Bohol Trip (Day 1)
Oh well, brace yourselves. Eto na ang full blast story of my recent trip in one of the provinces in Visayas. By now, you already know na naglamyerda na naman ang mga malilikot kong paa. Kung di ba naman nalunod kayo sa sangkatutak ng pics na pinagpopost kayo last weekend eh! Tsaka, I already gave you an initial glimpse of my Santa Claus encounter in Panglao. Kung naguguluhan kayo, well, better check out my photos or read my previous post first! Hehehe!
Anyways, simulan ko na ang kwento. Make sure you have merienda beside you, this will be long! Hehehe! Here goes…
(01.30.08) 5:45 a.m. ang flight namin to Tagbilaran City via Cebu Pacific. Oh well, late ako by 5 minutes on check-in time. Nikki (my officemate) and Danny (Nikki’s hubby) were already at the airport waiting for me and my mom. In fairness, wiz nagalit ang magjowa sa aking pagiging fashionably late. Wa na chika, go straight agad sa check-in area. To my surprise, walang Tagbilaran sign anywhere in my sight!!! So approach agad ang byuti ko ng Cebu Pacific staff. Ayaw na kami ipa-board kasi daw late na kami. Eh syempre, di pwede yun as 10 a.m. ang next flight. So warla-warla ang drama ko sa check-in area. I thought, basta we need to be in that flight! Effective naman ang taray effect dahil pinaboard naman kami. Super sermon lang ang mahaderang Cebu Pacific staff and said, “Ma’am, next time agahan nyo po ah!” Etong Nikki sumagot at sabi, “Sige Miss, tomorrow maaga kami!” Hah! Jetsetter na jetsetter ang dating! Syempre sungit factor ako and said, “Yes Miss, next time di ako kukuha ng 5 a.m. flight!”
So, tuloy ang mga byuti namin. Board sa 747 aircraft. Si Danny, mukhang kinakabog. Hala, first time pala sumakay sa airplane. May I advice naman si Mudra, “Ok lang yan. Para ka lang nakasakay sa bus.” Hmnn, feeling jetsetter din! Hehehe!
Around 7am, landing kami sa Tagbilaran airport. In fairness, pangit ang landing. Di smooth. Jologs ng pilot! Hehehe!
Sa airport, hanap agad ng placard (tama ba spelling?) under my name. May nakita ako saying, “Ms. Winkie and party”. And so we approached the girl. Her name is Lenel. Sya pala ang tour guide namin. May welcome garland pa ang drama. Feeling tourist talaga kami! Hehehe!
Pag sakay sa van, start agad ang drama ng tour. Biglang kumanta si Lenel… something like “Welcome to Bohol” ang theme. Gusto kong tumawa kaso nakakahiya. Kaya smile galore na lang emote ko.
First stop, the most important spot… McDonalds! Hahaha! Totoo yan. Baka daw kasi di pa kami kumain. Pero sabi namin, ok lang. Next location na! Hehehe!
And so, start na ang tour.
The real first stop is the Blood Compact Site. In fairness, di ko sya agad napansin. Kung hindi pa itinuro at inexplain eh di ako maa-amaze. Oh well, para syang re-enactment ng blood compact in rebulto format.
Ang Nikki, intelligent! May phone in question agad na, “Is this the real site? Bakit parang walang marker?” Oh hah! Ibang level! In fairness, tama nga. Nasa ibang lugar ang actual Blood Compact Site. Pero di naman kalayuan from the rebulto format. Eto po, ang actual site…
Tuloy ang tour.
Visit ng sangkatutak na old churches. Sorry, di ako nakapagtake-down notes so wiz na details ng mga kasimbahanan. Loboc, Albur and San Joaquin Churches ang routine namin… not in chronological order though. Hehehe! Eto ang mga pictorial moments.
Matapos ang photo op sa mga old churches, go na kami sa superstar ng Bohol. Sabi ni Lenel, hindi raw si Cesar Montano ang celebrity sa province nila. Meron daw mas sikat kay Cesar. Who else?! But the smallest primate on earth… the Bohol Tarsiers!
Etong si Danny, excited to see the Tarsiers… kasi naman, may munting family reunion palang magaganap!
O di ba naman?! May resemblance talaga! Hahaha! (Peace Dan! In fairness, mas guapo ka sa tarsier! Hehehe!)
Then, tuloy na naman ang tour. Punta na daw kami sa Carmel. It’s a town 30 to 40 minutes away from the city. Guess nyo, kung ano matatagpuan dito? Well, ito lang naman ang highlight ng tour. We are off to see Bohol’s greatest pride… the Chocolate Hills. According to Lenel, it was used to be called Carmel Hills. Green daw sila pag ordinary months. But if it’s summer time, nagiging brown sila. Super chocolate daw talaga yung color.
