Negros Occidental: Sugarbowl of the Philippines

Negros Occidental produces more than half of the country’s sugar production that’s why it was dubbed as “Sugarbowl of the Philippines”.

Bodex and I, together with my bff’s sister, Hannah and her bf, Melson, left the city for 4 days and 3 nights to explore the beauty of Negros Occidental and Siquijor. Nakakatuwa kasi meron nanaman nag-join samin. Our entry point was Bacolod, Negros Occidental. This was the first province that I’ve been to and it’s so nice to be back after 19 years. Hahaha! (Ok, wala ng englishan, wala ako sa mood mag-english. LOL!)

DAY 1: Bacolod City

From Silay Airport, dumiretso kami agad sa Campuestohan Highland Resort. Ang laki ng natipid namin sa fare kasi meron nanaman kaming “connection”. Hahah! Upon arrival, we paid 150 for the entrance fee. Sobrang aga namin, wala pang mga tao, kaya magandang magpicture-picture. Dito na din kami nagbreakfast. Masaya pumunta dito ng weekdays, kaso lang yung mga activities nila like Wave Pool and Foam Bath, ang tagal mag-open. 10:30am pa! Pero worth it naman yung pag patay namin ng oras para ma-experience yun. Kasi sobrang saya! Hahahah! Lalo na yung Foam Bath, sarap bumalik sa pagkabata! Hihihi

DCIM100GOPROGOPR1974.Welcome to Campuestohan Highland Resort

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One of the activities in the resort is the Hamster Ball for only Php100 per head. Hannah and Melson nailed it! hahah! (Mukha lang daw madali, pero mahirap)

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The wave pool!

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This Foam Bath is a must try! Nakaka-bata, mga bes! Ang saya! hahaha!

√ COOL THINGS TO SHARE: 

■ Getting to Campuestohan Highland Resort – from Silay Airport, ride shuttle van to Bacolod City, fare is Php150.

■ From Bacolod City, ride tricyle to Burgos Public Market then jeep to Alangilan Terminal and then habal-habal to Campuestohan

■ You can also hire taxi but it will cost you Php500-Php800 per way. During weekends, the resort offers shuttle service from Bacolod to Campuestohan for only Php100 per head.

■ Entrance fee is Php150 per head, includes free use of swimming pool and unlimited picture taking.

■ Their Foam Bath is a MUST TRY! 🙂

■ READ: Travel Guide: Negros Occidental x Siquijor for the complete itinerary and expenses.

After our halfday tour in Campuestohan, nag-sidetrip muna kami sa Bacolod City Hall bago dumiretso sa Bell Hotel para iwan ang gamit namin at mapatuyo agad yung mga basang damit. Hahaha! For our merienda, we went to Calea Pastries and Coffee, the famous cake shop in Bacolod. I’m not a fan of sweets, pero yung cakes dito, panalo! Mouthwatering talaga and very affordable price. Specially their best seller White Chocolate Cheesecake. So, naglalaway ako ngayon habang nagblo-blog. 😀

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Picture-picture at City of Bacolod!

IMG_5091Kaaliw yung pinto! Hahah cutie! 😀

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Mango Graham, Chocolate Cake and their best seller, White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce.

Bongbong’s and Merzci pasalubong center are just few meters away from Calea. Kaya dumaan na din kami dito para kay Hannah, madami kasi syang papasalubungan. Hahah! Nag hire kami ng Grab going to The Ruins (Yes, may Grab dito sa Bacolod), gusto ko kasi makarating agad dun para ma-compare kung mas maganda ba ito sa hapon or sa gabi. Well, the latter is better.

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The Ruins at noon time with lots of photobombers. Hahaha! The struggle is real ‘ika nga. 😀

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The Ruins at night time. Mas maganda sa gabi with reflection pa. 🙂

Again, we took Grab going to Manokan Country para mag-dinner. Hindi dahil nagmamadali nanaman kami but because the tricycle offered us Php150 per head hanggang Robinsons Bacolod lang yun, bes! Ang mahal dba? Hahah! Unlike Grab, Php228 for 4 pax na hanggang Manokan Country pa!

