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Films for February

I am guilty for not seeing any movies at all during the first month of 2014. I was really busy plus there were inevitable events that happened. But I’m glad I’m slowly getting back to my track – films. Though I still didn’t achieve my goal to see at least 10 films each month.

1. Gia by Michael Cristofer. 1998.

 

2. Bewitched by Nora Ephron. 2005.

 

3. Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat by Bo Welch. 2003.

 

4. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec by Luc Besson. 2010.

 

5. Nim’s Island by Marc Levin and Jennifer Flackett. 2008.

 

6. Mga Dayo by Julius Sotomayor Cena. 2012.

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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Movies & Television

 

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One Day Affair with Sagada

Just like Banaue, we had a side trip in Sagada. I didn’t enjoy Sagada that much. Well, maybe because there was a fiesta that time and people were all over the place. Heavy traffic was present as well. I really have to visit Sagada again to enjoy its beauty and experience what the place has to offer.

But anyway, I’m still happy that I had a glimpse of this place.

The nature

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Sun shining.

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The blue sunrise

 

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Breath

 

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Sneak peek inside the cave.

 

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The view

 

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The rice terraces

 

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The greenery

 

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Hanging coffins.

 

The tummy reliever

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I love Bana’s pancake.

 

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Craving for another cup

 

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Ham cheese omelet. (Thanks, Anj!)

 

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Sorry I didn’t get the name of this sandwich

 

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A Filipino breakfast

 

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I love this place.

 

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Gaia’s mini library and store

 

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Taste their organic food.

 

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My favorite quote inside Gaia

 

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Gaia

 

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Organic patty.

 

The gang

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Smiles after seeing the cave.

 

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View from jeepney topload

 

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Companionship

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Travel, Uncategorized

 

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Exploring Ifugao: Other things to remember

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Clear sky in the morning.

 

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The road back to Banaue.

 

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Topload jeepney on steep-side road. Going back to Banaue, Ifugao.

 

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Water source from the side of the mountain. Refreshing water indeed.

 

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Happy travelers! We’re with a French couple who enjoyed Batad as well.

 

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Rice terraces in Mayoyao, Ifugao.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Travel

 

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Exploring Ifugao: Batad’s Tappiya Waterfalls

After enjoying the rice terraces ampitheater of Batad, we headed for the Tappiya Waterfalls. I think we did the trek to Tappiya for more than 30 minutes. It’s kinda exhausting going there especially if you’re not ready to take uneven steps on the side of the mountains. Usually, the falls is a 30-minute walk from the village but we’re not like the locals. There’s a 90% chance that I will visit the falls again.

It’s beautiful and the water’s really cold. The tourists enjoyed themselves by soaking their feet on the cold water plus it can totally relax your mind. 🙂

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Going down again to reach Tappiya

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The view from afar.

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Water’s cold.

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Looking at Tappiya

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Hello Tappiya

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Up close and personal

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Enjoying the sound of water.

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Beautiful

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Travel

 

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Exploring Ifugao: The Beautiful Batad

I remember telling my friend, Des, that I want to visit Batad. I kept on saying, “Tara, Batad tayo.” It was an idea inspired by reading the Batad blog post of The Pinay Solo Backpacker. I keep on reading the blog post and telling myself that I will visit it on 2014. It’s like a mantra for some months. And it did happen! I was with travel enthusiasts: Des, Tim, Karen and Buboy.

But you know, I was expecting that it will be on March since it’ll be summer by then. I was surprised when Des announced that we will take the Batad trip on the last week of January. She did the itinerary, bus reservation and taking to Mang Ramon’s Native Homestay staff to accommodate us. It was too early and the weather of January is too cold to visit the North but I didn’t mind. The trip was really great. I did enjoy the nature, the long hours of travel, the exhausting trek, the uneven steps to reach the perfect view of Batad rice terraces and chilly Tappia Waterfalls, talking to both aloof locals and friendly foreigners and lastly, the jeepney topload back to Banaue.

I was a little afraid at first doing the topload knowing the zigzag and steep-sided road. But I survived it! Hahaha! I’m not afraid of heights and topload is definitely a good thing on this kind of travel. I enjoyed the view while heading back to another municipality of Ifugao. Did I mention that it was my first time doing the topload? 😀

By the way, the food in Batad is a bit pricey because they have to carry the goods via trekking/hiking for an hour on uneven steps. So, if you’re working on a tight budget, bring some canned goods and bread but try to buy food on their menu as a way of helping the locals. I also recommend their cooked rice because it’s a delicious one. You can actually eat the cooked rice without any viand.

We’re also brave enough to take a bath without heater. Though the water is really cold and it’s creeping in through our muscles, we had to clean ourselves. We’re brave enough to survive the below 10 degrees Celsius Batad for almost 3 days. Even staying inside the native kubo didn’t help to keep us warm but it was all good.

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We started the trek to Batad with this view

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We took this. It’s not that easy.

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The steep 412 steps.

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Oxygen

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First half of trekking.

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Sa wakas! One of my dream destination. 🙂

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She’s tired from an hour trek.

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He stayed with us when we’re unpacking our things inside the native kubo.

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The kids going to school. There’s a little bit rain every morning.

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Breakfast on a foggy morning

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The visitors enjoyed their stay at Batad.

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Wild pig’s skull.

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We’re going to the highest point in Batad.

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We’re almost there. Not.

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Trekking to the highest point.

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The restless feet. The one in the middle is from our guide, Kuya Jonathan.

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Yey! We’re on Batad’s highest viewpoint.

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Enjoying the Batad’s magnificent view.

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Happy feet.

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Going down to the falls.

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Green

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Beautiful.

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One fine day in Batad.

 

We’re glad that our guide, Kuya Jonathan, was patiently waiting for us when we took some rest from the trek. He got some stories too about the life of locals and problems they encounter when it comes to environmental issues. He even lent us two sticks to use for trekking. Hiring a guide is a way of helping the locals, so that’s recommended.

 

P.S.
Thank you, Des, for planning the trip and well, making my dream come true. 🙂

Next blog is about the Tappia Waterfalls. 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Travel

 

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