A tried and tested formula to know if you really like a person? Travel together.
I always believed that the next best thing you can do to really get to know a person (other than living together) is to spend a few days together in a new environment. Exploring and the potential of getting lost, finding restaurants and tasting foreign food (with the chance of getting hAngry in the process) and constantly seeing each other 24/7 is good test of character and compatibility not only for romantic relationships but also for friends.
I personally don’t mind getting lost because I love adventure and wandering but never EVER get me hungry cause I can be a bit** when I am. I also don’t mind wherever I eat, just get me clean water (and by this I mean bottled & distilled if possible. I’m no longer risking a week in the hospital which I experienced btw). And I’m never picky w/ what you put in the itinerary but just give me a few hours to look at art/museum or local markets cause they’re the best places to understand culture for me.
And here you might start to ask, what’s all this got to do with this post eh?
This trip around a few places in Western Visayas is actually not the very first time I am travelling with the three friends I met (and still treasure up to this day) in my part-time teaching job. We went to Bantayan once and decided that we should try somewhere a little far. We were originally booked for Davao but with the plaza bombing at that time, we decided to cancel and have a little DIY trip in Bacolod, Iloilo and Guimaras instead.
We went to Murcia for Mambukal Mountain Resort and stayed there for one night. It was beautiful, peaceful and refreshing. Something all of us residing for too long in the city needs from time to time. They have hot spring pools and waterfalls and ofcourse the Ilonggo chicken inasal which you wouldn’t regret eating.
For Bacolod, we went to Campuestohan Highland Resort for some (wacky) photos. Those who like adventure would love it here. They have the hamster ride, zip lines, suspended bicycles and many others. They also have a pool if you feel too hot. By around 6.30 PM we were even able to visit The Ruins. But your Bacolod experience wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Manokan Country – for more inasal of course! Can’t hurt to try the grilled oysters too.
Last on this leg is our short but sweet visit to Guimaras and Iloilo. We only have a day and half left for exploring so we decided on a private multicab day tour in Guimaras – a quiet island just a few minutes from Iloilo (and will only cost you less than P20 to visit, would you believe?). What left a deep impression for me was our sunset windmills viewing – and the scary trip back to the port with unlighted streets and the risk of not getting on the last ferry for the day! LOL
Iloilo is culinary haven. The Ted’s Oldtimer Lapaz Bachoy and Mang Inasal are only two of the brands widely popular nationwide that actually started in this city. We couldn’t resist going to the very first stores!
Aside from all the fun (and pictures) that I brought home with me in this trip, something that I am most grateful for is the true friendship that I have found in these 3 new friends of mine. I will always remember how a short trip made me friends I will keep forever. ❤