Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Personality Test



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Yesterday, while doing my blog hopping, I read Mel’s post about personality plus. I remember the quiz that I took in Facebook and my temperament is Choleric.


According to her post, Powerful Choleric are born leaders, most dominant, are usually right, strong-willed, goal-oriented, organizes well, thrives on opposition, can run anything, compulsive need for change, has little need for friends.


I agree with some of the qualities including “has little need for friends”, that is why it was easy for me to deactivate my Facebook account and create a new one so I can limit my friends to family and close-friends, people which I’m sure that won’t walk past me in the street.  


Mel also gave me the possible problems and resolutions of Powerful Choleric

·         Problem: Powerful Choleric are compulsive worker: Learn to Relax, Enjoy the Relaxation Time, Take the pressure of Others, Plan Leisure Activities
·         Problem: Powerful Choleric must be in Control: Respond to other Leadership, Don’t look down on the ‘Dummies’, Stop Manipulating
·         Problem: Powerful Choleric don’t know how to handle People: Practice Patience, Keep advise until asked, Tone down your approach, Stop arguing and causing trouble
·         Problem: Powerful Choleric are right but unpopular: Let someone else be right, Learn to Apolologize, Admit you have some faults.

When I was in elementary, I read a book about temperament and took a quiz. The result is Choleric, I just forgot the other temperament because it can be combination of two temperaments but my dominant temperament is always choleric, any quiz I took even in Facebook, I got the same result. Since then, I know my possible problems, though there are times I’m still in denial. Hehe!


Problem: Powerful Choleric are compulsive worker: I’ve learned to relax now and avoid stress. You know already that stress is not good for my health because I have psoriasis.


Problem: Powerful Choleric must be in Control: Remember my post about fascinating womanhood; I confessed that I’m not a submissive wife but I’m trying to be. Ask my husband if there’s a slight improvement. Hehe!


Problem: Powerful Choleric don’t know how to handle People: I don’t get this because if powerful choleric are born leaders, they know how to relate and handle people. Talking about patience, I admit that I have very very little patience maybe that is the reason why God gave me hyperactive son to practice my patience. =)


Problem: Powerful Choleric are right but unpopular: I don’t know how I do it but I have my own way to prove that it’s not my fault so my husband will just say “ok, ako na ang may kasalanan pati pumatay kay Rizal” hahaha! (or pinagbibigyan lang ko?)

How about you? Do you know your temperament?



Tuesday, February 28, 2012

31 Hours Stay in Bacolod


I hope this post can help you in planning your trip or doing your itinerary. We arrived at Silay Airport 10 minutes before our expected arrival 5:25AM and our airport transfer was already there. Silay Aiport is 30 minutes away from Bacolod City; you can ride a van for P100/per pax, take a cab for P500 or avail airport transfer from your hotel for P500.


We arrived at Circle Inn at 6AM and unfortunately room was not available because they are really fully booked so we have no choice but to start our tour though we’re really sleepy.


After our breakfast in McDonalds, we visit Capitol Lagoon, it is a park where you can see people from all walks of life, some are playing in the park, some are walking and jogging and some are doing their morning exercise while we’re busy watching people and taking pictures.




Then we went to The Ruins of Mansion, (past 7AM) we stayed there for almost two hours. There are other interesting sites in Bacolod such as Balay Negrense, Ancestral houses & Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, Mambukal Resort, Balay ni Tana Dicang,Negros Museum, San Sebastian Cathedral and Lakawon Island. We did not visit these places because we’re really here for food trip and Ruins of the mansion.



We had cake and coffee food trip at Calea (10AM) and went back to Circle Inn (12NN) for check-in. Thank God, room is already available, so we eat lunch and sleep. =)

We ate dinner at 21 restaurant (6PM) and went back to Calea for take-out dessert.

Hubby and son had their usual bonding which is swimming while I’m busy packing our stuff because we have to leave the following day for our next leg.



We went to Pendy’s to buy some pasalubong and eat breakfast. (7AM) Then back to hotel and rest before our check-out.

We left Circle Inn at 10:30AM and went straight to Manukan Country (taxi fare is P60). We had early lunch because our boat schedule trip is12NN. From Manukan Country, we took trisikad (P30 and P1 entrance fee/port).


SuperCat Schedule and Price (Bacolod to Iloilo and v.v.)

