Miles and miles of forest and mountains came into view which was such a refreshing sight - goodbye to buildings! After another hour, the bus headed for a 15-minute stopover in the middle of nowhere. There was a small canteen by the side of the road with great views of mountains everywhere. Here, you can use the restroom for free. They also sold barbequed hotdogs – my favorite for just 20 pesos – cheaper than anywhere else.
I chose a room good for 3 people which only cost 550 pesos a night – all in! It had its own bathroom, 1 double bed, 1 single bed, cable tv, shower, clothes hanger and a huge mirror.
After a few more minutes, my plate of nachos arrived. It was a heaping portion of nachos good for two people! Whoa! Then my sizzling chicken arrived – rice was huge – chicken was minute but it was fine because I was a bit full from the nachos.
After dipping at the mini pools, I walked back to town on foot because I didn't have enough money to rent a tricycle that would wait for me and take me back to the resort. I was walking at the side of the road at an almost desserted community when a nice trike driver pulled over and gave me a ride. Saved me an hour of walking!
6:34 PM, I was already on board a Five Star bus. My body was aching in all places due to the long travel but my mind was invigorated. I was going to face the work week with a fresh mind.
Genesis Bus Pasay Terminal along EDSA – offers direct trips to Baler – 414 pesos – one way - 7-8 hours one way from Pasay to Baler
Surfing at Sabang beach - rates are at 350 pesos/hour with board (just go to the surfer’s shack – it’s along the series of huts before you approach Bay’s Inn coming from the Baler town proper. You can also buy sunblock, shirts, souveneirs, underwater camera, wax for your boards, etc