Adventures Philippines Travel Diaries

An Ultimate Adventure

January 13, 2016
Panglao Bohol Philippines Вероника Потоцкая siniciliya

Panglao Bohol Philippines Вероника Потоцкая siniciliya Panglao Bohol Philippines Вероника Потоцкая siniciliya Panglao Bohol Philippines Вероника Потоцкая siniciliya

This day started like any other day here in the Philippines: warm azure water, tender sun, tender breeze, and mangos. Seven hours ago I couldn’t imagine that it would turn into an ultimate adventure.

To begin today’s story, I’d like to say that I drive a semi-automatic bike here in the Philippines, instead of an automatic moped that I really used to. This is something in between an automatic moped and a real motorcycle, which means that I shift gears with my foot. I am very excited about it as it gives me extra 100 points of coolness on the road and knowledge of that my next step would be a real bike and hundreds of miles ahead.

I decided to go to the market to get some fruit, at least this is what I told everyone. My true intention was driven by a running line in my head “road-freedom-road-freedom-wind-speed-control”. My ears demanded to hear the roar of the engine, and my eyes were hungry to see changing landscapes of the Panglao island.

The decision was made! I decided to explore the island, go further by the roads where the asphalt ends, find hidden beaches and caves and after that go to the market.

After driving 20 km from the house the blue sky suddenly became black and gray and I drove into a wall of rain. I saw a church and I thought it would become my refuge during the rain. The people were gathering and I thought how lucky I was to learn more about the culture through religion. I sat down on a bench and began to look at the Spanish colonial heritage. The church is really beautiful with some amazing murals on its ceiling, so I sat down being excited to see what will happen next and suddenly they carried the coffin … Yes, I came to the funeral. The idea to hide from the rain didn’t seem as good anymore. The next 30 minutes I was sitting on the floor outside the church with other Filipinos hiding from the rain. Once again and suddenly the rain has stopped, the sun started shining – let’s hit the road!

In about 5 km the same story repeated – the rain started pouring heavily but at this time I was surrounded by fields. That’s it. The drops were whipping by skin, and my eyes were filling up with water, I could barely see and it was very painful. My two options were to either stop and wait or to keep going, so I kept going … home.

Trust me, it was a real challenge, and I really hope that Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis and Angelina Joli will read this post and get really upset, because I had this adventure in real life, not in the movies  😆

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    Reply Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple January 13, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing!! Wish I was there!

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    Reply Jessica January 14, 2016 at 3:07 am

    This looks absolutely divine!!

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    Reply Rachel G January 14, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Oh no! Crashing a funeral! That would certainly be awkward…I know how quickly the rain can come up in the tropics!

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      Reply Siniciliya January 14, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Indeed… too awkward)))

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    Reply theclutterboxblog January 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I’m sure the funeral goers understood the need to get out of the rain! I love the photos you’ve taken! Looks beautiful

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    Reply Natalie Timperio January 14, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    You’re just incredible. First of all, these pictures are nothing short of fab. Second of all, what a crazy story! Side note, the architecture really is beautiful there lol. I was actually just in the Philippines for two weeks during the fall and it is a stunning place, truly. x Natalie

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    Reply keatingbartlett January 14, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    This looks gorgeous! I really need to get out there and travel. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity yet. I will have to visit there sometime! lol

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    Reply Simply Save January 14, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    The pictures are stunning! The blue skies and beaches could be on a postcard!

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    Reply alissiahaggard January 15, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Your pictures are absolutely amazing! Definitely would like to go there sometime!

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    Reply Leslie Aaron January 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve never crashed a funeral, but I’ve walked into weddings before! Looks so beautiful there; which island are you on?

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    Reply Dana January 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I literally just said out loud, “oh no” when I read that you were in the church for a funeral – LOLOLOL! Your pictures are stunning!

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    Reply Brooke Guerra January 15, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Beautiful photos!! I really want some mangos and sunshine too. What a great post!

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    Reply Jess Leeman January 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    These photos are stunning…looks like you had an amazing time!

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    Reply Courtney Connolly January 17, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Thes photos are beyond stunning! You look so beautiful and I can only imagine how relaxing that beach was.

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    Reply thecraftysideofsarcasm January 17, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Beauitful! I don’t think I could ever make myself leave. I love starfish and the little guy you found is cute!

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    Reply CourtneyLynne January 18, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Ok so much fabulousness in this post!!! So wish I was there with your gurlie!

