Your Practical Guide Around Banaue Rice Terraces

I am not a local of Banaue but I stayed there for almost a month that I learned a lot of useful information that I’d like to share to my readers. This place is popular for the Banaue rice terraces, however, it seems most travelers just do a stop over at the rice terraces viewpoint and then head over to other more popular places like Sagada. Poblac

Batad Rice Terraces: Why you should pay for a Local Guide

Note: I did not intend to post this here as this is my letter to the Banaue mayor. However, I made some mistakes today which resulted to a duplicate post of House of Ekolife. So as not to make my blog look worse, I will just re-publish this blog here. I stayed for a week in Batad to rest and just be away from any distractions. There is no network

House of Ekolife: Beyond Great Food, an Enterprise for the Philippines' Modern Heroes

Banaue was my home base for my last month in the Philippines and I was able to live like a local somehow. I didn’t travel much in the Banaue area like at the Happao rice terraces, except for the Batad rice terraces which I have blogged about extensively. However, I did eat a lot and tried the restaurants and carinderia (afforfdable local eatery) he

Your Complete Travel Guide to Batad Rice Terraces

I have just started out my digital nomad journey and long term travel. That meant that I have the option to travel slowly. I was like most tourists previously when I had my 9 to 5 job. I would take time off for a few days and get to as many locations fast. I think travel is personal, it differs how each one travels. I used to enjoy that hyper k

The Anatomy of the Ifugao Native Hut | Batad Rice Terraces

While in Batad, I stayed in a solo room at Batad View Inn & Restaurant as this was my most practical option. This lodging is under the same management as Mang Ramon’s Homestay who owns traditional nipa huts. It got me curious so I decided to upgrade for one night and sleep like a native Ifugao inside a nipa hut. Nipa huts are the traditional ho

Batad Cultural Experience: How to Make Traditional Ifugao Rice Wine

Preserving the Ifugao Ethnic Tradition Ramon Binalit, owner of Mang Ramon’s Homestay, is known in the Philippines for all the work he does to preserve Batad and its tradition. He has been featured in several articles and documentaries. We can call him a legend not only for showcasing their Ifugao tribe culture, but also for fighting to keep it inta

MOMA 101: Learning About “NgaNga” (Betel Nut) from a Young Ifugao

If you have been to Ifugao or other places in the Cordilleras, you may have seen signs that say “No Spitting of Moma”. Some visitors would have no idea what a moma is, and why in the world would you spit your mom?…errrr uhmm… to be clear, we’re talking about a different moma here. Despite the signs not to spit moma, you would see reddish canals ar

The Amphitheater View of Batad Rice Terraces: A Beginner's Trek to Awa View Deck

I am no mountaineer nor have any warm up prior my trip to Batad. My only preparation was a morning run around Banaue, a day hike to Tappiyah waterfalls and a solo walk to Batad village with four guide dogs. I was hesitant until the last minute because it rained the night before and in the early morning. I heard that the trails that can be very slip

Meet the Guide Dogs of Batad Rice Terraces

I went to Tappiyah falls the day before with a local guide. Surprisingly, one of the dogs named Blackie from Ramon’s Homestay joined us. Despite 2 guides – a human and a dog, I was scared to death walking through the narrow pilapil (ricefield dikes). I did survive that and you can read through my post about Tappiyah falls here. I wanted to go to th

Batad Vlog: Rice Terraces & Tappiya Waterfalls Dog Guide

Rambo, one of the dogs at Ramon's homestay in Batad, has been featured in the Philippines' Department of Tourism video for his exceptional tour guiding skill as a dog. The other dogs there like Blackie have followed his "pawsteps". Blackie, I assume an aspin (asong Pinoy/local dog}, surprised me and my guide and she joined us in our trek to Top

Tappiya Waterfalls, Batad: A Dog Guide and a Mermaid Myth

Batad is a remote village in Banaue, Ifugao province in the Philippines. It is known for its UNESCO World Heritage rice terraces which were built by hand over 2000 years ago. There are other rice terraces in the Cordilleras but I chose to stay for a week in this area for a more traditional Ifugao experience. There is no network coverage, the best p