Effortless Surfing in La Union | a Travel WITHOUT a Camera

welcome to my new blog layout! ^_^
nagising nalang ako kahapon, feeling bored with my old blog layout and colors. hehe


Oh yes, this is a travel WITHOUT a camera. A first since I owned Vincent and Harvey. (so expect this to be a text-heavy post)


I like traveling, I like photography, and I like blogging too. And luckily, I've already outgrown that
"i-travel-for-the-sake-of-having-great-photos" and "i-travel-because-I-need-to-blog-it-after" crazes too. But for my next trip, I just wanted to try traveling without a camera at all..



Last April, my friends planned to try surfing in La Union - in time for JGC's annual summer getaway. Exciting as I have not tried this activity yet. Then I decided not to bring my cameras with me. Im a self confessed shutterbug but that time I knew I just want to learn how to surf and have a great time with my friends.

La Union is approximately a 5-hour drive from Manila. 6 hours with 2-3 stopovers. I salute my friends who volunteered to drive. I know this long drive is exhausting.
We stayed in Sebay Surf Resort. We got an aircon room for 10pax which cost us P5,000. Not bad. We headed directly to the beach. It may not look appealing at all because of the dark sand and water, but this place is heaven for surfers!

Surfing Instructor's rate is P200/hour. Board rental is another P200/hour. After we're given the instructions blah-blah (which took 2 minutes), we're ready to surf!

I admit I had a hard time learning to wakeboard in CWC. That's why Im so surprised I was able to stand up on my 1st try! I tried it again for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th time - it seemed effortless. I always made it to stand in the surf board and ride the waves.


instructor: 1st time mo ba? bakit ang galing mo?
me: parang baha lang to samin. taga Malabon po ako! Ü


I dont need to bend my knees and I dont need to raise my arms sidewards to gain my balance. I was just able to do it. Parang naglalakad lang.

parang naglalakad lang ^_^


And after several attempts, I got bored. I wanted larger waves and longer rides. I started harutin ang mga friends ko...


chismisan while waiting for the waves


Im sorry Im not concentrating enough, pero naman, pag sinabi ng instructor kong "stand up!"..

effortless surfing
may advantage din pala ang taga flooded area ng Malabon ^_^


Oh well, I think it's just my lucky day. Or maybe the waves are just cooperative. Looking forward to try this in the rainy season. Malay mo ito na pala ang calling ko! =)

Thank you Che Che, Tompots, and Lui for my photos.
Thank you Josel and Lulu for driving.

78 responses:

Chyng said...

imagine may truck na dumaan sa baha, yan ang WAVES namin sa Malabon! hehe

blissfulguro said...

wow! may na-check nanaman sa goals ah! galing! :)i want to try that also...

Pinoy Adventurista said...

wow! effortless!!! ako nga 4th or 5th try pa ako nakatayo... hahaha!!! summer kc kaya medyu di mataas ang swell... try mo din during rainy seasons... dun daw mataas ang swell...

next time, Baler naman... =D

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

seryoso ka doon sa unang caption mo.. lol whahaha.
tas yung chismisan habang naghihintay ng wave.. natawa ko bigla whaha
mura na yung surfing ha..
patry nga minsa diyan heheeh :D

anyway ang aliwalas ng new theme mo :D

jimbo said...

yan na nga ba sinasabi ko e. dati kulay MUTYA pa, ngayon si CHABITA na talaga. ;D

baka next na goal mo na nyan umakyat ng MT. Everest. hehe

marxtermind said...

