Tibiao Adventure

Today, let me take you to Tibiao, a hidden exotic paradise where the best part of the adventure starts from the beginning of the journey till the very end of the much-awaited final destination.

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Our trip begins braving the muddy, narrow slippery road of Barangay Tuno. To your left on the driver’s side are the mountains of Antique.

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Several inches from our car is a ravine. It just rained and more likely our vehicle will be swerving a bit towards the edge of that ravine. Yes, seat belts are a must.

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All that rough road driving made me hungry. How about you? Let’s try some homemade peanut brittle. No need to line up. We’ll use the drive-thru.

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Our first adventure, zip lining. Surprise!

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Everyone should try this, atleast once in their lifetime. Scared? Don’t worry, you are not alone. I have some fear of heights too but I’ll gladly volunteer to be your zip line buddy. I will hold your hand and won’t let go. And yes, I will be screaming like crazy with you!

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From above, the panoramic view of the Tibiao river in between mountains and hills is just spectacular. If the zip line experience doesn’t take our breathe away, the view will. Guaranteed!

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While my son was having an amazing time zooming down the zipline, yelling at the top of his lungs, “Yahoo,” I was silently praying, “Please, don’t let this wire snap.”

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Time to lower the adrenaline level. Let’s take a fun walk by the hanging bridge. It’s best to hang on to the side rails tightly. The bridge will shake and sway wildly.

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This boy saw me taking the picture of the mountain behind him. He waved at me and gave a signal that he’s about to jump into the water. As he took a leap, he smiled, raised his arms and gave a two thumbs up. He looked so happy and free, just like all the other children we saw swimming in the river.

In Tibiao, we are reminded that "a simple life is a happy life."

In Tibiao, we are reminded that “a simple life is a happy life.”

After all the walking, gliding and screaming, I owe everyone a relaxing, warm, soothing Spa treatment inside a big cast iron “Kawa,” otherwise known as a sugar cane cooking pot used in sugar plantations in the province of Bacolod.

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While waiting for the rest to finish their water Spa, how about resting those tired legs and feet. Now, let our thoughts drift away. Let’s throw to the wind of Tibiao all our stressors and heartaches. Feels good, right?

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Who wants to get close and personal with the rumbling waters of Tibiao? How does river kayaking sounds. Never done it before? No worries, each one will get their own personal kayaking guide.

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It’s okay to fall into the water. Our kayak guides are the best rescuers/swimmers in the area.

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I fell twice. Grrr…the water was so cold.

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Saving the best for last, we are trekking for 30 minutes towards the seven water falls of Bugtong Bato.

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Never a dull moment. So much tropical plants and flowers along our path such as these Birds of Paradise.

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Local folks are very friendly. Everyone greets with a smile.

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I can hear the sound of cascading water. Can you hear it too? Close your eyes, imagine, hear the sounds of nature calling you.

Now open your eyes. We’re here. Welcome to Bugtong Bato Falls.

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As we move closer to the falls, invigorating sprays of cool mist touches our skin. Refreshingly good after that long, tiring walk.

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Climbing about 50 feet of bamboo stairs will lead us to the second water fall.

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Now, look down. This is what the first waterfall looks like from the top. Just be careful not to move so close to the edge.

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Now time to take a dip and swim. Caution: “No” diving from the top of the falls please.

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It’s close to sunset and much as we want to stay longer, it’s time to head back home. And yes, we have to walk again another 30 minutes towards the car. We better move fast, it is getting dark.

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Before we leave, let us take one last look at the Bugtong Bato Falls and breathe its fragrant misty air. Now, close our eyes and create a permanent mental picture of every adventure we all experienced today. When we want to relive the adventure, all we have to do is remember.

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Thanks for accompanying me to our adventure in Tibiao. Hope it reminds all of us that “Life is full of adventures. That life in itself is an adventure.” Each new day, we are given a chance to find our heart’s adventure. May we never let those chances slip away.

