Aurora: The Surfing Capital

Going to Aurora wouldn’t be complete without visiting the surfing capital of Baler. So our last mission to complete for this vacation was to surf. One of the beaches to visit for a surfing lesson is none other than Sabang Beach. It has huge waves and a number of stores that offer lessons in different rates of 200-300php per hour and we tried one. We’re 12 in our group and we took turns in the lesson, each person with two tries for an hour. “Sulit” (worth it) is Tagalog term to use after my try, it was my first and definitely won’t be my last, my instructor was patient enough to teach me.

My first try was a flop, I couldn’t stand in the board with the waves so I just lie there and made my cousins laugh so hard. For the second try, I was able to kneel and tumbled when I was nearing the shore, I’m proud of that achievement (haha) at least I was able to kneel on the board. I’ll be sharing some pictures now, but I don’t have any on my surfing achievement.

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The Beach
The Beach

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Costa Pacifica Resort where lots of foreign and local tourists stay

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So far, my Christmas Vacation here in Aurora is full of swimming and picture taking. I enjoyed this reunion as much as my cousins in my mother’s side. We had all kinds of stories to spill, jokes my Uncles cracked and thankfully I brought my pocket wifi to blog our adventure here. In case you happen to visit Aurora, try visiting the places we went or share your adventure in new places here. There are still a lot more to visit like Dicasalarin Cove and another Falls that we used to go to. Till next time!

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

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Aurora: A Hidden Paradise

This is our third and supposedly final stay here in Dipaculao, Aurora but a sudden change occurred that we had to prolong for another day tomorrow tentatively. My Uncle Romeo and his family are coming over tonight. But let’s not sway from our agenda! I’ll be sharing our awaited trip to the Mother Falls, a hidden paradise. Y’all remember that this trip was postponed yesterday and I’m glad we did. Our tour guide informed us that for 3 days the Falls was closed down from tourists due to a heavy rain flow resulting in a strong current which is dangerous for business and tourists as well.

The Ditumabo Mother Falls is situated deep in the Hydraulic Plant Forest, the mode of transportation is by foot or by using the tri-bike. We had to rent around 6-7 tri-bikes to carry our stuff to the site, it was a rough road to pass on and a burden to my healing scraped knees, but it was worth the ride. we reached the site around 20 minutes and took a lot of pictures (and by a LOT I mean like a LOT, haha you saw the pile of pictures from my previous blogs right?).

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“Selfie-ing” in the Tri-bike

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An almost complete Ubongen troop!

 

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The bamboo bridge. In fairness, this bridge is quite strong!

Heading to the Cottage takes a 5 minute walk from the site where the tri-bikes drop you off. The tri-bike drivers are kind enough to help you carry your stuff to the cottage and patiently wait for your return.

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You have to leave one person behind to guard your stuff since the trail to the falls takes 60 minutes back and forth minus the time of your stay there. Although caretakers guarantee that there are no incidences of theft, still you gotta be careful of your belongings.

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Babe…in the Province

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Trail to the Falls

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When you’ve got wacky people with you the long and rough trail is worth it and FUN!

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The Hidden Paradise

Finally, reaching the Falls is like treasure. A hidden paradise that nestles through the trees, rocks and strong rushing waters. The water was superb, crystal clear and cold like a truckload of ice fell through (or even more), the ambiance quenches your tired spirit. We stayed for almost an hour at the falls but we were careful to stay on the middle area only as the guide warned us not to go near. The heavy rainfall from the past 3 days were the culprit for such a strong current. Anyway, we played games and took pictures as well. The highlight was when we were about to leave, one of my cousins almost drowned me as she panicked. Haha. I had to go under her and push her so she wouldn’t have to pull me down. Well, despite that stunt pulled well off, we still had fun going back.

Ditumabo Falls is one of my favourite destinations when I visit Aurora. I love how they maintain the cleanliness of the water and how cold the place is. Perfect when your drenched in sweat from the heat. So, in case you visit Aurora, might as well come over to Ditumabo Falls, for 10php per head and the tri-bike rental you can be one with nature!

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

Aurora: Visiting Relatives

It’s our second day in Aurora and I’ll be sharing what we did the whole day of Christmas. We were suppose to visit the Mother Falls in Ditumabo but due to a possible surge of people this Christmas, we postponed our trip for tomorrow. Today’s itinerary was to visit our relatives and we’ve got tons of them here.

