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  • Surprising Uses Of Downy Fabric Conditioner | Mea in Bacolod
    Surprising Uses Of Downy Fabric Conditioner
    Posted in: Guides

    We commonly use Downy fabric conditioner on clothes since that’s what it’s meant for. However, there are other practical uses of the product that many of us don’t know about. As a mom, you have to get creative to get the most out of the products you use. In this guide, I’ll share how I use my Downy fabric conditioner for chores other than laundry.





     

    The Many Uses Of Downy Fabric Conditioner Around The House

    I’m currently in love with the scent of Downy Sweetheart from the Perfume Collection. It’s hard to break the scent down, but in my non-professional opinion, it’s a mix of floral, clean and sweet scents. I don’t know why but, to me, it smells adorable. The pink packaging really suites the scent.

    Surprising Uses Of Downy Fabric Conditioner - Downy Sweetheart | Mea in Bacolod

    Moving on to the uses! Listed below are ways on how I use my 900ml Downy Fabric Conditioner:

     

     

    I use the fabric conditioner in all of our clothes and linens. Sometimes, however, I feel like I need to reinforce the scent. So, what I do is put some of the fabcon into a clean, empty spray bottle. I dilute it with water and spray it on clothes and sheets whenever necessary. 1/4 of the bottle I fill with the fabcon, then the rest is water.

     

     

    I use the same mixture above to spray our room. It feels great to walk into a clean room that smells as fresh as flowers. Because our pillows and sheets smell the same, Downy Sweetheart’s scent is boosted when I spray it in every corner of our bedrooms.

     

     

    Moving on to the bathroom. Whenever the faucets or shower head needs polishing, I spray them with the fabcon. I don’t mix anything with the solution. The concentrated liquid will work as is. I put it into a clean spray bottle and I directly spray it onto the grimy fixtures. Let the liquid soak for a few minutes, then wipe all the hard-water stains away. It could also work on sliding shower doors and mirrors.

     

     

    This tip I read on other blogs. I tried it myself and it really works. To clean different hard surfaces, I mix one part of the fabcon to 4 parts water. Again, my container of choice is the ever trusty spray bottle. I spritz a good amount on a surface I want to clean, then I wipe the dust away. This technique also repels dust since there’s a thin film of fabcon on the hard surface.

     

     

    Nobody likes a stinky gym bag. When it’s time to clean out mine, I wash it first. I dry it under the sun for a couple of minutes. Then, when it’s dry, I spray it with the same mixture of fabcon and water I use as a linen freshener and room spray.





     

    Practical Mommy Hack

    You don’t have to buy a whole bottle. You merely have to go to the “tiangge” nearest your house and buy a sachet for only five pesos (P5 MSRP). A practical way to approach this would be to use an empty spray bottle (from your old colognes), just wash and reuse it. Or, better yet, you can simply put: “Buy Downy Fabric Conditioner” on your grocery list so you won’t forget.





  • #BukidHits Please | Mea in Bacolod
    How To Prepare Your Family For A #BukidHits Trip
    Posted in: Guides

    Life in Bacolod during October is like Provincial living in hyper drive – there’s always an event during weekends, the traffic is terrible, and there’s so many people out almost every night. Honestly, I’m happy that business is booming and that people are in a merry-making mood, but I wouldn’t mind taking a short trip just to get away from it all.

    My family is in dire need of #BukidHits. If you’re not from Negros Occidental, you probably won’t understand what that hashtag means. #BukidHits is what we locals use to describe a relaxing time in the mountains or with nature.

    As soon as MassKara is up, I have all the intention to spend a night somewhere where there’s no internet and no cellphone signal. Or, even just an entire day will do.




    Preparing Your Family For Some #BukidHits

    What’s great about living in Negros Occidental is that you have a, seemingly, unending choices of nature spots that you can visit with your family. Most of these spots are about an hour or two away, with little to no traffic. If you are planning to head for the hills, literally, you’ll need to do some prepping:

     

    1. Wash Clothes with FabCon

    It’s been rainy, lately, so you’ll need an extra boost of freshness that fabric conditioners bring. Currently, I’m using Downy Sweetheart from the perfume collection. I can’t really pinpoint the exact smell, but, personally, I would describe it as Pia Wurtzbach’s sweat. Kidding! It’s a little bit floral with undertones of berry.

    Another reason why I love using fabric conditioners is that it keeps the color of my family’s clothes intact. Our pre-downy days were bleak. I had to give away some of our clothes because the colors were too faded.

    2. Insect Repellent & Sun Screen

    The bukid is home to creatures great and small – including mosquitos. Don’t forget to pack your repellent. I’m using Messy Bessy Bacolod’s organic mosquito spray. With this, I don’t have to worry about deet or other potentially toxic chemicals going on my family’s skin.

    For sunscreen, my family’s currently using the Wokali Sun-Block Cream with SPF45. Don’t forget to apply whatever sun protecting lotion or spray you have 15mins before sun exposure. The bukid is going to have lot of shade through trees, but it’s important to keep your family’s skin protected at all times when outdoors.

    3. Car in Tip-Top Shape

    To go to the bukid, your car needs to have enough gas and enough water. If the oil needs changing, do it before your trip. Check your tires too! I remember that one time when my family and I went the bukid without prepping our car. Can you guess what happened? You probably can. Call me an OC (obsessive-compulsive) person, but my motto has always been Amat Victoria Curam – victory favors the prepared.

    When you have all these three down, everything, from deciding on which bukid to go to and what food to bring, will come easier. I hope to see a lot of Bacolodnons taking that much needed R&R after the MassKara season is over.




  • Masskara Festival 2017 & October Events | Mea in Bacolod
    MassKara Festival 2017 & October Events
    Posted in: Events, Guides

    It’s October and, per usual, the City of Smiles is slowly morphing into a vat filled to the brim with beer, making way to a seemingly unending stream of merry-making. The MassKara Festival 2017 is upon Bacolod. If you’re planning to go out with friends, or visit the city during the MassKara highlights, you’re going to need a complete guide for events happening all over the metro and all throughout October.




    Complete Schedule of The MassKara Festival 2017 and Other October Events

    This October, the city government has released the official schedule of the MassKara Festival 2017. Below, you will see specific dates for events as well as the dates for the highlights. Move the arrows of the slider to the left and right to check out events from October 1 until October 22.

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    MassKara Festival Events To Watch Out For

    • Nights of Mardi Gras – October 10 -12, 2017 – Bacolod Public Plaza
    • MassKara Drum Beating Contest – October 17 – 18, 2017 – Bacolod Public Plaza
    • National Fireworks Display Competition – October 19, 2017 – Bacolod City Government Center
    • Electric MassKara – October 20 – 22, 2017 – Tourism Strip, Lacson Street




    Other October Events

    Aside form the official MassKara Festival 2017 events, you can also enjoy other October events happening in Bacolod City. To learn more, all you have to do is click on the event of interest and you’ll get all the information you need like contact numbers and locations. Enjoy and I hope that you have the best time in my city this October!

