Our FIRST DAY in Batanes, glorious as it were, did not prepare us enough for the feast of the senses that was DAY TWO. Ate Monica warned us the night before that lately, Basco has been experiencing scheduled brownouts which usually starts at 3am and lasts until about mid-morning. True enough, our AC went to sleep at about 4am and we woke up to a steam room. IT. WAS. HOT. After yet another delicious breakfast served by Ate Monica, we filed out of the hostel into the van that will take us to the port where we will be taking a motorized banca bound for Sabtang.
Day Two was going to be a day of exploration and as you can see, we wasted no time. None at all.
There was another van waiting for us at the port and we have a new driver, Rudy, to take us around. We started our tour with a quick stop at the beach to take photos. Have you heard people who’ve been to Batanes say that you can use the crappiest camera you own and the photos will still come out superb? Well, LUMI is certainly not made of crap (oh, I would smack someone so good for calling my baby that!) but she’s also not of Lumix GF or Sigma quality. However, she certainly made me proud of the photos she churned out. The colors and contours were captured so beautifully that they bring me close to tears each time I’d rake a peek at any of our albums.
From Savidug, we made our way to Chavayan where we had the greatest time walking on narrow streets lined with Ivatan stone houses. A must-do when in this area, we rented Ivatan wear such as Vakul – a headgear worn by the Ivatan women to shield them from the heat and rain when they go about their daily errands. To have your photos taken with these Ivatan items, you pay 20 pesos.
We also passed by the famous Chamantad Sanctuary which gave us the most fantastic view of the Sabtang coastline. We trekked all the way to the cliffside for more photo-taking. Kuya Jun kind of reminded us not to go down to the beach part anymore as we still have quite a few places to visit before heading back to Basco. Question is: Did we listen? Na-uh.
Cris C. immediately went planking. Cris B. continued to put all of us to shame with his sculpted abs and exposed body parts. Romy and Eric went deep into photographers’ mode. Uly kept trying to dodge the sun but would come out of hiding for photos. And I, well, did what I do best — jump around and look pretty for the camera. Pretty, of course, being a very subjective/relative term. Basta sa mundo ko, maganda ako.
And finally, our last stop for the day: NAKABUANG BEACH. Here, we had our scrumptious lunch comprised of adobo, lobster, steamed fish, pinakbet, turmeric rice, and fried saba for dessert. We were so stuffed it was tough for us to get our butts off the monobloc chairs. For a brief moment we toyed with the idea of just staying right where we were – away from the burning heat of the sun as were were already burned to a crisp from all the walking of the past two days. But who can possibly resist the nakakabuwang beauty of Nakabuang Beach? Certainly not us. And so…