Posted in Advises & Inspirations, Bohol, Travel Blogs

Once Upon A Time.. The End.

Another CNY escape from the busy life in Singapore. I planned to go back to my country just to have a simple getaway to some of the beautiful tourist spots but I didn’t know that this trip will be a “memorable one”. And would turn my world up and down like a 360 degrees turn around.

My first time I went to Cebu to see the Magellan Cross and Sto. Nino de Cebu, I was excited because it’s another place that I wish and dream of when I’m studying Philippine history. But I didn’t explore this Island because we need to travel to Bohol the next day.
Having this kind of island hopping in our country is an adventure to make. Going to Bohol to meet my friend and his family and of course to visit the famous chocolate hills and other sightseeing places in this province. I am very lucky and thankful for them because they accompany me and tour me on their island. And they were the ones who support and comfort me.

Below pictures are in sequence of how my trip goes at that time. The blood compact site, Baclayon Church, The Tarsier and Philippine Eagle Sanctuary, the Loboc River Cruise where we ate our lunch, The manmade forest, chocolate hills, the cave, and the last is Panglao Beach. The island hopping in Panglao has been cut in my trip because of an unfortunate thing that happens in Quezon Province.

I receive the bad news that my father passed away when we were eating our breakfast in Panglao. But since I reached Cebu, I already text my father and informed him I’m having a weekend holiday because of Chinese New Year and will not touch Manila. I plan this because my parents will be going to Singapore in March. I never know that this will happen as I have constant communication with my father at that time. There was a premonition but of course, I am not aware back then that some strange thing will happen.

At exactly 7 am, I and my father exchange text messages checking each other how are we and greet a good morning. I keep on texting him, and with a long pause and only one reply, he told me that he is inside the church to celebrate mass. I replied and inform him that text me I will call back so that we can talk. I was mesmerized by the beauty of Panglao beach and I forget to check my phone. Around 11 am, I received a lot of texts came from my brother and told me the sad truth đŸ˜¦

What is the premonition that happens to me at that time? Checking on my pictures in my DSLR camera, there is this sunrise from Cebu Port that I took, the sun rays formed a cross. And there is this strong wind while driving to chocolate hills, somewhere in Carmen area downhill, our vehicle experienced a strong wind that the driver would have hard to control the steering wheel, and luckily nobody hurts. We reached the Chocolate Hills safe and sound but the view has dull and dark clouds.

This trip should end a happy one but things went till the end. The end of life of my father. I had an opportunity to talked to him even in his last hour of his life. Regretting that I have not said how much I love him. And never show him where I stay and work in Singapore. He processed his passport and collected it a week before. And the purpose is not to travel to Singapore but it’s his passport to heaven.

10 years passed by, still miss you my bumblebee.

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4D3N BOHOL GETAWAY TOUR

Inclusions:
* 4D3N Hotel Accommodation at 3-star hotel with daily breakfast (Dumaluan Beach Resort or equivalent)
* Roundtrip airport to hotel transfers TAG Airport-Hotel-TAG Airport.
* Insurance
* Bohol Countryside Tour (8hrs) – 8:00am pick up time (Chocolate Hills, Butterfly Garden, Ruins of Baclayon Church, Loboc River Cruise Tour with Lunch, Tarsier Watching, Blood Compact, Manmade Forest, Phyton 2, Souvenir Shop)
* Panglao Island Hopping and Dolphin Watching (5hrs) – 05:45am meeting time at Alona Beach No Hotel Pick Up (Virgin Island and Ballicasag Fish Sanctuary with tour guides and entrance fees

Exclusions:
* Meals and transportation not stated above
* Entrance fees not stated above (if any)
* Tips required for the tours (if any)
* Other incidental expenses

Itinerary:
Day 1: ETA: Siargao Airport, and check-in to the hotel
Day 2: Bohol Countryside Tour
Day 3: Panglao Island Hopping Tour
Day 4: Breakfast and Free & Easy until Departure

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Second time.. is much Sweeter than the first time

One of the best place that I can say in Philippines is Bohol, you will really enjoy the beauty of nature, the element of the earth (Chocolate Hills) and element of the water (Panglao Beach/Balicasag & Virgin Islands)

The first time i was here is one of my worst timeline in mylife, I didn’t feel and enjoy the place, that time I receive a bad news that my father has been passed away.

I thought I would not going back to this place as I don’t want to remember what happen before.

But when I’m browsing the PISO FARE from Air Asia, this is the only place that will fit in on my budget for a family trip and will jive on my holiday Schedule from my work.  So I decided to booked it for 11pax together with my relatives, and wait for a year to be in Bohol again.  And time really heals.