 Tourist Class (aircon)
Roundtrip Promo P550 all in
One way P360 all in

Business Class (aircon)
Roundtrip Promo P650 all in
One way Promo P460 all in

Super Value (non-aircon)
One way P260 all in

Schedule of Trips
6AM, 7:30Am, 9AM, 10:30Am, 12NN, 1:30NN, 1:30PM, 3:15PM and 5PM


 Goodbye Bacolod and Hello Iloilo




Monday, February 27, 2012

Food Trip in Bacolod


Bacolod is not known for tourist spots but if you want food trip, Bacolod is the place to be…The food is not expensive compared to Metro Manila price so you will enjoy eating without splurging much. The downside part of our trip is we gained more pounds. (panira ng diet). =)

1.     McDonalds – My husband suggested this place, he said “malapit lang hon, sa mcdo na lang tayo” and I trusted him but it is very faaaaaaaar from Circle Inn, I guess 1 km (almost). McDonald is located just in front of Capitol Lagoon, can you imagine that, nilakad lang namin.


Actually, we’re not really hungry because we ate lasagna at NAIA 3 just before our flight. But we don’t know where to go so we went to Mcdonald.


2.     Calea – I’ve been reading good reviews about their cakes so even I dislike cheesecake, I tried it and you know what, I now love blueberry cheesecake and white cheesecake. I can have this every single day, how I wish we have Calea in Metro Manila. Did you know that Calea is just in front of L’Fisher Hotel and Saltimbocca Inn. That’s the reason why I said that they have best location. =)


Our vote:
Hubby: 1. White Cheesecake 2. Blueberry Cheesecake 3. Imported Chocolate Cake
Me: 1. Blueberry Cheesecake 2. White Cheesecake 3. Imported Chocolate Cake

P85 white choco cheesecake
P85 blueberry cheesecake
P85 imported chocolate cake
We stayed for almost two hours again, coffee and cake food trip. =) If Bacolod is our last stop, I will definitely buy one whole blueberry cheesecake. Writing this post is a torture because I really miss Calea.


3.     Circle Inn – Hubby didn’t like to eat lunch and he just wanted to sleep and sleep so we (me and my son) just called Circle Inn restaurant for room service. Foods were just ok.


4.     21 Restaurant – The place looks intimidating and we’re really thinking twice if we will eat here or not because we’re just wearing shirt and jeans but when I saw someone wearing shirt and shorts we finally enter the restaurant. =) Looking at the interior of the restaurant, I assume that the price is not affordable but I was shocked when I saw the price, it is not expensive. In addition to that, there’s no service charge but I’m sure you will give a tip because of the good service. We enjoyed our food; steak is so tender, juicy and flavourful. Great place to have a date.

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 Fish Parmesan P270 Plain Rice P25
P295. my son loves mshed potato and fried onion
 After dinner, we dropped by at Calea again, do I have to say more. =) 
additional P5 for take out order (extra plastic daw)
5.     Pendy’s – we had breakfast here at the same time, we bought pasalubong. Price is a little bit expensive and taste is just ok, for me nothing special but my husband said their La Paz batchoy is better than Ted’s in Iloilo.

pansit P120, Batchoy P120, P25 butter toast, P40 half moon

6.     Aida’s Manokan Country – this is the reason why I have to extend our stay in Bacolod. Of course I won’t leave Bacolod without tasting the authentic Bacolod Inasal. Here in Metro Manila, I’m not a big fan of Inasal because I find them dry but in Bacolod, their chicken is juicy and flavourful.


P70 pechopak P16 rice



Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Ruins


My initial plan is Iloilo and Guimaras only but when I learned that I can go to Bacolod via fast craft for 1 hour only, I asked hubby to file 2 days’ vacation leave. Thanks to Airphil seat sale, I was able to book Manila to Bacolod for P2k+ (3pax).

Few days before our trip, the weather was not good and I always check the weather forecast of Bacolod and Iloilo and it always says, there will be rain shower and chance of t-storm so I was really worried that we will not enjoy our trip. It was raining when we left the house until we arrived in Bacolod at 5:15AM but God is so good because when we start our tour, no more rain shower.  

Since we can’t check-in early we went to McDonalds for breakfast, we stayed there till 7AM before we visit Capitol Lagoon and the Ruins.  

The first time I saw “The Ruins” pictures in Facebook and Internet, I was really amazed and how much more when you really see it up close. Let me share now the pictures.




