabotz said...

ate chyng nag grab ako ng isa sa mga pic mo ha? may nagnominate sayo sa hottest blogger of the year eh.

Ed said...

wahahah. ieexpose talaga? ganun. andami nang magiging sikat na officemates mo, chyng. hehe

Vanessa Lingan said...

nice trip ate chyng :) sana makasama kita in the future

Ruth said...

Love the photos!!! Nagutom ako sa food nyo! Comfort food, chicken, lechen flan.. and wow, nice lodging place!

I missed traveling.. been out in Manila, twice lang this year..

Hope we can travel together soon? Pasponsor kay Anton! LOL! Hehe

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