Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WEEKEND GETAWAY WITH MBA FRIENDS

MANILA-CEBU-BOHOL-CEBU-MANILA
(2 days and 2 nights)



At Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 for our departure (from Manila to Cebu)

We already checked-in...so we're just waiting for our flight.

We're about to enter the plane!

Believe it or not, it was my first time to ride on an airplane. So guess what? I felt so nervous this time! Haha!

Time Check: 11:15PM....Arrival in Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Taking pictures at the airport with my MBA friends

Waiting for the ticket booth to open. We need to buy round trip tickets from Cebu Pier 1 to Tagbilaran City vice versa.
Round trip tickets cost Php 840.00

Already bought some tickets so we're about to check-in...

This was my first time to ride on a ship. Excited with my dress, beanie hat, and black tights! 

This is ocean jet ship. If you'll planning to visit Bohol from Cebu, I highly recommend this ship. Tickets are reasonable. Seats are not that good but still comfortable. Travelling time is 1 and a half hour but no worries since there is Wi-Fi on-board.

Go out and see this amazing view!


Amazing! Great!

White sea bubbles....So good effects!

This was my first time to ride on a ship. I thought I will be experiencing sea sick...but fortunately, sea waves were not big so it's as if I was just riding on a bus.
Already arrived at the Port of Tagbilaran at exactly 8:00AM.


Meet my MBA friends (from left) Roger, Arlene, Carla, Rhoda (Me), Gerald. Picture taken by Christopher.

No sea sick yes!
After arriving at the port, we rented a van to bring us to our hotel named L' Elephant Bleu Hotel. There are a lot of vans for rent in the Port. Most of them offer 600 pesos from the port to our hotel (in Panglao Island). But because of our good negotiation techniques, we got it for only 300 pesos! Haha!

***click the underlined hotel's name to check their website***



A short stroll away from our hotel, and you'll see this beautiful ocean view. Clear ocean, white sand, and perfect weather!

Wearing my floral dress with my floral shoes and big sunglasses for today's tour activity. 
I am really blessed to see this amazing sight seeing spot!
With pretty Carla, one of my MBA friends.


Inside the Van...on our way to different tourists' spots in Bohol!


FIRST DESTINATION: LOBOC RIVER


I am about to ride on the floating restaurant.
Buffet lunch and ride on the floating restaurant for only 450 pesos!


YES SEA FOOD! NOM NOM NOM!


Oh! I am indeed a tourist this time.


With Gerald

Me, Arlene, and Carla...the amazing girls!




Before eating...photo owned and taken by Arlene. :)

Perfect!


We saw some performers (children and adults) who were singing and dancing. They were also riding on a floating house. Foreigners and other tourists gave some "donations" or money for them. It is optional anyway. 




What a beautiful scenery still in Loboc River!

SECOND DESTINATION: TARSIER CONSERVATION AREA


Welcome to Tarsiers' sanctuary!!!



Tarsier is the smallest monkey in the world! They are nocturnal animals. Nocturnal means they are active at night. So now, they are sleeping. Sssshhhhhhhh....keep quiet....



Say Tarsier!




We were acting like tarsiers! Haha




More Tarsiers! ^_^


THIRD DESTINATION: MANMADE FOREST


This is MANMADE FOREST in BILAR BOHOL



By the way, we are the endorsers of this place....hahaha




STOP...LOOK...POSE!

POSING...SMILING!

At the side of Bilar's road


Amazing!


FOURTH DESTINATION: CHOCOLATE HILLS

Before we can see the entire view of the chocolate hills, we need to go up to these very high stairs.





First stop...tired but it's worth it!
Climbing a very high and stepped stairs worth this amazingly magnificent view. It's amazing how God created all of these small hills...


I am a giant!!!

Like a boss!



Enjoying the view with my friends...

You can only find this great place in Carmen, Bohol, Philippines!


Failed jump shot! Haha
From the left: Arlene, Rhoda (Me), and Carla

Nice view form the top of the hill...with Carla.
FIFTH DESTINATION: BLOOD COMPACT

Blood Compact is the first treaty of friendship and alliance between Spaniards and Filipinos.

To read more about it, please click the link below.

All about Blood Compact


I'm thirsty! Please give me some drinks!

Finally!!! I can drink!
Hugging my boyfriend! Haha


Whoah! It's just behind the Blood Compact monument...
My legs are already aching but after seeing this clearly awesome view, all I can say is, "WOW!"


