Our Home in Bohol: Panglao Bed and Breakfast

Two months before our trip to Bohol, I was having a slight panic attack. By this time everything should have been arranged and reservations have been confirmed. But I still couldn’t find an accommodation for 10 people that was affordable and would allow us to cook our own meals. The hotel rooms that could fit this number of people ranged from Php 6,000-8,000 and we didn’t have the freedom to cook our food which would mean a larger budget tfor food. I scoured Agoda and TripAdvisor and I stumbled upon a cute-looking home in the middle of Panglao Island – Panglao Bed and Breakfast.

Our first glimpse of Panglao Bed and Breakfast

Our first glimpse of Panglao Bed and Breakfast

The rate in Agoda indicated Php 4,000 per night for 8 plus Php 350 for each extra pax (rates may change according to the month/season of your trip).ย I wanted to book it right away, but some sixth sense told me to contact the owners directly. And I’m so glad I did because Kuya Boy (the owner) gave me a slightly lower price than the published rates! ๐Ÿ™‚ I paid the required down payment of Php 2,000 for our six-nights stay and they immediately confirmed my reservation.

We haven’t yet arrived in Bohol, but I knew immediately that their service was very good. A few days before I trip, they texted me to ask me what time our flight was. I didn’t reply right away so they called me to confirm. And without even my asking, Kuya Boy assured me that they had everything we would need at the house. It wasn’t a beachfront accommodation but the transfers to and from Alona Beach was free. But I felt we wouldn’t require it as much since the house had its own pool. How cool is that?

The house had three standard rooms and one family room. All 10 of us were able to fit comfortably in the house. The beds were very comfortable and the comforters kept us warm and cozy from the air conditioners during the night.

Room 1

Room 1

Room 2

Room 2

Room 3

Room 3

I forgot to take a picture of the family room. It is more spacious than the other rooms. It had a bed similar to those in the standard rooms and was also able to fit two more single beds. It had its own bathroom with a bathtub which I definitely used. ๐Ÿ˜€ There was another toilet near the living room and a shower room at the side of the house for rinsing before and after swimming.

The shared bathroom shared by the occupants in the standard rooms.

The shared bathroom shared by the occupants in the standard rooms.

The master's bedroom's bathroom with a bath tub

The master’s bedroom’s bathroom with a bath tub

We enjoyed every part of the Panglao Bed and Breakfast. We truly felt like it was our home away from home because we were free to move around the house and use its amenities.

We had our own front porch (where we hung our wet swim clothes. LOL!) and a bahay kubo that served as the chill spot every night.

We had our own front porch (where we hung our wet swim clothes. LOL!) and a bahay kubo that served as the chill spot every night.

The living room which served as the base of the Clash of Clans addicts because the WiFi signal was strongest here.

The living room which served as the base of the Clash of Clans addicts because the WiFi signal was strongest here.

The dining area

The dining area

TV room. I wish this was more spacious.

TV room. I wish this was more spacious.

My favorite part of the house was the kitchen and all its contents. The drawers were filled with spoons, forks, plates and glasses for everyone. The cooking utensils were all complete. We just had to rummage through the various cabinets and drawers to find what we need to cook. There was a small storage room beside the kitchen where we stored our groceries and where the water dispenser was located. Outside it was the grilling area which was quite useful on our second night.

The kitchen. I spent a lot of time here to watch the others cook.

The kitchen. I spent a lot of time here to watch the others cook.

Breakfast came free with the house. Every night, Kuya Boy would ask me the time we would be leaving the next day and he’d suggest the perfect time for breakfast. I wake up early to find the dining table already arranged and just waiting for the food to be served. The servings were generous with fruits for dessert. As I remember it, these were our viands for our five breakfasts at the house: tocino, daing na bangus, tapa, longganisa and ham. When we went island hopping, we had to leave the house at 6 AM. Kuya Boy offered to have our breakfast packed so we can eat after our dolphin-watching adventure. As we were leaving, he handed us two insulated bags where our breakfast was neatly packed in microwaveable containers. They didn’t forget the utensils, ketchup and our fruit dessert. There was even fruit juice in there.

