An incontrovertible proof that you went to Batanes would be pictures of Rakuh a Payaman, the communal pastureland also known as Marlboro Country. Jump shots are better to cement the hardcore tourist vibe. For safe measure, also include photos of the Vayang rolling hills, Valugan boulder beach and 50 more ridiculously scenic shots from just about anywhere in the province.
Batan is one of the three inhabited islands in Batanes. It is home to four of the six municipalities including Basco, the provincial capital. The other two are island municipalities, Sabtang and Itbayat, which deserve their own blog entries. Sorry folks, as I said before, this is going to be an epic series of Batanes blather.
Things don’t always go well with our motorbike rides though. We had a flat tire on the first day of the Batan tour. Kuya Romy, the driver/guide, had to go all the way back to Basco to get another motorcycle while I was left in Vatang Restaurant in Ivana where we had lunch. Vatang serves the best seafood by the way, don’t miss it. The staff was very kind and gracious while I was stranded there. They offered me a hammock right by the beach and kept me company while waiting for my ride. In return, I tried to entertain them with stories of how I often make an ass of myself when travelling.
When they learned that I was from Gensan, they eagerly asked for insider details about Manny Pacquiao, as if Pacman and I were best buds back in the day. Actually, the only time I ever saw him in person was when he played pool in our neighborhood back when he still wasn’t that famous. Nonetheless, my street cred still went up a couple of notches just by virtue of being born in the same town as Pacquiao. Works every time.
I was stuck in Ivana for about an hour and while it may have been time lost on my tour, it didn’t feel like I missed out on anything. I was hanging out on a hammock by the beach with some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. That’s worth more than all the pretty photos of rolling hills and boulder beaches.
- Beach Nostalgia (misadventuresoftintin.com)