It may not look like it in this photo (or all the other photos because I was having too much fun making aura everywhere lol), but was definitely all smiles during our trip last month to the City of Smiles, Bacolod! Although it was a pretty gloomy weekend, I did not let the weather dampen the mood. It was my first time going to Bacolod and I'm torn between wanting to go back and not-- and for totally good reason. Know more below the cut!
Only spent a day and a half in the heart of Negros Occidental with my family, but I sure had fun! We caught an early Saturday morning flight from Manila, and wasted no time in exploring the city. After eating breakfast at our hotel, we set out to see Campuestohan, a famous resort just north of Bacolod City.
Entrance costs P150, which is inclusive of the fee to swim in their pools (including the wave pool), and frolick in the playground. There are also other activities you can try in the resort such as zipline and skybike, but for a separate charge. You can also rent one of the cabins and spend the night in the highlands.
Top from Greenhills, skort from Limited Too, sneakers from Adidas
The museum is just one of Silay's many ancestral houses. As much as we would have loved to see more (such as the more famous Balay Negrense), we had to catch the sun in Negros Occidental's most famous icon to date -- The Ruins.
We got there just in time to join the tour conducted by the ever exuberant Roger, of Pinoy Big Brother fame. He definitely has an engaging way of telling the story of the place, and does not skip on the important details. As it turns out, The Ruins is a fairly new tourist spot-- having only been opened to the public in 2007. It's a good thing they transformed it into a heritage site and events venue, because it would be a shame to have such beauty secluded from the public eye.
|Setup for a wedding reception scheduled on that evening|
|Feeling haciendera to the max-- welcome to my crib! LOL|
After a long day, we rewarded ourselves with a hearty dinner of chicken inasal. We ate at Aida's at Manokan Country, and boy, I don't think it can get any more authentic than that. They ran out of pecho (breast part, AKA THE BEST PART), but the paa (leg part) was just as great! We also ordered atay (liver) and chorizo, which were equally delicious. Of course, I drenched my garlic rice with chicken oil and atsuete (annatto/ achiote oil). If I could take home some of that chicken oil with me, I probably would have!
|Spotted a GARAPATA mural en route to Bob's|
Alas, it was time to leave, but not without some sweets to take home with us! Trust me on this, no trip to the Sugar Capital of the Philippines would be complete without a box (or two, or more!) full of pasalubongs. You will not run out of choices-- from Bongbong's, Merci, Virgie's, and even El Ideal.
I left Bacolod with my tummy and heart filled, and my sweet tooth more than satisfied. Definitely missing the authentic flavor of inasal, and their many pasalubongs as I write this. My favorites? Their piaya and mango tarts!
I said in the intro that I'm torn between wanting to go back to Bacolod and not, and the reason is: every day there is definitely cheat day! Imagine all the calories I packed on just from spending roughly two days there. But hey, the indulgence was definitely worth it! In all seriousness though, 10/10 would love to go back!