Philippines Travel Diaries Uncategorized

Chocolate Hills

January 26, 2016
chocolate hills

I have noticed that the best moments are always beyond the boundaries: social, allowed, comfort etc. Once I step out of them, once I cross the line, miracles happen. That’s true, miracles do happen.

Today we took our motorcycles and rode 80 km from our beach in Panglao, Philippines across the bridge to the next island Bohol to see an miracle that the scientists still cannot explain – the Chocolate Hills.

These are more than 1000 cones that grew in the middle of the jungle and when the sun burns the grass, they become brown, like Hershey’s Kiss chocolates.

The trip was very spontaneous and the app said it was only 40 km far, so we went. Soon we found out that it was another 40 km to go and we kept going. We reached the place right before the sunset, when everything started becoming orange and the sun was very tender. We went up the stairs to see the hills from a terrace and we saw a fence (read boundary). There’s so much freedom in Philippines, so we just climbed over the fence and reached another level of terrace where we were alone – just me and my husband. We were lying down on hot asphalt that was exhaling heat it took during the day. There was no other moment but that. Nothing else existed and we were enjoying warmth, beautiful view and the moment.

I hope you enjoy my photography 🙂

chocolate hills


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chocolate hills

Photographer: Vitaliy Pototskiy, Veronica Pototska

Retouch: Veronica Pototska

Location: Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines

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  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) January 26, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Your photos are amazing! What a lovely place to go for a bike ride.

  • Reply Ana De Jesus January 26, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Beautiful photography as always. How long have you been in the Philippines for and how long have you been blogging for?

  • Reply Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories January 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Those pictures are gorgeous! I’ve never been to the Phillipines, thanks for taking us there in pictures.

  • Reply Molly January 26, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I am BLOWN away by this photography. What camera do you use?! It is just stunning there, I am in awe! Love your outfit too!!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Thank you, Molly! I use Canon Mark II

  • Reply TaMara January 27, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for taking us with you!

  • Reply Debra January 27, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Wow! I have never heard of these before and now I really want to see them myself. Adding them to my bucket list!

  • Reply positivelystacey January 27, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Those cones are amazing! I have never seen a landscape that looks like that. I need to tell my daughter about this place – she is studying in the Philippines.

  • Reply laura londergan January 27, 2016 at 4:46 am

    these photos are absolutely stunning and you capture it like we are there with you! You have the best adventures

  • Reply Christie January 27, 2016 at 6:22 am

    What beautiful photographs! Such a gorgeous place – you’re a lucky girl. 🙂

    Christie’s Take on Life. x

  • Reply coffeewithus3jamie January 27, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Wow. What a fantastic experience! I think most of my favorite things are the ones that have scientists baffled. There’s something magical in not knowing everything about why or how something works.
    Are the Philippines very tourist-friendly?

  • Reply Jen January 27, 2016 at 7:01 am

    These photos are breath taking! I’m not too familiar with the Philippines so I’m living through your posts!

  • Reply Rachel G January 27, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I’ve never seen anything like that! How cool! Your pictures are lovely!

  • Reply Chris January 27, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    This place looks pretty awesome! It looks as though it is a nice place to just relax 🙂 Your photography is also amazing!

  • Reply Dana Peller (@Pellerini) January 27, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Your pictures are stunning! (as usual!!!)

  • Reply Heather January 27, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    That is very cool! I never knew that! Your outfit matches the scenery beautifully as well 🙂

  • Reply Jess Leeman January 27, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    what gorgeous photography!

  • Reply Erin (@SugarCrumbs) January 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my goodness, I feel like I’ve never seen anything like this! I haven’t, it’s just too amazing!

  • Reply Deb Clem-Buckert (@debclembuckert) January 27, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    As always, beautiful photos. Love the detail in the spider web.

  • Reply lesleycarter January 27, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    The hills are absolutely stunning, but the picture of the flowers is my favorite. I love your outfit as well. The colors go perfectly with these photos.

  • Reply tp keane January 27, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    wow those chocolate hills are weird and fantastic at the same time.

  • Reply Mar January 27, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Your photography is stunning! The shape of those hills is very interesting!

  • Reply michelle January 27, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    what beautiful pictures! looks like a cool place to visit

  • Reply megan.kulick January 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    What beautiful photos! I loved reading your description before getting to see the rest of the pictures! Unplanned adventures are the best, looks like fun!

