Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 14, 2016

Daet – Camarines Norte

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Bagasbas Beach, Camarines Norte.

I am about 370 kilometers from Manila, my final destination in the Philippines. Daet is a smallish city in the Camarines Norte, a region of Bicol – South-East Luzon. It has been raining heaps. It pours rain for about 10-15 minutes and then just stops.

Babasbas Beach
Bagasbas Beach.

Yesterday I walked into town and got a tricycle to the beach at Bagasbas, about 3 kilometers from the city. It was windy onshore with horrible messy surf. So I just went for a walk along the beach to the estuary.

Bagasbas Beach estuary
The Estuary.

There were lots of fishermen on the beach and estuary fishing with small nets.

net fishing
Net Fishing.

A huge flock of Greater Sand Plover were plonked on the sandbank at the estuary. They were a bit far away and I could not get closer. A few of them took off and flew over to the beach.

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)

The fishermen had a bit of competition with this Collared Kingfisher.

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher

Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul

Bagasbas Beach bird list

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Collared Kingfisher
Brahminy Kite
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)
Brown Shrike
Zebra Dove

December 10, 2016

Naga, South-east Luzon

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Camarines Sur, Bicol.

I am now in the city of Naga, about half way up South-east Luzon. It is a pretty big city. With lots of people and vehicles. Very busy with lots of pollution from all the exhaust fumes.

street view
View from hotel.

This is the view from my expensive hotel. At least the bathroom does not smell like piss, as per usual. And I have a hot water shower. whoopee!!


There are thousands and thousands of tricycles over the Philippines. They are usually Honda motor-bikes with a sidecar manufactured for carrying passengers. The bikes can hardly carry me with my luggage they are so gutless. I do not know how they carry up to five people and sometimes hundreds of kilos of cargo.

armoured van
Armoured Van

You see these things everywhere in front of banks. I have not heard of any bank robberies yet. I have no idea if they happen or not. There are heaps of security guards everywhere, often with shotguns at the ready. It is a bit scary at first but you get used to it after a while.


Jeepneys are used for short-haul trips to towns closer by. To do longer trips, there are buses and air-conditioned Hi-Ace vans.

Social Realism
Heroic Statue.

I have no idea what this is all about but it has definite overtones of Social Realism.

river at naga

This river runs through the city and it is pretty filthy.

Draining into the river

And I guess this is probably one of the reasons, with stuff like this going into the water.

December 8, 2016

South-east Luzon

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Samar to Bicol.

Last post was from Catbalogan in Western Samar, Philippines. From there I caught a van to Calbayog, then another one to Catarman. Not much at Catarman, and I could not work out how to get to the beach. From there I caught a bus to Allen, which is at the northern end of Samar.

Home on the river
A home on the river.

This is the other side of the river, some more huts and fishing boats. I really liked Allen. It was only a small town and my hotel was in the countryside a bit, so it was nice and quiet. I wish I had spent more time there.

river village
The other side of the river

The next morning I went to the port and caught the ferry to Bicol. There is no schedule and they just go when they are full of vehicles. This one was coming the other way.

philippines ferry
Ferry to Allen

Just near the port of Matnog on South-east Luzon, I saw this perfect set-up for surfing. This right hand point looked fantastic. Too bad it was only one foot waves. The other side of the island had a left-hander point.

perfect surf setup
Perfect surf set-up.

Here is a roro, Roll on, Roll off ferry at Matnog. Good viewpoint showing how they are utilised.


Now at Sorsogon, just a hundred kilometers up the island of Luzon.


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