2013 Heller Baler (Day 2 of 2): More than just surfing and beach bumming..

Date of Trip: January 19-20, 2013
Where: Baler, Province of Aurora
With Whom: High school classmates and new friends :)
Itinerary: Click Baler Itinerary 2013

Here’s Day 2 of our trip…

Catching the Sunrise…

Started the second day with an early walk along the shores of Sabang Beach with Jill and Fern, while the rest were still sleeping because of the socials the night before hehe! :) We were trying to catch the sunrise so we passed the time off by walking from our cottage to the surfing site, while we took photos…

Sunrise at Sabang Beach --click on image for a full view :)

Oh well, we were not the only ones who’ve woken up early to see the sunrise in Sabang hehehe! I guess, chasing the sunrise is really a part of every tourist’s itinerary in Baler. :D The cool breeze touching your sleeping senses was just so good…

Breakfast and Camwhoring at Lukso-Lukso Beach

At 7am, we were all ready to travel to Lukso-lukso Beach, where we planned to have our breakfast. Carl brought his small stove, which we used to cook our breakfast (i.e., hotdog and egg haha!).

Breakfast at Lukso-Lukso Beach  --clcik on image for a full view :)

We’ve had our breakfast, while enjoying the view of Lukso-lukso Beach. I took the time to re-charge O-Tough’s battery as I forgot to charge it the night before! Buti na lang, mabait yung taga-bantay sa beach, she let me charge my cam in her house! :) tenkyu!

After filling in our stomach, we then went rock-hopping, climbed those big rocks in Lukso-Lukso, and enjoyed the nice view of the beach and its waves.

Rock-hopping at Lukso-Lukso  --click on image for a full view :)

I felt like walking in Capones Island in Zambales, except that we were hopping on rocks, while in Capones, we were walking on the shores of the island. The view is breathtaking; rock formations and the blue (and clean) water of the beach were so relaxing that we didn’t mind the scorching heat of the sun! :D

Rock-climbing hahaha!  --click on image for a full view :)

We climbed on boulders of rocks to get a good view of the sea and the waves. Amazing sight! :D You have to be careful though because you might step on soft rocks while attempting to do your on-the-edge pose.

Chasing Diguisit Falls

Yes. There’s one more to visit during our second day. Unlike Caunayan and Ditumabo Falls, Diguisit is located alongside of the road, so you don’t have to hike to get to see this falls. You have to climb though to get to the base of it and enjoy the water falling over your head.. :D

On our way to Daguisit Falls  --click on image for a full view :)

And this is us, enjoying the cool drop of Diguisit Falls. :D

Enjoying Daguisit Falls  --click on image for a full view :)

We stayed here for about 30 minutes, before we headed on to our next stop: Ermita Hill.

Hiking Ermita Hill

Before we started off with hiking, we stopped first at this spot, where we had a panoramic view of Baler’s beach.

Baler Panoramic Shot  --click on image for a full view :)

After a few minutes of enjoying the panoramic view, we started off with our ascent towards the cross at Ermita Hill.

Ermita Hill  --click on image for a full view :)

Easy hike—the trail’s paved and there are hand railings in case you need support on your hike up. hahaha! I don’t remember though how many steps it was, but it just took us around 15 to 20 minutes to reach the cross. Basically, we just climbed up to see the cross, rested for a while, then decided to go down and move on to the next spot.

Stopping over at Ampere Beach

On our way to the Balete Tree, we passed and stopped by Ampere Beach…

Ampere Beach  --click on image for a full view :)

An open beach alongside of the road, Ampere Beach is a fine sight, but it’s not advisable to go swimming in here because of its killer waves. ehehe! Also, accordingly, sobrang malalim agad just a few steps from the shore. So we just took some photos (under the heat of the sun at 12 noon! Hahaha!) and we continued with our trip to the giant Balete Tree…

Climbing the Giant Balete Tree

It’s not my first time to see a Balete Tree, ‘cause during my childhood days, I used to play with my neighbors at a nearby cemetery, with a scary balete tree hehehe! But this tree in Baler is a huge tree, and where you could actually climb your way up inside of the tree (yes! Inside of the tree!) hahaha!

Balete Tree and Us  --click on image for a full view :)

Effort! Hahha! You really need somebody to assist you with the climb, lalo na kapag short-legged hahaha! stretch kung stretch ang legs eh, just so you could make your way up the balete tree. There are actually a lot of kids who offer assistance in climbing up—they have a trail that you could follow.

Tip pala for girls: don’t wear those pekpek shorts or shorts na sobrang iksi, kung ayaw nyo masilipan during the climb hahaha! =p

Meryenda ala Buko

After the effortful tree-climbing, Carl’s uncle took us to their “cocounut plantation”, to grab some afternoon meryenda! Hayun, buko!!! =p

Buko Kings and Queens  --click on image for a full view :)

Sogbu! Meryenda the probinsya way! =)


After the late afternoon snack, we headed back to our cottage to prep for our way back to Manila.. And oh by the way, here’s a picture of our very simple cottage haha with the view outside, and the van that we used during the entire trip.

Baler Cottage and Van  --click on image for a full view :)

After preppin for the trip back home, we’ve had a group picture with Sabang Beach at the back (na hindi malinaw kase gumagabi na hahaha!). Complete group pic! :D

Tropang Baler  --click on image for a full view :)

New travel memories with new friends! :) What’s nice about this trip is having that chance to meet new and interesting people. There’s more to Gail, Laurence, Robin, Sarah, Sherwin, Michael, Carl, Arlene (Jill and Fern are old friends ehehe), than just their names. :D

So while we were on our way to Cabanatuan (where we will take the bus back to Manila), we were exchanging email addresses to be facebook friends hahaha! Para lang ba ma-tag sa pictures? Hahaha! Oh I do hope we get the chance to meet again in our future travels. :D So long Baler and friends! ;)


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