Batanes Hills By bingbing – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3152616
One of the places that husband would like to see is Batanes, we only heard and saw the name in the news during typhoons on weather reports before. (There is a misconception that Batanes is constantly battered by typhoons. It is mentioned frequently in connection with typhoons because it holds the last weather station in the north of the country. It is a reference point for all typhoons that enter the Philippine area).
Then after watching the travel program of Drew Arellano’s “Biyahe ni Drew” featuring Batanes and saw its hidden beauty, he became so interested and very vocal about his plans of visiting this beautiful place. The panoramic views, the interesting culture and people plus the local food we will love to try. The stunning view of the hills makes you feel so close to nature, to lie down on the grass, watch the sky while listening to the music played by ibanez guitars, unforgettable.
I have researched the place, how to get there, place to stay and the budget we have to prepare for the trip.
Gathered some photos from the net to just give you an idea how beautiful the place is, credit to the owners:
Sabtang Island, Batanes By Boranzohn – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25007018
Ivatan Woman By anne_jimenez – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3123919
The smelting heat of summer prompted us to seek a better place to cool down even for a short period of time, and very timely my husband’s siblings planned an out-of-town tour to Caliraya Laguna. We stayed at a rest-house owned by his niece that is near the lake where they were supposed to fish, with all the fishing gears they brought, unluckily it was not a good time as the lake is surrounded by water hyacinth and the jetski motor when started to remove the hyacinth on the pathway drove the fishes away as well. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time bonding and reconnecting with each other.
Barbecuing and boodle fight for lunch and later swimming in the private pool were some of the activities we did. In the evening the singers in the family had their videoke sessions ala thenewno2 at GC till the wee hours of the morning. Some of them also tried the jetski and drove along the stretch of the lake.
On the way to Caliraya, we saw the windmills in Pililla, also in Laguna, the beautiful scenery of the mountains, rice-fields and the Laguna Lake, it so nice to be out of the city away from hassle and bustle of everyday life once in a while and commune with nature to rejuvenate.
Image courtesy of Worakit Sirijinda at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
It’s March and the weather bureau officially announced that summer season had just begun. Think about the beaches, the white powdery sands and blue crystal clear waters, that is what summer is all about for most of us. Frolicking in the water, swimming, boating. Dip in the cold water near a waterfall or in a pool of warm spring water and other water activities to cool from the scorching temperature brought by this season.
mage courtesy of Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
And because it coincides with the long school break, it is also a time for some family bonding, going out-of-town for some relaxation and commune with nature while listening to music from some papen samplers software. Or go into some sporty events for both young and adults offered by different resorts like indoor wall climbing, volleyball, basketball and more that will make every summer memorable.