Monday, February 15, 2010

Baler, Aurora: Revisited

Visiting Baler, Aurora is becoming a kick-off activity for my friends and I. Ever since our first trip last January 2009, we always find ourselves going back to this beautiful surfing spot.

Going to Baler usually takes about 8 hours. Aside from the long drive, you have to endure about 2 hours of rough road. And I really mean a rough and bumpy road. It’s better to leave Manila at midnight so you will arrive in Baler at 8 am or earlier.

We left Manila last Friday, February 12 around 11 pm. We reached Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija at around 2:30 am, Saturday, February 13. From there, we travelled the next 4 hours through rough and bumpy road until we arrive in Baler.

Believe that you will forget the long drive the moment you see and hear the waves.



Bart, the organizer, usually books the group at Bay’s Inn Resort. The resort has eight classroom-type rooms and a three-storey guest house. Before, we got one of the classroom-type on the ground floor. But for this trip, Bart gave us a corner room on the second floor. We loved our room assignment plus the fact that we have our own balcony. I think Bart is being nice to us because this has been my second trip and third for Zha and Jo. We are regulars already. Hahaha



We ate our breakfast before we start our activities for the day. We ate traditional Filipino breakfasts but it seems like everything tastes so good when you eat by the beachfront.

Right after breakfast, we changed and communed with the waves. Then, we watched the first batch of surfers as they get their drills and start their lessons. Zha and I decided to pass surfing for this trip. Jo, on the other hand, decided to take the Sunday morning class.

Saturday afternoon went quiet cause Zha and I slept after lunch while Jo stayed up to read and stroll. At 5pm, Jo and I went back to the beach to watch some surfers and play with the waves. After tiring ourselves, Jo and I went back to our room to change and get ready for dinner.

There was a beach party at Bay’s Inn. Our trip coincided with the 4th Aurora Cup Championship. Surfers from La Union, Daet, CamSur, Siargao and Zambales were there. Oh, I got some really cool videos of one surfer!

video

By 10pm, we were already tired and sleepy. And so, we called it a night and retreated to our rooms.

Come Sunday morning, Jo woke up to watch the sunrise. Zha joined her and I followed them at around 6am. Unfortunately, the sun did not showed itself because there was a thick fog. We had our breakfast and Jo got ready for her surfing lessons. Our new found friends, Grace and Marie joined for the morning lessons.




After their lessons, we played around the sand. Jo was the victim of our antics.





It was another great weekend spent in Baler. As usual, I have compiled some quotable quotes from this trip.

“You shall be blessed!” – Cheng
“Want to know something, askcheng.com” – Zha
“Choice ko ‘to eh” – Grace
“Interrupting animals” – Jo

P.S. Did I tell you that this tour only costs Php 3,000? Cool, huh? If you want to experience Baler, Aurora, you can call or text Bart Dumlao @ 0917-256-2040 or email istokewa@yahoo.com You may also visit their Facebook accout, Istokewa Surf Tour. Experience Baler, get stoked!


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