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3D2N in Negros Occidental: Our First Out-of-Cebu Family Trip
I have always wanted to travel with my boys and though we've had a few trips together here in Cebu, I'm so happy that finally, for the first time, we made it outside of Cebu. Hurray! At first, I was iffy about bringing Zayn with us to Negros Occidental because he usually gets motion sickness especially when traveling for several hours. And this got me worried. Days before the trip, Sheen and I talked and finally decided to bring Zayn with us. We asked him if he'll be okay and at first, he didn't want to come because he didn't want to miss a day in school but the thought of riding a boat got him excited so he agreed. Haha. Thankfully, Zayn did not, even once, vomited throughout the trip. And I was so happy because this means we will be having more family travels soon. For now, let me share to you our three days and two nights experience in Negros Occidental.



3D2N in Negros Occidental: Our First Out-of-Cebu Family Trip

Saturday, July 7th, we met up with our friend, Chad, at Cebu IT Park around 5AM since that was the time Sheen got off work and then we had breakfast together. Around 6AM, we took a taxi going to the V-Hire terminal in Junquera. We took the van going to Toledo and departed around 6:30AM. We arrived in Toledo around 8AM and rode a tricycle going to the port. We bought tickets for the 9:30AM trip going to San Carlos in Negros Occidental. The boat trip took about an hour and after we docked at San Carlos Port, we then took a tricycle going to the bus terminal where we rode a bus going to Bacolod City. The bus trip usually takes around 2-3 hours. We arrived a Bacolod South Bus Terminal around 1:45PM and then took a taxi going to White Hotel Bacolod.



Day 1: Bacolod City

Upon arriving at the hotel, we settled down first and rested for a while. If you want to know more and read my review about White Hotel Bacolod, you can read it here. Our first day was supposed to be spent at The Ruins but since the weather did not cooperate (it rained! huhu), we changed our plans. BOO! This made me actually sad since The Ruins was one of the reasons that I pushed through with this trip. But like they say, everything happens for a reason. Maybe next time then?

3D2N in Negros Occidental: Our First Out-of-Cebu Family Trip

Since we haven't had our lunch yet and we were already very hungry, we booked a Grab taxi going to the famous spot in Bacolod City, Manokan Country. I actually imagined Manokan Country to be like Cebu's Larsian barbecue spot but instead, it was just a row of carenderias all selling what Bacolod is famous for, chicken inasal.

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Chad, who has been there before, suggested that we dine at Aida's since it's the most famous store among others. Of course, we ordered the chicken inasal for each of us. It will be my first time to try the original chicken inasal in Bacolod and I had high expectations. A few minutes and followups later, our orders were served. I don't want to say much but let's just leave it as — the Mang Inasal chicken is way better, juicier, and tastier. *wink*

3D2N in Negros Occidental: Our First Out-of-Cebu Family Trip

After our lunch, Chad asked me if my mind has changed and if we should push through with the original plan but the weather was still gloomy and I am pretty sure The Ruins will be muddy so I didn't push the idea. My enthusiasm has faded as well. CHOS! So we decided to head to Calea for desserts instead. You can also read about our delightful experience here.



Day 2: Lakawon Island

Second day in Negros Occidental was spent at the famous Lakawon Island. We checked out at White Hotel Bacolod early in the morning so we can leave early and arrive early at Lakawon Island. I don't want to bore you with the same story so please do read my separate post (click me!!!) about the island instead. All of my thoughts about our overnight experience at Lakawon Island and Tawhai Floating Bar are written there.

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Day 3: Going back to Cebu

We decided to check out early at Lakawon Island because my mom messaged me that a typhoon was coming and I didn't want to risk our safety, especially Zayn's. So we went on an early morning swim, had breakfast, and checked out at around 9:45AM. We had to wait for the boat to arrive and reach the minimum headcount so we were able to leave the island an hour after. The ride going back to Cadiz Viejo port was one of the longest and scariest 15 minutes of my life. The island is surrounded by a vast open sea so the waves are really huge. And the boat we got on was not a bangka so it didn't have stabilizers or outriggers on the side. The boat was dancing with the waves the entire time. Zayn was quiet throughout the trip. And Sheen too. And me too. I was silently praying that everything will be okay and that we'll arrive at the port safely. Thankfully, we did.

