Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bacolod City: My Last Day

On my last day in Bacolod City, I woke up early. Took a shower then packed up. Went to the Sweet City Captel Cafeteria for breakfast. After breakfast I checked out from my room and walked to the nearby Capitol  grounds and crossed the street for Negros Forest and Ecological Park. Since it was still 8 in the morning (It opens at 9 in the morning ) I went to the nearby Negros Organic Market.  In there you could see organic crops and a restaurant. The restaurant was still closed too. I went back to the Capitol Grounds to see some people jogging around the lagoon.

When it was about 9 am I entered the Forest Park. Paid an entrance fee of 40php. You can see in the Forest Park the Famour Negros hornbills and some native warty pigs. After about 30 minutes I went out and proceeded to the Negros  Museum.unfortunately they were closed on Monday. They open only during Thursdays to Sundays. So I just took a picture of the facade. After that I boarded a jeep bound for SM Bacolod. From there I crossed to Pope John Paul Memorial Tower and got inside. Paid entrance fee of Php 40, I went to the 7th floor. From there you can see the view of Bacolod City. In the Tower you can find memorabilia of the late Pope.

I also saw some pieces of artworks being displayed but they have no names yet. Just shot some pics of it. Then I went inside SM City to buy some food and drinks before boarding the shuttle van bound to the airport (php100 ).

Negros Forest Park

Negros Museum

Pope John Paul Memorial Tower


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bacolod City: Exploring the City

After touring the Panaad Park, I took a Jeep to the City (php8). I stopped by the St. Joseph Cathedral to attend mass. After that, I explored the city. Went to the City port, The Capitol Grounds, City Hall and took a peek at the SM City Bacolod.

The Cathedral
A statue in the capitol grounds

The Capitol

Bacolod City Hall

Bacolod Sea Port

The Capitol Lagoon
While roaming around the city I also saw some street vendors selling various kinds of foods. They looked so tempting that I really tried.

Bibingka- Bacolod style @ 5 php each

Hot Ice cream

Battered Fried Duck egg

Lumpia tuna

After a few hours I went back to my hotel and relaxed. Took a short nap. When it was about 8 Pm I boarder a jeep bound to Manukan Country for dinner. Manukan Country is an array of grills that serve mostly Chicken Inasal. Not sure which food shop to enter, I went to the place where there were plenty of guests dining. The logic?- perhaps they must have good food so there were many patrons.

I entered and saw these fresh oysters , I ordered one serving  and a chicken Inasal.

Chicken Inasal, steamed oysters, rice with chicken oil

After dinner, I walked around, hailed again a jeepney back to the Capitol. (php 8). Watched tv for a while in the lobby. At around 11 pm, I slept.

Bacolod: Negros Occidental Panaad Park and Stadium

 After an overnight experience at Mambukal Resort, I went back to Bacolod. Upon arriving Bacolod City, I went to the cheapest hotel in the city, the Sweet City Captel owned and operated by the Provincial government located just at the back of the Capitol building. It has a dorm type room with aircon and non-aircon room. Rates start at Php 100 per day. I chose the non-aircon room.

After checking in the hotel, I took a short nap and took a shower. After refreshing, I had no plans where to go. I asked the front desk and he suggested Panaad Eco-park and Stadium. I asked for a guide on how to go there by jeep but everybody said it was quite far. So I decided to hail a taxi. The taxi told it cost Php 120 to go there. I bargained for Php 80 and since I was his first passenger for the day he agreed.
Panaad Park and Stadium is an eco-tourism Park. In the park are Miniature Models of Local Government units of the Province of Negros Occidental. Most are already modern structures.