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!!
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).
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!