Our first breakfast. Kuya Boy said they'll serve it at 7 AM. True enough, this is what our table looked like at 7 AM sharp.

Our first breakfast. Kuya Boy said they’ll serve it at 7 AM. True enough, this is what our table looked like at 7 AM sharp.

An individual serving of breakfast at Panglao Bed and Breakfast looked like this.

An individual serving of breakfast at Panglao Bed and Breakfast looked like this.

Every breakfast was accompanied by fruits for dessert. This was served on breakfast #1.

Every breakfast was accompanied by fruits for dessert. This was served on breakfast #1.

The thing I miss most about the house would probably be the pets of Kuya Boy. He had three cute and sweet puppies that loved to play with us: Boyang, Tiny and Shade. I wished that I could take them with me ๐Ÿ˜€

Playing with Tiny

Playing with Tiny

They were playful but very behaved when they entered the house.

They were playful but very behaved when they entered the house.

The rooms at Panglao Bed and Breakfast can be rented individually or you can have the whole house if you are a party of eight or more. The rates change based on the seasons so best check with them first. They also offer tour packages that are competitively-priced. They are very good hosts and were able to grant our requests during our stay. ๐Ÿ™‚ Their contact details can be found in the below picture.

Panglao Bed and Breakfast's contact details.

Panglao Bed and Breakfast’s contact details.

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The Bohol Chronicles (2014)

On my birthday last January, I was with my friends celebrating and it was a happy coincidence that Cebu Pacific held their trademark piso fare seat sale. We were able to book tickets to Bohol but I had doubts if Bohol was still beautiful as it was before the magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the place. We would be going to Bohol 1 year and 1 month after the earthquake and I was curious how Bohol and its residents were able to recover from the tragedy. After our trip, I didn’t have any regrets of going. Bohol is still beautiful – full of sights to see and places to be. I and my friends were there for 6 days and we enjoyed every second of it ๐Ÿ™‚

My Companions:

It has become a yearly tradition for our barkada to go on a trip every year. My companions for this trip are people I’ve been friends with for a decade now. We have known each other since high school and even though we rarely get to see each other, the conversations easily flow and we never run out of crazy moments when we’re together.

at the sandbar of Virgin Island

at the sandbar of Virgin Island (L-R: Francis, Zarine, Gino, Jan, Angeline, Walter, Jhodan, Rose, Ian, Ruby)

The Flight: Cebu Pacific

Suprisingly and thankfully, our flights to and from Bohol were on time. There were minor delays of a few minutes but nothing that would cause headaches or stress for the passengers.

I noticed though that the airlines are now becoming more strict when it comes to monitoring our bags and their contents. There were checkpoints at the airport where passengers were asked to weigh their bags. My hand carry was 8 kilos, but thankfully they didn’t ask me to pay any additional fees because our flight was on its final boarding call. Whew!

On our flight back to Manila, the aerosol sprays of my companions got confiscated because they were over the 100ml limit. I was surprised because we used to get away with it. But we had to follow the rules. I purchased check-in luggage for the flight back so my companions squeezed their stuff into my bag so they wouldn’t have to throw it.

Our Accommodation: Panglao Bed & Breakfast

We loved loved loved the house that we rented for our stay in Bohol. It deserves its own post so I’m only going to make this section short.

the facade of our home base in Panglao, Bohol

the facade of our home base in Panglao, Bohol

In pictures, the house looks small but it managed to comfortably accommodate all 10 of us. There are 4 rooms, 2 toilet and bath, a kitchen complete with cooking utensils, a pool, a TV room and a living room. It is located in Panglao, Bohol. It is 10 minutes away from Alona Beach but we didn’t mind since we had the house all to ourselves and we had our own pool! ๐Ÿ™‚ Continue reading