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10.12.2014

Hitting 3 Birds in 1 Stone (Part 1: NEGROS OCCIDENTAL)

Whenever there is a long weekend, what would you usually do or how would you spend your long weekend? Are you going to stay at home? read a book? study? hang out with friends, etc.? If I am to answer this question, I would be very quick to say "TRAVEL!!!" I would travel because traveling gives me a different kind of feeling of content, happiness and relaxation. Of course I would also like to rest from work by staying at home but if I have the means and opportunity to travel, I'd maximize my long weekend by traveling.

So when it was announced that there will be a long weekend this October, I was very quick in looking for cheap flights and poof! I found my destination. Good thing I have a friend who was also game to travel with me so I was not alone on this trip. Since we wanted to maximize the long weekend well, my friend and I planned on visiting three provinces. Our tri-province adventure included Negros Occidental, Iloilo and Guimaras.

Narrating my travel experience in one post can be very lengthy so I decided to write a separate post for every province I visited. For the first of three parts, I am going to share my Negros Occidental travel experience - what I visited and what I ate (because food tripping will always be part of my must do things when traveling hahaha)

Our first stop was the province of Negros Occidental. We left Manila on a Friday evening and arrived at Bacolod-Silay International Airport after more than an hour of flight. Since the night was still young when we arrived, we decided to grab a late heavy dinner and start our tour the next day.

WHERE TO STAY

You may book your accommodation via Agoda and choose your accommodation according to your preferences. For budget travelers like me, I booked at Mainstreet Pension House along Lacson Street. It is a cheap place to stay in. My friend and I paid 550 each for 2 nights. The service may not be like that of a hotel but for me, as long as the place is clean, centrally located and has a stable internet connection, I am okay with it.

WHAT TO SEE

1. Ancestral Houses as old as the Spanish Era




2. The Ruins at Talisay City









3. Campuestohan Highlands - Negros' version of Tagaytay. Can I just say? It is also the most random themed-park I've ever seen! HAHAHA





4. Mambukal Mountain Resort - here, you can do a lot of activities from hiking and see the 7 Falls, kayaking to pool dipping. You can also visit their Butterfly Garden.








Thank you to our amazing trail guide - Kuya Rolando! :)
5. Balay Negrense - one of the oldest ancestral houses in the Philippines which has 12 bedrooms and a basement.





6. Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol - nothing much special but you might wanna compare it to your province's capitol


7. Masskara Marker - since Bacalod is celebrating Masskara Festival and it is held on October, we were lucky to see some of their preparations for the festival but it could have been better if we were there during the festivity itself. Maybe next time.



WHERE TO EAT

1. Manokan Country - a place where an array of food stalls are selling Bacolod Chicken Inasal. Must try: Aida's or Nena's

Ambiance: carinderia-type
Food: 9/10 (really tasty chicken even without dipping the chicken to any sauce)
Price: Low; budget-friendly
Wifi Zone: No


2. Bob's Restaurant

Ambiance: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Price: Mid-range
Wifi Zone: Yes




Breakfast Trio Platter + Carrot Cake + Very Berry Yogurt Cheesecake

3. Enting's Special of Sagay - it is a food stall at Mambukal Mountain Resort but it has its own establishment in Bacolod City proper

Food: 9/10 (one of the best sisig pusit I have ever tasted!)
Price: Mid-range (good for sharing)



4. Cafe 1925

Ambiance: 8/10 (not too spacious because it's just a little cafe in Silay City; but it's artsy-fartsy)
Food: 8/10
Price: Mid-range
Wifi Zone: No



Chicken sandwich + Kangkong Pesto + Sunny Wafer
5. Calea Pastries and Coffee - this place is a cake haven!! Until now, my taste buds won't forget how delicious their mousse cake is!!! Never leave Bacolod without even eating a dessert here!

Ambiance: 9/10
Food: 10/10 (the dessert)
Budget: Low to Mid-range (depending on the dessert)
Wifi Zone: Yes




Lastly, I would like to thank our driver/tour guide for the day - Kuya Hermes. Thank you for taking care of us during our tour in Negros Occidental. :) If you need someone to pick you at the airport and tour you around Bacolod, Silay, Talisay and Murcia, you can hire Kuya Hermes. He's very kind. :) Here is his contact number: 09494324709.


So this sums up our Negros Occidental adventure! I will write about my Iloilo and Guimaras travel posts soon. :)))


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