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The Simple life with them of people of Brgy. Batad | Banaue, Ifugao




Ifugao is one my bucket list to visit, finally this is it and I’ll do it on a Solo travel for a couple of days, just to experience the life of people of being far away in a crowded and polluted city. The life is different in rural areas compared to urbanize city in the Philippines. I did not stay in Banaue town instead I stayed in Barangay Batad just an hour from the town. I like the way of living of people there, it’s simpler if you want to escaped in the stressful, polluted and traffic Cities like me, then let us visits the place just to embrace the fresh air with a breathtaking view.


The bus leaves manila around 10pm and the estimated of our arrival is 7 in the morning. When we are about to leave I have no plan at all of where should I go because I have concerns regarding of the infrequent trip going to Batad from Banuae town. When I arrived in Banaue terminal someone approached me and talk to me if I want to go in Batad and I said “Yes” he offer me a P300 for a ride going to the main jump off point to batad, I think it's overpriced but I don’t have other option, but to push through. Before heading to batad I went to the restaurant to take my breakfast, I ordered plain scrambled egg and 1 cup of plain rice cost me P70.


8am when we leave the town and ready myself to start my adventure on the way to Barangay Batad. I imagined already the life of people there when I saw a beautiful view. I said to myself that you will love the place so much and will not be disappointed.
We arrived that they called Saddle where all the jeep/Tricycle stopped and the traveler need to walk about 3 kilometers downhill. Since I arranged my transportation the driver agreed with me to drop me off at the main jump off point of Batad, lucky me, I don’t need to walk, hehe.


Saddle Point

15 minutes later when we reached our destination, but wait, there’s more I need to walk  a kilometer down to my accommodation, when I saw a two way and I don’t know where exactly the right path, I stopped to take a photo of it, when lady captured with my lens and her look me up and ask me where I’m going, I told her I’m going to the village and stayed at Hillside Inn, she taught me to follow her to see a good view of the rice terraces and I followed her without any word came in my mouth.


When we are in the middle of our walking something came to my mind about the other people say regarding to their culture, they need to ask permission before taking a photo of them because, taking of picture of them means taking their soul, I stopped walking and planning to go back and take the other way, because my Ego told me “Baka patayin ka nila at gawing alay para sa Culto” hahaha!  But my instinct told me also that to continue walking with the lady and I followed my instinct I continue walking until I saw a glimpse of the terraces, I take a deep breath and say in my mind that I arrived safe and sound.

Actually the both paths are the right way going to the village. I stayed in the viewing deck in a couple of minutes to take photo ops before going down to my Inn. Before leaving the place I saw the 2 kids and they entertain me well in another way, I gave the two them 20.00 as my early Christmas gift. I saw a happiness  in their eyes and my heart is melted and I feel emotional, that they even have 20 pesos in their hand to buy some food they want, unlike other kids in the city if you give them that amount still they are not enough. One thing I like about their kids there, the parent teaches their kids a good manner they don’t teach them to ask money to the tourist but instead wait if they given by.

Me and my Tour Guide














The lady that I was following a while ago ask me to get her as my tour guide, I told her that I don’t need a guide I can manage touring around, but she insists that I need one, haha. I asked her how much will cost to me she say 350.00. I am thinking that 350.00 will hurt my pocket so much, hahaha. I decided to take her as my guide not because I need one, but because I want to help her to save her day to buy some food  for her family because only guiding is one of their primary source of income.

We start our tour around 9:30am by foot, there is no other choice of touring around, but to walk, after 30 minutes we finally arrived in the middle of the mountain to take photos and rest as well. We continue walking until we reached the top viewing deck of Batad Rice terraces and said to myself, WOW AWESOME VIEW; I’m so tired not because of walking, but because of hiking, I need more warm up before taking the hike. 15 minutes later when we decided to go down to the village because of the heat from the sun hurt me so much.


                                                       









When we reached the Village I try their way of processing of their rice manually because they don’t have miller, I try also the native suite of “katutubo” local people of Ifugao and dance with them even if I don’t know how, hahaha! (Trying hard) Make me feel crazy. I saw the life of people in the village is very simple they make conversation “Chismis” to each other every day.

After 4 hours of our hiking we finally reached our Inn, I told the lady, truly sorry I forgot to ask her name, to wait me because I will get money in my room to pay the guiding fee. When I open my backpack to get my money in my other wallet, I saw nothing, gosh! My other wallet left in my home what a horrible day, I have 2000.00 in my pouch, I panic because I don’t know if I can make it to the next day going to Sagada. I pay the lady amounted of 400.00 the 50.00 is my tip to her. I asked the owner of the inn if there is an ATM machine in the town, he she say there is no ATM in town only in Bontoc Mt. Province.



