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Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017

Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest

Location: Tagbilaran (city), Bohol (province), Philippines

A Social Experiment
I do this breakfast-talk whenever I get a hotel/resort deal which includes breakfast for 2. I've had breakfast talks at Parklane Hotel in Cebu, at Oasis Resort in Moalboal, boutique hotels in Singapore, etc. To established friends I haven't seen in a while, breakfast is a great way to catch up. To practical strangers, it's a social experiment for me and for them - what if they get bored and find themselves stuck? Also, for a lone traveler, meeting new friends is the new high. I can do the waterfall thing, freedive in the abyss and scale a summit, but at the end of the day, it's all about people-connection. I've met fascinating people in the process, and some have become good friends.

Cafe AtanacioBreakfast Talk
With my stay at Bohol Tropics Resort which includes breakfast for 2 at Cafe Atanacio, I invited a breakfast guest daily. With alfresco setting overlooking Tagbilaran Bay and the harbour, Cafe Atanacio was as good as it gets for breakfast. Anyone interesting I met was invited. It was waking up to a new day with an awaiting surprise. What will we talk about? Will it start and end at breakfast? Or will it make way for a deepening acquaintance? I don't usually know my guests very well and whatever talk we had previously was probably a group talk - which didn't really pave the way to know a person beyond what's common talk to everyone else.

Mixed Bag
The invitees were a mixed-bag from the no-shows, to the last-minute cancellation, the late comer, the punctual, to the stoic, the engaging, and to that rare find...whatever that X-factor is. They come from all walks and persuasion - from being a Good Samaritan in my time of need, championing a cause I hold dear, pursuing evolution and spirituality, chefs and food lovers...anyone with an interesting story to share.

with Dalareich at the Dalareich Chocolate House
with Dalareich at the Dalareich Chocolate House

Ending Thoughts
It's a novel and wonderful concept - breakfast with a practical stranger. It's not done in the culture and the invitees probably got weirded-out initially...until they got a sense it was simply breakfast - not a pyramid scheme or a cult-recruiting ambush. I'd like to think we all came out of it a little enriched from the other. To some, it begins and ends there at breakfast. To others, hopefully, it's a start of a wonderful friendship.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Goodbye Tagbilaran, Thank You!

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Dalareich PolotDalareich Polot
(Oct 10, 2017) Hahahahhaha thats a good pic Git! And Great article. Thank you soooo muchhh!!

Google Map Bohol, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Danao Adventure Park in Bohol Danao Adventure Park - zip lining, cable car ride, caving, river rides/trekking, off-road buggy ride, root climbing, rappelling and ultra-glide rides
  • Alona Beach in Bohol Alona Beach - hub for tourists with hotels, resorts, restos, bars and dive shops
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol Chocolate Hills - hills side-by-side shaped like giant Kisses chocolate
  • Tarsier in Bohol Tarsier - pocket-sized marsupia looking like a monkey
  • Balicasag Island in Bohol Balicasag Island - one of the best dive spots in the Philippines
  • Loboc River in Bohol Loboc River - river cruise on a boat
  • Anda Beach in Bohol Anda Beach - fine white sand beach with resorts, restos and cottages, 3 hours by bus from Tagbilaran
  • Cabagnow Cave Pool in Anda, Bohol Cabagnow Cave Pool - brackish water pool about 5ft deep inside a limestone opening on the ground, 8 feet deep, P50
  • Lamanok Island in Anda, Bohol Lamanok Island - walk on a 100m bamboo bridge on stilts to a resto area to take a boat tour to caves and nearly attractions, P300
  • Combento Cave Pool in Bohol Combento Cave Pool - cave pool with underwater cave system, P20
  • Can-umantad Falls in Candijay, Bohol Can-umantad Falls - long narrow drop until it hits a bulbous mound spreading it into a a curtain-like water canopy and down into a splash pool
  • Canawa Cold Spring in Candijay, Bohol Canawa Cold Spring - deep refreshing cold spring with developed pool area
  • Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol Firefly Tour - evening boat ride into the river to watch fireflies
hotels in Bohol hotel
  • Fox & The Firefly Cottages Fox & The Firefly Cottages - SUP paddle boarding, luxury riverside native cottages, mountain bike tours, SUP yoga
    Baranggay Valladolid, Loboc, Bohol
  • Bohol Tropics Resort Bohol Tropics Resort - seafront location, manicured surroundings, swimming pool, resto/bar
    0133 Graham Avenue, Brgy. Cogon, Tagbilaran, Bohol 6300
  • Oasis Resort - Alona Beach location, dive center, resto / bar
    Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
yoga in Bohol yoga
  • Jing Yoga - health & well being through yoga
    Jing Yoga The Courtyard - Airport Road fronting the church
    Jing Yoga Bohol Meditation and Yoga Center - 2nd Floor Lim Magtajas Bldg. CPG Avenue

Bohol FYI / Tips

Tagbilaran Port to Panglao

You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
  1. don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
  2. in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)

Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat

** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
  1. Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000

Things to do, Places to go in Bohol

  1. Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
  2. Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
  3. Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
  4. Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.


  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  4. Dauis
  5. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  6. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  7. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  8. Candijay
  9. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  10. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  11. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  12. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

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

  15. Corella
  16. Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

  17. Loay
  18. The Ride to Morning Hill Oct 22, 2017
  19. The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017

  20. Loboc
  21. In-House Yoga Teacher at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Jan 22, 2018
  22. Firefly Tour on a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Dec 19, 2017
  23. Playing Mountain Bike Tour Optimizer Dec 18, 2017
  24. Back to Loboc Dec 13, 2017
  25. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  26. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  27. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  28. Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  29. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  30. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  31. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  32. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  33. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  34. Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  35. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  36. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  37. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  38. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  39. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  40. Panglao
  41. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  42. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  43. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  44. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  45. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  46. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  47. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  48. San Miguel
  49. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  50. Sevilla
  51. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  52. Sikatuna
  53. Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  54. Tagbilaran
  55. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  56. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  57. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  58. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  59. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  60. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  61. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  62. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  63. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  64. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  65. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  66. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  67. Ubay
  68. Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay Nov 14-Dec 13, 2017
  69. Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017
  70. Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  71. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  72. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  73. Ubay in a Nutshell Nov 17, 2017
  74. In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017
  75. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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