Actually, may story daw yan. Long time ago, there was this foreign traveller who visited Carmel Hills in summertime. He was so amazed with the place. And when he got back home, he was inspired to write about the place. Since he forgot the town’s name, he instead named it Chocolate Hills. And from that day on, the majestic 1,268 mountains of Carmel town were called Chocolate Hills.
Oh hah! Trivia noh?! 🙂
There’s a cute gimmick at the viewing deck of Carmel town. May mga amateur photog dun offering photo op service. Ang drama… jumpshot! In fairness, cute yung mga sample pics. Etong Nanay ko, super pilit sa akin na magpapicture. Bagay daw sa akin yung may broomstick… para daw maging full-fledged witch na ako! Grabe, my mom knows me too well! Here is a sample shot… witch na witch ang dating!
Syempre di ko naman pinalampas ang opportunity for my mom to try that jumpshot. Kaya request galore ako ke Manong Photographer for a couple of shots with my mom. Hala, ang Nanay ko, naging instant celebrity dun at pinagkaguluhan ng local tourists. One middle-aged lady said, “Ay, pati si Lola mag-ju-jump!” Eh proud daughter ako, reply agad ng, “Of course! Say nyo 72 years old na yan!” So every jumpshot ni Inay, naghihiwayan ang mga fans nya. Eto naman ang jumpshot namin ni Mudra…
Ang saya nitong experience na ito!
Then, go to the next pit stop kami… the Hanging Bridge! It’s just a simple hanging wooden bridge. Pero since love ko ang mga wooden bridge, excited ako to see it. We need to pass the bridge daw so we can see Buko King on the other side of the bridge. Si Buko King daw can peel a buko with his teeth in 13 seconds. So tawid galore kami. Akala ko, si Mommy lang ang may fear of heights. Hala, pati pala si Danny! Pero in fairness to both of them, they braved the Hanging Bridge. At may picture moments pa! Kaso naman, itong si Buko King, absent that time. Sumakit daw ang ngipin at nagpunta muna sa dentista! Hehehe!
Since it’s a bit past 12nn, next pit stop na naman kami… cruise at the Loboc River with matching buffet lunch. O di vah, very MTV moments ang dating! Ganda ng view, in freshness! At may live background music pa! Kaso puro oldies and folk songs type ni Manong Vocalist. Nagrerequest ako ng Umbrella ni Rihanna or London Bridge ni Fergie, di daw nya alam! Hahaha! We travelled something like 2 kilometers (yes, nasukat ko ang nilakbay namin! hehehe!) and were taken to an Ati Tribe. Ang cute! The Ati youngsters played some instruments while the older ones danced the traditional Ati groove. Sandali lang kami dito as we were called back to the cruise ship (pasosyal! hahaha! sorry, di ko alam yung tawag dun eh! hehehe!). The Loboc cruise-con-lunch and Ati people encounter was truly a very nice experience.
And now, the last pit stops… the Baclayon Church and museum. Actually, nalapasan na namin ito. We opted to make this as the last pit stop as it was still close nung dumaan kami the first time.
The Baclayon Church and museum have so much of Bohol’s treasure and history. The church is preserved so well. Feeling ko na-timewarp ako back to 1800s. Sobrang old ng mga gamit and each one has a story to tell. Sayang lang, bawal ang picture-picture sa museum eh!
And so, that was the end of our tour. Nalakbay namin ang lahat ng yan from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m… kaya napagod ang seksing katawan namin.
Hatiran blues na sa resort. We were booked at Lost Horizon Resort in Alona Beach, Panglao Island. Akala namin tapos na ang drama ng tour, sing-galore uli si Lenel ng kanyang ending hymn. Visayan language sya so wiz ko understand. Basta “Balik Bohol” ang theme… in fairness, the tune is in my head now! Hehehe!
So check-in na sa resort. Nice naman ang room. Simple and clean. The bathroom is ok as well (mejo particular ako dito! hehehe!). And the staff were very friendly and accommodating.
We don’t have any plans of heading the beach yet as we got a bit tired sa tour. So idlip moments muna.
Nang maka-regain ng energy, go na to explore the shore. It’s nearing dinner na so we opted to find a place to eat. We saw this nice sounding resto, Oooops Bar! along the shore. Yung word na “Oooops!” is written upside-down which got us a bit more interested to dine in. Order ng food to chow. Tagal ng service in fairness. Pinigilan ko ang mainip at maasar. I instead asked for a glass of tap water kasi I was too thristy already. When the food arrived, galit-galit na kami. Kain to the max muna, later na kwentuhan. After we’re done eating, kwento-kwento. Picture-picture. Asaran. Then we asked for the bill. I scanned the bill. Lech!!! May bayad ang tap water! Bwisit na serbidora, di agad sinabi eh di sana nilunod ko na lang sa softdrinks ang sarili ko! Hehehe! Lech na Oooops Bar yan! Di na kami muling kumain dun!
So basically, yan ang aming Day 1 in the beautiful province of Bohol.
To be continued…