It’s been more than a year ago since I first travelled by myself. It wasn’t planned out to be as such but I was left with no choice as I badly wanted to visit this highly recommended place by the northmost part of the Philippines. No it was not an international flight but it took 2 hours to get there through the only commercial plane that had a direct flight to Batanes: Seair. It was a small plane that didn’t elevate as high as those other planes. I trust my gut that it was definitely the Banaue Rice terraces I saw from the plane. We passed by a lot of mountains and plains along the way and it felt different to see the rice terraces from a bird’s eye view. This actually has also triggered my interest to finally visit that world wonder.
This photo was taken from Sabang island, one of the 3 main islands of Batanes. We took a boat from Batan island. The port was just right by The Honesty Cafe. I would highly recommend to take a pill to prevent you from vomiting when the waves get wilder. The crossing from Batan to Sabang is fairly shorter than of that to Itbayat island. They say the waves are wilder and even locals get their share of seasick.
If this isn’t on your bucket list yet, better add this noteworthy location and you just might be surprised to discover such a gem located in the Philippines.
Every year we seek a new (and better) start for ourselves. We promise to live a healthier life, start a sport, write more, take better photos, travel wiser, save up, build better relationships and may be even ditch that bad habit. But sometimes, we realize the year’s just about to end again. And only to look back as to what happened in the last 12 months, going through our mental to-do list and feeling sorry that we haven’t exactly accomplished if not all, the majority of the things we wanted to do. So what about this year? How’s that list going to be any different? We’ve consumed cups and cups of Starbucks within a month only to get that planner ahead of everyone else who waits for the double-sticker day. We mark our travels for the summer and browse through the entry regularly. By the time the rainy season comes again, planner still updated? Well I’m seriously no expert and I’m guilty as to what happens to that planner by the middle of the year. But let me share with you some tips I got from other individuals and some which I feel could help you (and me) to accomplish those goals.
From your grocery list, expenses, salary credit, bonuses, things to-do, stuff you wanna buy, places you want to visit, experiences you want to try, etc. Nothing beats seeing a physical record of what’s been done and what you set yourself to accomplish. Just like signing a contract, you bound yourself to what your plans are. And cliche as it may sound, never forget to make those actions, SMART. Or else, you might be fooling yourself by wanting to go to Batanes and not even saving up a cent and knowing the best season to go there.
Whether it’s on actual paper or the modern version i.e. your smart phone, net book or laptop, make sure to have one anytime you need to write something down. Even the most random idea should be noted!
Here’s a reason why you should keep one beside your bed: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/bedtime-notebook/
Yep.You heard that right.Although envy (or maybe just plain dislike for that person) sometimes gets to us when we see them getting a new car, making that trip or trying out something we’ve always wanted to do, these social sites do give us that additional kick for keeping our word. Just make sure you don’t exactly spill everything online. No one wants to know ALL the details, okay?
No rocket science there. Just because I suggested to use social media, doesn’t mean you’ll want to do the “cool” stuff only. If hand in your heart, you know you want to do something extraordinary… okay, something weird. BY ALL MEANS JUST DO IT.
And on that note. I have finally done another small step to one of my goals for 2013, which is to update my blog regularly (and by regularly, I mean at least one post per week)
As for the other stuff on my list for 2013, here goes:
Because of unplanned purchases and expenses in 2012, I realized that I would’ve had these items already! Oh well.
My to-buy list for 2013:
Doomsday or not, this post is a response to the DP challenge which I do plan to keep until the end of the year. Now tell me what’s on YOUR list?
***If there are any items at all that you’d care to help me out with, please do! I’d seriously,really, absolutely appreciate it!
Once again I join Philippine Surfing Academy’s surfari trip to Real, which is only 3 hours away from Manila (via Rizal or Laguna route) But this trip in particular served as an opportunity for me to go on a sudden solo roadtrip through Calamba,Los Baños, Bay, Calauan, Victoria, Pagsanjan, Lumban, Pakil, Kalayaan, Pangil, Pila, Sta Cruz, Siniloan, Famy and finally Real. Since “waiting” was part of the commuter’s adventure, I spent 5hrs instead to get The Park at Tignoan. Still, I enjoyed the view while having “Titanium” by Christina Grimmie on repeat almost the whole trip. Passed through public markets, plazas, churches, rivers and falls.Eavesdropped on co-passengers commentaries on current events and pop culture.
The weather was perfect for sleeping but I didn’t want to waste the crashing (and crazy) waves that were echoing from the shore. Got to meet new friends and looks like we all found new buddies for instant/planned surf sessions! It was extremely cold and so we also dreamt of our next purchase: a thermal suit for repeat scenarios. Overall, despite being cloudy and windy, it was still a good experience.
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