Travel Post: Baler

Here’s my long-delayed travel post that I promised to share last year. Chad and I went on a surf trip to Baler, one of the most visited surf spots in the Philippines, in December. I haven’t been to that part of the country so we decided to go there. I wanted to see the places Chad frequented when we were younger; I didn’t get to travel during my teenage years so we promised each other that we’ll travel a lot while he’s still here in the Philippines.

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That’s me carrying the boards on our way to the bus terminal. I remember being very tired at this point. I just got off work  and we were trying to make it to the (only) 7:30 AM direct trip to Baler via Genesis bus. Alas, when we got there, they told us the bus left at 7AM. I was ready to go back home when they told us there’s another way to get to Baler. All we had to do was board an ES Transit bus to Cabanatuan and from there board another bus going to Baler.

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We chose a non-airconditioned bus upon arriving in Cabanatuan, as long exposure to airconditioned rooms make me sick, literally. Finding the bus wasn’t difficult, but I got annoyed with a group of men who kept ‘volunteering’ to help us with our stuff. They hounded us and grabbed some of our things and placed them on top of the bus. The next thing I know, they were forcing us to buy the food they’re selling since (according to them) they ‘helped’ us. I was like, “seriously?!” I had never felt so harassed in my entire life.

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Good thing the weather was chilly, I left my hot temper in Cabanatuan. Baler was very nice place, a typical countryside.

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I loved the fact that they are preserving the old houses and signages. Here are some of the photos:

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The next five photos were taken using my phone, sorry about that. We went to Doña Aurora Quezon’s residence and got to see old pictures and newspaper clippings as well as some of her dresses. There was no entrance fee but visitors can leave a donation.

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Of course, we had to see the late President Manuel Quezon’s old home. I was surprised to see how modest his house was, very much unlike our current leaders’ homes. I gained more respect for him that day.

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And the museum. No entrance fee required as well. Isn’t that awesome?

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We stayed in Pacific Waves Inn for two days. I don’t have pictures but you can check out a great review of the place here. The owners were very kind, they even provided us free transportation and a discount. 😛 The room we rented, which was good for two persons, costs Php 1,200 a night but they gave it to us for only Php 1000, complete with internet connection, airconditioning, and a hot-and-cold bath. Another bonus is we’re just a few steps away from the beach. 🙂

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Chad surfing 🙂

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It often rained during our stay in Baler, but we enjoyed the place tremendously. Here’s a nice album by George Kamel I recently discovered that’s perfect for rainy, cuddle weathers. 🙂 You can download his album for free here and believe me, you won’t regret it. 🙂

Beach Bunny

If you’re following me on Twitter (or Facebook), you’ve probably known that I came to La Union with the boyfriend for a little vacation. Chad’s just arrived from Florida, while I’ve been dying to see the ocean for months. So this week’s the perfect time for travel.

Now below is a video we made during our 3-day stay in La Union. We called it a video lookbook as it shows three of my favorite, if not usual, looks. Chad only used a holga for this video and no manipulations were made, except cutting unnecessary scenes. We had so much fun making this so we hope you will enjoy watching it, too.

Beach Bunny (video lookbook) from chad verzosa on Vimeo.

I’ve prepared individual posts for each look and will share them in the coming days so watch out for them if you want to see photos and the list of brands I wore in this vid.

If it’s not too much, give us some love over at Facebook by liking our video and sharing it on your wall–just follow this link. Thank you so much! Bye bye <3

Kickstarter

Hello, everyone! If you can still remember, last year I went to the beaches of Zambales and Daet to accompany Chad. Chad has been skating, surfing, filming, and taking pictures since he was little, and these activities have contributed to who he is now. He is the most passionate person I know, especially towards surfing and making videos, and this passion of his inspired him to make a narrative film about Filipino soul surfing:

He has finally finished it and showing it on April 27th in Tampa, Florida. So please, if you happen to be around the area on that day, do drop by the theater. Here’s the address and schedule:

The ticket is basically free, all he needs is for people to come and see how’s surfing like in his native country as well as the culture and lifestyle of Filipino surfers. It will be very worth it, I assure you. Recently, however, Chad has launched his Kickstarter campaign, a site that funds independent artists like Chad through people’s donations. It uses the “all or nothing” funding system, where people pledge a certain amount to reach a certain goal. If the artist don’t get to raise his goal by the deadline, the backers won’t be charged. In Chad’s case, he’s aiming for a 500-dollar goal, which will cover the rental of the venue and logistical aspects of the film premiere. Please watch the video below to know what you’ll get in case you decide to pledge:

Kickstarter Ad (extended version) from chad verzosa on Vimeo.

Seriously, you got nothing to lose on this. As of writing, Chad has 7 people who pledged a total amount of $255, about 50% of his goal. He only has 18 days left to raise the money, so it would be lovely (and will be definitely appreciated) if you could help us out. Here is his Kickstarter link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/431093423/fluid-vibrations

Below is another awesome video he made for the film:

Moving Pictures… from chad verzosa on Vimeo.

I hope that convinced you more. Chad is a very talented guy and he has been doing this since he was really young—don’t you think it’s awesome if you’ll be instrumental to his success? 😛

Do not forget to like Fluid Vibration’s Facebook page! 🙂