Day 3 in Batanes and still blessed with a good weather. :)
First Stop: Homoron Lagoon and White Beach
Spotted this migratory bird which I think came from Taiwan.
Pulled over to take this photo before heading to my next destination. Bato lang yan pero nagagandahan na ako. Hahaha. #Photographer
Second Stop: Old Spanish Bridge at the town of Ivana.
Third Stop: House of Dakay
Fourth Stop: San Jose de Ivana Church
It looked fairly new from the outside but if you go at the back of the church you'll see the ruins from the original altar built using limestones. Across the Ivana Church is...
Fifth Stop: Honesty Coffee Shop
Honesty Coffee Shop is owned by Jose and Elena Gabilo and has become one of the most famous tourist spots in Batan Island. The store is unmanned so if you want to buy something, just leave the payment in the boxes provided. You may also list the things you bought, maybe for inventory.
Batanes is a crime-free zone but I couldn't help but wonder if meron na bang hindi nagbayad dito? Lalo na mga tourists. Nako mahiya kayo no! Haha. Magbayad ng tama! :)
I saw Mrs. Elena Gabilo that morning and looked like she wasn't in the mood. I took my chanced and kindly asked for a photo to which she obliged. :)
I once again pulled over and took a photo of the 'BLOW UR HORN' sign in one of the many blind curves around Basco.
Sixth Stop: Song-Song Ruins/Beach
Seventh Stop: Alapad Hills
I spotted goats and literally had to sound like one just to capture this photo of them looking at me. Cute! Hehe.
Eight Stop: Imnajbu Village
The village chapel was named after San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first canonized Filipino saint.
Ninth Stop: Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country)
But first I had to have lunch wherein I invited my tour guide Art and driver Dodong to join me so as not to feel alone. The eatery had an awesome view of Mahatao and from here you'll see the Tayid Lighthouse.
I love Batanes.
Tenth Stop: Tayid Lighthouse
Eleventh Stop: San Carlos Borromeo Church in Mahatao
Just beside the church is a room with a thousand blank books called Batanes Blank Book Archive where tourists are encouraged to pick any book and leave a note for the province of Batanes. I left a note in Book 1 wherein I wrote: "I shall return. ♥ Love TheTravelJunkie.info"
Twelfth Stop: Boat Shelter Port
Thirteenth Stop: Chawa View Deck
Again I was accompanied by my driver Dodong and tour guide Art. :) I suggest you come here ng sunset para mas maganda ang view. ;)
Waves were a bit rough that afternoon but Art was able to convince me to stand near the ocean just to get this buwis buhay este basang sisiw shot. In fairness, hindi naman ako nabasa. I actually had fun down there. ;)