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JOH Goes: Bacolod!

“Always take the scenic route.”

AUTHOR’S NOTE:


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
  • Campuestuhan
  • 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: 

*as of July 2017

 

4:00AM : Toledo Port Bound.

Eggs are lifesavers. I am really feeling groggy at this time so I decided to eat my baon – eggs.

 

*as of July 2017

5:30AM : San Carlos City Bound

Hello, San Carlos City!

 

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:

It consists:
Bacon and 2pcs. Eggs(can be cooked to your liking), Garlic Rice and a choice of Hot Choco, Coffee or Tea. 🙂

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.

 

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JOHALADIDITAGAIN: Is back!

Hi hi! *inserts confetti*

Well this is embarrassing, really.


I have been away for quite a long time and now, I decided to really put my heart out in putting my travel experiences in my blog since my friends have been well, stingy, when I also ask them the same. (not that I’m feeling bad about it but yes, a little lol).

So yes, going back to what I said, after this blog, I will be posting my CEB-SAGADA-KILTEPAN Trip and will continuously post more, pinky promise! HERE’S A SNEAK PEEK:

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“Soulsearching and contemplating. Chos. I was actually mesmerized by God’s gift to us!”

Teehee. Well, that’s about it for now.

Out and about!

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MEMOIRS: Johala goes to Manila!

Hello, readers! 🙂 Gosh I missed writing and updating my blog but due to a lot of unforeseen circumstances(such as 24/7 working which nearly killed me and other necessary workloads to finish), I did not have ample to time to sit down, grab a good coffee and of course indulge to WordPress. 😦 But nevertheless, I will try hardER to update here once in a while.

You might be wondering why I just got myself back from writing just now. It could only mean one thing: I AM *temporarily* FREE OF WORK!!! lol. But yeah, I got myself free from a month’s worth work in a 4-day getaway from the City and travel to my hometown! :’) I am really hyped for today’s trip since it’s been 2 yrs since I last went to Bulacan(my hometown) and I am very excited to see my cousins and other relatives.

Here’s little sneak peak of today’s endeavor:

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6.04AM: Still waiting for my friend for us to check-in already. And oh, our flight’s at 8.25AM. 🙂

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Packs are packed!!

This’ll be it for the meantime. 🙂
Good luck on my trip! :):):)

Living the Teenage Dream.

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Memoirs: RAISE Worship 2015

It’s been quite a while since I had my next blog. I was seriously stuck in a neverending 12/7 shift. And no, this ain’t a bluff, I WAS really working 7 days a week having a 12 hr shift almost evrry day. Fml, right? It’s not that I want this, but my new boss is giving me a hard time. She is pushing me to go beyond my own limits which I undoubtedly think possible. Well not to mention I was working last Sinulog. So yeah, so much for the ‘rant’? Haha.

Anywaaaaay, yesterday was the RAISE Concert organized by the Youth Of Christ in Cebu. Oh, I haven’t fully introduced myself yet but I’ll make one later so for the meantime, let me tell you that I’m also a YFC. I’ve been a member for quite a long time now, perhaps 7 yrs already and still counting! This is my support group ever since and they have helped me through my greatest downfalls in life. It’s such a blessing to be a prt of a group-even a family, whom you can praise and worship the Lord together, let you realize the better things in life are yet to happen and a loving God who guides you all throughout your journey. My brothers in sisters in Christ are one of the main reasons why I began to trust other people. But you know, it’s not because I’m a YFC doesn’t mean i’m a full-blown good girl. Well apparently, I’m not. There came a moment in my life where I ‘nearly’ doubted God’s existence when me and my family were facing a very tragic problem that we thought of losing everything.. It was really a tough ride- I personally thought I’m going to lose myself in the long run.. But God, His mercy is just so strong that even the impossible things we thought that could never happen well, just happened.. Being in this group, it has made me sane up to this very moment. It has helped me strengthen my belief and love in the Lord and as far as I’m capable with, I’ll do the same for others.. I want them to be able to feel how wonderful our God works. 🙂

Now, this concert is not like any other concerts where you dance, sing and perhaps do rave? Nah. In a way or another, we do those but we do it as a service to the Lord. We raise our hands, dance to the beat of the worship songs, and rave with co-yfc’s in order to express our gratitude, love, surrender to our God. We gave out our calls, our pleads, our thanksgiving through singing and dancing. This is the YFC way of having a concert. 🙂

Here are some pictures that I took before, during, and the after event. The event took place in UP Cebu Grounds around 5pm to 9pm:

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Roselle, Ram and Me

when we just bought our tickets!

