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  • Bata Shoes Bacolod: NOW OPEN | Mea in Bacolod
    Bata Shoes Now Open in The City Of Smiles
    Posted in: Featured, Products

    Bata Shoes Bacolod – Can you believe that a hundred-year-old shoe manufacturer opened a store in the City of Smiles? Bata Shoes is a Canadian owned multinational footwear and fashion accessory manufacturer and retailer. The company was founded in 1894, believe it or not.




    Get a Pair Of Bata Shoes At SM City Bacolod

    When I attended the opening for Bata Shoes, I asked myself what’s so special about this shoe store aside from the fact that they are over a hundred years old. I quickly found out what I talked to the representatives. First, Bata Shoes Bacolod focuses on style, comfort, and quality. Also, they don’t just make shoes. They also cater to accessories and bags. The company is also environmentally conscious. I’m not sure if all of their shoes are environmentally friendly, but I know that their boxes are. The container that my choices came in were both recycled.

    Bata Shoes Technology

    Other than being environmentally conscious, some Bata Shoes also have special technologies in them. A good example of this would be their waterproof brogues and oxfords. I’m sure that they have this technology on ladies shoes as well.

    When you go in, you’ll also find different cleaning products for your shoes. I came across this sneaker shampoo. It’s for cleaning the outside of your shoes – remove spots, clear dirt, and etc.

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    I suggest that you check out the brogues and oxfords. They can be expensive, but they’re made of Italian leather and are waterproof. You can also try out their sandals for ladies that are Birkenstock-like. I actually grabbed a pair of those and I will be giving you my review on my beauty blog: The Practical Beauty, you can watch out for that by following my beauty blog.

    So, if you’re ever in SM City Bacolod and are looking for a quality pair of shoes, try Bata Shoes Bacolod. They are located on the ground floor of the Northwing. If you want to know more about Bacolod – updates, new places to eat, and so on, make sure you follow my blog or LIKE my Facebook Page.




  • Tiffany's Confections Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    Tiffany’s Confections Bacolod
    Posted in: Featured, Where and What to Eat

    Where to Eat in Bacolod: Tiffany's Confections | Mea in Bacolod

    Overview

    If there’s one thing that Bacolod is known for other than our infamous Chicken Inasal, it is desserts. I don’t know if you already know this, but Negros Occidental, the province that Bacolod is in, is known as the “Sugar Bowl of the Philippines”. So, it’s just right that we give our visitors a taste of the sweet, and not just the savory. One of the best places you can go to for sweets, in my humble opinion, is Tiffany’s Confections.




    Tiffany’s Confections Bacolod

    Location

    Tiffany's Confections Bacolod: The Place | Mea in Bacolod

    Location: Deck #3, Boxes, Marketplace at Villa Angela

    Tiffany’s Confections is located at the Marketplace at Villa Angela (East Area). The best way to get there would be to take a taxi or Grab Car from where you are staying. If you’d like to commute, the best way to go about it would be to ask a local on what jeepney to take going to the Marketplace at Villa Angela. Since the place is a vast area with plenty of establishments, you’ll have no problems finding a good spot for dinner and a drink. Then, you can head over to Tiffany’s Confections for a slice of cake.

    Place

    The place is totally charming and Instagram-worthy.

    Tiffany’s is a small box in the center of the Marketplace at Villa Angela. It has plenty of seating inside and outside. Its area makes its atmosphere more intimate, warm and homey. The interior is also characteristically charming, making the entire place (and the cakes) Instagram-worthy.

    Menu

    This is my favorite: Parmesan-Crusted Pesto Mozarella Sandwich

    Most go to Tiffany’s for dessert, coffee, and snacks. They have plenty of delicious short orders and freshly baked cakes to choose from. Take note that the coffee at Tiffany’s is very straight to the point. There’s none of the cream whip, drizzle, and sprinkles, which I appreciate. The coffee is great, don’t get me wrong. I love the iced coffee, but it doesn’t shift my focus away from the desserts. The place is called Tiffany’s Confections, after all.

