The Chocolate Hills, tarsier and endless seafood

Trip Start Mar 17, 2005
Trip End Mar 13, 2006

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

After some days in the sun, we headed to the two famous sights in Bohol: the little Tarsier and The Chocolate Hills. We took a tricycle for a 45 minute ride to see the Tarsier in it's native habitat. A tricycle is a motorcycle with a little seat attached to the side. Needless to say it was a tiring and bumpy ride.

The Tarsier:

It is a unique animal only found in the Philippines. They are called the world's smallest monkey, but they are not a monkey or the smallest primate. They are very small, around the size of the palm of our hand. Their heads can rotate 180 degrees around. They are very cute and we loved to see them in their natural habitat when a guide took us around this little jungle they were in.

We also went to the nearby Chocolate Hills:

There are over a 1,000 cone-shaped hills which turn brown in the summer and look like chocolate kisses. They were pretty cool to see, they went on as far as the eye could see.

After a night at a gross hotel by the Cebu airport, we flew back to Manila for the day where we spent a lot of time at the US Embassy to get pages added to Matt's packed passport. My "aunt" Myrna treated us to one of the best lunches I can ever remember having. We entered this not clearly market by the airport where there was a huge room of very fresh fish/crabs/lobsters, many of which were still alive! Lobsters that were over a foot long, huge crabs, etc. Myrna picked out bags and bags of fresh food for us and they cooked it up for us at the back of the store. Upstairs we sat and enjoyed over 10 pounds of the hugest oysters, fresh fish soup, giant crabs, squid with the black ink still in them, plates of grilled shrimps and more. The 10 huge plates of food couldn't fit on the table. Matt and I kept trying to imagine how expensive something like this would be in the US. It was a very memorable meal and we both kept saying how our dads would be in tears if they were eating this meal with us because it was so amazing.

Off from Manila (again.....) to Legaspi and then to Donsol to see the Whale Sharks.
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Maricela on

Tarsiers are a very facinatinating creatures.

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