Photo Essay: Baler (Part 2)


If photos and travel stories were food, mine were probably moldy already. Thankfully, travel stories never grow old! I talked about my Baler trip earlier last year. Allow me to finish my photo essay before my memories go down the drain.

Day 2 in Baler

My friend agreed to wake up early to catch the sunrises. Unfortunately, it was raining so bad in the morning so just went back to sleep. At around 9 AM, the tricycle driver who toured us around the town fetched us again for our visit to the Ditumabo falls. The falls is about a 3o-45 minuted drive from Sabang beach. From the tricycle stop, we had to trek again for another 30-40 minutes.

Waiting ares of drivers.
Waiting ares of drivers.

It was one of the most difficult treks I experienced. We literally had to cross very rocky streams. I didn’t get much photo because  I requested our driver to secure my cam. As we got closer the the falls, thankfully the trek became easier and there were fewer streams and rocks to conquer.

Hello, rocks and streams.
Hello, rocks and streams.
Easier trek.
Easier trek.

Ditumabo falls is actually made up of two falls. Locals refer to the smaller one as the daughter falls and to the big one as mother falls.

The daughter falls.
The daughter falls.

 

Mother falls.
Mother falls.

My friends braved the water even if it was so cold! Too bad I could not jump in because…. dun dun dun!

My friends Ystin and Eloi enjoying the cold water.
My friends Ystin and Eloi enjoying the cold water.

 

We stayed in the area until around 10:30 AM then we headed back to our hotel. We agreed to leave before 2 PM because out trip back to Manila will take 6 hours. After washing up, we ate lunch at the Bayler View Restaurant. We got to try their famous chocnut turon! The vanilla was heaven!

Still the best homemade vanilla I tasted to date!
Still the best homemade vanilla I tasted to date!

We wanted to try their best selling pizzas but since it was almost past 1 PM when had lunch, they were out of pizza dough already! So, we just tried their pastas.

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Good!

At around 2:30 PM, we checked our of the hotel then began what was probably one of the most horrible rides I had to Manila. There are no buses departing from Baler to Manila int he afternoon so we had to take an ordinary van to Dagupan. That part was easy. The view on the road was even marvelous.

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Beautiful sunset on the road.

The the trip from Dagupan was , however, was a different story. Traffic in NLEX was horrible. I expected to be back in Manila at around 8 PM but got home in Paranaque around 12 MN. It was like I traveled all the way from Bicol. 😦

Our Baler trip would have been better if we had more time to spend there, and if the weather was not so cold and rainy. So, I would love to go back  on a more sunny month and spend more time basking in its natural wonders and great food. Nonetheless, those two days were such a good breather from the toxicity that was work and school and it was my first spontaneous getaway! We had no plans and it such was a good experience figurign out what to do on the spot!

Hope to see yo again!
Hope to see yo again!

 

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