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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Baler, Aurora : The Second Time Around


Trek to Mother Falls, Baler, Aurora
that thing you love to do? do it often.

The last time I was in Aurora was a four-day spontaneous trip with the then-boyfriend. But we weren’t able to do anything or see anything due to a storm. We even moved to a more expensive hotel since it was the only one with a generator, while the whole town didn’t have any. I also remember not seeing any surfers during that time.

So when a friend from work asked if I wanted to join her on a trip to Aurora, I immediately said yes.

Sabang Beach, Aurora

How happy I was when we first walked out to the beach and saw the clear blue sky and calm ocean. How excited I was to see the places I didn't get to see last year. And that I was doing it with new friends who love to travel too.

I remember Michael, a friend who visited the Philippines last February, telling me about a giant tree in Aurora. He told me how beautiful it was inside and that it’s possible to climb to the top. I remember not believing him until he asked me to google it. So I was really excited to see the tree and possibly climb it too.

Balete Tree, Baler, Aurora

And it was really something, this 600-year old balete tree. It was a huge beautiful tree, and I loved how the sun’s rays peek through its branches. 

Balete Tree, Baler, Aurora

As we went inside, the boys kept on telling us to leave our sandals before we go up. I thought that we all just wanted to climb a little and have our photos taken. But the boys’ enthusiasm encouraged us to give it a try. I felt like being given another chance to be a child again as I have never climbed a tree when I was a kid. It was quite an experience stepping on the tree’s roots and that it’s possible to climb up. After a few minutes, we were at the top.


Going down was something else as we squeezed and bent ourselves in between the roots. But it was all fun when you’re in good company.

Trek to Mother Falls, Baler, Aurora
start of the trek

Trek to Mother Falls, Baler, Aurora

After hiring a guide, we started the trek to see the falls. And I loved that short trek. It felt so relaxing and peaceful to be walking again with the sound of the flowing river by your side. To be surrounded by trees and nature again. How nature has its way of calming you down and clearing your mind of any unnecessary thoughts. And how it reminds you to be present in the moment and just enjoy what is around you.

Trek to Mother Falls, Baler, Aurora

Trek to Mother Falls, Baler, Aurora


As our guide told us that we’re close to the falls, we passed by this short pathway. I loved how the trees and plants are lined up and arched down that it allows only a few strips of sunlight inside. And the clear waters by the river beside us.

Trek to Mother Falls, Baler, Aurora

Trek to Mother Falls, Baler, Aurora
loved this pathway :)

Trek to Mother Falls, Baler, Aurora

And then we heard the sound of the waterfalls.

Mother Falls, Baler, Aurora
Mother Falls, Aurora

A beauty like this makes you live in the moment. Makes you face your fear just to experience it more. With a little push and assistance from my friends, I jumped into the water and tried to get close to it as possible.

Mother Falls, Baler, Aurora

The afternoon was spent visiting the other side of the island to see the rock formations, and some surfing lessons back in the beach.




Btw, I also found this. ;)