We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
Four years ago, we decided, together with my cousins, to celebrate my birthday away from the metro. Trying to do things away from our comfort zones. Exploring places by our own. Embracing what life would offer to us. It was God’s plan, I believe, that He brings us to this wonderful city of Bacolod, that truly lives the mantra of being “The city of smiles.”
We bound Bacolod via Cebu Pacific that time, booked months prior the date availing their piso fare promo. Arrived early morning the city and headed straight to our lodging in which is located an average kilometer from the airport. We spent the rest of our stay at a budget friendly accommodation at Kundutel Hotel. The hotel location is quite far from the tourist spots where you need to rent a private van or tricycle that would cost a thousand or more, depending on the location distances. But if you are a night kind of person where you want to booze the night away, it was a perfect location because the bars are just a walk from the doorsteps of the hotel . The rooms of the hotel per se is very nice, well ventilated and furnished, and their beds were very comfortable to sleep with. Hotel amenities includes a pool with jacuzzi, gift shop, laundry and other housekeeping services. (You may check their site with link above for more info.)
What we basically did in our stay in Bacolod were:
1. Explore the seven falls at Mabukal Resort. There are so many things you can do here at Mambukal besides trekking. You can do swimming, boating. wall climbing, canopy walk etc. But you never forget to experience their warm sulfur dipping pool. Just to remind you guys that this place smells not that good because of its natural sulfur fragrant. Food are not a problem because they have a chain of vendors around the vicinity.
2. City tour and exploring the downtowns of Bacolod to look for some pasalubong and thrift finds. It was also a nice experience to talk to locals and learn the culture of the city.
3. Visited The Ruins. This place is rich in diverse culture. Be sure you keep yourself attentive to the tour guide for s/he will discuss everything about the history of that place.
Overall, all of us had a great moment during those times. I just pray that this will happen again someday in the future. Less cash outflows and more memories is such a great deal for a light backpack adventure.
I guess we spend almost Php 2,000.00 each for the airfare, city tours, transportation and food. Pasalubong is not included. By food, we just ate at certain karinderya near the hotel premises.
As for this year, I’m very excited to celebrate my birthday in four destinations! It will definitely be a one good travel experience!