Naks bagong blog layout! Sana makapagtravel din ako without camera kasi hassle minsan, yung mga kasama ko kasi laging nagpapapicture, siguro 90% ng pics ko during travel eh di ako kasama dun kasi ako ang nagtake ng shot! :)

IamDP said...

magaling din siguro ako magsurf... malaki din ata waves sa mcarthur highway... hahaha

pusang kalye said...

at talagang me effortless sa unahan ng title. cge na nga. kita naman eh na effortless nga. advantage mo kasi skinny ka. napansin ko sa kinover ko sa CME last time. me mga gustong magsurf pero malalaki sila so mahirap magbalance. mlumulubog na rin yung suf board.meron ding mahahaba legs.outbalance na. another achievement to sayo ha. gusto ko rin matry.kasi alam ko rin magaling ako mag balance. nuon yun.ewan lang ngyn. :D

JeffZ said...

haha mas malapit pala mag surfing sa Malabon.. Abangan ko na lang sa tag-ulan.. hehe :P

parang mas gusto ko pa rin ang old layout mo.. hmmmm parang mas "malaman".. :)

Brenna said...

natatawa talaga ko sa flood experience. :)
ang saya naman ng mga pics, parang hayip na talaga sa surfing!
galing galing!

lakwatsera de primera said...

congrats with the new look, (naisip ko lang, pwede kaya nakapayong habang nagsurfing hahaha)

Traveling Nicely said...

Wow naman! Ang galing mag-surf! Siguro ung mga pinsan ko sa Malabon, magagaling din! Hehehe!

Pwede din ba magsurf ang mga chubby? Hindi ko kasi maisip kung paano ako aakyat sa surfboard kapag may wave na. Baka nakalagpas na't lahat ung waves, di pa din ako makatayo. Haha!

Nel said...

Very nice! Target ko mag-surf bago matapos ang 2011. Malapit lang naman ang Caloocan sa Malabon kaya siguro kaya ko din tumayo agad sa board. :)

Nicole said...

Inggit ako! Gusto ko yan! Now na! Haha!

journeyingjames said...

naks naman oh! unaasisted ba yan wave ride mo?

next time try the shorter board :)

*shaka*

XOXORSTEEN said...

AWWWW....effortless ang galing.one of my dreams...im so jealous! haha...

journeyingjames said...

btw, i like the new layout... mas madali ng basahin compared dun sa itim.

kristian said...

naks! effortless talaga. baka no need mo na talaga magpaturo. :)

Mrs.Bech said...

woohoo! galing ni sis Chyng ah! parang sanay naman talaga e! :)

Photo Cache said...

kudos to your adventurous spirit.

The SoleSisters said...

Stoked! Your photos make me miss surfing so much! Can't wait to hit those waves in November. But we're gonna be in Bali in July. So try ko na din. Goodluck sa wipeout!

nina said...

Antaray lang! Love the new layout teh!

killerfillers said...

Galing mo naman walang ka-effort effort.haha We just went Baler this weekend to try surfing, it took me 8 attempts just to stand up.haha Malaki lang siguro tiyan ko.:p Anyways enjoy talaga ang surfing, planning on coming back to Baler again.:)

chinx said...

Wow! Nice blog! :) Taga-malabon ka pala! I'm also from malabon! :)

Kristel said...

Yown! Effortless! Balik ka kapag mas malakas na ang alon para may challenge for you. Shorter board ng konte para rin kontrolado mo na kung san pupunta!

Haha, chismisan pala kayo ni Kuya Abe. :D

khantotantra said...

una, ganda ng new design n g bahayblog mo.

ikalaw, naks, travel na walang sariling camera. :D

ikatlo, grabe, sa lahat ng tries mo nakatayo ka, ibang klase ang balancing prowess mo

Sendo said...

wow naman!! grabe blogger of all seasons ka na hehe ^^ ang galing ^^ hmmm magaling na yan for an amateur ha....effortless! ^^ baka yan na calling mo oh

witsandnuts said...

Amazing! Talagang effortless. I haven't really tried surfing, nung nasa Club Manila East sana hahaha. Pero feeling ko pag nagtry ako maraming beses akong mahuhulog.

PS. I love the new look of your blog. :)

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

Naalala ko tuloy yung first surfing attempt ko. Hindi ko namn kasi talag gustong i-try sumama lang o dahil i need inspiration to write. May red alert pa ako nun haha pero i gave in na rin dala ng inggit hahaha

Mine was epic fail, pero at least na-try ko. Ang nakakaloka pa hndi ko alam na si Luke Landrigan pala ay isang alamat sa surfing s Pilipinas LOLOLOL

happysole said...

bagay! gawin nang hobby yan! hehehe

Ian said...

