In Our 25 Day Backpacking Trip, We Only Stayed Overnight In Bacolod

Bacolod was already part of my “Backpacking Visayas” trip two years ago. I was with my college best-friend and we explored this part of Negros within 36 hours.  Given the very short time we have, we were able to visit 3 places you shouldn’t miss when you’re in the “City of Smiles”: Mambukal Mountain Resort, Calea, and of course the “Ruins” where I told myself that someday I’ll be back to take a day shot of the mansion (unfortunately, my first visit was at night). Haha. I just didn’t expect that that “someday” would be this year.

Leaving Lakawon was easy, thinking that we still have 20 more days on this trip. Nothing beats the excitement of our adventurous souls, ready to take everything we’ll see, experience, enjoy, and learn in the next island, province, or city where we will be.

And so we left the island early with only 3 things in mind that we’ll be doing once we get to Bacolod:

1. Introduce Darel to their pastries haven — Calea, and eat cake, have some coffee, and play solitaire. HAHAHA.

2. Be at “The Ruins” a little before sunset and take good photos.

3. Go back to our hotel early so we can take all the rest we need as we prepare for an 8 hour travel to Cebu the next day.

Wait. Have I mentioned that I got stung by a jellyfish during our stay in Lakawon? Yup. And my skin reacted so bad few weeks after the incident (more about my skin allergy soon). We didn’t know that it’s actually jellyfish season, and the resort quite lack in giving reminders or caution to their guests. In fact, it was only after I got stung that they sort of “informed” us about it, “Ahh. Marami talagang jellyfish ngayon dito.” Haha. Thank you!!

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So many jellyfish back at the Cadiz Viejo Port

We were supposed to take a bus back to Bacolod but we met good people who offered to give us a free ride. And it all started with the bag Darel was using (thank you Maui for lending him your backpack haha).

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Waiting for a bus

One of the great things you’ll get to experience in backpacking trips is the opportunity to meet new people along the way. You get to exchange stories with them, know what brought them to the place, where they came from, and just learn many things from each other. I remember the time we hitched a boat ride from Malapascua to Bantayan from last year’s “Backpacking Cebu”. I was with 2 of my friends and we were so blessed to have met a family who have been so generous and friendly. There was also this one time in Siquijor where we made friends with our roommate in the dorm of the hostel resort, and invited her to join us as we tour the island. Darel and I have few more stories about the new people we met in this trip.

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Welcome to Calea!

We asked to be dropped off at Calea in Lacson Ave., but realizing that they only serve cakes and coffee, we had to check-in first to our hotel, find a place where we can have lunch, and go back so we can have dessert.

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Pleasant Pension House

There are many hotels in the area so finding one isn’t really that difficult. In fact, we just walked in to the exact hotel where Karla and I stayed 2 years ago. What I like about this place is the fact that it’s so cheap and it has a very good location. Darel and I got a room for 800 pesos (basic room, nothing fancy), and I realize just now that it’s the cheapest accommodation we had in this trip. Well, of course there are cheaper options that’s around 350 to 500 pesos per person, but that’s for dormitory and not a private room.

After checking-in at our hotel, we decided to grab a quick lunch in a restaurant near it then headed straight to Calea. Here are some photos:

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“Selfie” as we rest for a bit
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So many beautiful cakes! It took us quite a while to choose one.
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If you’re in Bacolod and in need of a sugar rush, go to Calea. :)
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YUM!! The perfect dessert.
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This door looks so interesting and heavy. HAHA. It is indeed heavy.

A little before 4 pm, we booked a Grab to get to The Ruins just before sunset. It was already starting to look like it’s going to rain but thank God we arrived at the place and was able to take a couple of photos before the rain eventually poured.

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And I’m baaaaaaccck!! Finally! The Mansion in daylight!
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We were also able to have a tour of the mansion. It was fun to hear the architectural background of how it was built, why, and many other details.
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Details. Details. The initials of the owners Mariano and Maria on the columns.
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Floor details.
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And because we were having a hard time getting a photo of the two of us together, ayan, puro solo shots na lang muna. Hahaha.
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Island outfit in the city. Hahaha.
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Just when the background was clear of people, I forgot to remove my bag in the frame. Yung photographer ko di man lang din sinabi. Hahaha.
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Ugggh. So beautiful! I didn’t know that this place could be rented for events. It’s perfect for weddings don’t you think?
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We saw a lady passing by and asked if she can take a photo of us. HAHA! Yes!! May picture na kami!!
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The sugarcane chimney or “simborio”. A tree eventually grew on top of it over the years.
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The mansion’s grandeur is a testament of the lifestyle of the hacienderos.
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Hirap ng walang tripod. Tsk tsk.
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Wakanda pose at The Ruins.
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We asked another tourist if she can take our photo with this as our background. We offered to take her picture naman pagkatapos para fair. Haha.
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Trust me, I’m in this photo.
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Early dinner. Yes, I had salad because I was not that hungry yet.
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HAHAHAHA!! This “reflection” photo is so fail! The problem with no tripod.
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Can’t get enough of how charming this place is.
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Had to go midway of the stairs just to get a glimpse of the sunset. I bet it was so pretty with all those purple, pink, and blue hues.
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The perfect night shot. :)

What’s next after Bacolod? Well, we had to travel all the way to Cebu by bus + roro for 8  long hours. Yep! Exciting posts coming!

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