Note: This is an “extended” weekend story covering our short Bohol trip last March 14 to 19, 2015.
With the untimely death of the hubby’s grandmother, a trip to Bohol was imperative. The hubby and I went on leave for a few days so we could attend Lola Betty’s funeral service. We left for Tagbilaran City on Saturday and went back to Manila just yesterday.
Maayos naman ang naging burol ni Lola Betty sa kanilang bahay sa San Isidro, Bohol. Maraming taong dumating para makiramay. Nang silipin ko ang mukha nya sa ataul, nakita kong mapayapa naman ito. Sumali kami ng aking mister sa mga padasal at nakihalubilo sa mga bisita. Noong Linggo ang huling gabi ng lamay at talaga namang napuyat kaming lahat. Pero ayos lang, para naman yun kay Lola Betty. Bagama’t tunay na nakakalungkot ang pagkawala nya, naniniwala naman kami na nasa mas maayos na kalagayan na sya ngayon.
The funeral service was held on Monday afternoon. We walked to the church first for the requiem mass and eventually, to the cemetery to lay our dearly departed to rest. As expected, buckets of tears were shed and there were gloomy faces all over.
Anyway, everything went smoothly. When we all got back to the house, snacks were served and people ate quietly. After that, they started saying goodbye one by one until only some relatives, my in-laws, the hubby, and yours truly were left in the house.
On Tuesday (March 17th), which happened to be the hubby and I’s third wedding anniversary, we got up early and rode a rented van along with my in-laws and the hubby’s Ninang Virgie (also my MIL’s first cousin). We traveled to Tagbilaran to assist my MIL in dealing with a local bank for Lola Betty’s savings account and SSS for her funeral benefit.
When it was approaching 12:00 n.n., the hubby and I treated our group to lunch at Prawn Farm, one of the restaurants inside Island City Mall (ICM).
Our celebration as a couple would happen the next day (Wednesday) at Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa (PINRS) in Dauis, Bohol.
After our day tour at PINRS, we met up with my SIL and our friends Jick2x, Eric, and Jan2x at ICM. From there, we drove to Baluarte in Baclayon, Bohol for dinner. We ate at Genaro’s Grill, one of the seaside restaurants there.
Eating ihaw-ihaw by the sea was not our usual dining experience but we enjoyed it immensely. We loved everything we ordered, from the fish soup to the grilled chorizo and bbq chicken isaw. Delicious but affordable food, cool sea breeze, and good conversations and even better company. Just the right formula for a fun night!
From Baluarte, we drove back to Tagbilaran for some coffee and settled for this posh but cozy coffee shop called Sweet Home Cafe. We got our individual drinks and shared three different cakes.
Our chikahan continued until we got sleepy. Good thing our friends had cars that taking us home didn’t pose a problem. We actually slept over at Jan2x and Eric’s place in Tagbilaran so we could go to the airport early the next day (Thursday).
After buying some pasalubong at ICM, we met up with more friends for our last meal for this trip. Our friend Ma’am Anne, who’s the principal of an elementary school in Tagbilaran, treated us to lunch at Gerarda’s Restaurant on J.S. Torralba St. It was a feast of local specialty dishes that delighted both our eyes and tummies. Busog much!
By 1:00 p.m., we were already at the airport to wait for our 3:45 p.m. flight to Manila. The airplane arrived a bit late but took us to Manila on the dot at 5:05 p.m. However, because of the heavy traffic along Buendia, and later on, along Osmeña Highway, we got home at past 7:00 p.m. already. But then, we were still very thankful we had a safe trip back home.
Wanna know one of the things I missed most while I was away? Blog hopping! Haha. Glad to be back in the loop and see you around, friends! 🙂