Philippines Travel

Weekend Getaway: Baler, Aurora (Part 2)


Here’s part two of my Baler travel posts. I’ve been thinking of all those Filipinos and Filipinas who have visited all the 81 provinces in the Philippines, and I’m trying to figure out how many provinces I’ve been to myself – it’s 11, by the way. While it is not my goal to visit all the provinces in the country, I still want to go to as many as I can. Anyhow, here are the two more places I visited when we were in Baler, Aurora.

Diguisit Rock Formation










Rock formations are a beauty of nature, and you guys can check out how I gushed over the other one we saw in Ilocos. While not as pretty as that one, Diguisit Rock Formation do invite you to take lots of photos. It’s also situated near the beach, and you can see a lot of small fishes swimming near the shore.














It seems the only sports I’m remotely good at are the ones that doesn’t require balancing. Anything that resembles any sort of balancing just spells epic fail to me. Thus, surfing and my inability to actually surf. My instructor was nice enough to not be patient with me for an hour before I decided to call it quits. I was jealous of my brothers being really good at surfing on their first tries, but I also enjoyed the beach with my little cousins. I’ll definitely be better at surfing next time. *crosses fingers*

If you guys are planning to take a package tour for a weekend Baler trip, I’m recommending Go Trippers. He’s the one who arranged and drove for both our Ilocos and Baler trips! Totally worth the price as the itinerary is customizable based on where you want to go and all the restos he’s taken to serves good food. This is not a sponsored post, btw. I just really liked Kuya Eric as a tour guide and driver.

PS. If you missed it, here’s part 1 of my Baler trip.

Have you tried surfing before?

xoxo, Richel V.

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  • Reply
    November 30, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Thank you. Your Makalen can be understood very clearly

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      Richel Vergara
      December 1, 2016 at 1:29 PM

      What’s a Makalen? 🙂

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    Rejoyce Canaynay
    November 30, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    lovely photos, are all these taken with your Sony a5000? If I do remember you have the a5000 kasi.

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      Richel Vergara
      December 1, 2016 at 1:48 PM

      The rock formation photos were from my Sony A5000. The surfing ones are from my mom’s iPhone 6S! 🙂

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    Bea De Guzman
    November 28, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Your photos are beautiful Richel! I suck at surfing too. I’m not good with balance as well so apir tayo diyan.

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      Richel Vergara
      November 29, 2016 at 3:05 PM

      Thanks, Bea! I suck at everything remotely sporty. Hehe.

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    Wandering Ella
    November 28, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Wow, may rock formation din pala in Baler! Super na-aamaze talaga ako sa mga rock formations! I want to see the one in Ilocos too! Kapupurawan ba yun? Or something. HAHAHA

    xo, Wandering Ella

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      Richel Vergara
      November 28, 2016 at 3:39 PM

      Kapurpurwan?? Hahaha. I can never get it right. Right formations just look so good. <3

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    Katherine Tran
    November 28, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Great photos! Looks so fun 🙂

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      Richel Vergara
      November 28, 2016 at 3:19 PM

      Thanks, Kath!

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    November 28, 2016 at 4:58 AM

    Amazing photos! I have never been to the Philippines but I’m dying to go! I’m not the best at surfing either but I love…unfortunately I’m living too far from the sea, I wish we surf on the Thames haha xx

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      Richel Vergara
      November 28, 2016 at 4:06 PM

      If you ever will go here, let me know! I’ll recommend some beaches. Hehehe.

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    November 28, 2016 at 12:58 AM

    I’ve never been surfing, I would really love to try. I’m sure I won’t really do better than you so don’t worry you’re not the only one 😛
    It looks like you and your family had such a wonderful time. Have a great week! 🙂
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

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      Richel Vergara
      November 29, 2016 at 5:14 PM

      Not too sure about that; I’m the only one in the family to completely suck at it! Hahaha!

