BOHOL TRIP PART 1: LAKESIDE VIEW COTTAGE INN, NWTF TRAINING
I was invited once again by Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) to conduct a Personnel Effectiveness Training for their employees. I was actually conducting this training for NWTF for 4 years already and for this time, I will be conducting this training for their employees in Bohol Area. I was excited as this was my first time to visit Bohol though a long time ago I had already reached the ports of Tagbilaran and Tubigon, I didn’t have the opportunity to explore the Island know for its Chocolate Hills and tarsiers. From Bacolod, we took the plane late in the afternoon as we were planning to have an overnight stay in Cebu before going to Tagbilaran. We took the 8:30 am trip. Below are the schedules of Supercat (Cebu-Tagbilaran Route)
Outdoor activity for our training
The trip took about 2 hours, and I was a bit annoyed by the group of foreigners who were with us in business class who were very noisy. Actually, it was their Filipino guide who is the loudest of all, I seemed to feel that he was trying to show off his facility of the language with some twang. Oh well, I am a “Happy Tripper” and I don’t want to spoil some “trips”, so when seeing some vacant seats on the side which were quite far from the group I just transferred and tried to sleep. When we arrived at Tagbilaran we’ve decided just to take out some food from a fast food chain because we were not that hungry yet. From the port, we took a tricycle to bring us to the bus station going to Guindulman. The bus terminal is just in front if the new Island City Mall in Tagbilaran. Guindulman can be reached by bus or van for PhP 110/pax for 2 hours. Theses are air-conditioned vehicles so no need to worry. As soon as we arrived at the Public Market, we took a tricycle to bring us to our seminar venue, The Lakeside View Cottage Inn, and Resort.
The venue became perfect for our training as we were the only occupants of the resort, so we can have our loudest noise and do whatever we wanted without the thought that others might be disturbed
LAKESIDE COTTAGE INN AND RESORT The Lakeside cottage Inn and Resort is basically new approximately more than 2 years. They have the main pavilion which is being used for some events like parties, etc. They don’t have function rooms for meetings and training, rather they have 4 large karaoke rooms which we converted into a training room. The whole resort is spacious and not really frequented by locals, so it was a perfect venue for some of my outdoor activities.We were the only guests at that time because the participants will be arriving on the date of the training. So I really felt the quietness and the rural ambiance. Well, I don’t really mind because the place has WIFI, so I can still work even if I’m away from home. The accommodations are the basic bahay kubo (but air-conditioned ). They charge PhP 1,000 for each kubo and it can actually accommodate 3 people. I was given the whole kubo by myself. They have a pool that is well maintained but I didn’t swim because I was quite busy answering some emails and some business inquiries. The food of Lakeside view was quite ok, I just found it a bit pricey.
ABOUT GUINDULMAN Guindulman is a third class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines.In the olden days, names of certain places were sometimes ascribed to some usual or common incidents or occurrences as the case of the town of Guindulman. The place was originally called Guinduluman, derived from a vernacular expression which means “something or somebody who is undertaken by darkness”, from the root word dulom (or du’om in short) which means “dark”. From Tagbilaran to Guindulman is approximately 84 km and it would take an approximately 2 hrs to travel by land to get to Guindulman.
one of the snack set served to us: hot chocolate which they called in Bohol “sikwati”, and suman
HOW TO GET THERE:
-ORIGINATING FROM MANILA TO TAGBILARAN PLANE: Guests in international flights shall book a domestic flight from Manila to Tagbilaran. At present, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have flights to Bohol. From Manila, there are daily trips to Tagbilaran. The earliest flight is at 8 am while the last flight is at 5:00 pm. However, these schedules may change from time to time so it would be best to check out the website of PAL.
SEA: WG & A Superferry and Sulpicio Lines has trips from Manila to Tagbilaran and back. From Butuan to Bohol, there are ferries that will go to Bohol. On a slow ferry, the trip will take about 7 hours.
-ORIGINATING FROM CEBU TO TAGBILARAN SEA : Those originating at Cebu International Airport, proceed either to PIER 1 for OCEANJET FASTCRAFT or PIER 4 for SUPERCAT FASTCRAFT or WESSAM FASTCRAFT bound for Tagbilaran City Bohol. As of the moment, the last craft from Cebu to Tagbilaran leaves at 6:30 in the evening via WESSAM.
Please keep in mind that schedules of fast craft changes without prior notice. To ensure that a trip is available please contact the following numbers: SUPERCAT: tel 038-501 8380 or 032-2337000; website: Super Cat WESSAM: tel 038- 501 8223; website: Weesam express OCEAN JET: tel 032-255 0115 or 032-255 7560; website: Oceanjet
-TAGBILARAN TO GUINDULMAN From Tagbilaran you can take the bus going to Guindulman for PhP 110.00 Super Cat and Ocean Jet are the two fast ferry services that travel from Cebu to Tagbilaran. They have three daily trips leaving in four-hour intervals beginning at 8 am until 4 pm. For Ocean Jet, the earliest trip is at 6 am and the last trip is at 6 pm. The fare for a Tourist Class in Ocean Jet is P575 while for Business Class it is P875.
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