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    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.

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  • Globe - #MakeitSafePH - Mea in Bacolod - 1
    #makeITsafePH: The Dangers Of Online Stalking
    Posted in: Featured, Guides

    #makeITsafePH – When you go to Google and search for the meaning of stalking, you’ll get “pursue or approach stealthily.” Way back, before social media platforms were a thing, stalkers would have to wait for you to go out of your office or your house, then stalk you. Today, with the advent of social media, it’s as easy as sliding one’s thumb on a smartphone screen. I talk about this because I recently had the scare of a lifetime. If we’re friends on Facebook, then you definitely know that my Facebook account almost got hacked.

    The Unfortunate Events That Lead To Almost Losing My Facebook Account

    A couple of days ago, I was at my sister’s house. We were doing the inventory of our stocks from our small business. Suddenly, my phone beeped. I read the message and it was one of my younger cousins asking me to lend her my email password because she wanted to use Google Drive for her project. Busy, concentrating on counting our stocks accurately, I gave it to her without hesitating. She replied, “Thanks mea,” and I thought nothing of it.




    A few minutes after, I read the message she sent me more carefully. I thought to myself, “Did she just call me Mea? Oh no she didn’t!!” with matching eyebrow raise. My younger cousins call me “Manang” and, so, I thought it strange for her to call me by my first name. Again, my phone beeped. I got a security warning from Facebook and Gmail saying that there was an unauthorized login to my account.




    My heart skipped a beat. To most of you, your Facebook and email may not that be valuable. But, for me, everything is linked to my email, even my Paypal account. And, as for my Facebook, all my social media pages which I worked hard to grow, were all there. Thank goodness for all the years I spent working as a freelance writer. The typing speed I acquired really got me through locking my accounts and changing my passwords quickly.

    What Does This Have To Do With Stalking?

    The experience I just told you guys is more of hacking, so what does this have to do with stalking? Great question. I want everyone to know that threats are out there. I have my social media platforms set to “public” because I am a blogger, and I do want to put myself out there. But, my cousin is just an ordinary young professional just like you. I know that she got stalked online because the hacker grabbed all of her photos and imitated the way she chatted with her friends. Of course, the hacker wanted to appear as my cousin. So, every move, like, comment, sentence construction, was studied to make it seem that way.




    There might be plenty of reasons for stalking a certain person online. It may be to cause fear, emotional distress, or intimidation. Also, it’s possible for you to be stalked online because a scammer wants to commit identity theft. He or she is going to stealthily study your every move so they can trick your friends, family, and connections. Once the scammer achieves this, the possibilities are limitless. Your accounts could get hacked, and your financial information, as well as other information, could get compromised. This is what happened to my cousin. To end my story, I kept chatting with the hacker after changing all my passwords, so I can get his location through my email. I did find out where his location was and the type of phone he was using.

    #makeITsafePH: Protecting Yourself And Your Teens From Online Stalking

    This is the very reason why we need more online safety campaigns like Globe’s #makeITsafePH. Continuously, we need information on different ways on how we can keep ourselves and our children safe as we surf the internet or enjoy the perks that social media brings. You can start with the following #makeITsafePH tips:

    • Only accept requests from people you’ve met offline.
    • Block those that behave suspiciously.
    • Limit the people who can view your posts (only friends and family).
    • Change your password every 30 or so days.
    • Don’t reveal your specific address or do Facebook Check-ins to places that are not crowded.
    • Don’t click on any links sent via social media messengers.
    • Do not engage in conversation with someone who you just met through Facebook chat.

    For teens, you need to monitor their activity if they have Facebook. Check their messages and always inform them about the possible dangers of being stalked online. Educate them on what to watch out for and what to do when they think that they are being cyberstalked.




    For me, the best way to prevent and protect ourselves and our children is really through information. Usually, we don’t see this kind of stalking as a threat because we don’t really feel its effects yet. I personally did not. But, now that I went through the 2-min ordeal of changing my passwords because of a threat, I’m making online protection a top priority.

    What is the #makeITsafePH Campaign?

    “As a purveyor of the digital lifestyle, Globe Telecom takes it upon itself to ensure that society as a whole remains safe from numerous threats facing anyone using the internet—from viruses, Trojan, and Ransomware that put multi-million-peso businesses at risk, hacking attempts for illicit purposes, and cases of cyberbullying to name a few.”

    The #makeITsafePh campaign is just what we need. Several bloggers, including myself, have jumped on the bandwagon to give you guys the necessary information that will safeguard your and your children’s presence online. If you go to Google and simply search for #makeITsafePh, you will find all the resources you need.

