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.
Another relatively unknown island we went to was Kalanggaman Island, off the coast of Leyte. (See, we were actually that far away from Cebu City that we ended up in Leyte!) I remember my dad telling me about this boomerang shaped island with a very long sandbar that he had seen before when he was still flying planes. Who would have thought that one day I’d actually get to be on that island?
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
Because I’m already planning my next Cebu trip even though I was just there less than a month ago, I decided to write about Cebu this time around. I figured it was so weird I wasn’t writing about it considering I’m always there.
Ever since I can remember, I have been going there at least once a year because most of my family from both maternal and paternal sides are there. Now, non-family related trips to Cebu have become more frequent as I have accumulated quite a lot friends there already. Oh, I also forgot to mention that I lived there for a month or so while training for the Biggest Loser Finale.
I guess this makes me a pseudo-Cebuana, right? Although just between you and me – I cannot speak Bisaya to save my life. Or maybe I can, I don’t know. I never really tried. I guess I’m just too conscious of being barok or something. I can understand the language though.
The point of this entry? Well, I’m just writing about what I love about the lovely island called Cebu.
Being the maarte beach person that I am, I don’t normally like going to beaches in Batangas. I have always been of the opinion that the 2 to 3 hour drive isn’t worth the trouble, seeing as the beaches there are not as good as the ones in Boracay, Cebu or Bohol. The sand isn’t as fine, and the water not as blue, plus the waves get unusually big in that area of the Philippines. And yes, resorts there could get crowded, which I really, really don’t like.
However, because we had a friend who went home from the States and she wanted her son to experience the beaches in the Philippines, we trooped to Batangas especially for that. It was the most convenient place, seeing as we had kids with us who couldn’t possibly last that hours needed to travel to someplace lang Pagudpod or Baler.
We had decided to go to Blue Coral Resort in San Juan Batangas, primarily because of the facilities and the price. Because we had kids with us, it was important that the resort have a pool, because the waves could get rather big at this time of the year and they wouldn’t be able to really enjoy swimming in the ocean. Moreover, it was the cheapest from the resorts that I had inquired with.