During our trip to Banaue, Ifugao for the Hungduan Climbathon 2011 our bus had some technical difficulties causing us to stop for more than 3 hours in the small town of Abian in Nueva Vizcaya. It was still dark when the bus stopped, so I decided to sleep until the sun rose or until the bus moves again.
Unfortunately, the bus was not fixed when sunrise came so I went out and saw this.
It’s amazing how you can feel thrill while being static for a moment.
Other than being furious and talk how bad the situation is, there’s actually a lot you can do while being stranded. You can…
- Sit down and think on how will you conquer your next conquest
- Talk and have fun with friends or simply make new friends
I personally talked to some people who were also inside the bus that was going to Sagada. They were Medical Technicians from Medical City in Ortigas. They were fun to talk to and I learned a lot on how the life of a Med Tech was. I hope I get to cross paths with them in the future.
- Practice your modelling skills
- Appreciate how ingenious the people of the place can be.
- Be a forensic-expert-wannabe by doing poop-spatter analysis
- If looking at poop is not your thing, maybe being one with the Comfort Room inside the bus is.
- Practice your photography skills on the Flora beside the river
- Appreciate how simple they live life
- Talk with people around, get to know them and learn from them.
- Appreciate what nature has to offer
I’m actually glad that we got stranded in such an area and we did not take the alternative jeepney ride to Lagawe then another to Banaue. I got to know more about the people I am with, the people that were in town and I made new friends.
A commendable aspect of us being stranded was that I never heard anyone complaining of our situation. We were all enjoying the time. Some were taking pictures, some were talking to locals, some were exploring, some were making new friends and the organizers were finding out practical ways for us to get out of the situation.
Many times it’s just a matter of looking at things on a different perspective. Explore, Deviate, Enjoy and Learn.
And after 14 hours of travelling we arrived safely at around 12 noon at Banaue, Ifugao. Hungry but alive. 🙂