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December 28th, 2008 – by: silan
We got to our accomodation, Amarela Resort, a great little place with a homey feel. We ate a delicious lunch at the resort then went on our way to the Baclayon Church, where we attended mass, got a short tour of the church and its buildings, and had dinner.
The next day, we relaxed at the resort, soaking up the sun (when it wasn't behind the clouds), taking a dip in the pool, and walking down to the small private beach on the property. We headed out experience the Loboc River cruise for lunch. Though somewhat like a ride in Disneyland, it's something nice to experience. The whole area is being revamped to encourage tourism and they've put in lights along the river that are turned down at night. They say it is like a river by day, highway by night.
Close by to the river cruise dock is the Loboc Church. We stopped here, took a tour and looked through the museum. Great for any old church history buff.
We were on our way shortly afterwards to get a glimpse of the Chocolate Hills and tarsiers that make Bohol so famous. The first stop was to see the Tarsiers. Though they are caged and most doubtfully stripped of their nocturnal habits for the sake of the tourists, it's hard to complain when they're just so darn cute. As small as your fist, with eyes that take up most of its head and a tail that hangs four times it's body length, the tarsiers grip the branches with its tiny toes and slowly opens and closes its eyes as it dozes in and out of sleep. For a small fee, you can feed the tarsiers with a bug on the end of a stick.
Our next stop was the Chocolate Hills. The drive there is long, so it's best to have your own transportation or go on a tour, but it is also breathtakingly beautiful. As you get closer and closer, you see more of the hills in the background, with rice terraces in the foreground. The Chocolate Hills are definitely a sight to see. The endless rows of rolling hills with alarmingly steep slopes and pointed tops can be stared at with amazement for a long time. Take the traditional "I'm touching-", "I'm leaning against-", and "I'm standing next to-" the Chocolate Hills pictures and grab some ice cream as you leave.
Before we headed back to the resort, we stopped at the Bohol Bee Farm for dinner. A nice meal and show is provided, and several bee and honey-related gifts and crafts can be picked up from their gift shop.
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