A Visit to Bohol 2009

29 May

BOHOL

March 29-30, 2009. This wasn’t really the first time I’ve visited the island of Bohol. But what made this trip really special was that I was with my family for our very first outing ever. This was after my graduation — my parents gave it to me as a gift. πŸ™‚Β We stayed overnight but we made sure that we made the most of the time we had.

Day 1:

May 29, 2009

Early morning of March 29, 2009 the entire family hopped on Supercat to catch the first trip to Tagbilaran City.


After a few hours of catching a bit of sleep in the boat, we finally arrived in the Tagbilaran port. πŸ™‚

My father is big onΒ spontaneousness or maybe he was just too lazy to actually plan anything, which was why we didn’t have any rented van yet. Good thing there was a crew in the boat who gave us a number we could call for van rentals. πŸ™‚ Thus we met Kuya Raul, our driver. =)

Our van cost mommy a whooping PHP 8,000 for one day use. Now I realize how expensive it really was.

And so our Tagbilaran tour begun. With our trusty map and helpful suggestions from our driver, we got ready for one amazing day. =)

1st Stop: Blood Compact Site

This memorial site is to relive that significant event during the brink of the Spanish era. They set the beautiful memorial in a cliff overlooking a scenic view of the sea.

Favorite Photos:

2nd Stop: Baclayon Stone Church

The church is one of the oldest in the Philippines. The entire structure is created out of stone completely. And that is probably the reason why the church is one of the most beautiful architecture in the country. The only problem I think that the church should work on is the ventilation and lighting inside.

 

 

Favorite Photos:

Β 3rd Stop: Clarin Ancestral House

This was one of the coolest place I’ve ever been to! The amount of history the place narrated was staggering and amazing at the same time. The portrait above is taken from the house’s sitting room.

This cute bench can be found outside the house’s entrace. πŸ™‚

Ironic because the teeny tiny stairs would lead you to a really gigantic house. Talk about oxymoron!Β 


I think it has always been my little-girl dream eversince I watched Disney cartoons to have a four-post bed. It just has a princess-y feel to it that captured my imagination when I was little. The beds in this ancestral house were really beautiful too. I could just imagine how amazing it would’ve looked with pretty drapes all around. =)

That creepy thing in the picture is of a preserved giant porcupine caught by the Clarin men when they went out for a hunt back then.

The Clarin’s old clothes were displayed for everyone to see. It was really cool to actually touch the exact same stuff that the people used a long time ago.

I always thought that people who lived before were really intelligent and wise because of the games they played. Chess must’ve been a real big hit during the old times because a lot of old people (like my grandfather) really enjoy playing it. Proof of that is the old chess set that the Clarins have in their house.


Women before were probably very vain. It was evident in the huge mirrors that they had on all of their dressers.

The family dining room could sit probably 7-10 people.

This is where all the business transactions of the head of the family occured. I couldn’t really feel the power he must have felt everytime he sat on this chair but I have no doubt that this was where he made all the decisions he needed to make.

Another cool thing in the house was the secret attic door that they had in the masters bedroom. It must have been really dangerous during the Spanish era for the Clarins to keep something like this in their bedroom. The door today though leads to the garden restaurant below. πŸ™‚

They converted the backyard into a beautiful garden restaurant. I think it would look better at night though because they had wooden torches all over the place. It would’ve been very beautiful to see all of them lit up against the dark skies. πŸ™‚

Best part was the cute little tree house they had in the garden restaurant. We wanted to go up but there wasn’t really anything to see above. πŸ™‚

Our last stop (of course) was in their souvenir shop that sold handmade jewelries and keychains and other Bohol delicacies.

4th Stop: Loboc River

This is one of Bohol’s most popular tourist destination. The Loboc river lunch cruise makes you experience the beauty of nature with a satisfactory lunch buffet and good local music sang live by a native. You would see children bathe in the side of the river and swing in vines from the huge trees cluttered on the side.

