7 things you should know before planning your trip to Batanes

7 things you should know before planning your trip to Batanes

Answers to frequently asked questions about the paradise in the far north of the Philippines *   1. How much will a Batanes trip cost? * First of all, I’m not going to play the my-Batanes-trip-was-cheaper-than-yours game. My Manila-Basco-Manila ticket, bought during a Philippine Airlines promo, 

Do you consider yourself a blogger?

Do you consider yourself a blogger?

* “Blogger ka ba?” (“Are you a blogger?”) Not such a hard question, was it? I was up in the mountains of Batanes, exchanging pleasantries with fellow tourists, and one of them had come up with this query…that strangely rendered me speechless. My first thought was: 

16 Places in Batanes That Will Make You Never Want to Leave (or Make You Start Planning Your Return ASAP)

16 Places in Batanes That Will Make You Never Want to Leave (or Make You Start Planning Your Return ASAP)

* Whether you’re in Batanes for 2 days or 2 weeks, joining a tour group or going DIY, these are the stunningly gorgeous spots that will make you fall in love with the Philippines’ northernmost province — so much so that you’ll start keeping an 

The Rolling Hills of Batanes

The Rolling Hills of Batanes

The Rolling Hills of Batanes, joked the guide, are so called because it is very easy to accidentally go rolling down the hills — if not to painful injury (or worse), then certainly to acute embarrassment. Not only are the inclines steep, the winds are very strong, and you have 

The Ordinary

The Ordinary

* 7/17/2014 I’ve just watched my first sunset in Batanes, though it’s already my third day in this beautiful island and I’m staying at an inn with unhampered views of the western sea. Somehow spectacular sunsets are a bit of an anticlimax here, where stunning 

Because He has nothing better to do?

Because He has nothing better to do?

The Honesty Coffee Shop in Batanes was born out of economic imbalance: the demand (for mid-morning coffee) was greater than the supply (of shopkeepers — the owner was a schoolteacher who could not afford to be late for class). Faith in humanity (and spot-on business