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    Reply gretahollar January 23, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Your pictures are gorgeous!!

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    Reply Kelly January 23, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Your pictures are gorgeous! And oh my goodness…a funeral?? Well, it was a look into the culture , even if it wasn’t quite what you expected, lol.

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    Reply taylorannes95 January 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Well these pictures are beautiful. I am dreaming of going to the beach!

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    Reply Christina (@stylebytina923) January 23, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Omg these photos are grade A! It makes me want to visit asap. That starfish was cute!


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    Reply Ana De Jesus January 23, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    How I wish I could be in the Philippines right now and followed you on Instagram as your feed is giving me major picture envy! I love your blog xx

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    Reply mylifeinsnippets92 January 23, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    The photos are stunning! What an adventure though 😛 One, I’m sure you’ll never forget!

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    Reply coffeewithus3jamie January 24, 2016 at 3:37 am

    What a beautiful island to live on and have adventures on! Sounds like even though your adventure didn’t go as planned, you will have fun memories!

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    Reply Rose Sahetapy January 24, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Amazing adventure, sure is those stars will jelous to you for the real adventure -:)

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    Reply positivelystacey January 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    You can never know where your next adventure lies. I got stuck in wild rain and gale winds once in Costa Rica. Luckily it came and went just as quickly. But I had to sit on the side of the road since visibility was horrible. I’m thinking about visiting the Philippines. It looks gorgeous!

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    Reply Molly January 24, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I am absolutely mesmerized by these pictures! I cannot believe you ended up at the funeral!!

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    Reply Home Jobs by MOM (@HomeJobsbyMOM) January 24, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Great beach pictures!! I love the pictures with the starfish. I’ve only ever seen them at aquariums.

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    Reply Wendy Tomlinson January 24, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Well I wasn’t expecting the wall of rain story at all. The pics look lovely though.

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    Reply WholeFoodBellies January 24, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Oh wow, this looks like the most perfect spot, great photos! Love the little tidbits from your adventures 🙂

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    Reply mboule1 January 25, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Your photos are making me sooo jealous (just had a horrible blizzard here). I’d trade rain for snow any day 😉

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    Reply laura londergan January 25, 2016 at 1:28 am

    this place is simply amazing looking. You capture it so well through these pics as if we were there with you!

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    Reply Jenna @ January 25, 2016 at 3:26 am

    It sounds like you stumbled upon some unexpected things. I can’t believe you held that starfish, too!

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    Reply MyTeenGuide January 25, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Beautiful photos. How I wish I was there right now to enjoy the sunshine (and the rain). The water looks so inviting.

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    Reply Heather January 25, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    A funeral…of course it is a funeral! I’m sorry you had such bad weather! I can’t imagine that would be fun driving in at all. Those pictures, of the sunny beach, however, are awesome! Much nicer than the snow outside my window!

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    Reply Danielle DeVane Wells January 26, 2016 at 3:33 am

    What great beach pictures! So clear and beautiful! And that starfish is pretty cool!

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    Reply Sara January 26, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Beautiful photos! I have never been to the Philippines. It looks so beautiful and now I am adding it to my travel list

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    Reply CourtneyLynne January 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Omg so wish I was there!!!!! I was just telling hubby how I NEED to visit the phillipeans after seeing afew IG post!

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    Reply Yona Williams January 27, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Those are real starfish out of the water? That one looks nothing like I imagined it would. I used to live where you’d look out of the window and a graveyard was right there. It was a very surreal feeling to be in your pajamas, eating cereal at the kitchen table, and a funeral would be taking place in clear view.

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    Reply Jessica {Swanky Recipes} January 29, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Could really use a vacation to a sunny beach. Absolutely beautiful photos, makes me feel as if I’m there, too!

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    Reply jillconyers February 3, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Beautiful photos! This is exactly where I need to be now. Away from it all.

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    Reply Debra February 3, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    What lovely photographs! I love the story, it was very exciting, I wasn’t expecting to read aobut rain with the pretty pictures!

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    Reply jvkom February 4, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    All of your photos are amazing! I want to travel. I need to get out more!

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    Reply Ellen February 11, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I love your photos here and the story along with it. I bet the people at the church appreciated another person there. You were probably a divinely appointed encouragement to them, and you got some shelter out of the rain!

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    Reply mariaisquixotic August 10, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Wherever you may be in the Philippines, it’s always an adventure! 🙂

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