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Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay Nov 14-Dec 13, 2017

Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay

Location: Ubay (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines

After 30 days in Ubay, it was time to pack-up again for a new destination - time flies. When I arrived Ubay 30 days ago, it wasn't to live here - it was simply to stop by since I was already in Talibon, a nearby town. I'd been to Ubay before and it didn't really excite me to be back. But cheap rent that fit my budget was available - this is usually the stumbling block why I have to carry on and continue my search for a new destination.

Ubay is hot, dusty and humid - you could feel the grime on your skin the moment you walk out into the streets. Their tourist attractions are not really noteworthy and there isn't really a comfortable hang-out place. My room was clean and decent, but being on the 2nd floor, it was hot. I can't say I've acclimatized in all those 30 days. There was always that ambivalence and mental-complaint.

Ubay Edge
I felt an edge about Ubay. Unlike most places I go to where life hums leisurely and people are laid back, Ubay is a bit wound-up. It seems normal at the apparent layer, but a little stress and the edge shows up.

From the P25/k laundry that takes your laundry, weights it, makes you fill the form and then ambush you by adding that underwear is P5/pc and not part of the weighing package, to a laundry woman who agrees on a price and charge more when you get the laundry, to a hotel staff who was hostile upon my entry into the hotel grounds, to the vendor who showed fangs when she thought she wasn't paid yet, the edge lurks just underneath the surface.

Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay
Ubay by night

Marooned by Ed Stafford
In my boarding house, we have a common area with cable tv. I would often watch Marooned by Ed Stafford on Discovery Channel where he is dropped in the most inhospitable location and left not just to survive, but thrive until his extraction in 10 days.

In a way, this is the challenge I'm into. I know I will survive, but the question is, how can I make the most out of my new destination within my 30-day timeframe? Of course I could make money by finding work. But work or money is not the object of my life now - but to discover life's Easter Eggs as I continue my journey.

I tried connecting with people. I do this as a matter of course, but there was just no resonance here to carry on. I tried small talk with folks in my boarding house, but they were not interested. I reached-out with Couchsurfers, but the only person who replied just zoomed-out. I met an interesting lady, but she wouldn't give me the time of day. The only person I connected with was Lars, a Danish cyclist who took me with him to some of the area's interesting spots.

Pretty much, my daily routine would be

  1. drinking 1.5L of water when I get up and do Nauli (abdominal churning)
  2. working-out - mostly yoga, abs and inversion
  3. heading to the market for my sikwate laced with rum and honey, and putomaya-binangkal for breakfast
  4. go to the wifi place to write a blog, read-up on Bitcoin Cash or Economics in One Lesson
  5. afternoon halo-halo with a full pint of fresh carabao's milk and additional kaong I bring with me
  6. pizza for dinner with my grated carrot - yes, almost a daily pizza dinner because at night, Ubay only serves bar-b-q

I tried finding ways to be productive.

Saving Grace
Ubay wasn't all that gloomy for me. For my blessings,

Ending Thoughts
This 30-day traveling format has been challenging with Ubay. Energetically, Ubay is dead for me. I had to generate my own excitement and think of ways to be productive as I counted-down the remaining days. I would have left much sooner if not for my 30-day constraint. My apologies if I sound ungrateful and even arrogant. But watering-down what I honestly feel just to be politically correct seem lying. Ubay didn't feel like the best use of my 30 days.

Do I still want to continue this 30-day challenge of picking any destination that fits my P2500/month budget and stay for 30 days to make the most of the place and thrive? Or do I stay only while the place continues to excite me and leave the moment it gets old? While I can find ways to be productive, it still feels like I could accomplish more if I were in a place that resonates to begin with - somehow, Penang and Ubud come to mind where life overflowed.