I sleep for a while because I’m super tired of hiking in the Rice Terraces. I woke up around 5:30pm and I went down to the terrace and I meet the traveler from Belgium Clementine and her twin, Stephanie, we talk to each other regarding our experiences In hiking in Banaue and decided to take our dinner together. I ordered one plate of Vegetable Pizza for P120 pesos. 9pm when I felt sleepy, I told Clementine and Stephanie to call it a night.

Clémentine and Stephanie
I went to my room just to lay down because I can’t sleep by thinking of my wallet, on that night, I'm thinking to go back in manila but my instinct helps me to take a risk going to Bontoc just to withdraw a fund, I fall asleep and woke up the next day around 6am packing my things and preparing for departure.


I'm just curious to experience the TOPLOADING so I decided to do it here. I feel so awesome we are a lot in the top of the jeep, most of them are kids  and they are going to the town just to play a computer games and buy some stuff.








My experience to IFUGAO especially in Brgy. Batad  is super memorable one.I arrived in town after 1 hour and headed to Bontoc to withdraw some fund and continue my journey in Sagada.



   


Comments

  1. I've always wanted to see the rice terraces from that vantage point. Your experience of leaving money at home when you're supposed to have it with you during your travel is horrible. That's why I keep separate pieces of paper bills in various pockets LOL

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  2. I separate it already from the small bill, pero hindi ko alam kung bakit sya na iwan, haha lesson learned Check before leaving not once but many times. hahaha

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  3. It seems like you really enjoyed your trip there! I agree with you that people in the city needs this kind of vacation / "escape" once in a while. I'm from Subic Bay and I must admit that our place is getting crowded as years goes by. However, me and my husband are fortunate enough to see the mountains and the sea in our front door. Hihi! Anyway, congrats on your new adventure! :)

    Cess Piano | www.cesspiano.blogspot.com

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    1. By the way, I forgot to react about the plain rice and scrambbled egg. I think that's too pricey. Hehe

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    2. By the way, I forgot to react about the plain rice and scrambbled egg. I think that's too pricey. Hehe

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  4. Ughh it was such an amazing experience! I think staying in a brgy is more fun and memorable than staying in a hotel hihi. Ifugao is also one on my bucket list to visit hihi

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  5. You had a fun and memorable trip in Banaue. Was that pinekpekan? Have you tried their rice coffee?

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  6. i think you enjoyed taking risks a lot haha If i was at your feet mapaparanoid na ko ...sa layo ba naman ng pinunta ko then I wala akong cash on hand... pano na lang kung walang ATM na malapit talaga sa area haha..
    anyway, gusto ko din maexperience ito.. mukhang mabait at cool naman si ate eh haha
    thanks for sharing your adventure

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    1. Weird nga si ate hindi man lang nag sasalita, tapos pag tinatanong ko sya iba ang Sagot nya, sa tanong ko hahahaha

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  7. You looked so happy during this trip! and you had a memorable experience pa. i must salute you for overcoming the unexpected scenario.

    -aikaloraine.com

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  8. Going here is one of my dreams. Sayang lang I got pregnant but I am still hoping I could get to visit them with my whole family. I used to be adventurous few years back and went solo in Singapore. So much independence and I really had so much fun. Good thing you still had your atm, at least you have options when you ran out of money.

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  9. I think you enjoyed this trip. Can't wait to have more adventure this summer!!!

    http://dorothytorretijo.blogspot.com

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  10. If I was in your place, I'd be in a panic first before realizing that I can withdraw from my atm hahaha! looks like you had an awesome time peeking in the life of brgy. batad... And I too want to try out that toploading thing just for fun! :)

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  11. I agreee. the simplicity conquers this community and I know they can maintain it.

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  12. should be quite an experience! I would love to visit Batad, especially their world-famous Rice Terraces!

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  13. What a great adventure! I wish you all the energy to continue what you are doing, exploring the world and sharing your experiences :-)

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  14. Such a great adventure! Would like to experience this too. Hopefully this year. :)

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  15. Such a nice and beautiful place. The last time I went there was last 2009 and now I want to pay a visit again in that peaceful place. :)

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  16. The only regret I have for leaving the motherland is not being able to travel and explore its hidden gems! Great post!

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  17. Dear, I like all your post very much, it tells me so many thins that I do not touch before, hope you can do this job all the time. By the way, I want to introduce a useful Free Photo Recovery Software, which is a fantasy.

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