    Have you ever had a scare similar to mine? Let’s get the conversation going in the comments section. Don’t forget to LIKE Mea in Bacolod on Facebook, and visit www.globe.com.ph.




  • Byrons Backribs Bacolod - Mea in Bacolod
    Byrons Backribs Bacolod: A Family Favorite
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Featured, Where and What to Eat

    What You Need To Know About Byrons Backribs Bacolod

    Overview

    Here in Bacolod, we have plenty of homegrown favorites that we simply cannot get enough of. I have my own list of favorite dishes that includes Chicken Inasal, a slew of bbq-ed innards, and backribs. It’s easy to get the inasal and bbq-ed innards because there’s practically one “sulugbahan” (where you can buy grilled deliciousness) at every corner of the street. But, when it comes to backribs, my husband would always suggest Byrons Backribs Bacolod.





    Byrons Backribs Bacolod

    Location

    Byrons Bacolod is located at Block 8, Stork Street, Homesite, Barangay Montevista. For locals, it’s easy to get to because it has been at the same location ever since. But, for travelers or visitors of Bacolod, it’s best to take a taxi or a GrabCar to get to the place. It’s not far as it is only within the city, and jeepneys (homesite, I think) actually pass the restaurant.

    Place

    The set-up is casual dining at an open-air restaurant. There’s plenty of seating, and you won’t feel like you’ve been cramped into a small space. The tables and benches are sparsely placed. I’m guessing that Byron’s was meant for big groups; just look at the tables and long benches.





    Menu

    Definitely, their specialty is the Backribs. You can get it in spicy or regular. Personally, I always go for the spicy version because it gives a bit of a kick to every bite. Serving-wise, I think it is enough for two people. I can’t finish one serving by myself.





    Other Dishes

    Although backribs is their specialty, Byrons also serves other grilled, sizzling, or soup dishes. They have pork barbecue, linaga, sizzling sisig, and bangus, to name a few.

    They have a reasonable variety on their menu, so customers can choose other viands just in case they’re not up for backribs. Aside from full meals, they also serve a few snack items. Despite the variety, backribs is still the most popular dish on the menu – people almost always order backribs and rice.





    Price

    The price for all of their dishes is reasonable. I like that they have budget meals that are affordable enough for students. They also have unlimited rice options just in case you want to indulge. We usually order the backribs which cost about P165.00 (seen on the photo). I think we had the unlimited rice option added. We always get extra sauce and you should too.

    By the way, you should take note that there were three of us sharing and eating the two backribs we ordered – me, my husband, and my son.





    Why I Love Byrons Backribs Bacolod

    Disclaimer: I was given free meals for this post but I and my family visit Byrons
    from time to time because their ribs are truly delightful.

    1. The Price

    The price for the meals is actually very reasonable. One order of backribs can be shared by two people. Just order an extra plate of rice plus sauce, and you and your companion will be full and contented.

    2. The Place

    When I reached 30 years old (I am 31 as I am writing this), I began to prefer places that are quieter and not too crowded. Every time I and my family would go, we would always have a peaceful dinner – a plus in any tita’s book.





    Other Information

    Just in case you can’t visit the main branch which is at Homesite, Byrons Backribs (or Byron’s Backribs Grille) also has branches in the following locations:

    • CEBU – 2nd Floor Verandah, Robonsions Galleria Cebu. Facebook Page Here
    • Across Bob’s Cafe at the Homegrown Compound
    • SM City Bacolod, Foodcourt

    For Byrons Backribs Homesite, it’s important to take note that they sometimes run out of backribs so it’s best to contact their number on their Facebook Page. You can refer to the list below for the information you need:

    • Opening Hours: Always Open (based on their Facebook Page)
    • Contact Number: 0910 425 7472
    • Facebook Page Here





  • 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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  • New Years Resolution And Achievements - Mea in Bacolod
    2018 New Years Resolution & MNB Achievements
    Posted in: Diary, Featured

    2017 was probably the year that allowed me to learn the most life lessons. Whether it was in the area of love, family, business, health, friendship or blogging, I had more epiphanies than I could chew. But, that’s a good thing. Although I didn’t want extra stress in my life, I couldn’t do anything about the circumstances that came. I powered through each one because I didn’t have any choice but to do so. Doing this helped me arrive at a new years resolution that I am definitely going to stick to this 2018.




