Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bacolod + Iloilo + Guimaras = Adventure of a Lifetime



Guess who?
Iloilo
Guimaras

My Visayas Trip was definitely one of the best adventure trips I ever had. I can really say that this is one for the books. I went there with my two classmates from DLSU, Phibbie and Shiela. It was definitely a spontaneous trip since we just booked our trip in the middle of a class. We were just looking for a cheap flight in the Philippines. We did not even know what was in Bacolod. We booked our trip and just paid a 1000 Pesos or 20USD via Zest Airways. 
Authentic Inasal from Manukan P60
Infinity Pool at L' Fisher Chalet, Bacolod
L' Fisher Triple Bedroom
The Ruins @ Bacolod















Night Life at Bacolod City





Calea (Best Dessert Place in Bacolod)




 
On our first Day we went to Bacolod and toured around the city. We went to see The Ruins which is definitely a must see historical place. The ruins before was a Spanish house built by the colonizers. Our ancestors were alarmed so they burned the house so that Bacolod would not be conquered. Now this has become one of Bacolod’s Tourist Destination. After that we went to the famous Manukan. Where we ate the famous Bacolod Inasal. It was really good and better than Mang Inasal . We ate the chicken inasal with our bare hands. What is special about this delicacy is that we mixed some toasted garlic, iodized salt and chicken oil with the plain rice. Now that is what you call instant fried rice. We only spent 150 pesos for 2 orders of pecho(chicken inasal with rice and drinks).This is what you call a good meal. After that we tried eating cakes from Calea Restaurant which is located beside L’Fisher hotel where we stayed. We ate delicious cakes like their mouth watering mud pie, chocolate cake and strawberry cheesecake. After food tripping we decided to explore Bacolod’s Night Life. We went to a Bar with a live Band. It was very entertaining. After that we slept in our hotel. 


Iloilo Churches

Macopo Falls, Guimara


 
On the next day we enjoyed our breakfast in our hotel then we went to Iloilo. When we got to Iloilo the first thing we did was go the famous Iloilo museum where we learned about their history. After that we went to Iloilo famous churches like the Jaro Church and Molo Church. Then we ate the famous Ted’s Batchoy. Their batchoy is a must try since it is more delicious than the Ted’s here in Manila. After eating our lunch we went to Guimaras. It will only cost you 15pesos to go there. Our Guimaras trip was definitely memorable because we were not used to a province like that since we were city girls. We did not know what to expect from Guimaras. We went to our hotel just to change our outfit. We hired a tricycle to drive us to Macopo Falls. Before you go to Macopo Falls you will first hike this very deep road which will take you about 30 minutes but it is truly breath taking when you go here. After that we climb 30 minutes again to go back to our trycicle. We were so exhausted that we ordered the trycicle driver to take us to the nearest beach. We then went to Rayman Beach Resort. This resort is public but we still had fun because we swam even if it was raining. We swam with our “salbabidas “ which can be rented for 50 pesos for the whole day. After swimming we ate in the resort. We ordered Grilled Liempo, Grilled Bangus, Grilled Chicken and also rice with soft drinks which only cost 600 pesos. Not bad for hungry girls. After that we went back to our hotel but our trycicle ride was definitely memorable since there were no street lights in Guimaras  and it was heavily raining it took us 30 minutes from the Beach to our Hotel. We were just praying to be safe and hope for the best. After that we slept and woke up the next day and bought pasalubongs for our family. We bought Mangoes from the market and it tasted really good. In my 20 years of eating this fruit I have never seen mangoes that big and also that cheap. After our adventure trip in Guimaras we decided to go back to Iloilo and then go back to Bacolod. Were we ate inasal again in Chicken House. The Chicken House Resto serves delicious Inasal. After buying Pasalubongs in Bacolod we went back home. I can truly say that this was an Adventure of a Lifetime.
Bacolod Airport ( definitely better than Manila Domestic Airport)



