“Hey Brenna,” a co-volunteer says as I stepped on the edge of the shovel to deepen my pull of the damp soil. “Yeah?” I say, a little preoccupied. He approaches me, this weird, almost I’m-not-sure-what-to-do-I’m-panicking look on his face. “I think she’s hurt,” he tells me, a subtle signal to his left where the kids stood huddled in a little circle. I drop my shovel on the ground and walk towards the kids. As they parted, I saw Jingjing, the 5 year old in the middle. She looked up at me with her innocent dark eyes. And started to cry.
“My wife just gave birth to my son the day before,” he starts his story as he squeezed on his motor to zoom past a slow bike. He leaned over the enclosed wall of the tricycle as he sneaked looks at me. “Ohh,” I say softly, imagining everything that could’ve happened, and slightly paralyzed at the thought of his wife. “When it started moving, I thought it only happened in Tagbilaran. I was here, working. My wife was in Maribojoc.” “Was it strong? Did it take long? “Yes, my tricycle moved so hard I thought the ground was going to open up.” he says, slowing down as we caught up with a truck over a short bridge. We were driving to the All Hands base in Antequera from Tagbilaran Airport. Most of Tagbilaran was okay. But from this point we were in cracked, slightly rough roads. “My wife called me and told me it was shaking there too. I panicked. I got on my tricycle and drove so fast. But when we came to the bridge, it was already gone.” “What did you do?” I ask. “I jumped.”
In order to help plan your family vacation, here’s how I did mine. Because I am such a bad booker (is there such a word?), you might be wondering why our airfare from Cebu Pacific is a little irregular. That’s because I booked one way in 2010 (for travel in 2011) for P999 (all 6 of us) and then I booked a way back for me (P946 I think) and then booked the rest of my family in a separate plane. Don’t ask why. LOL. This is a list of expenses we had during our Cebu – Bohol Trip. Note that because of my amazing booking skills – I booked a flight to Cebu in the afternoon – which is a total waste. Always book flights in the morning so you have all day to do stuff in the city. I also booked a way back to Manila in the morning, which is another waste as well, because they (my family) could’ve spent another whole day in Cebu. If you want to make the most of your time in a new place, book the earliest flight in and the last flight out so you don’t waste money on accommodation. Since there were 6 of us, we had to take two taxis – except for the one we took to the
Since I am inspired to write recently, here are the contact names and numbers as well as the rates they gave me: Useful Contacts: Location Name of Tour Guide Contact Number Notes Bohol Ms Kathy 09278218352 Island Hopping – P1400/6 pax, P1600/7pax Panglao Tour – P1500/car, P2000/van Bohol Countryside Tour P2000/4pax, P2400/6pax, P2700/12pax If you don’t know anyone in Bohol/Cebu, you can ask them Ms. Kathy to book your ferry tickets. Kuya RJ 09273496197 Bohol Countryside Tour – recommended P2200 (Innova), P2500 (van) Island Hopping – P2500 complete package He gave us a van instead of the Innova for the same price. Kuya Jun 09182031833, 09269671510 Tour Guide for Bohol Countryside Tour – highly recommended Very informative, very fun to tour with. Cebu Kuya Danny 09193753071 Cebu – Mactan Tour – P2500 Kuya Mario 09996812488 Tour Guide in Cebu Other Contacts Bohol Kuya Ferdinand 09069509692 Countryside Tour – P3000 inclusive of ride to resort in Panglao Kuya Kevin 09265755808 P990/pax Kuya Doro 09396093005 Island Hopping P1500/6pax Mang Milyo 09497395737 Kuya Ryan 09207191790 Countryside Tour – P2400 Innova Island Hopping – P1600 Kuya Tatsky 09157945556 Countryside Tour – P2400 Innova Island Hopping – P1600/6pax Cebu Kuya Macky 09062080724 Cebu-Mactan Tour P2800 By
Who says you couldn’t tour the town of Tagbilaran? When you’ve done everything else (or in my case, couldn’t do anything else), what’s left to do but go about the quaint little town of Tagbilaran? Tagbilaran is the capital city of the Bohol province and is the only place in the province that has a landing area. This is where the planes touch down, where the boats dock. Most tourists come to Bohol and go by Tagbilaran without taking a second look. Fortunately for me, I found myself interested in something else. While the city may be small, it still has its perks. The city has a city park and a municipal hall, as well as a small, but quaint church. The city’s park is right in the center of the town. There are wooden benches around and pigeons scattered in the park, awaiting for anyone to throw rice. It was a pretty and almost “Barcelonic” experience – or at least so my watching Meteor Garden Part II has done me – and of course, without all the buildings and to compare. Just down the hall was the Bohol Museum. I honestly never found museums to be that interesting. I mean, at first, yes, it’s a thrill ride especially if you’ve never been to the place. However, when
There was one restaurant in Bohol that fellow bloggers had suggested for me to try – Bohol Bee Farm. Unfortunately, I was kind of disappointed a little when we weren’t able to have lunch there. The good thing about having a relative in Bohol – I was saved! When I suggested Bohol Bee Farm to my cousin, Kuya Jec, he decided to take us to the Bohol Bee Farm Café in the Island City Mall in Bohol. We couldn’t make it to Panglao since it was already dark, but at least I would be able to try their most famous salad – the Organic Garden Salad. The Bohol Bee Farm is a famous resort and restaurant in Loboc. What about the Organic Garden Salad is so interesting? Well, to be simple – this salad is literally made out of flowers. No, not a joke. Seriously. Flowers. Not those cake and icing types of flowers, real life flowers, the ones you smell and grow on the gardens and those that you give to your girlfriends or your mothers. Yes! Which was why I was desperate to try it. Yes, I kind of ate gumamela when I was younger, but that’s not counted, especially because every little kid really does try eating gumamela at some point in their lives. I’m not