28 October 2009

Summer Reminscing.

This entry has been inspired by Malou who made me feel quite excited about summer by an invitation to trek with her to Sagada. The thought about a summer trip made me reminisce about two of the best summers I've had in my life -- My Banaue and Batanes summer vacations.

Both places still lingers in my head -- Banaue, for its man-made wonder; and Batanes, for the genius of God. Plus, I was with people I realy like. In Banaue, I was with CBB who happens to be the most amazing travel companion in the world. I miss traveling with him. In Batanes, I was with the usual suspects. LOL.

But let me tell you about that Batanes trip because it's already November, and going to Batanes in the summer (summer is the only time you could go there), you must get your plane tickets as early as November. I kid you not.

I've written about it before -- about how beautiful it is and how I think that everyone should go there. I actually want to go back with my DSLR. Batanes is absolutely photogenic. And I think that no photograph has given it justice.

What I love most about that trip, apart from the company, was how adventure-filled and down-to-earth it was.


While most people who visit Batanes stay in the main island, we went to three other smaller islands on small boats without katig, floating on waves twice bigger than the boats...


With boatmen who navigates using their feet.


We got awed by sunsets and took baths under the stars. Yes, in smaller islands, bathrooms do not have roofs. We used to take a bath at night, sleep on the clothes we'd wear in the morning so that we'd just wake up and go. *grin*


We walked and trekked. A lot! See those people inside those circles? Those were our guides + Chris. They look very small from where we were. That's how steep the bukid was, and how far they were from us. We crossed the entire island and walked under the sun for, if I remember it right, four hours (one way). But...


We arrived in this golden-sand beach with clear blue waters. It certainly was worth all the trouble. LOL!


We stayed in strangers' houses. Everyone was so hospitable, they'd offer their houses to tourists like us. Windows were always open and often, these were as big as doors. That's me, early in the morning. That's a window facing the road. So yeah, people passing saw me sleeping on the floor. LOL!


From the floor where I slept, I woke up to this view. Beautiful, isn't it?


Batanes has a lot of magical places like this. And so many charming corners and views. They have the gentlest people, too. As I once said, God must have lingered there before He finally said: "Done!"

One day, I am going to visit Batanes again. But right now, allow me to reminisce about that wonderful trip. And allow me to giggle in excitement for the Sagada summer trip Malou and I are going to take.

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All Photos were taken by my old but trusty point-and-shoot, Sony T5.

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Mommy Blogs October 29, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

this place is lovely!!! pero mahala sad sa tickets uy...

next summer, i'm excited because it's going to be my baby's christening. oh just so excited to see her =)

photosandmemos October 29, 2009 at 1:32 AM  

i want to go to Sagada with you too!!!!

but i know i cant..mag minghoy nalang ko's mga pictures.

Aileen Siroy October 29, 2009 at 4:01 AM  

Mommy Blogs said...
this place is lovely!!! pero mahala sad sa tickets uy...

next summer, i'm excited because it's going to be my baby's christening. oh just so excited to see her =)

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Oh! I wish I could be there for the Christening, T! As in, I super wish!

Yeah, ticket to Batanes is quite pricey. But it's worth it, T. =)

Aileen Siroy October 29, 2009 at 4:02 AM  

photosandmemos said...
i want to go to Sagada with you too!!!!

but i know i cant..mag minghoy nalang ko's mga pictures.

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You'd be back in lovely UK by then. But I'm sure Malou and I will be thinking of you while we take pictures. =)

Mommy Blogs October 29, 2009 at 6:35 AM  

My summer is much later than yours! So perhaps you can come here, who knows Chelo will be here too! At least we'd get the super girls from my side of the world get together pud.... I don't mind having a full house =)

Mai.Mai October 29, 2009 at 7:25 AM  

My list is getting longer Ai. Batanes is in my list, but I think Sagada will happen first. I sound so sure noh? Well, I learned that from you..the power of words.

I am looking forward to summer.. I wish I could skip Christmas. hehehehe.. bad.

Kaith October 29, 2009 at 9:52 AM  

i've told ppip i want to go to batanes too! your pictures are just awesomely inviting. but mahadlok ko sa waves which are bigger than the boats. i don't know how to swim if ever! hahaha.

inJiNuous October 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

nindot sa place, ai, oi. and you took lovely photos. =) the last pic is my favorite. kalameh ihigda 'til you see the moon and the stars. :)

Aileen Siroy October 30, 2009 at 2:28 AM  

Mommy Blogs said...
My summer is much later than yours! So perhaps you can come here, who knows Chelo will be here too! At least we'd get the super girls from my side of the world get together pud.... I don't mind having a full house =)

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That would be nice, T! I can start daydreaming about it. =) We'd have lots of fun, I'm sure!

Aileen Siroy October 30, 2009 at 2:29 AM  

Mai.Mai said...
My list is getting longer Ai. Batanes is in my list, but I think Sagada will happen first. I sound so sure noh? Well, I learned that from you..the power of words.

I am looking forward to summer.. I wish I could skip Christmas. hehehehe.. bad.

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Sagada will happen, Lou. It will! =)

One day, I hope you do go to Batanes. I'm pretty sure you'd fall in love with the place. You'd be your shutter-happy self!

Aileen Siroy October 30, 2009 at 2:32 AM  

Kaith said...
i've told ppip i want to go to batanes too! your pictures are just awesomely inviting. but mahadlok ko sa waves which are bigger than the boats. i don't know how to swim if ever! hahaha.

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But the boatmen are such experts, Kaith. There hasn't been any incident of boat accidents. Amazing, huh?

Aileen Siroy October 30, 2009 at 2:33 AM  

inJiNuous said...
nindot sa place, ai, oi. and you took lovely photos. =) the last pic is my favorite. kalameh ihigda 'til you see the moon and the stars. :)

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There are many places like that in Batanes, Jane. And the wind, unbelievable! Pwerteng kusuga! No kidding! It could shake an AUV filled with people. =D

tinay October 30, 2009 at 12:34 PM  

ai this post made me happy and dreamy. beautiful photos and marvelous words, together. thank you for taking us to places we haven't been to :)

Aileen Siroy October 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM  

tinay said...
ai this post made me happy and dreamy. beautiful photos and marvelous words, together. thank you for taking us to places we haven't been to :)

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I am glad you like this entry, Tin! When you do have the chance, one day, do visit Batanes. I think you'd love it there. There, the sky is bluer, the water is clearer, the moon is brighter. =)

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