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Surfing in Baler: Completing My Baler Experience

Surfing in Baler: Completing My Baler Experience

I’m a natural thrill-seeker. I just love that excitement, that feeling of something new, something a little dangerous, something a little cool and out of my usual reach. I love that. I love long ziplines, high wall climbs, rapelling. I love riding in planes. I would’ve jumped off that cliff in Malapascua and I promise to do it one day. I love all things exciting, even if I know this activity is something I have to challenge myself to do. One of the activities that I never anticipated in doing this year was surfing. It wasn’t even on my agenda. I had planned on wakeboarding in Batangas, yes, but never actual surfing. I hadn’t even planned on going to La Union or Baler. When Ivan of Ivan Lakwatsero made up his mind about his birthday trip in January, I wanted my own birthday trip too. While Robbie of the Travelling Dork and I contemplated on whether we would take on Ilocos or La Union, I suddenly thought of Baler, out of the blue. I didn’t even have any idea of what we’d be able to do there. After months of planning and the trip being canceled once, we ended up going to Baler anyway on March 16 – 18, just after my OJT in South East Asian Airlines had finished

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Places to Visit in Baler

Places to Visit in Baler

Every time I tell someone that I want to go to Baler, the first thing that they ask me is – where’s that? For many, the Baler they know is located in Quezon province and besides that, they have no idea what’s really in Baler. I’m not sure if there really is a Baler in Quezon, but the only one I know of is the one located in Aurora. There’s really no better description for Baler other than “beach” and “surfing.” However, besides beach bumming and surfing, there are actually other places to visit in Baler. No matter what type of activity you prefer, there’s a big possibility that Baler has it too. For history lovers: Museo de Baler and Quezon Memorial Park These two tourist destinations comprise of a large part of the history of Baler. Manuel Quezon, a former president of the Philippines who is famous for being the Father of the National Language, was born in Tayabas, Baler, thus a memorial park stands in his name, with his statue, right in front of the Museo de Baler. Museo de Baler, on the other hand, is a two storey establishment filled with paintings, mini-architecture, fossils and remnants of the past. For those who love history, they can dwell in the collection of historical artifacts and information inside the

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Pacific Waves Inn, Baler

Pacific Waves Inn, Baler

By February, I had already planned my birthday trip to Baler which was supposed to happen on the last week of February, perfect for my early March birthday and supposedly for Darwin, of the Tracking Treasure’s actual birthday. However, due to travel circumstances and an opportunity to climb Mt. Pulag, we had to reschedule Baler for March 16 – 18, just in time for me to finish my OJT at South East Asian Airlines and just before starting a full time job as an editor. A week before the travel dates, Robbie of the Travelling Dork and I were already semi-fighting due to the fact that I hadn’t secured a resort yet for out stay. I had already talked to Ms. Rosita of Pacific Waves at Sabang Beach, but we were unsure of our reservation as we had not yet made a down payment. Good thing, Ms. Rosita was very easy to talk to until I had the time to make a deposit, just a few days before our departure to Baler. When we arrived in Baler, the place our tricycle drivers had taken us looked suspicious to me because there wasn’t anything around the place, except for some huts and a vacant parking lot. Fortunately, I called Ms. Rosita and she talked to the tricycle driver to bring us

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Budget for Baler: A Two Day Trip to the Hidden Beauty of Baler

Budget for Baler: A Two Day Trip to the Hidden Beauty of Baler

Really, I’ve heard too many people tell me that I’m rich, that traveling can only be done by the rich, that they haven’t saved up enough to travel, that they cannot travel because they’re not rich enough. Thing is, I’m just like any ordinary person who has such a hard time budgeting, saving money for travel and I’m no richer than any of you. However, yes, you can travel without having to sell your soul nor be one of those people who love the luxury in life – even if that’s definitely not a bad thing at all. Baler has been overlooked because La Union is way more accessible on the other side. Plus, you can even go to Pangasinan on the way. Baler, on the other hand, is much less reachable because everyone thinks that there are NPAs at the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges, possible, but the road doesn’t go in too deep and the fact that less people know what a beautiful place Baler is. Yes, Baler is definitely one of the hidden gems of the Philippines. It has gorgeous falls, absolutely breathtaking beaches and a seaside of surfing, there’s no reason for you to cross out Baler to become one of the best summer destinations. Hidden, hard to reach, but beautiful and surprising, Baler will make you

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