We capped off the day with Bacolod’s finest, Chicken Inasal! Sarap matulog after. Buhay baboy indeed! Hahaha! Pero syempre, joke lang. Naglakad kami pabalik ng hotel para bumaba naman yung mga kinain namin. Hehe

IMG_5113The right way to eat Bacolod’s chicken inasal. Yum!! 😀

 

√ COOL THINGS TO SHARE: 

■ Getting to Calea – Ride jeep with “Mandalagan” signboard then alight at Calea Pastries and Coffee, fare is Php7.00

■ White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry sauce is a must try! Cake slice ranges from Php80-Php95. Super affordable!

■ Getting to The Ruins – Ride jeep with “Mandalagan” signboard then alight at Pepsi Bottling Plant. Ride tricycle to The Ruins.

■ Entrance fee is Php100

■ Try Aida’s in Manokan Country.

■ READ: Travel Guide: Negros Occidental x Siquijor for the complete itinerary and expenses.

 

DAY 2: Sipalay City – Jewel of Sugar Island

Rise and Shine! Buti nalang may free buffet breakfast dun sa hotel namin, tamang-tama para mahabang byahe going to Sipalay. Our original plan was to ride a bus but the travel time will take 5-6 hours. So, we opted to ride a van instead as it will cut down the travel time by 4 hours. After 15 minutes of waiting, umalis na yung van, puno man o hindi! Hahahah! Ang saya! As if we rented the van for ourselves.

It’s already lunch time when we got to Sipalay. The van dropped us in front of Sealey’s Inn, where we spent the night. After we ate our lunch at Groogies, we met our guide, Kuya Dado and Kuya Jojo. Kelangan dalawang tricycle ang kukunin nyo dahil grabe yung mga daan papuntang Tinagong Dagat, Sugar Beach and Perth Paradise Resort. That’s the time you will realize why the tour cost that much.

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Our first stop was Tinagong Dagat. We paid 30 pesos for the entrance fee at nagstart na kami mag-trek. Maganda yung view sa taas, mahangin at mainit. Hahah! Kidding! 😀 

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Tinagong Dagat in bird’s eye view.

 

DSCF9648Sugar beach was our next stop. Kaya daw ito tinawag na Sugar Beach dahil sa sand nyang parang Brown Sugar.

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And lastly, the Perth Paradise Resort. Dito mo makikita yung iconic chocolate hills-shaped islets. Habang nagpapaka-sarap kang mag-swimming, busog pa yung mata mo sa ganda ng view!

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Kayak is 250 per head good for 1 hour.

√ COOL THINGS TO SHARE: 

■ Tour in Sipalay is 500 per head. You’ll realize why the tour cost that much when you experience the super bumpy ride going to Sugar Beach and specially in Perth Paradise Resort. (Ikaw na yung maaawa sa tricycle. Heheh)

■ Trek to the viewing deck of Tinagong Dagat and be amaze to see the islets around it.

■ To reach Sugar Beach, you need to cross the river. Boat rental is Php20 per head per way.

■ Entrance fee in Perth Paradise Resort is Php80/pax and additional Php100/pax if you want to experience their infinity pool. Overnight stay is Php2,500 for 4pax.

■ READ: Travel Guide: Negros Occidental x Siquijor for the complete itinerary and expenses.

After namin magdinner sa Groogies, we went back to our inn and pack up our things dahil maaga ang alis namin kinabukasan papuntang Dumaguete, our gateway to Siquijor.

IMG_5149Groogies in Sipalay. We also asked the staff why their resto was named Groogies. She replied:  “Inuman kasi ‘to, yung mga umiinom dito groggy na.” Now you know! 😀

IMG_5138My cheapest fruit shake ever! Watermelon shake for only Php49, fruits talaga walang halong powder! hahah! (Mango shake for Hannah) 

Exploring Negros doesn’t end here, madami pang tourist spots na pwedeng puntahan. Salamat, Negros Occidental, see you again soon dahil mag-he-hello na kami sa aming next destination – Siquijor!

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