November 16, 2010

Surfing and Boxing

I had the chance to surf with some friends last weekend, in San Juan, La Union. The weather is nice throughout, and the waves were larger too, thanks to the storms the previous weeks.

We hired a van this time, eschewing the bus as the normal mode of transport, passing thru the new SCTEX tollway and cutting our trip by an hour or so, although we took time to make pit stops along the way. We arrived late afternoon, and after checking in, went down to the beach to surf until dusk.

Sunday morning was spent surfing after a breakfast of banana pancakes and beef tapa; we took a break when the sun is high up. The boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito was on when we had lunch, so it was a welcome diversion while resting and waiting for the sun to come down a bit.

How to Get There: San Juan, La Union is located north of Manila, accessible by a 6-hour bus ride (Partas in Cubao, about 500 per person each way). If driving, one may take the North Luzon Expressway, then through the Subic-Clark Expressway then through Tarlac going north.

Where to Stay: I'd recommend San Juan Surf Resort (1,500 pesos for twin accomodations) telephone: 0917.880.3040

pics, from top: me staring down the big waves, surfboards around the San Juan Surf Resort, surfers taking a break while watching the Pacquio-Margarito brawl

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