I am half Italian and half Filipina. This was my second time in the Philippines in just one year. As usual, we visited the capital, Manila which, is one of the most populous cities in the world. We also went to the Island of Bohol. We had a very relaxing time with Lolo and Lola in their new home, we had great food, and we enjoyed the wonderful white sand beaches.
Back to Bohol in the Philippines
About one year after my first visit to the Philippines, my parents took me again to Bohol. Actually, we had not planned this visit but we were all very curious to see the new little home where Lola and Lolo live.
The megacity of Manila
Before arriving in Bohol, we stopped in Manila where, as usual, we met some relatives and friends. It’s always fun in that mega-city though it is really crazy there. If you are not used to these kinds of destinations, you might be shocked the first time you visit Manila. However, with time, you will feel more and more relaxed and adjust to the chaos as time goes by.
Local transportation in Manila
Local transportation in Manila goes from taxi to metro, from buses to minivans that get filled with double the people you would expect to seat, from jeepneys to tricycle. However, the most incredible means of transportation of South-East Asia is the pedicab that reminds my dad of The Flintstones!
What we also did in Manila
Moreover, my mom took her usual massage and haircut in Manila because they are far cheaper than in Italy. Then we went to the usual mega shopping malls and had some Indian food that both my parents love. Indeed, I find naan, the Indian bread, absolutely delicious!
Destination Bohol Island
After a few days in Manila, we were ready to board our next plane to Tagbilaran, Bohol. We met Lolo and Lola at the airport and, after lunch, we got on a bus to Candijay. This time, however, we had a nice place to stay. In fact, there is a beautiful new Airbnb in Candijay and it is run by Lola and Lolo and we highly recommend this place:
Life in the Island of Bohol
This second holiday to Bohol was much more relaxing than the first one. We went to the beach almost every day and Lola prepared some delicious food for us. If you are looking for bio food and great taste the Philippines offer some of the best. Fruits and vegetables are fresh and tasty, fish is always fresh from the market and rice is just the best. Filipinos tend to eat a lot of pork but, considering the climate and the abundance of great and cheap fish, it is probably far better this second option.
Family bonding time
During our stay, we had a get together with the whole family and we visited the Can-Umantad Falls. This amazing destination is located in Candijay and it is one of the top attractions in Bohol. It was really nice to spend one day together in this place surrounded by wonderful rice fields.
Lara Beach Bohol
My mom is not a big fan of water but I and dad like very much spending a lot of time at the beach. Just 6 km from our home in Candijay, there is a beautiful beach that my parents renamed after my name. In fact, we own a small lot of land just in front of this quaint, sand white beach in Guindulman.
On our last day in Bohol before our flight home, we organized a nice dinner in our place and invited family and friends. It is funny how people in the province sometimes hear about your party and invite themselves and others, or just turn up without notice. However, it was nice to have more people than planned in our place and we were glad that they helped us finish the great food that Lola helped us cook.
Time to say goodbye. See you again in the Philippines!