Lessons on the Road | Batad

The thing that makes me want to travel more is for the new things, lessons, and experience. The people I'll encounter, the stories that the locals will share, and the trip itself make my every paglalakwatsa fulfilling.

Starting 2011, I thought of compiling all the memorable things that made me pause, think, smile, and appreciate life more.



○ Lessons learned in Batad, Banaue ○


Stephanie, a French tourist
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After an exhausting trek, I asked her if she's used to doing this in France...
"Not at all. I wouldn't have done it if I were back home. But there's nothing I wouldn't do now that Im finally here in the Philippines."
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I can totally relate. I remember I got sick while traveling in Siem Reap but I just can't stop specially if I've traveled more than 4,500 miles to get there.



Dandy, tour guide in Batad
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on a conversation with the topic of different nationalities...
"jokes: I don't come out to see the world. The world comes here and see me."
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I love your job!
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for Batad's tour guides and rates of vehicles,
please contact Dandy Umhao at 0910.346.5310

Nadine, sister of Stephanie
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after our "isolated experience" in Batad...
"I only start getting scared when I saw you got scared too."
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oh well, I would have been scared too if I saw that scene in your country
(full story on my next post)




sir Toto, my companion in Batad
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upon hearing that the French girls got scared...
"I have a friend in the military but it's still difficult for him to hit his target in 40m range. Specially now that it's dark. But since the man (shooter) is drunk, he might get lucky. =)"
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I smiled the widest when I heard this. An ice breaker to all of us.



○ More interesting things I learned in Batad ○


Do-It-Yourself cigarette, French girls said tobacco is very expensive in France
kala ko nung una droga itong nasa papel! ^_^



90 and 100 year old women of Banaue
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This is the first time I saw a person as old as she is. She cannot see anymore. And most of them can't stand straight too because they've been doing heavy work in the terraces all their lives.


She has never wore a slipper too, ever. That made her toes look like these.



wooden scooter in Batad
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They use this ride to transport heavy things. The photo above is not the ordinary scooter they use everyday, but this one's made for the racing event which takes place in Imbaya, their festival.



Bulul, rice god in Banaue
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Every house has its Bulul sculpture. This is placed on top of their rice containers. Locals believe Bulul will give abundant supply of rice, and it also serves as guard too (the sitting position of the sculpture explains why)


I thought I'll only be impressed with the breath taking view of the rice terraces, but I was wrong. This Batad trip became more memorable for me because of its people, the rich culture and their tradition.


my complete Batad trip. please see:
Dont Tell my Mother What Happened in Batad


67 responses:

Chyng said...

Start right!
Lakwatsa na habang January palang! ^_^

khantotantra said...

naks. Ganda ng mga batad pics. Nakakaaliw naman yung scooter. kaso walang motor yun diba? pano yung gagalaw? parang kariton?

Chyng said...

^ good question!
itutulak yan pag uphill, tapos papagulungin lang pag pababa yung kalsada. talino di ba? ^_^

lakwatsera de primera said...

natouched ako dun sa 90-100 year old lolas, I met a few of them too while on the way to Cambulo, one of them used to be a tour guide but she said she is old now and cannot keep up with the tourist so she went back working on the field, to be honest she was still faster than me :)

Chyng said...

^ claire,
honestly I felt pity too. lalo na yung eyes nya, wala na. she also let me touch her skin. pero naisip ko, they love what they did. yung nakakawawa for me might be something to be proud of for them.

great lesson

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

wow! nag-Batad ka na pala! congrats Chyng! galeng! :)

Sidney said...

Looks like you enjoyed your trip !

journeyingjames said...

namiss ko tuloy yung batad. yung mga ifugao sa pic, sa banaue ba yan? nakakalungkot kasi na nadun sila sa may view deck then pipicturan ng mga "turista"

gillboard said...

kinilabutan ako sa toes ni lola. pero kahanga hanga rin yung inabot nilang edad. hay.

docgelo said...

i love this post, chyng!
ang husay mong naipon ang mga larawan ng mga taong nakilala mo sa iyong paglalakwatsa! panalo ka dun! this is so "dennis villegas/sidney snoeck" ang dating pero amusing ang text mo! double award ka don!

~Kinesics said...

I wanna go there! :) Talagang naka flip flops ka lang when you went hiking?! :)

kg said...

alam mo chyng, i found batad to be an interesting place. everywhere, there seems to be a sign of civilization, no matter how small. not here! talaga namang the locals preserved their culture to the max. and the place? breathtaking talaga!

yun nga lang, this was 13 years ago ha...di ko alam ngayon. [we went their with the family 13 years ago. nung nagpunta ako sagada mga 5 eyars ago, didn't stop by batad.]

Cza said...

