Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

Family trip to Bohol: 3 ways to experience Paradise


It had been too long since the family last escaped from the Cebuano rains and deafening karaoké. My French temper had taken the best of me, I was all grumpiness and complaining again. Even my espresso had lost its awakening power.

I know those symptoms too well and only one remedy can cure them: breathing the air of a new place!

Bohol is actually very closed to Cebu: only 3 hours from our door to the hotel on the top of a cliff in Panglao. It only took 180 minutes to move the corners of my mouth in the right direction again 🙂

The Attilas loved our little getaway, because there is something very special and totally unique about this island. Just follow our guide of the week end for a glimpse of the magic:


1. It looks like Heaven 

This is Mr Attila when I told him that Chocolate Hills were not made of chocolate and that no, sorry sweetheart, the place is not made of candies either. It’s just because its green grass turns brown in the dry season that they are called “chocolate” 😦


2. It tastes like heaven (Bohol Bee Farm Hotel)

3. It feels like Heaven

There is much more to Bohol than sightseeing. The island is reinvigorating because of the high spirits of its people. Over the last years, Bohol has been dramatically hit by earthquakes, floods and cyclones. Where you would expect desolation and frustration, you are welcomed with open hearts and smiles.

Bohol embodies the famous reputation of resilience of the Filipinos. As our cab driver told me: “The Philippines may not be calamity proof. But the Filipino spirit sure it”!

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6 comments on “Family trip to Bohol: 3 ways to experience Paradise

  1. Ann GrubbsnCritters
    January 16, 2015

    Sounds like heaven! Love the atilla’s expression on the 1st pic. Hope you are back fully rejuvenated! X.

    • estelea
      January 17, 2015

      😉 was really fun. Especially on comparison to now, as we are stranded on a tiny island, winds and rains far too loud for a boat to pick us up 😛 Carpe Diem!!!

  2. LifestyleswithLia
    January 17, 2015

    Hope you are all doing ok? I love these pics during the start of your trip! And oh, I wish too that the Chocolate Hills were made of chocolate!
    PS: your espresso had lost its power! You made the right choice by taking a getaway to recharge!
    All my best from NYC and hope all is well….

    • estelea
      January 18, 2015

      All super fine now, thanks my dear 🙂 espresso have regain all their magic powers! For the best of my whole family 😛

      • LifestyleswithLia
        January 18, 2015

        Oh I am glad to hear that all is well:)) happy Sunday!

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