Monday, October 11, 2010

Home-stay in Batad Village, Banaue

I reached Saddle Point around 11:00am. The hike to the heart of Batad Village is around 45 minutes to an hour or two depending on your pace.

halfway to Batad Village

With my backpack weighing me down, it took me an hour to reach the tourist registration hut and half an hour descending my way to where the home-stay is located.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Manila to Banaue (then off to Batad on a shoestring)

Thick clothing. Bring whatever you can to keep yourself warm. 

These and more are the travel essentials if you planned to take the Banaue-bound Florida bus which has gained notoriety for its awfully arctic, seemingly below zero airconditioning!  During peak months (from October until the summer months of May),  I'd recommend getting the ticket at least a night before (at the very least, the morning before you set off to Banaue) since the two trips can only accomodate 45 passengers per bus.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

May Day! May Day! from the skies above Clark Field!

May Day! is venez m'aider in French, meaning 'come help me!' 

Exactly what happened inside my head when flight DG 0604 from Basco to Manila circled the skies above Clark International Airport in Pampanga countless times in 15 or so minutes! It happened a couple of minutes just after the pilot announced to fasten our seat-belts as we were in our final descent to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

scared to fly. don't ask why!: saying my prayers.

The plane circled countless times I lost count. The stewardess got two calls from the cockpit but she just kept quiet the whole time after each call. My gauge was her eyes. If they looked nervous, then, that was a giveaway clue! And boy, in those deep black eyes, they only didn't look nervous, panic was written all over them! My imagination went wild! Could it be a landing gear malfunction? Or was I over-reading her eyes?

scared-to-death: plane to go crash landing!