Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Kingdom of Chocolates

TAGBILARAN CITY, BOHOL—Tagbilaran is just 2 hours away from Cebu City via Ferry.

Tip: To get 50% off on your ferry tickets, purchase your tickets a day before your your tour to Tagbilaran. When we got at the port the hotel service is already waiting for us. We decided to spend the rest of our tour in Tagbilaran because we really got disappointed with the accomodation that we had in Cebu. Bohol Tropics is very nice and comfortable and the price is not bad for budget Travelers.

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Sabi nga ni Paula from rugs to riches daw kame

We were then able to purchase a P750 per pax half day City tour. Luckily we arrived around 12:00pm and it was time for lunch and it was a perfect time for some river cruise for 3 starving couples.

I never expected to see something this beautiful. The view looks like those rivers being shown in Discovery Channel. It looks like a scene from Anaconda.hehe But I’m not worried to be bitten by large snake any time because the place is really nice and relaxing. I like the music that plays while cruising.

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kung maka emote yung dalawa wagas!-Paula

It’s time to meet some real life Tribes.

Trivia:These people originally was from Mindanao but due to food scarcity, they decided to migrate see! I listen to tour guides. Travel not only to amuse yourself but also to learn.

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I can’t imagine a life living without hi-technology but these people live a simple life and I guess they’re happy with what they have. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like living in their world. haha!
After we got back, we hit the road again. It was already raining but this didn’t stop us from continuing our tour. Finally I saw the famous Tarsier. But I’m a little disappointed to learn that we cannot have our photos taken with the Tarsier posing at our shoulder or head. It was now forbidden. My mom is lucky to experience touching a Tarsier. I don’t blame them. These little cuties are suicidal. I don’t wanna see them killing themselves after I touch them. :p
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Parang mag ama lang! 
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Everytime I get near this guy, he sqeaks and close his eyes like he’s scared. If he kills himself then it’s my fault.. :p I hope not.
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Matinding akyatan pala ito grabii
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 Kapagal ne che??
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Nice view.. It’s worth going up here
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Next stop Butterfly Farm house

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Trivia: Butterflies has a defense mechanism wherein they pretend to be dead when they’re caught but when you put them down they’ll fly away from you.

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cute caterpillars

My friends got really tired from our last destination. So it was only Gab and I who entered the butterfly house. They’re really pretty. I wish I could have a lot of them in my room.
After a little Shopping we went home and we got really really tired. We wne back to the hotel and after dinner we had a full body massage,slept and forgot about night life.
On our last day, we decided to hit the beach and  swim for a few hours.

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Panglao has beautiful beaches 🙂

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Hindi talaga mawawala ang sweet pics pag kami magkasama :p

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Swimmin pool at Bohol Tropics

that ends our summer trip to Cebu and Bohol. We almost missed our flight because we enjoyed swimming so much. It’s a good thing that Cebupac’s flights gets  delayed. Even waited for another 2 hours at the airport before we left.

Barkada Trips are always fun. Even if something goes wrong or bad, the fun never stops!That’s what I like about travelling without parents. The Adventure, danger and Wandering gets more exciting because of the challenges you need to surpass. Our Cebu/Bohol Trip is a mixture of Big City and country side trip.

As a lover of history and literature, I saw something from my past in Cebu. It’s one of the  puzzle piece of my country’s history picture. While Bohol is another strong evidence that the Philippines is beautiful, rich and a lucky maiden in the east.  It’s definitely no wonder why I wander around the Philippines.

**UPDATE: This trip is said to have been cursed.

A month after this trip we found out that Paula is pregnant and that answers why she’s getting a lot of heartburn during the trip.  Which means that I will be having my first pamangkin. Few months later Marga also got pregnant and eventually married Tohc in November of the same year. And  for me and Pat? We got two  additional babies to give gifts/aguinaldos during Christmas 🙂

Just kidding! Of course It’s not cursed but it’s actually a blessing because Paula prayed for the baby in every Church we visited in Cebu and Bohol. Marga got a gift from God even if  her ovaries were malfunctioning. Pat and I enjoyed a free vacation to Boracay after this one. Wag na kayong umasa mabubuntis din ako hehe! Sabi nga ni Pat hindi pa panahon. 

Toodles! 🙂

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Pacific Pensionne ~The real hotel review


Well it sucks! Sorry to be rude but this hotel accommodation almost ruin our vacation. Maybe you wanna say that you get what you pay for but here? No you don’t get what pay for, you get less than what you pay for. Firstly, it ain’t clean. They won’t clean your rooms unless you say so. Second, The shower knob is broken, you can’t shower properly with a broken shower knob. Thirdly, there are plenty of ants in the room. Fourthly, Don’t expect that you will be served like a guest. Fifth we asked for water, it seems like they don’t wanna give us some water. If it’s for sale then say it, don’t give us some warm water and expect that we’re going to drink it. Sixth, we asked for extra pillows and sheets and it took them forever to give it. As if we’re not going to pay. After staying there for a night we decided to just move to another hotel in Tagbilaran which is Bohol Tropics. Yes it’s cheap but if you don’t want a hassle free vacation do not stay here. The staff are not even hospitable. Here’s one thing I learned during this trip: Do not settle for less. You’re on a vacation, get something that you deserve. You’re suppose to have fun. Spend your money wisely.

