Batad-Banaue 2015: Where The Rice Fields Are Greener

“What titan built this wonder of the world? It was the Ifugao people of the Philippines working with not much more than their hands.”

That’s how Neil introduced Banaue Rice Terraces in his Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Season1 Episode12. Yep, the ship of imagination has flown over the rice terraces of Banaue in Ifugao.


In this episode, Tyson discussed about the effects of global warming. And it was in the last 5 minutes of the series where he tackled how our own ancestors had learned to adapt in a self-sustaining lifestyle by inventing Agriculture.

Excerpt from that particular episode I was referring to:

“What titan built this wonder of the world? It was the Ifugao people of the Philippines working with not much more than their hands. About 10,000 years ago, our ancestors all over the world took advantage of another form of climate change. The gentler climate of the intermission of the ice age. They invented agriculture. They gave up the ceaseless wandering, hunting, and gathering that had been their way of life for a million years or so to settle down and produce food. They found a way to harvest ten to a hundred times more solar energy than the environment naturally provided for their ancestors. People all over the world made the difficult transition from nomadic cultures to agricultural ones that used solar energy efficiently. It gave rise to civilization. We stand on the shoulders of those who did the hard work that such a fundamental transformation required. Now it’s our turn.”

After watching, I was like – OHEEMGEEE! I haven’t seen Banaue Rice Terraces yet :-/ So I made a promise to visit it soon. Luckily, I got the chance to see it up-close. I re-watched that episode yesterday, and boy it gives me more ahs and awes than the first time I saw it. Haha Perfectly explained the causes of global warming, the effects, and the solution. We Earthlings should be informed about this important issue and greatest challenge facing humanity today, a greatest challenge humanity has ever faced, and probably will ever face.

Watch it guys!! Here’s the link 😀   Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey

Birthday Month Climb Daw Oh!

Human specie name: Joan
Evolutionary adaptability improvement: Has successfully adapted the skills of climbing 1000 meters (give or take) mountain of Sierra Madre to Buntot-Palos Falls
Mission Accomplished. YAY! 😀

Technically, I can say that this is my first successful climb as I didn’t make it to the peak (last fountain) on my very first attempt to climb a mountain in Mambukal,Bacolod.

Mambukal, Bacolod


Thanks to the tour guide. It was a successful climb because of him. He helped me carry my bag all the way up. Cheers! 😀

At first I was like, “Are you sure you want to carry my bag, because I think I can manage” – says the typical me who don’t want to be treated like “a pain in the ass”. He might be thinking – if I can’t make it on my own, I shouldn’t do this in the first place hahaha I know he’s a tour guide, but his job doesn’t include carrying guests’ belongings. I left him some tip, would say fair enough. 🙂

I’m not used to climb mountains. This is not even my past-time. And as much as possible I don’t want to do it, because it’s exhausting as fuck. I guess I’m the last (not to mention lazy) person you would know to do the “climbing stuff”. My body and feet still hurt like a bitch. I climbed because it is my birthday-month climb. Plus, I need to be prepared for my Batad travel this April (hahaha reasons). Also, I had read some blogs that it is just an easy one-hour climb (goddammint, yet more proof that you don’t have to believe in everything you’ve read on the internet, you guys – be skeptic.)

Overall, I had a blast. It was all worth it, after seeing the 80 meter height waterfalls. And that alone will surely suffice an extraordinary adventure.