In every travel I take, I rely on the internet for information heavily. I’m guilty of not being able to say thanks to those who took time and put their itinerary on the cyber world. I hope this will be the first of many travelling tips and guides I contribute in the net.
It’s one of the shirts I usually pack when I travel.
I’m actually proud when other nationals notice and like it.
Will I wear it again?
Of course, I will.
Last August 23, 2010, a man took hostage of a tourist bus in Manila. It ended in bloodbath with 8 hostages and the gunman killed. It was indeed a sad day for the Philippines. I sympathize with the family and friends of those who had died. I also hope for justice to be served. I mourned for the lives lost at the same time troubled with what will happen to my motherland. The result had left a negative image to our country. We blamed the policemen and the media for what transpired on that day but we didn’t examined our own actions when we watched it like a soap opera on tv. Perhaps if these sectors of our society are taking steps to learn and improve, shouldn’t that include us too? Instead of criticizing the president, we should also do something to be better Filipinos. Echoing his words, let us not be defined by this one incident. Inspirations and hopes still float. As long as there as great Filipino striving, we could change our country in a major way. As long as there are Efren Penaflorida, Charice, Venus Raj, honest citizens who return enormous amount of money, we could strive to be better. Even Jejemom teaches us to be good Filipino, “nagbabayad ako ng tax, hindi ako tumatawid sa hindi tawiran dahil nakakamatay, hindi ako bumibili ng pirated DVD sa Quiapo.”
If someone mention Marlboro, what’s the first thing you think of?
I would definitely answer the Marlboro cigarette tv ad. Remember, the very masculine cowboy steering the wild horses at the terrainous hills.
Marlboro Hills in Batanes is very far from the killer commercial. It is majestic, beautiful, and takes my breath away in a very very healthy way. It has no more horses because breeding them proved to be more costly but less profitable. It’s alright that there are no horses and it was not a disappointment. I don’t think Batanes could ever disappoint me. From the first moment I caught a glimpse of the islands from the plane, I’m pretty sure the beauty I’m seeing up in the clouds has more to offer when I’m actually immerse in it.
heights and depths
hedges and plains
nature’s harmonic orchestra
blinded by the burst of colors of sunshine and landscape
Of course, who can resist jump shots?
enjoying the view ala-F4 in meteor garden
loving the sun and earth
Come to where the flavor is…..
we love it so much, we went back the next day.
and here’s a video of the heavenly place. (pictures and video were taken by my sister, dona)
I could finally sing “nakabalik na ako sa white sand beach ng Boracay!” Both trips are so memorable for me. The white sand, pristine waters, and hot people all around make Boracay a destination one should not fail to go. I was here in 2005 and after going to a lot of Philippines’ beautiful islands, I wonder if Boracay is still one of the country’s top tourists’ spots. Well, whatever doubts I had, going back to the island cleared them all up. The beach wasn’t that crowded at this time of the year but still there are many tourists. I could complained about too many people or too many restos and bars or too many resorts but there’s still something I just couldn’t explain that draws me and apparently lots of people to the beach. I could actually sit there all day and just stare at the beach, watch the waves, feel the sand, and listen.
The trip going to Boracay proved to be an adventure for me. In 2005, I endured 13 hours of riding RORO with my colleagues which included sitting in the bus with some passengers that have live chickens with them, transferring to ferries, running for seats, and back aches that I kept feeling for 4 days. When we saw Boracay, I honestly could cry. I had the most amazing feeling on my feet when we finally stepped on the white powdery sand. This year, I took the plane. Thinking that it would be more relaxing, I was wrong. I went with my family this time and we took three different flights at three different terminals. My sister and I took public transportion to the airport where we would meet the others while they took the car. Since we were in a tight schedule, we called them every five minutes or less. My brother in law with my nephew were dropped to centennial airport only to be told that they should be at T3. They took the cab and transferred. Then, my mom and dad were supposed to be at T3. They did make it. Thirty minutes before departure time. My sisters, another nephew, and me needed to go back to domestic terminal but we had to park the car first. It was really stressful when you’re pressured with time. We finally found a parking slot and took the shuttle. The driver was kind enough to help us crossed the street. Hello, he dropped us at the other side. Yay! We got there just in time! (FYI, flights going to Boracay via Airphils and Philippine Airlines are the same which is why my brother in law needed to transfer to T3 terminal)
In 2005, we saw sailboats at the shore but this time boats dock at the pier at the other side of the island. It does make sense. The beach is free from gas leaks and people are free to swim.
we had ice cream then, I finally found Jonas. Their fruit shakes are so delicious!
