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Rekindling Roots: Travel to Bohol

 

Ah, Bohol! What can I say, home of the Tarsiers and famous for the chocolate hills. I was still in high school when I went there with my father. We took the bus from Gensan to Cagayan De Oro. Then from there you can ride Superferry or Cockaliong shipping line.

For the second time around, I went to Bohol to tour with family and relatives. Our starting point was from Cebu sea port and we boarded the supercat fast track ferry that took us 2 hour to reach tagbilaran sea port. We arrived noontime and rented a van to drive us to Guindulman.

It was past 2 in the afternoon I guess when we arrived at the house. I was recovering from a headache and still struggled with 3 mouth soars but I really enjoyed the view that day. The weather was good, the sky was blue and the water was definitely blue and clear.

From Tagbilaran city to Guindulman, the road trip was smooth and you can see the sea from the right side of the road. It was perfectly clean and clear that It makes you feel at peace. Compared to Oslob waters, the sight and view is better. Ang sarap mag road trip at ikutin ang buong bohol! Seriously.

We finished lunch, arranged our bags, changed our clothes, washed some clothes, and waited for the contacted van to arrive so that we can have a short swim at Anda. Locals there described it the mini boracay version.

Anda White Sand Beach

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The beach that we went to was public and free. Anyone can just come and have a swim. You can bring food and drinks. The place is currently being renovated to provide better shower and changing area, and more tables and chairs. Later, the family had dinner at the house.

Our itinerary for day 2 at Bohol was tight. The time schedule was set 8 a.m to 3 p.m

Chocolate Hills

First stop was the Chocolate hills where I had to climb 2oo plus steps to get to the top. Imagine that. Yes, very challenging that you have to catch your breath once in a while. Overall, you have plenty of areas to take pictures. Lucky for us, that morning had a few tourist.

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Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (CHAP)

After the hills, we went to CHAP. This place is new to me and the park offered a lot of activities. You can see at the two photos I shared below. The place was cool and relaxing. They have a function area and a souvenir area. They sell ice cream, carabao’s milk, and water for refreshments. In the area you can feed the fish, sight see chickens and look at caged snakes. Read the rest of this entry

Ten Commandments for Tourists

I’ve read a quote that says, “Spend money on experiences and not on things.” While I ponder on that thought, it sinked into me that there is some truth and depth to this. Come to think of it, If I were to compare my experience between buying the latest gadget and going to a place that I have never been before, the fulfillment of gaining a new experience is more satisfying than the material possession.

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, agrees that:

We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them. .

In his study, he states that:

People’s satisfaction with the things they bought went down, whereas their satisfaction with experiences they spent money on went up. We consume experiences directly with other people, and after they’re gone, they’re part of the stories that we tell to one another.

Part of life is creating memories with love ones but we get caught up with trends that we forget to think twice and buy that dress that we really don’t need. I’m not against rewarding your self with a new watch, bag, shoe, or clothes because it is important. I would recommend you buy a really good camera (Handy digicam, GoPro) for all the wanderlust you have targeted throughout the year.

It is easy to fall in love with travelling. Planning your next trip can be very exciting so before you book that next flight, remember these few rules to help you enjoy your trip.


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