Monday, January 12, 2009

sabtang island, batanes: day 2

lets just stay some or most of us didnt bother to shower the previous night. we were tired and it was cold and there was no running water in our bathroom, just a big drum filled with freezing water.

i slept like a log. what woke us up the next morning was the insistent church bells ringing and gospel music being played from a loud speaker. that sunday happened to be the three king's day and everyone on the island will flock to the san vicente parish. it was a big festival, and it was the reason why there was a big possibility that we cannot leave the island that day - no boats were scheduled to leave the island because of the "niƱo".

they were very comfy blankets. and colorful too

coffee first thing in the morning while walking around the town

ivatan kid

view from the hill

this time, to save time we hired a multicab to take us back to chavayan and see some places we've missed yesterday.

like this grassland just before chavayan...


simon and jac having a rest

simon, anet, jac, sym and jao

vakul girls. there was this house in chavayan that makes vakul - the traditional headgear being used by the women to protect them from heat and rain. i was wearing the vakul version for men.

jao still wearing the vakul while taking our pictures

me with my vakul

sym and jac talking to an old woman in chavayan

they let us enter an ivatan stonehouse to take some pictures

simon and me

stunning chavayan church next to the mountain and the shore. wow!

stonehouses in chavayan

rock formation next to the beach that looks like an arch

sabtang lighthouse

while having our lunch, we got the good news that a crew of boatmen finally agreed to take us back to the batan island. dios mamajes sabtang!

multicab hire - P1500
boat hire to batan island - P1500
meals (lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch) - P700 per person
1 night lodging - P150 per person
dot registration - P100 per person

sabtang island, batanes: day 1

"this is not good." simon said while waiting for our boat to leave the pier. we've been watching for a while now how the boatmen loaded up more than 50 cases of beer, boxes of goods, a brand new motorbike, a sorbetero (ice cream vendor) cart, and of course around 60 of us passengers in an average size boat.

"look, even the brandname of the lifejackets is titanic!" he added. not that we're wearing any, they were safely stored in a plastic bag in the boat's bow.

we are in the san vicente pier in batan island, and we've been waiting for this boat for 3 hours now. simon is the only one who looks worried though. i just had my dose of motion-sickness medicine and even looking forward to the 30-minute boat ride so i can sleep. the girls - jao, jac, sym and anet are even taking pictures.

jac and simon on our tricycle ride to the pier

sym, jac and jao having a good time while waiting for our boat to load up

jac and sym smiling while simon is very stressed on the boat

jac having fun on the boat

our boat with around half of the passengers still on the boat. the rest of us are just waiting for our bags

sorbetero cart being unloaded

motorbike's turn

sabtang's welcome arch

jao with gigi - our contact in sabtang. the building in front is our home for 2 days, the sabtang national school of fisheries

our room with the view of the sea, mt. iraya and the sabtang lighthouse

gigi prepared a generous lunch for us and offered to get a jeepney to tour us around the sabtang island. we, of course have other plans. we want to hike around the island. at least half of the island for today.

it is an 8 kilometer hike from centro to chavayan and it is already 230pm but we dont care. where's the fun in seeing the island by riding a jeepney anyway? and so we walked, and had a very great time!

sabtang lighthouse

savidug stonehouses


jao, jac and sym

jao with a bike we found on the road. our plan was to go cycling in sabtang, but we couldnt get enough bikes (gigi only found us 2 bikes)


our view while walking towards chavayan island. (and it is getting a bit dark) by the time we reach chavayan, it is already dark and very cold so we ask the kind capitan to give us a ride back to the centro

dinner back at the centro. the scary tatus (coconut crab) for mains

to be continued...

tricycle ride from airport to pier - P160
boat ride to sabtang - P50 per person
bed on sabtang school of fisheries - P150 per person
multicab ride from chavayan to centro - P500

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