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November 2013, Appreciating Bohol

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Last July, we availed this promo for Bohol for 3 days and 2 nights. All-in. Yes! Airfare, Airport Transfers, Accommodations and Tour included at the cheapest price as I believe in the market.

By October, as we all know, Bohol was massively affected by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. It was all over the news. The old churches which the place are known was destroyed. Series of aftershocks are felt days and weeks after the incident.

I was alarmed and I even planned not to go anymore. Who would go anyway? The basic reason why I wanna go there is to see the place most especially their churches. What would I do there anyway if it’s devastated? We had arrangements with the travel agency, and lucky for us they are accommodating. Our Bohol tour pushed through anyway with a little change in our itinerary.

November 30th, no delayed in flights. And we finally arrived. My younger brother which will come from Cebu was waiting there. After 6 months of not seeing each other we’ll be together for the next 3 days of stay in Bohol.

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First stop: Crabhouse Seafood Restaurant at Tagbilaran City. It’s lunch time and we are starving. The driver brought us here. Not bad. The food are delicious. Worth every penny!

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From L-R: My brother RV. My mom. Me and our youngest. Taken in front of the inn we are staying. Packed some things and we’re off to go.

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We happened to pass Dauis Church. One of the churches destroyed by the earthquake. I was afraid to took some photo but I did anyway. Sorry.

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Taken inside the Hinagdanan Cave. Sorry for the poor quality of photo. Blame the tour guide. HAHAHAHA. You won’t be sorry visiting this place, their tour guides are hilarious. From start to finish, you’ll laugh non stop.

We also went to Shell Museum. Of course, you’ll see lots of shells. I was about to tick another from my bucket list but it was just a replica. A sea horse was displayed there. I’ve got no photos to share tho.

Last stop for the day: Panglao Beach

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I happen to see this starfish in the shore while walking. This has been ticked on my bucket list! Yay for this!

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This photo is in exchange for “flip my hair” photo. Sad to say. But I’ll be going back to Bohol just to do that. The sand isn’t as white as Boracay but close!

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And here we are, posing one last time by the beach. Get yourselves familiar. I won’t introduce them again to you. HAHAHA

Our second day is full of tour. Lots of places to see. And we all need to rest for that tiring first day.

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First stop: Chocolate Hills. Who would ever forget not to go here. It’s always the number 1 as I believe “Place to see when in Bohol.” That’s a tarpaulin behind us anyway but we have the exact hills right behind us. Wait for it. Here it is!

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Tadaaaaaah! We climbed 146 stairs at the deck just to see this. It’s tiring but worth it. FYI, there’s a cafe located at this deck named “The Honesty Cafe” all you need to do is get whatever you like and pay. There’s no crew inside but a jar waiting at the counter for you to put your money. A bright idea indeed!

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Next Stop: Man made forest. The Twilight feel at this place is ecstatic! It’s quite hard to take photos here because of vehicles that pass by. Being alert is a necessity.

Next Stop: Bohol Habitat. If you love butterflies, this is the place to be. I don’t love them but I don’t hate them either. It’s just that, it’s too girly for me but I took a photo with one of them anyway. Ironic? You bet!

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Other things that Bohol is known for? Their tarsiers! I was called one when I was quite young because of how big my eyes are. But I really didn’t believe them and I have proof.

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I’m just being childish and goofing around is what I do best. I find myself really funny posing like that but I just want to prove everyone that even I exert effort to open my eyes as big as I can, I don’t really look like one. Clear?

It’s lunch time and my tummy is growling and looking for some food to munch in.

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It’s the RioVerde Floating Restaurant. A country singer will serenade you while you eat. Eat whatever you like ’till you can.

Next Stop: Off to visit Prony. The largest and longest python. Sadly, it passed away 3 months ago. All we got to see is its preserved body.

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Yeah! He’s that big and long! I got to see and hold a real/living snake anyway. Wanna see?

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He’s name is Crony. It’s slimy and kind of heavy. I wasn’t really happy in that picture. I am way too scared too scream and funny to say I look like that. It’s not included in my bucket list but I’ll include this and ticked it anyway.

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Last Stop: The Blood Compact. The trivia given to us by our tour guide is to identify which is Datu Sikatuna from the statues. And we got it right. But our answer to his “Why?” is wrong. Wanna know why? Go there and ask them.

That sums it all up. Our second day is over. We’ll be leaving the next day. Sad but we have to.

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 Say hello to my good morning face. Good thing about the place we stayed is that, it’s near Dauis Church. All you got to do is walk straight ahead and you’ll be there. We went there to pray but since the church is closed, we searched for their adoration chapel and I was surprise that they celebrate their mass in that same place I was sitting. 90% of Boholanos are Catholic. There are 45 municipalities in Bohol and each municipality has its own church. Most of them are old. According to our tour guide, those churches that was destroyed are made up of corals and egg white so I wasn’t surprised of what had happened.

I am very happy to see happy faces there. Old ladies and men are cleaning the place, sweeping the place because of the dry leaves that fell. You won’t see worried faces in Bohol. Boholanos are kind indeed! They’ll let you ride her car and drive you to the city because you haven’t eat dinner yet. Yes! A lady did that to us and take note, we didn’t even ask her to.

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From my family to Boholanos, Maraming Salamat. Nag-enjoy kami. Hanggang sa muli!

Written by RinalynFaye

December 25, 2013 at 4:38 am

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