Baler

Baler (Part 4): Sunrise And Long Stretch Of Sands

What’s odd for me when I am on vacation, I always make it a point to wake up early. One of the main reasons for waking up early is to watch sunrise from a great vantage point. Each place offers a different charm for sunrise. So sunrise viewing has always been part of my vacation iterinary. For this trip in Baler, the spot to go for sunrise viewing is Ampere Beach.
 

Rock-a-beach

    

Sunrise

 

Ampere Beach is a rocky beach which faces the Pacific Ocean. Imagine strong currents, crashing to rocky bay plus the unobstructed view of the Pacific and sunrise. Love it is!
  

  

After enjoying the sunrise and taking the time to take advantage of almost deserted beach, I took the time to take some OOTD photos. I can’t help but love the plain backdrop of the very large boulder.
    

After an hour of sunrise viewing and a thousand photos saved, off we go to one of Baler’s not so hidden and secret place, Dinadiawan Beach.

 

Road Leading To Dinadiawan

  

Dinadiawan – A Long Stretch

  

  

Scenic Seaside

 

Dinadiawan beach houses a lot of resorts in Aurora. In fact, it is no longer part of Baler town. It will take you an hour and half drive from Ampere Beach to reach Dinadiawan. Going there is a pleasure to the eyes. Seaside highways and cliffs which give a great viewing point of almost everything. Of course, we take advantage of the long ride to stop once in a while to take some or a lot of photos.

 

Sands

    

Quite A Stretch

       
 

Focus On Me

  

Me, Jas and The Floating Hut

 

Once there, you have long stretch of fine sands with the mountains as the back drop. If you want to avoid the crowd in Baler town, this is the right place to go to. We only stayed in Dinadiawan Beach for a good hour as we decided that we need to go back to Baler town, take our lunch there and still explore the Sabang Beach during daytime.
 

You Got ame Sippin’ Into Something…

  

C’mon Let’s Get Away

  

Baywatch-ing

     

Just Lay On The Sands

Sabang Beach is the renowned surf spot in Baler. From its coastline, accommodations and restaurants line the long beach. Perfect for surfing under the heat of summer and get a tan but surfing is actually not my cup of tea. Better off stay in the sun, lounge, do photoshoots then read a book after. Again, not an adventure type of traveller.
 

Sabang Boardwalk

  

Sabang Boardwalk

 

 

A Way Of Life

  
   So whatever you like in a beach, you will definitely get it from Baler or to its neighboring towns. Baler is not only for surfers but for anyone who decided to escape to a quiet historic town which offers tons of activities to kill time.

   

Shades of Blue

 

That wraps my Baler series. Hope you had so much joy as much joy as I had. Hopefully, this summer diaries series will inspire you travel more here in the Philippines (or travel in general ~ domestic or international).

Stay tuned for the El Nido series, coming soon!
  
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Baler (Part 3): The Falls and The Tree

You would have thought by now that I am not a very adventurous person. Rather bum in the beach and get a tan than do treks to go to some hidden areas. When the idea of doing of a 30 to 45 minute walk to a popular area in Baler, I had my doubts and hesitations. At back of my mind, will I really be able to do it? Will I enjoy it? Heck, still young why not do it! So we did it, walk-slash-trek to Ditumabo Mother Falls.

Ditumabo Mother Falls is a spectacular place to visit. Even the fact that it was tiring after the long walk in wet mountainside, slippery stones and raging waters, it was worth it.

   

Panoramic View To Mother Falls

  

Flowers Everywhere

 
On the way to the falls, we even passed by some elderly people coming down from the falls. So, I thought it was not really that tiring but again I was proven wrong. But once you have a glimpse of the falls, you will definitely be enticed to dip in the water. By the way, we originally planned that once we see the waterfalls, we will immediately go down. In our case, it didn’t happen. We did some swimming in the cold but refreshing waters and enjoyed it to almost the time they are closing the falls. We can say that we were the last visitors of the falls for that day.

 

Mini Falls

       
On the way down from the falls, me and my best friend keep on asking why the falls was called “Mother Falls”? Is “Father Falls” just somewhere hiding, how about the children falls, etc. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get the answers to our questions.

   

Dipping In The Falls

 

It was almost dark, when we reached the famed “Millennium Tree”. Though the tree is not specifically located in the town of Baler, the Millennium Tree is one of the most visited attractions while in Baler. It a humongous, big tree said to be more than 300 plus years old. You could actually go inside the tree but again my being “not adventurous” kicked in. I think I had enough adrenaline hormone while trekking earlier that is why I skipped in that part. I gladly enjoyed my solace doing selcas using timer in my camera while my best friend gone inside the tree and enjoyed it. Too bad it was getting really dark when we arrived at the Millennium Tree. My advice: go visit the tree during afternoon. You’ll have better lighting and the scorching heat of the afternoon sun would not hurt you as you will be under the shade of a very big tree.

 

That Tree!

