Earth – Photo Challenge

Earth – Photo Challenge

For: Earth, #MySundayPhoto – Prettiness , ALL SEASONS -More .. (April-23), Palace of Fine Arts (Sundays In My City)

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WPC: Earth – The Countryside
A Fresh Beginning

Our Subic experience

Our Subic experience

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all fine. It’s lovely here in Bavaria, the sun is shining! Him Indoors and I are cycling to Ostpark, which is our favourite beer garden, with a lake, lovely garden and of course, beer plus sausages or grilled fish. Anyway, it has been exactly a month since I arrived back from my holiday in the Philippines. Let me just tell you some parts of it. This time was our (my Mom and I) three days stay in White Rock Beach Resort in Subic, Zambales. On the first day, my cousins and their families joined us. The Subic resort’s crown jewel is its 8-hectare private beach, a stretch of beige sands nestled in a cove. With calm, tsunami and storm surge-free waters, the 300 meter wide beach is perfect for a broad range of recreational, aqua and teambuilding activities. We had a great time, to say the least.

For: #MySundayPhoto – Favourite Building, ALL SEASONS -APRIL’S SEASONAL COLORS, Life-Size Balloon Person (Sundays In My City), Jo’s Monday walk : A Spring jaunt on Anglesey

Batanes Trip – Day 4 – Free Day

Batanes Trip – Day 4 – Free Day

Hello everyone! Still in Batanes, but no tour today. Our free day – yay! We woke up late, had a sumptuous breakfast and basically just took it easy. We walked along the street, had some coffee, went to their church, bought some souvenirs, went to have our nails done, found a nice restaurant to have late lunch/ early dinner and went back to the lodge. We watched television at night and talked to the receptionist and other friendly staff. All in all, we really had a great holiday in Batanes.

For: Skywatch Friday – Almost Done with March Edition , Spread the Love Friday – Sometimes Everyone Wins!, scenic wetlands… , ALL SEASONS – BEGIN FRIVOLOUS APRIL, #MySundayPhoto – Oh Sussex, The Growlery at 235 Broderick (Sundays In My City), Tell Me Something Good #51


Batanes Trip, Day 3 – Batan Southern Tour

Batanes Trip, Day 3 – Batan Southern Tour

Happy Mothering Sunday! I wrote a poem for my mother and I rang her. Anyway, here’s sharing with you our third day of Batanes Tour – the southern part. We started with Chawa View Deck – turbulent waves smashing at the foot of the coast lining with craggy cliffs, the view in Chanarian or Chawa view deck is nothing short of spectacular. Then we stopped at Mahatao, which is the town next to Basco when you’re going to the island’s southern portions via the National Road. Mahatao is divided into four barangays: Hanib, Kaumbakan, Panatayan, and Uvoy. It’s the smallest town in Batan in terms of land area but has the second largest population next to Basco.

Tayid Lighthouse a.k.a. Mahatao Lighthouse. This modern structure was built only in 2000 and completed in 2004. This used to be a functional lighthouse but is now regarded as a tourist attraction. It is rightly located on a hill at the east side of the Batan Island, from which cows graze on the hills. Once there, a stunning view of immense jagged mountains cliffs, hedgerows and a panorama of the Pacific Ocean can be seen.

Liveng/Hedgerows – This quaint quilt-like/ labyrinth-like patterns across farms divide farm lots, protects crops from wind and animals, control soil erosion, host migrant bird, and provide wood and reeds for domestic use. They constitute the sustainable agricultural systems of Batanes. The reeds are also used as ceiling materials for the traditional houses with cogon roofs. These hedgerows add up to the already picture-perfect landscape of Batanes.

Hailed as the “Marlboro country” of Batanes, Racuh A Payaman is a place that makes its every visitor wonder and ask themselves, “Is this real or I am dreaming?”, or “That such a place still exists in the Philippines? ”
Marlboro Country might be one of the most photographed places that an avid photographer would be looking for. The blue skies, green fields, and the hilly terrain and mountains – all of these blend the perfect color of nature that picturesque a perfect creation from a perfect Creator.

