Batanes 2014

 It’s been more than a month since this trip and I just feel obliged (to who?!) to have it down my blog history.

Don’t get me wrong, the place IS BEYOND beautiful and you can just lie down on the grass and stare at the sky all day (and night) but I suppose other actual experiences also count for a majority vote on the entire thing.

We got 50% off promo air tickets late last year because of Erma‘s vigilance (haha) and we just had to wait 9months before the actual trip!

The plane ride was pleasant enough (albeit a bit scary during takeoff and touchdown) and we just had to take a short trike ride to our inn (Shanedel’s Inn & Cafe). We waited around 2 hours before we got into a room because the owner went to mass and they also had to clean the room as we had opted to just walk-in instead of doing a reservation (because we didn’t want to pay the fee as a Force Majeure is most likely to happen on our trip, i.e. typhoons, plane problems etc)

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(This photo was grabbed from BiyahengPandeSal)

The place was okay but they don’t serve food so we had to walk around the main street to find something to eat. We arrived on a Sunday so most establishments were closed (and there weren’t many establishments to start with) and we had to eat pansit and bread or something that day.

The first thing we noticed was that people weren’t too fond of tourists. We bought stuff from stores and not only do they NOT smile at all but they have this leering expression on their faces because of I DON”T KNOW WHY. This happened about 85% of our time here in Batanes and this is all I can remember afterwards. They might have had a bad experience with tourists before but this is just disheartening :(

We booked a three-day tour, also with Shanedel’s, and we enjoyed it because the tour guide and driver were knowleadgable and friendly and we had good food! Here are a few photos during the trip:

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The hills are very much alive.

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Rolling hills and stonehouses. I was expecting sheep. But cows and goats are okay too.

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The shores are very, very rocky. I forgot the actual explanation. Something about the seabed and the volcano. Hmm.

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We also had a swim the last day. As usual, I “forgot” to put on sunscreen (okay, I am tamad). Well, maybe I did a little bit but that little bit didn’t help at all so I was red-brown for 3 weeks.

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There were three lighthouses in Batanes. Two in the mainland and one in the nearby island. You can only go up the one in North Batan and the view is spectacular.

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Batanes is famous for its stonehouses that were built to battle the regions constant storms. The walls are very thick and the ceilings are low for that function but nowadays people are integrating modern house designs into their homes.

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More lighthouse group photos.

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My profile picture for a while. This was taken in Sabtang island. The people there seem to be a bit nicer but the sun is also a bit harsher on the skin (pardon le grammar)

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Batanes takes pride in its many chapels and churches, most built during the early part of the 18th century. We went to the Ivana, Mahatao and Tukon churches and it was a sight to see (even though I am not fond of churches).

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It is a very good idea to wander around town with a rented bike. Just make sure that the brakes are working because the road are really steep.

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More stones. This is Boulder Beach for a reason.

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We rode a boat to Sabtang Island. I don’t get dizzy on boat rides but this one was spectacularly shaky.

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More beach photos. INHALE.

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It’s never too early for a group selfie.

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Couple tiemz.

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Old house photo ops by Kuya Guide.

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Blue stones.

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Umang and co.

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Country lovin’

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Sabtang lighthouse from afar.

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Honesty shop. I only bought their bukayo.

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My cover photo for a while.

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The town and the volcano.

We also went into a tunnel made by the Japanese but I don’t have  a photo with me right now. Maybe later.

Here’s a photo of the coconuts crabs that almost  saved the day (or the experience):

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It has a flavor all on its own. I am not fond of aligue  though so I didn’t appreciate the heapful it has hidden in its underbelly. It is more a spider than a crab and it can tear your fingers off with its claws.

Speaking of food, the clincher to this awesome adventure was a reservation gone wrong that followed me all the way to the airport as we were about to leave.

The end of this all is that we enjoyed the view but its the people who actually make or break the experience. So when people ask me about the place, I would always say ” It’s beautiful but…”

But hey, it’s just me and my experience. It can definitely be different for you!

We tried to get our itinerary from these sites so you can check on it too:

PinoyAdventurista

Rappler

TripAdvisor

VirtualTourist

BucketListPublications

GMANetwork

Ja!

