Baler WeekendSunday, May 18, 2014
The trip to Baler was extra special: it was the first B E A C H destination this summer, and it was also the first weekend I had since I started working (Oh yeah, a whole new level of TGIF!).
I have been in the Pacific Coast when we were in California a month ago. I longed to stay there, the waters were all wild and beautiful... and I very much expected Baler to be the same as it also fronts the Pacific Ocean. But Baler went beyond its wildest waves and farther than the stretch of its coast... It offered so much warmth from the locals, food flavors that remind you of home, and beauty that leaves you so grateful for being in your own country.
It’s five in the morning, we were tucked inside the van, I was awakened by the moving silhouettes of Acacia trees against a deep blue sky ready for the sunrise. (This is not intended to sound poetic, haha) As it got brighter, we could already see the so-called ‘sea of clouds’ scattered around the mountains of Aurora province. They were really beautiful!
To freshen up, we also went to see the rock formations of Aniao Islets. I enjoyed the thrill of walking on sharp rocks and corals, where little fishies and sea urchins hid during the low tide. We also trekked to the beautiful Mother Falls. It was stress free 30-minute hike, yet very rewarding.
Our transient house was very homey and the owners were nice. We spent the night over a simple yet refilling dinner at Foods Pa. I loved how all the food we had for the day were cheap yet fresh home-cooked meals. There we've also shared the most delicious Cheese-Kasoy ice cream in town. :')
Surfing The highlight of the trip, the pride of Baler: S U R F I N G. I had a feeling that surfing won't work for me because I lack all kinds of body coordination (I was honestly not excited to try it). I was also scared after I almost chipped my toenails when I tried skim boarding before. However, this became the most meaningful part of the trip. I learned so much more from my surfing lessons because of my ever so motivating trainer. His name is Jerome, he's only 16 and he did whatever it takes for me to learn. You know the feeling when all the pain, all of your patience pay off, and when you are able to overcome your fears and your weakness... Haha, well that happened in an hour of surfing session.
Road Trip Feels Open windows on a long drive never fail to soothe me. I enjoyed the fast-moving views and glimpses of different landscapes, the country vibes, the fresh air, and the idea of just passing through unknown places... Beautiful moments shared with a good company of my cousins and new friends... All the distance was just worth every inch!
Cheers for more awesome weekends to come!