We were up early, had breakfast early. Nomer, the ever-accomodating front desk guy, gave us a map of Vigan and encircled points of interest. We then left for the Partas bus station and took the 9:30am bus to Vigan, a 1 ½ hour ride.
Woke up at 5:30am. Ugh, just 30 minutes from my usual waking time. Opened the TV for some news while stretching. After showering and dressing up for the day, we had our breakfast outside. We both ordered longganisa and it was good.
A few months back, Mabuhay Miles offered a promo by taking out half the mileage fare for some trips. I availed that and decided to go to Laoag. Well, that’s where my mileage could fit in anyway, hehehe. So, on the last day of September, the sisters went to the (almost) northernmost part of the Philippines: Ilocos Norte.
I spent my Valentine’s Day vacationing with my siblings and nieces in Palawan. This is my third time to visit Puerto Princesa but the only time that I will finally get to visit most of the tourist places. My first two visits were work-related- checking out Road n Trip studio when we were doing “Urduja,” then setting up their scanning system.
Day 8 – Our Last Day!
The day we go back to reality. Sigh…
I was up by 4:30am. Our flight was at 8:10am but had to bring our entire luggage to the airport by 6am. This is so we can have our “extra” bags taken in, since it can be left behind when the full cargo weight has been reached. Lito loaded our bags in the jeep and Jun and I hopped in to the airport.
Day 7 – Friday
I still woke early, 5am. What is it with this place?
It was our last day in Batanes. We had a scheduled luncheon at Uncle Dick’s house in Ivana so we made sure our bags were ready for the transfer to Basco. After Nessie and Lisa went through the basket, all the remaining shells were given to Linda. We paid for the house and waited for our ride.
Day 6 – Thursday
Nothing has been scheduled today so Nessie and I decided to visit Lola Pepay in Uyugan again. Jun and Lisa stayed to do some laundry. With Linda, we waited for a jeep. After an hour with no transportation going to the south, we opted to go to Linda’s place instead and chilled out. We then brought lunch back to the house and ate there.
Day 5 – Wednesday
We were up by 4am. The trip to Sabtang was 6am so we had to be at the Ivana port by 5:30. Dick and Linda picked us up and were off.
Day 4 – Tuesday
I could already hear Gemma moving around when I finally opened my eyes. Ooh, the day we say our goodbye to fellow travelers and hello to longtime, seldom or never before seen relatives. And the day we will be stuffing ourselves from food at every house we visit. Goodbye, diet!
Day 3 – Monday
It’s Gemma and Jon’s last day in Batanes. She could not extend her stay due to work. So we had to make sure we cover most of the places before they leave.