an elephant, a tarsier and a bee

i have planned a bohol trip for myself and my best friend which is budget-friendly and kind of laid-back.  it was only a three-day weekend trip and what happened on our first day was unproductive due to the rain.  we actually just had a good dinner and checked the bars lining alona beach in panglao.

the room i booked from agoda website was at l’elephant bleu.

this accommodation in panglao island offers rooms and cottages and is very near alona beach.  we were given a room in their new building.

the room is average and working wi-fi is available and complimentary.

the beds made of bamboo were comfortable and the sheets clean.

one of a must-do in bohol of course is to visit a tarsier conservatory.

in my list, one of the ten things i have not done before was to photograph a tarsier.

i noticed that most of the tarsiers were asleep when we visited (hello world, they’re nocturnal!) and as stupid as i can be i forgot to bring my zoom lens in l’ elephant.  so here’s the result – unimpressive pictures, but anyway seeing these curious-looking creatures was enough to fascinate me like an elementary pupil on an educational field trip. 😀

i have read online many reviews about the food at bohol bee farm.  i made sure that i had to try some.

cab-cab chips paired with green tomatoes and grated parmesan cheese

spicy flower salad with honey-mustard sauce

buko (coconut meat) pasta

seafood pizza

they have these homemade ice cream with unique flavors such as camote, malunggay, ginger, tomato and pandan.  i tried sweet potato (camote) and found it good-tasting.  they also serve it into a cone made of cab-cab (from grated cassava root).

locally handmade items like these are available in their souvenir shop where i bought some for my ma.

bohol countryside tour

it was my third time to book a flight to tagbilaran city.  i have always wanted to visit bohol but it never seemed to happen that i had to cancel my plans.  last year, i purchased two  promo flight tickets from airphil express for myself and my highschool bestfriend.  we were both looking forward for this weekend trip and it was a first for us to travel together after knowing each other for almost 20 years.  i kept my fingers crossed that i will be home for days off on the dates that the tickets were scheduled and with pure luck, i was!

we did found ourselves in bohol and stayed in a budget friendly accommodation in panglao island.  i booked our stay from agoda website which cost me $60.00 for a 3d2n room, that included basic breakfast and wifi.

i have prearranged a vehicle with a driver from rj tours whom my blogger-friend, chyng reyes has highly recommended for our airport pick-up, drop-off and a countryside tour.  i was fully satisfied of rj’s service and his drivers were all courteous (i think all boholanos are!).

we spent the whole day to see these attractions in bohol. 😀

simply butterflies conservation center

chocoloate hills

tarsier conservatory

sevilla hanging bridge

loboc river cruise

local community show

loboc church

albur church

baclayon church

bohol bee farm

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friend for keeps

me and my best friend has known each other since our senior year back in highschool.  he was my classmate and we were both transferees from different schools.  we had the same barkada  (group of friends) but after graduation and college started, we lost contact of most of them.

i still keep with me the snail letters and greeting cards he sent me during those days when text messaging and facebook was non-existent.  i am just glad that i have met someone like him, someone who is real, someone unpretending.

i have met people who has made a difference in my life in one way or another that became my friends where most of them left and very little stayed.  it just proves that friendship is tested through time, through thick and thin – i thank god for my best friend for he, is a blessing. 🙂

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this post ticks off one of my “10 things i have not done before” list where me and my high school best friend spent a weekend in panglao island, bohol last july, 2012 (post to follow!).