7-Days Bohol+Cebu+Negros Oriental DIY Itinerary with Family (Honoring Parents with a Trip)

I’ve noticed that most travelers nowadays travel solo or with friends/acquaintances who have similar age and interests. There’s nothing wrong with that but I think it’s also best to share the same activity with parents or family [if we can (financially) and while they can (physically)]. If you know someone or if you are planning for a worthwhile activity that you can cherish all your life, why not treat parents/family once in a while and create beautiful and long-lasting memories.

In this blog, let me share about how I organized a spectacular travel with a goal of honoring parents through this worthwhile trip. Here, I will talk about it in three parts–PART 1, The Profile of Travelers, PART 2 – The 5-Day Itinerary, and PART 3-Where to Stay. All of these are only based on my research and actual experience. So let’s get started!


No. of Travel Planner 1 budget traveler
Total No. of Travelers 4
Age 25-60
Point of Origin Baguio City (6-8hrs to Manila) &
Nueva Ecija (4hrs to Manila)
Destination Cebu->Bohol->Negros Oriental
No. of Days 5 days of adventure; 2 days travel time
Remarks Parent 1: First Plane Ride
Parent 2: First Domestic Flight
Sibling: First Plane Ride
  Parent 1: No previous adventure
Parent 2: Limited physical activities in the past few months
10% swimming skills
Goal To honor parents with a special trip by showing them how beautiful Philippines is (while they can walk and run) 🙂

I only have limited resources but with a good plan, I worked and saved up for this. Hence, there’s no excuse for me not to let them experience it in 2017.


Here is a summary of our DIY itinerary to Bohol+Cebu+Negros Oriental, Philippines. A travel full of wonderful memories. I have saved some videos to  keep myself reminded how beautiful it is to spend quality time with family.


Travel time (Baguio/Nueva Ecija–> NAIA–>Cebu)


Travel Highlights:
Blood Compact Site, Baclayon Church, Loboc River Cruise, Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Breeding Area, ATV Ride, Dumaluan White Beach

Means of Transportation:
Van Rental (Actual): Php2300
Contact: Cresente “Cris” Balaba 0920-885-3635

Tagbilaran Port–>Blood Compact Site –>Baclayon Church–> Loboc River–> Tarsier Breeding Area–> Chocolate Hills–> ATV Ride–> Ship Haus–> Dumaluan White Beach–> Hennan Resort-Alona Beach–>Henann Beach Resort (Alona Beach)


  • Bohol Part 2 (Hennan Resort–Alona Beach)

Travel Highlights:
Henann Resort/Alona Beach

Means of Transportation:
Van Rental (Hotel to Tagbilaran Port): Php600
Contact: Cresente “Cris” Balaba 0920-885-3635

Hotel –> Tagbilaran Port–>Argao–>Tanawan


Travel Highlights:
Whale Shark Watching + Snorkeling, Binalayan Hidden Falls, Sumilon Island

Means of Transportation:
On foot (Whale Shark Watching)
Car Rental (Binalayan Hidden Falls): Php800
Boat Rental (Sumilon Island): Php1500
Bus (Tanawan to Liloan Port): 120 (4pax)
Bus (Sibulan Port to Bais City): 200 (4pax)

Whale Shark Watching–>Binalayan Hidden Falls–>Sumilon Island–>Liloan Port–>Sibulan Port–>Bais City


Travel Highlights:
Manjuyod Sandbar, Dolphin Watching

Means of Transportation:
Boat Rental (Dolphin Watching & Manjuyod Sandbar): Php2700

Dolphin Watching @7AM–> Manjuyod Sandbar (Bais City) @ 8:40AM


Travel Highlights:
Rest time. Dumaguete Food trip. Travel back to Cebu city.
I could do a lot of activities for this day if I’d want to but I’m with parents, lets be considerate 🙂 We had too much activities in the past few days and we need to recharge.

Means of Transportation
Bus (Bais to Sibulan Port) Php200-4pax
Ferry (Sibulan to Liloan) Php180-4pax
Bus (Liloan to Cebu City) Php800-4pax

Rest time–>Dumaguete Food trip–>Sibulan Port–>Travel back to Cebu city.


