What is Baler without surfing?
Well, for someone like me who didn’t go surfing, it’s a lot of things — it was about food, the beach, and just generally enjoying my time with my friends, this being our last trip in quite a while.
But then, there’s this small part of me that regrets not learning how to surf. Nandun na ko eh. Ohwell.
After suggesting so many activities for our only full day in Baler, we ended up spending majority of our second day in Dicasalarin Cove. The Mother Falls was vetoed because of the 1.3 km hike, and the hanging bridge was put aside because we just really wanted to hang out by the beach.
After having breakfast at El Teodoro, we dropped by the grocery to buy food and drinks (actually, it was just chips and alcohol hahaha) and off we went to Dicasalarin Cove.
It was a quick 30 minute drive to that part of town. After paying the PHP 300 entrance fee at the gate, we drove through a very narrow road through the mountains. Ordinarily I’d be freaked out, but the view was awesome so I was pleasantly distracted.
2016 is starting to become a milestone year for our barkada, with three of my friends getting married, and two migrating to different countries. Our course, we had to celebrate their despedida with a trip somewhere. One of the considerations was that we couldn’t go someplace which requires an airplane ride because of budget constraints. 2016 after all, is a year for expenses so we had to keep the expenses at a minimum.
We ended up going to Baler this year, which we aptly called #BaLeighR, taking the cue from last year’s #MaLeighpascua trip.
We had rented a van for our 3d2n trip, so at 2am on a Friday, we started our 7 hour journey to Baler, Aurora. I was asleep for most of the time, so I didn’t really get to appreciate the scenery. It was kind of overwhelming waking in up in Nueva Vizcaya though. Hahaha. I mean, hello, I never once thought I’d get to go to Nueva Vizcaya in my life.
So, I’ve been remiss with my blogging again, haven’t I?
Anyway, summer has been awesome so far. Despite the heat, there’s just so much to look forward to, and by the looks of it, everyone has found their way to the beach. I don’t blame them, the heat has been unbearable so the only recourse is to go to the nearest water source.
My barkada and I skipped the usual Laboracay festivities (once is enough, I tell you!) and went instead to the relatively unknown island of Malapascua, Cebu. Although places like these are a bit harder to get to than Boracay, there’s a certain charm in knowing that you’re in a place only few people have been to.
Malapascua Island is about 3 ½ hours away from Cebu City. That’s three hours of land travel from the city to Maya Port at the northernmost tip of Cebu, and then about 30-45 minutes by boat from Maya to Malapascua, depending on how calm the waters are. Boat fare is about Php 80 – 100 per person. No need to worry about the length of travel too, as the beautiful scenery of Northern Cebu will surely peak your interest. (We kept stopping just so my friends could take pictures!)
Bougainvillea lined roads of Medellin, Cebu
This entry will contain a shit load of photos, just because I cannot for the life of me describe the food that we ate in Seoul. All I know is that I enjoyed all of them! :)) Allan and I went on an all-Korean diet while we were there, so we got to taste perhaps a good representative demographic (that sounds so serious!) of Korean food. We did fast food, street food, junk food, the grilled meat that I totally loved, and buffet.
Fast food: Lotteria
The first meal of the day was at a random Lotteria branch inside a mall whose name I could no longer remember. We split a Bulgogi burger and some chicken strips. Some actually say that the Korean Mcdonalds’ version of the Bulgogi burger is better, but I didn’t mind. I was there for the experience anyway.
Oh, no food photos for this one. We were too hungry! Hahaha. 🙂
Long overdue post, I blame my internship. Hahaha. 🙂
Anyway, yes, we got lost in Namsan Mountain.
After going to DMZ, we decided to go to N Seoul Tower to have dinner there. We got directions from some website, so that we could ride that diagonal elevator up to where the cable cars were. This wasn’t because we particularly wanted to ride the diagonal elevator or the cable cars, but more because we were both dead tired and we wanted an activity that’s not as tiring and without much walking.
Seeing North Korea has always been a fantasy of mine. I know, I know. There’s nothing much to see there, but come on, how many people do you know have actually seen North Korea? Good thing my friend also shares the same sentiments, so we booked ourselves a tour to the DMZ on our second day. We originally wanted to get the DMZ and JSA tour, but time constraints wouldn’t allow us to do so.