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Cebu and Bohul Islands, Philippines

It's more fun in the Philippines - so they say!

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At 6 am the day before New Years Eve we took the Mono-rail just outside our hotel to Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur where we jumped on the Airport Express tram. This system works very well and it's much faster than taking a taxi.

Neither Hank or I was happy to be on a plane again, but after some turbulent in the middle of the 4 hours flight, we safely landed on Cebu Island.
We checked in at our hotel, near Mango Square, and decided to take a walk and get something to eat.

The area looked quite rough and street-kids as young as 3 years old begged for money which made us feel pretty sad and uncomfortable.
Hank said it made him feel like he was in some bad part in Mexico, and I think he's right about that.
There is not a lot of nice or interesting buildings around and that makes Cebu City pretty unattractive to us.

The next day we went to the port to buy ferry tickets for Bohol on New Years Day, only to be told that there is no ferries running that day. The only tickets we could get was for the evening boat the same day. (New Years Eve)
So we spent the evening waiting for hours to board the ferry and arrived in Tagbilanan City late on New years Eve. The Guesthouse we had booked told us when we arrived that they had a room, but we couldn't stay there because they didn't have any dry linens or towels!
They were still wet from the laundry because of the Typhoon.

They helped us find another place and we checked in only 25 minutes before midnight. We took a walk and the kids had a lot of fire crackers and shouted " Happy New year"! to us, it was quite nice!

The next morning we took a tri-cycle taxi to the small island Panglao with it's white beaches, surronded by a lot of good snorkeling and diving places.
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We found a place not far from the beach and we were very happy to settle in.
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We had some nice weather the first couple of days, a lot of rain, but also sunshine in between. It was nice to sit by the beach in the evening, drinking a Rum and coke to the cheapest price we ever have seen.
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Happy hour from 10 am to 10 pm, about 35 cent for a Rum and Coke . No - we didn't take advantage of it until the evening! :-)

We made plans to rent a motorbike to ride around the island and also to go snorkeling, but unfortunately the weather changed for the worst and the rain made us canceled our plans.
After 3 days of rain this we decided to go back to Tagbilaran, Hank wanted to check out the tri-cycles and I needed to do some shopping.

There is about 3000 Tri-cycles in this city, and we had noticed the Bible verses on the back of them. Then we read that you are provided with a Bible verse when you get the license to drive it and if you don't place the text on your vehicle you will be fined and loose your license!

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This has been the law in Tagbilaran City the last 20 years and they claim that they now has much less crimes - " Because who thinks about doing a crime when he is reading a thoughtful verse from the Bible".
I'm not totally convinced about that, but I guess it can't hurt!

We also took a ride to a Tarsier Sanctuary, right now there is 8 Tarsier there, but we saw only 4 of them.

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Tomorrow we will leave Bohol Island and continue to Negro Island.

Posted by InTwoPlaces 04:19 Archived in Philippines

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We've been waiting to hear of your further travels, Carina, and I for one am very happy that you're in the Philippines! Those little creatures are cute! Our rain is gone for now and we're enjoying some good sunshine although pretty short days! Hugs, Clare

by Clare

Great post and pictures Carina, thanks. Did you end up renting one of those square tri-cycles?

by Kris

Nice to hear the rain is gone and you can enjoy some sunshine!
No, we never ended up renting one, I had forgot my swimsuit on Panglao island and Hank offered to go back together with the guy he should have rented ut from. Hank used the time to practice driving it, and when he did - the clutch broke down. Then we decided that it was better to have a driver to bring us where we wanted to go because we shouldn't have know what to do if it happened when it was only the two of us!

by InTwoPlaces

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