Renting a bike and driving around with Philip!
Bohol Travel Blog› entry 15 of 132 › view all entries
March 4th, 2010 – by: CFD
I arrived in Tubigon around 13:30 and met a Filipino seaman at the jetty who approached me right after disembarking the ship.
Tens of tricycle drivers came up to me and asked me if i wanted to go into town , but i saw a micro-jeepney leaving and just at the back of the jeepney and hung on for bare life passing bob that where in a pedal-tricycle. He later invited me into his house for lunch and the hospitality i experienced was just amazing. I got travel tips , a good meal and I learned that we had almost the same job. He was the 2.nd officer in a competitior company to my own and we shared storries and experiences.
After waiting for half an hour for the van to Tagbilaran it finally came and i was on my way :) After an uncomfortable van-ride (they are not built for people with long legs!) i arrived in Tagbilaran and a motorcycledriver called Philip approached me and said that he had a good hotel for me. I was planning to stay at "Nisa Pension" for P300 (Lonely Planet) , but he drove me to a place with Aircon, Cable , own bathroom and a laundry service that was P700 a night and I just took it because i was to lazy to go looking for anything else and it was a really sweet deal.
After that Philip drove me around Panlao Island for a few hours and we checked out the beach resorts and the beaches. Well , he even let me drive even if i didnt have a drivers lisence at all. I know how to handle a bike after illegal driving in Norway, and after seeing me drive for 2minutes he said "I see you can drive" and i just said that i had a bike at home and blah-blah , or just dal-dal as they would say here in Philippines :) After driving and walking around for a few hours we bought some food and cooked it at his place which was a building i hardly would call a shed, but there he lived with his wife , sister (really hot btw!) , son and mother.
I made an agreement with Philip to rent his bike for P800 for an entire day which worked out quite great. The next day we went to all the touristic sights , ate local food at resturants he recomended and i spent some time with his familiy :) I even drove his bike for most of the day and just enjoyed crusing around Bohol for a day.
We started at 08:00 and did Baclayan Church , Tarsier wathcing , Loboc River Cruise , Man-made forest , Chocolate Hills and ended the day with Mag-aso Falls which was quite a drive :) I didnt stop for the "Blood pact" statue because i was to lazy to turn around. Im not sure about the speed limits in Bohol , but i think that as long as youre driving safe you can drive quite fast as longs as youre outside of a residential area.
I really enjoyed the day and at the end i went to Philips house and played around with his son (about 1year) for a bit until he went to sleep. That reminded me that i want kids..... someday
After that Philip drove me to the Pier to wait for the ferry. I gave him P200 in tip (P1000 instead of P800) just because he had been SO kind. So... here I am sitting and listening to Modern Talking and other hits that where popular around 10years ago and writing the blog sections for Cebu and Bohol :) Hope you Enjoy it :)
The budget from Bohol turned out to be quite resonable even if i could have done it a lot cheaper, but its just to much hassle, and Philip really deserved it and i was feeding him for both days as well.
P1000 for Philip
P350 for Gasoline
P100 Entrance fees to different attractions
P350 Loboc River cruise (incl all you can eat lunch)
P200 Meals both days
P150 water both days (Its HOT!)
P90 Van Tubigon - Tagbilaran
P700 Acomodation Miles Pension House
With Transport (P200 + P205)
After i wrote this i headed to the cafeteria inside Tagbilaran ferry terminal building and spent P100(!!) for two snickers and just a lot for very little.
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