    Price

    The price is mid-ranged. Each dish and drink on the menu doesn’t exceed P200. I am not sure about the prices for the slices of cake though. Tiffany’s doesn’t really stick to the same cakes every day so the price will depend on the slices that are available on the day of your visit.



    Why I Love Tiffany’s

    Each dish and slice of cake is made with love and passion.

    1. Ms. Tiffany, the owner, has a passion for cooking.

    I love home-grown establishments which have hands-on owners. Ms. Tiffany, of Tiffany’s Confections, has this characteristic. She loves to cook and is on top of running her shop. This tells me that every dish I order, especially the desserts, is made with love.

    2. It is the perfect Tita place.

    If you’re looking for a place to have coffee with your friends, this is it. Yes, there are plenty of other places in Bacolod where you can grab desserts from, but the vibe at Tiffany’s is perfect, for me, for those times when all you want to do it chika, drink coffee and have a slice of cake.




    Other Info

    If you’d like to know more about Tiffany’s Confections, the best way to do that would be to LIKE their Facebook Page. You can also send messages there if you want to know about the cakes that are available.

    • Opening Hours: 2PM – 10PM Monday to Sunday
    • Contact number: 0922-800-8178
    • They only take cash.




  • Sothwall Magazine Features Jonathan Lo of Bacolod City
    Posted in: Entertainment, Featured

    It’s not every day that you find a Bacolod business owner on the front page of a prestigious magazine that started as a passion project back in 2005. I’d like to extend my CONGRATULATIONS to Jonathan Lo, the CEO of the much-loved Merzci Pasalubong Center, for making it to the cover of Southwall Magazine.

    Southwall Magazine’s Re-Emergence

    After 12 years, Southwall Magazine came back with a big bang as it showcased a resplendent line-up of important figures and places in Cebu and beyond for its Maiden Issue. Shortly after, by The Cebu-based publication brought its Sophomore issue, equally impressive and glamorous, to the City of Smiles on the night of July 17 at Charlie Co’s Orange Gallery for a big unveiling.




    Southwall in The City Of Smiles

    Gracing the event were Southwall’s publisher and CEO Caroline Tan Porras, Managing Editor Rione Palacios, Business Unit Manager Iris Nikki Oguis, and Gavin Bagares. Among other guests were the crème de la crème of Bacolod, city mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia and city councilor Cindy Rojas to name a few. So, what was the big unveiling all about? One of our own made it to the cover and it is, indeed, something to celebrate about.

    Merzci And It’s Head Honcho

    Merzci started as a small bakery, supplying bread to a single store at the Libertad Market. Eventually, its popularity became undeniable due to a growing satisfied customer pool. With its high-quality bread at affordable prices, combined with aggressive marketing strategies and the ingenuity of youth, it did not take long for the company to establish its own branches around the city and supply products to satellite dealers all over the province. Merzci also evolved into a fast food restaurant serving scrumptious and affordable snacks and short-order meals for people on the go.

    When it comes to CEO, Jonathan Lo, his “domain of commercial endeavors is ever-growing and while he is the picture of an exacting boss with rigorous standards he is known to have a good heart.”

    Go to your nearest newsstand to grab a copy of Southwall Magazine’s sophomore issue to read more about Jonathan Lo and Merzci Pasalubong Center. For more updates and exciting events about Bacolod, read other posts from the blog.




  • How To Live Brighter As A SunLife Advisor - Mea in Bacolod
    How To Live Brighter As A SunLife Advisor
    Posted in: Featured, Services

    It’s a bit disappointing to say that not all Filipinos see the value in insurance and investments. Heck, based on a survey by done Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ earlier this year, 86% of us don’t even have a deposit account in the bank. It’s surprising, I know. How would one expect to live brighter without knowing how to save and invest properly?




    SunLife Advisor: Live Brighter And Make Others’ Lives Brighter Too

    The answer to this problem, in my opinion, is education. We need to educate ourselves on how to invest in our future or our children’s future. To do this, we can attend seminars, or read books and blogs about financial literacy. We can also consider learning from financial advisors from the best financial service companies, like SunLife Financial.

    How Can SunLife Advisors Help?