BEST BUY / SOUVENIR TO GET – aside from fridge magnets, I bought a native bag for only Php250 which in Manila it will cost around Php750

BEST LOCAL FOOD TO EAT – i still prefer the buffet lunch at Abi’s Seafood & Grill near the Tagbilaran Airport and the  Loboc River Cruise Buffet but for local foods, you can go to The Bee Farm for the organic ice cream or the Sinugba that you can check in any restaurant there

BEST WAY OF TRANSPORTATION – if you are a group is to rent the whole van for a day for the City Tour which will include those historical places and churches.   If couple, you can rent out a motorcycle or scooter to roam around.

BEST PLACE TO SHOP – at the city area, because we already time constraint, after the Blood Compact Site there is a Souvenir Shop beside it, and you can negotiate / bargain if you will buy per volume of pasalubongs.

BEST LOCAL TOUR DESTINATIONS IN BOHOL ARE:

  1. CHOCOLATE HILLS
  2. PANGLAO BEACH & VIRGIN ISLANDS / BALICASAG ISLAND
  3. MAN-MADE FOREST
  4. LOBOC RIVER TOUR
  5. DOLPHIN WATCHING
Posted in Bohol, Cebu, Sample Itenerary, Travel Blogs

6D5N – Cebu – Bohol Adventure – Land Arrangement

Inclusions:

* ferry fare CEBU to BOHOL

* Roundtrip pick-up from Airport to Hotel to Airport

* 2D1N Accommodation with breakfast at Cebu

* 4D3N Accommodation at Bohol

Amazing Cebu City Tour – private tour (10hrs) 10,000 Roses, Temple of Leah, Sirao Garden, Taoist Temple, Magellan’s Cross, Sto Nino Basilica Church & Museum, Fort San Pedro, Cebu Heritage, Souvenir Shop & Pasalubong

Oslob Whale Shark Watching Tour (10hrs) – 5am pick up time, sidetrip at Tumalog Falls or Simala Shrine, lunch or interaction fee at whale shark, boat transfer, mask & snorkel equipment

* Panglao Island Tour(09:00am pick-up time) 5hrs. includes Dauis Church, Hinagdanan Cave, Shell Museum, Panglao Church & Watch Tower, Bohol Bee Farm and Alona Beach

* Bohol Countryside Tour(08:00am pick-up time) 8hrs.  includes Chocolate Hills, Butterfly Garden, Ruins of BACLAYON Church, LOBOC River with Buffet Lunch, Tarsier Watching, Blood Compact, Manmade Forest, Phyton 2, Souvenir Shop and Hanging Bridge

*Island Hopping and Dolphin Watching (05:45am meeting time at Alona Beach) 5hrs. includes Virgin Island and Balicasag Fish Sanctuary

Exclusions:

* Airport Tax/Terminal Fees

* Entrance Fees

* Meals & Transportation and other things not stated above

Itenerary:

Day 1:  Arrival Day at Mactan Airport, pick-up at the airport and directly going to AMAZING CEBU CITY TOUR, then late check-in at the Hotel.

Day 2:  OSLOB WHALESHARK WATCHING TOUR

Day 3:  ETD – Cebu, ETA:  Bohol, pick-up at the airport and directly going to PANGLAO ISLAND TOUR

Day 4:  BOHOL COUNTRY SIDE TOUR

Day 5: ISLAND HOPPING AND DOLPHIN WATCHING TOUR

Day 6:  Free & Easy till Departure

Optional Tour Packages:

1   Canyoneering with lunch includes life jacket, helmet, entrance & tour guide – P4650/pax

2. Kawasan Falls to be added in Oslob whaleshark watching – P588/pax entrance fees  not  included

3. Moalboal Island Hopping (6am pick up time) – includes hotel round trip pick up/drop off within Cebu City, set lunch, boat rental, snorkling, mask and life vest – Pescador Island, Turtle watching, Coral watching and Fish tuna watching. – P4500/pax

4. Firefly Watching Tour (5:15pm pick-up time) 5hrs. includes side trip at Bohol Bee Farm, Motorized boat & life vest – P1,000/pax

5. Bohol Countryside Tour w/ Zipline(08:00am pick-up time) 8hrs. includes Zipline Ride – P2,000/pax

6. Bohol Countryside Tour w/ Bike Zip Ride(08:00am pick-up time) 8hrs. includes Bike Zip Ride – P2,600/pax

7. AndaMystical Tour (07:00am pick-up time) includes all entrance fees, 1 set lunch, land and boat transfers. Visit the Lamanok Island, Anda Quinale Beach, Badiang Spring Valencia. – P2,100/pax