Note: I made an online booking and paid in advanced but when I got there, they didn’t even bother to check if I really made a deposit nor ask for identification if I’m really their guest. They just know that someone did, but they’re not sure which guest made it. I think they’re online booking is fake. I was there in a holy week, what if they ran out of rooms? Then maybe we’ll end up looking for a hotel in the middle of the night.

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Butterfly meets the Queen

CEBU CITY—- the crowned Queen city of the south. We went here for a 3n/3d tour (Dapat talaga 4d/3n to). I’m not an expert in online booking sa katangahan ko I failed to look at the flight schedule. We are flying from Clark kaya limited ang choices sa flight schedule.

Shall we proceed with the tour? Thanks! 🙂 Last April 22-25 some of my friends and I went to Cebu and Bohol.  We waited for four months before this trip because we availed of the early bird promo. Our fare tickets costs only P2000 (700 bas fare) each.

I was so excited for this trip. I can’t even sleep few nights before this trip because I was trying to plan a D-I-Y tour. I was excited because I will be with another 2 pair of crazy couples. Plus we have no parents to look after us it is the first time I was allowed to travel without my mom or dad!

But my parents were compelled to let me go because I used my mom’s credit card and there will be no refund. HOWEVER my 100% annoying and smelly brother accompanied me with this trip.

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Patentado mag aaway kami nito

we arrived at night in Cebu. There was nothing much to do so we just decided to have our dinner at McDo and have a good night sleep because we will hit the streets at 7:00 am the following day.

City Tour

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Paula, me, Mac, Tohc and Pat

We took the jeepney to our first stop which is Magellan’s Cross and the Bassilica del Sto. nino. (Ang inet grabeehhh)

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Seeing this makes me remember my favorite subject in my first year in High School. History 🙂

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One of the oldest Church in the Philippines. I like anything ancient. they make me feel I’ve seen them or experienced them in the past 🙂

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On our next stop we decided to go to Fort Santiago. Unfortunately it was closed since its Holy Week. But we saw something more interesting than that lurking around  fort Santiago.

Presenting the Divas of Cebu City’s Next top Model on their first photoshoot WITH Tan tananan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Man who claims to have conquered Pilipinas Got Talent. :p
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Tyra: So are you ready to see your best shot with the snake?
Krizzy: Hell yeah Tyra!
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Andre Leon Talley : This is high fashion! I’d put it in my salon!
Nigel Barker: I don’t like it but I  love it!
Krizzy: I’d love to have a photo shoot with your snake Nigel :p
Tyra: Marga are you ready to see your best shot?
Marga: Love to.. 🙂
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Tyra: You don’t know how to smize. When you smize you don’t do the lips. This one looks like a smirk to me
Nigel: I don’t totally love it. I like the way you held the snake fearlessly
Andre: Are you looking at the snake or at the camera? (peace Mac! haha)
Sa tingin ko dito natuto si Mac humawak si Mac ng snake noh Tohc 🙂 hehe
Tyra: Paula, I heard you had a problem with your photo shoot. Let’s see your best shot
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Andre Leon Talley: Dreckitude!
Nigel: I hate it! This is not fashion. It’s horror!
Tyra: Only 1 of you will be declared as Cebu’s Next Top Model and the winner is
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Ok enough with the man-eating snake!
Our next stop was at Cebu Taoist Temple:
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It’s kinda tiring to wander in this Temple. It’s really high. But I think it’s cool. Coz it looks like those we see in Chinese Movies or cartoons like Dragon Ball Z
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Cebu City from above
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Looks like great wall of Cebu
–End of Cebu City Day Tour
Next Activity: NIGHT LIFE
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One thing I noticed about the food in Cebu is that you’ll see barbecues everywhere.
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Here you can use your hands for eating. you can use the plastic which I do not recommend because you’re not gonna enjoy the food unlike pag nag kamay.
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Sabi ni kuya picturan namin sya
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We went to Crown Regency to experience Skywalk! I’m so excited! Until we saw the super long cue. :c We waited for about an hour, Until The boys’ balls vanished! They wre too scared and they wanted to leave us girls and get the party started.
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Guys getting drunk and crazy
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–And that ends our trip to Cebu. Next stop Bohol, Philippines Read the continuation of this tour here: https://gagaymartinez.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/the-kingdom-of-chocolates/
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