Category: Bacolod

Circle Inn

To be honest I was tired of the heat, and need to find a place to stay for a couple of days that had aircon so I could get some sleep.  I was thinking of returning to the Bacolod Pension House, and though the place was ok…I wanted a little more.  So I thought I would give the Circle Inn and try, and I was very pleased with the two days I spent there.

Front Desk
Front Desk

Aircon and the Circle Inn

My main purpose behind finding a place to say was needing a couple of cool evening so I could catch up with some very much needed sleep.  I was exhausted from not sleeping in the heat, and with how hot it was during the day, I found it even more difficult to deal with the days with the loss of sleep.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the heat.  But since I am kind of land locked here in Bacolod City, and not teaching diving every day and missing being in the water every day, I find the heat of all the concrete in the city very difficult to deal with everyday.

The Circle Inn was chosen on a simple Google Search and a list of about 10 hotels came up.  When I checked out the website on my phone, that room cost was listed for the deluxe room as PhP1480, and of course Expedia had it listed as less expensive,  which was not true, since Expedia listed the room before taxes and once you added those in it was the same price that was being offered through the hotel itself.  I find it interesting how misleading the cheap websites are, and I know now in Canada, its against the law when you do not advertise the real price.  Just a thought.

Part of Town

Pool
Pool

I have just recently ventured into the part of town where the Circle Inn is located.  It took me a few minutes to work out the Jeepneys needed in order to get downtown which by the way Shopping La Salle Libertad will do it, and it was very easy to make it to Lacson street so I could do my daily coffee at Starbucks.  I would certainly decide to stay at the Circle Inn again since the rooms were very clean, the Front Desk staff polite and very helpful.  The Restaurant on site had good food and not too badly priced compared to other places I have stayed.  The pool though cool, very clean and refreshing.  There are rooms that open directly onto the pool which would have been very very cool, though all of those were booked.

Circle Inn

If you are in town, and in need of a place to stay, I would select this hotel in a heart beat.  I really have nothing negative to say about the place.

Have a Great day!!

 

Bacolod City

Jeepney
Jeepney

Over the past two months or so I have been working on my first Time-lapse video and I decided I wanted to do one of Bacolod City, on Negros Occidental.  Bacolod City is a pretty busy place.  Not any where as busy as Manila or as large but it’s busy compared to what I know back in Vancouver BC, Canada.  Though I find it interesting how friendly everyone is here in Bacolod City.  I am one who will say good morning to strangers on the street as I walk it always amazes me how everyone here that I speak too will speak back, no matter what language barrier there is, young and old, woman or male, if you attempt to speak they will respond, or even vice versa.  In the morning when I walk to the Jeepney many will say Good Morning Joe to me, I love
it.

Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines from Ken Dunlop on Vimeo.

Having lived in Vancouver BC the past three years, I slowly stopped speaking to people on the street, as most people look at you as if you are a leper, scowl on their face, they will clutch their bag that much tighter because obviously you are going to attack them.  I was always left with my mouth hanging open at peoples cold responses.  I have to laugh, so many post on Facebook about the warm temperatures so early in the winter though the city especially Vancouver is easily one of the coldest places on earth. The scenery is beautiful but the people have a lot left to be desired.  I was always told it was because it was a big city, but why is it only in Vancouver that I find this to be the case.  I have been to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Toronto, Halifax, and Montreal but it is nothing as crazy and cold as Vancouver.

So here is a Time-lapse Video shot in Bacolod City, see the hustle and bustle of this place, the number of people on the streets, in the stores and coffee shops.  Bacolod City the city of smiles!!

The Lagoon

The Lagoon, Bacolod City
The Lagoon, Bacolod City

The Lagoon here in Bacolod City is easily one of the busiest places in the whole city.  I was there the other day at 7:30 am, and there were people jogging around the lagoon, kids playing on the swings, and some skateboarders.  The Lagoon, is a beautiful area, though I would not call it peaceful, it is still a must see.  I shot a couple of night/sunset images of the area, which is well worth the time.

I am working on a Hyper/timelapse video on the City and The Lagoon will definitely be a part of the video.  If you are there for the afternoon, you are well within walking distances of the 7-11, Chowking, Jollybee and the McDonalds, plus the locals with various food carts.  Hope to see you down there.

