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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. 🙂

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