After checking out at Twin Rock Beach Resort, we had a difficult time going to the town proper. The tricycles were hard to come by, most probably because it was lunchtime - a typical laid-back attitude in the provinces. We waited for like more than an hour, but to no avail. Luckily, a supplier for the resort graciously offered us a ride to town. We thankfully accepted the invite.
We checked in at Catanduanes Midtown Inn, an affordable and comfortable place to stay in the city. It is in a good location as well, a good base for our Virac exploration. I booked the hotel via email just before we left Manila. It was the best hotel - like accommodation I have found in my Catanduanes research.
I also research the restaurants to eat in whenever I go somewhere unfamiliar. I decided to go to one of those in my list after checking in. There are many tricycles just outside the hotel but we had a difficult time going to the restaurant. The first tricycle driver had a wrong misconception of where Blossoms Restaurant is and he brought us to a wrong place. The second driver also did not know about it but fortunately, we passed by the restaurant by chance and finally found it. All the trouble when it was just actually walking distance from the hotel!
The first floor is a cafe/bakeshop of some sorts. A waiter led us to the second floor where the actual restaurant is. The place has a homey and airy atmosphere. The ceiling is high and there are wide windows and a balcony.
The servings at Blossoms are for meant for sharing. We found about that when the food arrived. We did not expect that due to the cheap price. We tried the squid rice, chicken fingers and fried calamari.
After our late lunch, Baby and I headed back to the hotel to prepare for our sightseeing. We commissioned a tricycle driver to bring us to Bato Church and Maribina Falls. I love old churches and old architecture in general.
At first, I was hesitant to go inside because I was wearing a racer back top. They are very conservative in the provinces and I did not want to be disrespectful of their customs. I remember my humbling experience in Baclayon Church in Bohol where a church lady offered me a piece of cloth to cover my arms and shoulders before entering the church. Flashback Bohol....
Anyway, I was relieved when no one minded me in Bato Church. I just stayed for a short time because I am the only one wearing a sleeveless top. The church was beautiful and had a dramatic effect from the light pouring in through the window.
After this, we proceeded to Maribina Falls. Some kids were jumping off a rock and swimming when we got there. We were prepared to take a dip in the refreshingly cool water but did not; I thought to let the kids enjoy themselves.
We went straight to the market to check out some souvenirs after. We had a difficult time finding the usual tourist mementos like key chains or fridge magnets with the word Catanduanes. They really are not yet tourist ready. Baby was able to buy a shirt and I was pleased to find this pen holder/desk display for myself.
For our last dinner in Catanduanes, we ate at Sea Breeze. I suppose it is a very popular restaurant, a very busy place with friends and families hanging out. It is also child friendly, with a play area on the side. It is an open-air type so you can really feel the breeze from the sea. Too bad though that we cannot see the sea at all because the restaurant is poorly lit. To appreciate the setting, it is best to dine there in the morning or in the afternoon.
We ordered soup, grilled tanigue and battered prawns.
Tired and full, we headed back to the hotel and ended the day with a massage booked from the hotel.
CATANDUANES MIDTOWN INNSan Jose St., Virac, Catanduanes
Tel. no. +63 (052 )811-0527, Fax +63 (052) 811-1526