The Ruins – Talisay

The Ruins - Talisay
The Ruins – Talisay

RunAway Prop had the opportunity to spend last Monday afternoon and early evening at The Ruins – Talisay, and what a fantastic time we had there.  I must say, it was such a relaxing atmosphere there, and I found it so enjoyable.

Some history about The Ruins – Talisay, ” The wealthy sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson built the mansion in 1900’s for Maria Braga, his portuguese wife.  He made sure the mansion was furnished with imported luxurious items.  The Mansion’s structure resembles that of the Italian architecture with neoclassical columns.  The facades of the mansion is comparable to the ones in Carnegie Hall. The belvedere facing west enables one to view the beautiful sunset through the bay window.  The garden of the mansion was tended by Don Mariano’s daughter Angelina.  Imported lilies filled the garden and around the fountain.  A Japanese gardner was hired to maintain the gardens until he disappeared just before the war.  It was found out later on that the gardner they hired was an informant to the Japanese Military.  When World War 2 broke out, the guerrillas burned down the mansion to prevent the Japanese from occupying the area.  The mansion burned down leaving behind the concrete structure that still stands to this day.  There is no current plans of getting the ruins restored back to its glorious

THe Gardens at The Ruins
THe Gardens at The Ruins

form.”

The Ruins – Talisay is easy to get to, if you take the Bata Jeepney from downtown Bacolod, and get off in Bata, there is a Bike waiting to take you out to The Ruins – Talisay.  Cost to enter is PhP 95.00, and there is a restaurant there for you to have something to eat.  I would recommend going later in the day so you can enjoy the beauty of the area in the early evening as the lights are turned on and the the skies slowly darken!!  Great time!!

 

 

Visa Extension

ACR-I Card
ACR-I Card

I have to say I am so pleasantly surprised how easy it was to do a visa extension here in The Philippines.  We decided on Monday I best look into doing the Visa Extension as my first 59 days will be up on the 20th of Jan.  So, off to the BI office here in Bacolod to ask some questions.

When we first arrived there at about 11:30 am, we quickly discovered though there is a small number of Expats here in the Bacolod, the office is equally as small and we were going to be awhile.  We spoke to a very helpful BI official who gave me the appropriate forms to complete and off we went back on our days journey.  Deciding since the office opens at 7:00 am, the plan will be to be there at that time.  Well, we ended up being an hour late, and I think I was number 7 out of what I think is a possible 15 numbers.  The BI official, called my number, looked at my form, and headed back and told me to see the teller.  Which I went to directly and she informed me of the initial visa extension the cost would PhP7537.00, and I paid that.  About 15 minutes later she hand me my change and my stamped passport with the visa extension.

Canadian Passport
Canadian Passport

From there, I had to meet with the BI Official who was doing the Alien Registration Program so I could apply for my ACR-I card which from what I understand is good for one year and I will need to renew it.  I am able to do visa extension this way for 36 months with all subsequent visa extensions will cost me PhP2800.00 wow crazy easy! I can only imagine the BS one needs to go through in Canada.  Plus the extension would most likely be denied, or take you 6 months to a year for it to be processed because all of the red tape and post 911 BS we put into something that should be so simple.

My ACR-I card will be ready in a month and there for me to pick up when I pass by.  Pretty cool if you ask me.  If you have any questions about visa extensions here in Bacolod let me know.

 

Villarosa Resort

Villarosa Resort
Villarosa Resort

New Years day was spent at the Villarosa Resort in Punta Taytay.  This is my first time being in the this area and I was very much impressed with the number of people whom were out and enjoying the sun and the beach.  Enroute there were a number of viewing decks that one could sit back and enjoy the mangroves, something that I have only seen on TV in documentaries, so this will be a place I will need to go with my camera and get some new photos.

Villarosa Resort
Villarosa Resort

I did a search on the internet, and found some pictures of the beach area.  I was slightly shocked with the amount of garbage on the beach and in the water, though the beach is close to Bacolod, I did not think there would be so much.  The water was a muddy brown, but that is because of the shallow un protected area from the waves and winds.  With a little effort, I think this would be a fantastic place to enjoy a day in the sun, with family and friends.  If you are in the area don’t miss out on a visit to Villarosa Resort as it is well worth the visit.