Galing!!! proud igorota ako! :D Kaya I definitely love this post. ;D Nakakamiss ang Banaue. Kailangang mabalikan this year ;D

empi said...

Umpisa na ang paglalakwatsa mo, Chyng!

Parang gusto kong pumunta dyan. :(

mapanuri said...

Tama!.. Lakwatsa hangga't January.. at hangga't may pang lakwatsa!.. :)

It's true, aside from the beauty of the place. we'll get to appreciate it more because of its people.. and their culture..

Chyng said...

@gael,
di ba inaaya kita last year pa?

@sidney,
i did!!

@james,
yes sila nga yan. since matanda na sila para magtrabaho they just pose with tourists to earn moeny.

@gilbert,
mas natakot ako at 1st sa mata nya..

Chyng said...

@doc,
pag very good ako sayo, alam kong I truly did something nice. thank you! hehe

@EJ,
you bet! haha. wala akong trekking shoes!

@kg,
cant agree more KG. nakakaproud na napreserve nila yung old traditions..

@cza,
wow kaya pala siguro haciendera ka. ^_^

@empi,
puro gusto puro gusto.. punta na agad! plano!

@jeff,
check check Jeff!

lakwatserong tatay said...

wow...ayan start na ng lakwatsa mo ms. chyng...

matagal tagal na nung huling nakapunta ako diyan...2007 pa un kasama na ang sagada...
sana muli akong makabalik sa lugar na iyan pero ngayon kasama ko na ang mga anak ko at aking asawa...hehehe...

goyo said...

Gusto ko din tuloy maging traveler. Hehe. Gusto ko din makakausap ng iba't ibang klase ng tao. Kainggit lang.. Soon. Soon. Magagawa ko din yan. Ü

The Nomadic Pinoy said...
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The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I'm always proud to promote Batad/Sagada to anyone I meet in NYC - after all, the Philippines is not just all about beaches.

And it's also nice meeting foreign backpackers there and getting their insight about traveling in this part of the country, di ba?

Chyng said...

@lakwaterong tatay,
sisw sa inyo yung trek sa batad, hard core explorers kasi kayo.. hehe in time magagawa ko din yang trips nyo. hehe

@goyo,
that's priceless. go and travel!

@sir dennies,
cant agree more sir. it's very nice to hear other traveler's insights. and yes, pinas is beyond beaches.

rob said...

.. i've been to banaue before (but not batad) and that was years ago, at di pa uso digicam noon, hehe.

.. ang gaganda ng wood carvings nila ano?

THRIFTY FASHIONISTA said...

wow! cant wait for your next post about batad :[ anddd awwww naiiyak tlga ako pg mi nakikita akong naka paa :[

Pinoy AdvenTurista said...

wow! realizations along way is not for everyone... you're so lucky!

Cedric said...

Wow, parang gusto kong i-try yung DIY cigs. Hehe.

Mr. Chan said...

favorite ko yung pic ng mga lola. :)

sana makarating din ako jan. again, nice shots :)

Diamond R said...

if you have the strenth, money and time. this is what everyone should do aside from working. Exploring nature's beauty.

pusang kalye said...

talagang ganun? kailangan scene stealer yung aso---hahaha

yayyadanda said...

ayan simula na! :)

bechay said...

Wow, para na rin akong nakapunta ng Batad! Thanks sa post sis!

The Manila Girl said...

I love your photos and anecdotes!

Ikaw na ang travel agent. :-P

Axel said...

byahera ka na talaga chynng... hmmm, mukhang medyo mababawasan ang mga gala ko for this year.. pero susubukan kong gayahin ka pa rin.. hehehe..

Chasing Philippines said...

wow! another great story chyng! lovet!! :D

Chyng said...

@rob,
wow you enjoy long rides pala, kala ko big no-no..

@thrifty,
hindi lang siguro sanay yung mga taga banaue na magsuot ng slippers. pero wag ka, mga haciendera ang mga yan!

@mervin,
we are all lucky!

@cedric,
hehe adik ka!

@mr.chan,
you should. para maiba naman, hindi puro high end structures ^_^

Chyng said...

@rob,
wow you enjoy long rides pala, kala ko big no-no..

@thrifty,
hindi lang siguro sanay yung mga taga banaue na magsuot ng slippers. pero wag ka, mga haciendera ang mga yan!

@mervin,
we are all lucky!

@cedric,
hehe adik ka!

@mr.chan,
you should. para maiba naman, hindi puro high end structures ^_^

lechua said...

beautiful capture of the elderly ladies there

witsandnuts said...

Your post made me want to recall the people I randomly met during my trips. Nice shot of the elderly folks!

poot said...

Wow naman. You went to Batad? Uhm, inggit ako. Lol.