  • Cebu Part 4 (Cebu City Tour)

Travel Highlights:
Cebu Heritage Monument, Cebu Cathedral, Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, shopping/pasalubong, food trip

Means of Transportation:
On foot (few minutes walking distance from the hotel)

*In the original itinerary I prepared, we were supposed to visit the Taoist Temple and the Temple of Leah (however, we skipped them due to travel buddies’ preference. Instead, we went around shopping affordable but quality stuff) nawili sa pamimili 😀


Travel time from Cebu–>Manila->Baguio/Nueva Ecija


Day 0
We arrived at around 10PM and went directly to the pension house.
Robe’s Pension House: http://www.robespensionhouse.com/
Cebu Guesthouse: http://www.cebuguesthouse.com/

How to get there:
Ride a taxi from the airport.

Day 1
Henann Resort in Alona Beach: http://henann.com/bohol/henannalonabeach/
We arrived in Tagbilaran at around 9AM. After the Countryside Tour, we went directly to the hotel that we booked. This is a little bit pricey compared to others but this is part of the Parents’ Treat factor. We stayed at one of the Pool Villas with its own private plunge pool and veranda and it was great! We also indulged ourselves with sumptuous buffet meal. My travel buddies enjoyed it and didn’t want to leave.

How to get there:

We rented a van for the Countryside tour and the driver agreed to drop us off at the hotel after the tour.

Day 2
Chateau de Tan-Awan: 0917 912 7783
Here’s the Facebook Page

It’s walking distance to the Oslob Whale Shark Watching area!
If you are a budget traveler, this one is for you. It’s a home away from home. The hosts are very accommodating and kind. Highly recommended. There are also other budget accommodations around the area.

How to get there:
If you ride a bus going to Liloan from Cebu South Bus Terminal, tell the driver/‘konduktor’ to drop you off to Chateau de Tan-Awan (in front of Tan-Awan Elementary School) in Oslob. It’s along the national highway.

Day 3-4
Casa Sandoval Pension & Restaurant: 0917 777 0826
Here’s the Facebook Page
Email: casasandovalpension@gmail.com
Nearly an hour bus ride from Sibulan Port, the place along the national highway. We chose to stay here in order to be early the next day for Majuyod Sandbar. We didn’t want to miss it.

How to get there:

From Sibulan Port, we walked our way to the national road. We ignored the tricycles parked in front of the port knowing that it’s just close (based on research.. and it is!). Go to the Bus Stop near Birdies’ bakery shop.  Ride a bus going to Manjuyod, Bacolod or San Carlos. Ask the driver to drop you off the Bus stop near Jollibee in Bais. Walk/Ride a tricycle to Casa Sandoval (if the bus strictly unload passengers at the bus stop). It’s just along the highway.

Day 5-6
Cebu View Tourist Inn: http://www.cebuviewtouristinn.com/
(032) 254 8333
Sogo Hotel: http://hotelsogo.com/branch/cebu.html
Reason for choosing this is its proximity from the South Bus Terminal. As I mentioned, no one among us has traveled here before. So, staying near landmarks is best for us. It is 5-8 minute walking distance but if you carry a lot of stuff, you can ride a taxi parked near the bus terminal.

How to get there:
Option 1- Check the google maps and follow the lead 😀
Option 2- Ask locals
Option 3-ride a taxi
Option 4- Combination of 1&2

Day 7

There you have the formula! 🙂 Plan>Work>Save>Explore/Travel

We travel not to escape life but for LIFE not to escape us.
In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

 👣 The Official Traveler


The Hidden Discipline in ‘Waiting’

This post is inspired by Daily Prompt: Overwhelming.

Waiting is hard. We wait in grocery lines, in traffic, in the doctor’s office. We twiddle our thumbs, stifle our yawns, and fret inwardly in frustration. On another level, we WAIT FOR A LETTER that doesn’t come, for a prodigal child to return, or for a spouse to change. We wait for a child we can hold in our arms. We wait for a pay raise. We wait for our heart’s desire. Little by little I’ve realized there is more to this than the disappointment that we temporarily feel.