    Last July 21, 2018, I attended the #LiveBrighter Forum by SunLife. It was through this event that I learned more about being a SunLife Advisor. The way I saw it was that advisors don’t just tell you the value of investing to make a sale. They can walk the talk, taking on investments of their own to live a brighter life.
    After the forum, I was able to talk to different team leaders to pick their minds about their experience of being SunLife’s partner (the company refers to their advisors as partners). Aside from the freedom they experienced because they owned their time, advisors highlighted the importance of reaching out to people and developing a professional relationship. It’s not just about closing a sale, but it’s more of guiding clients and potential ones towards the right perspective in terms of where to put their money.

    Do SunLife Advisors Live Brighter?

    One of the youngest advisors, Malou Perez, was able to travel around the world. Another advisor, a wife and a mother, was able to bring her daughter to vacations around the Philippines. Despite the obvious benefits, the advisors I talked to mentioned that they live brighter because they are helping people. They help those who want to be prepared for the future. They give advice to those who want to know more about making financially wise choices. It is in this way that they are making a difference.

    Why Did They Choose SunLife?

    Before we go any further, it’s important to know that SunLife is a company that is well-established. They don’t hang out near banks inside malls and offer life insurances to those who pass by. They do not ask for your credit card number and offer you free trips to a luxurious, tropical destination. No!

    • SunLife is a global company.
    • SunLife’s roots trace back to Canada, where it was founded more than 150 years ago.
    • It has survived and thrived during different economic struggles.
    • It employs humanitarian ideals when reaching out to people.

    I, myself, have an account with SunLife and I can say that it is one of the best companies you can entrust with your hard earned money. It is also a company you can be proud to say that you are a part of. If you want to know more about SunLife, visit their About Page. Click on the link below:

    Who Is SunLife: https://www.sunlife.com.ph/PH/About+us?vgnLocale=en_CA

    How To Become A SunLife Advisor To Live a Brighter Life

    The process of becoming a financial advisor is composed of five steps which ensure that all Sun Life Financial Advisors are well equipped in spreading the message of financial literacy.

    • Join a #LiveBrighter Forum – get to know more about what it takes to shine as a Sun Life Financial Advisor
    • Attend the interviews or take the POP (Personality Orientation Profile) Screen Test – find out if your personality profile matches this field
    • Finish the Sun Life Training Course – learn about the concepts and theories of insurance, ethical standards and product discussions
    • Take the Licensing Exam at the Insurance Commission – Sun Life will assist you in securing necessary licenses from the regulator
    • Complete the contracting and coding process – your relationship with Sun Life is guided by a Contract. Expectations are discussed to ensure a successful business or career

    Here in Visayas, you may contact Vladimir C. Fernando, Sourcing Specialist for Visayasy at 09998823316. Or, if you’d like to know more about the benefits of being a financial advisor for SunLife, you can send in a digital application here.

    Live Brighter Today

    Whether you’d like to be an advisor or just invest your money, it’s time for you to become financially literate. Saving your money in the bank is good, but it would be better if you have your savings, plus a plan that for your retirement or for your children’s education. Be smart about which “basket” you put your “eggs” in.




  • Seda Hotel Bacolod - Straight Up Bar | Mea in Bacolod
    Seda Hotel Bacolod: Straight Up Posh & UpScale
    Posted in: Featured, Trending, Where to Go

    With the addition of Seda Hotel Bacolod, or more formally known as Seda Capitol Central, Bacolod isn’t just getting a 4-star hotel. It’s also welcoming another addition to its array of bars, pubs, and lounges that show off the city’s nightlife. Seda’s Straight Up roof deck bar is officially open.




    Seda Hotel: Straight Up Bar Bacolod

    Although this isn’t the first rooftop bar in the city, the ambiance and the experience it delivers is something unique and fresh. This is the main reason why I think everyone should plan to drop by. Since this posh bar is new, there are a couple of things that each Bacolodnon should know before actually visiting Seda Hotel to go to Straight Up:

     

    1. The Bar & The View Is Instagram-Worthy

     

    The bar overlooks the Capitol Park & Lagoon, a provincial park located in the heart of the City of Smiles. During the day, you’ll see all the beautiful greenery of the park, plus its walk/jogging path. However, from the edges of the Straight Up Bar, you’ll be treated to a view that’s totally Instagram-worthy. Don’t forget to snap photos of the bar too.