At around 6:00am my cousins and I went to the Amper Beach. A little background on it, the Amper Beach is no place for swimming, instead of sand it is surrounded by huge rocks and has one of the most dangerous angry rushing waves I’ve ever seen. We went there to do some sightseeing and jogging (but it turned out into a picture taking session. LOL)

Well, what’s a good thing to bring when you walk by the sea? Music, and by music I mean the classical ones like Sofia La Notte or Ludivico’s Primavera. They make you feel like your in some senti” (sentimental) music video.

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Jogging or Posing??

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Good Morning from the selfie queens!
Good Morning from the selfie queens!

We came home after the morning walk and waited for our meal, guess who came over? Grandpa! It was good to see him again after a long time that pictures are a must.

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The Ubongen troop, although we aren’t complete. Missing the cubs of my Uncles Joel, Romeo and Amado.

Around 3:00pm we headed to the basketball court with the boys… of course, picture taking is number one in the option.

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Finally, around 5:00pm, we headed to visit my Uncles and Aunts. Though I couldn’t understand them since they use the Ilocano dialect.

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We weren’t able to go to a tourist spot in Dipaculao, but we managed to pay respects to our relatives this Christmas season. It is one of the Filipino traditions we have here, to visit our relatives during this occasion oftentimes, asking for “pamasko”. A tradition where kids come over to their elders to ask for gifts in materials or money.

 

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To end the day, we had this shot by the sari-sari store nearby.

Tomorrow, will be our final day and I will be blogging about our adventure. I really hope and pray that we may able to visit Ditumabo Falls and that I can share it with you all. Hope y’all enjoyed this blog though it was filled with our faces. Thank you to my cousin Michael for his ever handy Samsung S4 camera.

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

Aurora: White Sands in Dinadiawan

As promised in my Instagram post, I’ll be writing about my adventure on the province of Aurora! This isn’t my first time to visit Aurora, but it is my first to share it through blogging. To know more about the place, I’ll be giving you a bit of information on it. Aurora is a province located in Central Luzon, Philippines; it is divided in eight municipalities namely Baler, Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Dingalan, Dinalungan,  Dilasag, San Luis and Casiguran. Baler is the capital of Aurora and the province is populated mostly by Tagalogs and Ilocanos, it is also known as the “surfing capital of the Philippines”.

My trip is mainly in Dipaculao and other parts of Aurora. This town is my mother’s hometown and we’ll be featuring the Dinadiawan Beach. Unknown to some, Boracay isn’t the only beach in the Philippines that has white sands, Aurora has those too and you can find one here in Dinadiawan. However, today wasn’t quite a day that you can just pounce on the sea and swim like you ever care. You see, beaches in Aurora are facing the Philippine Sea that is connected to the vast and tumultuous Pacific Ocean which is why today’s waves were towering and a bit dangerous for newbies. I’ll be sharing the pictures so you’ll be able to see what I mean… 🙂

First stop, we made it to Dipaculao at around 6:00am and headed to the capital for fresh supplies. As always, my Dad prefers that we buy our food fresh and cook it when we travel, that means no canned goods and chips (but I always managed to sneak in some, haha, sneaky little kiddo). Good thing we are staying in my mom’s childhood house, (which the only wooden house in their street today) and my Aunt Lily cooks delicious homemade meals! We stayed for a few hours back at the house to cook our lunch and headed out to Dinadiawan Beach!

Finally, after almost an hour or two (I fell asleep so I wasn’t able to keep track of time), we finally reached Dinadiawan Beach. The Globe and TM receptions in the area are very poor although Smart users can surf the net in a slower rate though.

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Cousin Time! We look good in wacky haha
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Family. It is so fun to spend vacation with them.
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Beach Babes. Like WHUUUT?!?!?! Haha with the HUNK
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This was a few minutes after the waves tossed, turned and threw us out!

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Our souvenir from struggling on the sea’s tempest waves. My knees were badly scraped (Huhu! Goodbye to my sexy knees). Thankfully we are safe but lesson learned, just stay at shore when Mother Sea is kinda feeling like a queen!

The Dinadiawan Beach isn’t really a scary one to swim on. I’ve been there this summer of 2014 and it was calm, I guess it was also kinda excited with the Holiday Vacation that it couldn’t keep its cool. Hehe. So far, my knee still hurts but as a nurse I gotta treat it and deal with it, after all life’s lessons are often learned the hard way!

And there you have it, the Dinadiawan Beach Trip. Tomorrow I’ll be blogging about our other adventure here in Aurora and it’ll be a surprise! Watch out for my Instagram Video and I’ll be posting all the photos on my Facebook account.

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!