“Always take the scenic route.”
After more than a year of blogging hiatus due to work/life time mismanagement and all things in between ( in other words, procrastination got me so bad ), I AM BACK! I’ve too much to post here regarding my past travels and as I’ve promised myself moving forward, I will post ALL past travel getaways to officially bring back my blog site! But for the meantime, I will be sharing my short 2-day staycation in the beautiful City of Smiles – BACOLOD last July 14-15!
–Out and about!
The reason why I went back to this place is primarily because of my Passport Appointment. Since I got myself a *cough* good excuse I’ve mentioned how short my stay was in Bacolod, it didn’t stop me from achieving the Number 1 must-do’s in the city which is to…..
…Explore their wonderful Food!
TOTALLY! In my own opinion, Bacolod is definitely a food haven to foodventurers and those with sweet tooth! Why so? I can only think of 2 main reasons(which if not all, most people thinks the same):
1. C H E A P.
Question: Joh, just how cheap is cheap? Well, the ‘Double layer-Butter Sansrival-Cake-Is-Just-95-Pesos’ kind of cheap. Still not convinced? You can also grab a good serving of Cafe Latte in a fancy restaurant worth less than a hundred. And yes, you’re welcome.
2. FRIGGIN’ G O O D.
Oh! Be reminded that the ‘cheap’ I mentioned above is just about the price, and obviously not the food ‘coz when you go to their famous dessert houses, “delicious” or “tasty” is an understatement. They know about their kitchen way too well in terms of recommending which kind of dessert goes best for this specific drink to those who would like to taste Bacolod’s best. 🙂 Talk about being cheap without compromising best food quality!
You may think I’m head-over-heels with their food but really, what’s not to love about Bacolod! Aside from their mouth-watering dishes, Bacolod offers historical and the “I-can-find-my-Inner-Peace-here” kinds of places. To name some, you can go to :
- The Ruins
- San Sebastian Cathedral
- Capitol Grounds and Lagoon
- Mambukal Resort
- Silay City and its Heritage Houses
Unfortunately, due to time and financial constraints, I missed the chance of exploring more of those sights but still, I had truly enjoy my food escapades without limits!
Here is my Day 1 Itinerary:
1:00AM : North Bus Terminal Bound.
A/N- First thing’s First. You can go to Bacolod either Land or Air. If you decide to ride an Airplane, the flight usually takes around 45 mins. For me, I always take the Landtrip since it’s cheaper that way although the ride will take a loooong while – 8 whole hrs! I’ve no choice but to take the earliest ride at 1AM since I can’t afford to be late with my appointment in the afternoon. Means to say, I will be sleeping all throughout the trip in the Bus! T.T Mind you, I am so not a light sleeper so I cannot afford to sleep knowing I’m traveling alone. Well, I just have to get done with it, right?
Take note of the Ceres Bus Schedule for Ceb-Bacolod via Don Salvador Benedicto:
4:00AM : Toledo Port Bound.
5:30AM : San Carlos City Bound
5:30AM-9:00AM : Bacolod South Bus Terminal Bound
Since it was still too early for my Passport Appointment at 3PM, I decided to head out for breakfast and decide from there where to go next. I was about to ride a Trisikad when I knew how much my fare is going to be and go to Cafe Bob’s in Lacson St. but this young girl who was at my back tapped me and told me to decline the ride since it’s expensive. Well, tbh I do think it was costly since the Trisikad Driver told me that the ride costs Php. 60.00 but I didn’t think of Grab that time since I don’t know if there’s any promo. Lol. Good thing that young girl(who seems to be travelling on the same bus to where I was) saw and approached me. She even informed me what Grab Code to use! She’s a gem. 💟
930AM : Cafe Bob’s Place Bound.
So I settled in one of my favorite restaurants in Bacolod for a good breakfast and ordered “The Traditional” Set:
I finished around 10:30AM and was just chilling in the resto since I was still thinking of what to do. Lol. Initially, I plan to go home in the evening of the same day since I can’t afford to pay for a place to stay. (I had a shortage of cash for this trip since it was unexpected that I had to pursue my passport application in Bacolod instead in Cebu. The thing is, my Travel Agency lied to me when they said that they can secure me a slot and have my personal appearance on DFA Cebu around August 1st Week but when I called them 5 days ago, another employee answered and told me that there was no schedule for August but only on October so there, I decided to pursue with my initial Passport Appointment in Bacolod and declined the travel agency services for their inconsistency. After all, I can’t afford to waste more time since my due International flight is on November. Wew). Wait, let’s go back to the real deal lol. So yeah, I was just sitting and suddenly I received a ‘Kumusta’ Call from my Auntie! She knew I was going to be in Bacolod to process stuff. We talked over messenger and she asked how I was during the trip and if I was staying the night. Of course I told her I’ve no sleep and all that and I’ll head straight home after my errands. For a second, there were angels singing songs of praises during the call because my Auntie told me:
“Joh, I’ll pay for the room. Go find yourself a decent hotel.”
SO JOH CAN STAY AND SLEEP!!! I was really so damn happy and decided to check online and see the available hotels near Robinsons/Lacson St. (I literally squeal inside the resto haha). But as the saying goes, ‘You can’t always have it all.’ As I was searching over Agoda, Traveloka, Booking.com and Google per sè, All hotels/inn are either fully booked or does not accept debit cards without the Physical Card. I actually got scared since I was hesitant to book a room outside Lacson St. Since I haven’t been too much places in Bacolod but what choice do I have to take? On my last search, there was a Pension House who have an available room which is 15-20 mins away from Robinsons. I then booked and paid online through Agoda and headed to : Manna Pension House
I owe my life to Technology for the awesome innovation of Google Map! I asked around on what’s the best means of transportation to get to Manna so the waiter told me to ride a Jeepney and just tell the driver that I’ll be headed to San Sebastian St. (which Manna Pension House is situated at) and perhaps I can just walk my way to the Inn.
After a 10-minute ride, I’m finally here!
Manna Pension House is popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. The city center is merely 1 km away and the airport can be reached within 45 minutes. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city’s numerous attractions such as Negros Museum, Paglaum Sports Complex, San Sebastian Cathedral.