"The Ruins of the mansion of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson was built in loving memory of his deceased wife Maria Braga after her death in 1911. The mansion of Italianate architecture, was designed to be a monument of their enduring love affair. In the eve of World War II in 1942, the mansion was torched by guerrilla fighters and was burning for 3 days leaving behind reminders of a glorious past. "

sarap kumain kung ito naman ang view mo
tuloy po kayo
mini golf course for a minimal fee
dadalhin kita sa king palasyo...
dito kami nagpalipas oras
pizzeria
we're here
The place is really relaxing my only concern is there is no tourist guide that will tour you around the mansion and explain the history of it; instead you have to read the information posted on the wall which I find incomplete from what I’ve read before. P60 is the entrance fee so I find it expensive. But still, it is worth the visit, best location for pre-nup pictures or garden wedding. =)


How to get to Ruins: From Capitol Lagoon, we rode “Bata Jeep” and told manong driver that we’re going to “The Ruins”, (P7.50/pax). He dropped us off in terminal of tricycle and then we took tricycle to “The Ruins” (P15/pax). The tricycle driver asked me “ma’m, sandali lang po ba kayo?” I said, “mga isang oras manong”. He said, ah, kala ko sandali lang. But we stayed for almost two hours and when we left, I saw the tricycle driver waiting for us though I did not ask him to wait. Actually, we’re ready to walk around 500 meters just to reach the next terminal of tricycle. I’ve read before that you could hire a taxi for P500 or you could ask the tricycle driver to wait for you P100.

saw this poster at Silay Airport. Ganda sana kung sunset kami nagpunta. =)



Friday, February 24, 2012

The Magnificent Isle of Skye, UK



United Kingdom is a prosperous city and its economy is one of the most stable in the world. The cost of living here is high but the popular attractions available at this place are what keep the tourists coming to this country again and again, making it one of the top tourists’ destinations in the world. United Kingdom has a lot of charms and a week or two is not enough if you want to visit all the attractive places here. Some of the landmarks here are the Edinburgh Castle, the Stonehedge, Canterbury Cathedral and the Giant’s Causeway.

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As mentioned earlier, the cost of living in this country is high but it can be more expensive as you move to the primary cities like London and Manchester. If you take taxis frequently, you will also mess up with your travel budget as they are really expensive. Therefore, you can save quite an amount of money if you hire a car at car rental UK. This car rental company gives you the best package based on your budget and you will not have any problems with the car because all of the cars prepared for the customers here are regularly serviced and checked by professional mechanics.


Usually, all the popular places in United Kingdom are located inside England like London and Manchester but there are also some tourism places in the other countries like Scotland. Skye or also known as the Isle of Skye for some is an island with a total area of around 1,600 square kilometres and the structures of the island is directly influenced by a lot of cultures like the Norse, Gaelic and English. The Isle of Skye is made popular among the tourists mainly because of the incredible scenery here that are sculptured by the mountains and you can also see the nice white-washed villages of the island.


Even though this island is a bit congested with tourists during the holiday season and also because of the weather here, you can still have a great time at the Isle of Skye. The best time to visit this place will be during the summer as the rainy days are rare, and the best place to go will be the Fairy Glen, which is a magical place for those who love to see the scenery of the mountains and greenest field you will ever see in your life. You can have a great time here by walking using the trails provided and take a lot of pictures as a souvenir of your visit here.



Circle Inn



A month before our flight I emailed one hotel to inquire if they still offer the promo rate on their website and she said yes. I replied to her email to reserve one room for us. Then a week before our flight I confirm my reservation with them but to my disappointment, the room was not reserved and she said they no longer offer promo rate and if we want to reserve the room please reply immediately because Feb 15-19 is their peak season. I did not answer back because I was really disappointed so, I search the internet for possible accommodation; Circle Inn immediately respond to my inquiry and they told me the same thing.


“Please note that we are on peak season on Feb 15-19, 2012. We are requiring 50% non-refundable and non-rebookable confirmation deposit for the reservations we received within those dates.”


I reserved a room immediately because I only have few days left before our flight. I also avail the airport pick-up for P500, actually we can take van from the airport for P100/pax but my husband wants to avail the airport pick-up because our arrival time is 5:25AM (yes, ganyan kaaga, yan ang natira sa promo fare.)



matrimonial bed is no longer available


view from our room

I have no problem with my stay in Circle Inn; my only concern is the location. I did not check on their location, Circle Inn is two to three jeepneys away from tourist spots and restaurant so we’re having hard time in commuting. We have to walk two to three blocks away from the hotel just to look for trisikad or tricycle going to Lacson Street. We could save more if we stay at L’ Fisher or Saltimbocca Inn because most of our food trip are located in Lacson Street.

