I am trying to catch up with my travel diaries but since my work and graduate school activities also involve a lot of writing, I barely have time to write for this blog. My backlog has now totaled to four travels and this does not even include my unfinished Ilocos travel series. So, I thought of a roundabout solution about my dilemma and I realized photo essay is the way to go!
First stop is Baler, a town in the Aurora province of the Philippines. It can be reached through five-six hour bus trip from Manila. I went there around the end of January this year. It was an unplanned trip. A friend called me up to ask if I want to go to Baler on a long weekend. Being the wanderer that I am, I accepted her invitation.
It was very cold and a bit rainy when we went there. It was the peak of the northeast monsoon int he Philippines so temperatures were around 12-18 degrees Celsius.
It would have been great if the weather was a lot brighter. My photos would have not appeared so gray and gloomy. But nonetheless, this did not prevent me from being amazed at the natural attractions Baler offered.
Baler is famous for surfing but if you are not the type who is into extreme sports, there are a lot of other things to see in Baler.
For instance, there is a century-old balete tree which visitors can climb.
BUT if you are not one of the faint-hearted, then surf at Sabang beach until you cry out of fun!
See you in the second part of my Baler adventure! 😉