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Batanes after a storm, and some musings on traveling

It was three in the morning. Power was out, and the air inside our room was getting suffocating. I, however, dared not open the window. I’d been up awake for more than a couple of hours, watching the branches of a mango tree in the yard get whipped in all directions by Typhoon Noul/Dodong’s signal… Continue reading Batanes after a storm, and some musings on traveling

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A Tour of South Batan, Part Three: Ivana

I just love how unique place names in Batanes are and how they make you pout your lips as they create sounds and stresses you never realized existed in a Filipino language: Kayvaluganan. Mahatao. Imnajbu. Ivana. The last place, which you pronounce with the stress in the first syllable (EE-va-na), is the last of the five (out… Continue reading A Tour of South Batan, Part Three: Ivana

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A Tour of South Batan, Part 2: Uyugan

Brgy. Imnajbu (pronounced im-nah-boo) in the municipality of Uyugan has a very cool name and one of the smallest populations in the Philippines — just over 100 people! Its rugged landscape is captivating, especially more so the day we went there, what with a signal no. 4 typhoon coming. Imnajbu has a lot of claims to fame for… Continue reading A Tour of South Batan, Part 2: Uyugan

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Sabtang Island, Part 2: On the way to the Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint

When you tour Sabtang Island, you actually see only the eastern side of the island, one that is near the coast. After visiting the stone houses of Savidug, we took a long road to our next destination. Along the way, we stopped by a limestone kiln — essentially a hole in limestone-rich ground. They light the makeshift kiln up… Continue reading Sabtang Island, Part 2: On the way to the Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint

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Sabtang Island, Part 1: The Savidug stone houses

According to rumor (and the great thing about guesthouses is that everyone makes chika there), a famous Filipina actress who went to Batanes alone decided not to push through with her Sabtang tour because, uh, she was disappointed that no one had gone to her feeding program the previous day. There are two lessons to be learned from… Continue reading Sabtang Island, Part 1: The Savidug stone houses