October Lovin’

It’s just Tuesday but I am already thinking about my long weekend ahead. I feel like I have so many things to do this coming October and I am giddy about it! The secret to my anomalous happiness (*heehee* lifted from Lang Leav’s new post) is that I always have something to look forward to, like buying ice cream later or annoying my cat when I go home.

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I just want to make a list of my weekend/October plans and hope I can strike off everything from that.

Long weekend list! ♥

1.) Clingy-girlfriend Friday! – Greenbelt

2.) Sophia Saturday morning

3.) Vikings buffet Saturday night! (Food makes me happy. Period.)

4.) General cleaning Sunday (half day only hehe)

5.) Food, booze, blog and gaming day til Monday!

October list (so far):

1.) Ty’s late birthday celeb plus beaching about

2.) MY birthday eve celeb that can only be done with alak and videoke!

3.) More beaching about with friends (because Lucci and girlfriend is coming to town!)

That seems like a short list though but I’m still as excited as hell.

I am also currently checking on game reviews on Metacritic and I don’t know what to do. I’ve been waiting for Shadow of Mordor for quite a while now but the reviews and gameplay dampened my spirit. I might still have a go at it when I get le money though. I wanted a female character and a multi-player game but… :(

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Looking at the recent gameplays on Amazon, we’re a bit hopeful on this one: Tom Clancy’s The Division (watch this!)

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It’s the fault of The Last of Us Remastered. We’ve been expecting too much of everything.

Anyway, I am still currently working on our Batanes trip post. Apparently, I’m still not too excited in doing it (haha).

Ja’Ne! またね

I don’t Know – Lisa Hannigan

I’ve had this LSS for almost a week now.

I might try doing it on the ukelele ^^

Also, she is very cute and I would like to dress like her.

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I DON’T KNOW

I don’t know what you smoke

or what countries you’ve been to

if you speak any other languages other than your own

but I’d like to meet you

I don’t know if you drive

if you love the ground beneath you

I don’t know if you write letters or panic on the phone still

I’d like to call you all the same, if you want to, I am game.

I don’t know if you can swim

or if the sea has any draw for you

if you’re better in the morning

or when the sun goes down

I’d like to talk to you

I don’t know if you can dance

if the thought ever occurred to you

if you eat what you’ve been given

or push it round your plate still

I’d like to cook for you all the same,

I would want to, I am game,

If you walk my way and I could keep my head we could creep away in the dark or maybe not, we could shoot it down anyway.

I don’t know if you read novels or the magazines

if you love the hand that feeds you

I assume that your heart’s been bruised

I know I’d like to know you

you don’t know if I can draw at all

or what records I am into

if I sleep like a spoon

or rarely at all

or maybe you would do?

maybe you would do

if I walk your way I will keep my head we will feel our way through the dark though I don’t know you I think that I would do I don’t fall easy at all

Sunny

I came up with some spontaneous lyrics for a random song and it ended morbidly. I suck with the guitar so I’ll just post the lyrics here :p

It’s a storm outside as y’all know and maybe I made the song to lighten things up but to no avail.

(It’s along the lines of the usual D-A-G-A chords strummed like that Hey Soul Sister song ^^)

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Sunny

You don’t see me now

Behind a cloud

As I shine my light on you

You wind the clock

Go back to where

Your heart is stuck

So even if I

Smile, shine, glow

And melt the snow

I build rainbows

And I fart bubbles

I am but a background

To a forlorn boy

Cause he is in the dark

So why don’t you…DIE.

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And here ends my songwriting skills :)) image

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kirbysdreamland

 I MISS THIS.

One of the few games I was able to actually finish and enjoy.

And look, here’s a 3DS version that was just launched (It’s too cute though like, a preschool game..)!

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I’m not sure which one I would buy first though… this one is already out but Shadow of Mordor is comiinnnggg (I cannot shut up about it) plus Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and I am scared that it would suck.

Also, I am regressing to my high school self and downloading all those anime theme songs from shows past (which I have happily memorized much like KPop fans these days who don’t even understand the lyrics): Fushigi Yuugi, Hunter X Hunter, Ghostfighter, Slam Dunk, Ouran High School, Samurai X etc (Yeah I like ‘em mainstream stuff)

So, off to my early weekend and I’ll just moan about my Sunday work when I get there!

Ciao ♥