Oct 8, 2017
Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest
Location: Tagbilaran (city), Bohol (province), Philippines
A Social Experiment
I do this breakfast-talk whenever I get a hotel/resort deal which includes breakfast for 2. I've had breakfast talks at Parklane Hotel in Cebu, at Oasis Resort in Moalboal, boutique hotels in Singapore, etc. To established friends I haven't seen in a while, breakfast is a great way to catch up. To practical strangers, it's a social experiment for me and for them - what if they get bored and find themselves stuck? Also, for a lone traveler, meeting new friends is the new high. I can do the waterfall thing, freedive in the abyss and scale a summit, but at the end of the day, it's all about people-connection. I've met fascinating people in the process, and some have become good friends.
With my stay at Bohol Tropics Resort which includes breakfast for 2 at Cafe Atanacio, I invited a breakfast guest daily. With alfresco setting overlooking Tagbilaran Bay and the harbour, Cafe Atanacio was as good as it gets for breakfast. Anyone interesting I met was invited. It was waking up to a new day with an awaiting surprise. What will we talk about? Will it start and end at breakfast? Or will it make way for a deepening acquaintance? I don't usually know my guests very well and whatever talk we had previously was probably a group talk - which didn't really pave the way to know a person beyond what's common talk to everyone else.
The invitees were a mixed-bag from the no-shows, to the last-minute cancellation, the late comer, the punctual, to the stoic, the engaging, and to that rare find...whatever that X-factor is. They come from all walks and persuasion - from being a Good Samaritan in my time of need, championing a cause I hold dear, pursuing evolution and spirituality, chefs and food lovers...anyone with an interesting story to share.
It's a novel and wonderful concept - breakfast with a practical stranger. It's not done in the culture and the invitees probably got weirded-out initially...until they got a sense it was simply breakfast - not a pyramid scheme or a cult-recruiting ambush. I'd like to think we all came out of it a little enriched from the other. To some, it begins and ends there at breakfast. To others, hopefully, it's a start of a wonderful friendship.
Next stop: Goodbye Tagbilaran, Thank You!
Reader Comments:Dalareich Polot
(Oct 10, 2017) Hahahahhaha thats a good pic Git! And Great article. Thank you soooo muchhh!! ☺
Bohol FYI / Tips
- the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located within the Alona Beach area
- the tourist attractions in Bohol are far apart and spread-out. It would be difficult to visit them all using public mass transit. Better hire a van (P3500/day) if in a big group, or rent a motorcycle (P400/day + gas)
- Bohol relies on its tourism for revenue. As expected, everything they can capitalize on from tourism is extensively used and developed
Tagbilaran Port to PanglaoYou can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
- don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
- in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)
Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
- Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
- Ocean Jet - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
+63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
- SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
+63 32 233 7000
Things to do, Places to go in Bohol
- Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
- Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
- Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
- Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.
Carlos P. Garcia Island
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