November 26, 2010
Just spent half of the day in Guimaras Island. It was a blast! I joined Doi and Edwin for this sidetrip since the affair that we were attending (Visayas Blog Summit & Philippine Blog Awards 2010 – Visayas Leg) won’t be happening until the next day.
I didn’t know that Guimaras is big. I was thinking that this was just an islet! I guess this is the problem when you don’t research ahead of time and you just let your companions handle the tour. In another sense though, it’s actually a good thing. Your preconceived notions are thought wrong and there are no expectations set – you’d be surprised in the end. In this case, I was very happy with the outcome.
We headed to the province which boasts of producing the world’s sweetest mangoes. I’ve so many pictures and I don’t know where to start. Before I create a bunch of entries, let me post some snapshots when we were able to stop by a beautiful spot.
We hired a tricycle driver for our transportation and after dropping by the Trappist Monastery (more about on my next entries), we headed towards to Villa Igang Resort. While enjoying the ride, I noticed a great spot and immediately asked our tricycle driver (Kuya Jun) to stop so that we could take pictures of the scenery.
peace out and weeds in!
Looking like a Windows XP wallpaper, it was a beautiful sight with a lone tree amidst grasses and a nice backdrop of the clouds and the sky. So we started posing in front of the camera.
These grasses, I later found out were called cogongrass which have become a problem for land owners due to their invasive nature. Though they help stabilize the soil, they’re classified as weeds (Cogongrass – Wikipedia).
The cogongrass had many sharp points which caused some irritation and scratches on our skin. It hurt a lot when we had to take a dip in saltwater but what the heck; on with our poses!
Big Red Ants Bit Me!(not Charlie)
A crazy thing happened while we were climbing the tree. I got bitten by some red ants on my neck! While resting on a branch, those nasty crawlers showed their rage and attacked me.
I was silently thinking of some wacky poses before I'd do some stunts but little did I know those ants had some of their own.
photo by Edwin
Feeling, something crawl on my skin. I thought it was a hairy caterpillar which frightened me since I didn’t want to end up scratching myself all day. However it was too small to become a worm that I analyzed that it was an insect I could easily dust off.
When I tried to shake it off, that’s when I had to cringe in pain. The bite was enough to cause me discomfort. But it didn’t hinder me from going down. Instead, I hopped on to another branch and started acting like a monkey.
Besides, I couldn’t be furious at them knowing that I was the one who disturbed their habitat. Oh well, next time I’ll be more careful (I think).
Well one thing’s for sure, aside from having a thick face, I’m glad I have thick skin (harhar). I proceeded to acting foolishly on the branches to make the most of the time we had left.
The weather was good and we had to head back to our next destination as we only had a few hours left before going back to Iloilo.
I asked the driver for the name of the road where this was situated. He said that this was called “Ravina Road” but on the sign it said “National Road”. I got confused on what’s the real deal.
Anyway, if you want to drop by this spot, this is in the town of Jordan, a few kilometers after the Trappist Monastery. You can’t miss the view!
trike all the way!
We will be going back to Guimaras on Monday for some more adventures. I still have a lot to post but this will be it for now.
Kuya Jun (tricycle driver guide) Contact Number: 09291406331 and 09433327169
Check out my other articles about my Guimaras trip here:
- Big Red Ants and Cogongrass in the Island of Guimaras
- Villa Igang Pigeons in Guimaras
- Beach, Cave and Cliff at Villa Igang Resort in Guimaras
- Rocks at Guisi Beach, Guimaras
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