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Bohol - Manila

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Today marks just one week left of our eight-week Grand Tour of South East Asia.

I wake up with a huge cold sore this morning. I have felt it coming on for a few days – it was presumably triggered by spending all day in the sun when we did our island hopping boat trip in El Nido.


Our favourite waitress is on this morning, and knowing how much I love it, she brings me a large plate of mango.


We take one last look at the beach here at Bohol Beach Club before leaving


Bohol Panglao Airport

Our pick-up is 15 minutes early this morning, so by the time we get to Bohol Panglao Airport, the check-in counter is not open yet.


When it finally opens, the assistant attaches a PRIORITY sticker to our luggage.


At the gate, a three-piece live band turns up to entertain the passengers – it seems a little extravagant!

Philippine Airlines flight from Bohol to Manila

I’ve never seen an aircraft quite so foggy before, we can hardly see a foot in front of our faces. It isn’t smoke, of course, but mist to stabilise the temperature in the aircraft as the doors are open while boarding.


Despite being only a 1½ hour flight, we are served a hot drink (or water) and a snack pack of spicy peas and mango, and half an hour later, a crew member comes around with a tray of cookies.

Manila Airport

As a result of the PRIORITY stickers, our bags arrive among the first on the carousel. The airport terminal has been decorated for Christmas during the time since we were here about a week ago. They certainly start the Christmas celebrations early here in the Philippines.



We stop on the way from the aircraft to the hotel to try and get something for my cold sore. The pharmacist is thankfully able to override the fact that the cream is meant to be available on prescription only, so at least I have something to hopefully give me some relief.


Bay Leaf Hotel

We are back in the same hotel, and the same room for our last night in the Philippines, which can only mean one thing: Churros!



Later we try out the Raffaele Restaurant in the hotel, which is almost empty.


David's Pizza with Beef, Garlic, Chilli, and Cheese

I have Pasta with Prosciutto and Truffle

We share an enormous Tiramisu for dessert

Thank you to Undiscovered Destinations for arranging this amazing trip to South East Asia


Posted by Grete Howard 12:17 Archived in Philippines Tagged beach manila pizza bohol panglao pharmacy philippine_airlines tiramisu cold_sore bohol_beach_club panglao_airport bohol_panglao_airport manila_airport chrictmas_decorations

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you got me laugh over the churros! ;)

by Ils1976

You might have guessed by now, that I love churros. ♥

by Grete Howard

It's good they over-rode that prescription only rule for that medication!

by ToonSarah

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