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EXPLORING: BALER, AURORA

It’s been a rainy month of August and that leads me into forcing myself do the sun dance. Ha-ha! Because who will be hitting the beach at this time of the year? A lady at a boutique, where I bought a rashguard, asked me, “Maam ang aga niyo naman po namimili ng swimwear for next summer.” Nooooo! I want to tell the lady all the details of my trip and why I planned a trip to the beach at this time of the year. Yes, it’s rainy and the waves at the beach are probably higher and medyo galit. And that is exactly the reason why I chose to go to the beach to learn how to surf. Haler, Baler!

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Baler is the place where you will really want to go on a vacation and learn how to surf. It is a seven-hour super curvy roller-coaster drive to the mountains. So better bring your plastic bags in case you’re a biyahilo. Also, don’t forget to bring lots of food and water because their are limited stop over.

I set my alarm at 4:00 a.m. to prepare for our 7:00 a.m. call time but woke up at 4:30 a.m. and rushed into everything (you didn’t want to even know the details! Haha!). We arrived early at Robinson’s Starmills Pampanga bus terminal despite of our classic late selves! Hahaha.

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So we rode the Cabanatuan bound bus at 7:15 a.m. and arrived at the Cabanatuan Bus Terminal three hours later.

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Next we rode a Baler bound bus and survived those rollercoaster roads. Thank God we arrived four hours later at Baler, Aurora safe and sound (and hungry and excited!)

WHERE TO STAY

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We stayed at Akkaw Baler with which the owners were also Kapampangan. It is a 2-year old inn with 22 rooms to accomiodate its guests. It was really relaxing and the interior design is what I really love. If you’re a nature lover you will surely love the inn!

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WHAT TO DO IN BALER

Aside from the famous surfing lessons Baler has, it can also take you to different beautiful landmarks in this mysterious and magical town.

First stop: The Baler town plaza

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Don’t forget to take your photo at the BALER Tower.

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Yes we have umbrellas because it’s raining when we got there! It’s so funny walking at the beach with our maong pants and umbrellas while everyone’s in their swimwear! We’re too excited to explore the town that’s why when we got to the inn we just put our bags down and headed to the beach. #ExcitedMuch

Second stop: MUSEO DE BALER

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Sorry we do not have decent photos due to our #mukhangbasangsisiw faces (bakit ba ako nagha-hashtag?)

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Hi Lolo Manny! (Manuel L. Quezon – Ang Ama ng Pambansang Wika)

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And because this is the birth town of our dear Manuel L. Quezon, I think every government establishments were in their tagalog names. Like Bulwagan ng Katarungan, nakakapanibago dahil mukhang kakaunti na lang yung gumagamit ng malalim na tagalog

The museum houses different memorabilia from the history of the town and to their heroes. There’s also the awards of the movie Baler which was also filmed in the town. At the second floor you can see the artworks of the great artist of the town. You will see different kinds of medium and can really appreciate every story the artwork wants you to feel. Some artworks with Balete tree inspired myth were kinda creepy for me. It’s so dark and that is why I feel that this town was really magical in its beauty.

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And because we didn’t eat a decent meal for the whole day we decided to take an early dinner at the town plaza. We tried Jennifer’s Ihaw-ihaw.

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After a delightful meal we went to the palengke to buy tomatoes for our breakfast tomorrow morning. It’s my first time to travel like a local since we just walked and no one knows where the market is. Hahah! But the people in the streets were so kind and eager to answer for directions. We didn’t know if we were really heading for the market and I think we’re getting lost but I think getting lost is one way of having a great travel story.

At last we found the market and for only ten pesos you can have a bagful of tomatoes!

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We were so sleepy on a Saturday night (Signs ng pagiging TITA!), so we went to bed as early as 9:00 p.m. preparing for the next day!

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Pillow fights before we got knocked out!

Good night Baler!

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