A store that lets you buy coffee, souvenir items, and food and leave the payment and just write it down in the logbook. That’s real honesty for you. This place is more of a store than a coffee shop,they sell variety products such as souvenirs,local foods/snacks,there’s also buko juice at the back and surprisingly,there’s motorcycle available for rental.You can also rent the traditional Ivatan stuffs for picture taking,like the headdress (Vakul for women and talugong for men) and Yuvuk which is the woven basket used by farmers.

The San Jose de Ivana Church, also known as Ivana Church, is a Roman Catholic church located in Ivana, Batanes, Philippines dedicated to Saint Joseph under the jurisdiction of the Prelature of Batanes.

For: ALL SEASONS – A HESITANT SPRING (March 26), #MySundayPhoto – Happy Mother’s Day, Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields (Sundays In My City), Jo’s Monday walk : Dizzying heights!, Tell Me Something Good #50, Jerusalem kitties


Batanes Trip, Day 2 – Sabtang Tour

Batanes Trip, Day 2 – Sabtang Tour

Hello everyone! Second day in Batanes, we had a wake up call at 5:00am, had breakfast then a ride to Ivana Port. We caught the 6:40am ferry crossing to Sabtang. The faluwa is a large boat with a U-shaped body and no outrigger (katig). The faluwa ride to Sabtang Island was another half hour. It was a rough ride, the open sea was the connection of the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea. I made it, well, sort of. I’m not really good with boats, I always say.


We arrived in Sabtang Port and had to register at the Municipal Tourism Office. Then we rode all day to 3 towns of Sabtang, which were like had been frozen in time.

our ride all day, so cool!

Our first stop was the village in Savidug, which is near the coast, where we could look at Ivatan stone houses. This is actually a living, breathing village. While a few of the houses are ruined, the rest are the homes of Sabtang’s small population. The houses, unique to Batanes, are small but obviously very sturdy. The roofs are made of layers upon layers of cogon grass. But first, we looked at their fruit tree, where they make their local wine, and then my Mom and I tried their gears.

At the end of the tour of Sinakan, we found a plaza of sorts — it has a basketball court and a cottage. The St. Thomas Aquinas chapel can be found beside what used to be a place where leaders can congregate.


Further on, we came across Savidug Idjang where the ruins of the ancient Ivatan’s fortress lie. Idjang is synonymous to a fortress. They use this fortress as a refuge during battles.


The Tinyan Viewpoint is a great vantage point for the Chamantad Cove. The rock formations, the cliffs and the breaking waves have left us mesmerised. The view was amazing!

We met some locals. They smiled, waved, talked to us. They seemed really sincere in welcoming us to their community. I tried and bought their sandals as souvenir.

We had lunch at Morong Beach and enjoyed the view at Nakabuang Cave and Mayahaw (Ahaw Ark). Such a lovely day!

For: ALL SEASONS – TO KEEP MARCHING (March 19), #MySundayPhoto – What Remains? , Happiness is Like a Box of Avocados (Sundays In My City), I Want Your Smiles #weeklysmile 63, Three Things Thursday: Snow, Antique Cookbooks, & Dinosaurs on My Phone (Plus One Very Silly Kitty), The Dancing Fountain and Echoes of A Celebration, Jo’s Monday walk : the walled city of Lucca

Pattern – Daily Prompt

Pattern – Daily Prompt

call in and drop by anytime for a ball
ball of patterns as we work on the call
keys are never needed, flat is open as breeze
breeze so easy as righteous ends are keys
feed us with different experience as we all agreed
agreed to hold on lies and welcome things to feed

be grateful for whoever comes, give them a cup of tea
tea is always good for the soul so we accept them be
even if it’s bad news, one day it will shine, the sun
sun rises and sets no matter what happens even
as with life, it could be fun, sad, up, down and jazz
jazz up life with all the different experience so as

For: Pattern. Also for: ALL SEASONS – THE COLOR OF ST PATRICK’s Day, #WeAllGrow Summit 2017 (Sundays In My City)

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