It is my curiosity that has brought me in this place. The energy is overwhelming that it gives me anxiety not being able to see the burial caves. I may have been exhausted in this mountain hiking but the reward just outweighs the effort. It is my curiosity that motivated me to do these things; it has given me the courage to finish what I started and to survive this expedition with wonderful stories to share, unforgettable scenes captured in photos, priceless memories stored by my brain and the emotions for these experiences tattooed in my heart.
Finding a shelter in Mt. Data
Alab Petroglyphs | Prehistoric Etchings, Mind-Boggling PatternsTEASER: "It was carved inside a space of time from another dimension of civilization even far from the dawn of Christianity..." without any idea what is awaiting me out there.
I don't have enough knowledge of mountain hiking, and physically, I wasn't conditioned to do this. Reiterating, it was pack and go with no such plans.
Encountering people along the way can be both good and bad. You know what I mean. They could be either helpful or ruin your experience. As we go down the trail to the burial caves situated at the MOUNTAINS
MOUNTAINSClick the link to view the latest articles under the topic *Mountains* / Photo: Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines of Alab Oriente, we encountered these people.
From afar, I can't keep myself to stay relaxed. I mean, I should not give my trust always to strangers, although I have trusted strangers many times, I am thinking about my younger brother who is with me right now. Going closer, our guide recognized these people. We are safe.
Friendly strangers at Mt. Data
ILOCOS SURFAST FACTS: Ilocos Sur is a heritage province in the Philippines. It has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One is the Sta. Maria Church in Sta. Maria town and the other one is the city of Vigan. / Photo: Karbo Festival in #Vigan while they have a lot of pine trees here. And although there's lot of mangoes in my home province, eating with these welcoming people has made the mangoes so special and inexplicably delicious making the experience even more meaningful.
This is the way we rest, if there's no shelter
One of them told me, "Remove your shoes and try to plow the field, take photos and tell your friends you plowed a field in Alab." I responded with a smile as I pick the second to the last slice of mango. I realized I have been eating all the sliced mangoes on the plate.
These people are accommodating but they are hesitant to pose before my low-profile camera. "We are shy to pose," said by one; because they looked dirty and untidy with their mud-covered feet.
Mingling with strangers while my guide (rightmost) is slicing a mango
Can you notice the stairs below? I climbed that. I mean, real stair, not these huge ladders for rice.
After that great moment with these locals, we have to continue the expedition. As I have mentioned in my earlier posts for this series, I am going to see the burial caves that are so mysterious.
The way to the Ganga Caves
Believed to be an ancient dweller resting inside a thick pinewood capsule
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