It was more than 13 years ago when I first set foot in Aurora. It was an exciting road trip with friends. From Manila, we drove through the Sierra Madre mountains down to Baler. Though I am fully aware of the surfing scene boom and the growing development of the province, I only got the chance to go back this early September when I chanced upon a good getaway deal at Deal Grocer for a three days and two nights stay at L’Sirene Boutique Resort in Baler. The resort looked hip and stylish, and the remote location made it even more appealing to me. It would make an ideal base for exploration and relaxation.
You and a friend can fly to Baler, Aurora and go surfing with two SEAIR tickets up for grabs! Ironwulf.net: En Route and the SEAIR Adventure Club is giving away round-trip tickets to Baler and free surfing lessons for two to one lucky person. All you have to do is leave a comment in Summer fun in Baler and tell us why surfing is fun and why Baler is such a great place by Sunday, 3 May 2008, at 8:00 p.m.
Travel have a lot of treasures hidden in every experience. And one of those is the kindness of strangers. I know we hear a lot from people, that the world is turning from bad to worse. And that you can no longer trust anyone without knowing who really that person is. Fortunately, in our travels, we came across with people who would lend us some helping hand and were simply kind and helpful. One couple I could never forget are the couples from Sabtang, Batanes. We were stranded in the island for 2 nights after our boat toppled from the strong waves. Since people of Batanes were dictated by their belief and the weather, we could not leave the island until Black Saturday. The couple graciously offered their home to us with food and all. Along that is their amusing stories about their children and their younger days.
Lately, our trip to Aurora led us to another hospitable stranger. Aurora, seems to be detached from the rest of the country by the Sierra Mountain Range, yet we were still able to go there thanks to Marco’s driving skill along the tracherous winding and rough road. Our priority was the Dicasalarin Cove in San Luis. I never expected that there would be a rough steep trail going down to the cove from the Pag-asa radar which may be have been hard on some of our companions. On the beach we were welcomed by Manong Gil who offered his humble place for us, were we could get some water and clean up as well. It made our stay at the cove more pleasant and we were able to appreciate the rough beauty of the cove more.