More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

8/09/2016

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

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.

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

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.
More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)
  Upon arrival in Basco, Batanes, we were greeted with the stone-house building of the main airport, reminiscent of the old stone houses that we would witness more soon.
More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)
And we checked in at Batanes Resorts, which basically looked like the rest of the old-stone-house we saw at the airport. Apparently, they want to preserve the legacy of their ancestors and keep the traditional setting for everyone to see and feel. So, luckily for us, we will see more of this kind of buildings while roaming the islands.
More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)
 We didn't want to waste anymore time, so a few hours after settling down (we arrived early in the morning, had breakfast, and some of us took a few hours of nap), we decided to go to town and rent bicycles to do some sightseeing on the main island, Basco. Bicycle and motorcycle are some the popular rides you can rent there if you want quick access to the pretty stores and spots scattered in the area.
More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)
While we were at it, we went to some tourist destination store in the area that my sister plotted for us to visit.
More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)
Yaru Gallery: The Popular Art Gallery where they exhibit art and paintings by locals that visitors can purchase for reasonable prices.
Right beside that is the entrance to...
More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1) 
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.
More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1) 
More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

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.
More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)
A hill we trod, overlooking the Batanes Resort where we checked in for the week.

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

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.  :) :) 

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)


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. 
More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)

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More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)
More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)
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.

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)
Miniature structures of buildings around the Island, on the grounds of the church.  

More than an Escape Ft. Honest Batanes (Part 1)
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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