“The most beautiful thing in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”~Hellen Keller~
Since blogs are excellent forms to write about something for all its’ worth. Something that can inspire a lot of people. Something that mattered. I decided to write about this quaint restaurant in Bohol that left a significant mark in my heart.
Bottomline: Social awareness.
It is Garden Cafe in Bohol. We landed on this cafe while we were looking for a teller machine. It is just in front this certain bank and we decided to cross the street and check it out. The “Wild, wild West” theme of the facade is enticing.
To our surprise, one poster says that all the attendants of this restaurant are either deaf or mute.
My son even asked me “So how are we going to place our orders?” And I answered him, we will see. At the back of my mind, I was also wondering as to how we will relay them our thoughts. Do we need to write it down or hand gestures. And it is yet to be seen.
So we had to write our orders. This one tasted really good. It’s like home-made and I noticed something in Bohol, they are excellent in making sauces. The sauce (or salsa) of this one is something to request for more. Pollo is chicken in Spanish.
Aren’t they so enticing? As expected, me and my son ordered for a blueberry cheesecake. A slice for each. It is so creamy, soft and they didn’t skimp on topping blueberries. So, so good. I’ve got tons of anti-oxidants with the blueberries we have consumed for the past days.
This blog will be just brief. My intention is just to plant a seed of thought that there
is a place like this. =)
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ~Anita Desai~
The ferry ride from Cebu to Bohol and the 200+ steps stairs that I climbed to get a better view of the Chocolate hills were truly worth it. I have to say it because the ferry ride gave me jitters and two in a row were too much for me. Trekking at the Tarsier’s conservatory is another and having lunch afloat a restaurant that got us around Loboc river.
The hills when I turned around the vast landscape at 360 degrees was breath taking! Not because I climbed without resting except for a few pauses when I wanted to take pictures of the hills from different angles. I kept on climbing and climbing, I was actually secretly counting it! ahaha! Catching my breath and when I reached the top? The view took my breath away… It was so amazing!
I have been dreaming to see them even as a child as the teacher asked us to enumerate the list of natural wonders of the Philippines. The Chocolate hills is what I clearly remember along the Banaue rice terraces, Maria Cristina falls and the Mayon volcano. As child, the chocolates literally tickled my imaginations.
I am so grateful that I am just meters away from them. We can actually go near them via scooters which are for rent. However, seeing them from the top is indeed enough for me to revel in its’ grandeur.
So this is what local and foreign alike are gushing about. Truly considered as one of the country’s pride. I have read endless connotations about this natural wonder and I hope that the local government will exercise all measures to preserve this gift. Apart from its vivid shades comes out bright greens and terra cottas and created a transcendent panorama where visual sights and sounds of someones’ heartbeat coincide. There were a lot of muffled moments from the three of us and even from the other tourists probably we are all running out of words to describe the magnificence verbally. Staring at them in all admiration. Hubby even captured us not blinking.
I have to thank him for his determination to bring us to this experience. True enough, the beauty of nature nurtures the soul.
“Mother nature has the power to please, to comfort, to calm, and to nurture one’s soul.”~Anthony Douglas Williams~
There are many darn good reasons to desire going back to Cebu again after more than a dozen visits through the years. Besides, what they boasts like the pristine beaches is one thing I haven’t experienced yet even after my most recent visit. Though I’m hoping to get there soon. Probably at Camotes island, Bantayan or Malapascua island. Or check out Little Holland and Temple of Leah.
My son’s father decided to bring me and our son to spend a day in Cebu and another in Bohol. Who can ever resist that? We have been living in separate roofs for more than ten years however we make it a point to be together during our son’s activities in school and from time to time, we bring him out for fun and leisure too. So this 3 days and 2 nights is nothing extra-ordinary to the three of us. Well, just the same, we are all excited. Especially me since I have been wanting to see in my own eyes the magnificent Chocolate hills in Bohol And its for free! Yey! Thank you tatty! =)
Tagbilaran is definitely a locale one can’t get lost at, I often hear that you can roam around the whole town in a day. It isn’t that big. But it has a lot to offer.
Take a look!
On the side, there was a stop-over for taking pictures with some attractions. We had this giant crab carry us on its’ back . =)
Tarsiers – the smallest primate in the world
Strolled in Bohol
Bear with me as I am writing a separate blog about the hills. I was too awed by it and this blog is too long already. (–,)
I will not forget what the skies are like in Bohol, how they densely gather along the panorama, how tall and majestic the trees are in that winding road from Loboc to Bilar, how the Tourist guide in the Tarsier Conservatory impeccably reckoned the “To dos and not to dos” prior to traversing the conservatory, how different nationalities huddled in one raft, how excited my husband to see the Tarsiers and wished to bring home one, how my son got obsessed with blueberry cheesecake (he had more than 5 servings I guess), how I lost my breath climbing the 200+ steps to have a better view of the chocolate hills. When it was all worth it! It is indeed the best part of this trip! Witnessing one of the greatest work of nature in the whole world. I thank God for the chance to capture such beauty!
And we are already looking forward to be exploring the other side of Bohol soon – Panglao… =)
“Actually, the best gift you could give to her was a lifetime of adventures.” ~Lewis Carroll~ (Alice in Wonderland)
It is on this premise that I am writing again about Cebu. Besides, I am no longer a solo traveler this time, no longer that the trip is work-related. I will be with my family. This has been planned a long time ago and I am glad that it has finally came true. I am pretty sure that I’ll enjoy it and yes, I did, much as I enjoy my trips when I’m traveling solo.
