Bohol bum bags....they're the future

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

We woke after a troubled and argumentative night regarding playing computer games whilst the Wizard is trying to sleep.  Erica edit: I got a bit addicted to spider solitaire, but I had the sound off and had the screen turned away from him!
Anyway, after a morning of writing blogs, drinking coffee, relaxing in hammocks and eating Hot and sour soup (odd that) it was time to finally leave the jungle. We organised probably the most novel method of ever leaving a hostel, for a boat to pick us up on the jetty and ferry us into Loboc. This method enabled us to skip carrying all our bags up the hundreds of steps. So we desended from the restaurant to the rooms threw the bags on our backs and ran to the jetty.

We boarded the boat before realising just as we were leaving that we had left the camera battery and charger (with international plug adapter) plugged in in the room. I jumped back off the boat and ran as fast as I could back to the room. Unfortunately the charger wasn't there. I didn’t really know what to do so just ran out of our hut only to find I was in someone else’s room. I ran across to the 'Colour Purple' (our room) and found our charger still plugged in. A tropical storm was brewing but only dropped a bit of water during the boat trip to the village. We got off and boarded a Jeepney to Tagbilaren. At one point the jeepney had 26 or 27 people in or our holding on to it. We asked another passenger and found that the Jeepney wasn’t going to the ferry terminal after all. On the advice of another passenger we jumped off and nipped to a cash point before boarding a tricycle to the ferry port.

Erica had the cabin with one of the bags and I rode side saddle on the back of the bike. It was all a little odd for me. My knees were the widest bit of the bike so any passing cars that got a little close could have ended my running career.  Erica Edit:  I thought the London Marathon did that! Also, the suspension for the cab (sidecar and the roof) was seperate to that of the bike therefore I kept getting hit on the head by the roof which felt like it could crush me. The brakes on the bike also weren’t the best which put a little bit more worry into me.

We made it to the ferry port and joined the queue managing to get tickets for the 16:10 back to Cebu via speed ferry. We were quite taken with a family who had got completely 'Bohol’d’ up (i.e. they had Bohol hats, t-shirts, bum bags, arm packs with cuddly Tarsiers on them.

We went into the waiting room to be entertained by a group of blind guitar players. They were really good playing, the Beatles, Jason Mraz, Bob Marley etc. Erica started the crowd clapping and got into the whooping at the end of each song (they can’t see appreciation so we need to make sure they can hear it! She said).  We gave them a tip they were so good and when they startedto play Jason Mraz Erica said she was willing to just give them the wallet.

We took a quick picture of the ferry, boarded and set sail but not before Eagle Eyes Erica spotted that a small cockroache was also a fellow passenger and the scanning of the floor started. We shot off out to sea then the ferry broke down. It appeared to get fixed and broke down again. At one point it got really unstable as I think he had no forward but needed sideways to keep us away from either the shore or a hidden danger. The boat didn’t seem to go anywhere fast and I got a little nervous as night fell and we should have arrived about 20 minutes ago. In the end we were less than an hour late arriving which is a miracle as we seemed stationary for most of the time.

Upon arriving at the port we jumped in a taxi to Cebu Guest House for another horrible night before tomorrows flights, the taxi hawkers tried to tell us it was 10kms away and would cost about 100 Piso, but when we schewd them away telling them we had done the same journey a couple of days previous for 50 Piso they soon disappeared and we flagged an official taxi down. Upon visiting the website on the ferry to try and book we were gobsmacked by the website. We got essentially a prison cell and they look like they are the bloody Ritz. To be fair though it is pretty good value for money in comparison with other city centre hotels but don’t think it looks like the website.  Trade descriptions spring to mind.

Amazingly this time we were given a room in the main building which was quite nice albeit a little stuffy.  We paid and as the guy had no change we said we would have 2 beers instead in the bar.  Getting hunger pangs we decided to try the local fast food favourite 'Jollybee' as it was literally next door and cheap.  Its a kind of BBQ chicken type place.  I had chicken and rice and Lady E had a Blackforest was quite good and good value 'V', however after noticing a sign declaring something about the dangers of 'Bee flu' we headed back to the guest house to grab the hand sanitizer - swine and bird flu were enough but Bee flu?  You have got to bee joking!
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Paul from Silver Coast Finest on

I heard about bohol but never been there,,wish i could visit there..

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