In Psalm 40, David says, “I waited patiently for the Lord” The original language here suggests that David waited and waited and waited” for God to answer his prayer. Yet as he looks back at this TIME OF DELAY, he praises GOD.

Through the discipline of waiting, we can develop the quieter virtues–submission, humility, patience, joyful endurance, persistence in well-doing–virtues that take the longest to learn.

What do we do when God seems to withhold our heart’s desire? He is able to help us to love and trust Him enough to accept the delay with joy and to see it as an opportunity to develop these virtues–and to PRAISE HIM.

Today, I receive that letter I’ve been waiting for–I’m going to study overseas with full-time scholarship. What can I say? The more I trust God, much more He amazes me. It’s truly overwhelming that I’ve come to learn all these through the discipline of waiting  #ThankfulHeart.


A Self-reminder



Traveling Has Made Me Learn A New Hobby!

I love traveling but I’ve never thought I would be learning a new hobby because of this–guess what? It’s travel photography. I used to ‘just’ capture photos for memories but my recent travel to South Korea made me realize that there are rare but beautiful things all around us waiting to be captured and appreciated for a lifetime. So while the other tourists were still sleeping, I got up early and headed to Namsan Park to catch the sunrise and capture my first shots.

As I returned home from the trip, I smiled of the thought that I am a newbie travel photographer who wants to keep her portfolio alive. I walk, I look. I stop, I photograph!

I walk, I look. I stop. I photograph 📷
The Official Traveler

I’m not really sure if I did the capturing right but I’d love to hear and learn from professional photographers  or other photography learners for tips as I harness this new skill. Help me.. Yeyyy learning 🙂

1. N Seoul Tower


If you feel like a character in “My Love from the Stars” or you want to trace the footsteps of K-pop queen Boa, and the Korean heartthrobs “Boys over Flowers,” then hop on a cable car, after a short walk from MyeongDong.

Along with the spectacular view, you can make a love pact at the “Locks of Love” area, a spot that has witnessed numerous proposals and pledges of love—real and the reel. You can also drop by the Teddy Bear museum shop for cute souvenirs, get high at the tower’s observatories, or try the unusual Sky restrooms! We’re not wondering why Namsan tower is a favorite shoot location of Korean shows: it is picturesque, romantic, and worth every penny.


2. Gyeongbokgung


If you want to see historical palaces and feel like you were part of the Joseon dynasty, head to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of Korea’s Five Grand Palaces. Gyeongbokgung Palace housed Korea’s early rulers, and every part seems to tell a story. You can also witness a re-enactment of the traditional change of guard ceremony and have your photos taken with palace guards, as long as you treat them with courtesy.

3. Nami Island


Even if is almost two hours by train from Seoul, Nami island is worth the long commute. For your ultimate Korean-drama experience, Nami island offers a lot of picture-worthy spots, including the Metasequoia footpath, an aisle with perfectly-lined trees where stars of “Winter Sonata” professed love for each other. img_0204_


At Nami island, you can also ride a couple bike for hours or go on a simple picnic while enjoying the cool air. See squirrels freely interact with visitors—interacting with nature at its finest.

Camera Used: Nikon COOLPIX S7000, IPhone 4

This post is inspired by the Daily Post Photo Challenge: Rare.

IGOROTA: Pride of Cordillera

“Woman’s beauty dies with her body;
but a culture’s beauty dies with humanity”

It’s International Women’s Month celebration thus this dedication:IMG_9698.JPG

Special Credit: The Igorot via Facebook

She is beautiful.
She is fierce.
She is strongwilled.
She is brave.

IGOROTA is her name.

If the Igorot is strong, the Igorota takes pride being the toughest. In any condition, she can brave. She can stand alone. She makes her own decisions. Headhunters roam, unafraid she walks on.

She is simple.
She is grand.
She is loyal.
She is kind.

Her strength is her charm. Her beauty is her grit. She is not delicate nor a damsel in distress. She carries herself with dignity. She is self-assured and undaunted.

She is intense.
She is balanced.
She is calm.
She is steadfast.

The Igorota is a woman of her words. She keeps it real while she keeps her poise. She doesn’t demand attention, she simply gets it. She is a wildflower. She blossoms and shines in any weather.

