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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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Google Map Ubay, Bohol, Philippines

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. Dauis
  5. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  6. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  7. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  8. Candijay
  9. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  10. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  11. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  12. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  13. Carlos P. Garcia Island
  14. Exploring Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Island by Bike Dec 1, 2017

  15. Corella
  16. Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

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

  20. Loboc
  21. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  22. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  23. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  24. Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  25. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  26. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  27. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  28. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  29. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  30. Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  31. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  32. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  33. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  34. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  35. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  36. Panglao
  37. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  38. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  39. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  40. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  41. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  42. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  43. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  44. San Miguel
  45. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  46. Sevilla
  47. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  48. Sikatuna
  49. Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  50. Tagbilaran
  51. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  52. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  53. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  54. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  55. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  56. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  57. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  58. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  59. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  60. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  61. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  62. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  63. Ubay
  64. Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay Nov 14-Dec 13, 2017
  65. Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017
  66. Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  67. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  68. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  69. Ubay in a Nutshell Nov 17, 2017
  70. In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017
  71. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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