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  • A Guide to Nature's Eye Guimaras | Mea in Bacolod
    Nature’s Eye Resort Guimaras: Secluded Paradise for Lovers
    Posted in: Guides, Guimaras Guide 2017, Travel

    If you follow me on social media, and you definitely should, you’ll know that I went on a short trip with other bloggers to the island of Guimaras. It was my first visit, and thanks to Nature’s Eye Guimaras, a resort on the far side of the island, I got to see how beautiful Guimaras really is.

    A Guide to Nature’s Eye Guimaras

    Nature’s Eye Guimaras is a resort that offers tranquility and privacy. It’s located in Brgy. Tando, Nueva Valencia Guimaras. It’s not as accessible as other resorts but the seclusion of this hidden jewel is part of the package. From my experience, it’s a resort designed for adventurers, nature lovers and honeymooners.

     

    Should I Go to Natures Eye Guimaras | Mea in Bacolod

     

    How to Get to Nature’s Eye Guimaras from Bacolod

    1. Take a fastcraft from Bacolod to Iloilo. Ticket prices vary depending on the fastcraft you are going to take.
    2. From Iloilo pier, you have to go to Ortiz Wharf. You can do this on foot or you can ride a taxi.
    3. Take a pump boat/passenger boat to Jordan, Guimaras.
    4. From the Jordan wharf, you can rent a tricycle or a multicab for you to get to Brgy Tando (where the resort is).
    Jordan Guimaras

    Don’t forget to take a picture here. Ask your driver! He will gladly stop and take a photo of you and your group.

     

    Brgy Tando to Nature’s Eye Resort

    Nope, you’re not done traveling to the resort yet. From Brgy Tando, you’re going to take a short hike to the beach shown above. From this beach, you will have two options (whichever is available):

    • If the boat is NOT available, you will continue your hike to get to the resort. The terrain is, I would say, somewhere between easy and medium.
    • If the boat is available, you’ll take it to the resort’s jetty.

     

     

    Arriving at Paradise

    Nature’s Eye Resort – Dining Area

    When you arrive at the gate or jetty of Nature’s Eye, you will be directed to the dining area where you can rest before going to your room. At this area, you will see the owner’s, Rowena Amancio, cottage, tables and benches, and her unique outdoor bathroom (which you have to see for yourself).

    Check-in Time: 2PM

    If you want to go straight to your room, you can as long as you arrived during the check-in time which is 2PM. No worries if you arrived early because that’s what the waiting area is for – sit yourself down, have something to drink, and take in the view. You can also explore the resort if you’re not tired.




     

    Food at Nature’s Eye Guimaras

    As you may have noticed, the resort is not easily accessible which means that you can’t really go out and then go to the nearest “tiangge” to buy something. But, you don’t have to worry about food because the packages the resort currently offers include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Click on the photo below to know more details about the packages.

    Me and my blogger friends stayed there overnight and we got to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort. The food is A+! Of course, it’s not gourmet but Manang Indang’s cooking may, very well, compete with the home-made dishes prepared by your mom or grandmom.




     

    Accommodation at Nature’s Eye Guimaras

    Nature’s Eye Guimaras currently has four (4) accommodations that you can enjoy. Each room is Instagram-worthy. The structures have been strategically built to cater to the majestic view from the resort. Staying in one of the rooms will make you feel closer to nature. The bathrooms are especially note-worthy and you will see why from the pictures.

    Where We Stayed: Ocean View Cottage – P3500 2D/1N

    A Guide to Nature's Eye Guimaras | Mea in Bacolod

    Outside the Ocean View Cottage

    Ocean View Cottage Details

    • P3500 2D/1N
    • Min 2 Pax, Max 5 pax
    • P350 additional person
    • With AC
    Cliff Cottage - Inside | Mea in Bacolod

    Ocean View Cottage – Bedroom and Bathroom

    Shell Cottage – P2000 2D/1N

    Shell Cottage - Nature's Eye Guimaras | Mea in Bacolod

    Shell Cottage – Bedroom

    Shell Cottage Details

    • P2000 2D/1N
    • Min 2 Pax, Max 5 pax
    • P300 additional person
    • No AC

    Shell Cottage – Outside and Bathroom




     

    Cliff Cottage – P3000 2D/1N

    Ocean View Cottage - Nature's Eye Guimaras | Mea in Bacolod

    Cliff Cottage – Bedroom and Bathroom

    Cliff Cottage Details

    • P3000 2D/1N
    • Min 2 Pax, Max 5 pax
    • P350 additional person
    • With AC




     

    Sunset Cottage – P2200 2D/1N – For Honeymooners

    Sunset Cottage - Nature's Eye Guimaras | Mea in Bacolod

    Sunset Cottage Bedroom

    Sunset View Cottage Details

    • P2200 2D/1N
    • 2 pax ONLY
    • No AC

    Sunset Cottage Bathroom

     

    What to Do at Nature’s Eye

    What to do at Nature's Eye | Island Hoping

    There are a couple of things you can do when you are at the resort. You can go exploring, swimming or island hoping. I’d recommend island hoping so you can make the most out of your trip. The packages the resort offers currently have island hopping as an inclusion so, again, please do check the latest offers on their Facebook page by clicking on the photo below.

     

    What to Know Before Going to Nature’s Eye


    The resort is expanding so you can look forward to other amenities in the near future. It’s also important to remember that the owner, Rowena Amancio, is a nature lover herself, and this love of hers translated into how she built the resort. Please remember:

    • That the resort is a place to relax. Be courteous of other guests.
    • That one of the resort’s aim is to encourage guests to be close to nature. Do not liter nor pick flowers.
    • Manang Indang (the cook) is at your service. If you need extra rice, ask.
    • The signal isn’t going to be very good but if you stay at the dining area, you will get a bar or two.
    • To talk to Ms Rowena. She is very accommodating and she will gladly sit with you after you’ve eaten to tell you more about why she built Nature’s Eye.
    • Disclaimer: My stay was shouldered by Nature’s Eye, however all statements I have on this post have not been influenced in any way.

    Don’t Forget to Bring

    1. Bug Spray
    2. Sunblock
    3. A hat
    4. Reliable flip flops/shoes

    Contact Details

    • SMART – +639077579055
    • GLOBE – +639262791189
    • Look for Ms Rowena Amancio
    • Facebook Page Nature’s Eye Beach Resort
  • How to Get from Bacolod to Iloilo on a Budget | Almost time to disembark.
    How to Get from Bacolod to Iloilo on a Budget
    Posted in: DIY Iloilo 2017 - BCD - ILO - BCD, Guides

    When you want to go from Bacolod to Iloilo on a budget, it is a no-brainer. You take, what we call, the “roro” (a big boat which carries vehicles, passengers, and cargo) because it’s cheap. You have to wait a little longer compared to when you are traveling to the City of Love on a fast craft (a smaller, boat you can ride to Iloilo), but if you can wait, you can save a good amount from your budget to be spent on food or pasalubong.  About a month ago, I and my friends traveled from Bacolod to Iloilo on a budget for adventure’s sake. We took the “roro” early in the morning and here’s how we did it.



