Bacolod was such a happy surprise. My husband and I were invited to go by our good friend for his birthday. Both stressed from work, we welcomed this break and found its lush landscape and pristine beaches very therapeutic. But what really brought us back to life was the amazing food. We ate chicken inasal every single day and gorged on treats like freshly-made hot piaya, butterscotch, and heavenly napoleones from Virgie’s Homemade Products. It was so worth the extra calories.
Our first day was extra relaxing. Our friend took us to a place he helped develop which was only an hour away from the city proper (technically, this wasn’t Bacolod anymore, but Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental). He had a nice one bedroom lodge set up on top of a mountain which had a spectacular view! I couldn’t get over it. Ang ganda talaga. For me, the view was enough reason to move here (that, the fresh air and the food). I kept nudging my husband, “build me a house here”! Hahaha.
On our way back to Bacolod, we stopped at a local restaurant for more chicken inasal. (Oh if you’re wondering about the crowd in the photo, a local fisherman was selling his catch of the day. Of course, I imagined a mermaid was washed ashore.)