Olango My Getaway: There are Faces and Places I Remember All My Life

Olango My Getaway was a very unforgettable experience for me. It gives me nostalgia. Whenever I get nostalgic, thinking about the moments that passed would be very pleasing for me because I'd play an awesome song on my mind or on the radio. I only have one song in mind, courtesy of the best band in the world, The Beatles! I love The Beatles!  ^_^

The best way to summarize Olango My Getaway is through lovely photographs. 

Enjoy!



There are places I rememberAll my life, though some have changedSome forever not for betterSome have gone and some remain

All these places had their momentsWith lovers and friendsI still can recallSome are dead and some are livingIn my life I've loved them all

But of all these friends and loversThere is no one compares with youAnd these memories lose their meaningWhen I think of love as something new

Though I know I'll never lose affectionFor people and things that went beforeI know I'll often stop and think about themIn my life I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affectionFor people and things that went beforeI know I'll often stop and think about themIn my life I love you moreIn my life I love you more

Olango Island Sunrise
Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar

Olango Island Sunrise
Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar



Photo courtesy of Fritz Menguito

Photo courtesy of Sir Jonji Ocampo

Photo courtesy of Sir Bjornson Bernales

Photo courtesy of Sir Bjornson Bernales

Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar

Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar

Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar

Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar



Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar










Olango My Getaway: Culinary Tour on Bike and Four-Wheeled Vehicle

Photo courtesy of Chodelyn Tion

The best way to get acquainted with the local cuisine of a specific place is to make the Culinary Tour by riding a bike or riding a four-wheeled vehicle. As for me, I prefer the former. Aside from the fact that I give off less carbon footprint, I am also giving myself a great deal of favor due to the exercise I would be accomplishing. This activity is literally "eat-and-run!" For those who don't want to ride a bike, no worries because a multicab is available. In the event that you got tired of riding the bike, all you need to do is ride the multicab too.
(Photo courtesy of Sir Bjornson Bernales)
Our culinary tour started when we boarded our awesome bikes in Olango  Island Wildlife Sanctuary. We passed by numerous locals wondering who we were because we were made of quite a number of bikers. We would often greet them with words or smiles. As for the children, they would receive candies from us if we see them. Oftentimes, the children would grow in numbers upon realizing that Santas on Bikes are giving them goodies. It was a good sight to see them smile and laugh!


Santa Papa! (Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar)

Me and Mark (Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar)

Shanky Baby gives a grin. (Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar)

The host team(Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar)
(Photo courtesy of Jervie David Montejar)

We slowly made our way to Sta. Rosa to try their Pan Bisaya. If you are wondering what it is, it's a local bread which looks like the francis bread we often buy in nearby bakeries and it is also stuffed with grinded sweet coconut meat. The dough has a hint of sweetness while the coconut meat was not too sweet nor too bland. It was balanced. It is a perfect morning or afternoon snack.


Pan Bisaya

After Sta. Rosa, we went to Talima to try their Huwad (Humba with Buwad). When we arrived in the barangay hall, lo and behold! We were also offered a delicious dish made of fish and bat! Yes! You heard me right! A dish made of bat! All of them were delicious! The bat dish was surprisingly good. You will not notice that it is a different kind of meat because it has a similar texture with that of a squid or octopus. 


Talima Barangay Hall

Dish made of fish

Huwad (Humba with Buwad)

Dish made of Bat meat


After having a heavy snack in Talima, we made our way to the pump boat factory capital in Olango Island  which is Baring. We interviewed a local pump boat maker which was present when we arrived. He explained to us how they make large pump boats. It was very interesting to see different sizes, shapes, and colors of floating mechanical wonders. In the past, they used big chunks of solid wood to build pump boats because wood was abundant. Nowadays, they use smaller chunks of wood and marine plywood. According to the pump boat builder, foreigners call their creations as Spider Boat because most pump boats have 8 legs. 


Manong Taga-Gawa ng Pump Boat answered my question, "Bangka Bangka, paano ka ginawa?"

Spider Boats

Spider Boats

The lower part of the pump boat seems to look like a surf board under Daddy Ruben Licera's feet.


After interviewing the local pump boat maker, we went inside the Baring Barangay Hall and had a taste of Puto Balanghoy. There were two kinds being served to us, the white and brown one. The brown Puto Balanghoy meant that sugar was added to it while the white one meant the absence of sugar. The Puto Balanghoy is also a substitute whenever there is no rice available. I liked the brown Puto Balanghoy because I have a sweet tooth. The process of making the Puto Balanghoy was also explained to us, as well as the different processes it has to undergo and the cooking instruments they use to prepare it. 


Baring Barangay Hall

Puto Balanghoy

Puto Balanghoy

Puto Balanghoy steamer

Manong Magbabalanghoy shows us his balanghoy grater

Manong Magbabalanghoy shows us the process of removing the cyanide from balanghoy.

The balanghoy cyanide removal pit




After having our third morning snacks, we passed by the floating restaurants of Caw-oy for a few minutes. There were lots of bangkas. I could also see on my video camera that there was quite a crowd who were having their lunch in the restaurants in the middle of the sea. 


Raise the roof! (Photo courtesy of Sir Bjornson Bernales)

Caw-oy Barangay Hall

Numerous bangka and floating restaurant

floating restaurant

floating restaurant

floating restaurant

Children playing in the sea


A few meters after viewing the floating restaurants, we went for a short stop at a house who offered cooked Saang. I love it! If only I could have the whole basin of Saang for myself! Hehehe!


Saang


The heat of the sun eventually took its toll on my body. I was loosing a great deal of body fluids. If I did not take the hydration pack with me, I was good as dead. Thanks to the support of my friends and our gracious hosts, I was able to make my way back to our bamboo house in Tungasan to take a  very much needed nutrient and liquid replenishment. It is known in simple words as lunch. My eyes was greeted with the colorful array of viands being arranged on the table. Enough talk! Time to eat! Olango Island is a paradise for a foodie indeed!
Wohooo! (Photo courtesy of Sir Jonji Gonzales)

Saang

Saang

Calamares

Fried Fish

Adobong Pusit

Tinola na bangus

Tinola na bangus

Humba

After the sumptuous lunch, it is imperative that a much needed siesta or a simple rest was to be taken because we already conquered about 20 kilometers of the island through our bikes. The fresh air and great sea view in front of our bamboo house was a perfect setting for talking with friends and taking many laughs.

After taking a much needed rest, we went to Sabang through the rough road. We feasted on fried salpo (sea cucumber) and lamao (coconut juice+meat and  condensed milk). The salpo for me was a great thingy to munch on. It had a chewy consistency. Their lamao was also great because it was sweet and delicious, and the place where we had lamao was very nice. It was made up of green grass and it looked as though the whole land was made up of carpet. The wonderful ambiance was enough to stimulate our wild imagination!


This may seem that we were on LSD. You are wrong. We were just on a natural high!

Salpo

 Lamao

Lamao

Coconuts

If I am to summarize my culinary tour experience, one single positive adjective is not enough to describe it. I am in awe with the natural beauty of the island. The locals welcomed us warmly. Their food nourished us. We rekindled our friendships and made new ones. The Culinary Tour on Bike and Four-Wheeled Vehicle for me was a great success! I want to experience it again! Olango Island, I shall return!







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