Staying in Bacolod

We almost got transferred! Almost- but not quite… The nature of my hubby’s work requires him to be transferred at least every five years- or in some special cases- as soon as the need arises. We were about to go down south- in Davao city and have the time of our lives eating Durian! (the despicable foul smelling fruit that tastes like heaven)… I was a bit apprehensive in leaving Bacolod City because I just gained new friends and had adjusted to the city’s simple living style. Plus, I have some volunteer work (aside from the part-time teaching job) that needs some more time. And I thought ending it abruptly would make my efforts meaningless.

Yesterday, the almost two weeks of waiting game ended. Another will be transferred in his stead. So, it’s going to be Bacolod for now… In retrospect, what is living in Bacolod like?

For neophytes, living in this city could be relaxing. With a number of access roads, there isn’t a lot of traffic in the major thoroughfare (except at 7:15 in the morning where all roads lead to the schools). On weekends, resorts are just a good 30 minute drive from the city. On the North, you could go to Mambukal- a mountain resort at the foot of Mount Canlaon. You could bath leisurely in their warm pool supplied by a hot spring or dive in to their cold pools directly supplied by very cold springwater. Or, you could hike up and follow the trek to their seven falls. If you’ve been to Mambukal a number of times, you can head south and enjoy another spring resort. If you want to hit the beach- you can take a ferry and go to the neighboring island- Iloilo City, take another short boat ride and viola!- you are in Boracay Island. Pristine white beach,  good food and ofcourse expensive hotel rooms (the best time to go there is off-season where all fees are down by 50%).

Bacolod is also accessible by land and air. Just recently, the International Airport in Silay-Bacolod City was inaugurated but won’t be used until November because the access road is still under construction. One of these days, Danielle and I will tag along on my hubby’s travel so we could see the International airport.

And oh, if you love food- Bacolod is the place to beat. You can enjoy a mouth-watering buffet at Imays, Tingtings, Bigbys, the Pala-Palas or Bacolod Inasal. Great food at affordable prices.

And the people- warm and friendly. Hiligaynon is the major dialect in this island. Because a number of their words sprang from Tagalog or Cebuano, a few weeks of stay could make you understand Hiligaynon a bit. Their sing-song accent makes you think that they never raise their voices, get angry at each other until after almost a year of stay- and armed with a number of Hiligaynon vocabulary- I understand that their sweet lullaby-like accent does not necessarily translate that they are in a good mood. But the good thing is, you’ll never hear anybody raising their voices…I wonder how Danielle will adapt to the environment in my hometown where Cebuano speaking people talk fast, raise their voices when excited, and doesn’t have any trace of a lullaby accent…Will she be in for a culture shock?

And for my students- I think there is little difference between students across the archipelago. Same good experiences and the not so good ones- some students coming up at you trying to ask if their grades could go a notch higher as if I’m some magician who could make a D grade turn into an A! “Would love to do that- if you’ll buy me a brand new mercedes benz”… And the begging ends..  

So- that’s it! Another year in Bacolod…

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3 thoughts on “Staying in Bacolod

  1. Hi TNP

    You are absolutely right! They think that a little haggling could do the trick in changing their grades. I always remind them that they need to “work” for their grades- not ask. I’m sure you have the same experience while in the teaching profession (I read in one of your blog that you went into teaching before– or is still in the teaching field- oh-I’ll go back to that article) 🙂

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