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.
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:
I’ve spent the last three days at home doing nothing. Call it a forced vacation — I’ve been diagnosed with sore eyes, which is a highly contagious disease so I can’t be around too many people. Anyway, what a perfect time to write about my recent travels, right? 🙂
Anyway, a few months ago my friend asked me if I wanted to go with him to HK for his birthday. Being the kaladkarin person that I am, of course I agreed — without any care as to work and school. (Yes, I can be that impulsive. Haha.) Anyway, of course I said yes. This was my time to have a legit HK trip. The last time I was in there was in 2008, and it wasn’t even much of a trip because there was a very strong typhoon then. Basically, we didn’t get to do anything because even Disneyland was closed.
A few weeks before the trip, my friend and I sat down to talk about the logistics of our would be HK trip — the accommodations, the budget, and the itinerary.
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.