  

Kawaii In Baler

 
Now I perfectly understand the beauty of Baler. It does not only offer the beach but wonders of nature in all forms. You thought that ends my Baler summer series? Not yet! Stay tuned! More Baler posts soon.

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Baler (Part 2): Soft Spot for Rock Formations

I never thought that Baler offers a lot of places to visit. Only learned about this sleepy town a couple of years back because of the influx of surfing in the Philippines, and of course with the help of social media. I know I went to History and Geography class back in high school but I guess there wasn’t much of focus on this province or more specifically to this town.

Aside from the fact that Baler has a great beach for surfing, which is very known for, the town also has some great quiet beaches just perfect for beach bumming and long walks in the sands. That brings us to Aniao Islets and Diguisit Bay & Rock Formation. It would take you a roughly 10-15 minutes drive from Ermita Hill to reach this very spectacular beach. Going there is a sight to see as you have an unobstructive view of the Pacific Ocean.

 

Pacific Ocean

  

B&W-ing

“Wow” – that is the first thing I said when we arrived in Aniao Islets.

   

It’s A Lonely Planet Indeed

    

Diguisit Bay

    

By The Rocks

  

The area also has a swimming pool when you get tired of the salty water. The pool area also comes with beach chairs/ lounge area which you use when you want to chill by the pool area reading a book or whatever you have in mind.

 

Enjoying The Pool Area

  

Bumming

  

Pure Happiness

  

Seeing Double

 

I admit that I went all gaga with taking photos as the place really gives you a very good backdrop for your OOTDs and landscape photos.

 

Cloudless Sky!

  

Without Black, No Color Has Any Depth

   

Lucky enough that when we went there, there are only a handful of tourists visiting. So most of the time, it seemed that we had the whole place on our own. Never mind that afternoon sun, we need to have as much photos and fun under the sun.

 

Cue Red Velvet’s Song ~ “Happiness”

  

Attempt To Dip

Baler really has a lot to offer. Even though surfing is not your thing like I do, there are a lot of things you can do while in Baler. There still a lot waiting for my Baler series, so better watch out! 

   

 

 

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Baler (Part 1): Township and Seaside Hill

Summer has always been an important and one of the most exciting part of the year. This is the season that you wish you are on a forever vacation, and everyone wishes that summer would last forever. Long days & nights, endless stories to share with friends and planned vacation.

For me, summer is about hitting the beach. You get the chance to fully enjoy the beach and not worry a thing about whether it’s gonna rain or not. This is the time to get a tan and endure days of peeling skin after staying out too long under the summer sun.

Starting off the summer diaries with our trip in Baler, Aurora. Baler has becoming one of the top destinations in Luzon island here in the Philippines, given the proximity of the place to the capital. There are tons to enjoy in this “not so sleepy town anymore”. Baler is a popular destination for surfing because it faces directly to the Pacific Ocean. Though for those non-surfers and non adrenaline junkie like me, there are tons of reasons why at least visit the area once or twice or maybe every year?

    

First thing we did as we arrive in the town of Baler is to tour (or walk) the town. What I like most about the town center is everything is located near each other like the museum, historical sites, restaurants and prerequisite “pasalubong centers”. We weren’t able to visit the famed Baler Museum but already made a mental note to visit the area once I’m back in Baler.

 

Next Time

  

Famous Site Where A Lot Of Photos Taken

  

Highschool Bestie and Me

 

From the town center we headed to Ermita Hill. For the people of Baler, Ermita Hill has been a refuge site when a tsunami hit the coastal town in late 1800s.

   

  

Into The Woods

     

The OOTD post was also taken in Ermita Hill. So picturesque, perfect backdrop.

   

    

From Ermita Hill, you can see spectacular view of Baler’s coast from another perspective and of course the vast beauty of Pacific Ocean!

 

Coast of Baler

  

Pacific

This can be seen from the base of Ermita Hill, how people helped and saved each other from the harms of the tsunami.

  

This is just part 1 of my Baler summer diaries. Still more to come from from this series. So better stay tuned! ☺️

 

Field Trippin’!

  

 

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Without Black, No Color Has Any Depth

Baler has been so much fun not only because of the waves but also of a lot of touristy spots you can explore . Been planning this trip to Baler for weeks but still very clueless to what expect. Well I guess, this Baler trip has really been a surprise (in a very good way) and will post blog entries about my trip in Baler soon.

For my first day in Baler, I opted to wear an outfit that is comfortable and will be able to shield me from the sun. I guess my idea of blocking off UV rays with a black ensemble is a no-no. Anyways, comfort is the key for vacations and travels. Right? As you probably know by now, black is one color I can’t live without. Any given time, I go for monotone colors rather then the striking ones. What is very good with black is you can pair it with every colors there are, and I love mixing my blacks with pastels, neons and a whole lot of colors.

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Pullover Mickey Mouse Knitted top of from H&M, full length leggings for H&M, shades from Sunnies by Charlie.

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