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

Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay

Location Google Map: 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)


  • Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  • Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  • Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  • Candijay
  • Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  • Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  • Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  • Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

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

  • Corella
  • Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

  • Dauis
  • Cliff Dive at Molave Cove Feb 11, 2018
  • Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  • The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  • Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  • Loay
  • The Ride to Morning Hill Oct 22, 2017
  • The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017

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

  • Panglao
  • Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  • Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  • Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  • Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  • Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  • Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  • Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  • San Miguel
  • Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  • Sevilla
  • Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  • Sikatuna
  • Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

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

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