She is zealous.
She is genuine.
She is generous.
She is cognizant.

She is the pride of her man. A pillar of strength, quick to understand, slow to judge. She is an equal not a trophy. She is the soft spot in her man’s ruggedness.

The Igorota is a treasure.

She’s more precious than any jewel.
She has brilliance that inspires.
She is the life of the lofty heights.

In a nutshell, physical appearance can be deceiving and beauty does not last. But the damsels of the Igorot highlands harbor such splendor not only skin-deep but also deep within their souls.

Salute to all genuine Igorots 👷 and Igorotas 👰 out there! You are the pride of Cordillera.

Open Letter: Encourage A Woman 👰

We all come from a mother’s womb. Our stories are unique but our existence is not magic. Everyday, (men and) women everywhere are fighting a battle within we know nothing about. Respect. Encourage a woman today! 🙂

35924_1409531372116_1424559_n.jpgTo all moms out there, blessed are you for having received the gift of childbearing and that you may use this opportunity of childrearing to raise God-loving children.

To all expecting moms, blessed are you for nearly fulfilling the essence of a woman and that excitement and joy reign over any anxieties because the Lord our God blesses with provision, wisdom, and direction.

To all moms who lost theirs, blessed are you still for your beloved has now come in peace and joy with our Creator and may the pain of losing make you stronger and well prepared as you face a more purposeful life ahead!

To all women eagerly wishing, praying, and waiting for the gift of childbearing to come, blessed are you still for God sees your faithfulness, hears your cry, and in time grants you your heart’s desire.

And for us all, may we honor our fathers and mothers for this is the first commandment with a promise of a long life (Ephesians 6:1-3).

Being a woman is a gift from God. Becoming a virtuous woman is a faithful decision.
👣 The Official Traveler

Blogger: What Makes Your Day?

Having a rubbish day? Well, turn that frown upside down…
Sometimes we dwell on the things that make us sad, frustrated, or stressed out rather than concentrating on what makes us happy. Like it or not, it takes a little brain training to change our thought process from negative to positive. A good way to do this is by making a list of things that make us happy and keep referring to it every time you feel sad.

Whether you want to write down your favorite quote from a movie, write a new blog, or you stick down a photograph of yourself on one of the happiest days of your life, it’s sure to lift your spirit when you’re feeling down..



People may forget what you SAID,
People may forget what you DID,
but incredible people will never forget how you made them FEEL. ♥♡♥
👣The Official Traveler


A student made her Teacher’s day ^_^

People may forget what you SAID,
People may forget what you DID,
but incredible people will never forget how you made them FEEL. ♥♡♥
👣The Official Traveler

Japan Autumn Diaries (#3): Mt. Fuji’s Perfect Serenity

If there’s one place in Japan that is peaceful, relaxing and worth-visiting in every season… it would be Mt. Fuji! Summer is here in the tropics.. while Spring is fast approaching in some countries like Japan and Korea. I can’t help but recall some beautiful memories of my Japan trip. I’ve been there in Autumn and I hope to go back one Spring time..

Why Mt. Fuji?

It’s World Heritage Site. It’s Japan’s highest and most prominent mountain (3,776 meters).

It is amazingly beautiful and attractive from all sides either afar or close up view. Climbing may be a bit challenging but it’s worth the climb once you reach the top. Just by simply watching the view gives you a lot of realization –Creation. Masterpiece. Beauty. Seasons. Life

 It is peaceful. The serenity it brings give you renewed energy. Relax. Stress-free.

You can build network. A friend and I went up here and there’s not too many crowd (November 2015). We met people from across the globe who are very friendly to greet us as we climb. It felt so good to meet people who have the same interests as yours even if you do not know them personally but when they started to smile and you begin to talk it feels like you’ve known each other for such a long time. 

☑ It’s picture-perfect. If you love nature and your hobby is photography, you don’t have to think twice. Pack and go.

Because you love it.

Here is a useful information about climbing Mt. Fuji.


View from Fujinomiya


What is essential is invisible to the eye. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly –The Little Prince


So the next time I’d consider of detaching myself from busy life in the metropolis, Mt. Fuji is definitely on my mind.