5th Stop: Chocolate Hills

The world renowned wonder of Bohol was breathtaking. πŸ™‚ The good weather made the little hills green but they say that during cold season, the hills turn brown like chocolates. πŸ˜€

These pictures are really special to me because it captured the frozen memory of how much happy we were that day. We were all laughing as we all tried to jump together to have that single family jump shot. πŸ˜€

They say that you should drop a coin, make a wish, ring the bell loudly to make it come true. πŸ™‚

The Filipinos being always religious is the reason why this grotto was situated here and the same reason why we have a photo here. πŸ™‚

6th Stop: Tarsier Sanctuary

We weren’t able to take pictures of the tarsier anymore because it was already getting dark and the caretakers wouldn’t allow us to take them out of their cages anymore. So we just took pictures in this photo stand instead. πŸ™‚

7th Stop: Prony the Snake

This is the province’s hailed abnormally gigantic boa constrictor that is claimed to be domesticated and tamed. It usually eats a 60kg pig or two goats for its regular meal. The trainer is so comfortable with it that she actually french kisses, helps it when it sheds skin and even feeds it water right from her hand to its mouth! Eep.

Eighth Stop: Bohol Souvenir Shop

By this time, our camera’s battery was already dead. That’s why we had to use mommy’s cellphone to take pictures of the souvenir shop. Our driver said that this shop was where all the other souvenir stores got their stocks from. Mommy enjoyed browsing around and buying little trinkets for the family. We, on the other hand, enjoyed checking out the place and taking pictures.

9th Stop: Panglao

Where we stayed: Bohol Divers Club

Okay, so we didn’t have any reservations for any resort at all. I don’t know what came into my dad’s mind. We didn’t go looking for a resort until around 7pm, so obviously, most resorts were already fully booked. Thankfully, after visiting practically every resort in Panglao, we were able to find the best room for our family. It wasΒ affordable,Β spaciousΒ and it had really, really good amenities. Thus, we spent the night at Bohol Diver’s Resort in the Family Villa – Room C. The room was spectacular! We had our own refrigerator, water dispenser, sink, kitchen utensils, stove, bar, huge bathroom with tub and shower, a separate mini room with two beds, one huge bed with extra mattress, cabled tv, huge dresser and exceptional verandas. The place had two huge swimming pool and an opening to a white-sand beach.

Here are pictures of our room:

Panglao at Night:

The resort we stayed in was along the famed Alona beach stretch. So we decided to walk around and find a restaurant wherein we could eat grilled seafood along the shore. And we decided to eat at: Alona Tropical Resort.

The restaurant sold fresh seafood that they would grill upon request. We ordered lots of fish and squid and shrimps. πŸ™‚

We ate sooo much that by the time we were done, all of us had bulging tummies!

After dinner, we tried to wear off the calories by walking around the beach and goofing around with each other. πŸ™‚

Glad to see them enjoy. πŸ™‚

Day 2:

March 30, 2009

Panglao in the Morning

We had breakfast in the dining area of Bohol Divers Club. Unfortunately, the room didn’t have any free breakfast. So we had to pay for the food.

The dining tables they had were very cool. In the middle was a make-shift glass aquarium. But there wasn’t really any fish inside it. Only toy seashells and seaweeds. I think it would’ve been prettier if there were actual fishes here. πŸ™‚

We got ourselves ready to experience the soft, soft white sand of Alona Beach, Panglao. πŸ™‚

The sea was crystal clear and the sand felt very nice under our toes! The weather was perfect for a day in the beach so we tried to relish every minute we had in there. πŸ™‚

We decided to try out the first swimming pool they had in the resort. We enjoyed taking pictures and jumping in and out of the water. πŸ™‚ Nothing feels better than to jump in the pool after you’ve just swam in the beach!

Before we finally decided to go out of the water, we tried out the second swimming pool near our villa. It was bigger but shallower compared to the first pool.

Checking out from Bohol Divers Resort.

We enjoyed Panglao very much! Thank you Bohol Divers Resort. =)

10th Stop: Bohol Bee Farm

This must be my most favorite stop of the entire trip. The place spelled N-A-T-U-R-E πŸ™‚ Bohol Bee Farm is supposedly a sanctuary for bees to make honey in peace. But Boholanos decided to create the entire place into a tourist spot to help people better understand how helpful bees are to our environment. πŸ™‚

While waiting for our tour guide, mommy decided to check out the farm’s products in their shop. They had lots of honey and other food products that were made out of honey at very affordable prices.

