Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Of Chocolate Hills and Tarsiers

No trip to Bohol is complete without visiting the place which this province is known for, the Chocolate Hills. These geological formations are grass covered conical karst hills which turn brown during the summer, hence the name.

They may look like burial mounds clumped together, but they are really made of limestones uplifted by rainfall erosion or tectonic forces.

The hills up close, in the region where there is a low concentration of these hills.

a view of the Sagbayan Complex, where you can see the largest concentration of the hills per kilometer.


On our way to the resort, we came across a pen/ petting zoo where they have another Bohol tourist attraction, the Tarsier. This vary timid creature is sensitive to noise and light so remember to turn off your flash when taking pictures. Also, you can't touch them. Even the handlers there don't touch them, they just hang there, go from branch to branch in that small makeshift forest.

There are a lot of places like this, a makeshift tourist attraction / petting zoo. Most are in the hills or mountain passes. But this place doesn't ask for an entrance fee or anything. You just drop your donation on the boxes so they buy food for the animals. Taking pictures with the other snakes and what-not-cats is a different story though.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Stylized Sexy Summer Stuff

It all started with an adventurous officemate asking me to take some stylized photos of her. I ended up directing and instructing poses, and when the others saw what was happening, and the photos that came out...they followed suit.

Mary Grace Duatin
Maristel Gonzales
Florence Joy Escote

Aloha Kew Hotel Resort, Panglao Island

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Danao Adventure Park

I recently got to travel to Bohol with my officemates for our company outing.

On the first day, we went on a trip of adventure and discovery as we went to the Danao Adventure Park. It has the necessary personnel, equipment and facilities for the total outdoor adventure experience.

Test your courage and determination with numerous high-wire rides from the gradually sliding, to the insane vertical drop which swings you like a pendulum. Danao Adventure Park has so much to offer an adventurous individual, but some from our group opted for the 'Suislide', while the more daring one chose 'The Plunge'.

Being a bit acrophobic, I just stayed behind and tended to all the photo and video equipment they left behind. I became their 'Videorer' and 'Photorer'. But I did get a bit of adventure as I fell down the cliff while taking a video of my officemate's run on the Suislide. Good thing my leg got hold of some rock outcroppings which stopped my fall

But The Danao Adventure Park is more than just a place for extreme athletes to get their fill of adrenaline. Its also fosters awareness about the outdoor lifestyle, and educate about preserving the natural bounty from which the land provides.

Monday, May 9, 2011

End of Summer

After more or less 3 weeks of scorching heat, of tossing and turning on the bed because the humidity which deprives me of sleep, a typhoon closes the doors of summer.

Now the battle to seal the holes on the roof begins...