To celebrate his 1st year in the blogosphere, my dear friend Jonel Uy of LetsGoSago.net organized a surfing event for bloggers. He informed me about his plans months ago and I initially said yes, but due to my work schedule and other commitments, I begged off two weeks before the scheduled date. Who would have thought that I pushed through with the trip and decided six hours before the scheduled departure time? 9ms75xyenf
My blogger friends harassed me that Friday afternoon. I figured out that maybe I can join them as long as I go back to Manila on Sunday morning because I need to go to work at 2pm. My former officemates also invited me for a very special get-together that Friday night that’s why I had a hard time deciding. After sipping my favorite mocha drink, I finally gave Jonel a call and confirmed my attendance 😀
The call time is 1:30AM, but I failed to show up on time. I had a fun time celebrating with my former officemates. Edward and Shena said that they’re going to the bus station at 5:30AM so there I went.
The 7 hour trip to La Union is long (obviously LOL) but I hardly noticed it because I fell asleep. The three of us found the bloggers on their way to Patubos for lunch. We left our things at our designated room at San Juan Surf Resort and joined the rest at Patubos because we were sooo hungry T_T
Want to know the reason why I decided to join the last minute? No, I didn’t want to join the surfing lessons. I wanted to go there to write while enjoying the view of the beach. Too bad the sun isÂ toooo hot that afternoon and I ended up chatting with my blogger friends. Again, upon seeing the second batch with their surfing lessons, I decided to give it a try.
I can’t swim and I do suck at balancing in water. Thank God we have our one-on-one instructors who taught us about the Basics of Surfing and the Do’s and Don’ts. I am lucky enough because top surfer Luke Landrigan taught me the techniques LOL. I didn’t know that he is the C2 Green TeaÂ endorser and I kept on disappointing him with my mistakes haha 😀
We spent an hour trying to balance on the board. I think I only managed to stand up twice. Nauunahan kasi ng takot haha and I was picturing a different scenario on mind. Eventually, those thoughts were written on a blank page upon going back to Manila. At least I learned some techniques and now I understand why Hannah is addicted to surfing (even if it means that she and Cisqo needs to drive for 7hrs just to go to San Juan). Iba ang feeling.
As expected, the bloggers took lots of pictures. We have jumpshots, wackyshots, tumblingshots, loveteam shots, pa-inosente effect shots, sunset shots and more!
More photos at Ada’s Flickr Set =)
After enjoying the view of the sunset, we went straight to our respective rooms to take a shower. We ate dinner at the famous Midway Grill. Hannah was right when she told me that the Baby Back Ribs is the bestseller and the Binagoongan is made of pure win. Bottomless iced tea for Php35? Not bad 😀 Read more about Midway Grill at Patay Gutom Food Blog.
We went back to the beach for the awarding and bonfire moment. Kuya Fitz showed his talent in Pio dancing and wow, basta. Ang galing! I had the chance to mingle with other bloggers and sponsors who took part in the event. I won a prize from Bico Australia while Ada won a trip to Baler. Ada, sama mo naman ako hahaha 😛
To summarize everything, we all had a great night – groovy music, drinks, bonfire, good company, laughter, bonding session, chismisan, tulugan =WIN
We slept at around 1AM (Too early!) because I need to wake up at 5AM to catch a bus ride to Manila (Sunday work sucks. Boo!). The rest enjoyed their Sunday morning in the beach and got the chance to visit Isdaan at Tarlac. My bus ride back to Manila is not as tiring as what I expected. I ended up sleeping at the bus right away and woke up after six hours haha 😀
I had bruises and body aches, but who cares? The experience is definitely worth it! I’m going back to San Juan soon. I will. I have to =)
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