More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)8/09/2016
For some reasons, my write-up about our Batanes trip has been way too late. And maybe there is a reason why I saw 'You're my Boss' movie a year too late.
Because, obviously, that motivated me to finally sit down and recount my experiences about my own trip to the beautiful island in the northern part of the Philippines.
Apparently, Batanes has been labeled so exquisitely like, the 'New Zealand in the Philippines", a place where honesty is in the core of the residents or a breath-taking place that is more than a nature escape but a serene, sincere view of what life truly is - simple and honest. (Yeah, some reference to You're My Boss lines. )
So here's my take of Batanes.
Obviously, we have to start out with a haphazard birds-eye-view-in-the-airplane-window-shot. Or whatever you call it. Even from a scratchy window, you can totally see the lush landscape that is too inviting to miss.
For our plane ride going there, we took advantage of the privilege given to us as PAL employee dependents. For commercial airfare, do a Google search, or ask your local ticketing agents.
While we were at it, we went to some tourist destination store in the area that my sister plotted for us to visit.
|Yaru Gallery: The Popular Art Gallery where they exhibit art and paintings by locals that visitors can purchase for reasonable prices.|
You should definitely make a stop here to relax a little bit after a few minutes of biking around town under the hot and humid sun. While here, you would understand why foreigners would die to visit a place like this. Exquisite view of the seas, Batanes Port and the surrounding mountains and coastlines is situated here. Grab a glass of the glorious halo-halo and bask in the enchanting scene right before your eyes.
And that was just the beginning. Here are some shots of the breath-taking scenes we saw while riding around the Basco on our bicycles.
|A hill we trod, overlooking the Batanes Resort where we checked in for the week.|
The ride took several hours and we were totally spent from biking up and down the hills. After that, we had dinner at Pension Ivatan Restaurant which concluded our Day 1 at Batanes.
And before I miss it, let me introduce you to Mr. Coconut Crab, one of Batanes special treats. He will turn orange when you cook him, just like an ordinary crab but some say he tastes a bit different. :) :)
Day 2 was when we started our official tour headed by a Bisumi Travel and Tours agent, who was extremely helpful in making us understand the history and underlying stories of each scene and places we saw. So I guess I'll quit talking and let the photos a paint a better picture.
|A part of San Carlos Borromeo Church where there are shelves of blank books in which visitors can write their well-wishes to the Batanes Islands.|
|Miniature structures of buildings around the Island, on the grounds of the church.|
|They are so cute up close!!!!|
Ok. I just realized this is going to be a long post. So I'll stop here for now and I'll show more stunning views on my next post.
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