Batanes was one place that was not even on my bucketlist, not because it was not beautiful enough to go to but because it was just so expensive to go there that I did not even dream about it anymore. It was beyond what I could rationally explain in my head. However, fate had other plans and a week ago, I found myself getting on a plane to head over to the beautiful island that is called Batanes.
The Batanes airport is very small, compared to other airports, it's quite tiny but it makes up for it's efficiency and the beauty surrounding it. I mean, where else can you see mountains and green lushes that stretch beyond what you can see in an airport. Batanes begins to awe you with it's beauty right from the moment you get off the plane.
It's a small town with no high profile hotels but what it does have is personality and that feeling of stepping back in time because life here is very slow compared to the city. Here, they actually stop and smell the roses and they wake up at dawn to start their day.
Batanes cannot be explained in words. Majestic, amazing, serene, tranquil, breathtaking ... all these words are not enough to describe Batanes. It is so much more than that. It is a feeling ... a sense of wonder like you have been asked to sit beside God and He chose you to see the beauty of his work.
Luckily, I was able to capture it's beauty with my ASUS Zenfone 3 and I have never been more happy to have this phone with me than when we were trekking Batanes. After all, lugging around a DSLR can become taxing when you need to go uphill for quite some time. At least my ZF3 is very light and handy but it was able to give justice to the beauty of Batanes so here you go. Have a look through the lens of my Zenfone 3.
|Come, sit with me.|
|Candid shot of Miss Jaja Ramirez|
|marveling at the beauty of Vayang Hills|
|Astrophotography using ZF3 Manual mode|
All photos are raw shots since I do not know how to edit and I believe that true beauty should be natural and unfiltered. As you can see, this place is simply inspiring. It inspires you to be better, to appreciate more, to step back, and live life the way it's meant to be. For me, it inspired me to do this.
I’m going to inspire people around me by doing something good, even if it’s something really small. Life should only end when you take your last breath, not when you reach a certain milestone or age. Life should always be about new beginnings and endless opportunities. I want someone to say that because I lived, their life was a little bit better. This is the legacy that I want to leave behind.
To Batanes, I may never return there but the 4 days I had with you will always remain. You are one of the best places to go to and I am glad that even for a while, you welcomed me in your arms.
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