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Back home in Bacolod City, Philippines

Back home in Bacolod City, Philippines
Back home in Bacolod City, Philippines

Here it is June and I find myself finally back home in Bacolod City, Philippines.  I have been struggling away back in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada for the past six months.  Every moment of the day that passes me by has me thinking of here Bacolod City, more precisely my wife Michelle.  Every moment of every day is spent either talking on Skype or sending text messages on Viber.  When skype does not work, or the call drops, I sit there counting the minutes until I figure Michelle is awake, or home from work, so I can skype again.

Back home in Bacolod City, Philippines

Being back home in Bacolod City, Philippines means Michelle and I can do the things we love to do together.  Things such as exploring and photography, though I think I have a greater love of photography then Michelle, she is a good sport and plays along.  On this trip, I brought my niece’s daughter Becca with me. This is her first trip really, to a place that is not related to a resort.  She is drop smack dabbed in the middle of downtown Bacolod City, where there is simply chaos pretty much 24 hours a day!  I mean this in the best of ways.  Bacolod City is known as the City of Smiles and I am never disappointed, everyone I have run into here in Bacolod has been wonderful, helpful and friendly which more than I can say you will find in Canada.

We have taken it slow for Becca.  Giving her plenty of time to rest and catch up and to become accustomed to the different lifestyles, food and weather.  Though things are going to be coming fast and furious this next week as we have a trip headed down to the Resort called Kookoos Nest.

Mambukal and Beyond

Our first stop after arriving in Bacolod City was getting back to the place where Michelle and I spent time on our first visits

Back home in Bacolod City, Philippines
Back home in Bacolod City, Philippines

together when were still dating.  Mambukal Resort in a beautiful and picturesque area.  There are beautiful walks around the area, guided tours up to the 7 waterfalls, and the various pools and dipping pools.  Our first visit there was marred with heavy rains,  though for Michelle and I, that simply added to the experience.  We have this way, of travelling away, with little time available and deciding at the last minute to make a night or weekend of it.  This time, however, Mambukal was very busy, and if we needed to spend the night, it certainly would not be there as it was packed with people  which is always good to see for the local attractions.  If you are ever in the area, be sure to have this on your list of places to visit here in Negro Occidental!

Ma-ao & Pata-an

Back home in Bacolod City, Philippines
Back home in Bacolod City, Philippines

Our next day out was to take Becca to Ma-ao and Pata-an, places we have visited before, but it is certainly worth going back to again that is for sure.  There is so much beauty in looking down into the valleys of the area and getting to see the various shades of green that you see from the various vegetation, I don’t think there are words that can describe how beautiful it is.  Pata-an is the area where I dropped my Canon 7D camera into the river, and funny enough the same security guard was working the day we visited from over a year before.  Sure enough he remembered me.  Thankfully this trip up to the area was not marred with another damaged camera!! lol

I have included so of the images Ken Dunlop Photography shot on this trip.  Please feel free to make comments on this article and the images.  If you are every going to be in this area and need suggestions then feel free to contact me.  We have the number of an awesome TriCycle Driver who gave us fantastic rates to rent him for the day.

 

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Buenos Aires

Drying Rice
Drying Rice

On Monday, Michelle and I traveled to mountains above Buenos Aires, to see what was described as beautiful waterfalls.  I have been wanting to shoot as many waterfalls pictures as possible so bang I am in.  We travelled on a bus to Mao Mao, and then grabbed a tricycle for the afternoon which Michelle was able to talk down to PhP700, which is bargin.  The driver we had was a really nice guy, so much so, I took his name and number and I plan on using him again very soon.

Buenos Aires is a beautiful resort area right on the river which is cascading down from the mountains. Though, other than stopping there for lunch, I never really had an opportunity to see as I was far more keen on traveling up the mountain.  The area was breath taking, very clean and everyone seemed very helpful and friendly.  Some of the road is rocky and gravel and other areas is paved, it depends on where you are planning on heading.  We turned back earlier than I had planned, but I had a mishap when I slide into the river with camera and all, which ended up being a pretty expensive day trip, but I was able to save some pictures.

Rice Fields in the Mountains
Rice Fields in the Mountains

I forget the name of the one village we travelled through, but I was very impressed with a bunch of signs that had been placed on the side of the road, asking locals as well as tourists to help preserve the planet, to recycle, don’t smoke, save nature, it was very refreshing to see.  I plan on returning again to the Buenos Aires area to explore more of the countryside, more waterfalls, and villages as well as nature.  If you are in the area and have a day, I would definitely recommend you going to the Buenos Aires area, it’s about 1 hour or so from Bacolod City.