Philippines for New Year

We took a boat over to another island – Bohol – and then by car to the nearby island of Panglao, where we stayed for the rest of our holiday.

Bohol Island
Why did we go? To see big eyed tarsiers

Some facts: A tarsier is a small primate, weighing around 150g. It has remarkably large eyes, each one the same size and weight as its brain. A tarsier’s hindlimb length is the result of elongation of the foot’s tarsal bones, unique among mammals. This clever adaptation gives it the longest hindlimbs of any mammal relative to body length, without loss of dexterity. There are fewer than ten species of tarsier, all similarly adept at leaping and clinging. Once attached to tree they can be incredibly difficult to remove. Once widespread, tarsiers were once found in North America, Europe and Asia. Today their range is restricted to the forested archipelagos of southeast Asia (with thanks to the BBC).

Why did we go? To see the Chocolate Hills

Some facts: The Chocolate Hills (Filipino: Tsokolateng Burol) are a geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines. There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi). They are covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season, hence the name. The Chocolate Hills are a famous tourist attraction of Bohol. They are featured in the provincial flag

and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attractions in the province. They are in the Philippine Tourism Authority’s list of tourist destinations in the Philippines; they have been declared the country’s third National Geological Monument and proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List (with thanks to wiki).

We also saw some butterflies & huge moths

We got about in these

& tried the local ice cream

& swam a lot

On New Year’s Eve, we had dinner on the beach & watched some excellent fireworks, which were set off from a bamboo platform over the sea.

Happy New Year to everyone.
From Thomas

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5 comments

  1. Auntie Hannah · · Reply

    We watched a tv program about the tarsier the other day, Benjamin would very much like one. Did you manage to sneak one in your luggage?

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    1. No – they commit suicide if held in captivity & apparently hold on to branches very tightly!

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  2. Diane Hawkings · · Reply

    Happy New Year Thomas and co. I agree with your other Granny – this is a very interesting trip. I especially like the tarsier and the butterfly, which I assume is to adorn your garden. Have you been to the butterfly gardens in Chiswell Green? – Auntie Sarah recommends.

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    1. The giant moth on the stick was still alive!

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  3. Granny Devon · · Reply

    What a wonderful and interesting blog, you really seem to be having such a lovely holiday. Happy New Year to you all. Xxx

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