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    November 27, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    The first time I tried surfing, I was actually good at it but I think I was just lucky that the waves were small and perfect for beginners. The second time I tried it (it was November, I think) I kept on falling na! HAHA!

    Melissa the Mermaid ♥

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      Richel Vergara
      November 28, 2016 at 3:21 PM

      Maybe it is based on the size of the waves? Medyo malaki na din kasi nung pumunta kami! (Chos. Palusot lang. Di lang talaga ako marunong.) HAHAHA.

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    November 27, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Lovely pictures, it looks like an amazing place! It’s such a great idea to try and visit as many provinces as you can 🙂
    Amy xx

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      Richel Vergara
      November 28, 2016 at 4:06 PM

      Thank you, Amy!

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    November 26, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Woweee! Looks so beautiful. I’d love to try surfing though, I’m sure I’m gonna have a hard time learning because I don’t know how to swim. Anyway, I love the photos– makes me want to go there even more.

    Love, Fads

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      Richel Vergara
      November 29, 2016 at 5:10 PM

      You don’t need to know how to swim if you’ll just surf in the shallow waters! 🙂

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    Augustin Ra
    November 26, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    I haven’t tried surfing and I don’t even know how to swim. My cousin and his boyfriend from Manila went to my hometown for a vacation and they went to famous surfing spots. My cousin wasn’t really a surfer but she always has this adventurous spirit and having a boyfriend who has the same spirit added to the thrill of leaning how to surf especially her boyfriend was a surfer. One of the best parts on their vacation was when they brought their dogs. They were cuties, btw! 🙂 Since I already mentioned their adventurous spirits, they traveled from Manila to E. Samar by Kuya’s pickup and their surf boards were at the back. I also heard Ate told my mom that they slept in the car so by the time they wake up, they’re already on the go.

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      Richel Vergara
      November 28, 2016 at 3:26 PM

      I have an uncle who fell in love with surfing and he bought his own surfboard just a week ago! He goes back to La Union every weekend to surf. Haven’t really bought dogs along to a trip. That sounds fun!

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    Joy Generoso
    November 26, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    I haven’t tried surfing yet, hopefully I’ll be able to experience it. 🙂

    Btw, thanks for visiting my blog! <3

    xoxo |

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      Richel Vergara
      November 28, 2016 at 3:27 PM

      Hope you get to try it soon! 🙂

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    November 23, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    I love your photos, Richel! <3

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      Richel Vergara
      November 24, 2016 at 11:35 AM

      Thanks, Pia!

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    Da Dominguez
    November 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    I’ve been to La Union thrice and never did I try surfing. My fear of water + poor coordination skills get the best of me so I’d rather enjoy the scene and take photos of my friends learning to surf. Haha! Were you able to ride a wave?

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      Richel Vergara
      November 23, 2016 at 11:19 AM

      I wasn’t able to take photos of us surfing, thus the low quality. Huhu. Does it count as riding the wave even if I wasn’t in the surfboard anymore? I can’t stand on it – I always fall off! Haha!

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    Emma Felin
    November 23, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    That looks amazing! Makes me feel nostalgic for the sun <3



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      Richel Vergara
      November 23, 2016 at 11:18 AM

      Come to the PH, where the weather is 80% sun for the whole year. Haha!

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    Ochi Bernadas
    November 22, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Haha yes! It was also in Baler where I first tried surfing and I’ve been addicted ever since. If you get back in the metro, Liwliwa in Zambales is a pretty good spot to catch waves too 🙂

    Ochi | Ochi In The City

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      Richel Vergara
      November 23, 2016 at 11:15 AM

      Been planning to go Zambales soon, as well! Hopefully I’ll get better with my ~surfing skillz~.

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    November 22, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    This place looks so beautiful…
    Love the photos, and I’ve never tried surfing, but I’ve heard is pretty difficult

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      Richel Vergara
      November 23, 2016 at 11:14 AM

      Thanks, babe! It is difficult if you suck like balancing like me. Haha!

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