Photo Journal: Occidental Mindoro


We were riding habal- habal in Cebu- conquering the rollercoaster route our driver took to save travel time when I realized how beautiful trees and mountains compliment with the vibrant blue skies.

Such a fool. I can’t believe that it took me so long to truly appreciate nature’s beauty when I practically grew up traveling one whole day from San Jose to Manila every summer with such a relaxing view before me.

Maybe it is because of the familiarity that I never noticed my hometown's beauty. But after living in the city for ten years, I am starting to appreciate my birthplace even more. 

So, let me share with you a few photos I took in our recent by- land travel from Batangas Port to San Jose. It's mostly green and blue—but it's what reminds me of home. 

All the fun starts after three to four hours of riding the waves. Port of Abra de Ilog welcomes locals and travelers with a stunning view complete with a lighthouse.

Baleno and Montenegro lines operate in this port with trips every two hours.

Yapang Bridge in Sablayan is often busy with road trippers taking a snap or two.

Can't blame them, though. It felt that this spot also deserves a spot on my IG feed!

I especially love the tall trees crowding the road.

And the extra wide spaces where we can just park for a while and have some lunch at the back of the pickup truck.

If you still don't get some probinsya vibes right here, then I don't know what will?

Do you smell the fresh air?

Who else love seeing those tiny Nipa Huts?

And if in case you get tired of looking up to these giants...

Fields of green (or yellow, depending on the season) are always there to greet you.

Look! A carabao working hard for the day!

Rice, corn, and onions are the top produce of Occidental Mindoro so when you visit my beloved province- ready your eyes to feast in this kind of scenery.

Enough about my hometown, how does home look like for you?