Rainy and Wet Bolinao trip

After the Aurora adventure we decided to continue the bus trip somewhere since Tuguegarrao was no longer on the plate the fact that it will be a long trip going up north and Gabby’s flight going back to Cebu is early on the 5th. Though we already had few options, schedule and weather still part of the considerations.

No direct bus from Baler to Bolinao, so we found ourselves riding the Cabanatuan 6:30AM and after 3hrs, we were salivating and loving the delicious pastries of Edna’s Cakeland after our visit at St. Nicholas de Tolentine’s Cathedral and Gen. Luna’s statue.

Arrived at Bolinao via Tarlac around 6PM and it was raining hard, the good Kuya driver was nice enough to mention that since its late and raining it would be difficult to buy food nearby. Room was pretty much the price we paid for, with queen sized bed, a fan, clean comfort room and small table. We decided to call it a day after we shared the dinner bought near the Terminal.

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We woke up early for a morning walk at the beach and what surprised me was the sand – its white and pristine, though it’s a little rocky on the part of the beach where we stayed. Sun was bit shy, we must admit that the beauty was exceptional and can’t deny we love it and a quick swim was next.

Packed our things for the day tour… here’s what next for us.

Bolinao lighthouse was just as beautiful as Burgos in the North.

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As described by bloggers, Patar beach is truly magnificent from sand to waves to people. Took gazillion pictures and decided to enjoy the Rock formation nearby. We thought that it was all Bolinao can offer and we are done for the day. Kuya driver graciously brought us to see Earth’s wonder – a pool inside a cave, Wonderful and Enchaned Caves both in Patar amazed me much. stayed there for an hour each cave and the 5-7ft wonder were visited by celebrities and locals. Still raining so we both decided to skip the Falls and directly took the bus going to Alaminos.

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Summer in August – Baler, Aurora

A trip was planned early this year that Gabby will be spending 5 days away from work and booked flight going to Manila. I was a little excited given I have the luxury to book where to and what to. Fortunate that after MSN closed, I was still in TWC training and will have the opportunity travel and enjoy the break even for awhile.

Multiple options were laid out…Manila to Bataan, Manila to Laguna Province, Manila to North luzon, and it was Baler we decided to visit given the possible weather and the place is just perfect for rainy and windy adventure.

We took the 1:30AM Genesis bus, a 6-7hr trip straight to Baler, Aurora. I had no chance to take any quick nap either since my training schedule still in the graveyard, nonetheless it was a wonderful morning when we arrived at Baler the town of the late Pres. Manuel L. Quezon.

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Tricycle driver was nice enough to agree for the whole day trip for 600php and dropped us off to a nearby carenderia for a bite.

Started the day tour at Dona Aurora’s mansion and then the town’s Church with students and pupils outside practicing for the upcoming fiesta on the 19th of August. Third stop was the millenium old Balete Tree and then followed by the mysterious and beautiful Ditumabo Falls. Last stop was the Baler Museum and plaza.

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Checked-in at June Homestay, non-zircon room for two for only 600php. It was nice enough for a quick stay in Baler. Had our chance to check the seashore, she shells and seaman? hahaha.

Grabbed late lunch at a local carenderia near the plaza instead of the rolling jollibee or Chowking followed by an order of local halo-halo nearby. A stroll will not need more than half day to see happy faces and hospitable locals.

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Dinner by the bay was the choice and a bottle of beer called it a day.