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PLACE:
Bounded by a 10-hour Bus Ride from Manila, the Batad Rice Terraces, a UNESCO heritage site, were built way back 2000 years ago. One of the most stunning and most visited places in the Philippines. Imagine the Ifugaos (locals in this province) creating this staircase of Rice with bare hands is beyond reasonable doubt, amazing.

The Terraces is not in its perfect time when we visited. It was brown as locals were preparing for the planting period. Nonetheless, seeing this Terraces live (which I only see in postcards and photos before) for the first time put me in awe.

Best time to visit is March-May as the terraces will be in its greenest. If you want to see terraces of gold, then June would be the best as it will be harvest time. I couldn't imagine seeing these terraces in tip-top shape, I guess I'll simply break down into tears.


ABOUT THE TRIP:
Nevertheless, this trip was worth the bus ride. Definitely, the most stunning places I've ever been in my country, not to mention how my legs were deeply shattered with the hike. I also learned a lesson, never hike without any preparation. Haha. I almost died.

Speaking of death, 5 days after our visit, the same bus that we took crashed (loose breaks) into the ravine killing 14 people, 3 of which are foreigners.We were just lucky and blessed to have survived that overnight trip. Geesh


PHOTO:
I used a GND Filter for this one, but I didn't notice that the top right of my filter was wet (due to drizzling). That explains that odd ghostly effect on the top right of the image. Any tips how to get rid of this in the PP?

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