Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

U2 once complained, in song form of course, that he has climbed the highest mountains, and ran through the fields, yet, in Bono’s words, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” Don’t worry, Mr. Bono, for you’re not alone. Here in VisitPinas, in the midst of this mind-numbing and wallet-crunching lockdown, we’ll feature our kababayan apparently still looking for whatever they are looking for (and if you see some great photos, tell them to tag us at VisitPinas@Instagram so we can include the photos here).


Barrio Chavayan, Sabtang, Batanes, Philippines
Barrio Chavayan, Sabtang, Batanes, Philippines. Photo courtesy of Engr. JEFF (check his Instagram account, @thebuffexplorer, for more photos).

Sure, Engr. Jeff has some seriously serious abs (explains his account name, @thebuffexplorer). By a fun process of elimination, we can safely say that he’s not looking for his abs. The gym, perhaps? More likely. But we bet our remaining 15 days in lockdown that there’s no gym in Barrio Chavayan, Sabtang, Batanes. We’ve been on those streets and we didn’t see any gym; just stone house, amazing views, a chapel, and lots of warm smiles from the local.

[See also: 15 Tips for your Batanes Trip and 12 Ordinary Things that Look Gorgeous in Batanes]

Speaking of locals: “Hit the streets and live like a local,” says Jeff’s caption of this photo A genuine traveler’s motto. As they say, when in Rome, live like the Romans. When in Batanes, eat lots of sun-dried dibang (flying fish). Well, if that’s what you were looking for, Engr. Jeff, let us know, because we know someone who knows from whom you can get the best dried dibang in Batanes. That may sound oddly confusing but to sum it up, we hope you guys tried the dibang.


Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort, Oslob, Cebu
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort, Oslob, Cebu Province. Photo courtesy of Kristoff de Villa (check his Instagram account, @justpackme, for more photos).

Don’t be fooled by appearances. The lovely reflection off the water is GREEN from the lush foliage, in a place called the BLUEwater Sumilon Island Resort in Oslob, Cebu. “Reflect,” Kristoff says in the caption of this photo, so we’re going to do just that. We’re reflecting why they didn’t call this the GREENwater Sumilon Island Resort.

We’re kidding, of course. The island is in the middle of the sparkling blue sea, just a stone’s through from the area where tourists interact with the butanding (incidentally, we decided not to post our story and photos on the Oslob whale sharks because, sadly, we don’t like how the butanding are being treated) and around an hour away from the sardines run in Moalboal (for the sardines run story, we just ran out of interest to write about it, found the mojo back because of the lockdown).

Anyway, going back to the search, we’ve been staring at this photo for a good 6 days now (yessir, not kidding) and we still can’t figure out what those tanned bodies are looking for. In fact, we’re unsure if they’re looking for something or hiding it. Perhaps we’ll never find out. We’ll just chalk it up to Maverick’s, “it’s one of life’s mysteries, sir” (oh, we can’t wait for Top Gun II, gademit!).

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