Discover the beauty of Negros

Campuestohan Highland Resort

Hi! I saw a question regarding the telephone number of campuestohan highland resort. I think their website at http://campuestohanhighlandresort.com is already up. Their website is cool and has photos and maps and telephone numbers and many more. In fact, I did check their website out before I actually went there and true to form, the place truly rocks! I loved it! :)

Pope John Paul II Tower

This tower was a tribute to the late Pope John Paul II that visited Negros on February 20, 1981. His visit was significant due to the fact that during that time the island was experiencing some political, social and economical problems and gave hope to many that better days were coming.

The eight-story building stands in the Reclamation area as one of the tallest buildings in Bacolod. It was inaugurated last 2010, and although I’ve been meaning to visit, it seemed I never had any time up until now.

For a fee of P10.00 for students and P20.00 for adults and other tourists, you can climb the tower steps, stop on each floor to read or view the different artifacts attributed to the beloved pope. By the time you reach the topmost level, you might be a little out of breath but not from the climb (although that might be part of it) but from the beautiful view it offers. 

My boyfriend and I went as dusk so we had a breathtaking 360-degree view of the sunset and the (now closed) Bacolod Baywalk, BREDCO port and SM Bacolod. We weren’t surprised to see many lovers spending time up on the deck and if you look closely, you would spot many a scribble on walls and floors of names of lovers and maybe even loves lost. 

For those who haven’t had any time to breathe normally on the way down, there’s a small cafe at the bottom called Ikkon Cafe that serves refreshments.

The OISCA Booth at the Negros Farmer’s Weekend Market

It’s been a few months since the weekend market opened along Magsaysay Rd. in Bacolod City and so after my stay in Manila the family trooped to said place to check out the food.

What really caught our eye was the OISCA (The Organization for Industrial Spiritual and Cultural Advancement) booth headed by Mr. Watanabe who was on the griddle cooking up Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake with a variety of ingredients. We decided to order one of each and try them. Other dishes we ordered and tried were chicken kaaragi, sushi, curry siopao and koroke.

The okonomiyaki was delicious, which is rare for me because it contained a lot of vegetables and I’m not really sold on leafy greens. I wasn’t able to try the chicken but my sister said it was a bit dry, like regular fried chicken. Dad said the sushi was great, but the curry siopao was a little meh since the filling was squash with curry. I’ve tried koroke before, from a small stall in school selling potato products wherein one of the owners was part Japanese and it tasted better than the koroke form OISCA, but it may also be because the one from the school had savory sauces that went with your order.

For authentic Japanese cooking, I think it was pretty good although the location, the market, is out of the way. You would also have to consider the P100.00 entrance fee, although consumable, I think that doing without it would bring in more customers and more tenants rather than having an “exclusive” feel that would ward off any potential customers and tenants. 

I also took home a pack of Mulberry Jam, and I can’t wait to use it in my baking! :)

Basay, the Southern-most point of Negros Occidental, the border to Negros Oriental

Basay, the Southern-most point of Negros Occidental, the border to Negros Oriental

The sun, sand and surf: Eden South Beach Resort, Municipality of Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental

The sun, sand and surf: Eden South Beach Resort, Municipality of Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental

View from the Lighthouse: Municipality of Cauayan, Negros Occidental

Txacho

Means “dude” in Spanish is the new restaurant and bar at Art District II, in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

Boyfriend and I decided to check it out one time after dinner and we fell in love with the relaxing ambiance (it was a weekday), the strings of a Spanish guitar playing in the background and friendly waitstaff. We ordered our drinks, a double black J.W. for him and a house drink called Morasco (Bailey’s based drink) for me and Homemade Jamon Serrano. 

Personally, I found the Morasco a bit watery for my taste but their Jamon Serrano hit the right spot. Very flavorful with just the right amount of salt, I’m definitely coming back for more! We wanted to try their artichoke cheese dip but they ran out, so hopefully next time we’ll have better luck.

Bacolod Baywalk

They opened phase 1 of the development and are currently holding events in the area such as dance classes and competitions. For a P20.00 entrance fee, you can enjoy the sea breeze, watch the sunset, walk up and down along the boulevard and eat and drink at the different food kiosks found in the open area.

Take a look at the pictures as to what’s coming soon!

We had been hearing about this retreat place for quite a while and finally decided to go check it out. We decided to use the route from Alangangilan on the way there and almost got lost because we couldn’t find the sign leading to the farm.

The road isn’t exactly conducive for cars as it was bumpy and very steep, and it was kind of creepy, if you know what I mean. But nevertheless, it was all worth it. 

Guerrero Farm is a haven for nature lovers! Different plants abound, from pine trees to fruit trees, flowers, water plants, bonsais, herbs—you name it! They had small themed gardens such as one full of pine trees, one full of bonsais and the like. They also had a nursery for plant lovers who were interested in buying from them.

We brought our own lunch, except for the Chicken Tinola which we had them cook for us and it was really good too, a perfect compliment to the cool damp weather.

We weren’t able to go horse-back riding, which was kind of a bummer. And I had not noticed the sign near the entrance until late afternoon that they offered hiking trips to a nearby river.

They also have available cottages for overnight visits, so don’t forget to check out the sign/tariff, pictured above! For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Assorted Artisan Bread at the Museum Cafe, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City

Assorted Artisan Bread at the Museum Cafe, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City

Merienda! Muscovado-sweetened mango shakes, brown rice puto and banana turon at the Organic Kitchen, Negros Organic Market along Gatuslao St., Bacolod City
I’m going to do some back posts you guys, I’ve been so busy the last quarter of last year and up until recently I’ve almost forgotten about this blog… so, here’s to more posts! Enjoy!

Merienda! Muscovado-sweetened mango shakes, brown rice puto and banana turon at the Organic Kitchen, Negros Organic Market along Gatuslao St., Bacolod City

I’m going to do some back posts you guys, I’ve been so busy the last quarter of last year and up until recently I’ve almost forgotten about this blog… so, here’s to more posts! Enjoy!

Anonymous said: I miss your food /goodies pic

Aww! I miss it too! I’ll do my best to post some more soon! :)

Anonymous said: where is that horseback riding located, i mean the place. thanks

The Ranch in Brgy. Alangilan, Bacolod City :)

Anonymous said: Hi Stacy! I was recently assigned to Bacolod as part of my work and I'll be there beginning April 2013. I'll be stationed there indefinitely so I'm bringing my family with me - my kids will study in Bacolod from Manila. My question is: Is the rent lower in Manapla than Bacolod? I plan to avail an apartment there and it's only 1 hour away from Bacolod. Thanks!

Hi! Unfortunately I’m not Stacy! I just reblogged a post from her :)

Rents would be definitely lower in cities and municipalities away from Bacolod but the everyday commute will still add up to your costs. If you really don’t want to stay in Bacolod city proper then maybe Talisay or Silay City would be better as it is closer to Bacolod. :)

eskapo:

Just dangling behind a tractor-pulled sugarcane cart, enjoying a slow ride

eskapo:

Just dangling behind a tractor-pulled sugarcane cart, enjoying a slow ride