    Bacolod to Iloilo Starting Point: Mcdonald’s Lacson

    • Meeting place: Mcdonald’s Lacson
    • Roro of choice: Fast Cat (Banago Pier)
      • Why Fast Cat? We want to dock within the city. The roro companies at the Reclamation area dock in Dumangas which is too far for what we have planned.
      • Trip Schedule: 5:00 AM (Travelling to Iloilo for 1hr and 40mins).

    Budget Break Down

    • From Mcdonald’s Lacson to Banago Port via Taxi = 89.00
    • Pier Entrance = 10.00
    • Ticket Rate = 200.00
    • Terminal Fee = 15.00

    How to Get from Bacolod to Iloilo on a Budget | Terminal Fee



    Roro Tips From Your Titas (Aunties)

    • Nap if you must so you’ll have plenty of energy when you arrive in Iloilo.
    • If you’re going on this trip with your tita friends and you are a tita yourself, all of you will be kept awake with “chismis” and chitchat so say goodbye to your powernap.
    • I don’t recommend drinking coffee while on this 1hr and 40min-trip. If you’re 30 years old and above, you’ll find it cumbersome to go to the bathroom on a ship.
    • Put on your sunscreen. Sunscreen is a must at our age. Don’t forget your moisturiser, pimple cream, anti-oil balm and other beauty products you have in your tita bag.
    • While you’re putting on sunscreen, don’t forget to put on your sunglasses. Bring out your “abaniko” (fan) as well.

    How to Get from Bacolod to Iloilo on a Budget | Mea in Bacolod

    You won’t feel the 1hr and 40mins when you’re traveling with friends, that’s for sure. We arrived in Iloilo at around 7am. There was a bit of a delay, but there was still plenty of time to explore the city since we started early.

     

    Our First Stop: Breakfast and Coffee

    How to Get from Bacolod to Iloilo on a Budget | Iloilo Today

    As soon as the roro docked, we took a taxi going to Lapaz Market. What’s first on our Tita itinerary? Breakfast and coffee. FYI, you’ll find the schedule and rates for Fast Cat‘s roro from Bacolod to Iloilo on the gallery below.





  • Father's Day 2016 in the City of Smiles
    MnB Suggestions: Father’s Day 2016 in Bacolod
    Posted in: Guides

    Happy Father’s Day 2016 Bacolod! On this day, let’s remember that DADs come in different forms – dads could be moms, grandpas, uncles, or neighbors who have always been there for you. Whatever form your dad comes in, he or she should be given special treatment today because of the love and sacrifice that has been showered to you and your family over the years.

    Father's Day 2016 at Bacolod City

    From L-R: Happy Father’s Day to my Baby Daddy, My Dad and my Father-in-Law. This post is for all three of you.

    But, how exactly do you make today special? How do you celebrate Father’s Day 2016 in the City of Smiles? I have some ideas:

    EAT

    There are plenty of places to eat at in the city. What’s great is, since it’s Father’s Day 2016, a lot of restaurants will have Father’s Day Specials and extra treats.

    1. Kabbara Cafe

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    The Mix Kebab Platter in Kabbara Cafe is a MUST TRY

    The Kabbara Menu

    • Address: BS Aquino Drive Corner Avenue Lacson Street. It’s at THE BILLBOARDS or the NEW OUTDOOR MASTER.
    • Contact no: 09497635377
    Father’s Day Treat: They will be giving FREE DATE BARS to Dads today.

     

    2. Vikings

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    No one can resist Vikings’ Carving Station.

    Vikings Info & Menu

    • Address: SM CITY Bacolod, NEW Building.
    • Contact no: (034) 431-3888, (034) 431-4888, (0998) 988-3888, (0917) 846-6888
    Father’s Day Treat: Special Father’s Day Menu + UNLIMITED BEER and STEAK.

     

    3. Chifa

    Three Chifa dishes I recommend that you try.

    Chifa offers Peruvian fusion dishes. Their cubanos (sandwiches) are MUST TRIES!

    Chifa Dishes

    • Address: 17th Lacson St., 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines
    • Contact no: (034) 431 4607

     

    4. Merkado

    P195

    Merkado Info & Menu

    • Address: Art District, Lopues Mandalagan Bldg
    • Contact no: (034) 213 5130

     

    5. Rau Ram Cafe

    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (7)

    Rau-Ram Cafe Review & Dishes

    • Address: Prk. Marapara 1 Zone 2, Brgy Bata, Bacolod City
    • Contact no: (034) 707 0255

     

    DRINK

    Sometimes all our dads need is glass of their favorite liquor at a chill place that’s not crowded by teens and doesn’t play a ton of TUGSH-TUGSH songs (no offense to fans).

    1. Dylan’s

    Dylans Bacolod (2)

    My Dylan’s Experience

    • Address: 25th Lacson St., 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines
    • Contact no: (034) 703 1167

     

    2. Tyrol Restaurant


    Tyrol is a fantastic place with imported beers.

    • Address: 12th St Lacson, Mayfair Place Residence, 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines
    • Contact no: 034-703-1878 and 0917-776-1999

     

    Be Merry

    On “Be Merry”, I focused on activities that dads will love.

    1. Pamper: Adesso Spa at the NGC

    • Address: HI STRIP 5, CIRCUMFERENTIAL, 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines
    • Contact no: 0950 698 2755

     

    2. Shopping: UNIQLO Bacolod

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    UNIQLO Bacolod Opening

    • Address: SM City Bacolod, NEW BUILDING

     

    3. Shopping: Uba-Laba Ilonggo Wear

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    • Address: 2nd Level, Ayala Mall, The District North Point
    • Contact no: 4765809

     

    4. Sports: Pahanocoy Eco Adventure Park

    • Address: Aning St, 6100 Pahanocoy, Bacolod, Philippines
    • Contact no: (034) 458 7339

     

    5. Art: Reclusion Perpetua

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    Art Exhibit Information

    • Address: House of Frida, Above 21st Street Bob’s Cafe

     

    Happy Father’s Day 2016

    Whatever you choose to do today, remember that IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU. Make it about your dad or the person who you consider to be your father. Don’t do what you want to do. Do what they want to do, give them a break and just let them enjoy the day.

  • Eat Cheaper at Vikings with the Latest Promos
    UPDATED: 7 Ways to EAT CHEAPER at VIKINGS Bacolod
    Posted in: Guides

    Eat Cheaper at Vikings Luxury Buffet – Vikings seems to be getting along very well with the locals of Bacolod City. Whenever I pass by the branch, there’s always a good number of folks enjoying  the buffet. Bacolodnons love to eat  and there’s finally a place for us to do so to our heart’s content.

