P H I L I P P I N E S
Perhaps the most effective way to whisk off stress and to get rid of boredom is to find a hobby or a sport that would stimulate your mind and body. Trying out things that you have not done in your life is a good idea too. Or, simply creating your own Bucket List and challenging yourself to accomplish them one by one. Tell you what… I got a hundred of things to do in my own list! And, on top of the list is to explore the beauty of the world.
We finally arrived in Sabang at around 7:30 PM. We looked for June Samano, owner of the home stay that Clue had learned from the blogs when she was researching for this trip. He and his wife welcomed us. We rented an airconditioned room for PhP 1,500. It had two queen-size beds good for four persons. Mr. Samano was so kind to let us stay until 6:00 PM of the next day without additional charges. The usual check-out time is 12:00 NN or 2:00 PM. We needed to extend because we were already so behind of our itinerary.
More and more people came out to stroll by the seashore as the morning got brighter and brighter each second.
|Ella & BP Marion lovin' the breakfast|
That light meal, was it really light? Haha! Just enough to get us through the day, I guess. After that sumptuous breakfast, we changed our clothes to our swimwear and went off to the beach for the much awaited surfing experience.
We met Kuya Ryan & Kuya Marjem, our surfing instructors. It was an hour lesson and we did it by two’s so that a pair could take pictures while the others were on their surfboards. I and Eiffer were the first to ride the surfboards with our respective instructors teaching us the right way to balance and all those stuff. Just look at the pictures and see how serious we were to learn this sport. Haha! We had fun even after stumbling and rolling off our surfboards!
|Eiffer and BP Marion|
|Ella & BP Clue|
There are many known waterfalls in Aurora. Kuya Ryan told us that the nearest one from where we were is the Caunayan Falls. We asked him to bring us there. I thought that when he said “near” it would be like just a few minutes ride from where we were.
My butt was already complaining but we haven’t reached our destination yet. There was a rough road too. But everyone seemed enjoying the ride, and that’s what mattered to me.
We needed to pass three attended gates before we had reached the waterfalls. The access road to Caunayan Falls crosses private properties thus a fee amounting to PhP 20 per vehicle needs to be paid at each gate before entering. When we saw the waterfalls, we were like kids! We jumped into the water.
|Eiffer, BP Clue, Ella & BP Marion|
|BP Clue's beauty queen pose|
|BP Marion: umbrella model?|
|Planking ala BP Weng & Chons|
|Eiffer: "I'm strong!"|
Balete Park and The Unexpected Climb to a 600-year Old Tree
Seeing the big arrow sign pointing to the Balete Park triggered my imagination. 6oo-year old Balete tree? Interesting! Kuya Ryan did his best attempt to describe it but actually seeing it made us exclaimed “Wow!” It was an old huge tree that certainly amazed me. To be honest, it also freaked me out because of my imagination of kapre and maligno that must be residing in that big tree.
The surrounding place was so quiet when we were there. It is not a usual park. The Balete tree is circumferenced by a spacious fence and that was it!
I am not sure if Balete Park is their hangout place but two teenage boys, Genesis & Jasper, approached us and led us to an entrance going inside the giant tree. Whoah! It’s like a cave with a pretty wide space inside! The two boys also shared instructions on how to climb it. Clue and Eiffer climbed. Ella was too excited to climb too; and so not wanting to be left behind, I was forced to follow them. I am not actually afraid of the height or the challenge to get to the top since I have been climbing mountains for couple of years now. It was just that, what I was wearing that time was a swimming outfit and I thought it was not appropriate to climb wearing it, as I would need to stretch my legs wide open (kalerkei!) But I climbed anyway and it was a total fun.
Before we left, we gave the boys PhP 50 each as our way of thanking for the small adventure. Before heading to another town in Aurora, we had our lunch in a carinderia. For PhP 50 and we were full!
Wherever you are in Baler, you'll see a big white cross on top of a mountain. It is more visible during night time because it is lighted thus becomes bright against the dark surroundings. Kudos to the people who built this sacred structure. Its being on top of a hill seems to remind everyone that God is always there to watch over us and that He is above all things.