Grazing cows and green hills welcomed me when I peeked through my window. The 32-seater SEAir plane is about to touch down after more than an hour of travel from Manila. I quickly snapped some photos of this rare moment; heart is throbbing fast, *EXCITEMENT* is such an understatement, all I can say was “WOW!” I think I mentioned that word 7 times (and I don’t care if I was being repetitious). At last, I can now kiss you, Batanes, my dear…
Having won the SEAir Batanes Tour because of my love letter to Batanes, “Ichaddaw Ku Imu.” (Batanes, I Love You) I present to my dear readers the love story that blossomed while I was in Batanes. Let me be a little bit cheesy this time as I am definitely in love with this group of islands in the northernmost part of the Philippines.
It was still winter when we arrived, it was cold and my jacket is a perfect companion. Unfortunately, some didn’t, now, if I may advise you, try to bring something from mens clothing and be ready for the chilly weather.
The smiles that painted the faces of the Ivatans I met still linger on my mind and all I can do is to reminisce the memories I had through the photos I took (I will share it with you sometime soon.) For now let me give you an idea of what to expect on the following days as I recount my days in Batanes.
You can click the photo of each title to read the post about it
I want to visit this beautiful province once again but for know I just hope that these posts will persuade readers to have a desire to explore the blessed Batanes.
That short 4-day trip would not be memorable if I am not with other cool bloggers:
Pinay Travel Junkie aka Gay Backpacker. You ROCK!! I am a fan of your blog and I even “starred” your first comment on my blog. Kampañera, Shakira, Iya, more travels!
King Leon aka King Leon. Kompañero, astig ng mga shots mo at idea. Isa kang alamat! Sana maging DOT Secretary ka someday, Mabuhay!
Bless of Travelistas. Thanks sa mga shots and sa pagpapahiram ng MRT card. Hope I can refer clients to you.
Izah of Tripadora. I know that you will be a pro photographer someday soon. Happy for you and
Bosing Joseph. Hats-off Sir! We will not be able to see most of what Batanes can offer without your connections. Hope to dive with you sometime (yung backpacker price lang ha).
Sir Mike. Sir, I’m still looking for your articles, can’t remember most of the details of our trip, the names, dates, etc. More power!
More jump-shots guys?
***This happened during the Batanes Bloggers’ Winter Tour last February 11-14, 2011. The trip was made possible by SEAIR. My heartfelt thanks goes to Tita Lydia of Batanes Seaside Lodge & Restaurant and Dir. Bless and the rest of DOT Region 2 staff.