Negros Occidental Day 1: Sipalay City
There's always something good about being spontaneous. You don't have any expectations set because you did not do any research at all.You tend to go wherever the road takes you and usually you end up having a few mishaps along the way in the unbeaten paths discovering hidden gems and encountering ephemeral experiences that would always be a good story to tell.
Weeks prior to my return home from KL, I sporadically (wow I actually used this term!) booked a flight to Negros Occidental with my friend Marla just because we both needed some days off away from everything we've ever known. Both of us have not been to Negros Occidental and we thought it was the perfect time to go since we heard so many good places to see and experience there that we had to try it ourselves. And because I was a go with the flow kind of girl, I didn't even bother reading blogs about the place. I just bought the ticket and let my friend do all the reservations for the accommodations. All I know was that we were going to cover the north and south of Negros. Here's a glimpes of our first day in Negros!
We were welcomed by our friendly local guide named kuya Dado and he brought us to Tinagong Dagat. We crossed multiple bridges (four to be exact) to get to the highest point to see the top view of Tinagong Dagat.
A few breaths and instagram worthy shots later.. We went straight to Perth Resort where it holds one of the most enchanting and mesmerizing views of Mother Nature!
We ended up staying there until sunset, staring into the horizon, savoring every second. Ah Mother Nature, you never cease to amaze me.
Notes to remember:
- When going to Sipalay, take the bus. Don't take the vans across the Ceres bus station - we later found out that they were illegal public transports. The driver and his friends were also rude and disrespectful.
- There is still hope in humanity - Kuya Dado was very kind to bring us around town. He took us to different places and food stalls that were within our budget. He never asked for a specific rate for his services. He will let you guys decide that. We gave him 500 PHP for the whole day tour around Sipalay. PS: we also paid for his entrance fee in Perth Resort because we needed someone to take our photos haha!
- We opted to stay outside Perth Resort because it was way cheaper. Kuya Dado, our friendly local guide, recommended Loreto's Lodge because it was in the middle of town. We were so glad we stayed there! We had a one bedroom room with an airconditioner, television and wifi for only 800 PHP!
Full of life,