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Bohol Chocolate Hills and provincial living.

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I was going to edit this into my other post, but as that was specifically about the Beach Club I thought it might be misleading. Anyway, I need the post count and on a young forum like this it always help with the google hits. i'm sure you'd rather my first 15 or so posts be useful rather than the inane drivel I normally spout.

Any visit to Panglao , you will inevitably be asked by any and every Filipino you meet "have you seen the chocolate hills?". This is in fact a slight falsehood, they are not chocolate nor are they particularly hilly, well they are kind of hilly I suppose, so my bad.

My first impressions when being told about the chocolate hills were:

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The reality is quite different, they are quite interesting to look at and there is stuff to do on the way, but all in all I felt it was a slight anti climax considering the build up I had been given prior.

Anyway, as the Island of Panglao is quite small and the traffic non existant, it doesn't take long to get anywhere, and you can do it yourself on a scooter or take a guided tour (we did) in a nice A/C taxi with free Red horse beer included.

On the way we saw some of the repair work going on after the quake - that's a very old Church, built by the Spaniards I think.

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Out in the provinces there's not much to do, but these houses stood up to natures wrath.

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We stopped for a piss and some food, often along the roads you'll see guys making "Bolo's", the filipino weapon of choice when in a gang fight, or otherwise useful kitchen utensil. I picked one up for 350php, they are made from car suspension steel, hardened and come with either bone or wooden handle. now, pay attention, we all know how touchy the airlines are about carrying 14 inch blades in your hand carry, you are allowed to do so but it's a very good idea to declare it to the Security and Police guards before it goes into X ray. they will take your bag from you, X ray it and put it in the hold. as for coming back to the UK again, the law back then was that it is allowed as long as it is in checked luggage (obvs). I'll add a pic of my bolo later on, it's downstairs at the moment covered in chicken guts.

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filipino's are a friendly bunch, this lot were making thatch bamboo for roofing, they show you thw whole process and they also had a baby Deer which Mrs butch wanted photo's of and to bring home, probably not to keep as a pet either. (mrs Butch is the one with the camera, not the fat one in jeans). I like seeing this kind of skill, they work fast and efficiently and it is great to see.

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On the way we also stopped off to see a Tarsier, a very small monkey and an endangered native of the Island. As you can tell this is a staged shot, they are in a small enclosure, seeing them in the wild is almost impossible because they are so small and live in the Jungle. Cute little things and again, a bit "touristy".

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The Chocolate hills are called because when dry season comes, they turn brown, hence the name. after rainy season though they are lush and green. Getting to this point involves a long climb up a lot of stairs to a viewpoint which was half destroyed by the quake, hardly inspiring when it comes to health and safety, but fortunately for me there was a line of plastic tape separating me from the 230 foot drop onto concrete below.

This is NOT my pic, I can't find mine on the PC but it gives you some idea, really nice to do it in 34 degrees centigrade. There used to be a cover over the stairs but it must have fallen off or been stolen.

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Once you are up there though...

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The viewpoint, needing some renovation and perhaps a fence of some kind to stop people slamming 200 or so feet into the floor.

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More chocolatey. Actually whe they are all brown it is an awe inspiring sight.

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OK so the chocolate hills ,Tarsier and other stuff are worth doing if only to cross them off your list when someone asks "have you ever seen ...?" It does make for a good day out, and is nicely rounded off by several SML's in a local bar with some local food. It is a very cheap day out as well, not including the bolo it was still less than 2000php and that includes the car, driver, tip and 4 bottles of Red horse. Luch was extra but food in the RP, well it's shit but it is cheap shit.

 

Cheers

Butch

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Thanks for the upvotes and kind replies across the recent postings, I've got a couple more if anyone is interested which cover Boracay just before it closed and a trip to the village up country, Philippines style.

I do have a busy week ahead but will try to get them up sometime soon.

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27 minutes ago, Butch said:

Thanks for the upvotes and kind replies across the recent postings, I've got a couple more if anyone is interested which cover Boracay just before it closed and a trip to the village up country, Philippines style.

I do have a busy week ahead but will try to get them up sometime soon.

I have done Boracay in the 90's and in 2004 and again in 2015 I know my thoughts on what year was better and it wasn't 2015. Interested to read your comments on the island.

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You have a very good view of the Chocolate Hills from the pool terrace of the Marco polo Hotel in Lahug, Cebu. In fact you have a fantastic view off the whole eastern side of Cebu, planes taking off at Mactan and the boats coming/going from Manila etc.  A great place for an afternoon relaxing.

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Thanks for photos mate, some lovely shots there!

Ever been to Palawan? Really want to visit Coron & El Nido.

Siargao seems to get mentioned a lot too at the minute, also on my list.

Cheers Butch.

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