• Batan on Motorbike
    Batanes,  Philippines

    Batan Island on Motorbike

    When Rowjie and I arrived in Batanes, we had no definite itinerary and basically had no idea on what we could do around the province. We were staying there for eight days and I didn’t do enough research because we wanted to just go wherever our feet take us. Or maybe I was just too lazy. Anyway, the only thing we knew was it’s cold. And true enough, it was indeed freezing. Brrr. Winter in Batanes! Kaiz GalangKaiz is a stay-at-home mom and currently works as an Operations Specialist for a software engineering company based in the US.

  • What to do in Itbayat
    Batanes,  What to do

    Itbayat in One Day

    Half day tour in Itbayat, said someone. WUT? As in WUT in high pitch! After the death-defying three-hour boat ride from Basco,  after becoming a human pachinko ball, after you vomited all throughout the trip, you’re leaving again tomorrow? You must be kidding. Traveling from Basco to Itbayat isn’t a joke. If you need two days to see the major spots in Batan, what more with Itbayat being the largest among the three islands of Batanes.  There is so much to see in this amazing town! A whole day tour isn’t enough let alone five hours. So please, don’t cut your Itbayat stay short. Kaiz GalangKaiz is a stay-at-home mom and currently works as an…

  • Itbayat Budget Guide
    Batanes,  Philippines,  Travel Guide

    Itbayat Island Budget Guide

    Going to Itbayat, the largest among the three islands of Batanes, can be a lot expensive especially when you’re traveling alone because of its distance being the last municipality in the northernmost part of the Philippines, literally the last frontier. But hear me, it’s all worth it! Just the boat ride alone is one thing you cannot forget for the rest of your life. Kaiz GalangKaiz is a stay-at-home mom and currently works as an Operations Specialist for a software engineering company based in the US.

  • Basco to Itbayat Boat Ride
    Batanes,  Philippines

    The day I called Saints and their Families

    Rowjie wakes up at 5:00 AM. It is drizzling and still very cold. He wakes me up. I fixed myself and brushed my teeth. I did not dare take a bath because the water was too frikken cold. He calls the contact person of the MB Ocean Spirit at 5:30 AM; the person on the other line confirms that the 6:00 AM trip to Itbayat is pushing through this time. Yes! We’re sticking to our planned schedule. The trip the other day was cancelled because of the bad weather. At 5:45, we are on our way to the port, which is just a good 5-minute walk from our lodge. Kaiz GalangKaiz is a stay-at-home…

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