The boyfriend and I are suckers for seat sales. Whenever news go ’round that an airline is offering a seat sale, we hurry online to book flights. We don’t usually have a destination in mind (apart from select countries), so we usually randomly book flights. And that is the reason why we wounded up with two round-trip tickets to Bacolod. Haha. We had no idea what we were going to do or which places we were supposed to visit because Bacolod never really stood out for me as a must-visit place in the Philippines.
With us is B’s two sisters–Ate Debbie and Chloe. Our flight left Manila at 4:55AM and arrived at 6AM. Our first order of business was to get to PAGCOR Hotel and Casino. We chatted with a bunch of shuttle drivers and found ourselves closing a deal with Mang Greg. For 1,700 pesos (gas money is on us too), we rented his Mitsubishi Adventure for 24 hours. (Email me if you need his number, he has a range of cars and vans to choose from)
Since we will be needing the car tomorrow morning for our Mambukal and The Ruins trip, he drove us to PAGCOR Hotel for 500 pesos–normal shuttle rate is 150 pesos per head. We saved 100 bucks. 😀 B’s aunt, Tita Josie was waiting for us, where she helped us with accommodations.
The New Bacolod-Silay Airport is 30 to 40 minutes away from Bacolod City, depending on the traffic. By 8AM, we were already in PAGCOR. B and I were running on a shared cup of coffee and two cigarettes so we were pretty hungry.
We had a quick breakfast at a tapsilogan near the hotel. You can’t beat the pleasure of cheap but oh-so-delicious food. We returned to the hotel, slept a little and left at around 11:30 to eat lunch.
I was told that a trip to Bacolod is all about gluttony. Indeed it was. Barely three hours since we last ate and we were already on the hunt for another restaurant to try. Haha.
We cabbed it to Lacson Street, where we got off at Chicken Deli. Ate Debbie had tried this restaurant before so we knew we were in for a treat.
I remember asking, “Wala silang pinto?” when we found a table. Funny, I know. The open restaurant affords a view of Lacson Street and all the vehicles passing by. A set-up like this doesn’t lend a favorable ambiance, but thankfully our visit was pretty peaceful.
Since I already had rice for breakfast that morning, I decided to eat my piece of chicken on its own. Yes, no rice for me! Had I tried to eat one more spoonful of rice, I would have puked methinks. The chicken’s pretty good, especially when you drizzle chicken oil and bathe it in spicy toyomansi (yuuuuuumm!). 😀
After lunch, we dropped by the Negros Showroom, which was right next door. Talk about convenience! I would have taken pictures but too bad they don’t allow that. Boo.
Anyway, if you’re dropping by Negros Showroom, I would suggest you bring home a couple of shirts and accessories–the shirts are of good quality, trust me. The other items, however, are way too expensive as pasalubong. Some items go for thousands. Literally.
We went back to the hotel after shopping. We dropped by the casino, slept in, watched TV, smoked, played DragonVale and whatnot. I love that PAGCOR has a smoking area–right outside the hotel room. Although I’m pretty sure non-smoking folks would gladly rip our heads off for smoking in the hallway. Well, they have cigarette bins available. 😀
I don’t know if time ran faster in Bacolod but it seems like it did. I couldn’t believe it was (again) time to eat. This time around, we ate at the hotel restaurant, Cafe Tertulia. See that plate of chicken above? That’s all mine! The horror.
The menu didn’t warn us about the portions or whatnot. But with a price tag of 240 pesos, I thought it was just a typical chicken, rice and veggies dish–similar to the ones we get in Manila for that price. But that’s not the case at Cafe Tertulia. Oh did I tell you that three scoops of mashed potatoes were also served? 😐
We tucked in early since we were in for an activity-heavy day the next morning. But not without downing bottles of beer first.
Featured image courtesy of Paolo Ramos.
to be continued…