Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Backpacker Mum's Batanes Break

South East Asian Airlines (SEAir) made it happen. This backpacker mum finally had a break from house chores and parenting duties! It felt a bit odd not carrying a heavy bag full of milk bottles, not changing nappies every so often, and being able to chew my food well (because I didn't have to attend to a baby who wants to be constantly carried around)... but it sure was fun taking a breather.

In case you missed the announcement, I was one of SEAir's Batanes Winter Bloggers' Tour seven uber lucky winners.

Morong Beach, Sabtang. Missing my baby Luna.

Three days may be too short a time, but the head of our group Engr. Joseph Dy gave us an action-packed itinerary. We breezed through everything we wanted to see and experience. I had my much anticipated controversial flashback, Izah climbed up a lighthouse, Bless garnered enough info for her online travel agency, James kissed the ground (or was it a boulder?), Leon is no longer an armchair traveler, and... Michael? Well he ate, prayed and L.O.V.E.d!

No minute was wasted idling. We only slept when we were about to pass out.

The epic trip ended yesterday. The whole group headed back to Manila for V-Day shenanigans. I'm itching to write about the silly things cultural pseudo-immersion we've done and been raving about, but that would have to wait. I still got a major vacation hangover plus a connecting flight to another dream destination of mine tomorrow.

I'm kinda spaced out, life's just awesome. So until then folks. For today, I momentarily drown in the abyss of mummyhood.

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Ronster said...
February 15, 2011 at 3:33 PM

whoa!!! I've always wanted to go to batanes!! daaannggg!!! more pictures!!

maierz said...
February 15, 2011 at 3:35 PM

WOW GAY!!!!! You are sooooo lucky!! Free trip to Batanes!!! It's the kind of break a mom deserves!! I had 2 kabarkadas who were in Batanes same time as you were..kakainggit!! :D

Markyramone said...
February 15, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Inggit ako waaaaaahhhhhh

Kristel said...
February 15, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Wow, so lucky! I wanna go to Batanes too! :) Shall wait for your detailed descriptions! :D

thepinaysolobackpacker said...
February 15, 2011 at 3:45 PM

huwaw! eto na ang kaabang abang na series! we miss James while we we're in MOA! haha Nagpapa-pic tlaga kame for James kase ang totoo, bitter kame kase asa Batanes xa! haha see you guys soon! :D

journeyingjames said...
February 15, 2011 at 3:47 PM

BITIN!!!!!!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 15, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Ron, book na! Batanes feels otherworldy.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 15, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Mai, really? Hope they weren't the ones who watched me sing karaoke. Lol.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 15, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Marky! Schedule Batanes for next year :)

lakwatsera de primera said...
February 15, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Hmm, matatagalan pa pala bago ang expose kay James coz of another trip :) looking forward to the Batanes series, kasama ba si Luna this time?

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Kristel, will try to recount as much details as I could. Info overload! Hihi.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 15, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Gael, James wanna experience traveling with you daw. Yeeha!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Claire, we won't bring Luna with us on our next trip. She doesn't have her passport yet, still on process. She'll fly with us in April! Weee!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 15, 2011 at 4:43 PM

James, major bitin! Pero miss ko na Luna, so okay lang na uwi na tayo. Hahaha!

Pinoy AdvenTurista said...
February 15, 2011 at 5:23 PM

kakainggit ang experience nyo... I can't wait to read your story of the trip... =D

Kate said...
February 15, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Congratulations :) You really deserve this mini vacation <3 Looking forward to your blog post on this!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 15, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Will try to write about it as soon as I could Mervz :) Para fresh pa sa memory.

Rizalenio said...
February 15, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Can't wait to read your stories and see your photos. Ok, that can wait...rest well muna. :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 15, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Just went through my set of pics, wala ata matino! Hihi. Too overwhelmed to concentrate on taking great photos :(

Anonymous said...
February 15, 2011 at 11:03 PM

wow! congrats!!! i've been to Batanes last year. Batanes was one dream vacation for me too... 4 days in Batanes was not enough for me.. i wish i can go back and visit Itbayat next time...=)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 16, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Would love to visit Itbayat also. Will wait for the airport to be finished though. Haha! The falowa ride's suicidal.

Juana Kristina said...
February 16, 2011 at 7:32 AM

More pics, please! Haaayyy, Batanes has always been my dream destination. :)

Ian said...
February 16, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Wow can't believe this place is in Batanes! Congrats...

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 17, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Tin, will post them as soon as I get back :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 17, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Thanks Ian!

Micamyx said...
February 19, 2011 at 4:30 AM

I am sure you missed Luna! Di bale makakapunta din siya dyan soon :D

Can't wait for the rest of the kwento :D

Pinoy Boy Journals said...
February 22, 2011 at 12:42 AM

i can't wait for the the whole story! was suppose to head there before the year ended 2010, didn't push through. hope this year, i can travel to Batanes!

lakwatserong tatay said...
February 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

wow, kainggit, congratz po....
can't wait to see your free batanes trip....

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 22, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Yeah, Mica! We're actually wishing we brought her with us na lang :(

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Sayang Jerik! Dapat matuloy yan soon :) Try mo rin winter season, awesome freezing experience!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 22, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Thanks Lakwatserong Tatay! Ako ang Lakwatserang Nanay ;p

Rambling Sensations said...
February 22, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Wow! Kainggit! Congrats again! Medyo bitter lang ako, di ako nasama, waahh! :-)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 23, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Sali ulit sa next contest ;p

Bino said...
February 24, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Saya naman nito! Congrats! :) More free trips to come... Sana kasama rin ako. hehe,.,

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Hey Bino! Yeah, more FREE trips to come! Hahaha. Sana makasama rin kita magtravel one day :)

adventurousfeet said...
February 24, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Sarap naman nito!

lam mo ang wish ko, magtravel tayo ng sama sama yung mga travel bloggers, may isang passion! feeling ko masaya yun hahaha!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 24, 2011 at 10:55 PM

That would be lovely! I wanna meet other Pinoy travel bloggers! Masaya yun for sure.

pusang kalye said...
February 25, 2011 at 9:15 AM

akala ko ---""James had an affair with the horses---running through the slopes"" yung ganun. hahaha. lucky lucky winners. sarap

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 25, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Anton, hahaha! More on that later ;p

Sidney said...
February 27, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Cool ! Looks like it was fun ! :-)

Norazam said...
March 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Hi there..You have an exciting page and i love all the places posted here.The best part is,some of the places is right where i stay(Malaysia)Love reading them and day dreaming on the places as well.Thanks for sharing.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Thank you Norazam! Yeah, we've been to so many places in Malaysia and we particularly love Borneo. Hope to see you someday when we visit again!

Kerry-Ann said...
March 2, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Wow, what a wonderful break! Sounds like it was very action pack and surprised you were awake enough to even write this post!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 2, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Enjoyed that lovely break! And I enjoyed my company so much :)

Travel with Me said...
March 23, 2011 at 2:38 PM

wow! my dream destination. =)

Anonymous said...
June 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Thanks for considering our province BATANES!

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