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My Bacolod Weekend – Day 1 of 3

I was so excited in our trip that I decided not to sleep so that during the whole road trip going to Bacolod; I would fall asleep in the car and the departure time was at 4:00 am so why not. Right?

If you decided to take on a road trip going to Bacolod City, it would take you an approximately 6 hours. 2 hours driving to the port of Balambam, 2 hours in the Barge to San Carlos City and finally another 2 hours driving from San Carlos City to Bacolod City.

I really wanted to show you guys the journey going there because there was this part of the mountains in Negros where two sides of the road are lined with these beautiful Pine trees which made you feel like you were in Baguio for awhile and the scenery was so pristine with a lush of green trees and farmland. In certain areas, you would see little versions of the Banawa Rice Terraces.

One of the first stop overs that we made in Negros was the Pataan Moutain Resort in Bago City. One of its main attraction is the Pataan Waterfalls. Family and I took a dip in of the pools of the falls and it was really cold but what a perfect way to cool yourself from the hot scorching summer that the Philippines has been experiencing recently.


Our second stop was the Mambukal Resort which was around 2 km away. We wanted to go there because of the Zipline. To be honest, I have been scared of heights ever since and after I started to face my fear when I took my first Zipline experience in Cebu, I realized how fun it is. I just regretted that I didn’t take those roller coaster rides in the United States. Oh well, remember guys, don’t let fear rule your life because what is life if you don’t take risks? Totally boring and filled with regret…

We visited the Butterfly garden of Mambukal so that my little cousin would enjoy too because she was too scared of the Zipline. It was really beautiful to see all of the butterflies fly around you. After doing so, we went straight to the hotel.

We stayed here in the L’ Fisher Chalet Tower. It is one of the latest expansions of the original L’ Fisher hotel where my Auntie and Uncle got married 16 years ago. I could still remember that I was the Bible bearer and it was really heavy but either way, I was happy to be part. If you want to check the hotel out. Just click on the picture and it will direct you straight to their official website.

After we settled in and a little rest, the clan visited Auntie’s parents for dinner. I’m really sorry but I was not able to take any photos because I was really hungry which led to the point of me accidentally leaving the camera in the hotel. Dinner was really good. There was this huge grilled Sea Bass that was really good. I could never forget that. It was so good. I ate so much that night because the food was so good but there is always room for dessert.



We went here for dessert, Calea. They say if Cebu has La Marea then Bacolod has Calea. The place is very tainty and dessert is good. And good thing that it was just walking distance from the hotel. This what I got was called Semi Fredo which had 2 layers of ice cream which was sandwiched by layers of cake then finally topped with Chocolate. Delish.

We, the older cousins wanted to experience a little bit of the night scene here in Bacolod. So, my cousin led us to Sorrento Mall which too was walking distance. I’m starting to love this hotel for its accessibility. We decided to get some drinks here in Pepe’s Restaurant and Bar. After finishing all our drinks, we called it a night…

Hey readers, watch out for Day 2 of my Bacolod Weekend. There is more ahead….

.N.

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A celebration in a Chinese Restaurant

Just the night before we would be leaving for our road trip to Bacolod, it was Nanay’s 75th Birthday and we celebrated at Waterfront’s Chinese Restaurant, Tin Gow. The family would always prefer a chinese restaurant because of the idea of noodles signify long life even if we are not chinese.laugh.

Decided to make some wacky pictures with relatives. Why not? We are young and we must learn to enjoy. Life is so much fun.


The Celebrant of the night. My dearest and beloved Nanay!! I love her so much! I can’t believe that she just turned 75 today

and she is still very strong and healthy. Love you, Nay.

.N.

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A scorching Summer nearing its end…


I’ll be leaving for Bacolod tomorrow. I’m so excited. My cousins are telling me that we will be pigging out a lot because of all the good food so I decided to go to the gym so that there won’t be that much weight gain when I come back. I’m sorry to say but I won’t be able to wear the denim shorts that I just made because I’m wearing them right now. But hey, no worries, at least I have this nice picture of me wearing of them.

hey, do check this look out in Lookbook! I would really appreciate your hypes..:D
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I went straight to school afterwards to work on my Clearance for my Transcript of Records and met up with Dan and Isan. We decided to go to Handuraw to eat and drink. I can’t really tell the full detail but we had this idea of making Karl Salvador cry. We were very close but still failure. darn.

