A lazy day in the resort

My hubby and I received an invitation from a family friend to spend the wholeday of Thursday on a mountain resort. It must be our fourth or fifth time to visit the place and danielle’s first. Because it’s holy week here in the Philippines, Thursdays and Fridays  were holidays.

With the very hot weather, finding ourselves in a resort 30 minutes from home was a very welcome respite. The resort is huge, complete with a cold spring swimming pool, a dipping swimming pool (yes- steaming water), a wall climbing and rapelling amenity, boating lagoon and 7 waterfalls. You have to trek 300 meters to get to the first waterfall, another 100 meter to view the second water fall, 50 meters to the third waterfall, 40 meters to the fourth waterfall and if it doesn’t drizzle- which could make the trail really wet and slippery- you can reach the fifth to the last waterfall with ease. 

There are plenty of cottages surrounding the resort- with the rate doubling this peak season from 1000-2000 Php to 2-4000. If you will just stay for one whole day, you can rent a gazebo for 300.

Because Negros is blessed with springs, waterfalls- Mambukal resort could easily be dwarfed by numerous tourist attractions in this island! Something that I got to appreciate more now compared to more than a year ago.

The first time I came here to join my hubby, all I noticed was the vast sugarcane plantation. Everywhere we go ( from the City to Negros Oriental)- we are always greeted with endless sugarcanes. Even in the heart of the city, you can still see patches of sugarcanes! 300 meters from our home, beside the Coca-cola plantation is a 5 hectare plantation. I just can’t believe what I’m seeing. Wasn’t plantations supposed to be relegated to the countryside?

But the city that was then to me so sleepy is actually teeming with a lot of life. Albeit, almost all stores close at 8:00 in the evening- their food restos don’t close until 10 or 11 in the evening. Once, I asked my husband why their streets look desserted after 6, he explained that there are many access roads and people don’t tend to linger in the streets after work. Or so we thought, until we got to visit and eat in Mimays, in their Pala-Palas, Aida’s – cars are parked everywhere, that one have to wait to get a parking space! Then I understand that here in Bacolod- all roads lead to restos.

I don’t have to ask why when I got to taste their delectable delicacies, their inasals, tasty sizzling fishes and I could go on and on… and oh- their homemade dishes is also a gourmet delight! Once again, this was reaffirmed to the dishes of our family friend during our holiday in the resort. I really think that Ilonggos have magical hands when it comes to cooking.


5 thoughts on “A lazy day in the resort

  1. Grace, I wish coke would just grow from the ground! I would be the first to harvest them, hehehe! Oh, I was wrong about the 5 hectare plantation, it’s more or less 10 hectares.

    By the way, our place is second to the last political division of Bacolod City. After Bacolod city, you will be greeted with vast expanse of Sugarcane plantation. The phrase, ” everything your eyes can see is mine” is so true here in Negros. Only a few rich families own these haciendas. You could see the disparity between the rich and the poor. Unlike in Bukidnon where the land is not monopolized by a few but divided by many landowners. The economic disparity is not as evident there compared here.

  2. correct grace! I know you read a lot of papers in elementary, do you remember the Negros famine? Splashed on the front pages of the papers were pictures of really poor starving Negros children- that all remained in print until I came here. While there are people here who are relatively living in ease, there are those who remain as tenants in the “campo” ( their term for haciendas) with some of their children not going to school and poor. There is no more famine and starving children like those in the news. But, it’s very disheartening to learn that while there are many schools here, some children remain unable to read and write just because they live in these campos.

    I thought that the agrarian reform of the government allowed the tenants to own lands- but it wasn’t the case because these tenants who were awarded lands cannot buy fertilizers. To get fertilizers and provide food for their families, they borrow from landowners. In the long run, they have to give up their lands to pay for their debts.

    Sometimes you wonder how the bridge between the rich and poor could be narrowed. But on the positive side, there are many middle class here than before. Proof that, the rich have learned their lesson after the downfall of the sugarcane export industry in the 80s.

    But anyways, things are better now compared in the past two decades. You can see a lot of development (huge malls, business arcades) in the suburbs. The heart of the city is somehow preserved for sentimental value.

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