Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
This will be my first official post for this year!! Happy 2015 everyone!! This is a new year and a fresh start for me. I guess I will no longer be blogging that often but I will do my best to update my blog specially with fashion posts since I have so much fashion inspiration for this year. But first, allow me to post my unforgettable travel to Bacolod City. This is the first of my 5 travel lined up for this year.
Since Sinulog festival has just ended, we flew the day after to Bacolod for a 2 day trip. I really love to explore places most specially here in the Philippines. I would make it a point to be able to save in order for me to have the privilege to travel so that when I get old I will not be regretting not doing things that I want to do, specially traveling.
We arrived in Bacolod-Silay International Airport at 6:45 in the morning. The night before, I did my research of places that I want to visit in Bacolod. I also familiarized myself with the public transportation since this trip is a backpacking trip and we would want to be able to save as much as possible. I traveled with my close friend Jenifer, this is our second trip together, therefore, I no longer have problem adjusting and planning our itinerary.
Bacolod-Silay International Airport compound is very clean, the air is fresh, pine trees are planted all around and I was able to capture a good shot during sunrise.
Our first stop is Mambukal Mountain Resort. The reason why I chose this place for the first day instead of exploring the city and heritage site is because, the day before was Sinulog festival, my friend Jen did not have enough rest and we just want to relax for the whole day. After 1 tricycle, 2 jeepneys and 1 bus ride, we arrived at Mambukal safe and sound. There was a P50.00 entrance fee that was collected before we entered the resort. Since we planned to stay overnight, we stayed at their tourist lodge for P600.00/night.
Mambukal is the equivalent of Plantation Bay in Cebu, but the difference is that Plantation bay is already very developed wherein Mambukal is very natural. There was no major renovation that was made, that is why you will still feel very close to nature. This is the map of the whole place.
This is my most favorite area. This is the lake side. It is just so magnificent, I did not expect that this place exist in the Philippines, I thought I can only see this in movies. I was absolutely mesmerized!
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You cannot swim on the lake but you can go on boating for P30.00.
There are also flower plant vendors inside selling for a very low price. If only I have garden at home, I would really love to buy those beautiful plants.
After we stroll the whole place and took a power nap, we went for a hot bath on their Dipping Pool. The pool has a temperature of 38-43 degree celcius and the entrance fee is P50.00. This is the best place to relax. I can only stay for a maximum of 15 minutes because it is becoming too hot, I will rest on the side of the pool and if I feel cold, I will go back to the pool. It was the best experience ever!
They also have a Japanese Ofuro, this is also a pool but the water is really hot you can already see the vapor rising from the water. The entrance fee is P100.00.
After our hot bath, we went for a Massage at The Blade Spa. The is our ultimate vacation and all we want to do is to relax. Their Swedish Massage is P400 for 60 minutes. In the middle of the massage, I already slept, the masseur woke me up after my massage and I feel so relieved and refreshed. After our massage they serve us green and ginger tea.
This is the other side of The Blade Spa. If you will just have foot or hand massage wherein there is no need for you to strip, you can stay on their massage beds overlooking the river. Through the sliding door you will see the river and you can even hear the gush of water. That is even more relaxing.
The other tourist spot that we visited is The Ruins. Your Bacolod trip will not be complete if you will not be able to visit this historical place. The entrance fee is P95.00. I was so amazed, yes literally! It may be in ruins, but it is the perfect ruins I have ever seen.
This is the most photogenic place I have ever visited. Every corner is picture perfect, I can’t help not to be astonished.
Their garden is also perfectly landscaped, if it is just not too hot at the time we visited, I will not think twice of rolling over the grass. haha!
On my next blog, I will be posting my Campuestohan Highland Resort escapade, still in Bacolod. Xoxo everyone!