I’m posting this as a reminder to myself to write about the following travel destinations when I eventually have the time:
- Phuket (June 2016)
- Beijing (December 2016)
- Taiwan (December 2016)
- Oxford (April 2017)
- London (April 2017)
- Sydney (June 2017)
Obviously I’m way behind on my blogging. I only hope to find time to write this 2018. 🙂
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope and pray 2018 turns out awesome for all of us!
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.
Day 3 was pretty long actually, not to mention stressful. For this particular trip, I had wanted to go to Nami Island, just because I hadn’t seen it before. Unfortunately, this was also the day we were supposed to fly back to Manila, so we had to be extra conscious of the time.
Early that day, we made our way to the Yongsan Station to catch the ITX to Gapyeong. I don’t know if something was off that day or what, but we kept missing the train. Hahaha. We had to have our tickets refunded twice – so the people at the ticket booth eventually had us escorted to the platform to wait for the correct train to Gapyeong.
It was about an hour and half train ride, where my sister and I were standing the whole time. 😦 Yeah, we didn’t foresee the possibility of the train being fully booked. Anyway, here are the things we did in the area:
We took a cab to here, thinking it’ll be more convenient. WE WERE SO WRONG. We didn’t realize that it would be super expensive because it was a bit far from the Station.
But anyway, it was such a quaint little place! If you’re into the Little Prince, then you’d totally love this place. The food was quite expensive though. Ate and I had our lunch here and it was your typical theme park lunch, nothing really filling.
From Petite France we boarded the Gapyeong Tour Bus to the ferry to Nami Island. The highlight of my afternoon was going around the island with a bike! It was so much better than just walking around aimlessly. We got to cover more ground too! Of course, we had our photos taken with the gigantic centuries old trees that Nami Island is famous for.
From there we rushed on back to Seoul to catch our flight back to Manila, officially ending my 29th birthday in Seoul. 🙂
Bukchon Hanok Village
Day 2 started with a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village. It was a bit challenging to find because there were no markers around and it really did just look like a normal village. My sister and I had fun going into these little shops selling touristy trinkets. 🙂
I wanted to do something different on my 29th birthday, so I decided to spend it abroad. It originally was supposed to be a solo trip but my sister wanted to go to Seoul too, so she decided to go with me. 🙂
If you will recall, I already went to Seoul last year, so the goal of this year’s trip was to go to the places that I wasn’t able to go to the year before, and to also show my sister the things that I loved most about the city. This was our itinerary: