We were out yesterday to accompany a friend going to Hinagdanan Cave, a famous tourist spot in the heart of Panglao Island, Bohol. We accompanied a friend and her visitors from Mindoro. Though it was a long drive, it was all worth it. Also, the last time I was there was like five or six years ago.
I took some photos from the internet just so I can show you what the place looked like, that’s because hubby is still editing our photos and because this post is supposed to be an entirely different topic. 🙂 If ever you come to visit the Philippines and Bohol, this wonderful cave should be one great stop! 🙂
I tasted yet another Red Velvet cupcake from a coffee shop. I have been doing the taste test with all the Coffee, Sweet Deli, and Bakeshops that sells Red Velvet cakes/cupcakes; every time I come across or visit one. It surprises me all the time how others alter the taste, Red Velvet is not complete without a Cream cheese frosting! Anyway, the box was nice so that kind of simmer down the teeny weeny disappointment. 🙂
We came home yesterday a bit late because we decided to have dinner at Tagbilaran City before driving an hour back home. I climbed to my station this morning and found iron on my table. I just love how kids make everything so interesting and funny and real! 🙂
Pretty awesome day, travel has worn me out lately; though.
Good morning beautiful Mommies and Daddies and everyone! ❤
I have heard so many things about Manila, and majority were negative descriptions. From traffic to rising numbers of informal settlers congesting Manila, to crimes and road accidents and Manila’s biggest challenge, floods.
And like many people, I had a feeling of disgust towards going to Manila hearing this and that and I humbly say I was wrong with my judgment not because the above were not real but simply because you can never define what you’d feel about a certain place unless you set your foot, come face to face with it and meet its people.
The supposed trip was booked on January 29 of this year. That was when I still worked as a Human Resource practitioner living in the City. A lot has happened after that day, my daughter was diagnosed with GDD, I lost my job and we moved to Bohol. Me and hubby have contemplated on not going when we were faced with a more pressing issue, his dad’s health. We begin to understand why things has to happen, we were led to a perspective where we have to work as a family and live a frugal life accordingly, while preparing for the unexpected. As our travel date neared, we counted our money and we feared that it might not become a reality. I told my husband that maybe we can just see Manila, stay at my brother’s and leave but then one morning my brother messaged me that he will tag us along their company outing to Enchanted Kingdom. We thought it would be a great idea, and a more reason for us to go.
We left on Friday morning of September 13, which was my husband’s birthday. Inside of me I was a bit scared because we left on Friday the 13th. They said it was an unlucky day but it turned out to be our luckiest one so far. Also, it was my daughter’s first plane ride. The weather was fine and the flight went pleasant. Our first travel outside of the Visayas as a family, both planned and unplanned. We were oblivious of what’s in stored for us.
NAIA-Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Since my brother cannot fetch us from the airport, it was a Friday and a working day; and also, I did not inform him ahead., hubby’s dad asked his uncle living in Manila to fetch us from the airport and take us where we are supposed to meet my brother. Bangz and I agreed that we can have lunch at Mall of Asia and then head to SM Megamall, where my brother works. When we landed Gou-ko kong was on his way to the airport. Bangz and me were full of anticipation and a bit anxious because it will be the first time that we’ll meet the man. Gou-ko kong is Ah-ma’s (grandmother) brother. Gou-ko kong was tall a very tall man, he was wearing red and he smiled upon seeing us. We let Blyf take his hand to her forehead (Mano) as a sign of respect, and later that day we were scolded because we taught our child to “mano” but we didn’t do the “mano” ourselves. We said sorry and realized that how inconsistent we have become in teaching Blyf respect.
First Day-Going with the flow
Gou-ko kong’s driver was taking us to “MOA” when he asked what we are gonna go there. I answered, we’ll just stroll around, have lunch and then head to “SM Megamall” to meet my brother. Gou-ko kong then suggested that we have lunch with them instead. I just went ahead and took a photo of the 11th largest shopping mall in the world and the 2nd largest in the Philippines, as I thought we’ll not be able to go there any longer. Mall of Asia is just near the airport, a strategic place with vast land. I thought of Cebu’s South Reclamation area and the SM Seaside City being constructed. It will be just like that. On our way to Gou-ko kong’s house, we went to a Toyota Showroom and display center. It was huge and full of people, we transferred vehicles to Gou-ko kong’s SUV. He drove us to their house in Quezon City, met Gou-Kim Ma (his wife) and left for Robinson’s Magnolia, a new mall 10 minutes from their house.
