Sunday, February 22, 2015

2015 Jan: Philippines: Negros Occ: Silay

*Apologies, I have mistakenly added wrong signature on the photos with Batangas instead of Negros Occidental.

Silay - Home of some of the restored traditional houses near Bacolod City (after Talisay).

How to get there
  • In Bacolod, from Lacson St., take a jeepney (Bata-Libertad, Magdalaga-Libertad) from opposite side of Robinsons.  
  • Drop-off at Ceres Bus Terminal.
  • Take bright yellow ordinary Ceres bus (Victoria signboard), pay 15php going to Silay. 

In Rizal Street (National Highway), after an old church (San Diego Pro-Cathedral), drop off at Pink House.  This is our option on how to start the  Silay City Heritage walking tour.


Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum (known as the Pink House)
Location: Rizal Street, Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Entrace Fee: Adult: 60php (2015), Student: 30php
Open: Tuesday – Saturday (9am – 5pm), Sunday (9am – 4pm)
Tip: Stay away during break if you want a welcoming athmosphere.  We had a short and quick trip on this private museum since it is near the guide's lunch break.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

2015 Jan: Philippines: Negros Occ: The Taste of Bacolod

Silay:

El Ideal

Food: Pancit Guisado, Double Decker chicken and tuna sandwich with melted cheese
Value: Affordable (230php)
Atmosphere: old restaurant, with wooden chairs and marble-made table.
Location: 118 Rizal St, Silay City Heritage Zone, Negros Occidental (near park and bus stop)
Personal Preference: 8 out 10








Bacolod:

31 Korea
Food: tuna mayo kimbap, kokiyo chicken
Value: affordable (249php, 2015)
Atmosphere: Not the galbi-cooking that I'm expecting, but the only one I've seen with the toy I've been looking for.
The video screen is showing tvN channel with the replay of MNET Awards 2014 in Hong Kong.

Location : Citywalk, Robinsons





2015 Jan: Philippines: Negros Occ: Bacolod: Go Hotels

Accommodation: Go Hotels Bacolod
Address: Lacson Street, Mandalagan  Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Stay: Jan 29-31, 2015 (2 nights)

Price: Known to offer early bird booking, you can await for the regular rooms to be on sale from this hotel.  We got an overnight stay for 882php from travel fair in SMX (2014). Another overnight stay from online booking for 995php only.

Location:
Accessible from airport via commuting van service (150php/pax, 2015).  Indicate to the driver, so he can get inside the main gate.

Located near Robinsons Mall and in the middle of Lacson St. (main street in Bacolod).  

There is a back door (open: 6am-10pm), that is connected to Robinsons Mall for safer walk.


Room: Clean as expected (looks the same as Go Hotels in Pioneer, Mandaluyong).  Well lighted, with international cable channels.



Culinary ExperienceNo breakfast included.  But there is a small shop that opens 6am-8pm which provides very basic and simple needs.

Some of the restaurants in Central Citywalk opens by 9:30, the mall opens at 10am and closes at 8pm.  The earliest restaurant we found open is Pendy's (5-10 minutes) away by jeep from this hotel.


Downside:



  • Internet service in room is too slow on early half of the evening. Try to go to the ground level lobby for better connection. You may also go out of the room and find routers hanging from the ceiling.  But when it's around 2am, the connection is so fast.
  • Clogged or too slow to water drainage  when taking a bath
  • One grounded socket near the telephone
  • First time user of cable and tv remotes will normally show "no signal". Just dial 0 on the phone and they will surely assist you to make it work.
For its price and location, I would recommend this as your home base in Bacolod.

Other options or accommodation near Lacson St.





Travel Date: January 29, 2015 06:35 - January 31, 2015 17:40
Ticket bought: June 11, 2014

Itinerary:


Thursday

Arrival at Bacolod airport
Check-in @ Go Hotels
Silay (San Diego Cathedral, Jalandoni Musuem, Balay Negrense, Gaston Ancestral House)

Friday

Cafe Bobs
Campuestuhan 
The Ruins
Delicioso
Art District

Saturday

C's by L'fisher 
Pope John Paul tower
International Folk Toys Museum
Negros Museum Cafe


Expenses:


2015: Visit the Philippines Year [Soon]

2015: Visit the Philippines Year


2014: My Travels [Soon]

2014: My Travels