Sugary Sweet Negros Occidental

IMG_0557-1Negros Occidental is known as the sugar bowl of the Philippines and no wonder why.

When we arrived in Negros, we pass through a maze of sugar cane especially when you go to Lakawon Island. This beautiful Island is located in Western Visayas which is famous for the city of smiles or commonly known as “Bacolod”.

DAY 1: The Ruins-Silay Heritage House-Campuestohan Highland Resort

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We arrived late because our original flight got cancelled we haggle a taxi driver to bring us first to The Ruins since it’s the closest to the airport. We spent an hour in the ruins taking pictures and discovering how this grand mansion of one family became the “taj mahal” of the Philippines. We had our lunch at Silay afterwards and visited “Balay Negrense” which is known as haunted house in Bacolod. In Silay you will notice that most of their houses are influenced by spanish architectures and it similar to Vigan. Our last stop for the day is Campuestohan Highland Resort, this resort is good for team building because the area is very wide and it offers a lot of activities and it is also good for children.

DAY 2: Sipalay Island Hopping- Tinagong Dagat – Perth Resort

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We woke up at 12 midnight because we had to leave for Sipalay which is 5-6 hours away from Bacolod City. I should say, Sipalay is a hidden paradise of Negros. We arrived in Sipalay at around 6:45AM and we did Island hopping and snorkeling first, visit tinagong dagat and swimming in well-known Perth resort where you can start counting the islands at your back. The scenery is worth your time, your effort and your money.

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DAY 3: Lakawon Island

Woke up at 4 o’clock in the morning and head to North Bus Terminal going to Cadiz. Going to Lakawon Island is quite difficult due to bumpy road and wavy sea. We were one of the first guests to arrive in Lakawon and it was still low tide. The sand in Lakawon Island is fine but due to ongoing development in the resort it is quite messy as of the moment.

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TRAVEL GUIDE/EXPENSES:

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For Sipalay Tour I would highly recommend Kuya Dado +639217865615. He is not only our driver but also our baggage counter, guide and photographer  😆

BORACAY: Exquisitely fine Sand

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”

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Having two jobs and working 14 hours a day is not as easy as pie. How do I travel with this tight schedule? Simple. I WORK IT OUT.

I wanted to reward myself of working so hard so I decided to travel on my birthday. It was a good timing I had booked my ticket 3 months before my travel date and I got it a very cheap price. I choose to wander in Boracay to answer my question, why it has become one of the best beaches in the Philippines and why a lot of tourist recommend this Island in the west.

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My travel to Boracay was rainy season in the Philippines. My friends and I arrive in Kalibo Airport around 5:30 in the afternoon, under a circumstance of heavy rain. Due to bad weather we arrive in Boracay late at night without electricity and I was hoping to see the sunset the following day but I was unfortunate enough. I have always thought that Boracay like other island is isolated and less crowded however, I was wrong. Boracay is an explicit example of development and I have to admit it’s not as attractive when you are just in the road. All you can see is buildings and establishments not even the shoreline of the famous white beach. Also, the food are extremely expensive just like their McDonald it’s not the same as the price you normally pay in every McDonald in the Philippines but it’s actually more expensive and almost double the price. We decide to eat in Korean restaurant instead order one spicy korean chicken with free side dish and fruits for 750 pesos good for three person. We also brought our left overs to save money for breakfast and no you don’t need to be shy, you paid for it after all. 

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Nevertheless, my entire travel to Boracay Island is something I cannot forget. I get the answer to my questions and I get to experience what other people have always talked about. I walked through the famous white sand and shoreline of Station 1, 2 and 3. We also went to Puka Beach and we tried Paraw Sailing and snorkeling, and lastly swimming in Diniwid beach. Even though I didn’t get to experience the night life because rain keeps pouring every night, it was still worth it.

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TIPS:

  • Do not travel to Boracay during rainy season
  • Walk from quite Diniwid Beach to Station 3
  • Be careful when swimming in Puka beach – hard to identify if shallow or deep
  • Try Paraw Sailing and Snorkeling
  • Eat in Korean restaurant – It’s a lot cheaper than local restaurant

EXPENSES: 4,900/Person includes Airfare for 3 days and 2 nights

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PS: More than 20 shots for a perfect timing :D

People always have the reason why they travel, some wanted to get a break and escape from reality, some wanted to reward themselves, and some people travel out of curiousity. Travelling gives joy that a material can never suffice, it gives you excitement, happiness and fulfillment. Some say travelling is expensive, yes, partly right and partly wrong because travelling may require you to spend money but it doesn’t need to be expensive.

I am Badeth,

  • Free spirit DIY wanderer
  • Frustrated photographer
  • Fangirl
  • Foodie
  • Intern blogger 🙂