Saturday, November 05, 2011

Enchanting Baler

My surfer friend and a high school batchmate, Chloe, decided to spend our 4-day long weekend to go surfing. And since Baler will host a Surf Festival on that weekend, we decided to head on. 2 weeks of looking for an accomodation, we were unfortunate.We've already settled in sleeping inside the car just in case we really don't get lucky. Until 2 days before our departure, Chloe got us some good news. We will be staying at Aurora Taekwondo gym. Yey! Staying in a gym is a no fuss for me especially that the owner of the gym is my hubby's senior in taekwondo. I thought this would be easy and fun!

We left Sunday morning because we have to wait for Chloe's friend - Lourdes - who just came from her 30-hour shift in TMC. We left Manila at about 2pm already because we need to eat, buy stuff and have the SUV checked. We arrived Baler at around 7pm.

The Concert - Salamin is on

Chloe's entry. She won!

Our friend Jeff's entry. He won too!

Chloe, Lourder and Kr went kalesa riding on the beach.

Baler waves at night.

Capped the night off drinking with taek friends.

The next day, we woke up at around 6am to catch the early waves. Trust me, the waves were oh soooo good!!!! I.LOVE.IT!!!!

Wake up, girls!!!

Before riding the waves.

After riding the waves. We were sooo hungry.

Baler waves. Perfect in the morning.

After eating, we could not get hold of boards because everyone was renting them out. So we had our second session in the afternoon but the waves were no longer friendly, we hated surfing that we have to end it after 45 minutes.  The waves were driven by the wind so they were not consistent and we couldn't get up okay.

After our afternoon session, we headed back to the gym to prepare for our departure. Thanks to Sir Eric Go and his team for giving us snacks. Pancit canton and Baler sweet pandesal are the best!

After our afternoon session.

With the Baler Taekwondo team + Aldrin's seniors in TBB
Again, thanks to Sir Eric Go for accomodating us in Baler. Thanks to the whole team, we really felt special and pampered.
The Gym

The armors

The rubber mats

Last supper

We left Baler at 6pm, made a wrong turn and ended up in some dimention. It's a whole different story but we ended up passing through the most damaged road in Aurora. We crossed boulders of rocks, streams and deep rivers. The off-road run went about three long hours. We could not rest and sleep. We just chatted the night away until we reached a concrete road, Hello Cabanatuan City!

After that amazing trip, I have a newly found respect for Toyota Fortuner. Seriously.

Davao Love and Jump

Last October 21, Aldrin and I left for Davao to attend Raffy and Christine's wedding. Raffy is my friend since high school. From Manila, we landed in Cagayan de Oro on Wednesday to meet my family. Friday at 3am, we left CDO and headed to Davao. The bus trip was excruciating. The trip should only be 6 hours but we arrived Davao after almost 9 hours of travel. The roads leading to Davao isn't really good.

We arrived lunch time in Davao, checked in at Enrico's Apartelle. We took some rest and went to a grocery shopping after our dinner. The rest of the night was spent Aldrin teaching my friends how to play poker.

tired from the trip

Enrico's Apartelle

our unit - Apartelle A

They played poker. I just watched
Day 2 was spent for the wedding. The ceremony was at St. Francis Assisi in the other side of Ma-a road near the Diversion Rd. By the way, Enrico's Apartelle was also in Ma-a but at the opposite side of the church near NCCC Mall. The reception was held at Sunny Point. It's just about 300 meters from the church. So near!

Me and Aldrin

Aldrin, Me, Junpens, Bamba, Kaye and Miko. We were the ones who traveled from CDO.

The groom with his parents

The church

The Bride, Tweet-Tweet

The  Kiss


Leila - Ikoy's eldest daughter

Aldrin, Me, April and Bemboy
 We ended the wedding by drinking the night away.

We woke up Saturday morning feeling excited because we're going to Samal Island!!!!Woohoo!!! Every agreed we go to Maxima Aquafun. This is my second time to visit Samal Island, by the way.

We had a not-so-long roadtrip but the time we spent on the barge was super fun!
Picture while we're on the barge.
Then the fun starts!!!!

The longest and steepest slide

really scary

Look at the view. Breathtaking!
 Of course, we have to try our best jumps....

Mark B.



Blu - my inaanak

Bemboy - Blu's dad


And the winner - my hubby, Aldrin!
We took decent shots as well....

We did not stay overnight because we should be heading back to CDO that night. We left Maxima at around 4pm. We were dead tired.

Saying goodbye
Overall, it was a fun vacation. I would definitely love to go back to Maxima. I super enjoyed the jumps and slides.