Baler is a small town deep in the heart of Aurora province, known for it’s beaches and waves that are good for surfing. A good 7 hr drive from Manila.
(excuse my face here, I’ve been up for over 25hrs already that time and dead tired from the 7hr ride)
We stayed at Jamjen’s Lodge Beachfront at Sabang Beach, where several surfing stations are ready to teach you for only 350php/hr! Being the adrenaline junkie that I am, I signed up, put on my wet suit and crashed the waves!
Tetep, my instructor, was really nice. He even kidded around which made me feel comfortable and less tense. He told me that I was doing pretty well for a beginner since on my first 5 minutes I was already able to stand on the board, a little wobbly, but yeah, it gets better every time I try again since I get scared littler and littler with every try.
Later that day, we drove to the foot of a mountain, and took an intense, if I may say, tricycle ride up to the middle of the mountain. It was a really rough road, and I’m talking really rough. My shoulders kept bumping on the tricycle which made my shoulders badly ache the following day. Anyhoo, once we got to the middle, we had to climb our way to the top, which took almost an hour. We went through mud and rivers, but, tah-da!
Beautiful, huh? The water was really cold and clean. I naturally had to take a dip and brrrrr! Later that night, mom and I strolled around the beach like we always do whenever we’re on vacation.
The next day, we visited the museum, the Millenium Tree (which is the oldest and largest tree in Asia), the rock formations and the pasalubong center for my alipores’ lol.
Baler is a beautiful town with a rich culture, and it saddened mme when I saw bridges and infrastructures being built. The guide told us that Baler is a developing town and would soon be crowded with tourists. I’m glad I got to see and experience it’s natural beauty.