Hopefully, this year or next year eh makatuntong na ang paa ko sa rice terraces. Haha. Pinapa-inggit nyo ako ni Kuya Robbie eh. XD Biro lang.

Ang galing nung scooter. I remember may ganyan din sa Peru. I saw sa Amazing race. Pero di hamak na mas maganda yan. :)))

Chew On This said...

nice pics sis! looks like it was one memorable trip for you

The SoleSisters said...

Thank you fo sharing those lessons learned with us Chyng. I find that it's infinitely better than others who just post eat, sleep and drink. For that I can just google, these kinds of experiences I think are far better in getting other Pinoys to travel around our country.

I was in Sagada and Baguio this weekend. Due to lack of time, di na kami nakapag Batad. Well, there will be a next time.

princess_dyanie said...

May alam ako sa Batad trip mo di nila alam at never nila malalaman hahahahhaha!!! My lips are sealed! :)

Ang Babaeng Lakwatsera said...

aww kainggit naman hihihi... gusto ko yung scooter.. wahihihi..

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

i like your photos, Chyng kasi very personal! i've never seen Batad this way, it's very refreshing! makes me want to go there na!

Chyng said...

@lee,
thanks for appreciating! but youre a lot better!

@wits,
people we met are part of our trips no?

@poot,
unahin mo kasi magtravel jan sa bicol. dami kayang spots jan na winner! go!

@chew on this,
it was! =)

Chyng said...

@lois&chin,
with you saying that, I will keep in mind to write down every lesson on the road. =)

@teh,
sabihin ko next blog. wag lang ipaalam kay ate judith. hehe

@gepay,
amazing no? wooden! hehe

@jerik,
coming from you who always share personal experiences from strangers, it's a compliment ^_^

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

ang ganda puntahan diyan....abangan ko ang sa siquijor trip mo.,hehe..

Ed said...

it's nice to meet new people and learn from them. during my recent trip to Cambodia-BKK, was able to sit with Spanish gal who was backpacking for 2 months. sayang lang kasi wala kaming picture. next time, pakapalan na talaga ng mukha. hehe.

iprovoked said...

I love, love, love your blog so much! Sama ako sa adventure next time! :D

abenglaham said...

chyng sobrang nakaka aliw at double kakainggit mga trip mo.taas kamay ko! sana makasama kita sa isang trip with jamie at anne :)

Ian said...

hi chyng, linked your site already... care for link ex? Thanks.

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

I have to do more of these, I hardly talk during my travels ih haha

Sendo said...

ito rin gusto ko mangyaring trip.....meet people...exchange stories...exchange lives...change lives ^^ kk san po next trip niyo??? im in manila chyng, kita tayo hehe

Dylan said...

Great travel blog you've got here Chyng.

Just followed you today and I'm looking forward to reading your next travel stories. Cheers!

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

nabitin ako dun a. hihihi! namiss ko tuloy yung mga locals sa sagada. Ganyan din. Masarap marinig ang comments ng foreigner tungkol sa ganda ng Pilipinas. Nakakataba ng puso. Excited for your next post..

odin hood said...

cool may scooter pala sila.

ive been to batad once before and i made a promise to come back there with someone special hehe kelan kaya matupad ang promise na un?

rome said...

Hey chyng, I really love your photos. Now I am a proud follower!

rome said...

Hey chyng, I really love your photos. Now I am a proud follower!

rome said...

Hey chyng, I really love your photos. Now I am a proud follower!

dong ho said...

Do-It-Yourself cigarette, French girls said tobacco is very expensive in France>>> whoa! kala ko din droga.

nice seeing the faces that youve shared yesterday. kakatuwa silang dalawa.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Kamiss ang Batad! Awesome photos :) Meron akong bulul, lucky charm ko. 4 times nako lumipat ng house, dala ko yun lagi.

Chiz said...

Napadaan ako sa blog mo and I definitely love it. Andami mong travels :) saya, nakakaaliw, exciting :)

Anonymous said...

Sobrang natutuwa ako Chyng sa mga adventures mo. very rewarding naman ang mga trips. nothing will ever compare the feeling of fulfillment. :) hanggang sa mga susunod na lakwatsa.. :)

abie said...

Hi,,,
Is it safe if I bring my 4 year old son with us on trekking to the falls

Anonymous said...

Hi.. is it safe if I bring with 4 year old son with in trekking to the falls in batad

Chyng said...

Hi Abie!
Seriously? Pls look again at the picture and how steep the trail is. Even grown ups have difficulties to finish the trek. ;-)

Ruby Batallones said...

Hi Chyng! I contacted Dandy through your blog and asked him to be my guide when I went to Batad last year. Thanks for sharing! :)

http://antsybee.blogspot.com/2012/03/road-to-batad.html

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