I woke up with a severe sore throat and eventually I can hardly speak. It’s more like a squeak. I bought some Strepsils already in Manila and brought them there. It did help a bit. Fortunately, we had booked our reliable cab driver from the day before for another day trip, so it saved a call on the phone. After we visited the northern Albay area the day before, we now wanted to go south into the Sorsogon Province. We had to get up at 5 a.m., as our cab driver arrived at 6 a.m.
Our first stop was the Mateo Hot & Cold Springs Resort nearby Irosin, which is a 2,5-hour drive away from Legazpi City. It was still early we arrived, that we nearly had it all to ourselves. They have a vast hot water pool outdoors, that reminded us of the onsen in Japan and right next to it a crystal clear cold-water-pool. The pools are surrounded by the forest, which gives it a secluded, relaxing feeling. We stayed there for some time, bathing and having breakfast.
Our driver asked us if we wanted to make a quick stop in the village, where he was born, and we agreed. We met some of his friends and also got some snacks in a “sari-sari store” then walked to the beach behind the houses.