When we arrived at the port, we were supposed to take a tricycle going to the bus stop but thankfully, the tricycle driver offered that there's a private car that can take us straight to where we were headed. At first, I was hesitant because I knew it would be more expensive but Sheen always wanted a hassle-free trip so we agreed. We paid Php 250 each except for Zayn who was free of charge. We were actually joiners of a group who first hired that private car. Indeed, the travel time was shorter compared to commuting and we asked the driver to drop us off at SM Bacolod. At SM Bacolod, we ate lunch and bought pasalubong. Around 1:50PM, we went outside SM, hailed a cab and told the driver to take us to Bacolod South Bus Terminal. And this is where the story gets frustrating and funny.

We intended to go to the South Bus Terminal because we planned to take the same route we took going to Bacolod and since the travel time is shorter (around 6-7 hours only). However, the driver asked us where the terminal is located because he said there are two bus terminals, which is true. But I was like, "Isn't that your job, kuya? We're not from this place so we don't know the exact address of the bus terminal." So I insisted we go to Bacolod South Bus Terminal because we're bound for Cebu City. I was already worried because I wanted to catch the 2:30PM bus going to San Carlos City. And it was already 2:15PM. Then I saw that one familiar spot and I knew where he was taking us. To Bacolod North Bus Terminal. And my disappointment and frustration went max level. It was already 2:20PM when we arrived at the North Bus Terminal. There's nothing we could do now.

We asked the staff from the information kiosk and unluckily there is a Ceres bus directly bound for Cebu City but the schedule is still at 6PM. The staff asked us if we wanted to reserve our slots but we looked for other possible options. There was also a bus bound for San Carlos City but since the routes from North Bus Terminal take the "long cut", the bus trip will take around 3-4 hours. And we won't make it to the 5PM ferry schedule going to Toledo. We ran out of options so we went to the information kiosk again and reserved us some seats for the 6PM trip to Cebu. Good thing the facilities at Bacolod North Bus Terminal were topnotch so we were comfortable with our waiting game. Their toilets are air-conditioned too! How I wish Cebu's bus terminals will be overhauled to improve the commuter's experience.

3D2N in Negros Occidental: Our First Out-of-Cebu Family Trip

So anyway, I'm just thankful that our first out-of-Cebu trip was fun despite the unexpected twists but that makes the whole experience more exciting, right? Now I'm ready to plan for our next trip! I wonder where we're going next! :)

P.S. I have shared our itinerary below for your reference. Just in case you'll need it. ;)



Day 1: July 7

Time
Activity
Expense
6:30 AM
Depart from Junquera V-Hire Station to Toledo
Php 100/pax
8:00 AM
Arrival in Toledo
-
Ride tricycle going to Toledo port
Php 10/pax
Buy fastcraft tickets going to San Carlos City via E.B. Aznar
Php 200/adult, Php 100/child (3-11 years old)
Pay terminal fee
Php 15/pax (children 9 years old and below are free)
9:30 AM
Depart from Toledo port to San Carlos port
-
10:40 AM
Arrival at San Carlos port
-
Ride trisikad going to San Carlos bus terminal
Php 25/pax
11:00 AM
Ride bus going to Bacolod via Don Salvador
Php 145/adult, Php 115/child
1:45 PM
Arrival at Bacolod South Bus Terminal
-
Ride taxi going to White Hotel Bacolod
Php 63/3 = Php 21/pax
2:00 PM
Arrival at White Hotel Bacolod / Check-in
-
3:00 PM
Ride taxi going to Manokan Country
Php 83/3 = Php 28/pax
Late Lunch at Aida's
Php 584 (for 3 pax)
4:30 PM
Ride taxi going to Calea
Php 80/3 = Php 27/pax
Calea Pastries & Coffee
Php 595 (for 3 pax)
6:00 PM
Ride taxi going back to White Hotel Bacolod
Php 85/3 = Php 29/pax

Day 2: July 8

Time
Activity
Expense
4:00 AM
Check out at White Hotel Bacolod
-
Ride tricycle to McDonald's
Php 10/pax
McDonald's Breakfast Takeout
Php 300 (for 3 pax)
4:30 AM
Ride taxi to Bacolod North Bus Terminal
Php 100/3 = Php 35/pax
4:50 AM
Ride bus going to Burgos Terminal, Cadiz Viejo
Php 65/adult, Php 33/child (non aircon bus)
6:00 AM
Arrival at Burgos Terminal, Cadiz Viejo
-
Ride tricycle going to Cadiz Viejo Port
Php 30/pax
6:15 AM
Arrival at Cadiz Viejo Port
-
Book tickets for Lakawon Island
Php 320/pax (children 5 yrs old and above will pay the regular rate)
7:45 AM
Ride boat going to Lakawon Island
-
8:00 AM
Arrival at Lakawon Island
-

