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I <3 Baler

Finally, I got the chance to visit Baler!

It was just one of those unplanned trips that I had with some friends and though it was short, it was awesome!

I can really say that Baler’s charm is so distinctive; I can’t think of any other place to compare it with. I know each place or travel spot has their own unique appeal. But I gained a new perspective after coming to Baler.  Even if I had to wake up at dawn just to catch up that 6 a.m. schedule at the bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City for the 8-hour land travel, I can say it was worth it. 🙂

Google, in 2009, named Baler as one of the top tourist destination in the Philippines, while Yahoo! Philippines named it as one of the top surfing venue in the county. For those who have come here ahead of me, I know you’ll shout YES! gleefully. If you haven’t been here and you’re curious…go check out why. Me?  I simply ❤ Baler! 😀

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There’s lots to explore in Baler. But though I wasn’t able to go to all the places I’ve hoped to see here, that nature trip we had at Dicasalarin Cove was enough. If you’re here for a very short stay, Dicasalarin should be part of your itinerary for an authentic experience of going the off-the beaten-track trails.

I guess, luck is on my/our side. It’s an exhilarating experience to see Dicasalarin in all its splendor, with a rainbow adding drama to our nature trip. It’s really better than getting a pot of gold. I tried hard to keep tears at bay. It’s a real reminder to me of God’s covenant of goodness.

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We were here for only about fivehours but I honestly felt time-warped.

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The trek up Dicasalarin is a bit treacherous. Good thing we had two guides who were familiar with the snake path going to the forest grove. We were a bit apprehensive to see warning signs along the steep road that say some mountain rocks may fall. Our experienced driver/tour guide drove fast without letting up for a minute, except when we asked for a moment just to capture that rainbow on our mobile phones. But all in all, it was safe.

It rained when we got to the entrance of this private resort. I heard tourism officials were here before us to check out the place. There are talks of opening up Dicasalarin for more foreign and local tourists but they’re taking it one step at a time. Well, why not? Maybe the next Survivor (Philippines) should choose this as its next venue!

view from the top (lighthouse)
view from the top (lighthouse)

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Here you’ll also find Ifugao cottages ready for rent. I forgot the price per night, but I remember it’s not as pricey as I expected it to be.

While here at Dicasalarin, we walked a few kilometers to check out the Artists’ House. It was really a fun haven for quirky artists. I’m so at home…but alas! my phone got drained! Fortunately, I have friends I can rely on for this…

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No wonder this place is a favorite go-to of strung-out city-philes. I, too, found this picturesque place one of my best destination in the Philippines. After all, when can I ever get that chance to commune and be one with Mother Nature? Only here in Baler, did I get that elusive opportunity to be in a secluded forest doing nothing else but basking in nature’s embrace. 🙂

So what’s the reason I went to Baler again?

Surfing. Unfortunately. Unfortunately, for me, I didn’t get to do that even though the waters beckoned. 😦

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So I resigned myself to just watch and cheer surfer-wannabes while munching on taro chips…

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But I’m contented though with a tour of the Baler Museum. I’m a self-confessed history buff and learning more about its rich history, particularly the juicy details about the famed Siege of Baler during the Spanish-American War.

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Let me tell you that the very best thing I appreciate with my Baler trip was waking up to a very sunny morning and a good view of the sunrise.. Absolutely magnificent!–the best feel-good vibes for anyone, everyone…

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Happy travels! 😀

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