Where did you spend last week’s long weekend? I spent mine in my kind of Disneyland — at Baler, Aurora for the Aloha Boardsports & Travel Factor Surf And Music Festival 2011.
I saved my slot roughly a month ago for Php 4600 (per pax, aircon premium package) through Travel Factor. That covers the kit above, accommodations, to and fro fare, festival passes, and couple of meals.
Where I stayed — ATI Hostel
My hostel’s the farthest from the festival grounds (Aliya Surf Camp). Not complaining with the size of my bed!
The first night was made out of pure EPIC. I’ve been itching to watch Franco live and the wait was worth it! It was a real treat too because Coffee Break Island playyed the same night and true to my associate’s promise — they’re very good as well (I’ve got Sweet Lovin’ on repeat). I think you can tell from the photo below that somebody enjoyed their set. LOL
Happiness according to us (why yes that’s me eating in the middle of a concert)
Franco’s set was SO INTENSE I have no words to describe it. All I know is that H sung everysinglesong the entire time that he lost his voice after.
The waves swelled perfectly the following day. It was such a blessing from the heavens since the SURFVIVOR Challenge IV was also due that day.
I rode those gorgeous, killer waves for an hour (I thought I was going to die after being wiped out twice by a 10-11 footer!) before I hung with old friends. <3
Meet K — she’s my block mate and thesis mate in CSB. She’s an Aussie baby but Baler’s her new home.
Our view while enjoying countless slices of fruits, nachos, rocky road and booze:
Just before I packed my bags to go home last Monday, I rode Baler’s waves one more time. Based on the photo above, can you predict my new skin tone? hahahaha
Proof that NSP doesn’t just mean noisy, standing, playing
I’m no cola drinker but the waves, the weather, and the festival high made this drink an absolute must.
It’s only been a week since this trip and I cannot wait to go back on Thanksgiving weekend (24-28 November)! Congratulations again to Aloha Boardsports and Travel Factor for an awesome and epic surfing weekend!
Related article: Surf, Sun and Rock n’ Roll Weekend: SMF 2011 Baler, Aurora by H