A simple pose is enough since the view is already great!
We didn't lose the opportunity to take a lot of pictures! Isn't it obvious? Haha

Great view plus pretty ladies equals Picture Perfect! Yehey!

We also didn't lose the chance to buy some souvenirs like T-shirts  key chains, and delicacies!
From the left: Peanut Fingers and Peanut kisses are some of the delicacies in Bohol. It tastes like Peanut butter! (of course!)
I also bought some "I <3 Bohol" T-shirts....

SIXTH DESTINATION: PANGLAO BEACH AT NIGHT

After our 1 day Bohol tour, we rested for a while, fixed our baggage  and changed our clothes for a heavy and extravagant dinner! 



Below are just some of the food that we ate and drunk....







Woke up at 5:30AM but still lying down on my bed. I still wanted to stay longer in the hotel but of course it is impossible for us to do so since we have a very limited time!

Outfit for today's activity. Time to go back to Cebu.

Some of my friends are still sleeping. So we didn't eat breakfast together. Our hotel is famous for their great breakfast meals! You can have a set of breakfast for 2 for only 180 pesos. You can choose either a Filipino or a French breakfast. I ordered  croissant with coffee and orange juice. The bread really tastes so good! I shall go back here next time!




French Breakfast



Thanks be to God because even though we arrived late in the port, we were still able to ride on the ship!
Lesson learned: stick with your itinerary and always be ahead of time!


Now, we were all relieved! Now on board! Yey! I am sitting on the window seat! I can sea[actually see] the ocean view from my window! Time check, it's now 9:30AM. ^_^



CEBU


Sea waves were quite big so we arrived later than we expected. Time check 12 noon. I am already starving !


FIRST DESTINATION: PIER 1 CEBU
Carrying my heavy bags full of souvenirs! Haha


This is Cebu Pier 1. This is where you are going to if you want to go to Bohol via Ocean Jet.

From Pier 1, we walked for about 3 minutes up to the jeepney waiting area. We didn't ride on a taxi because we wanted to be more adventurous (Aside from saving a penny..haha)!

Time check 12:30noon time. We finally arrived at SM Cebu.
We want a heavy lunch!

SECOND DESTINATION: SM CITY CEBU


Shakey's soup!


I'm hungry!


Shakey's super platter meal costs 210 pesos plus the service charge.

After eating, we bought some souvenirs and delicacies.
There is one section inside SM Cebu's Supermarket wherein you can find stuff for your "Pasalubong" or souvenirs.
Look for Section number 21.


Titays is one of the popular makers of Cebu's delicacies.





I bought some souvenirs like T-shirts and delicacies!


THIRD DESTINATION: SANTO NINO CHURCH












FOURTH DESTINATION: MAGELLAN'S CROSS





Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese, and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines








FIFTH DESTINATION: CROWN REGENCY HOTEL

We went to Crown Regency Hotel because my friends wanted to try the Sky Experience Adventure in this hotel. I am afraid of high places so I chose not to join them in that activity.

If you want to know more about the Hotel click this link---> Crown Regency Hotels and Towers - Cebu

If you want to know more about the Sky Experience Adventure, click this link----> Sky Experience Adventure

Sitting pretty...LOL


This is the tallest building in Cebu City...can you imagine? It's too high!


As if I will try this one! Haha

After their adventure (with bitterness but it's my fault, haha), we're hungry! So, we decided to have a food trip!



SIXTH DESTINATION: LARSIANS

Few meters away from the hotel is what they call Larsians. Larsian is one of Cebu's most prominent eating havens, one of the few that passed the test of time. Located at the uptown area near Fuente OsmeƱa and Chong Hua Hospital, Larsian’s general location offers a myriad of scenes that is undeniably CEBUANO in charm (Copyright © CebuCentral.Com)


What's inside?
RICE!



Let's eat!

Meet Bryan and Carla: the waitress and the owner


SEVENTH DESTINATION: ZUBU CHON

When it comes to Lechon, Cebuanos recommend Zubu Chon. Their branches are only in Cebu (I guess). We ate in Escario branch. It taste really good!
For 1 kilogram of Zubu Chon (Lechon), it costs 530 pesos.


This is KAMIAS SHAKE... Zubu Chon's Best Shake Ever!






Oh no! Fatty and Oily but yummy Lechon!

GOING BACK TO MANILA


This may be my first visit to Cebu and Bohol but definitely this is not my last! I shall return! Haha!
Even though we had a very limited time, we were able to visit a lot of tourists' spots! Time management is really necessary. Good thing is, we are MBA students so we know how to manage our time effectively. Hahaha!

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