Anyway, I was at CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) last May 2-5 for the first ever TAYO summer youth camp (which was btw a real blast so I encouraged you guys to join next year)! Honestly, I didn't expect much when I decided to join the camp, especially because it was free. I thought that at best, it would be mediocre, but I was gravely mistaken. The camp was well planned, well organized, well budgeted, well implemented, and well documented! I was blown away.
|HJ, Mae (photo courtesy of her too), Me|
5. Can be reached via bus (car)
4. Bicol Express
or the Bicol cuisine is known for its use of chilies, coconut milk, and shrimp paste. It's usually spicy to very spicy in nature. I kind of like it since my father is a Bicolano (and he has greatly influenced what I like and dislike). My favorite would be laing (gabi/taro leaves in coconut oil and chilies) although their laing is presented differently since they have it wrapped in some kind of leaf. I actually like the unwrapped laing more because I find it juicier, therefore the spices spread more. Oh well, to each his own.
BTW they made me eat a whole chili (as a challenge that I needed to accept) and I immediately turned bulimic. I swear it is the only time when I am thankful that my stomach throws up everything that I don't like. I remembered the time when I ate a siling labuyo to sober up and I ended up puking every damn alcohol in my body. Well, if you can imagine that, then it's the same ugly sight.
3. Water games (team building)
Do you watch Takeshi's castle? Well, it's basically the same but this one is in the Philippines and this may be relatively easier, but hey it still is fun! Rowing, running, gliding, climbing, jumping, diving, swimming, and laughing. It's a really nice team building/ relay/ competition activity.
2. Bicolanos and Bicolanas
I'm sure you know the reality show Amazing race. We did the same, except that it will not be shown in AXN, awwwwwe but we have our own videographer and stuff. How cool is that huh?! Anyway, we got to interact with the locals of Naga and I must say that they are really nice, sweet, and helpful people. I first observed it at CWC where the staff were really courteous (to the point that I feel like they're spoiling and pampering the campers too much).
Also, during the ukay-ukay (thirft shopping usually 2nd hand items) hunt challenge, I found a cute maxi skirt that was for 150php which was way over our budget for the challenge so I told the lady seller that we can't afford it but she said that she'd give it to me (along with a top of my choice) for 150php. Sweet niblets!
|It's both printed, don't worry I don't plan on wearing it together :D|
1. Wake boarding with a smile :)
|courtesy of mae|
Advice from the CWC staff:
1. Grip tight, don't let go.
2. Watch your back if you happen to let go
3. Smile! (bet ko to kasi kabadong kabado na'ko tapos ito pa yung straight face advice nya sakin, hihi)
Seriously, Bicol is way impressive! And I thank TAYO and Coca Cola Foundation for letting me know and experience that firsthand. You guys give awards to youth organizations but I say that you deserve an award as well! Kudos you guys.
Be cool, Bicol! (sorry, ang korni ko kasi eh noh, GYAHAHAHA)