    Mr. Rhett Villaruz, Seda Bacolod Hotel Manager, Welcoming Everyone

    2. Complimentary Finger Food

     

    Seda Hotel Bacolod - Straight Up Bar | Mea in Bacolod

    When you order a drink, you’ll be treated to complimentary finger food, based on Seda Capitol Central’s Facebook Page. If you drop by from 6PM – 8PM, you can enjoy different finger foods with your drink.

    During the opening, they served up some finger foods for guests to try. And, let me tell you, everything was just delicious. Of course, you may get a different spread when you visit, but, so far, the food from Seda’s buffet spread has not let me down.

     

    3. The Perfect Place For Those Tita Nights

     

    Seda Hotel Bacolod - Straight Up Bar | Mea in Bacolod

    This is mainly based on my own opinion, but the Seda Hotel Straight Up Bar in Bacolod is one of the best “TITA SPOTS” in the city. What made me say this? Well:

    • The music is curated, so none of the loud music that hinders you from talking to people because the music’s so loud that you barely understand the conversation.
    • They have a great selection of drinks. There are alcoholic beverages plus mock-tails, so you choose your own poison.
    • There aren’t a lot of kids around. No offense to youngsters hanging out at other bars, but we titas sometimes need a space of our own to laugh out loud, share leche flan recipes, talk about our loud neighbor’s lawn, and so on.

    So that’s it! I can’t wait to hang out with my girls here. I’m also going to visitors here next time (when it’s not raining). For you to know more about Bacolod’s newest upscale bar, make sure to:

    If you want to see other posts about the City of Smiles, check out my the rest of the blog.

    Other Details

    • Contact Number: (034) 703 8888
    • Email: capitol@sedahotels.com




  • Petron Best Day: Running Around Negros Occidental With Mea in Bacolod
    Petron Best Day: Experiencing The Negrense Hospitality
    Posted in: Events, Featured

    Petron Best Day – When you think of Negros Occidental, that is if you even heard of it, the first word that probably comes to your mind is “probinsiya.” Commonly, those of you who have not visited my hometown yet might have images of Negrenses (people from here) riding water buffalos around town. That does happen from time to time, but we do have cars here and a lot of it. We also have a local art scene, plenty of restaurants offering a variety of flavors, a chiller than chill nightlife, and a rich history that we are very proud of. So, when I was invited to join the Petron TriAction Performance Run Team to visit interesting places on my island, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to step-up and represent.




    Petron Best Day: Going Around Negros

    Petron Best Day: Stop 1 - Lakawon Island, Cadiz Viejo

    Off To The Island

    Eight (8) cars with a total of sixteen (16) drivers were on their way to the island to experience what Negros Occidental has to offer. Our first stop? Lakawon, a small, white-sanded island in Cadiz, Viejo that has become a popular local destination for photo-shoots and mini-trips with friends and family.

    What To Do At Lakawon?

    Petron Best Day: Stop 1 - TawHai Floating Bar, Lakawon Island, Cadiz Viejo

    • Photos – The very first thing that you do when you jump out of the boat and step on Lakawon’s sand is take photos. There’s a reason why the place has become the subject of a lot of Instagram and Facebook posts.
    • TawHai Floating Bar– You should never miss the chance to go on TawHai, the very first and biggest floating bar in Asia. The Petron TriAction Performance Team did not waste any time. After several photos, we immediately headed to the famed floating bar, where Pinoy movie stars were often photographed on.
    • Eat – The experiences you’re going to have at Lakawon won’t be complete unless you grab a bite to eat and open a bottle to sip. We had a good spread on the floating bar, but since the drivers were going to drive some more, we skipped the beers.




    The Taj Mahal Of The Philippines

    Petron Best Day: Stop 2 - The Ruins, Talisay City, Negros Occidental

    The next stop was The Ruins, located in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. I love going to this place because I have a natural affinity for anything vintage. Plus, the story behind The Ruins, also known as the Taj Mahal of the Philippines, is one for romance novels. This is the home of the family of a wealthy sugar baron named Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson who built the house in the early 1900s, in memory of his Portuguese wife, Maria Braga Lacson.

