Eloi told me with such excitement when we got off the boat and welcomed by these rock formations in a tiny island of Animasola in Masbate.
Ano yun? ( What is it?) I asked her. Seems like she remembered something.
Then she finally burst it out. “I watched this in an episode of Biyahe ni Drew (Travel show). Drew described this rock formation something like an old and torn pages of a huge book that fell from the sky.”
The moment I saw this tiny island from afar, I stood up despite the quite bumpy boat ride. When we got closer, due to so much happiness I guess of what I was seeing, I could almost imagine Chris Rock telling me, “Damn, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!”Haha!
Surprised. I never expected that the usual island hopping would be “an experience.”
Our tour coordinator instructed the bangkeros (boat men) to go straight to the sandbar. The boat made its turn and stopped in the middle of long stretch of sandbar with crystal clear water.
The island itself is so small, that the word islet would be a more appropriate term. At the end of this sandbar, the island was visible with its white sand and rock formation.
But no doubt, the main attraction of our morning was the sandbar…
Our guides’ sleeping area has become our refuge when a downpour happened that night, bringing tons of water in our tents. We relocated and stayed with them, slept on some chopped woods with ants underneath it. It was an unfinished house, with roof but no walls.
Aside from the constant itchy feeling on my feet, because of mosquitoes or ants, we also endured the cold air and rain in the middle of the jungle.
“It’s not here in San Salvador. It’s in San Jose. Not my jurisdiction.”
This was what Kapitan Coco, the Barangay Captain of San Salvador in the town of Luisiana in Laguna, told us when we showed our interest in side tripping to Aliw Falls. Hulugan Falls, the hottest attraction in Luisiana right now, can be found in San Salvador, and in a short span of time, they were able to set up a system to register and assist the influx of tourists.
I was looking at the sky. There was no star, just the sight of coconut trees engulfed by darkness.
It was my intention to let our tent open, and left the net closed to let the air enter. It rained that night but by the time we slept, it suddenly became humid. It was another new experience for me, camping in the middle of the jungle.
That day we explored Aliw Falls and next morning, we were about to discover one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Luzon, the Hulugan Falls of Luisiana, Laguna.
We all woke up before the break of dawn. It was a cold morning, and we were craving for coffee.
It was our last day in Batad, Ifugao. Our conversation was more of a recap of the 3 day travel to this magnificent place. At the balcony of our hostel’s restaurant, we were there sitting, overlooking the world-renowned amphitheater rice terraces of Batad.
Brene Brown once said that we are all wired for connection. And the only way for us to connect to others is to let ourselves to be seen.
As a blogger, I take this advice seriously.
When I write and hit that publish button, I don’t just blog about the places and adventures I’ve been to. More than anything else, I dwell on the stories of lessons, realizations along the way that proves my mantra, my belief in life, is true – we all have a purpose here on earth, our goal is to figure it out and get about the business of doing it. Read the rest of the story…
If you’ve been following my blog, you know how adventure has taught me a LOT of things. It even allowed me to meet amazing people – crazy, creative and unique people whom you don’t usually encounter in your routinary life.
But during my travel to the beautiful Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province another worthy experience has happened. And it was not because of a particular activity, not even a person – it was because of a dog.
We had our breakfast at the Banaue Police Station (astig!), that’s one of the perks of having a friend and a travel buddy who is a police officer.
It was a satisfying meal complete with fish and vegetables, coupled with my morning coffee. The best part was also the warmth of the people! I had a chance to talk to a female police officer there, while she was typing something on her computer. She said Banaue is a peaceful town, most of the reported cases are simple vehicular and parking problems.
As I went outside to catch some fresh air, I realized her point. Banaue is indeed beautiful…
I knew it was going to be a memorable and safe trip, because we started it right.
Early morning, we made a stop to Antipolo’s popular church, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, famed for its stories of faith and miracles. We explored, said our prayers, lit our candles as we started the day of experiencing the charm, that is Antipolo City. It was just nice to be there with Eloi and my high school friends.