Travel Tips 
Accommodation: L’Fisher Hotel, Bacolod ; Zamkamps Hotel ,Guimaras 
Estimated Budget: P6000 to P8000
Food: Chicken House, Manukan, Ted’s Batchoy, Deco’s Batchoy, Magoes from Guimaras ; Napoleones from Pendy's ; Pili Tart rom Felicia's ; Kalamay from Bacolod Wet Market;'  Grilled Inasal Scallop from Aboy's; Calamansi Tart from C's 
Tourist Spots: The Ruins, Molo Church, Jaro Church, Iloilo Museum, Macopo Falls, 
Transportation: Airplane via Cebu Pacific; Zest-air; AirPhilexpress, Philippine Airlines or just take a bus ride via Ceres Line

 L' Fisher Chalet
 14th Aguinaldo St., Bacolod City Negros Occidental , Philippines
Tel No:  + 6334-709-1999
Website:  http://lfisherhotelbacolod.com

Zemkamps Chalet
Guimaras
Tel:  (+63 33) 237-1388

Calea Restaurant
Ground Floor, Lourdes-C Bldg., 14th Lacson Street, Bacolod City
Must Try: Mud Pie 
Menu Price: P60-P90 

Chicken House
 24 Lacson Street in Bacolod City
 Tel: +6334-434-9405
Must Try: Chicken Inasal Meal

Ted's Batchoy
Tel: +6333- 3379817
Website: http://www.tedslapazbatchoy.com/
Must Try: Batchoy

Pendys
Lacso St. Bacolod City
Tel: +63344340269
Must try: Napoleones; Half moon cake; Muscovado; Freshly cooked piyaya; Lumpiang Ubod; Pansit Efaven; Chicken ala King

Felicia's Pastry Cafe 
Doll Building 6th Street Bacolod City
Tel: +63344336586
Must Try: Pili Tart; Banoffee Cake; Chocolate Mousse

Aboys Restaurant
Liroville Subdivision Singcang Bacolod City
Tel:+63344350760
Must Try: Grilled Inasal Scallop; Adobong Squid Fat

C's 
13th Lacson St. Bacolod City
Tel: +63343373139
Must Try: Calamansi Tart

3 Days / 2 Nights Bacolod + Iloilo + Guimaras Itinerary and Budget 
Day 1


11:00
Depart Manila

Roundtrip (MNL-BCD) (Promo Fare)(terminal Fee)
1200
12:00
Arrive Bacolod

12:15
Go to City Centre ( Airport to Bacolod)
100
12:30
Lunch at Inasal
120
14:00
Check in At L’ Fisher Chalet
500
(1500/3)
15:00
Walking Tour Around the City


Trycicle to The Ruins
100
17:00
The Ruins
60
19:00
Dinner at Manukan
150
20:30
Dessert at Calea
90
Day 2


7:00
Breakfast at the Hotel
100
7:45
Taxi from Hotel to Port (150/3)
50
8:00
Depart Bacolod
250
Ferry Boat
10:30
Arrive Iloilo
100
Walking Tour of Old Churches in Iloilo
12:00
Lunch at Ted’s Batchoy
100
14:00
Depart Iloilo
15
Boat Ride
14:20
Arrive Guimaras
30
Jeep to Hotel
15:00
Check in At Zekamps Hotel Guimaras
500
(1500/3)
15:30
Touring Around Guimaras
250
Tricycle Rental for 1 Day (750/3)
17:30
Rayman Beach Resort
15
Entrance Fee
19:00
Dinner at Beach
200
Day 3


6:30
Breakfast at the Hotel
100
7:30
Jeep to the Port
30
8:00
Depart Guimaras

Boat Ride
15
8:20
Arrive Iloilo

10:00
Depart Iloilo
250
Ferry Boat
12:30
Arrive Bacolod

13:00
Lunch at Bacolod
120
14:30
Pasalubong shopping
300
16:00
Depart Bacolod

Terminal Fee
200
17:00
Arrive Manila


Total Cost
4945


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