  • Reply knotj5144 January 28, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Beautiful photos! I’d love to travel as much as I can in the future. We’ll be doing a bunch of destination weddings this year so travelling to boarding Asian countries will have to wait bc it’s something the hubs and I want to do. In the meantime, we’ll have to live through your photos!

  • Reply Ana De Jesus January 28, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Your photography is simply exceptional! You should create a post to reveal all your photography secrets. I would like to visit the chocolate hills one day.

  • Reply tiarasandtantrums January 28, 2016 at 1:35 am

    What an amazing spur of the moment day trip. i do hope you stayed awhile – your images are stunning.

  • Reply OurFamilyWorld January 28, 2016 at 2:03 am

    What an amazing view! I have always wanted to visit Bohol and see the famous Chocolate Hills.

  • Reply Bri DePauw (@ATGlittered) January 28, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Beautiful photos!! What a wonderful place in the world

  • Reply Beth@FrugalFroggie January 28, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Beautiful location. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful jumper.

  • Reply jillconyers January 28, 2016 at 7:50 am

    What beautiful photos! Love love how you captured the glow of the sunlight.

  • Reply Allison Jones January 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Amazing photos! I so want to go to the Philippines.


  • Reply Amy Jones January 28, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    WOW I loved the landscape, and BTW I loved your outfit |

  • Reply GlamKaren January 28, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Wow- what a gorgeous location. I’ve never been to the Philippines. And how fun to ride your motorcycles as part of the day.
    Karen |

  • Reply littlemisscant January 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    One of my closest girlfriends is from the Philippines. I wonder if she has seen these beautiful hills before! I can totally see myself getting lost trying to see what’s around them. 😉

  • Reply Roxanne January 28, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Stunning photos! I’ve never been to the Philippines so thank you for sharing a little piece of it with us!

  • Reply Kori (@koriathome) January 28, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    What an absolutely lovely location! I have family in the Philippines and am hoping to get there one of these days.

  • Reply Kacie January 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    They really do look like Hershey Kisses. Beautiful photos! Looks like it was a wonderful time!

  • Reply Yona Williams January 29, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I can definitely see why this area is called the Chocolate Hills. They do look like Hershey Kisses.

  • Reply Carmela Pop January 29, 2016 at 12:57 am

    They totally look like Kisses, That’s so cool!! I would love to visit the Philippines one day

  • Reply Natalia Pessoa January 29, 2016 at 7:21 am

    omg those are so odd! Gorgeos pictures and outfit though! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply ee2368 January 29, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Stunning! You capture great photos, and I love your outfit!

  • Reply Susannah January 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Oh my goodness, the lighting in these pictures is absolutely perfect!

  • Reply workoutwithdi January 29, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Beautiful photos! What a great scenery. The colors are just stunning!

  • Reply MyTeenGuide January 30, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Your pictures are amazing. The scenery is awesome. I want to go there!

  • Reply April (@theaprilnoelle) January 30, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Gorgeous photos and beautiful writing. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Reply Paula January 30, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Beautiful photos! I had no idea a place like this existed. The way you have captured the light in these pictures is stunning.

  • Reply sylvie January 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    as a Filipino-American, this post makes my heart sing. Bohol aka the Chocolate Hills are heaven on earth and i’m so thrilled you had the opportunity to experience its beauty! xx

  • Reply positivelystacey January 30, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I love all of your photos! But those cones are amazing. I have never seen anything like that before.

  • Reply Aubrey (@highheeledlove) January 31, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Wow! Your photos are amazing. I’ve never heard of the Chocolate Hills but would love to see them in person if I ever make it to that part of the world.

  • Reply Krystal @ Sunny Sweet Days January 31, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    WOW – your photography is truly beautiful. Love the sun and the intricate image of the spiderweb!

  • Reply Yanique February 1, 2016 at 11:08 am

    The cones really do look like Hershey’s chocolate kisses! I’ve never seen anything like it and you were able to capture the moment beautifully! Great photography!

  • Reply Hannah Adkins February 2, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Wow that view! You’ve really captured the spirit of the place with your photography. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Allie February 4, 2016 at 2:06 am

    What an incredible adventure! You’re really a very talented photographer!

  • Reply Sequins in the South (@CarlsonLaci) February 5, 2016 at 2:35 am

    How amazing I had no idea these even existed. And the pictures there are absolutely amazing !!! Laci

  • Reply Megan February 9, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Amazing photography, honestly some of the best I’ve seen. Would love to visit here as it looks so peaceful and relaxing.

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