    What To Do At The Ruins?

    • Photos – This place is a photographer’s dream. There are plenty of spots that can be backgrounds of interesting photos. At night, lights are shined on the walls. These lights bring out a secret – the glistening walls are a product of egg whites and cement.
    • Tour – If you go to The Ruins as a big group, you’ll be given your own tour and you’ll learn about why the house was built, who it was built for, the family’s history, why it was burned down, and so on.
    • Shopping – The Ruins has a souvenir shop that you can visit right after the tour.
    • Eat – Aside from the souvenir shop, there’s also a restaurant that serves different fusion dishes. My guess is that the restaurant is open for lunch, snacks, and dinner.

    Aside from the above activities, the Petron Team was treated to a performance by the winning dance group from this year’s Masskara Festival. For dinner, in the true tradition of Bacolod, my city and the capital of Negros Occidental:

    • Chicken inasal
    • Bbq-ed chicken innards
    • Garlic rice
    • Plenty of chicken oil

    …were served. For dessert? Of course, piaya, another delicacy my city is known for.




    Final Stop: Petron Best Day Negros Occidental & Bacolod Tour

    Petron Best Day: Stop 3 - Petron Station, Lacson Street, Bacolod City

    The third and final stop of the day was at the Petron Station along Lacson Street. The eight cars had to fuel up for their next tour in Iloilo City. My time was indeed a Petron Best Day! And, although I just met the group and spent time with them for a few hours, I felt welcomed. I’m hoping to see the same bunch the next time Petron has its next TriAction Performance Run.

    Other Details:




  • Sams Slim Gym Bacolod East
    Posted in: Featured, What to Do

    Months ago, if you asked me if I was interested in going to the gym, I would have said no. I didn’t see myself as the kind of person who focused on physical fitness. But, my perspective started to change when I did yoga. After consistently doing the practice for months, I decided to try the gym thing out to see what happens. With the help of Mr. Sam Solon, I was able to have my first gym experience at Sams Slim Gym East.

     

    Sams Slim Gym East | Mea in Bacolod

    Sams Slim Gym Bacolod East

    Sam’s Slim Gym East is at East Block Veranda, Circumferential Road, next to the Quan branch at the East area. The gym is equipped with four treadmills and about eight bikes. There are plenty of dumbbells and more than enough weight lifting equipment to work different muscles of the body. There’s a small extension at the side where you can do your stretches, or you can practice boxing with an instructor.

    Sams Slim Gym East | Mea in Bacolod 





    What I Like About Sam’s Slim Gym

    First of all, Sams Slim Gym East is accessible for me. Location is probably one of the most important factors to look at when you are looking for a gym. If you’re pressed for time like me, you’d want a fitness place that you can reach with just one or two jeepney rides.

    Secondly, you can enroll for just P700 a month provided that you only want to concentrate on equipment. If you’d like to add treadmill usage, you’d have to pay P900 a month. Despite the slight increase, it’s still a reasonable rate for a gym membership.





    Gym Rates And Services

     

    Sam's Slim Gym Rates | Mea in Bacolod

    Next, you’d have to look at the shower rooms of the gym that you’d like to enroll to. Sam’s Slim Gym East’s shower rooms are in tip-top shape. They’re clean; you’ll definitely feel comfortable showering your sweat away after a workout. The lady’s shower room is located next to the bikes.





    Did I Lose Weight After A Month At Sam’s Slim Gym East?

    As soon as you enroll, you’ll have to follow their basic starter routine. The guide for this should be posted on the side of the open containers for bags. Basically, this routine gets you started with weightlifting. Once you’ve mastered the basic or beginner tasks, you move up to the intermediate and then the advance.

    You can actually choose a program that you want when you sign up. For example, if you’re going to focus on toning, the coaches will design a routine for you. Personally, I opted for the beginner routine because it was my first time lifting weights. After about a month, I saw some definition on my shoulders, and I was able to do my Chaturanga (yoga move) properly because my should and arm strength significantly improved.Just a bit of a disclaimer, I did not lose weight because I wasn’t eating right. However, I gained muscle, plus strength and endurance, which significantly helped in my yoga practice.

