I know I promised it won’t take me long, but it already did, so yeah. But you must know that I really drafted this post two weeks ago! To prove that, I am posting this raw and unedited. Hehe.
We’ve slowly started saying goodbye to summer, and with that, I figured that I must release the second part of the Baler trip (you can read about the first part here) I had three weeks ago. It’s about the sand, the sea and the waves mostly.
I personally intended to allot a tanning session for myself because I absolutely wanted to go back to Manila sporting an “oh, you went to the beach” look. I’m not as blessed as with other girls who, with even just minutes of encounter with the sun gets the tan that they want. #YshyProblems, everyone.
My friend Honey wasn’t so open with being so open (see what I did there) but my persistency was extraordinarily good and in the end I was able to convince her. I told her she was going to thank me later and I wasn’t wrong! The result:
I love how we owned the whole Sabang beach!
After our 11am vanity at the beach, we decided to have lunch at Bayler View. The locals were talking about how good their food are, and we didn’t want to miss it.
Holy chamoley it was indescribable!! The chopsuey, squid, sisig, tuna belly (in short, everything we ordered) were the best that I tasted I sweeeeeaaar. It’s been a month since I’ve been there, and I haven’t forgotten how they tasted! These dishes were not even the ones the locals were talking about!
It’s this one, their Chocnut Turon!
OHMYG. I couldn’t imagine how a normal Filipino delicacy could be this grand! Yes, grand. Everything was at the right place! The syrup wasn’t too sweet, the crispiness of the turon was perfect with every bite, and the ice cream – oh my goodness it’s the best homemade ice cream ever!! I mean, Mad Mark’s is pretty good but imagine how good Bayler’s is as I’m actually comparing it with the one here in Manila! Wild! It was so good we ordered two, never mind the sugar!
We enjoyed the food so much (it’s the best ever!) that we actually asked the waiter if there’s just even one dish that don’t taste good. Seriously!
After that sumptuous meal it was finally time to go surfing!! Woot!
But first, let me take a selfie. Nyahaha! The tanning session worked, in fairness!
Surfing photos now, for realz.
Uyy, couple on a roll!
I never thought I could do it!! Surprisingly, after three failed attempts I was able to balance! Pretty fast huh, I felt so bad-ass!
Our awesome coaches right here!
Yay, so fun!! We had another session the next morning before leaving because it was really addicting! The level of confidence you get from being able to ride the waves is life-changing! Haha! Now I get why some of my friends are so addicted to surfing! It’s so worth the long drives!
We loved Bayler the first time we tried, and without second thoughts, our dinner for that night and the last meal the next day happened there. It’s just so good we couldn’t resist!! Because they say once you found the best, you’ll never settle for second best! Say what?!
Dinner after surfing. In this batch, the kinilaw was the topnotcher! These plus two more Chocnut Turons for the night!
Last meal *sob* Plus three plates of Chocnut Turon this time! Burp!
We had different sets for both meals and gahd, I wish we didn’t have to leave! Seriously, it’s the food that gave me the separation anxiety!
Coaches turned friends!
I love this trip with all my heart — Baler as a scenery was really breathtaking, beautiful and unabused! Food was so good I don’t know how the they do their cooking, seriously! And the people, more importantly, were generally friendly, accommodating and genuine. They were all humble and passionate in what they do, may they be working for a resort, surf coaches or tour guides. We never had any bad experience at all! I’ll surely come back and will work on improving my surfing skills. I see I have a future, eh. Haha!
Also, more than Trader Joe’s Speculoos, Nanay Pacing’s Creamy Peanut Butter hits the spot.