Happy Memories at Mt. Fuji… I HOPE TO VISIT YOU AGAIN in the FUTURE! ^_^

👣 The Official Traveler

Visit Japan: Lesson Learned

I am privileged to have my Autumn trip successfully this year. This is one of most remarkable travel experiences I’ve had. I fell in love with Japan. I’ve discovered culture and differences, and most importantly, I’ve learned a lot from this 10-day trip.

Trip to Japan: November 2015
Duration: 10 days
Places: Nagoya, Kyoto, Shizuoka, and Tokyo
Super Likes: Food, people, transportation system, Mt. Fuji, Autumn colors, a lot more. 🙂

Little by little I will share them more of my Japan experiences in my succeeding posts.

When you travel, you will see many things. Your perspective may change. Your passion can be redirected. You will even see a clearer picture of yourself and the future you wish to have only if you sincerely search for it while you are traveling. You will begin to expand your horizon. You just have to figure out how to start and how to keep going. Don’t stop. Research. Plan. Act. Do. Outsmart it.


It’s my first time to travel to Japan.  I cannot deny but I am quite amazed at how Japanese creatively devise mechanisms to innovate and create jobs for people not only for local citizens but also for other nationalities. I wish someday I can learn some technology, innovate my own, and create jobs for my fellowmen. I hope to share the same vision with other young Filipinos who are aspiring entrepreneurs.


👣 The Official Traveler/HistoryMaker

Career Planning | Unhappy At Work: Why People Stay in Job They Hate?

Career PlanningThere are more people who are keeping a job that they don’t really like compared to those who are successfully pursuing their own passion. Over the years I’ve heard all sorts of stories. While some remind me of my own.

Discover your passion. If you cannot do what you love, Learn to love what you do

I have known and worked with people who were less than enthusiastic about their jobs. As to why they still keep it depends on many reasons but probably the most common one is because of the NEED FOR SURVIVAL. 😦 Sad isn’t it? but true (especially those who have families to feed). So let’s face it! 🙂

The ideal job that seemed so wonderful during the recruitment process turned out to be wrong on so many levels. There were times when a sense of unease disturbed an otherwise very happy working life and where the once perfect job changed drastically, usually due restructuring, and so my job satisfaction bottomed out.

Each time I found myself asking that question, should I stay or should I go? It’s a question that triggers an often-painful process of confronting and working through all the fears and excuses that keep us stuck in jobs we’ve outgrown, in work we don’t like, in workplaces that limit our potential and with bosses who make our lives miserable.

When we avoid the question and choose to stay we gradually turn into one of “those” people. We’ve all seen them. They change from happy dynamic professionals into the half-hearted clock-watchers who stampede the car park on the stroke of five.

During my HR career there were the “bad bosses” who generated complaints from their staff, then there were the under achievers who generated complaints from their boss – as well as their teammates. In many instances they became the problem employees who found themselves in a “performance management” process. What was so distressing is that, almost without exception, they were talented, intelligent, capable and good people.

Which raises the inevitable question. Why? Why stay in a job that you hate, that’s making your life so miserable? In the following article I list 12 of the most common reasons, and should they apply to you then I urge you to find the courage to make the change. No, it’s never easy but there is too much at stake and life is too short to be lived as one of “those people”.

The What and the Why

While there are as many reasons for hating a job as there are jobs, the reasons we stay in jobs we hate however fall into F4 categories: Fear, Familiarity, Family and Finances with the following reasons being the most common:

It’s Easy

It’s easier not to change and to carry on with the way things are. It can take a lot of effort to find something else and the search can be a difficult experience. It often involves a series of rejections and so rather than risk the ego it’s easier to do nothing.

Starting Over

A new job involves a steep learning curve. You have to prove yourself, build your credibility, build new relationships and learn new ways of doing things. You go from being the old hand to the new kid on the block.

The Devil You Know

People prefer what they know to what they don’t even if it’s not what they like. The risk of going to a job where there’s no guarantee of it being any better, or where it might be worse, is a major barrier to changing jobs.

