I’m soooo lazy for posting this late! And even lazier for not giving much details. That’s for my next post, I promise. Haha! It’s just too hot these days plus I was caught between my desk job and Monsterella! But one thing’s for sure. It’s beach season so everyone can’t wait to hit the waves. Let me share some photos of my Baler experience like a couple of months ago. Hehe. I truly want to go back because of the awesomeness of this place.
After taking the 2am Five Star Bus (from Pasay), we arrived in Cabanatuan City before 4am. A UV express van was waiting and we had no choice but to take it because the public bus starts at 7am. We woke up (if ever we really had a sleep) to a wonderful view of some dams in Pantabangan (halfway to Baler). But I forgot to take some photos. Boo!
Good morning, Baler!
Just before 9am, we reached Baler and hurriedly checked in at a beachfront lodging house and had breakfast at the “Rolling stores.” We were eager beavers to start our day trip, we had some troubles with the tricycle drivers. Note: Tricycle is the means of transportation in Baler since you won’t see any public jeepneys there. A tricycle driver serves as your guide. (More stories about the tricycle drivers and the owner of our lodging house in my next post. Yeah. It’s complicated like that.)
What to do in Baler (2 day trip)?
1. Have breakfast in Rolling stores.– Some typical carinderia that serves several dishes, name it they have it but don’t expect too much with the taste.
2. Climb up and take a pose on the 600-year-old Baler Tree. Some kids are waiting to guide you upon climbing it. They are experienced photographers, too. They know the right angle!
600-year-old Balete tree
2. River trekking to Mother Falls- Another part of the eco-trail. Tricycle drivers/guides will take you here right after dropping by Balete tree. In less than 45 minutes, you will be at the jump off to start the river crossing and hiking. We’re failed to reach the Mother falls at first try due to strong current. Yet we tried again the next day and everything was so worth it when you finally reached the grandiose falls. There’s also a small hydro power plant near the jump off site and the guides said it supplies electricity to a barangay nearby.
River trekking to Mother falls
Photo by Annie
4. Take some shots of the scenic view of Baler Bay before heading for Diguisit Beach.
5. Enjoy the splashing Diguisit Water Falls.
6. Picture taking and take a dip at Lukso-lukso Islets and Diguisit Beach. Feel the serene beach life here.
Diguisit beach and Lukso lukso islets
7. Another Part of History-eco Trail is the Ermita Hill where you can find statues of one of the 7 families who survived a huge tidal waves in December of 1735. You can find the historical tunnel as well where it is believed many townsmen used it to escape the raids of the Moros and so on.
Have yourself a reward of picturesque views of the Baler bay from this hill.
Top- Cemento beach
bottom- Sabang beach
At first, surfing didn’t cross my mind (and my budget) as I underestimated myself (I’m pessimistic like that). I was afraid to fall off the surfboard and get drowned haha. But when I saw all the pro and amateur surfers even my friends nailing it, I felt regretful. After a while, Teacher Candy allowed me to try it while she was taking a rest. Her trainer was a 15-year-old boy with six packs (take note haha). As expected, I couldn’t actually make it after few attempts but Angel (trainer) gave me a heads up. I couldn’t believe my eyes that I made to stand up on the board with a less than 10 minute practice. I promised myself that I shall return and do it all over again. It’s a lesson learned to me. Never underestimate yourself even if you know it’s hard but then after few (or more) attempts, you shall conquer that fear.
Surfing at Sabang Beach
Sarping (surfing) pose! (I’m the apparition. hee)
Candy and her 15-year-old trainer, Angel (Whatta abs!)
9. Breakfast at Bay’s Inn
Second day was to enjoy the breakfast at Bay’s Inn, visit Ampere beach, and most of all, conquering the Mother falls. We were not able to cross the river on day 1 due to strong current so we decided to go back on the next day and our efforts were all worth it when we reached the majestic falls. The view was breathtaking. It’s my first time to see raging water falls like that. The water was so cold and refreshing. Too bad we had to hurriedly go back to our lodge to check out. We weren’t able to do the historical sites but that’s another reason to go back aside from surfing. Hehe. Breakfast at Bay’s Inn We started day 2 by eating breakfast at Bay’s Inn. They offer buffet that costs around 150php/person but we opted to share some meals since we wanted to taste home-cooked soup and vegetables. We ordered blue marlin sinigang, Pinakbet, and yangchow rice. We had no regrets because they all tasted so good. You will love it, too. Moreover, nothing’s more fun than to eat breakfast watching people playing with the waves. 10. Ampere beach. Unlike the other shores along Baler bay, this one is full of small and big stones, those our moms and grannys use to rub on their skin. haha!
(to be continued…)
You may want to check out:
- Discovering Baler, Aurora (pharmacistontherocks.wordpress.com)
- Bay’s Inn, Baler (citytrotting.wordpress.com)
- Charlie does surf (bbc.co.uk)