After a while of waiting, we finally begun our tour. Kuya Ed greeted us and he started telling us about the farm. πŸ™‚

Before we could actually go around and start the tour, all of us had to wear hats to protect our heads. Kuya Ed said that normally when it rains (and it happened to be raining that day), bees tend to be more aggressive. And apparently, when bees attack and sting, they usually go for the head first.

We were shown around the bee farms and we even got to take pictures holding the slide where a lot of bee workers were creating honey. It a bit nerve-wrecking to stand their smiling while busy bees were moving around near your hand.

Next we visited their livelihood area. They created stuff out of the plants from their garden. Things like curtains and coasters and place mats.

We were also given a chance to see the plants they used to cook their dishes for their restaurants. πŸ™‚ They served a lot of vegetable salads and they even had a flower salad.

One interesting plant that was introduced to us was the Mickey Mouse plant. Named after the famous cartoon character of Walt Disney because of the obvious reason that the plant resembled him! πŸ™‚

Since both of my sister and me love to read books, the cute white hammocks outside of their rooms were our personal favorite. πŸ™‚

The most spectacular place in the bee farm was the Cliff Restaurant. It was situated near the farm’s dining area. It overlooked the entire ocean. And because it was low tide when we came there, we could see the hammocks and benches the farm had set up below for guests. However, during high tide (according to the caretakers), water can easily reach the top of the cliff!

This wooden viewing deck was really cool! We enjoyed just sitting there and feeling the cool sea breeze in our faces. It was actually very relaxing.

The lush greenery in the background made the view very spectacular.

We just had to try the Flower Salad. It looked really pretty but it didn’t taste good at all. πŸ˜€

11th Stop: Hinagdanan Cave

This is also another favorite tourist destination. I’m not really into caves. They sort of creep me out. But still, I never backed out from checking out this one. I wanted to understand why a lot of people enjoyed going here. πŸ˜€

This is the entrance of the cave.

The inside of the cave was very dark and our camera doesn’t really take good pictures when there isn’t very much light. This one was the only decent shot we got. There was a freshwater pool inside that could measure up to 15ft when it was high tide. Personally, I would never bathe in it because it was too dark and I wouldn’t want to think of what creatures I would find in the bottom of it!

Since the Hinagdanan Cave was our last tourist spot stop, mommy decided to shop again in their souvenir shop. She ended up buying us shirts and dresses for our Surigao trip the following week. πŸ™‚

Of course the trip would never be complete without a visit to mommy’s favorite place in the world — the MALL. πŸ™‚ There’s was named Island City Mall. πŸ™‚

We took the last trip to Cebu at 6:00 PM via Supercat. We bid farewell to the beautiful city of Tagbilaran.

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As I said at the start of this blog, this trip was very special to me because I was with my family. πŸ™‚ Though this was my 2nd time to explore Bohol, all the places we went to was a whole new experience for me. πŸ˜€ Hope you enjoyed the blog! πŸ™‚

Toodles.Β β™₯

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4 Responses to “A Visit to Bohol 2009”

  1. jess boadilla June 6, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Wow, you checked in at Divers Hotel. Is it nice there? Can you help me out? I have here a site where it has a list of hotels in Bohol. http://www.philippinehotelreservations.com/hotels-in-bohol/ check it out.

    • Sheryl Blossom June 6, 2011 at 11:23 am #

      Hi πŸ™‚ It was really nice there but a bit pricey though. But definitely worth it. =) I’ve only went to one other resort in Panglao, but this wasn’t along the Alona beach stretch. Try checking out Panglao Tropical Villa. =) They have really nice villas and a great pool. πŸ™‚

  2. Beaulah Desantigo July 24, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I love to eat Salads, salads are quite tasty and also they are considered to be health foods. Salads are also great when you are on a diet. ;’,“

    Till next time
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