Wait and See…

Many employees stay in the hope that things will improve. Hoping that the manager who is making their life difficult might leave or things will change if you just wait long enough. There is often a cynicism among longer-term employees of organizational change because they know they will outlast it just like the last time. Sometimes people hold on in the belief that the company will pay you to go i.e. the great redundancy deal.

Lack of Confidence

People who’ve been in one job or with one company for a very long time worry that no other employer would actually want them. They also fear that they may not be capable of doing another job or doing as well in another company.

Conflicted Loyalty

Even when people don’t like their jobs they may still feel a strong sense of loyalty or responsibility towards their colleagues and customers. Although they want to leave they feel if they did, they would be abandoning and letting these people down.

Loss of Friendships

People may have forged strong bonds or close friendships with the people they work with. They don’t like the thought of breaking ties and losing friendships.

Loss of Benefits People realize it will take time before they can accumulate enough annual leave for a holiday. Many companies reward long service with an increased annual leave entitlement, which will be lost in a move to another company.

Financial Lifestyle

Burdened by escalating market prices for basic needs, mortgages, loans, credit card or student debt or nearing retirement some employees feel that they can’t afford to leave their job. Other longer serving or more senior employees with higher than average salaries realize it’s unlikely they’ll find a position with a matching salary and are reluctant to compromise their standard of living.

Comfort and Convenience

Even if the job doesn’t fit, the hours of work do or the location may suit their lifestyle. They are reluctant to change jobs if it means a change of hours or a longer commute.

Family Commitments

In smaller provincial centers, with fewer employment opportunities, changing jobs may involve relocating which could disrupt a partner’s career and their children’s schooling.

No Direction

Many people, who are unhappy in their jobs, lack clear career direction. They don’t know what they really want to do which makes finding another job even more challenging. When they don’t know what they want they remain in a job even when they don’t like it.

So What?

The longer you choose to stay in a job you hate the more unhappy, bitter and resentful you become and the constant strain will impact all aspects of your life.

It can damage your health

The dread of going to work every day is stressful and stress can seriously affect your health. It’s time to leave if you’re experiencing stress related illness like frequent headaches or infections, severe indigestion, insomnia or depression.

It can damage your career

Your reputation is your most valuable asset. If you’ve lost, or are in the process of losing, the respect of your boss and your colleagues then it’s time to move on.

It can damage your relationships

The unhappiness will flow into your professional and personal relationships. An unhappy and unfulfilled person is no fun to work or live with.

It can damage your self-respect

Poor relationships at work; the lack of job satisfaction and the knowledge that you’re not living up to or working to your full potential attacks your self-esteem and erodes your confidence. Quit before you lose your self-respect.

It’s a Lose-Lose situation

If you take no action, and where your job doesn’t miraculously improve, the loss of your health, self respect, reputation and relationships will create a miserable downward spiral. The employment relationship may deteriorate to such a degree that the decision to leave will be made for you by your employer. It is always better to leave on your own terms.

Now What?

No action equals no change but the moment you make a decision and begin taking steps towards putting it into action you will regain a sense of control and your self-respect.

1: Identify exactly what it is that’s preventing you from making changes. Once you know you can take steps to manage it.

2: Involve your partner and family. Talk to them about your reasons for quitting, how it will affect them and what you will need to do to find another job.

3. Review your finances and manage your budget in preparation for your job search.

4: Focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want. Consider all your options. Work with a coach or utilize government career and employment services, recruitment agencies and your personal network.

5: Your job is now to find yourself a job. Pace yourself in your current job but channel all that negative energy into your new job search. Call on the support of your friends and family to help you stay focused and positive. Your health and your family deserve it and your future happiness is waiting for you.

Derived from Original©

So, good luck on your endeavor! ^_^

~HistoryMaker/The Official Traveler

This is My Declaration | 2008 and beyond

This is my declaration

This is my declaration. God is faithful ^_^

◕◡◕ ☆ I declare God is working all things together for my good. He has a master plan for my life. There may be things I don’t understand right now but I’m not worried. I know all the pieces aren’t here yet. One day it will all come together and everything will make sense. I will see GOD’s amazing plan taking me to places I never dreamed of. THIS IS MY DECLARATION!~☆.◡.✫

~© Historymaker/The Official Traveler