How would you describe your journeys to Balabac & Boracay Islands? What were your favourite things about being there?
I would describe my travels to Balabac Islands (located at the southernmost tip of Palawan Island in the Philippines) as both intriguing and rewarding because of the very limited information about Balabac as a travel destination. It is off the radar, so it appeals to me all the greater (at least for explorers like me). The only things I was aware of when I set off to the islands was the grueling air, land and sea travel time to get there, the mental image of the islands surrounded by turquoise waters and white beaches on Google Earth, malaria mosquitoes, and the endemic pilandok or Philippine mouse-deer. By the end of the week, it was one for the books. I was real happy about the unexpected boat race with a pod of dolphins in the open seas, and sharing the candle-lit sweet and succelent crabs supper with my companions al fresco at our hut’s porch by the beach. No electricity, no television just the incredible view of full moon hanging low in the night summer sky, nearly adjacent with the Sulu Sea.
My Boracay Island experience in Visayas, Philippines on the other hand, despite going there in solitude, was warm and welcoming. Summer is always the season in Boracay Island, it just surprises you. What I like most about the island (for my first visit alone) were the paintings in the sky every time the sun sets and rises - the beaches is another.
Name: Matias Time and date: 9.02pm 9/6/2015 Average hours of sleep at night: 8 Last thing I googled: sense8 subtitles Birthday: April 19th Gender: Male Sexual orientation: Straight Height: I honestly have no idea Favourite colour: Black One place that makes me happy: mountains, ocean, and a movie theatre How many blankets I sleep under: one Favourite movie: Rear Window, Vivre Sa Vie, American Beauty What I am wearing right now: soccer shorts and a blue t-shirt Last book I read:
CHE Inmortal (biography of Ernesto “Che” Guevara) Most used phrases: haha (? What I last said to a family member: something related with a burned pot Favourite beverages: mate, water, beer Favourite food: pizza, pizza, pizza and guacamole Last movie I watched: hot tub time machine 2 (a waste of time) Dream vacation: anywhere but here, but if I have to choose one, Sicily (Italy) Dream wedding: in Mars, or…no wedding. Dream pets: any cat Dream job: i don’t have a dream job :/
An Ivatan woman - the local reference for the people inhabiting the Batanes Islands in the Philippines - attends to the lawn of the San Jose de Ivana Church at crack of dawn together with her fellows to replant it with flowering roots for the incoming rayun (summer).
The sun has climbed past mountain level by now and has completely melted the
sweet colours of dawn. Yet shroud of fog seems unperturbed by warmth the sun
emits and takes no heed of time as it unhurriedly rolls out to expose what
Like a stage with its drapes being slowly pulled aside for the main act, at last we welcome
the sight with astonishment then with an applause of successive shutter
We are before the grace of another ancient engineering feat in the Cordillera,
a revered art. A place many people might not recognize but even so radiates
distinct charm and astounding quality. No less comely, no any less proud.
Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan ng Maligcong (Maligcong Rice Terraces) Bontoc, Mountain Province