T’was another long weekend because of Eid’l Fitr. As I got no plans ahead, I started washing my clothes a day earlier. (Satuday is my wash day)Then I got a call from my crew John, inviting me for a weekend in Baler. Sabi nya “bro mag ready ka, 12pm alis tayo” which I replied “Shoot!”.
It was their first time and mine was 2nd to go to Baler. Yung una ko was with my motorcycle crew the “Viajista’s”
. Kinuha naming ng 12 hours papuntang Baler sa dami ng stopover namin plus naligaw din kami ng ilang beses haha.
My friend John thought it was an easy 5-6 hour drive base from his recent trip to Dingalan. Eh ang kaso 5:30 pm na kami nakaalis ngManila, tapos maulan pa, tapos me sira pang tulay sa La Paz, Sta. Rosa Tarlac that we have to make a huge U-Turn at Victoria, Tarlac para lang malampasan namin yung tulay hayahay kalayo abah!!
Then along Palayan City. Nueva Ecija mejo lumakas pa yung ulan kaya mas lalo kami bumagal ng takbo sa zigzag. Stopover kami for dinner sa me Pantabangan-Canili-Basal-Baler Road at around 11 pm na nun, then takbo ulit. Sumuko din si John mag drive and decided to gave the wheel to me, nasa Maria Aurora na kami that time. We finally reached our destination near Ermita Hill at 3:00 am wapakkk!!! Adventure to the maxxx! Sleep agad-agad!
Our place was so cool! Imagine around 5 meters lang at dagat na! Nasa gitna kami ng Cemento Beach at Sabang Beach, two popular places in Baler! Concentrated yung rockies sa pwesto namin na kapag low-tide eh aabot yata ng almost one kilometer. As you can see on the photo below. Nag trip nga akong lakarin hanggang sa dulo hehe.
Saturday was so humid, malagkit sa katawan, good thing Rex (a Baler local) suggested we go for a swim at a nearby stream. Wow, the place was so serene, the running water and the chirping of the birds lang maririnig mo. We wasted no time at nag dipped agad-agad sa cool water nito! Fresh na fresh agad ang feeling. I also did some skinny dipping para naman mai-lublob ko si GoPro ko hehe. After that I did some rock balancing too! Naka 2 sets ako, one was medium size rocks which I successfully balance five, Tapos nag try ako ng large size, naka five din ako, kaso ng kukunan ko na ng video, natumba sya haha!
Sunday lunchtime was our scheduled return trip, so umaga pa lang busy na kami with fishing activity, we went out on a banca and went as far as 4 kilometers out at sea, fronting Disguisit Beach. Unfortunately, the fish out there seems to have a sumptuos breakfast, our trolling at pagkakawil hasn’t catch any! Dumagdag pa yung sea sickness ko dahil sa sobrang lakas ng alon. Ayun suka to the max kahit walang maisuka haha! Our bangkero just decided to brought as at a nearby fishcage kung saan walang alon, at madami daw isda sa tabi nito. Well, we stayed there for a while, eat our baon snacks and throw our baits. Yun ganun pa din, snobbish pa rin mga fishes, sa linaw ng tubig makikita mo from the top na iniilagan lang ng mga big fishes yung bait namin, while the small ones get busy nibbling it haha!
Sabi ng local fisherman na nakausap namin, mga college level na daw fish ngayon sa kanila kaya madudunong na haha! We went home not catching any fish, I joke nga na daan kami sa market to buy na lang para me mapakita kaming huli namin, but dun pa lang sa pampang sinundo na pala kami ng some of our companions kaya buking agad haha!
We went near Costa Pacifica for our lunch, then sneaked in afterwards nearby sa Press Start Cafe and Surf Spa which was owned and operated by John’s wife cousin is the hunk Alex Resurreccion. The place was simple and awesome. It serves assorted coffee and pizza’s too! Meron pa siyang spa na bonggang-bongga naman talaga, sayang lang no more spare time to utilize it kase pauwi na kami
3:00 pm when we decided to hit the road. I took the wheel before Cabanatuan. Since we know about the wipeout bridge in La Paz Sta. Rosa, Tarlac. I took the Bulacan route. Mas maigsi lang sya actually kaya lang nga dahil sa traffic kaya mas marami pa rin dumadaan via SCTEX. Since its a Sunday, nang dumaan kami, hindi naman gaano ma-traffic lalo na nang nasa Bustos na kami zero traffic na hanggang Sapang Palay, San Jose Del Monte up to Fairview Quezon City.