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My 2nd Visit To Bohol in 2016

I just recently visited Bohol with a group of bloggers from the #CBCTravelNation last 28 February to 1 March 2016. Ten (10) days later, I again found myself in the beautiful island province. This time it was for a work engagement. I was to facilitate the team building program for the Resident Physicians Organization of Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, a government hospital in Manila. This post chronicles that experience.

10 March 2016 

Departure from Cebu

I boarded M/V Lite Ferry 10 at Cebu City's Pier 1 on 10 March 2016. It was to sail for the Port of Tagbilaran on Bohol, Philippines at 10 a.m. that evening. It left on schedule.

11 March 2016 

Arrival at Tagbilaran City 

Right on schedule, M/V Lite Ferry 10 docked at Tagbilaran City Port at 3 a.m. of 11 March. It was too early so I decided to just get some sleep at the boat. I disembarked from the vessel at 6:30 a.m. 

Motorbike Rental 

Upon exiting Tagbilaran Port, I went straight to this motorbike rental place just right outside the pier area. I rented a Honda XRM 125 cc motorcycle with automatic transmission. Rental cost was at PhP 500 for 24 hours. After that, I bought some items for personal use at a drugstore then headed for breakfast.

Breakfast 

I drove to the Tagbilaran City Square Mall and ordered breakfast at Jojie's Painitang Bol-anon. I ordered chinorizo for breakfast, PhP 75. I am a big fan of their cassava cake so I got a slice of that too. A slice only cost PhP 15.

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Chinorizo at Jojie's Painitang Bol-anon in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines



Off to Dumaluan Beach Resort 1 

After that hearty breakfast, I pumped in some gas into the motorbike and headed straight for the Dumaluan Beach Resort 1 in sitio Sapa, Bolod, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines. I paid the entrance fee of PhP 25 and the parking for the motorbike at also PhP 25. I get to enjoy White Beach again for only PhP 50. My clients were scheduled to arrive past 12 noon so I spent the whole morning bathing in the beach and enjoying the view. It was a good thing it was just getting to high tide. The tides subsided again shortly after lunch.
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The view at Dumaluan Beach Resort 1 in Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

While resting at the shore, I met a mixed race couple who sat next to me. The lady was a Filipina from Manila while the guy was from Germany. They were on their last day of their 5-day sojourn in Bohol and just wanted to take a dip for an hour at White Beach. We talked a little bit and learned that the lady was a certified open water diver. It reminded me again of my funny first attempt at SCUBA diving in Malapascua last month.

Click here to read more about the White Beach in Bolod, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines.
Click here to read more about Dumaluan Beach Resort 1.

Team Building 

I met up with the JRRMMC RPO representative at a few minutes past 1 p.m. and agreed we'll meet up at the beach after they have late lunch. We started really late at pat 3 p.m. which was a good thing because it was no longer too hot. I have always thought doctors to be so stern, but this bunch was playful and they just had fun with the activities. While at first it did look like they were just in for the play, things took a turn and they just suddenly become engaged at the later part of the training.

Dinner at Abi's Seafood and Grill 

Back in the last few days of February, I joined bloggers from the #CBCTravelNation for the Seas The Day Bohol Tour arranged through Empty Nest Vacation Home. But since I was a day late for that trip, I missed having dinner with them at Abi's Seafood and Grill. I made sure I won't be missing going to this place at this time.

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Abi's Seafood and Grill in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines




The dinner buffet was from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. I came around at 7 p.m. and made the most out of it. I loaded up on grilled talaba (oysters) and pork adobo but made sure I get to taste everything on the buffet table: squid adobo, chopsuey, beef menudo, nilagang baka, kinilaw na yellowfin tuna, sinugbang isda (blue marlin). 

The dessert part was amazing specially the camote with latik and the peanut polvoron. Fruits were also aplenty: watermelon, pineapple, papaya. 


I must have eaten too much the motorbike felt so heavy after. I met a minor accident stumbling at the driveway as I was just about to leave Abi's. Luckily, I escaped with minor bruises. I did have to shell out an extra PhP 350 for the damage I caused on the side mirrors. But looking at the positive side, I barely got scratched.

Click here to read more about Abi's Seafood and Grill.

Return Trip To Cebu

I was supposed to take the 12 midnight ferry from Tagbilaran to Cebu City on 11 March. I wasn't in luck as it was already fully booked early that day. My other option was to travel to the town of Tubigon to catch another ferry bound for Cebu. I did not have much of a choice so I took the van going there and paid PhP 150 for the trip. The fare rates for the ferry was almost the same if I took the ferry at Tagbilaran City, PhP 220 for a standard bunk accommodation. The ferry left a few minutes after I boarded. Talk about almost getting stranded yet again in Bohol. Thank goodness, I wasn't stranded this time.

12 March 2016

Arrival in Cebu

M/V Lite Ferry 1 docked at Cebu City's Pier 1 at 2:30 a.m, a two-and-a-half-hour trip from Tubigon. I expected my brother to pick me up upon arrival but he overslept and I ended up taking a taxicab to get home. I slept a little to get ready for my next trip. I was to drive some 120 kilometers to the northernmost Cebu town of Daanbantayan that day.
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