Day 3: July 9

Time
Activity
Expense
7:45 AM
Breakfast
Php 410 (for 3 pax)
9:45 AM
Check out
10:45 AM
Ride boat going back to Cadiz Viejo Port
11:00 AM
Arrival at Cadiz Viejo Port
-
11:25 AM
Ride van going to Bacolod
Php 250/pax (Zayn was not charged)
12:45 PM
Arrival at SM Bacolod
-
Lunch and buy pasalubong
-
1:50 PM
Ride taxi going to Bacolod North Bus Terminal
Php 150
2:20 PM
Arrival at Bacolod North Bus Terminal
-
Reserve tickets for 6PM trip to Cebu
-
5:00 PM
Buy bus tickets
Php 420/adult, Php 340/child
5:00 PM
Pay terminal fee
Php 45 terminal fee
6:00 PM
Depart going to Cebu via Bacolod-Escalante-Tabuelan route
-
9:20 PM
Arrival at Escalante Port
Php 130/adult, Php 65/child
Pay terminal fee
Php 15/pax
12:20 AM
Arrival at Tabuelan Port
-
2:50 AM
Arrival at Cebu North Bus Terminal
-

Note: This itinerary is based on a trip of three adults (me, Sheen, and Chad) and one child (Zayn). For expenses that are labeled for 3 pax, this means that it's a collective expense for me, Sheen, and Zayn. If the expenses were specified per pax, then it was divided only among us three adults. Other expenses including Zayn such as fares and the like are with a per child label.

26 comments:

  1. Looks like you all had a great and very busy vacation. From all of your photos a good time was had and all the food looks wonderful.

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    1. Yes indeed! It's really nice to take a vacation with the family!

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  2. Beautiful family! Thank you for sharing your trip details!

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  3. There is nothing like a family vacation to a place that has a beach. It looks like you and your family had quite the itinerary and a lot of fun!

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  4. ok, that FOOD looks incredible. I love to travel to taste new foods, and now I want to do your trip!

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  5. WOw, looks like a beautiful trip! The food looks so divine and the White Hotel Bacolod appears to be a very luxury hotel. Love the pictures of you and your family....Priceless!

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    1. White Hotel is a very cheap hotel but the facilities are great that's why I loved staying there. And thank you :) <3

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  6. This looks like a fun family trip. I've been to Negros Occidental once only and it was a long time ago. Now I'm curious to taste Mang Inasal chicken there. Thank you for sharing your itinerary!

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    1. There are a lot of Mang Inasal branches all over the Philippines. Hehe. It was just a comparison since I didn't quite like the chicken inasal in Bacolod. Hehehe

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  7. Really? You didn't like Bacolod's chicken inasal? I prefer it than Mang Inasal. Lolol. But we ate at Nena Rose II (not Aida's); dunno if there's a difference on their recipes. Hehe. :)

    Nice family trip, btw! :D

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    1. Yes, I didn't like it to be honest. The chicken was dry inside and it was bland. :( That's why I compared it to Mang Inasal because their chicken are just much better. Maybe I should try Nena Rose II next time then :)

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  8. Wow! It's a beautiful and harmonious place. A great escape for the whole family!

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  9. Wow! Cebu looks amazing. I'd love to visit there with my family one day. The sands and ocean looks so picturesque.

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    1. This wasn't in Cebu. This is in Negros Occidental, located in a different region :)

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  10. The pictures came out great and the place looks amazing. Sounds like you guys had tons of fun during your visit.

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  11. Wow! It looks like such an incredible holiday! My partner and I are planning a honeymoon so it looks like an ideal destination!!

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    1. Wow! Indeed the island is a nice place to go for honeymoon! :)

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  12. What a wonderful vaca. I love finding old school places. The history is what I love most when traveling.

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  13. The swings on the beach looks amazing! What an incredible family travel experience.

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  14. I just love to travel. The pictures are always my favorite souvenirs. You got some beauties here!

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  15. This looks like an amazing place to visit. The photographs you took are totally gorgeous and it looks like you had the best time!

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  16. The food looks amazing! This looks like a destination my family would love. We typically choose beach destinations when traveling.

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