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Exploring Bohol Differently

The french beau was speed freaking at 80 to 100km/h whilst at my best, I was only inching to reach 60 km/h and was mustering all my energy to brush-off my head my freaky motobike accident in Saigon some yrs ago. But after a couple of intersections, several towns passed, got chased by dogs, blindly drove on sharp curves and hairpin bends without lamp posts or well-lit signages and terribly burnt shoulders, I felt I’m slowly getting the mojo back. (And Oh! Yes Dad!!!) I drove a motobike again and on a national highway from one island to another, without me being brought to ER for a knee surgery =) (I’m sure I made you proud!). I’m not yet 100% but i know, I’m traumatized no more.

Tagbilaran City

Loay Interior RoadLoay Interior Road or “tina-i sa manok”

One of the remarkable part of the leg, is what locally known as “tina-i sa manok” or chicken intestine. There were several sharp curves and hairpin bends that have actually made me ask myself again, “how far would I go with my zest for adventure?”.  I don’t know how many times I heaved sighs of relief after each curve, knowing that a slight miscalculation on my turn, I’d fall on the dreaded ravine on the road side. On one of the stops we did, told P how $h#t scared and how ecstatic I was at the same time to brave it. Told him though that on our way back, which would definitely around night time, is a different story. He took my hand and reassured me, how I was doing well on the handlebars =)

manmade forest drive

BIlar Man-made ForestBilar Man-made Forest

Bilar Man-made Forest is a two-kilometer road beautifully dotted with mahogany trees, rendering shade from summer’s scorching heat to its revelers. Covering approximately 10 hectares stretching from Loboc to Bilar towns, it’s a local government reforestation project to address the growing ‘kaingin’ concern during the early ’50s. The colors here are so rich, that reminded me of the colors of Fall. The scent of the woods is so distinct I had to ask P to stop for a bit so we can appreciate it longer.

Definitely my favorite drive of the day =)

choc hills driveUphill to Chocolate Hills Observation Deck, we’re welcomed with spectacular view of hundreds of similarly shaped grass-covered hills, which to date remain a geological puzzle as to how they were formed. It’s so picturesque, we had to do sooo many stops before heading to the 214 steps at the Observation Deck.

photo(3)Chocolate Hills Observation Deck

photo 2

It’s already 5ish and we were running late already. Manong who rented his motobikes to us said we should be back by 6pm. But the sunset that served as our backdrop to Bohol’s No.1 tourist spot, was so gorgeous, it’s ridiculous not to marvel a little longer.

We started driving back and at the foot of the hill, P signaled to me to stop so we can discuss our route back. He showed me his intended route back to Panglao, which was actually shorter and less busy. He snagged my helmet again and requested me to accelerate a bit more, before letting me hop on my motobike and start another road adventure.

It was a little less than 2-hr drive back to Alona Beach, but it sure felt waaaay longer than that. And though I’ve somehow regained my confidence on the handlebars, since my knee surgery, the highway back to Panglao can be really challenging especially at night.

Motobike Route

Out biking for 10hrs including all the stops and breaks we did, covering approximately 160km and consuming about 6L of fuel, we were immensely happy bikers!!! ♥

*Map Legend:
A& F – Alona Beach area
B – Tarsier Sanctuary Corella
C – Loboc River Cruise / Loboc Church
D – Bilar Man-made Forest
E – Chocolate Hills Monumental Complex
*motobike / scooter rental rate: Php 300 for 8hrs with Mang George, +63906.451.3424, one of those locals who rent out their bikes to tourist whom we met by the street next to Alona Beach Tourist Police Station. He’d provide you helmets, after signing a Rental Agreement and providing your driver’s license number. We paid him though extra because we returned his bikes after 10hrs :-)
(I would have wanted to rent from Mike Bike Rental Shop, for its reputation in the island, however they have 3-days minimum for rental and were actually fully booked during the Easter)
*If you’re up for a new adventure and wanted to explore Bohol differently, motobiking is definitely the better option!
*Entrance Fee to Chocolate Hills Observation deck is P25/head (adult).


weapon of choice: education

Malala Yousafzai

at a tender age, she already knew how to stand for what she believes in.

in a poverty-stricken, still Taliban-threatened town, Malala Yousafzai stood up for the right to education of Pakistani girls.

sometimes it makes me wonder how trivial my day to day cares are compared to what other people have to go through to obtain their very basic rights.

– photo from Illac Angelo Diaz

– you can read more about it here

NO to Republic Act No. 10175 or The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

NO to  Republic Act No. 10175 or The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

NO to Republic Act No. 10175 or The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

i’m amazed how our government works. it would take years and years to approve the Reproductive Health Bill that is already of paramount importance but this rubbish law was passed just like that even with some Senators admitting missing some of the provisions on the Bill.

1. Filipino citizens don’t pay their taxes to get mediocre service from the lawmakers.
2. Filipinos have no obligation to nurse hyper sensitive politicians’ wounded ego. it’s the government’s job to serve its people.
3. Because there are some sore losers in the government, Filipinos will be deprived of Freedom of Speech, in this case over cyber world?

so, where do we go from here? I hope Supreme Court will do its job.


Yes, i understand Freedom comes with Responsibility. Just so you know.

the RH Bill Agenda

the RH Bill Agenda

if you have not realized the need of our country to pass this long overdue Bill, you still have time to do your homework and understand what it’s all about.

Hop here for more info:

we have the right to make intelligent choices, AND we have the responsibility as well to disseminate truthful information.

let not ignorance fool us!

Dive Galapagos – check!!!

it’s been a little over a month since my buddy and i took our first backroll into the waters of the other side of the Pacific Ocean.

but i can still feel the thrill…the excitement…the butterflies are still there ♥

and if it isn’t enough, i’ll share some more sea luvin, which i co-wrote with wanderlass here:



exactly 7 days from now, i’m hopping to another great adventure! :D

the Americas!!! here i come!

and what’s even more awesome??? i’m meeting up my travel buddy sissy, wanderlass. it’s gonna be our 3rd continent of travelin together! together we’d do an adventure that shall be one for the books!!! wooohooo!

i promise to send you beautiful photos and lotsa stories whilst on the road – or whilst afloat the Pacific Ocean :D

this should be an E-P-I-C!



The Vow

The Vow

ok. i’m still a believer of ever after :-) who isn’t?


McAdams is a real sweetheart. you know how she and Julia Roberts give you that feel good vibe? whatta girl crush :-)

tweeting here


good ol’ brew

burst of colors

my luv affair to my islands

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