Fun things to do in Province of Batanes

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    The Art of Jumpology

    by paolodecastro Updated Dec 8, 2011

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    The "ART OF JUMPOLOGY"
    according to many photographers is an art where a person capture the speed of the human body as it make it leaps from the ground upwards.....

    Do this when you are in Batanes...or else........your travel is not complete........

    This is usually done by many photography enthusiast...If you will check-in to seaside lodge better check the restaurant there........it is posted there........you can also find ideas on what and where to take your pics when you are in Batanes.......

    Best thing to be done at the Marlboro hills and Rolling hills

    So the next thing you have to do ....do your stuff...strike a pose.........JUMP...JUMP....JUMP....JUMP......

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    Take a look at the Most Visited House here

    by paolodecastro Updated Nov 10, 2011

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    The Bahay ni Dakay (House of Dakay) is said to be the oldest house in the Batan island of Batanes, which was built in the 1870's. This is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The house is made of corals (before i thought that the walls are made of adobe) and the roof is made of cogos grass (they said that the roof of the ivatan house should be changed every 25-30 years....for a price of Php 25,000.00) wow that's a lot of money...:). The house is also one of the five structures that withstanded the earthquake on September 13,1918 which totally destroyed the whole town of Ivana.

    The original owner of the house is Luisa Estrella who gave the house to her favotite nephew Jose Dakay Estrella and then Jose Dakay Estrella gave the house to Florestida Estrella (Lola Ida for short......who presently owned the house). Did you know that Lola Ida grew in the Visayas not in Batanes. Only in 1939 that she set her foot to the island of Batanes at the age of seven.

    See the house of Dakay.........and meet the most pictured woman they say in the whole island of Batanes................:)

    During my trip.......she was sick...so there was no woman posing on the front door..:)
    that is why i did the posing for her......not bad at all yeah.....:)

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    How Much the Trip cost ME.............

    by paolodecastro Updated Nov 1, 2011

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    I think this is one important post......i just dont know if it is appropriate here in "Things To Do"
    well going back to the tip..............

    i paid 14, 500 (330 US dollars) for the ticket..........(crap..i didnot find any promos then i booked last part of December and the promo became available on January.......:)
    Then I paid 6000 (or 140 US Dollars) (4D 3N) for the hotel accommodation, food and tour.......
    Then another 1000 (25 US Dollars) for some souvernirs
    Then another 500 or (12 US Dollars)for my transpo from home to airport and vice versa

    now you know more or less how much you will prepare........

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    Do carthwheels on Marloboro and Rolling Hills

    by paolodecastro Updated Nov 1, 2011

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    I did this......and its great...the whole hill is your's to conquer.......You can see cows and horses everywhere....free.....eating the grass.....The view is great...but be careful if you do the cartwheels......you might accidentally land on their fecals.....:)

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    Stroll at the old barrio Savidug in Sabtang

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    If Ilocos has this world heritage strip of old houses in Vigan.......
    Batanes......has this strip of old houses too.......made of lime,stones,corals, and cogon grass
    Its like the Hobbits Village in the movie Lord of the Rings
    Some of the old houses still have preserved their facade but majority of the houses are in bad condition
    Calling the architecture students.........this is a good thesis........:)
    I hope that the Batanes Government will come up on the idea of preservation, renovation and protection of this
    Historical houses..........

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    Experience the Boat ride going to Sabtang

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    This is again a wonderful experience.........
    From Ivana port........
    Riding a boat to Sabtang early in the morning....
    Another great experience.......
    I think the boat ride is 45-60 minutes............

    When i was there..........the boat is up to 2:00 pm only.......
    and there were these pasaway tourist.......(usually photographers....for they take many hours...for a picture and doing their set up)......
    We are in th emiddle of the journey...when they call the boatmen.........
    so what the boatmen did was to go back gain to the sabtang port...and wait for thirty more minutes....for the others to come,,,,,,,,crap.......

    But the best part of it was that....they said sorry to all the tourist in the boat.......for the delays and everything...................

    Alls well.......thats ends well......................
    But still.............................IT IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE...........................;)

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    Pedal attraction in Basco

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    While most of Europe is having this gaga thing on the use of bikes instead of car during their tours.....this can also be done in Basco, Batanes.......remember the Dawn Zulueta commercial on PH care.........it is very nice to do this activity in Basco.......although there is no bicycle lane...it is still safe......than biking in Manila.......

    I have done this..........first i rented a bike in AMBOY shop....about Php 20.00 per hour.......you can choose any bike you want..there are a dozen to choose from..........

    The feeling.....of being free....of taking the opportunity to see more of Basco......of savoring this once in a lifetime...experience.........crap....like to go back there again hahahhahahaaa

    As a bike shop in Barcelona said......See more..........less effort........more fun...:)

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    Be EXtra EXtra friendly.......

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    Be extra extra FRIENDLY.............especially when you are travelling alone hhahahahahahaha
    like i did ...............security...... there's no problem...Batanes is the safest place here in the Philippines...

    I traveled on my own here in Batanes.....but the problelm here is that unlike when you have a companion.....there will always be someone who will take your pictures.........
    i befriended other tourist especially the tourist guides...kuya Nards and Em Em they take all my pics in Batanes.....
    thank you .................

    To all the people i met during my stay in Batanes....
    thank you....hope we can bump with with each other in our future travels..........:)

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    Wear the Ivatan Working Clothes

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    Don't miss to wear the traditional working clothes of the Ivatans
    Both for men and women
    I found out about these when we went to see the oldest man in Batanes
    His daughter who owns a souvenir shop told us these traditional working clothes
    For the male Ivatan farmer - they use the salakot and the one placed at the shoulders like a jacket (dun no the exact term for this)
    For the female Ivatan farmer - they use the vakul........plus the traditional footwear
    Now I have learned new things again

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    Play with the Stones at Valugan Beach

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    See and appreciate the view..........it offers
    You can see stones.......stones....and more stones which are of the same shape and size......
    Another great thing here is that you can play........what the children used to play here......
    Players put stones as high as they can......and then throw stones aiming the opponents built stones....
    The last one standing is the winner............:)

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    Take a look at the Fishermans Village

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    When you go here......make sure it is their season.......
    Or else.......you can't find anything........
    That's what happened to me......I did an early February travel
    Now you know.......February is not an open season.......;)

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    Enjoy the Green Desert of the rolling Hills

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    This is another great area here
    Its like a paradise........you can see nature at its BEST
    Oh crap.....like to go back again.........
    Much better I think if you will be here early in the morning......for the sunrise
    Or late afternoon for the sunset
    Unlike in Marlboro Hills.......its not windy in this part of the island

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    Discover the secret of the Underground tunnel

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    On our last day of the tour....
    We visited the Underground tunnel here used during the WW2
    You can hardly see this tunnel
    All it has is an old and partly hidden sign
    Recognizing that it is the site of the historical tunnel
    Just be careful.........its slippery here......and dark.........wUuuuuuuuu

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    When to go HERE

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 11, 2011

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    Best time to go here during January till May.......
    I went on the month of February........and the climate......PERFECT
    Off season they said is the rainy season........
    But there are also few and adventurous people who go here
    During the OFF Season.............

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    On the IDEA of going here ALONE

    by paolodecastro Updated Oct 11, 2011

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    Yup this is still a great idea
    Just like what I did
    The place is very safe.......the safest in the Philippines......:) perhaps one of the very few
    In the world.......:)
    Even if you are a woman......and you want the adventure of travelling ALONE......
    Better do this in the Island of Batanes............:)

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