Mukhang exciting 'to itry... btw, this is a refreshing layout.

Theonoski said...

chyng, ang hirap nga tumayo sa CWC wakeboard!i know how you feel, hahaha!

rob said...

.. surfer girl! :)

gillboard said...

parang usual day sa malabon lang ba ang surfing? hehehe

yung girl na tinanong mo bout tattoo parang kilala ko. though not sure, pero alam ko may tattoo din yun. hmmmm.

tina said...

Woohoo! Nice! Surfer Chic :D

Josiah said...

Ang galing 1st try palang nakatayo na, talented!!!

Good job on leaving your camera. Madalas, I find the camera limiting. Hindi mo magawa yung gusto mo gawin kasi hindi mo maiwan yung camera mo. :)

abi said...

WOW I love the outfit!!! parang PRO!!!

sometimes kim & sometimes mj said...

Whoa, effortless! Danggit i'm danggit coz I had to do a dozen cartwheels underwater first and drink gallons of salt water bago makatayo hahaha! Galeeng!

ronie-anne manansala said...

IKAW NA IKAW NA TALAGA! THE BEST KA!
BUKOD SA NEW LAYOUT EH SAN KAPA?... HEHEHE LUPET EFFORTLESS TO THE MAX ANG ANG PAGSURFING.... GUSTO N TALAGA KITANG MAGING PREN... =)

Debbie said...

nyaha ang cute mo. galing! i haven't commented in awhile but i always read your blog. :)

Mr. Chan said...

ang galing galing chyng!

i will try surfing once I got my shape in perfect form :)

mozilla said...

wow naman ms. chyng, na try mo ng mag surf..di ko pa na try yan, long over due na nga eh, 2010 pa dapat...hehehe! sana matry ko rin yang surfing na iyan...hehehe! nice! at wala talagang cam ha...very nice! :)

Axel said...

Naks, yabang oh.. Sanay pala sa baha.. haha.. Buti ka pa nakatayo agad, ako mga 4 times lang ata ako nakatayo nung nag-surf din kami dyan.. Kaya dapat balikan ko yang place na yan.. haha

kg said...

are you sure first time mo? d ako naniniwala! he he!

galing mo!

PS, i remember my trip to la union...wala din akong dalang camera nun. and i have absolutely no pictures. :)

SunnyToast said...

@Chyng...oks naman yong new arte mo sa blog mo:) goodluck sa travel nyo ni Dyan....basta take my words...lol..enjoy! by the way....you can write better than me with girl'y stuffs you have the real genes unlike me pretending to be:)happy to hear ur voice..I'm such a great fun of your travels!

Aleah said...

Wow, you're a natural Chyng ha? Ako I never managed to stand up sa CWC. MAybe I'd better live in Malabon? haha

Allen said...

Let's admit it. We filipinos do stuff for the sake of pictures. Yan ang reason kung bakit naiinis ako kapag kasama kong gumagala si Kuya. Picture sya nang picture!

At ang nakakainis pa, kapag ikaw ang may dala ng camera, ikaw ang photographer, editor at uploader. Ikaw pa aasahan nilang magtag sa Facebook.

It's a good idea na di ka nagdala ng camera para naman marelay mo din yung story in words. Nice job ate chyng! Sanay na sanay sa baha!

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

hahaha natawa tlga ako sa" kuya parang baha lng to samin, taga Malabon po ako". hahaha

lakwatserong tatay said...

kaw na chyng....iba ka talaga....prang hindi kasi 1st timer....or malupit lang ang shot....hahaha...joke lng po ms. chyng...kaw na tlga lahat....^_^

Batang Lakwatsero said...

hihi.. will follow this one too.. gusto ko malaman kung may hidden talent din ako sa surfing..

jeanny said...

Nice, ang galing mo naman. parang easy-peasy lang mag surf sa iyo.

Kelan kaya matutuloy ang La Union trip namin, wala kasing masigasig na driver. :-)

Erick Garcia said...

