How to Get to the Ruins in Bacolod

The Ruins

It is the most photographed structure in the city of Bacolod .Built in the early 1900s by a Negrense sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson for his wife Maria Braga. Unfortunately, the mansion was set on fire during the early part of World War II by Filipino guerrilla fighters to prevent Japanese forces from using it as headquarters. Known to many as the "Taj Mahal of the Philippines" and ranked 12th place among the world's fascinating ruins by last 2012.

From Bacolod City Proper (Public Plaza)

• Ride a jeepney going to Mandalagan, then get off at Pepsi Bottling Plant. Fare is around Php 10.00. At the right side of the road, there is a tricycle terminal with a big RUINS TERMINAL signboard where you can hire a tricycle going to the ruins. Fare is around Php 30-40. By the way the mansion is nestled in the middle of a sugarcane plantation hidden from the main highway.Entrance fee is Php 100.00 as of this writing.

Ruins Bacolod

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Tibiao...An Eco-Adventure Wow

Tibiao, a quiet town nestled south of Caticlan is slowly becoming an eco tourist destination fave by adrenaline junkies, travelers and tourist. Tibiao is known for kayak whitewater rafting (where you navigate the river in kayaks) , Kawa Hotbath (An exotic and soothing experience) and Fishspa (where doctor  fishes nibbles and exfoliates your skin removing the dead skin, cuticles and etc). Aside from those activities, you can hike to Bugtong falls (seven tiered waterfalls located at Brgy. Tuno) or just take a dip at Tibiao river ( a perfect place to rejuvenate your body). 

From Caticlan, We took a 2 hour bus ride to Tibiao.Directions on how to get to Tibiao can be found here. Habal Habal ride from Brgy. Importante to Kayak Inn in Brgy.tuno is 30 min.

A Warm Welcome

A very warm welcome greeted us when we arrived in Kayak Inn. While they are still busy preparing our room for the night, we took a picture of their rates.
Kayak Inn rates

Taking a Dip In Tibiao River

The river is filled with trees along its side making it more inviting to dip and swim. A perfect place to rejuvenate our tired body from the non-ac bus trip. Our good and fun experience suddenly turns bad when I slipped and swept away down to the streams with cluster of big rocks waiting for me ahead hitting my pelvis. Its like water tubing without the inflatable donut.. Ouch!

Tibiao River, Antique 

Tibiao River, