Saturday, December 13, 2008

Walking Around Carabao Island

The way I see it, walking around Carabao Island is like wandering on a place where time stood still. I felt like I was in a time-period movie circa 1970s where you see nothing but wooden houses, farm animals on the roadside, and old lady folks dressed up in saya. If not for the Smart Banner in one store saying "Load Na Dito" and the occasional motorcycle that passes its narrow road, then one would really believe that it is still the seventies.

But that basically is the appeal of the place, very laid-back and yet very scenic specially if you head to Tagaytay Combot where the seascape is just so amazing. So for today, I will leave you with photos I have taken while I was walking around Carabao Island:


Typical Hut in the Island



Valley of Palms



Narrow Road



Wild Flower



Dirt Road leading to the Valleys



Everything is Green



Nothing Much to Do but Rest



Carabao Island is named after this Mammal


Carabao Island is an island in the province of Romblon in my country, the Philippines. It has one municipality named San Jose. Onhan is the native language of the island's inhabitants. The place was named after Carabaos(water buffaloes) which used to inhabit the place.

82 comments:

  1. i love the view! very relaxing.

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  2. Thank you for this peek at a far away land that I could never travel to other than through cyberspace. Lovely
    series of photos!

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  3. grabe ang ganda ng lugar! ito ang namiss ko ngayong taon, makarelax sa probinsya.

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  4. Thanks for the guided tour... makes this dreary day a bit more sunny...

    Have a great day!

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  5. Wow! What great pictures. What a way to live, huh? We forget living in America just how simple and beautiful life can be.

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  6. Nice pictures--remembering the old days!---

    And that small nipa hut,,, so cool! esp. on summer!

    TC>>

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  7. hahaha... "load na dito" sign. oo nga ganda pa ng island na to. pero siguradong not far from now, magiging commercialized na rin ito.

    hindi mo pinost ang video mo. hehehe...

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  8. Good thing about this place is less pollution compare to urban places

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  9. Carabao..Kerbau(water buffaloes)in Malaysia.
    Nice Island.

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  10. Carabao..naalala ko tuloy noong bata ako- kaming tatlong magkakapatid ay nakasakay kami sa kalabaw ng tatay ko habang pinapastol namin sa bukid

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  11. nice shot of the pink flower!!!
    hehehe:)

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  12. Where life is still simple...beautiful nature...

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  13. I always have this notion that carabaos are used to plow the rice fields. Are there vast expanses of rice fields in this island?

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  14. laid-back nga yung place, simple lang yung ways of living. at buti naman may "load na dito" sign at nalaman mong abot sila ng cellsite dun kuya oman. hehe.

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  15. Looked like a very relaxing place. Good excuse of not answering any phonecalls or replying to emails. :)

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  16. for a lawyer, you really travel a lot. i do not know anyone like that. i hope you don't lose lots of cases.

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  17. Quero conhecer este paraíso!!!

    Beijocas Natalícias...

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  18. We're rather modernized so it'd kinda hard to find anything old and authentic. ;)

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  19. Wow! Love this place! It does make you feel as if you have gone back in time!

    Marie

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  20. All the more I regret missing the opportunity to visit Carabao Island when I had the chance. Maybe I'll have a second chance...

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  21. Now, this is great. This is one place I'd love to visit, and take time to rest, with the kubo to shelter me and the food all so natural... I love this life. *sigh*

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  22. Carabao Island? I never heard of that, ah. But it seems so nice place to visit.

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  23. alam mo, i miss going to places like this one although di pa talaga ako nakapunta ng carabao island... hehehe!

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  24. very rustic...thanks for showing us not only the beaches but places off the beaten track.

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  25. pards mukhang type ka ni manong kalabaw este manang ata.he he he.:)

    nice photo...again,kartada dyes ito para sakin.:)

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  26. hello sayo... MERRY XMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! mwah! salamat sa pagiging bahagi ng blog ko! magpapahinga muna ako.

    -joshy

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  27. Relaxing place. It's always nice to be back to nature.

    ;)

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  28. Nasa Camiguin ka pala ngayon. I hope u enjoy your stay sa aking favorite province ;)

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  29. naalala ko ang kalabaw ng lolo ko na lagi kong sinasakyan nung bata pa ako...heheh

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  30. it must be nice to have a simple life in such a nice, secret, unspoiled place.

    cute carabao! so cool-looking

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  31. Nice naman Kuya Norman.... Parang sa amin lang... Thanks for the information. May Carabao Island pala.

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  32. I love flower shots! :) May next batch of pictures pa ba from this place?

    Btw, I've posted the pics from our Anawangin trip.

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  33. LS: What a neat shots of the interior of the island. That house on stilts is really something I've never seen.

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  34. Such wonderful photos you've given us again...I look forward to the visit, because I feel as though I've taken a trip...
    Sandi

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  35. @ lalaine - thanks. the islands interiors are combination of forests and rural life. kakaiba sa nakasanayan nating city life.

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  36. @ naturegirl - the island fits your i.d. the place is very natural.

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  37. @ carlotta - tama ka. iba pa rin ang appeal ng mga probinsiya.

