Saturday, December 10, 2016

The “We did not surf in Baler” Post

I know right! Andun na kami tapos di pa nag-surf. In my defense, masunurin lang kami. The weather was bad and may warning daw yung munisipyo na bawal mag surf. Marami pa din sumuway, but we did not risk na lang.

So bago ang lahat, let’s talk about getting there.
We got our JoyBus tickets online:
This site is less popular pero I was able to book smoothly. They have credit card option which is processed via PayPal). Their Baler route departs from Genesis Cubao terminal.

We booked one night at budget lodge “Surfer Girls Lodge” and one night at the luxury resort, Costa Pacifca. I wish I came across Charlie Does Inn when I was searching for rooms! That hotel/motel was cutie! I can’t find prices online though. But I will definitely call them when I plan a trip back to Baler. It gave me “Flotsam Jetsam of La Union” feels.

Due to the inclement weather, we were not able to see some of the other attractions in Aurora. We wanted to see the Mother Falls and the Discalarin Cove but it was not possible because of the bad weather.
I would say tricycle is the most common mode of transportation within Baler. Medyo mahal lang coz it’s usually around P12 – P15 per person, depende kung saan kayo pupunta. Sana ma-regulate ito ng city. Sayang kasi, I feel like we were robbed. Like that time we
My friend has a friend whose boyfriend lives in Baler. Si friend’s bf and his cousin ang nag-tour samin. We chipped in for the gas na lang.

What we did/see during our “unfortunately cut short” trip:

Baler Signage
Museo de Baler
Donya Aurora Aragon-Quezon House
Baler Catholic Church (just the façade/door, really)
Baler Hanging Bridge
Quick photo op at Diguisit Beach and Rock Formations
Ermita Hill and Tromba Marina Sculpture
Had Barbecue at Dipaculao
Saw and entered the Millennium Tree (Balete tree)
Jump off to the Mother Falls
Shopping at Baler Pasalubong Center
Samboy’s soon to be resort
Swimming at Costa Pacifica
Played Cards Against Humanity at Charlie Does Inn

Hanging Bridge
Dungaw sa bintana at Donya Aurora Aragon-Quezon's House

JoyBus Deluxe Ticket – P730
Surfer Girls Lodge – P2000 (aircon room for 3 pax)
Costa Pacifica – P6500 per night
JoyBus Semi-deluxe Ticket – P645 (wait I have to confirm if this is correct)

Eating in Baler

Oooh we all love to discover good eats when travelling don’t we. But unfortunately I have mixed/bipolar review here. Either I really enjoyed, or I was super disappointed.

Mobile Lugaw “Stall” at Labasin St.
Buffet at Chef Gerry's Picnic Bay
Barbecue at Dipaculao
Dialyn’s Bakeshop
Paddle Out Grill
Charlie Does

Wait, parang di pala kami masyado kumain! Bakit ganon? Anyway I will tell you a very sad story.
Di kami nakapag buffet sa Costa Pacifica! I know right!! So sad. Hindi kasi kami naka kuha agad ng ticket pabalik, nung bumalik kami sa Genesis Terminal, ubos na yung mga good slots na deluxe. So we took the 4:30 am trip na lang. That’s why I said our trip was cut short.
We could’ve extended if we wanted to, but Master talked us out of it, sort of. Kesho Monday would be very ma-trapik na. Costa Pacifica packed us breakfast na lang. Rice + Longganisa and eggs and fresh fruits slices. Haayy so sad. Buffet.
ps. now planning a trip to Baler in February! Sana maayos ang weather by then.
pps. next time na yung ibang pictures

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Jem Caraig said...

I miss Baler! Masarap yung salad nila dun. Nakalimutan ko yung pangalan. hehe

Christian Kathleen Gabales said...

Sana maalala mo! Babalik ako dun next week. Sana maka surf na!

Jem Caraig said...

Naalala ko na Pako salad! Wah inggit ako! Gusto ko rin mag surf hahaha enjoy!!