Since we wanted to appease the inner wanderlust in us, we decided to book a flight nearby to a place that we haven’t gone to before. So this marks the start of our Cebu- Bohol adventure. We left our home at about 4am in the morning since Mom wanted to avoid the perils and hassle of the long queue and to make us relaxed when we board our flight. We decided to come in to the airport early, even though our flight was not until 7am. Anyway, to make the long story short we eventually had some breakfast first at a nearby joint in the airport while waiting for our flight to be called. The Azkals and the Younghusbands were even there at the airport during that time which caused quite a ruckus in a way.
We landed in Bohol around 10am, and since I still had a part to submit to our group leader for my Principles in Management class in my MBA, I had to ask the owner of the inn we stayed if I can use their computer for a while. (Yes, I wasn’t able to bring my laptop with me during this trip. Boo! ) Thankfully, they were very accommodating and amicable and let me use their computer until my business was done. They offered some refreshments, briefed us on some house rules and then ushered us in our rooms. (Their rooms were spacious and very comfortable). You can also go out at night and feel the warm breeze of the sea against your skin at night. It gives off such a relaxing feel of the place.
Thank God for Wifi! 🙂 We were able to upload our photos from our phones to our social networking sites immediately. We were supposed to head out to the Ecopark where there was this “Drop Zone” that I was looking forward to experiencing however, due to the recent earthquake that affected Bohol most of their tourist attractions were also sacrificed and damaged in the process. On our first day we decided to just unwind and feel the cozy ambiance of the place so we went to Panglao Island where my Mom and sister swam in the pool and looked for Starfishes. I on the other hand didn’t want to get tanned that much so I just stayed under the shade while I took photos of the place, helped myself to some refreshments (I especially liked their Watermelon shake and their Buko Juice) and ordered some dishes in their Menu to my Heart’s delight. I later on, dipped myself into the water once the sun was gone. We spent the night by the beach just relaxing and enjoying the hassle free life of the province.
Our second day was jampacked with the destinations we had to pursue so our first stop was the Chocolate Hills. Where we had to climb a fleet of stairs first before we indulged in the enchanting view from above. There was also a souvenir store below after the climb where you can ride an ATV and also take some fun and wacky shots of you and your family jumping over the famous hills of Bohol. We then feasted on a sumptuous meal at the Loboc River Floating Restaurant where we were serenaded by a local singer who translated his songs to various dialects and languages. (What a multi-lingual person!). We were served with various viands and dishes to choose from and there were a lot of foreigners along with us in the raft. We cruised along the river while eating, taking photos and singing various songs. We then went off to the Butterfly garden where our tour guide could pass as a stand up comedian! 🙂 He was so funny! 🙂 He even offered to take photos of us three and made it seem like we were also butterflies fluttering in the garden.
After that we then marched to our next stop the Tarsier Conservatory where we saw the suicidal and very minute cute monkey’s with huge eyes. We even got to take some photos with them despite the broad daylight. Since they are nocturnal animals, we were fortunate that some of them were awake when we visited. We trudged along soon after to the Bee farm, where the food was awesome! 🙂 There were various dips to choose from and some readily available bread crusts which is for free tasting so you cam easily sample some of their delicacies before making your purchase. Too bad that the rain was pouring when we got there, since bees are more aggressive and more prone to attack after the rain we did not press on exploring the place further.
We then left Bohol afterwards that night and headed out to take a ferry boat to Cebu where we met with my sister’s boyfriend and he guided us to the tourist attractions in Cebu. When we got to Cebu, we were already sweltering from the heat since the sun was up and about. We ate at Cebu Lechon as our first stop then headed off into our hotel soon after. We then went to window shop and scour various markets and stalls for some souvenirs we can bring back to Manila. Mom and sister went to the market to purchase some “Danggit” which stinked up the car afterwards. We also posed by the Magellans cross and lighted some candles for our prayer intentions. Then we went to have dinner and then proceeded to try something new so we dared ourselves to try the “Sky Walk” one of their famous attractions in Cebu. I think it was 150 meters up above the sky and with my fear of heights it was a good thing that we just walked around the circle up above the sky. We werre harnessed and the staff was very helpful in adjusting our “safety belts”. We then capped off the night at Waterfront Hotel where Ding paid for our late night desserts and coffee to drown it down. There were also singers who belted out classics while we were relaxing at the hotel. This caps off our Cebu- Bohol trip, it was short lived since we had to go back to Manila again to resume work. Until our next adventure.