What adventure do you wish to make today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Island Traveler

A father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, a traveler, an optimist hoping to create something good & meaningful to every person he shares his world, his home, his dreams, his hope & heart with.
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71 Responses to Tibiao Adventure

  1. What an amazing adventure! Such a gift! Your family will remember sharing this special time for the rest of their lives.

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  2. aqilaqamar says:

    Reblogged this on Iconography ♠ Incomplete and commented:
    Tibiao in the Phillipines 🙂

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  3. misswhiplash says:

    Thank u so much for taking me with you on this journey.The scenery is spectacular and so exciting but I am glad that you were holding my hand,I am a bit scared of heights. I would love to do it again. God Bless you dear friend and may the Lord be with every step of the way through your life.
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    • An honor to hold your hand my friend during a scary yet fun ride. It’s when we realize we are not alone that our adventure truly becomes more enjoyable and exciting. Thanks. God bless you and your family always.

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  4. kstnrt says:

    Wow! Wonderful photos–and what a terrific adventure!

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  5. janna hill says:

    Thanks for the delightful trip. 🙂

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  6. bigbird34 says:

    Felt like I was right there with you. Thank you for sharing such lovely images.

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  7. astridswords says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog and welcoming me to these beautiful pictures. What a delight =)

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  8. Fabulous family and individual adventure, a fortunate opportunity for the intersection of nature human nature. Marvelous…

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    • It was a sudden adventure trip my brother-in-law thought of. It was my first weekend in the Philippines and he said heard about this amazing place in Tibiao , Antique. Truly a one of a kind thrilling nature experience.

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  9. Wow, what a fantastic adventure!!! Love all of the pictures. Not sure if I’d have the courage to do the zip line but it was a beautiful view 🙂 Thanks for sharing your trip ~Sophia

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  10. That is some fancy hot tub 🙂 and these are some beautiful photos, Mr. B.

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  11. Magnificent Photos Island Traveler, what a great time you all had, such an amazing location but to be honest I’m so glad I don’t have to have a zip line experience, two feet flat on the ground, that’s me!, I always love sharing your Holidays but this one also left me a bit giddy for sure. Lol

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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    • We were already a bit scared and edgy while traveling on the road. It was realy slippery with deep mud holes. And the ravine…so way down there. The zip line is something I had to do. I have fear of heights and I know that one day, I need to overcome it. I was assured the metal wires can sustain tons of pounds and very safe. It’s true though that screaming or shouting help release all that tension and chest pressure. The view was amazing on top and to see my son look so thrilled…priceless. Will, I do it again. Yes!Thanks Anne. God bless.

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  12. Sherri says:

    Woo hoo!!! Thanks so much for taking me on this adventure with you my friend, I loved every minute of it! Even the zip line (which I would love to try one of these days, despite, like you, hating heights!). I think I’m getting braver though as I get older, lol!!! I could breathe in the fresh air, feel refreshed by the cooling spray from the beautiful waterfalls and then relax in the sugar cane cooking pot…bliss! Fantastic photos and wonderful capture for the adventure challenge. Your enthusiasm and energy has given me just the boost I needed…thank you so much for this fabulously uplifting post…have a wonderful weekend and God bless you and your family … 🙂

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it Sherri. I agree, it seems that as I get older, I am also getting braver. I think for me it’s because of time. We can’t be young forever and there is so much to see and do for so little time. I don’t know if I will have another chance of seeing Tibiao and whatever adventure they had to offer that day, I jumped in. Scared but I was all game for anything. Looking back, I’m glad I did. One less regret to worry about. God bless you and your amazing family.

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  13. andaghetau says:

    it looks like an amazing place. such a beautiful place to spend your time. looks lovely…very jealous!

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  14. DotedOn says:

    Your pictures are always so beautiful and the tell so much, it’s almost like being there 🙂
    Again, thank you for the trip 🙂

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    • Physical images connect with our memories, bringing to life the moments we’d been. And that easily jumps into our post because we are so into it. Passionately reliving each memory like we are there all over again. The magic of photographs, memories and words. Thanks.

