So off I went last Friday to Baler to maximize the long weekend. I really wanted to go on my own (much to Dad's dismay) because if I can hack it then I can just go anytime I want. Plus going alone will "force" me to socialize, learn to surf properly, budget my money wisely, and even go places that I haven't been to. Going in groups is fun and all but sometimes it sucks when you have to wait for everyone, or have to wait for people to decide where to go, what to eat, etc.
DAY 1: Making new friends
Circle Hostel was quiet with only 3 guests that morning, myself included. Miguel (a Manila resident who transferred to Baler last January) was in the common area waiting for someone and I chatted with him for a bit, then went to Aliya to have breakfast.
Initially I felt a tinge of sadness, It's so lonely to travel alone pala, I thought to myself. Baler was so quiet, more people were expected to arrive Saturday. I was already feeling like I should've stayed in Manila and played with my doggies, but I trudged on. After breakfast I visited Kuya Jayson at El Dawn Surfing School and did a wave check. Um, yeah, the waves were really high this time, I thought they would've died down a bit because the storm had passed. I begged off surfing this morning still tired from Thursday's shenanigans, went back to the hostel and slept like a baby in the common area. I woke up at lunch time, Ate Viah and Den-Den (hostel staff and her 4-year old son) had arrived so I just chatted with them while eating. I thought day 1 was going to be pretty much uneventful, but here's what happened that afternoon....
Not wanting to pay for motorbike or bike rental, I had borrowed Onyo's bike and went around town buying cheap food and killing time. Eventually I found myself in Dialyn's and bought a slice of Brazo de Mercedes (you have to try this, it's so good!) and biked back to the hostel. I shared my slice with Den-Den, then this guy comes up to us and asked for some paint and brushes and started painting near my area.
|Aliya's tapa tastes like Adobo to me - Php 150 w/ free coffee|