--- TheLoneRider

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tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Camp Karis Camp Karis - area site used for camping, weddings, seminars, training, etc. specialize on christian camping ministry
  • Ubay Green Park Ubay Green Park - former dump site turned into an eco-friendly garden
  • Henson Beach Henson Beach - public beach close to the port
  • Sinandigan Beach Sinandigan Boardwalk - do not go here, the boardwalk is neglected and rotting!
  • Ubay Stock Farm Ubay Stock Farm - livestock facility with cow milking, poultry, horseback riding
  • Kapayas Dam Cambugsay Hills - also known as Malingin Dam, Mother Dam and Ilaya Reservoir. It's an irrigation dam with a park. The nearby hills are said to be healing

Ubay Travel Info / Tips

Ubay to Cebu City by boat (as of July 2017)

Ubay to Leyte by boat (4-5 hours) (as of July 2017)

Ubay to Pitogo (Bohol) by boat (as of July 2017)


  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  4. Candijay
  5. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  6. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  7. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  8. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  9. Carlos P. Garcia Island
  10. Exploring Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Island by Bike Dec 1, 2017

  11. Corella
  12. Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

  13. Dauis
  14. Cliff Dive at Molave Cove Feb 11, 2018
  15. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  16. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  17. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  18. Loay
  19. The Ride to Morning Hill Oct 22, 2017
  20. The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017

  21. Loboc
  22. Goodbye Loboc, Goodbye Philippines Mar 15, 2018
  23. The CubbyHole: Envisioning a Utopian Shangrila Mar 10, 2018
  24. Fat Shredder with the Russian Twist Mar 2, 2018
  25. No-Dismount Climb to Cruz Daku Mar 1, 2018
  26. Jeffrey's Cardio Program Feb 26, 2018
  27. SUP Yoga with Lalah de Dios at Fox and the Firefly Feb 25, 2018
  28. Bike Ride with Juan Huerte: Loboc, Sikatuna, Corella and Baclayon Feb 25, 2018
  29. CT Scan Result Feb 23, 2018
  30. The Silent Killer has Arrived Feb 19-22, 2018
  31. 24+ Days at Lyn's Backpackers Inn Jan 23 - Feb 16, 2018
  32. All Day Fun with the Loboc Crew Feb 11, 2018
  33. 20-Minute Rope Skipping w/ Pranayama and Meditation Feb 9, 2018
  34. Calisthenics with Jeffrey Feb 7, 2018
  35. Abs-Core Workout with Jeffrey Feb 5, 2018
  36. High Intensity Cardio Workout Feb 2, 2018
  37. Ride to the Landslide with Jeffrey Jan 31, 2018
  38. Farm Tour with Mr. Raymond Cal Jan 29, 2018
  39. Cacao Drum Roasting Jan 27, 2018
  40. Making Sikwate: from cacao fruit to a hot dark chocolate drink Jan 25, 2018
  41. 5 Weeks at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Dec 13, 2017 - Jan 23, 2018
  42. In-House Yoga Teacher at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Jan 22, 2018
  43. Mountain Bike Rides from Tagbilaran to Loboc Jan 18, 2018
  44. Firefly Tour on a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Dec 19, 2017
  45. Playing Mountain Bike Tour Optimizer Dec 18, 2017
  46. Back to Loboc Dec 13, 2017
  47. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  48. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  49. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  50. Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  51. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  52. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  53. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  54. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  55. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  56. Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  57. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  58. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  59. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  60. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  61. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  62. Panglao
  63. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  64. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  65. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  66. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  67. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  68. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  69. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  70. San Miguel
  71. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  72. Sevilla
  73. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  74. Sikatuna
  75. Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  76. Tagbilaran
  77. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  78. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  79. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  80. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  81. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  82. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  83. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  84. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  85. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  86. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  87. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  88. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  89. Ubay
  90. Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay Nov 14-Dec 13, 2017
  91. Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017
  92. Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  93. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  94. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  95. Ubay in a Nutshell Nov 17, 2017
  96. In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017
  97. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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