Books & Places: Balai Tinay in Legazpi City

My conversations with a friend this week have been strewn with a lot of talk about Legazpi so I remembered this post that has been in the drafts for months now.

I went to Naga and Pili in Camarines Sur, and Legazpi in Albay last January. I had a friend in Pili so I wasn’t alone most of the time in CamSur but during the end of my vacation, I have to be alone in Albay. My friend was very nice to drop me at Balai Tinay, the place where I stayed.

Upon arriving, we were awed by the great ambiance of the place and saw this frame of quotes about travel at the reception area of the house.

quotes

Here are some of the quotes from familiar authors:

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.

Lewis Carroll

It is not down in any map; true places never are.

Herman Melville

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

Henry Miller

Not all who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

But this is not a travel blog. Hahaha! So why am I writing this post? My friend and I both love books so imagine how happy we are when we saw these:

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There are a lot of magazines and books scattered in the different parts of the house. We readily look into the collection and found famous titles like The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Middlemarch by George Eliot, Twisted V by Jessica Zafra and more. There are also a lot of non-fiction books, different editions of the Bible and some Filipiniana literature. I opened some books and turned their pages and I found out that most of the books were owned by a woman named Ging (I’m not sure, I forgot, will edit when I remember. Hehe!). I believe she is a daughter of the owner of the house

I didn’t read any but it was really fun looking at those books and holding them. So even if my friend already left me here alone, I felt comfortable and happy just being surrounded by books. LOL. I brought my own book which I read in peace in the following locations: 😀

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I had a chance to speak to the owner in the morning while having coffee and pandesal (free!) for breakfast. He and the other staff are friendly and will readily assist you in your needs. This place is perfect for a traveller who is looking for a peaceful and relaxing stay. Plus the books! So, need I say more?

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5 thoughts on “Books & Places: Balai Tinay in Legazpi City

  1. When you come back here in Iloilo, let’s visit one book cafe (forgot the name). I haven’t been there yet and wouldn’t it be nice if we go there together? 😉

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