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This Holy Week 2014, we visited the recently much talked about new beach destination – Baler. It is just a few hours from our hometown, and with the plans of moving permanently – perhaps starting summer – it seemed like a good idea to plan a Baler trip with friends.

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Summer means Palay everywhere. Taken before leaving for Baler

From the town proper of Rizal, it was approximately a 2-hour drive. I couldn’t say it was the best ride, because it was majority all  mountain and zig-zag road (much like Baguio but the zigzag road is longer). If you easily get dizzy and nauseated with this kind of road, taking a form of “byahilo” tablet may be a good idea.

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Are we there yet?

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Lush greenery and mountains on the way

This is what greeted us —

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The pool, the sky, the trees – oh, summer!

  The daddies were tired from the long ride, especially those that came from Manila pa.

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Pagoda

The kids had a lovely time swimming. The pool water is warm (although it is green, not blue — I wonder why). The mommies took a dip too — with noodles and kick board in tow. LOL

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We can “swim”!

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Kids’ Pizza Making

We stayed at Costa Pacifica. Thankfully, we booked months ahead because the place was packed. Actually, that is one downside of this vacation, the whole of Baler was packed. As in ang daming tao. Langgam sa beach. And food takes about an hour to two (yes, 2hrs!) to be served in nearby restaurants. I guess the whole of Baler wasn’t prepared for the number of tourists coming that week.

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Yellow Fin, ihaw ihaw

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Baler 2014

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Family of 4  — Baby Bump at 4 months🙂

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“The sun is hurting my eye mommy” -Sachi

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The drivers

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The bakasyonistas

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The yayas

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 With our friends and our kids’ in tow, it was indeed a family vacation.

I’d love to come back when I’m not preggy so we could explore the place thoroughly. AND, when it’s low season. Nalunod ako sa dami ng tao LOL. Our 3 days were spent just on the hotel, the pool and a quick drive in the town proper.

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’til next time, Baler!