Tagbilaran City and Learning to Learn

When I stopped working at school, it didn't mean that I stopped learning and honing my profession. I continuously seek to learn new things despite my resignation. I only ended my service to my employer but never my thirst of learning. 
"Welcoming myself in the city of Tagbilaran"

My mom had me choose between two dates for a National Workshop-Seminar, I immediatey told her that I'd rather choose Bohol over Cebu. I convinced her that I'd be attending the Workshop in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. 

August 25-27, 2018. Tagbilaran City would be my home for the next three days. My traveler instinct trotted with glee. I could sense my mom worried about me since she never saw me prepared. But then, through the years of traveling, I am pretty sure of its ABC's. 

Readied backpack with my three-day outfits for the seminar. Booked accommodation. Informed-facilitator about my arrival. Well-thought out ETA's and ETD's fro and to Cebu-Tagbilaran. Basically, everything was prepared. 
"You know you are at JJ's with this obvious sign" 

"At JJ's Seafood Village lobby"

"It has its own swimming pool." 

I arrived at JJ's Seafood Village, Tagbilaran City at 1pm. The speaker received me with a smile and even offered me lunch. After registration, I then enjoyed listening and interacting with the rest of the participants. 
"Our Lady of Lourdes Church and the Statue of Christopher Columbus" 

At 5pm, I walked my way towards Oasis Balili House Lodge. It is a 1920's Heritage House 50 meters away from Christopher Columbus' statue. It is a little turn to the left from the Celestino Gallarte St. The house is going to be my abode for tonight. 
"Oasis Garden Heritage Lodge's fa├žade"

The early evening suprised me with a downpour. I was sitting at the porch of the house while eating my snacks when a group of foreigners decided to go out. The lodge's owner asked me if I wanted to come with them. I did join them for dinner at Al Fresco Italian Restaurant. 

Without the tempting social media and a genuine conversation from different nationalities, I think I am enjoying my solitude  and learning here in Bohol. For sure, I would be a whole lot different from who I was during my stressful days at work two months ago. With all retuning and destressing, it is a syzygy of my real well-being. 

Updates about Tagbilaran Travel:
1. Since I am from Lapu-Lapu City, the quickest route for me is to board the Metroferry going to Pier 3. Fare at 12 pesos with a terminal fee of 1 peso. 
2. Walk from Pier 3 to Pier 1. Oceanjet and Supercat offer hourly trips starting 6a.m. until 9p.m. Open air ticket costs 450 pesos. 
3. JJ Seafood Village is a restaurant-hotel and a good venue for conference. This is where our National Workshop-Seminar for Teachers are held. It is just a 10-minute walk from the wharf. 
4. I stayed at Oasis Balili House Lodge. Just 4 minutes away from JJ Seafood. It's mixed fan room costs 475 pesos and mixed aircon room is at 530. I stayed at a fan room. 
5. Al Fresco Italian Restaurant is a mid-range restaurant which serves brick oven-baked pizzas. It also serves ala carte pastas and other stuff. Price ranges from 180-350 pesos. 

One highlight I wanted to share about the Seminar was the 21st Century Skills for the teachers to possess:
1. Collaboration
2. Communication
3. Creativity
4. Critical Thinking

In addition to the four, the 5th and the 6th skills are Choice and Caring, respectively. In a classroom set-up, teachers become facilitators of learning. They pulled out from the stage and allow their students to shine and make guided choices. Above all, teachers practice the decisional-love of their students. The Caring attitude of teachers will forever be remembered by the students. 
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