TOURISM ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

Trip Start Feb 21, 2013
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Trip End Jan 02, 2014

Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

yep around 150 years since the Spanish decided to bugger off and leave the Philippeno's to it and all around me was preparation. i was up at 6:20am in prep to meet William at 7;00am to start our journey. The dude was dead onetime, which was a good start and box ticked for me as I can be quitter the stickler for punctuality. We set off asap as it was a two hour journey to the Chocolate Hills and before that we would be seeing a number of other places on the way. 

Some sites that we passed didn't need to be stopped for. William would explain as we drove by and that was good enough for me. Our first official stop though was the independence memorial statue that is quite symbolic to the people of Bohol - see pic! Later on we ended upon two different animal sanctuaries. I finally got to see the Tarsiers, which are the smaller monkeys in the world. quite a shy, reclusive and slightly nervy little character! I can't help think what they must have made of all these annoyingly loud picture taking Korean's that seem to bellow out a quite a shrieking Oooo and arrrghhhh at every bloody movement they made - in addition to selfishly hogging all the picture space. Eventually I was able to capture a few shots. Apparently their life expectancy is about 6 months. A little more if lucky. Still cuteness awesome and personalities, rather chilled like me, so I can relate.

Then of course something totally unexpected came up in the way of Zip Lining. As we past william suggested that I try it and always wanting to it, my gut instinct signalled it was time. I was sweating absolute buckets with nervousness, especially when looking at the view down of what I'd be covering on the line. Still I'm no coward and I was up for the challenge. So my name was called and I headed up the stairs to meet a staff member who would the one to buckle me up, then send me on my way.at this point clothes were now totally drenched! I set my camera to record, put myself in the correct position and with a push I was off. AWESOMMMMMMMMME! It lasted quicker than I thought and i was in the air. When I reached the other side I felt a sense of overwhelming achievement. I did forget though - Dean you idiot! That i'd actually have to zip line back again. Still once you've done it it's manageable. so re strapped, off I was again now a veteran. As I headed back down to William, he thought i'd agony for a swim rather than zip lining but i was done! and with a photo CD for memory purchased, it was time to move on.

Later we were off for the big one! Bohol's famous Chocolate Hills. With a huge set of stairs leading up to the best view points, I was immersed in a range of neatly formed hills that were not so much chocolate looking but more mint, due to the time of year apparently. Not taking anything away from them though as they were lovely to look at. Geologically they're the result of coral that spent many centuries on the rise, or something like that. Didn't take in much of the history lesson, just like the viewing. a few pics take n and we were off.

On the way home William had a surprise for me. A piece of nature that was off the beaten path, that he wanted to show me. He took me down this trail that eventually led to a set of stunning waterfalls that had underground caves beneath them. It truly was a hidden gem he bought me in on. we decided to hang out for a while then I went walking around or clambering is more the correct word. I'm really grateful to William for that, thanks mate.

On the way home I was on the back of the scooter falling asleep every five minutes, so this signalled nap time once back home. As we drove through the island, it was a lovely site watching all the citizens prepare for the independence parade and other festivities for the evening. When home I had some pre planning travel issues that desperately needed resolving, so my planned kip didn't really happened. Such an awesome day with William. Nice guy who if i had more time would have loved to get to know more.

Evening and i finally got to walk along the beach as due to the nature of my arrival and my activities here, I actually hadn't had time to do. Here's where life get's hilariously awesome!
This American kid I'd spotted earlier in the day actually, he couldn't have been more than ten years old max, walks by "Hey man how you doing ' I replied, asking him the same and also asking what he was up to. He replies "I'm going to a bar, wanna come?" I had to laugh my arse off. his name was Little hawk and he led me to this bar where his dad was. having more conversation; without a doubt he was one of the cooled kids I'd ever met. His name was native American AND HIS FATHER WAS A vietnam vet who had been living here for two years. He wanted to give Little Hawk something other than a stereotypical western style childhood lifestyle. Away from games consoles and constant TV etc, he wanted him to have a wealth of experience of the world early, giving him something different, which is why he's cueing raised right here in Bohol. L.W even speaks the language, he was simply amazing. A lot of the guys were old ex pats whom owned most of the local business around. life in either Oz or the U.S wasn't for them anymore and they came here and settled for something different. These guys were such a friendly inch and from the moment I entered the bar i was made to feel like one of them. all with bizarre interesting stories I won't go into now. The beer I had was brief as it was time for home but as i walked back i thought about how many foreigners I'd met these last four months, who had were daring enough to make their dreams come true and actually sought out something they thought was better for themselves by up - ing sticks to somewhere different and making a success of that transition. it got me thinking...... not for too long but still it was a though. what's important is that they're were all genuinely content and happy. So happy that you couldn't help by also feel happiness in their presence.

Tomorrow I hit cebu city
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