Circle Inn
Lopez Jaena – Malaspina Streets, Capitol Shopping Center Bacolod City 6100 Philippines
Telephone: 63-34-709-9111 OR 63-34-709-9009
Telefax: 63-34-433-2538
Mobile/Text Messaging: 63-917-445-9972
E-Mail: bacolod@circleinnph.com



Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pasalubong from Bacolod, Iloilo and Guimaras





I’ve watched Eat, Pray, Love movie of Julia Roberts last year and this inspires me to create our own version of Eat. Pray, Love since we can’t afford to go to Italy, India and Indonesia. Last Friday we had another trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary, so we Eat in Bacolod, we Pray in Iloilo and we celebrate Love in Guimaras.


These are some pasalubong that we bought from each places though our Bacolod pasalubong did not reach Manila, it was gone in 24 hours. (except for muscuvado sugar)


BACOLOD PASALUBONG

virgie's galletas, muscuvado sugar, pendy's meringue, pendy's napoleones and pendy's half moon cake
Bacolod is known for sugar plantations so it is not surprising if they love sweet foods. We went to Pendy’s for our breakfast and to buy some pasalubong. I will not leave Bacolod without tasting their famous Napoleones. We all love their Napoleones and too bad I only bought 2 boxes, I should buy at least 3 boxes, one for each of us. We also love half-moon, a simple cake with leche flan on top. So if you will visit Bacolod, don’t forget to buy Napoleones and half-moon at Pendy’s.


GUIMARAS PASALUBONG

guimaras mango, trappistine chocolate cookies, mango yema, mango cookies, mango biscocho and mango otap.

They say that Guimaras Island is the home of the sweetest mango in the world so I make sure that we can taste this and now I understand why it is called the sweetest mango because it is really sweet. (no doubt na pang-export) I only bought 3 kilos, P70 per kilo for the unripe mango and P75 per kilo for the ripe mango. If you plan to visit Guimaras, try to attend their Manggahan Festival on April 15 – 22, 2012. Our driver/tour guide told us that during festival there is “eat all you can mango” for P50. (sarap).


I also bought some mango products in Trappist Monastery but I find it weird when the package says mango yema, mango cookies and mango biscocho but we can’t taste any mango flavour. My husband said, “baka mango color lang”. =) I haven’t tried the mango otap yet.


ILOILO PASALUBONG

JD Bakeshop butterscotch
I’ve tried Biscocho Haus butterscotch last year so this time I bought butterscotch at JD Bakeshop (P150 per box), some says that JD butterscotch is better than Biscocho Haus but to tell you honestly, I can’t tell the difference except for the size and packaging. For me, they both taste good.



Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 4: Laoag Tour Part 2



Sad to say but this is the last day of our Ilocos trip, after breakfast we went to St. William Cathedral, Tobacco Monopoly Momument, and Provincial Capitol. These tourist spots are all walking distance from UKL Ever Hotel, actually there’s nothing special on this spot but this is part of my itinerary. Hehe!





Then we dropped by at the market to buy bagnet and Ilocos longganisa.

After check-out, we went to La Preciosa for our lunch while my sister went to her college friend’s house.

Then we went to Museo Ilocos Norte, P30 entrance fee.


We went back to our hotel to pick-up our luggage and off we went to Laoag aiport and that was the start of our Sunday mishaps.  End of my Ilocos series. =)


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation



I had second thought in including Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in our itinerary because I know that we have to walk around 500 meters just to reach the place. I have no problem in walking or trekking but we have kids in tow so I wasn’t sure if they will enjoy this place but since we are going to skip Kaibigan Falls, I included this in my itinerary and I have no regrets because this rock formation is really amazing. I’m not good in adjectives so all I can say is WOW and I’m glad that I’ve been here though seeing it up close is not easy.

From the parking lot, you have to go down the stairs and walk in rough and rocky road. I brought umbrella but I wasn’t able to use it because the wind was just too strong.




I was so happy that my husband joined our trip because if not, I don’t know if I will be able to reach the rock formation because look at my son, he doesn’t want to walk. =)


 Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is really amazing and if we’re not in a hurry, we could stay longer here.




gustong umakyat din pero nadudulas. =)

This is the view at the back of the rock formation.


ito ang mga hindi makaakyat