Biyaheng Baler 2: Lukso-lukso Islets, Diguisit Falls, and Balete Eco Park

This is the continuation of our day trip in Aurora. We can’t help but admire the beauty of rock formations and cascading falls in Diguisit as well as the towering Balete tree in Balete Eco Park.


Baler Adventure: Hanging Bridge + Ermita Hill

I am up for a challenge this 2018. I promised myself a year full of adventures and new experiences. Baler has always been in my list of places to visit in the Philippines. It is known as one of the country’s best spot to learn surfing. For a non-swimmer like me…that is the challenge.

Baler, the capital of Aurora province, is located in Luzon. It can be reached by bus from Manila with a travel time of 5-6 hours. Aurora captivates the crowd with its natural beauty. Its stunning beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, sprawling fields, and other natural attractions have captured my wandering soul.

Here is our 3 days 2 nights itinerary and list of expenses:

Day 1

12:00 mn – Genesis Bus Terminal Cubao to Baler – Php450

5:15am – arrived in Baler bus terminal. Tricycle ride to SMART Beach house – Php15

5:30am- arrived at SMART Beach House – Php 2,000 per night (for 3 pax)

8:00am- Day tour – Php800 (for 3 pax)

*Hanging Bridge

*Ermita Hill – entrance fee Php15

*Disiguit falls

*Lukso-lukso islets – entrance fee Php20


*Balete Eco Park- entrance fee Php15

*RV Cacao Farm (we customized itinerary and chose this instead of going to Mother falls)

*Baler Museum

*Aurora Quezon’s House

*Baler Church



Day 2

4:30am – Travel to Ampere Beach -Php300 (for 3 pax)

6:30am – Back to Baler, Breakfast

7:00am – Explore town


SURF! SURF! SURF! – Php 300 for an hour of surfing inclusive of surf board and instructor


Day 3

8:30 – We attended Mass at Baler Church

Pasalubong Center, Baler Market

Check out from SMART Beach house

11:00am – Genesis Bus back to Manila – Php450

Budget: 4,000 per person


Note: There are meals available for Php100 or less.

Tricycle ride is Php15- minimum fare.



Eat Fresh – Chinese NY Edition

I brought my mom, my nephew Van Dyke, and my niece Vyone to Eat Fresh- Marikina for dinner. I have been wanting to bring them there because I know they love Chinese food. We went on a Sunday, the timing was great because the store prepared something special to welcome the Year of the Dog. It was a great experience as it was Van and Vyone’s first time to watch a lion dance performance.

Dinner was excellent! I made them try my favorite squid and crab fingers. They loved it! We also had Vyone’s favorite, sweet and sour fish fillet. Other dishes we ordered were Beef brisket, Salt and pepper spareribs, Curry beef tendon, and Salt and pepper pork intestine. It was my first time to try the Curry beef tendon and Salt and pepper pork intestine. I do not regret trying out new dishes at this restaurant. My family and I enjoyed everything we ordered. We will definitely be back to try other dishes on the menu. Thanks, Eat Fresh!