Going freelance since last quarter of 2008, I thought I'll be staying put in 2010. Thank God, fate had other plans as work and circumstances gave me opportunities to move around and make my itchy soles happy.
|White beach, fiery sunset in Boracay|
Boracay beginnings. Business took me to Boracay in January, my first time there, (believe it or not) not being a fan of tourist traps or crowded beaches. Even just once in my lifetime, I'd like to sink my feet in the sand and verify if "powdery" is the apt word to describe it. The beach, blindingly white in the morning and a venue for great sunsets at dusk, amazes; the long stretch of unbridled commerce disturbs.
|Banaue Ethnic Village backdrop - a sight for tired city eyes|
Banaue for BP. Our Backpack Photography (BP) workshops gave me a chance to revisit Banaue, to traipse the terrace walls and live in a faithfully-recreated Ifugao hut in a mountain hideaway six kilometers away from the town proper. The image above is the view from our outside bath, and if it's not inspiring enough to make one take a bath or answer the call or nature despite the cold, I don't know what is.
|Beached ship at the Basco Pier|
Batanes for BP. We had our next workshop in Batanes, a place I won't ever get tired of. Some familiar spots in Batan have changed, some happily stayed the same. There were some familiar people who were still around, and some who are sorely missed.
Crossing over to Itbayat. A few extra days on our hands gave me the opportunity to venture to Itbayat, the northwesternmost habitable island. The grass-walled and -ceilinged vernacular huts that preceded the iconic Ivatan stone house were still around in Raele, the scenery even more post-card rustic than in Batan.
|Beautiful ceiling details of Ma-Cho Temple in La Union|
|Lake Seloton Early Morning Fishing|
|Gumasa white beach in the early morning light|
|Kaangrian Falls in Burgos|
|Sunset view at Victoria Harbor|
|Beautiful Hagimitan Falls on Samal Island|
Lagalog thanks: the Philippine Blog Awards for this site's third consecutive finalist finish in the 2010 edition, travel blog category, and a win for Happyfoodies.com in the food and beverage category • Many thanks, too, to my travel buddies and of course to our Creator who makes all these possible. God bless and more blessings to come in 2011.