    Vikings Bacolod - Mea in Bacolod - 2

    There are still some, however, that think that P638 per person (+5% service charge; 2017 rate) is a bit much for one person to pay even if you have your fill of food. It’s true, especially for the budget-conscious person (basically every other Bacolodnon out there), but you DON’T always need to pay full price. There are 7 ways to eat cheaper at Vikings and it’s not even a secret (Updated to 2017 promos and discounts):

    Eat Cheaper at Vikings Bacolod Banner

    1. Go with a Big Group

    Guests who dine in big groups are entitled to receive a special discount:

    • 25% off for 30 pax
    • 27% off for 50 pax
    • 30% off for 70 pax
    • 40% off for 100 pax

     

    2. Go with 4 Full Paying Adults on your Birth Month

    You can actually eat for FREE for an entire month if you always go in with 4 full paying adults during your birth month. Full paying here means without a senior citizen discount or any other discount. You don’t have to pay anything when you find 4 friends who already have reservations to the Vikings Luxury Buffet during your birth month. You can also celebrate with your family and get that one person discount.

    Sample Calculation:

    • You – FREE
    • 1 person – P638 (+5% service charge)
    • Total – P638 (+5% service charge) x 4 people = P2552 (+5% service charge)

     

    3. Go with 1 Full Paying Adult on your Birthday

    On the day of your birthday you can eat cheaper at Vikings as long as you come in with a partner. So if your birthday is on January 21 (this is mine, by the way) and you make a reservation for two at Vikings Bacolod on that day, you don’t have to pay for yourself as long as you’re with 1 full paying adult.

    Sample Calculation:

    • You – FREE
    • Your partner – P638 (+5% service charge)
    • Total – P638 (+5% service charge)

     

    4. Eat with Just Kids

    If you go in with just the kids, you can pay lesser because you don’t have to pay full price for children. The following are the rates for kids:

    • Kids below 3 ft: FREE
    • Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekday Lunch: 238 (+5% service charge)
    • Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekday Dinner: 238 (+5% service charge)
    • Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 238 (+5% service charge)
    • Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekday Lunch: 438 (+5% service charge)
    • Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekday Dinner: 438 (+5% service charge)
    • Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 438 (+5% service charge)

     

    5. Don’t Forget your Senior’s Card

    Of course, seniors don’t have to pay full price as they get a mandatory discount when they present their senior citizen’s ID. So for all you seniors out there, always have your ID handy.

     

    6. 10 + 2 Promo

    1. Guests whose reservations of 12 guests and above are entitled to a special promo (10+2 Promo):
    2. For every 10 guests, 2 other person may eat for FREE.
    3. This promo cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions or discounts.
    4. Special Gift Certificates will not be honored with this promo
    5. This promo is only available at Vikings Marikina, Lanang, Jazz, BF, Bacolod, Pampanga, and Cebu.

     


    7. Look for Latest Promos

    If none of the above applies to you, your best bet to eat cheaper at Vikings Luxury Buffet is to watch out for the latest promos.

    Might as well BOOKMARK this page so you can easily get back to it when you want to know how you can PAY LESS but EAT MORE at the Vikings Luxury Buffet Bacolod.

    Vikings Luxury Buffet Bacolod

    Facebook for Reservations: Vikings Bacolod

    Contact Numbers: (034) 431-3888, (034) 431-4888, (0998) 988-3888, (0917) 846-6888

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  • MnB’s 2016 Valentine’s Suggestions for the Lost Husband/Boyfriend
    Posted in: Guides

    It’s already Valentine’s Day tomorrow. If you’re reading this now, you probably forgot to plan or get something for your wife or girlfriend. DON’T PANIC. It happens especially if life catches up with you. Mayo pato sing highschool, ga baha ang boys nga ga dala flowers. But anyway, there are still a few hours before V-day hits and all that you need to do is to spend time reading this post for Mea in Bacolod’s (MnB’s) 2016 Valentine’s Day suggestions:


     

    Lunch

    Why lunch? Because it’s a Sunday. I only know a few people who actually wake up early on a Sunday. So, most definitely, you’re going to start your Valentine’s at either lunch time or brunch time. Here are places that you can check for a heart-y lunch (no pun intended):

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    Negros Farmer’s Weekend Market

    • Location: Along Magsaysay Avenue. It is the same street side with Luxur.
    • Hours: 7:00am – 3:00pm
    • Why go there?

    There are plenty of food options because it’s not just one vendor. There are probably more than 5, currently. You can eat a lot of lutong bahay, nachos, ramen and you can drink organic juice.


     

    Bacolod 18th Street Pala-pala Valentine's DealBacolod 18th Street Pala-pala Seafood Grill Restaurant

    • Location: Corner 18th and Aguinaldo Streets, Capitol Subdivision.
    • Hours: 7:00am – 11:00pm
    • Why go there?

    18th Street Pala-pala is a great place to go to if you miss eating seafood. On V-day, they’re going to have an eat all you can shrimp buffet for only P299 per person. I’ve already tried the buttered garlic and pepper shrimp (among other dishes) so I can really say that this place serves great food. Lunch time starts at 11:30am until 2pm.

     


     

    Merkado

    • Location: Art District, Lopues Mandalagan bldg.
    • Hours: 8:00am – 2:00pm; 6:00pm – 10:00pm
    • Why go there?

    Photo credits to Merkado’s Facebook page, by the way. Honestly, I haven’t been here before but good friends from the Welcome Home Foundation Cafe told me that the food is sooo good. It’s all organic so you don’t have to worry about eating healthy. One of my best friends also told me that this place serves a lot of great tasting dishes that I must try. And, I am going to soon.

     

     

     

    Snacks and Coffee

    It’s been too hot to go out during lunch time lately and if you’re feeling the same way I do, you’re going to want to start your Valentine’s during the late afternoon. You can do snacks, coffee or just chill in the following places:

    The famous puffyani from Quinos.Quino’s Cakes & Cupcakes

    • Location: Quino’s has 2 branches. 1 at The District Ayala and the other at Lacson street.
    • Hours: (not stated on page)
    • Why go there?

    Quino’s is a cafe without WIFI. This is good because instead of taking 1 million photos, you can concentrate on your date. Plus, the puffyani is a must-try. They also have a few V-day cupcake/cake deals.

     

    Dinner

    For this Valentine’s dinner, do something different. Why not go international with the following restaurants?

    Vikings Bacolod Valentine Dishes - Mea in Bacolod - 1Vikings Luxury Buffet Bacolod

    • Location: Vikings is located at the SM City Bacolod’s annex building, ground floor.
    • Hours: Dinner is served at 5:30pm onwards
    • Why go there?

    Is there someplace more international than Vikings? I don’t think so because everything is there: Filipino, Italian, Chinese,  Japanese and so on. This V-day, Vikings is going to serve 10 special dishes that many haven’t tried before.


     

    Chifa Comida Latino

    • Location: 17th Lacson Street.
    • Hours: Dinner is served at 6:00pm until 10:00pm.
    • Why go there?

    Chifa serves Chinese-Peruvian food. It’s probably the first in the city. The taste isn’t that far from Filipino food but the Chinese-Peruvian touch to the dishes adds a bit of a twist that you and your date need to experience. Plus, they have a V-day deal for tomorrow: order 2 main dishes and get your appetizer (any appetizer) for FREE.


     

    First Visit Rau Ram Cafe (7)Rau Ram Cafe

    • Location: Prk. Marapara 1 Zone 2, Brgy. Bata.
    • Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm
    • Why go there?

