They say people get emotional when their birthdays are coming near. Last year, it was proven to me. I was depressed. My goals were blurry. My people were busy. And I can’t seem to feel my worth. I hid it. Because I am supposed to be Mr. Optimistic and I should chase silver linings. Maybe it was about work. Maybe it was about relationship. Whatever it was, I needed to breathe.
It was November and my travel squad was planning to go on another adventure. No matter how busy my schedule was, and no matter how broke I was, I said go. That was exactly what I needed.
It was Mark who usually organize such trips. He contacted several travel agencies and looked for the best bidder. And it was 8 Wonders Travel which was picked. I left the negotiation to them since I am never good with bargaining. At least, what ever happens to us, it will be Mark’s burden. Haha.
Fast forward to the trip proper, we were picked up by a private service at Eastwood Libis since most of the travel buddies were working there. The road trip started at exactly 1:00 AM. Most of us just slept through the trip since we were all from office work.
It was 7:00 AM when we reached our first stop: the giant Balete Tree at Brgy. Quirino. My friends who have been here before told me that I should try going inside the tree. Unfortunately, it was raining when we arrived so the tree was wet and the land was muddy. So our first stop somehow just became a restroom break / merienda break.
Our accommodation was in Pacific Waves Inn which happened to be just walks away from Sabang Beach. We just left our bags in the room, and proceeded with our itinerary.
So we started the trip anew. First stop part 2: Ermita Hill. Stories say that Ermita Hill served as an evacuation area for the residents when a huge tidal wave hit the province back in 17th century.
Well there’s not a lot to do in Ermita Hill except for taking pictures and appreciating the majestic view of Aurora.
Next stop: Diguisit Beach. There is a P20 entrance fee per head. Not that big of a deal since the view here is just amazing.
Even if the waters were so clear and the waves were just mild, we weren’t ready to swim and get wet at that time since we still had a lot in our itinerary. Just near the beach was a lighthouse. We had to trek up the mountain to reach it.
Climbing up that mountain was not easy. It rained the night before so it was slippery. And I was just wearing slippers. And I was carrying a camera. The struggle was real. I was palpitating and had difficulty in breathing. But I just kept it myself. I didn’t want to spoil their happiness. Besides, it must be nice to die in such a spot. Haha.
We weren’t able to go inside the lighthouse because its gate was locked. But it was fine. The view up that mountain was good enough.
We just rested there for about half an hour before going down. We then went to the town proper to visit several heritage sites of Baler.
With all the walk and talk, we were all starving. We searched for buffet, and we found Gerry Shan’s Place. For just P200, we were able to eat as much seafood and other Chinese delicacies that they offer.
After lunch, we went back to our room to rest because in a couple of hours, we’ll go surfing at the nearby Sabang Beach!
I felt frustrated while I was trying to surf. In my peripheral vision, I can see the squad managing to get on the board while on the waves. All of them but me. I couldn’t. I always get thrown away. Then I try to analyze myself while on the board. I always lean on just one side of the surfboard. Then I realized I always have this problem with balance. Same goes when I try learning how to swim. Same goes with my life.
The night had come and we had to rest. I know that it won’t be the last time that I’ll try surfing. It may take years. It may take decades. But I will learn. I know, in time, I will master balance.