We enjoyed banana boat ride then I scaled into new heights this time, parasailing.
Just for fun with the kids, I rode the jetski on land with steering wheel :))
I went there with my shs binondo family then, my family.
The beautifully made and lighted sandcastles
at willy’s rock. no tattoo this time.
the waterfall stairs at regency
My first airplane ride. No more roro. Thanks Mrs. C! Now, with my sisters, brother, and nephews.
I love Boracay! and I would love to go back again and again and again….
I was waiting at the jetty port for the boat that would take us to Caticlan and ride the plane back to Manila. Right at the middle of these chairs and tourist where I was sitting with my newly tanned skinny arms, bronzed glowing cheeks, and long super dry hair, I wondered…. would anyone notice if I pick my nose? Well, just a thought.
I’ll be forever raging about Batanes and here’s another reason why I so love love love it!
When you are a tourist, people easily smile at you. I kinda have a sort of hangover when I got back to work for I smiled to every person in the building and what I received was a weird expression on their faces. Well, it could have only meant one thing, vacation is truly over!
I met different kinds of people in Batanes and they sure did add to my amazing experience. I forgot to take pictures with some of them and I now am regretting it. How could I forget Kuya Roger who seems to have a tale for everything, Kuya Nards who assisted us in every way he can and Tita Lydia who did very well in accomodating us.
Here are some people we met, got to know, and made friends with.
With my sister is the owner of the old house in Dakay. She is very used to having tourist dropped by her house. She inherited the house from her spinstress aunt. (Signs! signs!)
The oldest man I met. He’s 103 years old but still responds well. He says because he eats vegetables and fish. No pork or beef! When we went to his house, he was removing the corn pellets without eyeglasses. I saw his picture with his wife when they were still a young couple. He’s quite handsome and she’s beautiful.
The youngsters we had jumpology session with. Rosan is a sweet fresh grad and a bit shy. The sisters, who were funny talking about their facebook, are Bianca and Celine.
Mrs. Pax or Dax? She had this nice post which I imitated. 🙂 She sure looks like my Tita Dina.
These are nice girls we hanged with at Marlboro hills with their mom. This picture captured the essence of their characters on our trip. Sweet daughters and their overprotective mother.
Joan. OMG! I’m so jealous of her. She stayed in Batanes for 10 days, went to all 3 islands, and got that fabulous tan!
Well, here’s Raf squeezing in my solo shot.
The next one is with his girlfriend, Madge, my “I-don’t- care- if- its-rich- in-cholesterol” buddy.
And yes, the coastguards who are literally just guarding. They don’t have their own boat! The Taiwanese can easily take whatever they want. hmmmmmp! Well, at least they have a nice calendar that they gave to us. 🙂
Jewels and Christina. They were both travelling alone until they met us. Jewels is a college student who I immediately like because she can’t believe I’m 30. We ate at Fundacion Pacita and managed to get into a room for pictures! Ahh, Jewels, where are the pictures?
We first met Christina at the airport and she eventually stayed at the same resort. I think she’s like us who didn’t want to waste anytime not exploring the place. We bathed and slept at the resort and then we were out. She’s really great and it’s nice being friends with her.
Our entry pass to Fundacion room, Boron and Milyn. We kept on bumping to this couple during our 3rd day tour. And its very fortunate for us because we saw Boron when we were dining at Fundacion! Yehey! We got to go inside the room. We met Milyn the next day at the airport and she’s equally nice. They are really cool couple and yes, I think we could work out another trip to Batanes with them.
And here’s my ate, with whom I share this awesome experience.