    I’ve been to this cafe several times and they serve great tasting Vietnamese dishes. I can’t get enough of the Pho, honestly. Vietnamese is something new to most people but trust me when I say that you are going to love it here. You just have to read the menu carefully for specific ingredients that you may not like.


     

    Sodam Korean Restaurant

    • Location: The south end of Lacson street, near the bridge that’s near Teleperformance.
    • Hours: (not stated on page)
    • Why go there?

    Photo credits to Sodam’s Facebook page. This is probably the closest Bacolodnons can get to authentic Korean food. I am a sucker for a big plate of bulgogi and eomuk bokkeum. Before coming here for early dinner pleas contact them for their hours of operations as it is not stated on their page.


     

    Kabbara Cafe Inc.

    • Location: BS Aquino Drive Corner Avenue Lacson St (at the newly opened Billboards).
    • Hours: (always open)
    • Why go there?

    Kabbara serves Lebanese as well as other Arabic dishes. I and my husband came here a few weeks ago. They whip up a mean lamb kabsa and shawarma. Don’t be put off, however, if their shawarma has fries in it. My husband told me that this is how Arabs would serve and eat their shawarma. It’s just one sign that the cooking at this cafe is pretty authentic. Photo credits to their FB page.

     

    No presents? No problem

    Now that you basically know where to go and what to eat, all that’s missing is what to give. It’s not too late because if you can’t find anything material to buy, you can always give in the form of effort through the following romantic gestures:

    Museum Cafe

    Have you ever visited our local museum before? If not, tomorrow might be the perfect time to do so because the museum cafe is going to have a love booth where you can get your image sketched out. That should be a memorable souvenir for you and for your wife or girlfriend.

    You can also have dinner here if you wish. A former colleague of mine told me that their food (I think Italian) is very delectable and enjoyable.

     


     

    Hilltop Restobar

    Is this a perfect spot to drive to for sunset viewing or what? If you check out their FB page, you’ll see a number of different beautifully-taken pics of the sunset. You can also come here just before it gets dark to, not only witness the sun setting but, to light up lanterns and release them to the sky. Romantic, ey?

     


     

    Artwork by Ryo Tupas

    This is different, right? I know. If you appreciate art and so does your wife or girlfriend, why not buy her a sticker, card or poster of artwork done by Ryo Tupas. Don’t worry about the cost because most prints are under P300. Some stickers even sell for P20 or P50. This is a totally out of the box gift that you can appreciate together as art lovers. Prints may still be available on the 27th at Tippy’s. I will update all of you on that. Photo credit to Bencent G.


     

    And, that’s it! This list isn’t as comprehensive as I wanted it to be but I will work on it next year. For the mean time, huwag kang LOST dear husband or boyfriend. See what suggestions apply to you and go do it with the person you love. Remember that V-day is only one day in one year. It’s a time that reminds us to show our love to the person we’re with, but we should actually be reminding ourselves everyday and not just during Valentine’s. Happy V-day BCD!

  • The Close-to-Ultimate Guide to the Campuestohan Highland Resort (Part 2)
    Posted in: Guides, Travel

    Campuestohan Rides – the resort doesn’t just have sites to see, it also has rides to experience, about 5 of them. This is now Part 2 of my close-to-ultimate guide to Campuestohan which will focus on just that. You can check out Part 1 over here.

     

    Hamster Wheel

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Hamster Wheel 1

    Ticket Cost: P100/ person

    Details:

    • Starts at Tower A located at the back of the Kin Kong statue.
    • End in Tower B which is near a parking area.
    • The ride can accommodate 4 hamster wheels simultaneously.
    • Length is 150m

    Safety:

    Walking on the inside of a giant wheel suspended several feet off the ground can be nerve wrecking, but there’s no need to be worried when it comes to safety. You will be equipped with a harness which will be fastened on both sides of the wheel as seen on the pictures. The safety personnel will also give you a helmet which is mandatory for your safety. Hold the sides of the sides of your harness while walking across and try not to get over zealous about your walking speed.

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Hamster Wheel 2

    The Hanging Bridge

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Hanging Bridge 1

    Ticket Cost: P—

    Details:

    • From Tower D to Tower E. Tower E is near the restaurant while tower D is near a playground.
    • Please check cost with Campuestohan office or Facebook page.

    Safety:

    All you have to do is walk from one end to the other but unfortunately the hanging bridge was closed when I went there so I wasn’t able to go on it. I presume, however, that if you follow your own common sense – no running, no jumping, no swinging and so on – you’ll have no problems with the safety.

    Rope Course

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Rope Course 1

    Ticket Cost: P200/ person

    Details:

    • About 200m
    • Can be cleared at 1 hour to 45mins for beginners.
    • Rescuers were able to clear it at 20mins. If you’re fit, you can probably to it at around the same amount of time.

    Safety:

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Safety Rope Course

    A pair of gloves and a helmet will be provided. A harness will be fitted on you which will then be fastened to a safety cord right above your head. This cord goes throughout the course and you’ve to move the belt they fastned as you move through the course.

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Rope Course 2

    Do not attempt to go on this Campuestohan ride or attraction when you have heart problems or if you have a medical condition. For those who are out of shape but would really like to try out this course, go ahead. The rope course has platform stops that you can rest on. If you feel like you cannot go on anymore, ladders will be attached to which ever stop you’re on and rescuers (2 of them) will come and assists you.

     

    Sky Bike

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Sky Bike 1

    Ticket Cost: P100/ one way trip

    Details:

    • One way trip.
    • Runs from Tower D to E. Starting point is at D which near a playground and near the Mickey Mouse statue.
    • You can get your own copy the video of your ride at the Sky Bike end point. The video will be captured by the camera attached to the fron of the bike.

    Safety:

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Sky Bike 2

    You will have to wear a helmet as with all the other Campuestohan ride rules. A safety harness will be fitted on you and it will be connected to a rope right above your head. Balance is important when doing the sky bike so in order for you to find your balance, you need to have a level head. Just relax when riding on the bike, take in the scenery and focus on getting to the other end without panicking.

    The Most Exhilarating Among all the Campuestohan Rides – Zipline

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Zipline Hairnet and Helmet 2

    Kk from Bacolod and Arlene from New Zealand getting ready for the ride of their life.

    This has to be the resort’s scariest ride to go on, from my point of view at least. The climb alone to the top of the tower where the zipline starts was exhausting so you know for sure that you are way, way, way up.

    Ticket Cost: P200/ person

     

    Details:

    • Runs from Tower A to D. Starting point is at A which is right behind King Kong. Tower D is near the entrance of the resort.
    • You can clear this ride at around 32 second but it might be faster if you are heavier.
    • The ride is 320m long.

    Safety:

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Zipline Weigh In 1

    Going on the other Campuestohan rides, your weight doesn’t need to be measured. With this one, however, your weight will greatly affect your speed and your impact when stopping so it’s a must for you to get weighed in before going on this ride. You will do this at the ticket booth that’s right behind the rope course. A waiver will then be given to you to be signed by an adult (18 years old above).

