Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Maira-ira's Wandering Shots

This has got to be the longest and the restless road trip I had this year. It all started with a three-hour bus ride from Cabanatuan to Manila where I met with travel buddy Dong Ho, master photographer Lantaw, adventurer-blogger Scud and sweethearts Jonee and Feigh. We planned to depart at 11 pm but because it is the start of a long weekend, Partas Bus heading to Ilocos could not accommodate all the passengers lined-up for the trip. We have to wait six hours for our bus to depart. The next twelve hours after that was an adventure in itself which included busted bus, delay due to road constructions, undisciplined drivers and ride transfers. To make, a long story short, it took us almost a whole day just to arrive at our destination.

We arrived at Maira-ira at about eight in the evening and after findin' a humble accommodation, we decided to rest our weary bodies, snooze, and explore the place early morning. This is actually my second time in this place having visited this last year. See my post here. So, I know that this place has lots to offer in terms of its natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere. Here are some wandering shots I have taken of one of Ilocos' most appealing place - Maira-ira:



Two Bananas in a Banana Boat


Child's Play


Ang Kalbo Sa Kubo


Unfinished Church and a Dilapidated Basketball Board


Hut and Stones


Colors in the Wind


Our Modest Shack



To see other amazing places around the world, please check out My World by clicking here. More of Maira-ira in my next post.

50 comments:

  1. cute namn nung banana boat photo---anung nangyari don? bat parang tumirik? lol

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  2. Wow! I love,love the photos! Cute yung baby girl, and the banana boat pic too!

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  3. i like the banana boat pic..but because of the background and not the banana. :D

    ill watch out for the next . :)

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  4. kalbo sa kubo! LOL! kala ko iphotoshop mo ang kurtina :D

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  5. Love the place! Funny that we were also planning a trip to Ilocos this coming weekend but the previous typhoon and upcoming one spoiled our plans :( Maira-ira wasn't part of the itinerary (I think), but will definitely include it if we decide to push through next time. Great photos!!!

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  6. The photos and scenery are all wonderful. Thanks for sharing your trip.

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  7. great colors... heheh ganda... heheh sino ung male model mo sa taas??? LOL

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  8. Haha, nakakatuwa ang captions mo. Sino yung nasa first photo?

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  9. Hahaha amusing yung caption ng banana boat pic... ayos! jijijijiji

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  10. terrific pics! parang poster ng century tuna ang first pic. nyahaha.

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  11. LS: What a neat look at the countryside. That is really a neat island. Thanks for sharing with MW.

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  12. Always enjoy your trips and this one is no exception! Marvelous captures as always. Cute little one! Love the banana boat. Always such rich, vivid colors!

    Have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  13. I would love to "rough it up" in that kubo. You know this is my kind of adventure.

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  14. The shack looks like an adventure on it's own, never mind the other problems! I love the unfinished church and the colors in the wind.

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  15. Those kind of things only happen when all the time You got is a long weekend. If You had all the time in the world You would get there without any adventures;)

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  16. This photos of your adventure are amazing. Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip to a world I would otherwise never see...
    Great shot of the banana boat and its top banana crew :)

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  17. What a great adventure. Really like all the colors.

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  18. oi, kaninong abs yan??!:p

    what an adventure! from the looks of it, it was well worth it.

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  19. I love the way you mix the environmental shots with shots of people. Looks like a great place to explore although it's too bad getting there was such an extended adventure.

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  20. haha i like that kalbo sa kubo shot! :)

    that was some extreme adventure you've had, and the destination made it so much better.

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  21. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. My first time here. Great photography!
    I'll be back.

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  23. Beautiful Adventurers` trip!!
    Great World.
    Luiz Ramos

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  24. Great photo series! Well done...nice set up you have here. I enjoyed stopping by

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  25. it's the first time i've ever heard of "maira-ira." those fish look really fresh!

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  26. The church and board are an interesting combination. These are wonderful shots.

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  27. looks like a nice hideaway.. ang sarap ng isda. Inihaw nyo ba ? :)

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  28. i feel so happy and proud to be an ilocana seeing this post along with great photos..thank you so much for featuring one of our province's finest!..hope to see more!

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  29. parang yummy yung nasa first photo. yung isda. sarap gawing kilawin yan.

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  30. Amazing photos! I love that half-finished church picture. Wonder what the story behind that one is?

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  31. lovely captures of a beautiful place!

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  32. The kubo sa kalbo is so funny as well as the other captions too. I guess the long trip was worth the wait because the photos are all good.

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  33. I really like the vibrant color in all of these pictures. You captured some beautiful scenes.

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  34. The people were so finely captured in your photos. The best one was the banana stuff. So colourful and watery.

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  35. You're quite dedicated to persevere in getting to your destination, and it's to our benefit. Great photo essay that portrays a lovely place and its people.

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  36. I adored to visit u...excellent shots
    Congrats..I hope so can visit u again
    http://graceolsson.se/mittliv/2009/10/22/skrapan-fyller-20-ar-at-skywatchfriday/

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  37. ang ganda naman ng title ni scud
    adventurer-blogger
    panalo!

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  38. wow iba ibang perspective ng maira-ira ah... pinag-usapan ba ng grupo nyo? hehe. nice trip... i conclude it was fun.

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  39. What a colorful place! It looks like a fun location to explore!

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  40. Nice photo of the banana boat! : )

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  41. Long bus trips, including those frustrating long waiting times, do make the adventure really an adventure. It's what makes the trip unforgettable.

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  42. Impressive shots of a beautiful place!

    Have a nice weekend :)

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