Bacolod - The City of Smiles

Happiness! I can now post and format multiple photos to blogger from my email. That would surely make my blogging more easier. :)

Now I can finally blog about my Bacolod+Iloilo+Guimaras trip last March! Hmm, let me see what I can remember...

Hello Bacolod!
We arrived in Bacolod-Silay Internation Airport at around 10AM.  From there we rode the shuttle vans going to Bacolod City proper. Fare is P150 per head and it took us less than an hour to get to Bacolod City proper.

SM City Bacolod
I forgot to ask where we are supposed to stop to get to our hotel, so we opted to get off at SM City Bacolod. And that, my friends, is our first destination in Bacolod. Haha.

First, we bought our ferry tickets to Iloilo for the next day. It's the same price if you buy from the port anyway. If I remember correctly, the ticketing center is in between the the north wing and south wing, near the grocery. You have to take note of where it is because it is also where the vans going back to the airport are parked. It is also near the terminal of tricycles going to the port.

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Oceanjet Ferry Schedule

We took advantage of Oceanjet's Libre Balik promo for their Bacolod-Iloilo route. The tickets are worth P320 each.

Aida's at Manokan Country
Next, we headed to Manokan Country since it's almost lunch and it's just a few meters from SM City Bacolod. When we asked the lady from the ticketing office for directions, she said "Diyan lang yun sa likod. Dun kayo sa Aida's. Masarap dun."... so Aida's it is! Kahit na we wanted to try a different restaurant sana since Aida's has a branch in Makati. But since even locals recommend it, dun na lang kami. Or, convincing lang talaga si Ate?

Good thing we came a bit early, because the place got a bit packed when actual lunch time came.

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Aida's at Manokan Country

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Oh yeah, Authentic Chicken Bacolod! :)

Comparing to fast food here in Manila, yes, it was better. I just can't pin point exactly what it is. It's not that oily, definitely. And we only spent around P300 for everything that we ate from there. Hehe. :)

From Aida's, we rode a trike to our hotel and paid P20. We should've rode a jeep because it's cheaper but it's okay because we got a better preview of the city while riding the trike. Our kuya gave us bits and pieces of trivias, pointing us different sites we could go see. I gotta find that video Rye took while we're having that joy ride.

11th Street Bed and Breakfast
Our trike driver dropped us in front of 11th street. He cannot cross the main road so we have to cross the street and walk to our hotel, 11th Street Bed and Breakfast. The inn is off the main road so we had a bit of hard time checking where it was.

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Nothing much to say here because it's really just what it is.. a Bed and Breakfast in 11th Street! Haha.

We rested for a while and then headed out for The Lagoon, their provincial capitol, walking distance from our hotel.

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We're supposed to go to Negros Museum after but we decided to defer it because we wanted to catch the sunset in The Ruins.

The Ruins
So, we rode another jeepney and headed to The Ruins, which is one the highlights our trip. :)

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The place is so beautiful and so picturesque! Plus, the tour guide, Kuya Roger is super funny! We spent half of the day there. It's almost dark when we headed out. Super sulit ang P50 entrance fee. Haha. I'm going to have a separate post about The Ruins, promise! :)

Cafe Uma
It was already rush hour when we decided to leave The Ruins. So, from Robinson's, we walked all the way to our next destination -- Cafe Uma.
But before that, we stopped by Starbucks first to buy our Bacolod travel mug. I forgot to ask the name of the two barista but they are both very friendly. They asked us if it's our first time in Bacolod and welcomed us. We realized that it was our first real smile that we got from the City of Smiles. Haha. Kudos to Starbucks Bacolod. :)

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And so, we finally arrived in Cafe Uma. We're sooo hungry by this that we didn't mind that their air conditioner was not working.
We ordered another Visayan favorite: Kansi! :)

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It.was.yummeh!!! Although they say the best Kansi is still the one you can find in specialty restaurants like Sharyn's Kansi House and Patpat's Kansi in Iloilo (they also have a branch in Makati).

For our Kansi and rice, we paid around P500.

This would be our final stop for the day and our most awaited! The famous cake house, Calea. Although we're so full and so tired, we still had to go to this cake shop which is just across Cafe Uma.

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I love everything about this place! The cake displays, the cake itself, the interiors. I wish they have one in Manila! But then again, maybe not. Hehe.

So that wraps up our Bacolod City tour. Thanks so much to our friends who contributed to our itinerary! :)

I will try to create a more one but for now this would have to do. Hehe. Our complete IT is posted here: Bacolod+Iloilo+Guimaras Itinerary

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