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New Bacolod-Silay Airport, Negros Occidental

This is just kind of a flashback of my local trips as my entry for Tuesday Travels.

Last year, I and M were invited to attend for the wedding ceremony of one of our close friends and my housemate in Bacolod City. You can hover here, Ate Hazel’s Wedding, for more information about the ceremony. So a day prior to the event, we rushed to Bacolod City via Cebu Pacific Air. Smiley It only took us less than an hour travel from Mactan-Cebu International Airport to the New Bacolod-Silay Airport, Negros Occidental, shown in the image below.

New Bacolod-Silay Airport, Negros Occidental

New Bacolod-Silay Airport, Negros Occidental

It was my very first time to visit Bacolod City, Smiley the reason, perhaps, why I really posed in the middle of the landing area of the planes. Emoticon

After taking off from the plane, we didn’t have had a chance to go inside the airport terminal. We were directed to use the small catwalk beside the building going to the taxi and parking area.

Here’s a brief information about New Bacolod-Silay Airport, Negros Occidental from WikiPedia.

Bacolod-Silay International Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Bacolod-Silay, Hiligaynon: Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Bacolod-Silay) (IATA: BCDICAO: RPVB) is the main airport serving the general area of Bacolod City, the capital city of Negros Occidental in the Philippines. This airport replaced the Bacolod City Domestic Airport, located in Bacolod City proper, in 2007. The Bacolod-Silay International Airport inherited its IATA and ICAO airport codes from the former.

The airport is located fifteen kilometers northeast of Bacolod City on a 181-hectare site in Barangay Bagtic, Silay City. The airport, which is built to handle international traffic, is expected to become the primary gateway to Negros Island, and one of the three international airports envisioned to serve the Western Visayas region, alongside Kalibo International Airport and the New Iloilo Airport.

The Bacolod-Silay International Airport is designated as an International Airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.


Getting to Monastery of Mama Mary, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu

I’ve been visiting the Monastery of Mama Mary in Simala, Sibonga, Cebu for 3 years now but I haven’t shared how to get to there.

I’ll try my best to elaborate traveling and getting to Monastery of Mama Mary, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu.

Getting to Monastery of Mama Mary, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu

Getting to Monastery of Mama Mary, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu

Since the Monastery of Mama Mary opens and allows visitors and pilgrims at 8:00 AM, it would be better to estimate arrival to be just 10 minutes before 8:00 AM.

If you’re coming from Cebu City, catch the Ceres bus’ 5:30 AM departure, either a regular or the air-conditioned, at the South Bus Terminal. It would only take 2 hours to travel from Cebu City to Sibonga, Cebu Province. Prepare 5.oo pesos for each traveler as terminal fee in South Bus Terminal. Since the Monastery of Mama Mary is situated in the Barangay Simala in Sibonga, it is advisable to drop off at the terminal along the national highway where motorcycles that cater pilgrims and visitors to the monastery is located. From Cebu City to Simala, Sibonga, it would only cost each person 75.00 pesos. But for elderly and student passengers with valid Senior Citizen and school IDs, respectively, they can avail for the 20% discount.

Once at the Simala, Sibonga already, take a motorcycle ride going to the monastery itself. It is just 5 kilometers away from the national highway. Each motorcycle would cater 2 passengers and costs 20 pesos per passenger. Usually, the motorcycle driver will ask you if you want to take a ride with him again going back to the national highway after your visit inside the monastery. For me, as experienced, it’s better to take the driver’s offer for you to have sure seats and rides back.

When going back home, just wait for a Ceres bus along the national highway of Simala, Sibonga.

I have not tried any other means of transportation in visiting the Monastery of Mama Mary in Simala, Sibonga, Cebu, so this is just what I can offer and share.


D’Leonor Hotel Inland Resort, Davao City

Spending some good time in a beach or any resorts with the whole family — including those extended ones, is an exciting thing to look forward to especially during special events like New Year — January 1. Smiley

This was actually what our family has decided to do on the earliest hour of January 1, 2012 after having our New Year celebration at home in Trento, Agusan del Sur — Dinampo Residence. At around 7 o’clock in the morning, we departed home going to D’Leonor Hotel Inland Resort in Davao City. It only took us less than 2 hours to travel since the road was very clear — free from running vehicle because it was New Year. Smiley

D'Leonor Hotel Inland ResortD’Leonor Hotel Inland Resort

 The D’Leonor Inland Hotel Resort is located at Cabanti-an, Buhangin, Davao City.

In the image above are my brother (in brown shirt) and my cousin going inside the main resort entrance gate.

 D'Leonor Hotel Inland Resort Service VanD’Leonor Hotel Inland Resort Service Van

 The D’Leonor Inland Hotel Resort is a very wide-range area which needs one to utilize their service van from the main entrance gate going to the entrance gate of the wave pool. That service van shown above was the one which fetched and dropped us at the gate of the wave pool.

D'Leonor Hotel Inland Resort -- Wavepool Entrance

D’Leonor Hotel Inland Resort — Wave pool Entrance

I and Didang, as shown above, at the beautifully landscaped entrance isle going to the wave pool.

The entrance fee to the wave pool is 250 PhP for the adult while for the kids, it costs 150 PhP. Smiley

 D'Leonor Hotel Inland Resort -- Pink CottagesD’Leonor Hotel Inland Resort — Pink Cottages

 I am not really sure how many cottages does D’leonor Hotel Inland Resort have but what I am pretty sure is that the resort can cater more or less 300 people, if I am not mistaken.

 D'Leonor Hotel Inland Resort -- WavepoolD’Leonor Hotel Inland Resort — Wave pool

The D’Leonor Hotel Inland Resort Wave pool utilizes an artificial wave-maker that cause the water inside the pool to be wavy like the natural waves of the seas and oceans. Unlike the natural continuous waves, the waves in this wave pool only occurs every after 30 minutes.

 D'Leonor Hotel Inland Resort -- Raging RiverD’Leonor Hotel Inland Resort — Raging River

Aside from the wave pool, the pool has its raging river surrounding it. At first glance, one can notice no raging water, but when tried dipping into the river, it really does.

 Allow me to prolong your agony while I’m sharing our funny enjoyable experience at D’Leonor Hotel Inland Resort in Davao City. Stay tuned with my upcoming posts. Smiley


Attending the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Australia

..in my dreams! Smiley

This month in Tuesday Travels, we are featuring festivals or festivities of any form around the world. We are done with the “Wet n Wild September”, you can find some of the entrants here,  and so, we are on our OctoberFest this month.

Here I go!

One of the festivals that I wanted to attend to is the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Queensland, Australia.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, as its name implies, showcases annually the beauty of flowers in Queensland. Most of the activities in this festival are floral. This event is usually commemorated on the third week of September.


Tuesday Travels Wet ‘n Wild September

I really enjoyed reading the Tuesday Travels Wet n Wild September entries last month. Thanking much the travel diva herself, Janet Luison, for hosting this travel meme that at least, even virtually, I can travel to other places by hopping to those travel entries of many entrants.

Together, let’s review some of the Wet n Wild September entries listed below.

  • CamSur Water Sports Complex: The Cabana
  • Hof Gorei Resort
  • Wild Wadi Water Park
  • Puerto Galera
  • Boracay Snorkeling