Bohol Tour - Butterfly Sanctuary

February 15, 2018 Poblacion, Bilar Bohol, Philippines, Philippines

Our next stop on our tour was the Butterfly Sanctuary. The entrance fee is 45 PHP per person ($1 CDN) and you are also provided a guide to take you around the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is very beautiful inside. Full of plants, flowers, and of course butterflies!
Our guide told us that butterflies snacks on mangoes. They love it!
I got one butterfly to land on my hand.
Spot the pretty butterfly. It's blending in with the plants.
I was very fascinated with this flower. It's so vibrant! It's called "ginger flower".
At the end of our tour, our guide made us pose in front of preserved butterflies and took this photo of us.

What I Ate: Philippines Part II

February 9, 2018 Bohol, Philippines

Mango smoothie for me on a hot day.
I got obsessed in ordering grilled eggplant with tomatoes and red onions. The only veggie dish I can eat every day.
Beef sinigang. Nothing more comforting than eating this dish on a rainy day with rice.
More BBQ pork with grilled veggies this time. Does that make it more healthy?
This whole fish was delicious! Grilled fish is the best.
My ultimate favourite noodle dish from the Philippines is palabok.
And of course Halo-halo from Chowking. It has a lot of delicious toppings (flan, ice cream, fruits, jackfruit, tapioca, etc). It's the best. Have you tried it?
This is inside the SM Seaside mall food court. I was very hungry so we ordered a lot. We have sinigang again with veggies, and kare-kare (oxtail stew).
Our hotel in Cebu had a great breakfast buffet. This was my last breakfast in Cebu. I had danggit (dried fish) with sausages (longganisa), corned beef, with garlic rice.

What I Ate: Philippines Part I

January 26, 2018 Bohol, Philippines

I still dream of the food that we ate in the Philippines. It tastes very different from the Filipino restaurants here in Toronto. It just never tastes the same. 
The photo above is called pork liempo (grilled pork belly). It's so unhealthy but it tastes amazing! The skin is crispy and when you dip it in soy sauce with chilies then it tastes even better. I am craving it for it now.
Also, ordered barbeque. This is one is pork and hotdog.
We ate most of our meals from Pernia's. We came there most of the time, they knew us when we left. Love this family owned restaurant. This is one of our breakfasts there. This is tocino with egg and rice.
And this one is longganisa (sausages) with egg and rice. Pretty much every meal must have rice.
This was from a different restaurant. We ordered prawns with garlic sauce. This was heavenly! The prawns was very fresh. I mostly eat frozen here in Toronto :(
This was lunch one day - we ordered sinigang na isda (fish soup), greens beans with carrots, meat (honestly can't remember what this is called), and of course rice!
Malunggay (moringa) ice-cream from Bohol Bee farm. This was surprisingly good. Did not taste like the plant.
Another day, another breakfast...this time I picked the fried fish.
And A ordered corned beef.
We passed by the grill in front of Pernia one night before dinner and we were drooling. So we went back to our hotel, cleaned up, and went back here to order the pork belly. 

Bohol tour - Chocolate Hills

January 24, 2018 Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines

Since, I already trusted Julius in booking our boat tour, I also booked our Bohol tour with him. We became friends. We got to hang out with him one night when we were passing by the main street of Alona. I ended up talking to him for a few hours about his life, family, was really fun speaking in my mother tongue. And joking around. 

Julius booked us a private car to use for half a day tour. It was ₱ 1,600 ($39 CDN) for two people (you can also have more people, 4max). I loved it because I didn't want a group tour and following an itinerary. We wanted to have full control on where to go and not wait around for other people. 

Ricky was our driver and he was awesome! 

The entrance fees for each attraction was not included in that price but it was very cheap so no problem! 

The one thing to remember is most attractions in Bohol closes around 4:30pm. 

After lunch, Ricky picked us up from our hotel and our first destination was Chocolate Hills because it was the farthest. We brought water and snacks in the car to keep us entertained. Ricky was a great driver and we felt very safe with him navigating the steep and winding roads. 

We saw fellow tourists driving scooters and I felt so queasy watching them drive on winding roads. I was glad we booked a car instead of renting a scooter. I don't think I would make it.

The entrance price for Chocolate Hills is 50 PHP per person which is $1.22 CDN. It's cheap! 
To see the hills, you have to first climb up the  steep stairs. It's 240 steeps to the top. It was tiring and also very hot so take your time climbing and make sure you have water with you. And if you want some shade bring an umbrella.
Once you get to the top, you are rewarded by the best view!
Chocolate hills are grass-formed limestone. During the dry season, the grass-formed hills dry up and turn chocolate brown hence the name "chocolate hills".  There is about 1,776 hills in total spread around the towns of Carmen, Batuan, and Sagbayan in Bohol. We went to the viewing deck in Carmen.
Take all the photos that you want at the top.
After leaving the Chocolate hills complex, we found rice fields by the side of the road. A has never seen a rice field before so I told Ricky to stop so we can have a look at the newly planted rice #riceislife.
I almost fell off the rice paddy and into the water hahaha. Oh well, it was a nice photo. And I had mud on my sandals after but it was worth it. 
I used to go to my Grandmother's farm because she had a rice field. This brings back childhood memories.
We also stop by a wet market. I wanted A to see the local market in Bohol and show him the different items they sell. And I needed new slippers since I had mud on my sandals.
I grew up eating dried fish so for me it's not a big deal but A didn't so I showed him the different varieties. A lot of people hate the smell of fish but I love it. The stinkier the better ;)
I used to eat dried fish all the time with rice. And you also can dip it in either vinegar or soy sauce.

Also showed him the different types of bananas and veggies at the market.
I really enjoyed our time at the market. Just walking around and talking to the locals.

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