Let me share with you some activities or must-dos that I listed down minus the trip to the beaches. As there’ll always be a next time.
It is our son’s first time to visit the queen city of the south, so I made it a point that he see the site of Magellan’s Cross as it is the seat of our Catholic faith, say a prayer, and see the museum. They are by the way just adjacent to one another. Personally, I also want to see for myself how much was damaged to this old church after the typhoon last year. It breaks my heart to see some sites being destroyed when it was standing there for the longest time.
This is one reason why I also included in my list to go back to Tacloban one of these days when it became my second home some years ago.
Our itinerary includes a visit to Cobonpue’s showroom, the Ferangali store which is the oldest makers of guitars in Cebu, shop dried fish at Taboan market as pasalubong, shop souvenirs at Fuente circle and visit Rica’s at The Henry hotel. They don’t want the “Edge coast ride”. Ryan wanted the “Lantaw” restaurant. It is a floating resto serving authentic Filipino cuisine, but this time, I was the one who slashed it from the list as I do not want to be floating again! I’ve had too much of it for the past days. Upon seeing my final list, both boys requested to see Ayala Terraces, Cebu. Oh well, I forgot that they are mall rats too.
As a thriving blogger, this has been very convenient for me to splash into just about every imaginable activity that I can write about and I never expected that it can include malling, ahaha!
Appreciating the struggle, especially if I checked on fellow bloggers who have been blogging when I didn’t know anything about blogging at all. The awards, the statistics, the events they have attended, I honestly look at them as inspirations. I blog because I love to blog, it has been my coping tool and it destresses me in a special way. The likes and comments from people who are strangers to me are like fuels that brings me throttling to pursue my passion.
Luck is not on my side when our ferry schedule was moved from 11am to 2pm. It meant that I can no longer catch up with my appointment visiting Cobonpue’s showroom. =(
I am not the crying over spilled milk type of person so we just proceed with our shopping and dinner at Rica’s. The two boys didn’t even remember about the showroom. And I am not also there to sulk. I believe that there’ll always be a next time. And visiting places is one of my antidotes to boredom.
Visiting Rica’s, a 30 minute drive from our hotel, was truly worth it. I am sure the quirkiness of the place will be liked by the two boys. And more importantly, the list on the menu. =)
This is what we’ve had:
Oh well, we’re so full. Picture-taking is a must. I have been dreaming of the unique elevated chairs and that red figure.
A little stroll here and there.
While planning itinerary for the following day. As the night gets a little less younger, we opted to go back to the hotel and take a restful slumber, it was a day coming from Bohol via a ferry and tomorrow’s another day.
The two are already sleeping when I craved for a mango shake. =)
We made sure to acquire the free breakfast our inn offered. I am super tired, so I asked them to go ahead. But the truth is, I wanted them to have time together since the trip was really meant for my son and his dad. And, another truth is, I wanted to have my “Me time”. So I had it until they came back to the room and planned to wake me up and were surprise that the room is empty. The two knows where to find me. And until they came, my “Me time” was already well spent and sufficient to last me a few more days. =)
We decided to go out lunch time. Visited the church, the museum, did one more round to shop.
And headed to the mall to find a nice place for lunch. The three of us are starving. This is what we spotted.
And guess what, their rice (Jasmine I think), is unlimited. We consumed 2 whopping bowls! I was known to be Ms. rice..=)
For dessert we tried some cakes from Dessert Factory (which I will share with you in another blog) and I wouldn’t want to miss my daily doze of coffee, I got my usual cafe late not from Starbucks (the two boys freaked out upon seeing the queue, it’s like more than 20 people were falling in line to get their own doze of coffee too!). I found Krispy kreme just across so I took mine from there. 3 pax VS 20+ pax. I guess it saved me more than 30 minutes.
Then we head to Taboan market to buy dried fish. It took us a 30 minute taxi drive to reach the famous market. Cebu is known for their delicacies, this and dried mangoes. I got my mom a bracelet too.
Just in time, we need to be back to the hotel, packed-up and checked-in earlier for our flight back to Manila.
Because I am! (–,) I’ll be transparent, this trip sucked the hell out of me, drained my last drop of energy, (not to mention an almost 1 hour delayed flight back home and cost of staying in the lounge) not to mention the ferry ride (twice), but I truly enjoyed having these two men who explored a different world with me. I can only be grateful having them in this adventure.
Tacloban has taught me to enjoy solitude. I learned there not to mind being alone (for a time). There’s so much to do in Tacloban if you’re a traveler! And I had to come up with a part 2 from my previous post:
When you get to visit Tacloban, if you love Japanese food. You can have it here. I eyed one near my hotel, it’s Tempura haus, sorry no pictures, the ambience is great, this is where I first witness the flexibility of polycarbonates, as they used said material for their dividers, Miso soup is great (and always hot) and the tempuras themselves served hot and crisp as well.
Another is Tsinoy’s Grill. Owner was kind enough to deliver my food in my hotel if at times I don’t feel like going out. It’s been a great stay in Tacloban. Actually, there were a lot of things that I was not able to do in Tacloban. The caves, I forgot about the caves. And I haven’t tried Rafael’s farm. I’d be back soon. (–,) Besides, I’ve acquired great and reliable friends from Tacloban! ❤