The Bras of Madonna

Trip Start Dec 03, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Saturday, January 5, 2013

Desperate for Relief
Went to the pharmacy early morning. Very desperate for anything to stop the diarrhea. The concerned pharmacist reckoned I was given the wrong medicine at Dumaguete and prescribed a new drug as well as two bottles of Gatorade sports drinks and satchels of oral salts. I downed the tablet with Gatorade immediately. Believe it or not, I felt the effects right there and it gave me the confidence to embark on a bus trip to Carmen for the Chocolate Hills. Later at an eatery, my breakfast was so salty that I was nauseous. At least I didn't waste the food, I took out the leftovers and gave it to the street kids.
Bus Conductors
It took about 20 minutes on tricycle to reach the bus terminal on the outskirts of town. The rather huge terminal have buses going to various provinces in Bohol. Shops here are well stocked with food and drinks. My bus to Carmen took two hours varying from a full bus to cattle class bus. The bus conductors have this unique skill of squeezing between bodies of sardine tight passengers twice - once to issue your ticket and again to collect your fare. I found the friendly services of all bus conductors in the Philippines second to none. They have genuine smiles and are very pleasant folks.
Chocolate Hills
At the town of Carmen, it was lunch first before negotiating for a motorbike driver to take me up Chocolate Hills viewpoint. On the way to Carmen, I had already spotted the mysterious moulded hills but the viewpoint truly revealed the picturesque hills like a ripple on earth. There isn't much to do here except to enjoy the spectacular views and work on my camera. Back to Carmen within the hour to board the cattle class bus to Sikatuna for the Tasier Sanctuary. For my destination, I had to switch buses at Loboc. Although it was quick to Loboc, I missed the regular jeepney to Sikatuna and the next available jeepney won't leave until 430 pm, 30 minutes after the sanctuary's closing time. What a bummer! Time was 3 pm. Even if I made it to the sanctuary, it would be close to closing anyway.
Tranquil Loboc
The half hour spent at Loboc had me realised that it was actually a very tranquil town. The very old San Pedro Church stood handsomely, flanked by a serene river and the township very chilled out. It is worth staying a night or two even to just get away from the annoying trike drivers at Tagbilaran. The public jeepney to Tagbilaran took another hour, packing every possible passengers in like sardines and more hanging off the back rails. You'd even help the driver by passing fares to him from passengers and returning their change. Nightlife is non-existent in Tagbilaran. Learn to sleep early. Hey no more bowel woes!
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