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An occasionally belligerent mother of five and an autism parent / advocate who believes that traveling, good food and good company are vital to keep one sane. I've worked as a news writer/newscaster, a quality systems auditor, a ISO9001 consultant, an FM radio DJ, a Filipino tutor, TOEFL reviewer and have gone into the food industry both as an entrepreneur and as a mommy chef, giving a sponsored demo on healthy cooking in a mall and on local TV. My favorite job however, is being a mom and a wife.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Tagbilaran, Bohol In One Day Part Two - The Chocolate Hills

Our next stop was the iconic Chocolate Hils. I have not been back here since we visited when I was 5 years old.

 having acrophobia sucks when you're off to see the view deck at The Chocolate Hills

The roads going there were under repair so it took us anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to see the famous site.

FYI on the Chocolate Hills: Wikipedia lists it as re a geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines.[1] There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers (20 sq mi). They are covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season, hence the name.

I survived the open cable cars climbing The Great Wall of China, the Macau Tower's glass walls and floors at it's 58th floor and the longest escalator system in the world at  Ocean Park HK...but I couldn't make it up these stairs!
While at the Chocolate Hills, aside from walking up the flight of stairs leading to the view deck, you could also pick up various souvenirs and Bohol sweets like Peanut Kisses.

If you aren't strapped for time (and energy, like we were), you could also check out the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park near the area. Extreme sports are what this park features. Go ride or bike a zip line, walk on hanging bridges and many more.

On the way or coming from the Chocolate Hills, you could also make a quick stop as you pass through the Bilar Man Made forest -  2 km stretch of Mahogany trees that border the towns of Loboc and Bilar.

It is part of the The Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape. This is a protected landscape area of forested limestone hills, grasslands and natural springs. It is the largest remaining tract of natural forest in Bohol and one of the Philippines' top bird watching sites.

As a child, I remembered seeing a pool and a rainbow painted wall at the view deck of Chocolate Hills. It's all gone now. At least, the hills have remained standing despite the ravages of time, the throes of humanity and the different moods of Mother Nature.

Do check out the rest of this 3 part series:
Tagbilaran, Bohol In One Day Part One: Loboc River Cruise
Tagbilaran, Bohol In One Day Part Three: Tarsier Conservation Area

From TMW, may all your wanderings be better than ours!!!

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