    Is Sams Slim Gym For You?

    I’d say yes if you’re looking for a gym within the East area that’s reasonably priced. In my opinion, the services for the gym could still be improved with the introduction of classes and cardio routines. But, I’m sure that Mr. Sam Solon (the owner), a person who has dedicated himself to health and fitness, is already cooking up plans to add some classes soon. If you’re aiming for building muscles or toning your body, Sam’s Slim Gym East is definitely a place to check out.

    Sam’s Slim Gym East

    •Facebook Page
    •Contact Number: 0917 700 7595
    •Hours:  6:00AM – 10:00PM, M-Sat; 6:00AM – 12:00NOON Sun


    “Dirty Dancing”

    Actors: Anne Binnette Perez|Roel Liza
    HMUA: Erl Seva Burgos
    Directed by: Citoy Tano|Andre Familiaran

  • Mea in Bacolod - Iloilo Travel Guide
    2018 Iloilo Travel Guide On A Budget Of P1300
    Posted in: Featured, MNB Travel Guide

    The summertime is here! Well, not officially since April hasn’t arrived yet. But, the kids from school are already hanging up their back-packs and retiring their old black school shoes. It’s time to go on vacations, explore, and spend plenty of time with the family. Lucky us who are living on the Negros Islands because we have seemingly infinite places to make our next summer destination – one of the places is Iloilo, the City of Love. Use this 2018 Iloilo Travel Guide to know how I and my friends explored the city with just P1300 (a group of 4).



    2018 Iloilo Travel Guide: 8 Destinations For P1300

    First off, why would one travel to Iloilo from Bacolod? Well, personally, my dad was born in Iloilo so we have family there. My sister and I used to spend our summer vacations with my dad’s sisters when I was in elementary and high school. So, it’s a city close to my heart. It’s known for its hold houses, colonial churches, and, of course, Batchoy. Plus, it’s just an hour away and you have plenty of vessel options to get to the city cheap.

     

    Getting To The City

    Iloilo Travel Guide For P1300 - Mea in Bacolod

    When I and my friends went on our trip, we took the Fast Cat from Banago pier. It’s important to start the day early so that you can get the most out of your trip. Our meet up place was Mcdonald’s Lacson. The meetup time was 5 AM. Check out the Fast Cat schedules below:

    Fast Cat Schedules | Mea in Bacolod

    As soon as we got there, we went straight to the La Paz Market to have us a nice bowl of piping hot Original La Paz Batchoy. From the pier, we took a taxi which cost around P57 – it’s really near.

    Iloilo Travel Guide Tip #1: If you want to save money, you have to take a taxi outside of the pier (not inside). Taxis parked inside cost more.

     

    Destination #1: Netong’s Batchoy At The La Paz Public Market

    When at Netong’s, you can spend around P100+ for a bowl of Batchoy and a drink. You can also opt for extras to pair with your Batchoy. You can either have bread or puto. You actually have plenty of options since you are in a public market. Explore the stalls beside Netong’s to see other choices.

     

    Destination #2: Madge Cafe

    The Madge Cafe is also at the La Paz public market. You might as well have a grab a good cup of coffee before checking out the rest of the city. The coffee there is mean, strong, and under P50. It’s a must visit because it has been making coffee since 1940.

     




    Destination #3: JD’s Bakeshop

    FUNNY STORY! After the Batchoy and the coffee, I felt the call of mother nature. Unfortunately, the restroom at the public market was less than desirable so to JD’s Bakeshop which was just across the street. My friends did buy something, but I just used the restroom. Nonetheless, I had plenty of memories with this bakeshop because we used to buy our merienda here. I will never forget their Chicken Ala King – a must eat for me and my husband.

    Iloilo Travel Guide Tip #2: When in doubt about the restroom, go to the hotel or JD’s Bakeshop from the La Paz public market.

