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Chapter XI : I Surfed, and bid a “See you Again” to Baler (Day Two)

Sept. 30,2012¬†– Following the events that happened the day before this ( photo shoot, me missing the sun, and a hellova fun with my friends), i find myself waking up early because today was the actual start of our vacation. our top most agenda was to learn how to ride the waves and discover how awesome it is to do so. after prepping for the surfing activity before us, our party of 5 (since je and daisy stayed at a hotel near sabang beach) proceeded to our ever favorite “Rolling Store” for breakfast.

Rolling store is a collection of two-three different karinderyas in one area with affordable yet super yummy food selection. (this has been our source of meals when we were at Baler).

This is me, being cranky and waiting for food to be served.

Right after Breakfast, we proceeded to go to Sabang Beach to plan our surfing activities. we decided to walk to sabang beach from rolling store. Baler is a very quiet and peaceful place, it really is an awesome place to escape the everyday hassle and chaos of manila.

after about 10 mins of walking, we finally reached “Mahdox Surf School” along sabang beach.

Mahdox Surf School

For a moment there, i hesitated in trying surfing out. i was wearing my contacts and have this feeling that i might lose them when the waves eat me. but since, my friends were so insistent, (contact lens or blind) i then pushed through with it!

Sabang Beach filled with Surfers and Surfer-wanna be people (like us!)

Wearing my DLSU shirt since i haz no rash guard

Prior to many wipe outs and achieved long rides ūüôā

Oh, and did i mention that my Surf Instructor’s name was Bin Laden? talk about learning how to ride the waves with a man named after a terrorist! but Bin Laden was really cool, and patient, and very encouraging! after a series of wipeouts, and not being able to stand on the board, we finally discovered the method on how to stand on the board without wobbling or losing balance! and because of that, i opted to extend my surfing lesson for another hour. (BTW, in mahdox, you’ll have to pay 350/hour with board and instructor).

Aris, Errol (Aris’ instructor), Bin Laden (My Instructor), Me

Sooo. no utmost form, but fun nonetheless!

Long ride with Aris Suarez

After oh so many attempts, me and my Friend Aris got the technique (although we still fall at times)

So Yeah, Wipeout!

So after our two hours of Surfing, i was determined to perfect this super fun activity the next time i set foot in baler. oh yeah, and i lost my Right Contact Lens, so yeah, i was half blind for the rest of the day. but heck, it was all worth it – as this is something i can never do in manila. with every ounce of excitement within, i vowed to come back soon!

This probably ends the Adventure in Baler, as our last hours in Baler was spent in last minute photo shoots, souvenir, pasalubong hunts and inuman with the group.

The Over-all experience is something irreplaceable and unforgettable. i had fun, and learned a lot about my companions. this is something i would want to repeat with them (although a few, i could do without! haha).

SEE you again Baler!

— Behind Thick Framed Notes:
1. Some photos taken from Aris Suarez’s phone, and some were taken by Aris Trinidad using my camera. so thanks guys!
2. click Mahdox’s Surf School to see their page , do check them out! and add them as a friend! cause they really are friendly!

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Chapter X : The Awesome Baler Adventure (Day One)

if you have been following me on instagram, you may have seen a series of pictures containing a countdown to the “Baler Trip” that me and my officemates planned. our adventure was somehow a first for me because i never, yes, NEVER went on a trip (for fun) with officemates in the past (this says a lot!). part of this trip was a “pro bono” photoshoot of my officemate jerald, so without hesitation and apprehension i was in! thus excitement kicked in faster . (beach.surf.friends.shoot- what more can i ask for?)

Sept. 28, 2012 – as the clock reaches 5:30pm, me and 4 of my officemates twitch in anticipation as we ready ourselves to depart come 2:30am the next day. some of our dilemmas includes “not finding the perfect boardshort”, “must buy tanning lotion and sun block lotions”, “where will we buy booze for the two nights” and other petty and vain needs that is really inconsequential to the experience that we are about to face.

Sept. 29, 2012 (2:30am) – our party of 7 (me, bill, karyl, aris s., aris t., dada and baba) departed for baler via the joy bus (genesis terminal in cubao – along edsa). the bus was pretty neat, it was spacious, has reclining seats, readied snacks, blankets, and has an extremely frigid atmosphere (perfect for making a popsicle out of you!)

after 5 hours of travel and (deep) sleep, our party reached the Central Baler Terminal. first thing i noticed was the lack or inexistence of jeepneys – i am not sure if this applies to the entire region, but the terminal was populated by tricycles and buses. after disembarking, our party (divided into two tricycles) proceeded to Rolling Store for brunch. After the meal, we then proceeded to our host’s house to prepare for the shoot commencing in an hour (our team was on a very tight schedule, we wanted to shoot in 4 different locations, with 4 outfit changes.. and we wanted it done on the first day of our trip!).

1st Location : Sabang Beach
This beach was¬†deserted¬†(i¬†don’t¬†know if this is the case everyday) but it was perfect for a planned shoot by the shore. Aris and Myself are not really adept at taking staged photos, like this prenup that we promised our¬†office mate,¬† but i think we took shots that we think our “client” wants.

We were going for “Simplicity” – Featuring Daisy and Jerald

Awesome waves and scene at Sabang Beach

this is practically my first time to try a prenuptial shoot. my knowledge on conducting a shoot like this is practically zero, and the poses and shots were based on some pegs me and my¬†office mates¬†found on the net. but the only thing that made us smile at the end of the first scene and layout was the remarks given by our “client” and those with us. (and i think, thats the only one that matters at that point.)

Our Second Location was at Digisit Beach.

This Location was practically Love at First sight for me. The awesome rock formations and terrain was enough to make me squeal in delight as photo ideas came rushing to my mind. Aris and myself opted to have our own shoot as we enjoyed a downtime from the pre-nup shoot that we were doing.

a Stolen shot by Aris Suarez. at Digisit Beach

narcissuschronicles.wordpress.com (Aris Suarez)

vanity came first as we near the half of our shoot (the pre nup shots will be featured in a different entry). right after absorbing the beauty of Digisit Beach, our party of 7 went back to the city for lunch. we also took this time to prep for our last location change and shoot for the day.

3rd Location : Caunayan Falls

The travel to this spot consumed about 30 minutes from rolling store. we traversed a very bumpy ride via a tricycle (imagine the situation of our butts).

the falls wasnt that “ultimate sight” to marvel on, however, this also was a perfect location for our last shoot for the day. aside from shooting our “client”, both Aris and i decided to do a separate shoot for the benefit of our blogs. (ill just create a photo dump entry after my day two of baler post!).

the Falls at Caunayan!

photo by Aris Suarez

right after some shots, we decided to call it a day, and head back to Sabang Beach for a night of “kwentuhan” and “inuman”. although we werent able to achieve the best drinking session that night, we were hyped to welcome tomorrow as our awesome baler adventure is just halfway done!

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