Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island

Chocolate Hills is one of those natural wonder that because of its reasonable uniqueness, earns its place in UNESCO Natural World Heritage List.

Before we got to see the highlight of Chocolate Hills, we were treated with some landscape of countryside of green rice paddies as we were on our way...

Rice paddy and Stilt house, Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines

...and farmers at work with backbreaking labour...looks like it's picking time.




...also you will see lots of hills that are prelude to the Chocolate hills.

Rice paddy and farm house, Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines

Rice paddy and farm houses, Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines


I say prelude because while these are clearly hills, but they're not as well formed, or in perfect form as those in Chocolate Hills. The tour guide quickly pointed them out, "These are not Chocolate Hills". If they're, you will be very disappointed because you can see them anywhere. Ok, not anywhere, but not rare either.

One way to think of the difference between these normal looking hills, and those in Chocolate Hills. Think of these normal looking hills resemble the hair we get up in the morning after a whole night of tossing and turning. Think of the hills in Chocolate Hills as something like a newly shaven heads.

It's as if there's an evolution of hills from this more ordinary form to the more perfect form. As we drove closer and closer to the Chocolate Hills, we see this geological evolution unfold. I was as giddy as a geologist in a mountains store (or a kid in a chocolate store).

Sign board, Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines



Well, I've never eaten Hershy's  Kisses chocolate (but I do enjoy dark chocolate), but I imagined the person who gave the name to these hills were thinking about it. During summer, these hills turn brown, like it's now.

Hersgy's Kisses chocolate
Hershy's Kisses chocolate.

Wether they look like Hershey's Kisses chocolate, or something else, it's up to your imagination (or your obsession as I outlined in this article Singaporean Love-Hate relationship with Durian).

Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines


Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines



Palm tree, Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines


Since the Philippine archipelago is born out of the saliva (aka lava) that's spit out the cracks of mouth of the earth's underbelly, I expect to see tall rugged rocky mountains with pointy peaks that they themselves throw up their vomits.

Theses rugged conical volcanoes are typically found in the Ring of Fire where the Philippines is part of that including countries like California, NZ, Indonesia, or Taiwan. The last thing I expect to see are lots of smooth, small dwarf  hills.  They're more like something that you would find in Australia.


Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines




Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines


Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines


Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines


Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines



Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines


Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines
(Click photo to enlarge)



Blind person massage is popular in China as people believe (correctly) that blind people are more sensitive with their sense of touch, and so make a better masseur or masseuse and so they're better in locating area of tension or knots in the body. But I  don't think that's what was happening here (although that was what I first thought because I'm familiar with the Chinese blind massage, and misread the sign).

Massage therapy, Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines

This is massage while being entertained by blind musicians. It appears that while Chinese believe the blinds make better masseurs/masseuses, Filipinos (at least, the people of Bohol) believe the blinds make better singers or musicians (probably also based on the fact that the other senses of a blind person are enhanced to compensate for its loss of vision. In this case, their more acute hearing). I can think of Steve Wonder, Ray Charles, and Japanese pianist Nobuyuk Tsujii (I'm sure there're many others. Hopefully, there're fewer in the future).

Cross out one more item from my bucket list (both).



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