Rice Terraces – Philippines

You have to go !

Here is what I have noticed in my life… I doubt I am alone. Since we have constant entertainment at our fingertips now… youtube, facebook.. we can’t even sit in a doctors office for 5 minutes without checking our newsfeed, I find I am not impressed by much..

Think about it, you go to a street performer festival and these people are swallowing fire and swords, they are doing back flips while balanced on ladders, and you enjoy watching it but you leave impacted… like yah that was really cool.. but I probably won’t go around telling everyone what I saw. Why? Because you have seen the same thing, or something more insane on the internet.. it becomes not as interesting.

This is kind of what I have noticed while traveling. I know, BOOO me. I find I get to a place that I hear about all the time, like the Sistine Chapel in Italy, and I am like… cool…. a painted ceiling.. (I mean I WAS 15 at the time so I might enjoy it more now). What I don’t realize a lot of the time is THIS IS REAL LIFE! This beautiful view is not your computer screen saver… this is reality that your eyes are seeing, Fricking enjoy it GIRL!

Well, my crappy unimpressed attitude was completely changed when I was to the Rice Terraces in the Philippines !

This place is more beautiful and “cool” than any photos you can see. You might flip through pictures online and be like “yah I have seen better”, but when you see the Rice Terraces personally, it is amazing. I am not a fan of hiking and we ended up hiking all day around this world wonder. We went up high, we had to shuffle across tiny ledges, we had to walk down the steepest staircase I have ever seen with no hand railing and a cliff right beside us, we stopped for a rest at a waterfall, and we encountered unbelievable views.

So if you are anything like me, hard to impress, or you just want to see something that will leave you breathless (literally, the hike will), check out the Rice Terraces.

Take the picture or enjoy

Is it more fun in the Philippines ?

Morning coffee with a view

How do you not move ?

Morning coffee with a view

Traveling allows you to stumble out of bed in the morning, grab a cup of coffee, and sit down in front of views like this.

This is the Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines. They are over 2000 years old and were hand carved into the side of the mountain by people who wanted to farm rice. Some call them the 8th wonder of the world, and for good reason… they are absolutely stunning.

After this wonderful morning with a view, we hiked all around the rice terraces, it took all day ! We went up, and down, and had to balance on small ledges to get to the other side. We stopped for a dip in a waterfall, and had to walk down a steep, narrow staircase that had no hand railing… just the side of a mountain to look down on.

We’re going on an adventure.

 

Philippines, 2014

How do you not move ?

Can you believe this beach