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    "What is essential is invisible to the eye".......

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Aside from the place itself...is how people live here...
    they are very simple, pure and kind-hearted.........very far from what we see in Manila.......even in Bulacan my hometown..........
    People here will greet you when they see you in the street........i am 28 and an old woman greet me with po and opo........i felt guilty at that time...they are so kind here..........the other incident i tried to look at the amboy shop so i could rent a bike....i can't find the place ...then a man get on his motorbike and asked me to ride on he will take me to the shop...no one will do that in manila....only here in Batanes.....

    when i am on the plane the flight is 1 hour and 45 minutes (so theres a lot of time to look back and reminisce) i tried to look back on the four days i spent here........and i realized that all the time i am always busy trying to look good so i can please everybody.........buy new gadgets so i can make yabang to other people - We have to realize and keep in mind what the little prince said in the story that 'What is essential is invisible to the eye"...............its a cliche...but........sometimes.......its the truth........

    Fondest memory: The whole trip..........
    the people i met............i know i may never see them again..but they will always be in my heart
    the lessons i have learned here............so i could not forget the basic things in life which is to love one another and be simple and true to our self........the people of Batanes showed that in me.........

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  • when the nights comes

    by aimer15 Written Nov 7, 2008

    Favorite thing: my favorite in my home town is when i go out at night going to airport waching stars and gosht waching when you tern and look up to the idyang or they call it a RAKUH A BATU first you see the torchs lot of torchs wallking or they paride around that they call idjang as for me i dont get shout on it because thay cant see see me or come to near on me bcoause it is to far for me?? hehehe

    Fondest memory: myt fondest memory in batanes when we go to our iraya because i see all the view on it?? and feel like in new paradise so come and i will tour you in our island that they never nkew the way go true it it is only me and me? :) nand i love to this cover our beloved home land

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    great tour guide

    by blubee Written Mar 28, 2006

    Favorite thing: we had a wonderful and charming tourist guide who is from Batanes and also works as a writer. His name is Jack Castano III. if you are going there with a group, i would advise you to get in touch with him if he will be available to be your guide. His cell no. 0920-485-7891. his email jackecastano3@hotmail.com

    Fondest memory: the serenity of the place, the friendly people, zero crime rate. I noticed children can walk safely and freely without fear or apprehensions

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    Meals

    by rebeccadv Written Jan 3, 2005

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    Favorite thing: You should order your meals in advance. Batanes is not a touristy place, the establishments will go to market/the fisherfolk to get food for your meal. Do not be discouraged if you walk in to a place, without having made prior arrangements, and find the selection of food available VERY limited.

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    Seasonal

    by rebeccadv Written Jan 3, 2005

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    Favorite thing: You should really only go from end February through early May. Or, be prepared to get stuck, and instead of feasting on fresh sea food you will be eating out of cans...And even when you do go, during the suggested time frame, dont plan your departure from the Philippines on the same or next day as your Batanes-Manila flight...

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    Hiker's Paradise

    by calej Written Sep 10, 2004

    Favorite thing: Batanes is the one of the few places I'd still recommend hitchhiking! I love the Batanes people, they are so kind and caring to visitors and no kidding they will let you sleep in their homes if you find no shelter.

    Their ways are of the old world untouched by materialism and commercialism - unlike other places where you have to watch your back, here you can just relax and make friends and be truly happy!

    It's a hiker's dream as almost one half are hills and mountains. Breathtaking cliffs and crags are everywhere. Don't ever forget your camera!

    You don't need a detailed itinerary to enjoy Batanes. We didn't and we just let the wind take us wherever. It was wonderful.

    But if you really have to have a 'goal', visit Mt. Iraya, take a ride on a 'fallowa' (best round-bottom boats), wear a 'vakul' (Ivatan rain cape), see the limestone houses, visit neighboring islands Sabtang and Itbayat, explore Mahatao caves and the spring of eternal youth, hear the rocks singing at Boulder beach, and go birdwatching!

    An ivatan once said, "When you're on Batanes, enjoy the Batanes, don't worry about getting home" and that's exactly what we did!

    Fondest memory: We took a hike up to Radar Tukon, an abandoned weather station to see a 360 degree view of the Batan islands and along the way I didn't notice that my camera case fell.

    That night as we were about to turn in for the night, I realized it was gone and gave up any hope of finding it as the hike was far and isolated to go back for such an inconsequential item.

    And then surprisingly a knock on our door... an old man found it - he must have been one of the locals we passed along the dirt road. He actually tracked us down to return it! I was dumbfounded! They really take care of tourists there and try to make them feel at home.

    We had a foster "mom" and "dad" (unrelated to each other) who we met in the course of our travels and they sort of looked out for us along the way by being tourguides, answering questions, chatting with us, showing their pictures... sigh. They're great!

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