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  38. @ lois grebowski - wow. i am glad that my posts warmed you up.

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  39. @ shutterupshutterbug - Thanks. Life here in this island is very simple and laid-back and yes, beautiful.

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  40. @ mys lyke meeh - yup, the good old days when life is simple. thanks for the visit.

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  41. @ the dong - i agree dom. mga five years siguro mas madami na pupunta dito.

    nasa multiply site ko yung video. i'll post the video later na lang siguro dito.

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  42. @ borneo falcon - yup. everything is fresh here and the air/aroma is so refreshing.

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  43. @ unclewang - here is another trivia. the carabao is philippine's national animal.

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  44. @ nanaybelen - ako rin natatandaan ko na sumasakay ako dati jan sa santa rosa, nueva ecija sa bukid ng lolo ko dati.

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  45. @ ailee920 - thanks. that wild flower is abundant in the highlands there.

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  46. @ sidney - i agree, simple and beautiful.

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  47. @ abaniko - yup, carabaos are used to plow ricefields. but now, they are usually replaced by machines/tractors. i have not seen vast expanses of rice fields there, just few terraces and fields.

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  48. @ beero - haha. di ko lang alam kung may globe din at sun bro. simple lang talaga doon.

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  49. @ alicesg - i agree. remember those times when celphone and email do not exist? life back then is much simpler.

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  50. @ reez - there are lots of lawyers who blog and travel. panyero aryo (www.rsandarino.blogspot.com) is one of them.

    don't worry, i don't take my law profession for granted. it is still my bread and butter lol. thanks.

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  51. @ gata verde - dahil di ko naintindihan ang comment mo ay tatagalugin ko rin ang comment back ko. salamat sa pagbisita kaibigan.

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  52. @ allen yuarata - cute ba? kakatakot nga kasi ang laki tapos nilalangaw pa. tingnan mo nakadila pa sa akin lol.

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  53. @ share my point of view - yeah but i have been to johor in malaysia and there are still places there that is a bit rural and old.

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  54. @ the tile lady - yeah. back in time where there are no celphones or laptops or ipods or psp lol.

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  55. @ bertn - hope you had that chance bro. marami pa naman time eh. sama mo ko. dapat libre hehehe.

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  56. @ sheng - lovely place for simple life indeed. it is pleasure of another kind.

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  57. @ hi in grace - hello. never heard of that place before too until i visited boracay. although the weather is not that fine, it is still one of the best travels i had this year.

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  58. @ ifoundme - try mo pumunta now kasi in the next few years malamang magdevelop na yung place kasi ang dami na nila plano sa lugar.

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  59. @ luna miranda - you are welcome. masarap din kasi mag explore ng ganitong island although i never really had the chance to check out all the places because of the weather and time limitations.

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  60. @ ever - salamat bro. manong siguro kalabaw kasi nakadila eh. pwera na lang kung tomboy yun hehehe.

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  61. @ joshmarie - uy balik ka agad ha. pahinga ka mabuti.

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  62. @ kyels - i agree. the fresh air is what i enjoy most.

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  63. @ kegler747 - upon writing this eh nakabalik na ko from my CDO-Camiguin trip. the best ang whiye island sa camiguin. no wonder fave place mo yun.

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  64. @ dakilang islander - pareho pala tayo.

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  65. @ acey - yup. so rural. hope everyone who grew-up in the city could experience the place.

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  66. @ lusia - thanks and i'll try to visit them all.

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  67. @ lionheart - salamat richard sa pagdalaw muli.

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  68. @ mel - yup, there more than a couple of posts pa about carabao island. hope you check them out too.

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  69. @ fishing guy - these are really what most of rural areas in my country looks like. thanks for liking them too.

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  70. @ sandi mcbride - thanks. i am happy to share these places. glad you enjoyed the trip.

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  71. Awesome shots. What a magnificent place.

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  72. wow philippines! puntahan ko lahat ng mga isla sa pinas pag marami na akong pera. hehe..

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  73. bro, nice post sobra. sarap siguro experience mo in carabao island. i remember going there when digital cameras were not yet really mainstream. your photos bring those memories so vividly. nice photos. it seems you've brought your photography and blogging to a different level na. it's a level i will try to aspire for. keep up the good work bro.

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  74. @ 2sweetnsaxy - thanks. the place is sooooo simple yet soooo beautiful.

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  75. @ bert loi - konti lang din naman pera ko eh lol. basta start ka sa mga malalapit then pag nakaipon na sa malayo naman.

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  76. @ alain - thanks bro, nakakataba naman ng puso comment mo. i try my best to have good shots pero i still have lots to learn. i have never taken any professional seminar. i just learn from other bloggers and enjoy what i do. thanks for appreciating my work.

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  77. I've heard so many nice things about Carabao Island. Actually, I am from Romblon, Sibuyan Island in particular, but I've never been to Carabao Island.

    Are there houses/rooms for rent if I would stay overnight in the island?

    One more thing, why didn't you have photos of the famous beach here?

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  78. ayos ang farm ah time really seems to stand still away from technology.

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