Every time I ride tricycles I prefer to be seated at the back of the driver so that I could have a bigger view of the surroundings than when I am sitted inside the sidecar. But when I was talking to the Tourism Officer of Hungduan, Wena Sicat, she suggested that since I was alone I could take a single motorcycle. I thought to myself “Why didn’t I think of that!” It offers unblocked view from left and right, and since I’m going to pass by lots of rice terraces then I would easily see where to stop to take a picture.
I woke up in the morning in my lodging in the middle of Hapao Rice Terraces, ate breakfast, started walking to reach the road and waited for the driver, Kuya Elpidio, and the motorcycle to arrive. Hopped on the motorcycle and passed through many different rice terraces and the lower parts of the Poblacion of Hungduan. After that it was still about 5 kilometers of unpaved road to go before we reach Balentimol Falls.
It was a bit long journey but good thing we passed by the viewdeck of Bacung Spider Web Terraces. Got down the tricycle and climbed up the viewdeck. It was a sight to see but I could not see the spider web. Kuya Elpidio then told me that the spider web could only be seen from an aerial view. I looked at it in Google Maps, still I could not find it looking like a spider web. If I let my imagination go wild though I can see the cephalothorax and abdomen of a spider through the land formation, and the legs are formed by the pilapil of the rice terraces. Maybe it’s not really called a Spider Web Terraces but only Spider Terraces. Anyways, I’ll let your imagination go wild when you visit the place.
Back at the motorcycle scene, it took us a good 30 minutes (a big chunk of the time was allotted to occasional stops for picture taking) to get to the jumpoff point of Balentimol Falls.