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Zipline Hairnet and Helmet and Harness 3

    Proper checks of the safety gears are done and I almost forgot to mention that you have to wear tennis shoes or sneakers when going on this ride. Hindi po pwede naka tsinelas lang.The standard helmets are given.

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Zipline Ready 4

    From L-R: Ja Gargallano (Bcd), Kk Villanueva (Bcd), Arlene Pagunsan (NZ), Mercy Todaro (NY), Toni Merida (Bcd), Christian Diolina (NC)

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Zipline 6

    Safety instructions include:

    1. Lay back
    2. Feet up
    3. Firm grip on the handles

    It’s great because the safety personnel actually asks you if you’re ready or not. This give you a chance to back out of the ride if you feel like you cannot handle it.

     

     

    Other details about the Campuestohan rides:

    1. Tickets are sold at the ticket booth, right behind the rope course.
    2. You will be given hair nets to wear before putting on the helmet. This is for sanitary purposes.
    3. Waivers will be given to be signed by an adult.
    4. Make sure you read the safety rules which you can see on boards located on specific start points.
    5. Listen to the safety personnel’s instructions.
    6. Rides close at around 5pm.
    7. To save time and energy, make sure you plan out what t ride first.  Check where the start points and end points are so you don’t have to walk back and forth to go on rides.

     

    What to Look Forward to

    The Windmill

    Campuestohan Highlands Resort Upcoming

    Upon interviewing Mr. “Cano” Tan, the Windmill is meant to be a hotel. There was no mention of the exact date of when this project is going to be finished but it will be soon.

    The Wave Pool

    Mea in Bacolod - Sneak Peek of the Campuestohan Wave Pool

    The wave pool is the same with regards to the opening date. What I do know, however is that the Campuestohan wave pool will be like a mini theme park, inside a bigger one, with an ocean theme.

    • Bouncy trampoline
    • Cable cars
    • Safari tour

    Part 1 Here

    I’d like to thank Mr. Richard Tan, Mr. Ricardo Tan and Mr.s Nenita Tan for the hospitality and the invitation of Mea in Bacolod.

    Mr Tan with my family

    This post wouldn’t have been possible without the invitation of Mr. Richard Tan as well as the hospitality of Mr. Cano Tan and Mrs. Nenita Tan. Thank you.

    For your reservations, please contact the following numbers:

    Landline: (034) 702-0964; (034) 433-3335
    Mobile: 0915-211-1406; 0917-300-5007; 0925-600-8088

    Office Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    Office Address: Bacolod TP Truckers, Gonzaga St., Bacolod City
    Resort Address: Sitio Campuestohan Brgy. Cabatangan/ alternate route via brgy. Granada and Alangilan Talisay City 6100 Philippines

  • The Close-to-Ultimate Guide to the Campuestohan Highland Resort (Part 1)
    Posted in: Guides, Travel

    Campuestohan Highland Resort is a destination that needs no introduction. Bacolod locals are either familiar with it or they’ve actually been there once or twice already. It’s so notable that locals recommend it to guests when guests ask which places to visit in Negros. It’s one of a kind  here in the island of Neg Occ and, the great news is, it’s not that far from the City of Smiles.

     

    Resort Profile

    A view Campuestohan From the Zipline Tower - 1

    The view from the Zipline Tower

    • Location – The resort is located somewhere in the boundaries of Talisay City and Bacolod City.
    • Type – It’s a nature park and a theme water park and resort combined.
    • Area Measurement – I don’t have an accurate measurement but all I can say is it’s massive.
    • Opening and Closing – 7am to 6pm, Monday-Sunday.
    • Amenities you might want to know about:
      • Pools
      • Rides and Attractions
      • Spa
      • Bathhouse and Public restrooms
      • Playgrounds
      • Resort Restaurant
      • Several accommodation options
      • and more…

     

    How to Get There

    You have 3 options: private/rental cars, resort shuttles and the off the beaten path type of transportation option.

    Private/Rental Cars

    If you have one, all you have to do is drive up to Campuestohan. From Lopues East or Mcdonald’s East, take the road that goes up to the mountains. Go straight. There are actually signs that tell you where to turn when you reach Granada, a small barangay that you’ll pass through. When in doubt, ask for directions.

    Resort Shuttles

    There are different options for resort shuttles:

    • 30-seater Sarao with A/C. Costs P100 per head and travels during the weekend. You will see this parked at the Villa Angela Arcade, right across Lopues East or, more specifically, right across Jollibee East. The Sarao can also be rented for private groups. It is a 2-way service costing P3000. You can choose the pick-up and drop-off point as long as it is within the city of Bacolod.
    • Nissan Urvan. You can rent the van for the day with a maximum of 15 persons, costing P1500, or you can rent the van for an overnight stay. The same maximum capacity applies, costing P2500.

    Off the Beaten Path

    From the Burgos Market, look for the Alangilan jeep stop. Wait for the jeep to be full. Tell the driver that you are going to Campuestohan. He’s going to drop you off a tricycle terminal. Rent a tricycle and tell the driver that you’re going to the resort. I’m not sure how much this option would cost you, but I don’t recommend that you go for this one. It’s a bit of a hassle especially if you have kids with you.

     

     

    Entrance Fees and Other Fees

    As soon as you arrive at the resort, you would need to pay the entrance fee. It’s P150 per head. Kids who are below 2 years old can go in for FREE, but the ones over 2 years need to pay the same fee as the adults. Parking is, of course, free and you’ll find that you have plenty of space to park your private or rented vehicle(s) in.

    Parking Area Inside the Resort Near the Second Pool - Campuestohan Highland Resort - 2

    Parking Area Inside the Resort Near the Second Pool

    In fact, they were working on a bigger parking lot (I think parking lot B) so visitors have more space to park their cars in. This parking lot wasn’t open when we visited but when it does, it’ll be more convenient as there will be 2 entrances to the resort. I saw a ticket booth on the closed parking area which will make getting into the resort easier.

     

     

    Cottages and Accommodation Options

    For day trips, you have 3 types of cottages to choose from:

    • Big Cottages – good for 20 people – P1000
    • Small Cottages – good for 12-15 people – P600
    • Umbrella Hut – good for 10 people – P500

    Cottages - Campuestohan Highland Resort - 3

    You can double check where you can pay the fee. I think you can pay at the entrance booth or at the restaurant.

    Cottages have an open and close cover - Campuestohan Highland Resort - 4

    Here’s what I like about the cottages. They have covers that, I assume, you can use when it rains. The bigger ones also have the same covers. It’s a very nifty feature as Campuestohan makes it easier for its visitors  to take shelter when it’s raining.

    As for accommodation, either for overnight or for a few days, you have several options to choose from:

    Bonita Huts

    Bonita Hut - Campuestohan Highland Resort - 5

    Inside

    6 - Inside Bonita Hut - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    Diane Diolina from North Carolina

    • Good for 4 people; maximum of 6
    • P2500 for an overnight stay
    • The 4 people already get free entrance passes
    • Excess of 4 people is P300 per head
    • No A/C but with restroom

    You might be worried that it doesn’t have an A/C. On the contrary, it’s pretty cool inside and when night time comes, it’s not an A/C that you will need but blankets.