    My New Years Resolution: Purpose

    Everything I do, I need to do it with purpose. I want to love with purpose, build friendships with purpose, build a family purposefully, and blog with a purpose. You know when you just go through life aimlessly doing all the mundane things that you ought to be doing? My 2017 was fairly close to that. I did, however, garner a few victories blog-wise.

    Blog Achievements By Yours Truly

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    • Globe Media Awards 2017 – Shortlisted for Blogger of the Year
    • Globe Media Awards 2017 – Shortlisted for Social Media Advocate of the Year
    • Office of The Governor Negros Occidental Tourism Division – Plaque of Appreciation for the Negros Bloggers
    • Rotary Bacolod South – Won Beauty Blogger of The Year (thepracticalbeauty.com)
    • Blogapalooza: Generation D – Attended the event in Manila




    My Plan For 2018

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  • Manokan Country Chicken Inasal from Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    First-Timers Guide To Eating Chicken Inasal at Manokan Country
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Featured, Where and What to Eat




     

    The Manokan Country near SM City Bacolod has been serving the infamous Bacolod chicken inasal for, I don’t know how many, years. It’s been there ever since I was young, and, as far as I can remember, I and my family have spent numerous weekend dinners there.

    Manokan Country in Bacolod City | Mea in Bacolod

    The Manokan Country is not a place for you to wine and dine but it’s always packed.

    After all those dinners, you would think that my family would be fed up with the inasal there by now, but no. We keep coming back for more and, apparently, the rest of the world keeps coming back for more inasal as well.




    Eat Bacolod Chicken Inasal at Manokan Country

    Because of it’s age and the consistency of the taste of the Bacolod chicken inasal served, the Manokan Country has become a part of every visitor’s Places to Eat in Bacolod list. But, here’s the thing. If it’s your first-time visiting the Manokan Country, you’ll have a whole array of restaurants to choose from. The place isn’t called “country” for nothing. There’s, probably, more than ten places that serve Bacolod chicken inasal.

    How To Choose Where To Eat

    I recommend going to places that you’ve already heard of. We have always gone to Aida’s. When I was younger, I clearly remember my mom knowing most of the old staff’s names. There’s also Nena’s, I think there’s Nena’s I and II. I don’t remember eating at any other place at the Manokan Country.

    How To Eat Bacolod Chicken Inasal

    Eating inasal (barbecue) is a no-brainer but there’s a way Bacolodnons eat chicken inasal that makes the experience a little more enjoyable. Here’s how you can do it:

    1. Sawsawan Perfection

    Sawsawan means sauce in our local dialect. I’m sure that there are more types of sawsawan for Bacolod chicken inasal, but I have always stuck with just two: original and sinamak combo. I made up the names of the sauces, of course.

    To me, there are two types of sawsawan: original and sinamak combo.

    As soon as you are seated, the waitress will give you small dishes for the sauces, plus calamansi and chili peppers. Your sinamak (a special concoction of vinegar and other ingredients) and soy sauce will be on your table. To make the original sawsawan, combine calamansi, soysauce, sinamak, and chili peppers (crushed; optional) into your small dish. The sinamak combo, on the other hand, is a combination of sinamak, calamansi, and chili peppers (crushed; optional).

    2. Talaba – Your Opening Act

    Talaba is a popular appetizer at the Manokan Country.

    You’ll have to wait while your Bacolod chicken inasal is being grilled. While you wait, order an appetizer – talaba (oysters). We’ve always ordered talaba before we dig into the rice and inasal.

    3. Prepare Your Rice

    Don’t be stingy with your chicken oil.

    No, I don’t mean that you need to cook your rice yourself. As soon as your rice is served, prep it with chicken oil and salt. I don’t know about those who have eaten chicken inasal before, but Bacolodnons are generous when it comes to pouring chicken oil on rice. My husband sprinkles a little bit of salt on his rice after he pours the oil.

    4. Small Gulps

    Take small gulps of your drink to make more room for your inasal.

    You’re going to want to enjoy more of your chicken inasal so make sure you don’t drink as much coke or water. Make room for the inasal you’ve been dying to eat.

    5. Hands-on Experience

    Always use your hands.

    There is no other way to eat Bacolod chicken inasal – you have to use your hands. You can use a spoon and a fork too, but it’s tradition. The sinks you will see at the restaurant are specifically for handwashing before and after you eat your Bacolod chicken inasal.

    Please be reminded that the Manokan country isn’t a place where you can dine and wine. It’s more informal and Bacolodnons like it that way. So, next time you visit my city, go to the Manokan Country and enjoy our inasal the way we do.

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