Iloilo Day 1: Decision.. Accommodation.. Walkathon


When I created our itinerary for this trip, I made sure that it isn’t going to be as aggressive and tiring as what we did in Ilocos (though it was all out fun).  Khanto, Blogging Puyat and I all agreed that we need time to just simply relax and beach bum to the max.

2 weeks before our flight, there’s nothing coming into my senses.  I haven’t finalized what we’re going to do and where we’re going to.  It was a busy week at the office and I was also making preparations with my internal applications and other tasks.  Updating my resume is not as easy as I thought! 😛 Plus taking my own photo is not as easy as well.

In between these tasks, I was looking for blogs to help me out with the itinerary.  Most of them picked Guimaras and visited nearby churches with a sidetrip in Bacolod.  It’s a sure-fire tiring trip if we do the same.  Thank goodness I found Ambot-Ah’s blog and found this new-to-my-ears island called Sandbar.

Zest Air is our chosen carrier for this trip – thanks to the 211-peso promo last November. 😛 Our flight bound to Iloilo was moved from 4:55PM to 5:10PM and flight back to Manila from 7:55PM to 6:55PM.  Zest didn’t fail to inform me 2 days before which is a courteous move.  We arrived 2 hours before the scheduled flight and we had our baggage all checked in.  While waiting, I suddenly changed my mind and thought of going to Boracay instead of Sandbar.  The two agreed with me and we weighed the pros and cons.

Sandbar:

– 2-3 hours travel from City proper

– No food in the island, you’ll have to buy in the town beforehand

– Electricity is from 5PM-10PM only

– Activities only include island hopping and beach bumming

– No Nightlife

Boracay:

– 5-6 hours travel time from city proper

– Boracay yan eh! 😛

Obviously we “weighed” our options subjectively as if choosing Boracay over Sandbar is out of the question. hehe We checked the web (using MDA’s weak public wifi) for cheap accommodations and ended up making a reservation. 4:40PM came.  Guess what happened next? – “Hello.. *pukpok ng mic for testing* Flights bound for Iloilo are….”

Tsk.. tsk.. I knew it, delayed for 1 hour.. Kain muna kami sa Jollibee at dun napagdesisyunan na Sandbar na lang ulit..  Sayang ang oras sa byahe kung tutuloy pa sa Boracay. Next time ka na lang.. 🙂

Travel time is 45 minutes.  We landed safely with no turbulence along the way.. Thank God! Iloilo Airport is undoubtedly clean and resembles NAIA 3 a lot.

Just arrived!

Taxis and vans are found outside going to the city but most vans are only available until 6PM.  So no choice, taxi kami.  Unang singil sa amin, 500 pesos daw.. (haaaaa????) di ko kakagatin yan, ako pa.. Hanap ako ng iba.. JanAc told me to look for Lights of Glory cabs.  They only offer 350php going to the city.   I found one but the driver’s charging me 400php and we hopped in. Wala ako sa mood makipag diskusyon kaya okay na yung 400, besides aabutin kami ng dis oras ng gabi kung magpaka kuripot pa ako. 😛 Mabait naman si Manong driver, nakikipagkwentuhan sa amin, yun nga lang, Ilonggo salita nya.. kaya yung mga huling words lang ng sentence ang nage-gets ko.. tas tatango na lang ako sabay ngiti 🙂 Taxis in the airport don’t use their taxi meters.  Lugi raw kasi sila paghatid at pagsundo dahil hindi ganun karami ang pasahero papunta at pabalik ng airport – an airport officer affirmed this to me as well.

It took us 30 minutes to get to our hotel, Century 21.  Along the way, tinuturo ni manong yung mga lugar na pwede namin puntahan like yung SM Iloilo, yung mga restaurant, yung mga gimikan.  Akala ko nga walang night life sa Iloilo pero dito pa pala ako mageenjoy.. 😛 I was in awe na hindi ko pinahalata dahil malinis ang mga daan at walang masyadong traffic.  Iba kasi ang na picture ko sa isip ko na itsura ng Iloilo. Right at that very moment, I realized na mukhang mag-eenjoy ko ang stay namin dito.

We made our reservation 2 weeks before and the hotel does not require any reservation fees.  Payment is done upon check-in. Cool!

Neat and nice

My bed, sa dulo si Khanto

Sanitized indeed

Parang ayaw ko na ring umalis ng hotel.. okay lang na matulog ako buong araw dito.. hehe Kumpleto na pati TV, cabinet, aircon at toiletries.

Later that night we headed to Smallville to hangout and chill.  This time JanAc met us together with his friend Nick.  They’ll tour us around and introduce us what’s in store in Smallville. Umambon for a few minutes pero tumigil rin when we reached the venue.  Ang lakas talaga namin kay Lord. 🙂

 

This way..

The four of us decided to have a coffee instead of beer.  JanAc said they always hang out in Coffee Break and it’s interesting to give it a try.

Tempting?

Tempting? Tempting? Tempting?

Weh?! Di Nga?

Just like how it looks, these cakes are equally good.

Hot or cold - you choose

The price of each is less expensive than that of Starbucks.  For less than a 100php, you’ll get a coffee or cream-based frap.  However, the size compensates its cost.  Mas maliit yung size. Nevertheless, you still get the value of your money.

