Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Ditumabo Falls a.k.a. the Mother Falls is located in Barangay Ditumabo in San Luis, a neighboring town of Baler.
Ditumabo Falls is about 50 meters high and falls on a 30 meter wide basin 
(the area gets smaller during summer/El Nino)

How to Get There:
From Baler, ride a van/tricycle going to Barangay Ditumabo. From the jump-off point, you need to pay Php30.00 for the Environmental Fee. If you are riding a van/car, you have the option to take a tricycle instead since the road is too bumpy. Charge would be Php300/one way good for 4 persons. Another option is to trek (it's approximately 45 mins - 1 hr to the falls).

If you're tired and hungry, do not fret. There are a couple of food stalls along the way - grilled corn, rice cakes, Halo-halo, Buko Juice, distilled water, name it!
Merienda Time!!! :)

After crossing the bamboo bridge, a neon green nipa hut, and a bunch of streams, you will see a rustic water pipeline. You can use this pipeline as a guide to the most-awaited Mother Falls as it leads to it.
Magsawa ka sa all kinds of River Crossing!

Look for the small wooden ladder, this leads up to a paved path. This is the sign that you are a couple of minutes away from meeting the Mother.

Sitting on the paved path to Ditumabo Falls. Konti na lang, malapit na!

At the right side of the path, you'll see this small falls. Hindi ito yun! 

At the end of the cemented path, you'll see a dam. Don't get excited too much, it's not the falls. You have to go around to see the Ditumado Falls.
At lalong hindi pa rin ito yun. This is just the dam.

Reminder: Ditumabo Falls is not something like a hidden paradise or whatsoever you want to call it. It is popular so it really gets crowded especially during weekends. But don't worry, its natural pool is large enough to accommodate a number of groups. And hmm... sometimes, you just have to wait for your turn; people don't really dip themselves for too long - the water is freezing cold!
Ditumabo Falls - the natural cold swimming pool in Baler

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

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Friday, August 01, 2014

I have been talking about how I had gone busy meeting new people, traveling with complete strangers, and making a bunch of new friends on the road. Yes, I gone too busy that I cannot even remember the last time that I talked about my friends... hmmm... my real friends.

Probably, I got this belief from my favorite movie (it's too cheesy I'm not going to mention the title), that is, "one should learn to put new set of people in her life to learn how to move forward"... In my case, to totally move forward. Well, I can say that I was successful, I can even give myself an A+ for that.

But just last weekend, I realized that it would always be so nice to go back home -- to go back to people who had known you for so long. Over the weekend, I realized that it feels so different to be with people that you can trust. It was so unexplainably wonderful to hang out again with people who had seen you in your best and in your worst; people who had seen you laugh, cry, and puke at the same time but simply laugh their asses off while documenting everything. Tsk. That's what friends are for, right?

Last weekend was awesome, oh, last weekend trip was more than awesome... definitely, ONE of the BEST TRIPS EVER!
Oh, yeah! Baler is sweeter the second time around.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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It's the season of indie films again. This year, on its 10th year, Cinemalaya will once again discover, encourage, and honor cinematic works of Filipino independent film makers.
Cinemalaya 2014

Cinemalaya 2014 will run from August 1 to 10, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City. Some films will also be shown in selected cinemas in Greenbelt, Trinoma, Fairview Terraces, and Alabang Town Center.


* 1st Ko Si 3rd by Real S. Florido

* Dagitab by Gian Carlo Abrahan V

* K'na the Dreamweaver by Ida Anita Del Mundo

* Mariquina by Milo Sogueco

* Bwaya by Francis X.E. Pasion

* #Y by Gino Santos
* Ronda by Nick Olanka
* Separados by GB Sampedro
* Sundalong Kanin by Denise O'hara/Janice O'hara
* Dayang Asu by Bor Ocampo

Short Films Category:

* The Ordinary Things We Do

* Ina-Tay

* Mga Ligaw na Paruparo by J.E. Tiglao

Director's Showcase:

* Hustisya by Joel Lamangan

* The Janitor by Michael Tuviera

* Kasal by Joselito Altarejos

* Asintado by Louie Ignacio
* Hari ng Tondo by Carlos Siguion Reyna

General Ticket Information:
Regular Price: Php150/head per screening
For Students: 50% off (CCP Screenings only)
For Senior Citizens & PWD: 20% off
For Govt & Miltary Personnel: 20% off

For more information about the Cinemalaya 2014, visit

Monday, June 30, 2014

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3 days to go!!!

Do not miss this year's Travel Madness Expo - an annual travel sale set to provide the biggest discounts on travel deals, travel packages, luxury holiday houses, and more.
Travel Madness Expo 2014

The Travel Madness begins this coming July 4 to 6, 2014 from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm. Venue is at SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex. Entrance Fee is Php50.00.
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So, if you're mad about travel, this sale is for you.
See you there!

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Once again, the most awaited season of travel enthusiasts is here as PHILTOA (Philippine Tour Operations Association) opens the biggest travel sale in our country - Philippine Travel Mart: 25x It's More Fun in the Philippines and Beyond.

It will be held on September 5-7, 2014 at SMX Convention Center, Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
Photo grabbed from Lamudi

Various travel packages for local and Asian destinations will be available. This year's Travel Mart will surely bring more tourists in our country's vacation spots and emerging destination gems that will also solidify the current stature of the Philippines as the country with the fastest growig tourism industry in Asia.

So save up and book your dream holiday trips here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I have been hearing about Baler a couple of times but I had not been captivated until I saw it on Kris TV. I got to watch it with my parents and they kept on bugging me to check this new summer destination. (Well, my parents started to love my idea of road trips and long bus rides when we went to Calaguas, Baguio, and Burot. After those trips, they bid goodbye to the idea that only hotels, private pools, and luxurious resorts can give a family a best vacation experience).

For a month, I have been looking for the best places to stay in Baler. I tell you, booking an accommodation in Baler was a tedious task since most of the resorts were fully-booked as early as February.

And to make your lives easier, I came up with my own list of 'Where to Stay in Baler'. This was the same list I used when I was looking for one; pictures were taken while having my morning bike ride around Baler.


Aliya Surf Camp
Location: Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Nos: 09399390929
Details: Beachfront, rate starts at Php4500/night/4pax
photo grabbed from