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  15. What a fabulous adventure! I especially enjoyed the beautiful zip line backdrops and the giant bowl of spa treatment. How unique a place – and what great memories.

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  16. Island Traveler, you make an excellent tour guide. I’ll pass on the zip lining, the walk over that scary wooden bridge and kayaking. But I’ll gladly take you up on the spa treatment and the hiking to the waterfall. Breathtaking. Thank you for sharing. ;_)

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  17. DotedOn says:

    I’ve nominated you for two awards 🙂

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  18. Fabulous post and photos! So nice to see children OUTSIDE and not inside! I especially like the photo of children soup !!

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  19. Awesome adventure, Mr. B. your son has so much stories to tell as you and your wife have filled his days with so many beautiful family moments he might not even know where to begin. you have blessed him with countless experiences of joy and adventure and sharing them with us is heartfelt indeed. looking forward to reading more of your island escapades 🙂

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    • Thank you my friend. It was indeed a joy to see him embrace all the adventures, culture and simple way of life in the Philippines. Even the mosquito bites, he welcomed with bravery during our outdoor trips. Seeing him bond with his cousins, priceless! After a few hours of being together, they are like best friends. Family is family and among kids, it’s even more natural and rich. I will always be thankful for all the family, relatives and friends that made our Philippine travel the best Summer there is! Fun escapades goes to a new meaningful level when we are welcome with lots of open arms and hearts.

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  20. restlessjo says:

    That’s some sturdy boy you’ve got there, Mr. B- he’s like a young mountain goat! Fabulous to see the pair of you happy and free, and full of adventure. I was screaming too on that zipline! 🙂

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  21. Wow! Thank you so much for letting me find you!!!!!!!
    And thank you for sharing this awesome adventure!!

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  22. Wow, now that looks like an amazing adventure! I think I’ve seen some of it in an Indiana Jones movie. 🙂 Your boy should doesn’t have fear of heights. I wouldn’t dare going down that zip line, haha!

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    • I was scratching my head when he eagerly volunteered for the Zip line. I was the one scared. I held his hand tightly the entire zip line experience and shouted at the top of my lungs. Shouting helps with the tendon and anxiety. I’m glad we rode together. It was something we will share together in memory for many years. Thanks.

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      • My kids asked me so many times to take the skyfari at the San Diego zoo. It’s basically a gondola hanging off a cable and traveling hundreds of feet over the zoo. I finally have up and asked them to hold my hand the whole way, and they did! I bet their hands hurt faster that, haha! That only problem is, they want to do it every time we go now…

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      • Kids help us overcome our fears and help us discover our fun side. Looks like you kids, like my son find joy with thrilling above the ground rides. If only they know how scared we were. Oh, well, we try our best to make them happy, heights or no heights. Thanks.

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  23. mariannegv says:

    What a great adventure. Everything looks so green. I love that. It’s always great to be in contact with nature.
    Kind greetings,
    Marianne

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  24. Thanks for following Mummy Spits The Dummy! Your beautiful photos make me want to pack up my kids and jump on a plane – just lovely.

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  25. That’s an amazing place! I’ll put that on my list to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Patty B says:

    There are no words to describe that paradise – breath taking and awesome come to mind!

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  27. Indira says:

    How lucky to have so much adventure with your dear ones. photographs are fabulous making me envious.(joking). I’m happy for you. have a nice time.

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  28. tchistorygal says:

    That was an amazing adventure. Glad you were so brave. I’m not sure I would have been. The roads would have been the scariest for me. 🙂

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  29. Imelda says:

    Wow! What a beautiful place but I will pass. The road alone is scary, reminds me too much of the roads we had back home when I was growing up with the added drama of the ravine. 🙂

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  30. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Your last few posts haven’t been in my reader, still its good to spend a while catching up.

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