We had lunch at Yabu-House of Katsu. We learned that it was their favorite Japanese restaurant. Gou-Kim Ma was readily recognized by one of their servers, it was apparent they were regulars. They ordered food for us, which was great because I don’t know anything on the menu. It turned out their food was great! Unlimited rice and unlimited vegetables. After lunch, we told them we’ll stay at the mall for a while, and instead of going to meet my brother and travel to Bulacan we decided to have a sleepover at their house in QC and meet my brother at Hanston Square for our trip to Sta. Rosa Laguna the next morning. It turned out to be the best decision that day since Bulacan is far from Pasig and time is of the essence.
Robinson’s Magnolia-New Manila
Our afternoon was spent at the mall. I often forget we were in Manila that I speak in “Bisaya” to salespeople when I ask for prices or information. Malls are malls, they are the same with almost the same stores as we can find in Cebu except some food stalls and specialty shops, but still it’s that same place where you come out penniless. Early evening, Gou-Kim Ma fetched us, headed to their house for what we thought dinner at home. We washed up and then left again, Uncle Steward and Gou-Kim Ma took us to a Chinese Restaurant this time, Tao Yuan. It was our first to taste Shabu2x, a popular Chinese food. We had a full dinner, and headed back to their home. We stayed at Auntie Sheila’s room and she slept at her brother’s room. 🙂
Our first day had a great surprise and we wondered what’s in store for us the next day.
Just last Sunday we had an opportunity of yet again visiting local places and tourist spots. It was an invitation from a friend and we heeded because it will be good for us and for our daughter. Just 4 days ago we watched Dianne (my friend’s daughter) compete for their Sports Fest. A beauty and brains pageant. There were screaming and the crowd went nuts. I remembered my Intramural Events. Oh, College days! What happened was Blyf got so scared when the students cheered for their reps. We wanted our daughter to get a little exposure from these. She has to know what a scream is and when people are happy. In other words, she has to see people and experience life.
We started the day very early (at 6AM) by going to this little Chapel, it was my first too despite the fact that I’ve toured around Bohol countless times. There’s always first times for everything. Catholics believed this place to be miraculous.
After offering a few prayers we headed to Panglao Island, one of the premier tourist spot and perfect beach getaway. We stayed and had breakfast there.
We stopped at the Bohol Bee Farm for a little side tour and ate organic Ice Cream on a Cassava cone.
After a sumptuous meal at the bay area, we went to Catigbian Bet ‘n Choy Farms. This place is great for kids and fisher friends. The activities include catching and grilling your own fish, play pen, and swimming pool. They have a mini zoo and you can ride a small boat with friends and family paddling around the pond. And yes, we had our lunch here.
Me and Blyf did try to swim in one of their pools but we were a little bit in a hurry for our next destination. This is what happens when you try to see a lot in just a day. So off we went to Danao Adventure Experience where all extreme happens there. You find yourself looking at a narrow and deep cliff. My head turned and I felt dizzy looking below. Also, you’ll find the statue of one of the local heroes of our country.
The adventures shared with family and friends wherever that maybe makes life worthwhile. I will cherish everything with them for as long as I live.
We call ourselves “Mall” people, we spend our Sundays at the mall, the whole afternoon of it. I thought they were time wasted but then they were destiny’s way of letting me spend time with people that matters. I did not like the idea of spending half of my Sunday in the mall because I looked at it negatively. Now, I kind of find it refreshing and all throughout my weekdays I look forward for it with great anticipation. There is more to it now than there has ever been.
I am loving weekends now than ever, I feel the ease and enjoy the temporary calmness it brings. That I do not have to think of anything besides coffee and its aroma.
I thank God for weekends. I thank God for Sundays.