Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pula, Banaue

When you go to Banaue, Ifugao, one of the popular activities to do there is trekking.
The usual places are Pula-Cambulo-Batad-Bangaan.
This activity is mostly done by foreigners and just a small percentage of filipino tourists according to the guides..
Because there are so many photos, I will break down my story on each place.
Let's start with Pula.

From Banaue Poblacion (town),
I took a tricycle to go to the starting point which is at Awan-Igid.

I think it was a 30 minutes ride.
Look at the map below.

The view from Awan-Igid.

A local man was kind enough to make me a walking stick (for free)

This is what he gave me.

ha ha ha of course not!
That was too heavy and that ain't a walking stick!
Below is what he made. Now I'm ready to go.

A small stream we passed by.

This part I like.
It was like an enchanting forest.

There were white flowers in some parts of the trail.
It looked really nice.

Gorgeous view!
The Cordilleras have the most breath taking views based on my experience.

Good thing it wasn't raining or it will be a bit scary to walk in this part of the trail.
You'll have no choice if you slip here.

I saw this little kid carrying a sack of rice grains.

I tried carrying it on my head while sitting down and it was heavy.
How much more for the kid who has to walk the same distance.

There was a message on the shed we rested at.
Guess what it meant??? he he he

The kids were getting this fruit from the tress. I forgot what it's called.
I tasted it and it was alright.
Not too much flavor in it.

Water source.

Hmmm . . .  a carver got naughty!
I had to hold on to it so I won't slip ;P

Landslide area.
You'll see a lot of this in the Cordilleras.

Another beautiful view.
That's Pula.
I'll be reaching the cluster below first and then go up to the other cluster.
If you can see the Blue house....that's my point of destination.
The only lodge in Pula and the only blue house.

If I remember it right, this is Norinda.
This is how the kids carry bags . . . using their heads.

Another shed.
When you see this, you are near Pula and you can view the village.
I remember, the locals thought I am a reporter from GMA or TV5.

View from the shed.

It's an up and down trail.

There are two paths going to the village and one path is where I was able to pass by the waterfalls.

Crystal clean water.

A waterfalls that does not have a name. he he he

It was so nice to be there.
I wanted to swim but I worried about carrying wet clothes and it was near to dark.

A few more steps . . .

Rice fields.

A cute local kid.

And more kids!

Traditional houses.

Behind me was the first cluster we passed by.
As mentioned earlier, the cluster I have to go to was the upper cluster.
It wasn't that far but I was already exhausted from the long trek and had to do more ascends.

I saw Pitcher plants.

Finally, I reached my destination.
I did the trek for 6 hours because I had a lot of rest and mingling with the local kids.
Plus the fact that the view was beautiful and I just had to stop and enjoy the beauty.

The trail was easy. One can do it without a guide that is if you are used to trekking. A lot of foreigners do it.
Though it is always safe to have a guide if you are in doubt.
From Awan-Igid, a local can trek it in 2 hours;
a foreigner in 3 - 4 hours and a filipino can trek it to 4 - 5 hours.

Below are photos with the locals.

I played shoots.

I saw a granny playing too.
Never underestimate the women and the kids here. They are physically trained.
Mapigsa (it means "strong" in their dialect), they are.

A mother with twins.
They carry their children this way.
They, at times, do this while they work in the fields or any kind of work.

Bonding with more kids.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Video blog on Batad-Sagada Trip 2012

I wanted to have a video blog but it required a lot of work.
I wanted to have a video blog of a traveler without scripts.  
Good thing, my friends Ceejay and Cielo was really really nice enough to do one for me on our first travel together. 
Below you'll watch one of my many travels to two of the places I love in the Northern Philippines.
We went to the Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue.
Saw the Tappiya Waterfalls.
Wooden scooter ride.
Chewed Momma.
The Banaue Rice Terraces at the Aguian Viewpoint and at the Viewpoint.
Crystal Cave in Sagada.
Marlboro Mountain.
Kiltepan Peak.

Hope to make more of this!
Hope you enjoy this!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Surfing in Sabang, Baler

One of the attractions of Baler, Aurora is surfing.
So I went there!!!

Yes . . .  it says "Andy is in Baler" ha ha ha

I went with a very large group (48 heads) and  so we were scheduled in batches for surfing.
We were the last batch!!!!
So we chilled around Sabang Beach.

I saw these men in uniform observing the beach and immediately ran towards them.
Neat, huh?

What to do on a beach but chill . . . and loads of photos.
Photo overload before you really see the surfing part hehehe

This is our version of F5 (Meteor Garden)

We did anything to keep us entertained!

Okay . . .  you see a lot of successful jump shots all over.
Imma post that's not successful . . .  for a change.

I love these local kids. They sure know what a camera is!

I approached these locals amazed by the kind of transportation they had. How I wish I could remember what it's called. Tora Tora?

Okay . . . so after so many hours, it was our turn.
My very young instructor.

Before we hit the surf, it is a requirement to have orientations.

Then we wait for the waves . . . dum dee dum . . .

Hey! It was my first time . . . and I never had a beginner's luck EVER in my whole life.

BOOM! and we crash!

Oh there you go . . . about to fall.
Wasn't that the goal? To fall right away? I'm confused. ha ha ha

Well . . .  it wasn't just me though . . .  Look at my friends too!

The instructors playing around!

These were good shots of my friends.
You know they really need me . . .  so they would look way BETTER.

This was our first time in Baler.

But because we had a BLAST . . .  we went back after a few weeks.

This is Sir Mike of Michael Surf Shop and Surf Lesson
Contact him when you go there 09399390786

What else to see aside from the waves?
You don't see this every day.

credits to Edzel and Andrew for some of the photos