39th: BOHOL

Bohol marks my 39th province in the Philippines. This trip was my last "hirit" before I got back to work and started my Intersession classes in Graduate School. Supposedly, we were three in this trip (with my two Aunts) but my other Aunt had to back out due to some circumstances so we just ended up being two in this trip. Nonetheless, we still managed to make the most out of our Bohol tour even if we wished we were complete.

Our first day was alloted for Countryside Tour so we visited the famous local destinations. Our first stop was at Baclayon Church. It is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. But unfortunately, an earthquake hit Bohol in 2013 so the church was ruined and it's still under a recovery stage. I had a hard time getting a good shot of the church because scaffolds were all around the structure.

From Loboc Church, we visited the Philippine Tarsier Foundation - a sanctuary for tarsiers.

Tarsiers are nocturnal animals so I was lucky I chanced upon an awake tarsier. :))

Then we headed to Loboc River where we had our river cruise tour and lunch buffet.

After lunch, our next destination was at the Man-made Forest. This forest is made up of mahogany trees which stretches 2 kilometers. According to our tour guide, it was a project initiated by the government several years ago due to the alarming deforestation in Bohol. If Bohol was able to do it years ago, why can't the present government do something about the deforestation in our country? Bohol really sets a good example when it comes to environmental issues we are facing.

Aaaaaand now  here's the world-famous Chocolate Hills!

The Twin Hanging Bridge

Here's another historical landmark in the Philippines - the Blood Compact Shrine. A blood compact was performed between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Raja Sikatuna as a symbol of treaty or friendship between the Spaniards and the Filipinos.

Our last stop for the day was at Bohol Bee Farm. We didn't join the bee farm tour anymore because their scheduled tour didn't match ours so we just tried their organic ice cream instead and I bought some organic food (healthy living daw? Mapagpanggap! HAHAHA).

We tried the Salted Honey and Dragon fruit flavors

Our second day was dedicated for island hopping activity.

Dolphin watching activity..

Balicasag Island..

Virgin Island..

We capped off our Day 2 by watching the sunset.

We didn't have an itinerary on our 3rd day because our flight back to Manila was in the morning.

And that was our short yet fun trip in Bohol. :) Now I'm thinking where will my 40th be? Any suggestions? :)))


Taiwan Foodscapade

Whenever I travel, there are three things that I must do besides sightseeing of course: 1) food trip 2) art museum visit or any artsy place with graffiti and murals and 3) shopping. For this post, it will be all about the first one. What's an out of the country trip without a food escapade? Personally, I feel like my trip is incomplete if I haven't tried the different food in a place I visited.

I didn't really expect something great about Taiwanese food because when I tried one Taiwanese restaurant here in Manila, there was nothing remarkable about it. But surprisingly, I enjoyed Taiwanese food most specially its street food! Most of the meals I ate during my whole stay in Taiwan were from cheap hole-in-the-wall food finds.In case you're wondering if I didn't have stomach ache? My answer would be no. I don't know if the food is really clean or it's just that my stomach is not choosy. I'd like to think it's both. Haha!

So here it is, I gotta turn my foodie mode on..

The first resto I tried and exerted so much effort to find was Modern Toilet. As per the resto's name, its theme is inspired by anything related to the toilet. Yes, toilet. Sounds gross? Maybe but I was really curious about it so it didn't matter to me anymore. The theme was weirdly unique but the food's taste wasn't that delicious. For me, it's a kind of resto for one-time visit only.

Poop ice cream

Peach Iced Tea in a urinal-inspired container

Shrimp and Chicken Pesto

Modern Toilet interior

My next foodscapade was at Shilin Night Market. I really love this place! Besides a cheap place for shopping, food stalls are everywhere. There was never a night I missed in Taiwan that I didn't go here (except when I had my tour outside Taipei). My apologies for not knowing the names of these food because I don't really understand what's written in the stalls. Plus, the vendors cannot understand and speak English so I had to do sign languages so they would understand me. The struggle is real whoooooo! By the way, how do I know where to eat amid the various numbers of food stalls? Here's a tip: Observe the food stalls and if the lines are long, it means you should try the food there! However, you just have to be wait patiently in line otherwise you won't be able to try the food. (Pati ba naman sa pagkain, maghihintay pa rin? Haaay. Luhhhh ayan na naman makahugot lang ehhhh!!!)

Papaya Shake. At first I thought it's just a normal papaya taste but it was actually delicious. And the lines are always long in this stall.

Egg tarts!

Matcha and Classic Egg Tart

Carbon Barbecue

I have to say this food stall has the longest line in Shilin Night Market. I had to go back thrice just to check if the lines weren't that long. 

Not a fan of bitter gourd (ampalaya) but I just wanted to try it. Tastes bitter of course! Haaaaa

Probably the food stall with the second longest line. They sell toasted siopao-like food but doesn't taste like one.

fresh sugarcane juice

My last foodscapade was during my tour at the outskirts of Taipei.

This food place is a dimsum haven! Authentic yet cheap dimsum!!! <3

Sesame Buns

A stall which sells steamed buns with 12 different flavors. 

And since takaw-mata ako, yes I bought all 12 flavors! Hahaha

And there it is! I hope I gave you a taste of what Taiwanese food is like even just in its slightest form. :))))

Gotta turn my foodie mode off, for now. Until my next foodscapade!