    Indian TeePees

    7 - TeePee Indian Village - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    Inside + View of Other TeePees

    8 - Inside TeePee Indian Village - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    • Good for 6 people
    • P5000 for an overnight stay
    • The 6 people already get free entrance passes and free breakfast
    • With A/C and restroom
    • Choose: family room or suite room

    In case you were wondering, the toilet and the bath are separated. If you’re facing the mirror, the toilet is on the right and the bath is on the left.

    9 - The Indian Village - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    It may not feel like it when you’re in the inside, but it’s going to be like you’re living in an Indian village. The TeePees are closer together compared to the Bonita Huts. If you like having neighbors, definitely go for this accommodation option but if you like your privacy, go for a Bonita Hut.

    The Log Cabin

    This is probably the closest Negrosanons can get to living like a pioneer. Well, not exactly but the log cabin factor is there.

    10 - The Log Cabin - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    This building is more elevated thus, you get to experience a really nice view every time you step out of your room.

    12 - Log Cabin Better View - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    A view from the Log Cabin

    Inside + Outside the Rooms

    14 - Inside the Log Cabin and Furniture Outside - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    • The Cabins can be good for 3, 4, or 5 people
    • P3000 for 3 people, P4000 for 4 people and P5000 for 5 people (overnight stay)
    • When you book a cabin, it already includes breakfast and entrance passes.
    • With A/C and restroom
    • With WIFI but the signal is not that strong

    11 - Log Cabin View - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    If you noticed, the veranda of the cabin has several tables and chairs which you can use for eating. There’s also wooden furniture for lounging around.

    13 - Log Cabin with Wooden Furniture - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    The picture is a little dark, but this wooden furniture is very comfy to nap in. Melinde Merida from Monaco

    When I visited the Log Cabin, there was a group of people that looked like they were having a mini-seminar. That’s actually a great idea for people in an office or company. You have room for presentations, meetings and so on. Your rooms will be close together so it’s more convenient to be in touch with members of your group.

    King Kong

    15 - King Kong - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    The King Kong statue is like the pièce de résistance of the resort. It’s the centerpiece, so to speak. The fun thing is that you can actually spend the night inside the king of the apes.

    16 - Crash Landing King Kong - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    The surrounding is meant to look like a plane crash so don’t be put off by its unkempt appearance. Have you ever seen a plane crash site that’s kept and tidy? I don’t think so.

    Inside + Outside seating

    17 - Inside King Kong - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    The doorway inside the great Kong can be found at the back, on its hip. The outside has a stone seating and a few chairs but no shade. Once inside, you’ll see the ground floor which is mostly seating. Going upstairs, you will see the bedroom which, I think, is King Kong’s rib cage. The bone design on the walls also gives the room a ribcage feel. It’s fun for pictures and it also makes a fun memory to tell folks back home. You can also tell them that King Kong roars sporadically. A speaker strategically hidden from plain sight plays a loop of roaring sounds every once in a while.

    • Good for 6 people
    • Loft-type
    • P6000 for overnight stay
    • The 6 people already have free breakfast and free entrance passes.
    • With A/C, restroom and seating
    • Excess persons can pay P300 per head minus the free breakfast

    Bathhouse

    This is probably not on the website. So, the resort has 2 pools (we’ll go into more details about these later). The older one, which is the one that’s NOT shaped like a foot, has several cottages that surround it. It also has bathhouses for both males and females. The upstairs of those bathhouses can be rented out as accommodation.

    20 - BathHouse and Upstairs Accomodation - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    • Good for 4 people
    • P2500 for overnight stay
    • The 4 people already get free entrance passes.
    • Excess persons can pay P300 per head
    • Only common restroom

    The great thing about staying in a bathhouse is that you get to be really close to the pool. The downside is that you won’t have your own restroom.

    Camping Grounds

    Are you planning to rough it up? No worries. Bring your tent and set it up on the resort’s camping ground. You’ll have access to all of the common restrooms. The camping ground is near Kung Fu Panda. You can also ask if there are other areas where you can set your tent up on because the resort has a lot of open grounds.

    19 - Camping Grounds - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    • Bring your own tent
    • P300 per head for overnight stay
    • From 5pm to 6am
    • Only common restroom

    Other details about accommodations:

    • Check-in time: 2PM, Check-out time: 12noon
    • You can check in as early as 7am if you already have a room reservation
    • Log Cabin rooms have 32″ LED TV
    • All rooms have a hot and cold shower
    • It’s always a good idea to check and book way ahead of your scheduled trip
    • To confirm your booking, a 50% down payment is required
    • Visa and Mastercard accepted

    For bookings and further inquiries, please contact:

    • Landline: (034) 702-0964; (034) 433-3335
    • Mobile: 0915-211-1406; 0917-300-5007; 0925-600-8088
    • Contact the numbers fr0m 9am to 6pm.

    Amenities, Safety, and Tips

    Swimming Pools

    22 - Mosaic on Pool 2 - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    Take a look at how beautiful the bottom of Pool 2 is. I digress but, it’s what makes Pool 2 all the more enjoyable to swim in. It makes you feel like you’re really vacationing!

    21 - Two Resort Pools - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    L-R: Pool 1, closer to the entrance; Pool 2, closer to parking space; Jaja Gargallano and Amiel Gargallano having fun under the sun

    Anyway, I think I already mentioned the resort having 2 pools, right? Pool 1 is the older pool. It’s supposed to be bigger. Pool 2 is shaped like a foot. Both pools have cottages that surround them as well as common restrooms that visitors can use for bathing, changing and bathroom breaks. For safety, rest assured that they always have 2 lifeguards that roam around each pool.

    23 - Common Restrooms Near the Pools - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    L-R: Shoe Restroom for Pool 2; Bathhouse Restroom for Pool 1

    Bonus Accommodation Tip

    Remember the nursery rhyme about the old woman who lived in a shoe? Well, you can now see how the old woman felt while living inside a shoe. The upstairs of the shoe can also be rented out as accommodation. See for yourself. Check the back of the shoe. You’ll see a ladder there that leads up to the room. Go for this one if you want to be near to Pool 2 as well as a parking area.

    • Good for 4 people
    • P2800 for overnight stay
    • The 4 people already get free entrance passes.
    • Excess persons can pay P300 per head
    • Only common restroom

    Pool Schedule Tip

    Take note that the resort only opens both pools during peak seasons. When I went there, only Pool 2 was open. They alternate the opening of the pools. Let’s say today, Pool 1 is open, tomorrow it’s going to be Pool 2.

    Spots for Kids

    24 - Playgrounds - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    L-R: Playground 2 near the Zip Line Tower; Playground 1 near Pool 1

    This I am not sure of, but I’m going to say that the resort has 2 playgrounds for kids. One is near the tower for the zip line and the other one is near Pool 1.

