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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  • aniacytrynka

    wow, cool 🙂 I wanna surfing too 😀
    http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com

    • You should try it, Ania! It’s fun 🙂

  • Cassandra

    I love it!!!
    Amazing blog by the way 😉

    xoxo Cassie from cassieannalea.blogspot.com

    • Thanks, Cassandra! 🙂

  • Beautiful vacation! My mom is from Cabanatuan but I’ve only been in Baler once for a shoot. I should definitely visit. 🙂

    http://sisasaid.blogspot.com

    • It was! Except for our experience in Cabanatuan. But generally it was a nice vacation. 🙂

  • Margaret Cruzemark

    So so cool. This post totally rocks!!!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

    • Thanks, Margaret! 🙂

  • Evgeniya Bukhadeeva

    beatiful pictures and u)

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  • Athena B

    Thank you for your sweet comment!

    Lovely photos.

    I am following you back now 🙂

    xx, A!

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  • Electropop

    palms and beach – my love. I will visit Philippines one day…
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    • Oh you definitely should! We have wonderful beaches! 🙂

  • Robbie

    Thanks for the link back! You have really beautiful photos, by the way. And I like the way you write. =)

    • Aw, thanks! I really like your blog. 😛

  • Anmari-ish

    Lovely photos hun! this reminds me of those days when me & my friends used to spend weekends in Siargao. Its nice to see photos of the old colonial houses and the very laid back small town in Pinas. i love it!

    • I haven’t been to Siargao but I heard it’s also a great surf spot. We’ll definitely visit the place when my boyfriend comes back to the Philippines. 🙂

  • Janice

    Great post!

    Wow these pictures are really beautiful !!

    xxx

    Janice

  • Julia V

    Love your photos always, Daphne! Making me want to visit Baler again 🙂 Cheers to more travel this year!

    • Thanks, Julia! We’re hoping to visit Vigan soon. I haven’t been there as well. Hehe 🙂

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    lovely travel post!!

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  • Georgia Benjamin

    Oh wow! What gorgeous images!

    Just looks like your having the most amazing time!

    Your writing style is just a joy to read!

    Would love to follow each other on GFC & bloglovin?

    Let me know with a comment and I always follow back!

    Lots of love from London.

    Love G xx

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    • I’m glad you love it! Thanks, Georgia! 🙂

  • Victoria Simpson

    these are such cute photos!! I seriously love your outfit at the beach!!! Cheers, Victoria (hautecanada.com)

    • Aw thanks, Victoria! 🙂

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  • Gorgeous photos, and I know what you mean about people ‘volunteering’ by carrying your stuff! They don’t even give you a chance sometimes and help themselves then expect you to tip them :o|

    SDMxx
    http://www.daringcoco.com

  • Thanks, Dajana! 🙂

  • Sienna R

    Cute post~! Love your pictures! Would you like to follow each other?
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  • Lona

    Hello Daphne, your photos always make me want to travel and try new things out. =D

    xoxo

    Lona

    http://twig-in-pink.blogspot.ca

    • You should, Lona. Traveling is good for the soul 🙂

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