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These are some of my closest YFC Friends. We took this pic before the concert starts.

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Here is our view when we were about to go near the stage.

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One of our sharers during the RAISE Concert. He was talking about Praising God like a Child- innocent and warm.

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The RAISE Band guiding the crowd to  worship.

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The RAISE Band

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The Aftermath of the RAISE Concert.

Honestly, it’s been ages since I last joined a YFC Event and I should say that last night was really a great comeback. Kudos to all the organizers and the support team who did a great job! 🙂

Over and Out!

Living the Teenage Dream.

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#BBCEBU invades Sinulog 2015!

And yes! You certainly read that right, guys. 🙂 Backyard Burgers is going to come here in Cebu specifically on Sinulog. And oh, special mention that they are going to jam with us on #SinulogInvasion2015 by Spectrum Experience. But before I get too much excited, to those people who aren’t familiar with Backyard Burgers, let me give you a little bit of introduction.

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Backyard Burgers are originally from Davao. This was brought to life for the love of good home-made grilled burgers and in fact, just looking at the scrumptuous pictures in their Website and Facebook page, it certainly gives you the home-y feels. Also, from the name of the shop itself, this was first started in their backyard and thank the gods we can now enjoy their burgers which is open for everyone. But hey, if I just knew where exactly are they grilling the burgers, then most probably I’ll be one of the gatecrashers. 😀 Kidding aside, their burgers are really one-of-a-kind since their ingredients are fresh, top quality and most of all, AFFORDABLE! What made Bacyard Burgers very interesting is that you can be a Chef in your own way and make your own burger masterpiece. 😉

Now here’s the thing, I have never tried eating any of their burgers since I did not have a chance to travel to Davao but I am an avid follower of their Facebook page. I think some of the staff may notice my ‘kakulitan’ since almost every photos posted in the page, I have asked them a gazillion times to expand here in Cebu. I mean, for someone who loves exploring food and blogging, I can’t just miss something as rad as this shop. So when I heard that they are FINALLY coming to Cebu, I certainly cannot miss it for the world! 🙂

No worries, I will now be posting their mouth-watering menu so prepare them pens and paper and jot down the burgers you want to enjoy! 🙂
(Btw, all pictures are from their Facebook page)

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I know, I know. Sinulog is still a week away so we still have to bear a whole week to be able to get a hold of these beautiful burgers. Well if you’ll ask me? I’m very interested to try ALL of them but I want to savor every kind of burger they have to offer. I mean, good food should be properly attended. It should be treated with justie and not just go munching it right away. Hehe. Now what i’ll do, I’ll try 1 at a time and to start with, I’d totally go first with Cheezy Steak Burger. I mean, just look at that! It’ll be my first time eating a burger with so much filling and not to mention, fries! Ah, just the perfect thing for me. :):)

You may be having some questions like “Where exactly can we see their shop?” stuff like that, but as of the moment, they are still scouting for places(Yep! Places! Not just one but a lot!)where it’s gonna be convenient to the public but one thing’s for sure, they are also at #SinulogInvasion so you guys can see them in the corner of the event.. I’m pretty sure we all wanted to be updated as to their wherebaouts for Sinulog so I’ll post their details below:

Facebook: Backyard Burgers Cebu
Website: http://www.davaoburgers.com

Here’s a good catch! They are giving away 20 slots who can have a first taste of their burgers for FREE! How? Just click this link and answer:
http://poll-en.herokuapp.com/survey/polls/toboor

To my fellow bloggers, tara na! Let’s eat! 🙂
Looking forward to #BBCebu! 🙂

Living the Teenage Dream.

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To more FoodStalking Ventures, SAVE it is! :)

Yes! You heard that right. Since this is the start of the New Year which I honestly think is my year, I went to National Bookstore in Ayala Centre Cebu and bought…….this:

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Cute, right? Hahaha. And no, don’t get me wrong. I did not choose this because of the design, I mean yeah it’s cute but I was not able to see any koala or purple-themed coin bank so I got this instead. Hehe. This will be the home of my 20 peso bills. I got another coin bank for my 10 peso coins. 🙂 Excitment filled me way too muh since thiscis my forst timw on having my own coin bank and I will see to it that I will be able to feed it everyday. Hohoho. This will be a loooooong way but I know time flies so fast and before I know it, Christmas will be just around the corner. Also, this will be for my travel and lens-scapade. I’m soooo hyped what tomorrow brings so I better get started now!

How about you? Do you have anything you started just this year? 🙂

Living the Teenage Dream.