I’m going to really miss college. Oh well, we all have our time…

.N.

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New Denim Shorts for Bacolod…

I’m getting ready to pack all of my stuff for my Bacolod Adventure this coming friday. I really wanted to bring some denim shorts so I decided to get some pants that I barely use anymore and turn them to shorts. They were so tight for me before but now that I’m starting to ┬áthe weight and waistline due to proper diet and exercise. Thanks to Men’s Health Magazine. With the help of a measuring tape and a good pair of scissors, I was able to make this shorts. For the time being, I’m using safety pins to let the fold stay in place but in time, I will be sewing it to make it cleaner. So this is perfect for you, readers. If you want to save on buying shorts, just find a pair of pants that you no longer wear and give it new life by turning them into shorts. This way you are totally stretching the worth of those pants.

Anyway, I couldn’t resist to take a picture of my little niece who was reading the latest Preview Magazine. She was so attentive. A little fashionista is born..

.N.

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Cebu Tidbits 1.0

I want to share with you my home city and why I love it so much. This is just one part of it. Let us begin with Ayala Terraces. I know that the architecture could have been done better but either way, I’m happy that they integrated nature with it and they were able to keep some of the trees. Slowly by slowly, major brands that are in Manila are starting to put branches here in Cebu like Mango, Promod, Topshop and United Colors of Benetton. I just hope that they can bring more Men’s clothing brands here in Cebu. I heard that very soon, they will begin with phase 3 to further expand the mall. Like wow. how exciting.

This is my favorite part of the mall. It is a pathway going to Marriott Hotel and I mostly take this exit going to the gym that I go to which is across. As I walk through, I raise my hand to feel the bamboo leaves brush it. These simple little things make my day. So, wherever you are, remember to find beauty in the ordinary.

.N.

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Cebu Temple of Latter-Day Saints

After 4 years in development, The Cebu Temple of Latter-Day Saints is nearing its completion. Before the temple would be dedicated, the Latter Day Saints made the temple open to the public in order for people to know what it is like and what do they do.

I went with my relatives and our family friends who were Missionaries here in Cebu. Just to make things clear, I am Catholic. I’m happy that they placed the temple here but it is not like I’m supporting the religion or any thing but of how it made the surroundings of Barangay Lahug look so much better.

The Landscaping of the place was just the same as that you see in the United States so for a moment there, I felt like I was not in the Philippines. During the tours, I started to understand the architecture behind the temples. Majority of the temples have these spires to signify Heaven above and right on top of that spire is one of their most important Saint but I am sorry to say, I forgot the name. He faces the east to signify the renewal of the Gospel which is comparable to that of when the Sun rises for a new day.

I’m really sorry but I was not able to take any photos of the interior of the temple because it was not allowed but if you really want to see what it is like, the temple will be open to the public from May 21 through June 5, 2010.

When I was inside the temple, it was really beautiful. I thought that it would be this huge hall which is like ours in the Catholic Churches but it is divided into rooms where they create covenants and promises to the Lord. My favorite room would be the Celestial room. It is comparable to that of European Royalty. There was this huge crystal chandelier in the center of the room and ceiling was so high. The carpet was so white and it had this pattern that was individually cut. There were this two mirrors facing each other from opposite walls. I like the reason behind this. It signified eternity. Try it. Try putting two mirror facing each other and you would see that it never stops. There are constant reflections being made.

Anyway, if you want to see the temple, it is open to public from today to June 5, 201o until finally there will be a cultural celebration on June 12 and the formal dedication of the temple on June 13. So, what are you waiting for, check it out while you still can.

.N.

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.N. is still in construction.

after much consideration, .N. has finally decided to transfer from blogspot to wordpress after attending the Cebu Blog Camp 2010.

Prepare for a new blog reading experience coming to you soon…

.N.

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