The next day, I woke up around three in the morning and fixed myself a cup of coffee. Afterwards, I went down for a smoke. Winds were strong and howling but was it raining? Nah. By six in the morning, things changed and guess what? the sun was out!
If there are two places I really like in the Philippines, then that would be Bohol and Ilocos. The former because life on the island is simple and the beach is pristine. Unlike Boracay which is densely populated, Bohol is far from congestion. The latter? well, that will be another story.
Thanksgiving of 2016 together with my siblings, we flew Philippine Airlines from NAIA Terminal 2 to Tagbiliran Airport. The one hour, ten minutes flight was slightly turbulent but somewhere Bicol the flight became smooth and I was able to nap.
Okay, so here’s the thing. The hotel we stayed at is no way cheap. Really. There’s Eskada which charges eighteen thousand pesos (Php. 18,000) a night. Bohol Beach Club comes next and offers you a standard room at eight thousand pesos (Php.8,000) So for three nights and four days we stayed, that should rack up a good twenty-nine thousand seven hundred pesos (Php. 29,7000 plus taxes)
But did I fork that amount?
Nope. This cheapskate of a traveler will always find a way to reduce my expenses and stretch every peso I have. The answer was to frequent Agoda! and thanks to the website’s flash sale, I paid my reservation in full after a 40% discount which brought our bill down to seventeen thousand eight hundred twenty pesos (Php.17,820)
However, there was a glitch. A looming storm was brewing that same afternoon we checked-in. Matter of fact, the weather bureau placed the islands of Cebu and Bohol under Signal #1. So you can just imagine my utter disappointment when the front desk officer handed me the weather notice from PAGASA. But somehow, the stubborn me believes that this weather disturbance will not dampen my vacation and with that, I said a prayer, asking the Blessed Virgin to keep the storm away and spare the people in the Visayas. After a quick lunch of Bulalo and Liempo, we strolled the beach and went back to our room to catch some sleep.
So for the next couple of days, all I did was indulge on a well-deserved rest that included napping by the hammock, swimming, and snorkeling, listening to MP3’s, reading a chapter of a good book and spending quality time conversing with God by the beach (yes you can pray by the shore) After seven years of working non-stop, this holiday was good for both body and soul.
Also speaking of swimming, BBC prides itself on having a beach front that you can wade, swim and frolic at. True there are other nice seafront resorts in Panglao but the caveat is, most of these are not suitable for swimming due to corals and whatnot. In BBC it is the other way around and this makes one of their strong selling points.
Bohol Beach Club for all its worth may not be as fancy like Amanpulo but trust me when I say that despite its modest facilities, it is the people that make the place like home. The staff are courteous and will be at your beck and call without them invading your space. The same courtesy extends from their friendly smiles to making sure your cup is refilled with coffee during breakfast when they really don’t have to do it since it is a self-service buffet. One time during the customary turn down service, the staff came and I asked them not to proceed anymore since I am already done for the day. The staff left me some treats and a pre-printed message thanking us for staying at BBC. Before leaving he gave me his name and asked if there is “anything else I need?”
There are too many adjectives I want to use to describe our stay but all in all it was good! In other words, the people at BBC goes the extra mile to make you feel welcomed, helped and appreciated and I encourage everyone to visit Bohol and give BBC a chance to be your home sweet home in the Visayas.