We kept walking afterwards to check what else to see and we reached Boardwalk.  It’s a riverside park where you can just sit down and have your quiet/alone time with yourself.  As we walk along, I realized that it’s a good chance for a night shoot.  The skies cleared up and the lights are just perfect.  Di baleng walang tripod, buti may mga sementadong bakod na magsisilbing tripod ko.. 😛

Houses on the other side of the park

The river looks wide and it’s shallow. I think it serves as a passage way of flood during strong typhoons and not boats.

No stars shine at night though

Boardwalk measures a little less than 1KM, 600-800 meters I think.  It already reaches the other side of the highway.

Before we wrap up the day, we tried Ted’s Oldtimer La Paz Batchoy.  For those who didn’t know, La Paz is in Iloilo where the renowned delicacy originated.

Open 24 hours!

Neat and Nice

Ano pa ba synonym ng Neat and Nice?.. hehehe

Special Beef Batchoy

Special Pork La Paz Batchoy with Egg

Hungry? 🙂 Yes, we were…. that time… Pagkahigop ko ng sabaw… wala na.. speechless na ako.. Ang sarap! That’s what you call authentic La Paz Batchoy!..Pwede pa magpa refill ng sabaw pag naubos mo na.. Kung hindi lang ako inaantok nun, makakadalawang bowl pa kami ng sabaw.. 🙂

La Paz Batchoy Boys.. L-R: JanAc, Nick, Bloggingpuyat, Khanto

Ako yung nasa lower right.. kahit pangalan ko man lang eh masama sa pic.. wala kasing tripod eh.. 🙂

Back to hotel na to rest and prepare for the Sandbar Island Adventure.

That’s next! 🙂 woot-woot!

P.S: Sabi na eh, hindi pwedeng mawala ang walang katapusang lakaran.. hindi rin natupad ang “need time to just simply relax sa first paragraph – boo! hehe.. pero enjoy! that’s the best thing!

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25 responses to “Iloilo Day 1: Decision.. Accommodation.. Walkathon

  1. wakokokok.

    ready….

    Base!!!

    Sarap maglakad sa boardwalk. 😀

    Masarap yung mga cheesecake sa coffee break, ulit-ulit.

  2. dahil double comment ka sa blog ko, double comment din.

    Ano kaya lasa ng better than sex? wakokokkk. crazy name!

  3. dapat ako base dito kanina eh.. walang comment.. pakshiyeeeeet.. nagkacall ako nakalimutan ko nagbabasa nga pala ako ng blog mo.. ayan.. naunahan na naman ako ni khantotantra.. hahahahha.. nwei,.. nakita ko na naman yang buwiset na La Paz Batchoy.. natakam na naman ako.. huhuhu.. walang authentic dito.. inggit much ako.. tomguts na me.. ganda ng shots.. nakakatakam talaga.. yumyum

    • haha thanks geps.. meron dito synthetic.. haha lucky me cup noodles, la paz batchoy!.. hehe hanap tayo.. pero iba pa rin pag dun mismo.. 🙂 punta tayo dun gusto nyo.. overnight lang.. makahigop lang ng la paz batchoy.. tas onting side trip.. may promo fare naman eh.. 😀 game?..

  4. Walang Ted’s dito pero merong Decos! Known din sila sa Iloilo for their Batchoy and in fairness masarap din! Alam ko meron sa MOA and sa Vito Cruz…not sure san pang iba meron! 🙂

  5. nice! sarap buhay jep! 😀
    naexcite tuloy ako sa iloilo trip ko sa june….
    did you try tatoy’s? sarap din daw dun….sana june na ^_^

    • Hi Ate Cheds!.. naku oo mageenjoy ka dyan.. gusto ko nga bumalik eh!.. sa Guimaras naman siguro.. basta gusto ko tumambay sa Smallville!.. hehe

      Di namin na try ung Tatoy’s, Ted’s lang talaga.. si Janac kasi eh turista rin pala sa iloilo.. haha hindi authentic na ilonggo.. hahaha peace janac!

  6. grabe lan sa ganda ung hotel, prang un lan sulit ka na, hahaha!

  7. wow! iloilo naman. I love la paz batchoy… yung instant. Muka ngang masarap ang actual. Ayoko lang yung may gatil gatil at kung ano anong hindi kilalang lamang loob. Dun ba sila known? I’ll be there sa october pa. hahah! Lapit na diba? helpful post. thanks! At talagang last minute ang decision, I love it!

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  11. kuya jeff,drooling naman yun batchoy..especially PORK!. wala nian dito! waahh… =/.. and mukang masarap ngang mag haangout sa smallville, similar daw in metrowalk..
    tayo naman magtravel kazzins.. hehe. tc

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  13. Thanks for visiting our place. Hope you can visit during the Dinagyang Festival… ibang trip naman… alam ko mag-eenjoy kayo. I will post your blog and photos on my FB… hope you don’t mind. Madamo gid nga salamat sa pagbisita mo sa amon nga lugar! I LOVE ILOILO!

    • It would be my pleasure.. 🙂 I look forward to see and experience Dinagyang probably next year.. I don’t know but there’s really something that caught my heart that makes me want to come back.. Sa susunod Guimaras naman and other nearby towns.. at isa lang talaga ang hindi ko makakalimutan, yung Batchoy! 🙂 I crave for it! 🙂 thanks po for reading my blog and hope to see the rest of Iloilo..

  14. Smallville really change the face of nightlife in Iloilo.

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