Good for you Ate Chyng. Feeling ko, di ko yan kaya. haha

Krizzy Martinez said...

Been there last January! Ang lameeeg! We enjoyed a lot pero hindi kame masyadong masaya sa service ng sebay. Pero yun na ata pinaka cheap around the area.
Galing mo!

docgelo said...

naging busy ako sa trabaho at bakasyon last weekend kaya laking gulat ko ang pagbabago sa blog mo; akala ko naligaw ako, haha!

aliw ang pagiging expert sa baha sa malabon! panalo!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

mukhang ready ka na sa Baler. Or Siargao. Let's see where the waves will lead you!

pack up and drift said...

namimiss ko ang LU..

goyo said...

Siguro magaling din akong bumalanse sa tubig.. sanay din kasi ako sa waves sa Espanya kapag bumabaha. haha.

Bino said...

Wow! Gusto ko rin subukan mag-surfing. Mukhang enjoy. Punta muna ako ng Malabon before ako mag La Union. :)

dong ho said...

whoa! way to go chyng! next step... siargao? hahaha... or baler muna tayo sa tag ulan.

tim said...

An dami mong fans kasi.. Ako, naku dami kung sugat sa ganyan.. I tried it, but i messed up!

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Walang camera? Pwede ba yun? hehe

Off topic:
Taga Malabon ka Chying?
Sa may Tugatog ako =)

ka bute said...

hello chyng! XD

Anonymous said...

Wow, now I know that it's actually okay to go to La Union to go surfing in May.

I went there last November 2011, just in time for the surfing season. According to the instructors, October-March daw ang best time for surfing. Meron rin palang waves pag-May.

Con Tour said...

congrats with your new site. Mas maganda siya ngayon. Hahabol ka na yata kay angel ha chyng.:-).

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

more checks in the future, chyng! nakapag-surfing ka na rin! astig! what's next? he he Pero parang iba yata talaga ng feeling kapag nakatayo ka sa board!

shie said...

baka yan na nga ang calling mo, effortless!!! im not sure this is for me, sobrang wala akong balance, lapit pa naman sa hometown ko ito! congrats ... another goal fulfilled!

Diamond R said...

ibang level na ito. ang ganda ng mga kuha mo.wow.Pang magazine.

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

sabi ko dati excited much ako sa entry mo na to. pero ngayon lang ako nakadalaw friend. sensya. uber busy. May tinutupad ako sa 2011 goals ko e. hahaha! kayod ulikba. Share ko sayo pag nagkita tayo.

agree ako sa part na I-travel-because-I-need-to-blog-it-after. prang sakit ko na rin siya siguro. Malignant lol! kaya natutuwa ako dahil tapos ka na sa stage na yan. At worth it na dyan ka pala natuloy. new experience at siguradong kakaadikan mo rin. Great job!

mieLui said...

Haha! Natawa ako sa pag-mention na taga-Malabon ka, I'm from Caloocan and may mga friends akong tinatambayan sa Malabon. I feel for you Ms. Chyng. hehe. Nice blog by the way. ^_^

THRIFTY FASHIONISTA said...

wow surfing! i wonder if i can go surfing! i dont think i can balance this body in that board! :) yay! idol;!

Tripper10 said...

Ms.Chyng, enjoy basahin ang post nyo... :)

Travelling without a camera? kinaya nyo yun? hehehe..

Ganda po ng blog nyo..:)

adventurousfeet said...

nainggit ako bigla na at first try nagawa mo! haha! antagal ko bago natuto neto. ang bigat pala ng katawan ko hehe.

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♥ joei said...

Me too! First time at surfing and I was able to stand up. But I wasnt so lucky after :))

Definitely, Maybe

Anonymous said...

hi ms. chyng!

required ba na marunong lumangoy sa surfing? gusto itry pro hindi naman ako marunong lumangoy ^_^

jam

Chyng said...

not at all. pwede kahit di marunong lumangoy =)

Anonymous said...

yay! will try surfing soon!
tnx po for taking time to answer my query.
God bless you po!:)

jam

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