    25 - Playgrounds and Rides - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    Kids’ Spots Near the Zip Line Tower

    You’ll also find rides for smaller kids: the train and the carousel. The fare is only P30 or P50 per head. Operators are on standby in the area. It’s also around here that you can go horseback riding, P100 for 15mins.

    Hero’s Hall and Other Statues

    25 - Statues and Figures - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    These are very popular resort features. These life-size action figures are a hit with both kids and adults. The most famous would have to be Hero’s Hall where you get to take pictures with Superman, the Green Lantern, Batman and other comic book super stars. You’ll also see Mickey Mouse, Po from Kung Fu Panda, and a giant Islander slipper. Take as many pictures as you want with your favorite character!

    Spa

    27 - Resort Spa - Campuestohan Highland Resort

    Here’s a treat for you! How about you let the kids go and play and you spend an entire day at the spa? Campuestohan now has a branch of Chair Spa within the premises. The services are various but when we went there, one of my cousins got her nails done at an affordable price.

    Ice Cream, Photos,and Coffee

    Here's the photo stand where you can purchase photo souvenirs.

    Here’s the photo stand where you can purchase photo souvenirs.

    Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of most of these but you should know that the resort has carts for food scattered throughout the walking areas. It’s not that many but you will see some while you’re walking around. Fior Gelato has a big shop located at the side of a playground and a small stand or cart somewhere near the lodge, I think. Smaller carts are also parked in a certain area for selling photos and concessions. When I went there, most of these shops were closed.

     

     

    The Restaurant

    The Outside

    27 - The Outside of the Restaurant - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

    You’ll definitely know that you’ve arrived in the restaurant’s area when you see Mr. Ricardo “Cano” Tan’s signature – “Cano Gwapo”. Who knew that Mr. Tan had a fun side?

    Inside + The Food

    30 - Inside the Restaurant - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

    The inside has tons of seating, mostly, if not all, wood furniture. You’ll also see a lot of stuffed-looking animals as well as trophy heads on the walls of the restaurant. Dear PETA, they are not real. They’re merely there for display and are made of non-living materials, I checked. The restaurant is also where you can find souvenirs.

    31 - Souvenirs - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

    There might be other types of souvenirs available so it’s better to visit the restaurant if you really want one. As for the food, well I haven’t tasted any of the restaurant’s food yet but they sure do look appetizing. We brought our own as most groups and families do while visiting the resort.

    29 - Restaurant Menu - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

    A sneak peek of the menu and the prices

    Food recommendations by the kitchen:

    • Black Pata – P420
    • Gising-gising – P125
    • Binukad-kad na Plapla – P 220
    • KanKong stem with Gata and shrimp

    28 - Food Restaurant - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

    Clara’s food pasalubong item’s can also be found on display at the resto. In the city, Clara’s can be found near Pendy’s.

    Bonus Restaurant Tip

    Here’s another thing that’s not on the website. Did you know that you can actualy do events such as family reunions, weddings, birthday parties and the like upstairs? The resort’s restaurant has a function room upstairs which is good for 100 people. Tables and chairs are already step-up, plus you get to use the karaoke for free when you rent the venue.

    32 - Function Room - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

    • P8000 for 4 hours
    • Catering Menu  worth P300 – P500 is available
    • Minimum of 50 people, additional of P50/head if in excess
    • Choice of soup or vegetable dish, main course, rice, dessert (this will vary depending on the cost per head) 
    • Free use of facilities and pool (entrance fee waived)
    • In charge of functions: Mr. Gerard Dela Cruz
    • Best for receptions, birthdays and seminars

    Let’s take a breather for now! That was a lot to take in for one post so I’m breaking this guide down into two parts. Only the rides remain and you have to admit, the rides are a whole other story on their own. Stay tuned for Part 2 if you want to know more about the fantastic Campuestohan Highland Resort.

    Part 2 Here

    Mr Tan with my family

    This post wouldn’t have been possible without the invitation of Mr. Richard Tan as well as the hospitality of Mr. Cano Tan and Mrs. Nenita Tan. Thank you.

    For your reservations, please contact the following numbers:

    Landline: (034) 702-0964; (034) 433-3335
    Mobile: 0915-211-1406; 0917-300-5007; 0925-600-8088

    Office Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    Office Address: Bacolod TP Truckers, Gonzaga St., Bacolod City
    Resort Address: Sitio Campuestohan Brgy. Cabatangan/ alternate route via brgy. Granada and Alangilan Talisay City 6100 Philippines

     

     

  • Acer Roadshow: How to Choose a Good Projector
    Posted in: Guides

    Presentation of Acer Projectors

    A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend the Acer Roadshow dinner at the L’Fisher Hotel where I learned all about how to choose a good projector. My husband always had a thing for projectors as he’s always wanted one in our own home. Men and their gadgets! Myself, on the other hand…not so much interest go into home theater gadgets until I attended the #Acer Roadshow. I learned a lot and here are just a few:

    1. Contrast

    This is basically the black and white aspect of the projector. The black needs to be true black and the white needs to be true white. But, is there a false black and a false white? Yes, I am making my own terminologies here but during the dinner, we were shown strips of colors that ranged from black going to white. Projector X and the Acer projector were set up displaying this image (the same one) on screen. Projector X showed white with a tint of yellow or green while its black was sort of gray. The opposite was to be said about the Acer projector used as it showed paper white and charcoal black colors.

    2. Color Integrity

    Now this comparison was a fun one during the dinner. We were showed colorful pictures using the two different projectors. Projector X’s image was washed out while Acer’s stayed true to the color. A blogger colleague of mine even commented on how one was what people saw before dinner and the vivid image was what people saw after dinner. Everybody laughed.

    3. Resolution

    Of course, everybody wants to project great images or videos. This is achieved when the resolution of a projector is higher. When it’s lower, the image projected will show the screen door effect. Although this kind of effect cannot be totally eliminated (or maybe it can), DLP Acer Projectors lessen the tendency of this effect occurring.

    4. Weight

    This, of course, depends on your need, but I was glad to see that Acer had a lot of portable projectors that have the same capabilities as the bigger ones. That’s why never forgot my two personal projector favorites (revealing what they are at the end of the post).

    5. Throw Distance

    Here’s another complicated term for me to define. Throw distance is basically how far or near you’re supposed to place the projector in order for you to get the right picture. Throw distance matters because, you’d want to have a projector that can do the trick even when space is limited.

    LCD or DLP?

    Aside from the factors that you need to look out for, you also need to decide whether you want an LCD Projector or a DLP Projector. I think most of us already know what an LCD Projector is. Personally, it was a common tool used by my teachers way back in college. Little did I know that there was something better which is the DLP (Digital Light Processing) kind. It’s superior in many ways including contrast ratio, image color, video, projector size, noise and TCO (total cost of ownership which tells us that owning a DLP type is much cheaper).

    Personal Acer Projector Favorites:

    Both are portable, both are affordable and both perform as well as the bigger ones 🙂 Imagine you having one of these in your home. Thank you to the Acer Roadshow Team for inviting myself and my fellow bloggers.

    Acer event

     

     

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