Visayas

Bohol Over The Ocean, Bohol Over The Sea

More backlogs from 2013. Of course the good ones.

Philippines’ last quarter of 2013 has been a tough one. Aside from the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan, Int’l name), there was also a strong earthquake that hit certain parts of the Visayas. It’s already saddening to see some kababayans who were affected by these calamities, moreover to see some UNESCO heritage sites and historic churches crumbling down to debris. It’s just heartbreaking.

My friends and I went to Bohol for a short vacation last October. We went there a week before a 7.2 earthquake shook the province. We visited famous landmarks and beaches of which they are known of – Sadly, some of it now were severely damaged by the calamity. Of course I felt really thankful that the calamity didn’t happen during the time we were there. Honestly, I can’t imagine myself being in that kind of situation. However, I can’t help but feel heartbroken with all the destroyed wonders of the place. Bohol is such a beautiful place and people there are nice and warm too. I really hope things will get better there the soonest.

Here are some snaps taken during our trip to the wonderful province of Bohol.

Loboc River cruise. Since we went there during the lean months, we were the only guests of the boat. Sashalll!

Loboc River cruise. Since we went there during the lean months, we were the only guests of the boat. Sashalll!

More of Loboc River. These people are very good in entertaining tourists. I swear I had a good vibe during the whole trip because of this experience.

More of Loboc River. These people are very good in entertaining tourists. I swear I had a good vibe during the whole trip because of this experience.

Still in Loboc River. If there are singers, there should be dancers!

Still in Loboc River. If there are singers, there should be dancers!

The hanging bridge. Crossing this thing is a little tricky. But once you take a few steps, you'll get the hang of it.  At the other end of the bridge are souvenir shops. Souvenirs are cheaper here, so shop now.

The hanging bridge. Crossing this thing is a little tricky, but you’ll get the hang of it after a few steps. At the other end of the bridge are souvenir shops. Souvenirs are cheaper here, so shop now.

The Tarsier Conservation Area. Oh hello there little buddy! I hope y'all notice him. No flash upon taking pictures and no touching. Pffft.

The Tarsier Conservation Area. Oh hello there little buddy! I hope y’all notice him. No flash upon taking pictures and no touching. Pffft.

The Man-made Forest. This is one of my favorites. Aside from the beautiful sight of this forest, I love the rush of taking photos on the middle of the road. While being on the look out  of a car or a truck that might suddenly appear. Haha.

The Man-made Forest. This is one of my favorites. Aside from the beautiful sight of this forest, I love the rush of taking photos on the middle of the road, while being on the look out for a car (or a truck) that might suddenly appear. Haha.

The Chocolate Hills. Of course your trip to Bohol won't be complete without a visit to this place. Magnificent. Just magnificent.

The Chocolate Hills. Of course your trip to Bohol won’t be complete without a visit to this place. Magnificent. Just magnificent.

Bohol Bee Farm. A nice place to stay and dine. We first went there to dine, and after finding out that they have a promo rate for lean months, we moved there to spend our last night.

Bohol Bee Farm. A nice place to stay and dine. We first went there to dine, and after finding out that they have a promo rate (for room rates) for lean months, we moved there to spend our last night. Also try their farm tour to know more about organic farming, weaving and bee keeping.

A certain grilled fish by Bohol Bee Farm. I love how the sauce and the grilled fish compliments each other. I liked the salad too, however I'm not used to eating flowers. I know it's edible but I just feel weird eating it.

A certain grilled fish by Bohol Bee Farm. I love how the sauce and the grilled fish compliments each other. I liked the salad too, however I’m not used to eating flowers. I know it’s edible but I just feel weird eating it. Oh, and I need to mention this. I also love their tsokolate drink and their ice cream in cab-cab cone. My favorite flavor is Malunggay and tsokolate. Must try.

Island hopping and dolphin watching day! Sad I was not able to capture photos of dolphins since they are so fast and, well, far. Hard for me to snap a picture of them.

Island hopping and dolphin watching day! Sad I was not able to capture photos of dolphins since they are so fast and, well, far. Hard for me to snap a picture of them.

The Virgin Island aka The Sand Bar. Really wish we spent longer time here. Oh the tides.

The Virgin Island aka The Sand Bar. Really wish we spent longer time here. Oh the tides.

Eating sea urchins. Apparently they taste good. Such a good experience. A must try.

Eating sea urchins. Apparently they taste good. Such a good experience. A must try.

Eating some kind of slug. taste yummy as well. Get ready for a rubbery feel. Ha!

Eating some kind of slug. taste yummy as well. Get ready for a rubbery feel. Ha!

Tons of starfish. An overload of starfish greeted us on our way to the sand bar.

Tons of starfish. An overload of starfish greeted us on our way to the sand bar.

Chill. Enjoying the sun sand and sea. And the coconut (buko) juice.

Chill. Enjoying the sun sand and sea. And the coconut (buko) juice.

Bohol buddies!

Bohol buddies! The obligatory jump shot.

So Glad To Be Back, Boracay!

Finally got a free time to blog! This time: Oyeaa! I’m back, Boracay!

July was a “vacation leave-packed month” for me. Being back to Boracay might be one of the reasons why I got only nearly half of my overtime billing for that month, but no worries, it was all worth it. It felt good to be back! Plus, this time I went there with some friends – which translates to that thing called PARTY!

Food, island-hopping, chilling at the beach with a beer and a reggae band, and beach party. These are some things to summarize that ultimate Boracay escapade. I can totally prove now that Boracay might always look the same, but each visit to the island will definitely bring you a whole new experience. Going there solo or with a bunch of friends will always be fun. Take it from me, I experienced it first-hand. Being a party-island as it is, its fine white sand, and a sunset to enjoy, sure thing it will give you a worth-while vacation. Here are some of my snaps during the trip. Enjoy! 🙂

PS: If you’ll notice, I don’t have snaps of us partying. I’m sorry, we’re too busy to take pictures. C’mon, Boracay party is epic. Come visit Boracay for a first-hand experience.

Skies going to Boracay

Skies going to Boracay. AirAsia is the best.

Enjoying the beach, band and a few beers

Enjoying the beach, band and a few beers

Island hopping!

Island hopping!

Snorkeling activity during the island hopping.

Snorkeling activity during the island hopping.

At last, Puka beach! A lovely place to chill. That fine what sand is <3

At last, Puka beach! A lovely place to chill. That fine what sand is ❤

Puka beach group shot

Puka beach group shot

Shmiles on board!

Shmiles on board!

Crystal cove view. Love the color of the sea.

Crystal cove view. Love the color of the sea.

Crystal cove group shot. Shmile!

Crystal cove group shot. Shmile!

Show that island's name: Crystal Cove

Show that island’s name: Crystal Cove

Father and son love

Father and daughter love

Back to the main island topped with rainbow experience

Back to the main island, topped with rainbow experience

Hungry as hell! Time for Jonah's shakes, sandwich and fries.

Hungry as hell! Time for Jonah’s shakes, sandwich and fries.

Vacation won't be complete without a jumpshot.

Vacation won’t be complete without a jump shot.

Sunset! Lovely skies.

Sunset! Lovely skies.

Chilling at the main island. That's me, selfie. Lol

Last shot: Chillin’ at the main island. That’s me, selfie. Lol