     

    Destination #4: Garin Farm

    Getting To San Joaquin

     

    Now, with all the restroom businesses dealt with, it was time for us to visit the Garin Farm in San Joaquin. From La Paz, we took a jeep to Super. We waited for the jeep to fill up (this took an hour). The travel time was the worst because the jeepney was stopping at every other corner to pick up passengers. I think it took about 2 hours to get to San Joaquin. We also had to take a tricycle from the main stop going to the farm itself.

    Iloilo Travel Guide Tip #3 (Better Option): Instead of taking the jeep from Super, it’s better if you take the van. It costs around P100 or less than that.
     

    Entrances

     

    The entrance fee P150 for each person. I think that this already includes swimming. To be sure, you can check out the Garin Farm Facebook Page (<<<click the link) for their contact number.

     

    What To See And Do At The Garin Farm

     

    It was hella hot! And we were really tired from sitting for 2 hours on the jeep. We decided to grab a snack at their restaurant. Honestly, the food was OK or miss, and the service, when we went there, was terrible because there were plenty of people eating at the restaurant. The staff was not very organized when we’re there. Despite this, the restaurant was a good place to rest and escape from the heat of the sun.

    The main reason why we went to the Garin Farm was to check out “Heaven” – a life-size representation of what it would be like to go through purgatory and into the gates of St Peter. Before going there, it is absolutely necessary for you to being sun-glasses, a hat, and a scarf. If you want to go blind and, maybe, feel a bit dizzy, forget these items at home.

    Iloilo Travel Guide Tip #4 (For Titas): For those who are of a certain age, it’s best that you buy a ticket for a cart ride to Heaven. It only cost P60, back and forth.

    Another attraction that you may want to see is the feeding of the pigeons. I’m not sure if they were pigeons or dove, but what the attendants will do is slap a small, hollow bamboo log to alert the birds. They would then get some feeds to sprinkle to an area where the birds would land.

     

    Going Back To Iloilo

     

    From the Garin Farm, we went back to Iloilo City via bus. Of course, we had to take the tricycle, first, going to the main stop. It took a bit of waiting for us to catch a bus. No vans nor jeeps were available. Yes, my group got a little bit worried, thinking we might have to spend the night. But, luckily, we took turns waving at passing buses. It cost around P58 for us to get back to the city.




     

    Destination #5: Molo Mansion

    From where the bus stopped, we took a taxi going to the Molo Mansion. The mansion is one of many old houses in Iloilo. This particular one has a gift shop filled with artisan items. On its side is an adorable little cafe called Cafe Panay. We went into the mansion and took a look around. Think of it as the Balay Negrense of Iloilo City.

    Iloilo Travel Guide Tip #5: Don’t expect a tour around the house. The area where you are allowed to roam is actually the gift shop itself. There weren’t any tours of the house. The main feature is the house itself.
     

    Technically Destination #6: Cafe Panay

    You cannot miss visiting Cafe Panay and drinking their coffee. From my personal opinion, it’s a must-try. We were hungry from sitting on the bus for almost 2 hours, so we decided to energize ourselves with some refreshments. But, why molo? Because one of my friends said that one of her goals is to take a photo with the caption “Mulo-molo sa Molo Mansion” which translates to “Leisurely eating molo at the Molo Mansion.”
     

    Destination #7: Roberto’s

    From the mansion, we took a taxi going to Roberto’s – a popular food place in the City of Love that serves, arguably, the best siopao. People were literally lining up to take home one or two siopaos. Roberto’s is located downtown. If you’re wondering what to bring home to your families, this is it!

    Destination #8: Samurai Restaurant

    When you go over budget, call a friend to treat you to dinner. From Roberto’s, we took a taxi going to the Samurai Resturant which is near Sm City. Iloilo is known for their seafood so when it comes to thinking about what to eat, it’s a no-brainer. If you want to include dinner in your budget, be sure to prepare around P1800.
     

    Going Back To Bacolod

    Again, we took the Fast Cat to Bacolod city. It would be best if you can check the schedules of the ferry ahead of time so you can estimate how long you’re going to stay in one place. Overall, our experience in Iloilo City was wonderful. We were so tired during the ferry-ride back to Bacolod, but that day, it was the memories made with friends that counted the most.




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