Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Surreal Batanes (South Batan)

 We had a chanced to chat to a police woman from Sabtang island and we jokingly asked her how much will it cost to buy a piece of land in Batanes. She smiled widely and told us to find an Ivatan boyfriend first. We were taken a back and she explained that its part of their culture not to allow an outsider to own a land there unless you married an Ivatan.

Maybe that's the reason why Batanes is still well preserve, rustic, raw and real. I felt i was back in time 50 years ago.  There is no modern structure blocking the view. The people are warm, happy and simple. 

There is some kind of innocence in being human- in not having  to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able  to be both broken  and whole , at the same time...

Writing this blog post makes me ache for Batanes again. I missed the feeling of isolation, far from the noise of concrete jungle in the metro. In Batanes, you can close your eyes and feel the fresh air, hear the laughter of innocent children and say to your self that this is all worth it! The long travel time, the flight delays and nearly cancellation, the fear of coming storms, it all worth it.

No matter what happens, always keep your child-like innocence. it is the most important thing

The ruins of songsong-  it is known as ghost town in Batanes. abandoned 40 years ago due to tidal wave. Always respect the mother nature because she has the power to please and the power to destroy

The be human is to be broken and broken is its kind of beautiful...

Batanes is a dream come true for me and I hope one day you find yourself here too...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Surreal Batanes (Sabtang Island)

Come away with me, let’s go somewhere.
You and me just the two of us. Let’s wander through darkness Forget our worries and do all the things today that will help carve a better tomorrow...

A place that time forgets. In Batanes it seems that you were back in time where technology is not taking over, where people actually look at each other when they talk. Children wading across vast land playing with their kites. Friends and family spend time at the beach, elder sitting by the side talking to each other...Simplicity and contentment

Locals smiles and shyly look away from you, children excited and not calling you names, old clothes, no make up, houses and windows widely open, rustic homes…

Then, she began to breathe, and live, and every moment took her to a place where goodbye were hard to come by.She was in love, but not in love with someone or something, she was in love with her life. And for the first time,In a long time, everything was inspiring

A lot of people complain about their weight and appearance instead of thanking the heavens for two strong legs and body that is capable of running, jumping and dancing
A lot of people complain about their laws and politicians instead of appreciating they live in a country that is amazing, rich in natural beauty and unique culture.
A lot of people wish they have bigger house, palatable food and fancy cars instead of being grateful that they have roof over their head and food on their table
Some of the things we take for granted are badly needed by other people
You will learn this in Batanes
Be thankful of what you have, other people aren't so lucky.

Zero crime rate, honest people, simple living.  Batanes is giving us hope that this kind of life is still possible is we would just believe...

In a world filled with doubt, you must dare to dream
In a world filled with anger, you must dare to forgive
In a world filled with hate, you must dare to love
In a world filled with distrust, you must dare to believe

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Surreal Batanes (North Batan)

Ever since I heard about the place called Batanes, I have been wanting to go there. But the expensive airfare and rare seat sale set me back for a while until one day, I just woke and tried my luck  and seems that the universe conspired with me, I finally booked a ticket to Batanes.

How beautiful it is to live in a world where nothing last forever. We must learn to fall in love with the love inside us, only then every moment  living will be worth dying for.

I was supposed to go to Batanes alone but a long lost friend of mine contacted me and asked if she could join me on this trip. I was hesitant at first because its been ages since we talked and her lifestyle now is so different from mine..now i am glad she did join me on this trip and connect with her. We had a chanced to get to know each other again and be comfortable for who we really are.

She was a beautiful dreamer. The kind of girl who kept her head in the clouds, loved above the stars, and left regret beneath the earth she walk on...

Batanes is the smallest and northernmost part of the Philippines. It is known for having zero crime rate,  typhoons friend and people live by the words "honesty is the best policy and its starts with me..." I do really admire this Ivatan's trait. Maybe if we are all honest with each other life would be easier and less complicated.  Being honest should be start with yourself and everyone else.

The best way to describe Batanes? A place that time forgets...

Somewhere in your journey, you will find places. Places special enough that will make you want to stay for a while. Places that will make you dream of having a piece of it to your own one day. Places that you’ll want to keep forever. These places are rare. Because our wandering feet can’t stay still so when we find something like this, something that begs us to stay, it makes our hearts quiver and grow roots.

I had a bad experience before travelling with people I don't really know, but as time goes by I have learned the important of being honest not only to others but most especially to yourself. Be honest and tell what you want. Show what you feel and tell what you want to change but don't change so that people will like you just be who you are. 

In this crazy world that trying to make you like everyone else, try to find courage to be your awesome self.  Its worth it. Being you is worth it.