The night before, we were told we were going out very early so I woke up really early too. I woke up at 5 am! I was the one who woke up my Mama and Papa. I was that excited about this day.

My Mama told me the boat ride, in what was called a faluwa, might be rough and that I might get seasick so I braced myself. I did get a little seasick but I fell asleep in my Papa’s arms so it was not too bad.

That’s the reason I’m looking a little ruffled still while I was driving the jeepney all by my lonesome.

Lia driving a jeepney, Sinakan, Sabtang Island, Batanes

This is the way I drive a jeep, drive a jeep, drive a jeep.. so early in the morning

Jeepney, Sinakan, Sabtang Island, Batanes

I'm looking out because this is how I see everyone else do it


My Mama thought it was best for me to stay in the jeep while I was getting over the faluwa ride and entertain myself with the wheel.

So by the time we were in Savidug, I was ready to roll.

Savidug, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Where are we off to, Mama?

It was very, very hot though and my eyes hurt from the bright sun so I took my Papa’s sunglasses to protect my eyes.

Savidug, Sabtang Island, Batanes

This is so much better

Savidug, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Off we go to see the Wizard of... Savidug?

I loved Savidug. I went up and down the steps I could find. I went inside the houses. I even made friends with another little boy who was peeking from behind their house’s door.

Savidug, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Oh I love this place! Everything is just my size!

Savidug, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Looking out into the street from this position makes me giggly

Savidug, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Yes, very giggly

Lola Remy said we could go inside the houses so I relied on that and invited myself in.

Savidug, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Everything is just right in here Mama!

Savidug, Sabtang Island, Batanes

I'm so happy I feel like dancing!

Shortly thereafter, we were on our way to another place. We stopped by this bright, vast field and it was really windy. I was thirsty by then so I was having me some sip from my bottle.

Savidug, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Isn't a bit too windy in here? So bright too! Good thing I've got my bottle with me.

We didn’t stay very long and got inside the jeepney soon enough. Only to stop in this place where the first thing I saw was a big arch. Then we got down the jeepney, and boy, was it beautiful out there! I was so awed that I just had to clap my hands and learned how to say, “WoW!”

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

WoW! *clap clap clap*

My Mama at first thought we weren’t going to explore the place much so we had our photos taken on the edge of this cliff where it was so windy. I thought it was so beautiful that I thought we were staying there and not leave.

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Hi! Bye! (I got my Mama to wave along with me)

But it was so bright.. my eyes began to hurt!

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Ma, it's so bright. Can I borrow your sunglasses?

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Putting on sunglasses requires some effort in this place. I feel like the wind's gonna blow us over.

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

BUT THIS! This is so much more like it!!!

My Mama left me with my Papa to explore further, only to come back, saying she was going to take me to see something I would really love. And I did love it so much! It was so beautiful!

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Wow, what a beautiful place...

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Papa was calling us, saying we should look at him.. but I couldn't tear my eyes off the view.

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Mama, can I lay down on the grass, please?

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

(My Mama said yes, anak go ahead. Have at it!)

We stayed longer than expected because all I wanted was to lay down there or sit there and admire the view.. and of course, contemplate my (short) life.

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

I can stay here... all day.. even if its hot!

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Nu-ni-nu-ni-nu...

My Mama said we should get going now but I just wanted to stay there.

Chamantad-Tinyan Sitio Views, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Maybe if I lay down at her feet she'll let me

My Mama said it was okay to leave though because we were off to see more beautiful and interesting sights.

In Chavayan, I thought it would be nice if I did the customary photo by the welcome sign.

Chavayan, Sabtang Island, Batanes

I climbed this all by myself

I was so tired from exploring all these empty streets with stone houses that I just had to stop and rest.

Chavayan, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Steps make for good resting places

Chavayan, Sabtang Island, Batanes

I also hurt my hand for some reason and that really bothered me.

Chavayan, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Chavayan, Sabtang Island, Batanes

The wind blew my hair in every which way. This happens to be my Mama's favorite photo. Taken by my Papa.

Chavayan, Sabtang Island, Batanes

(How did I hurt my hand?)

I also thought it was fitting that I get a photo with the thank you sign, this time.

Chavayan, Sabtang Island, Batanes

(I ran so fast that by the time my Mama caught up with me, I was already up here)

I was feeling kinda sleepy by the time it was lunch time and we were on our way back to the port to have some lunch.

My Mama actually caught me picking my nose, thus, the guilty slash accusing look on my face

On the way to Chavayan, Sabtang Island, Batanes

(Why are you taking photos of me picking my nose?)

At the beach, it was so hot that my Mama, my Papa and I were just hanging out in some shade by the arch, just taking in all the view. My Mama was taking random photos while seated beside me.

Then Tita Maya thought it would be nice if we explored the water a bit. I had no plans of swimming but what the heck.

Nakabuang Beach, Sabtang Island, Batanes

We were testing the waters first

We first kicked off my sandals so it won’t get wet.. then the water got my pants so we took that off.

Nakabuang Beach, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Then it was my Papa’s turn to play with me by the water, because I liked playing with the waves!

Nakabuang Beach, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Pretty soon, all of my clothes were wet! We had to take everything off except my diapers.

Lia at Nakabuang Beach, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Wow, flailing arms!

We had no plans whatsoever to swim so we didn’t have any swimwear with us. But I took off all my clothes and then I saw something on the sand!

Lia at Nakabuang Beach, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Hah! This is soo fun!

Lia at Nakabuang Beach, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Fantastic! *clap clap clap*

Lia at Nakabuang Beach, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Oh, that's me? (ha, ha, ha!)

I asked if I could have my Mama’s sunglasses so she gave it to me.

Lia and her Mama, Nakabuang Beach, Sabtang Island, Batanes

I put it on over my eyes the usual way at first.. then I remember seeing how other people would just put their sunglasses over their head, like a headband. I thought it made for a great fashion statement.

Lia and her Mama, Nakabuang Beach, Sabtang Island, Batanes

The beach is so beautiful (sunglasses on my forehead)

Soon enough, we were on our way back to the port. When we got there, some of the other passengers weren’t there yet. So we hung around to wait. I saw this nice tricycle and I thought it would be nice to drive it. It looks just like my Papa’s bicycle, only bigger. Sitting on it feels like I’m sitting on my own tricycle, only its sooo much bigger.

Lia riding a Tricycle, Sinakan Port, Sabtang Island, Batanes

Vrrroooom, vrooom!

Lia riding a Tricycle, Sinakan Port, Sabtang Island, Batanes

(I could get used to this..)

Soon enough, we were boarding the faluwa back to Batan. The ride back was as calm and uneventful as the ride that morning so we all fell asleep. By the time we were back in Batan, I had recovered all my energy and had enough energy to play. It was just another fun day!

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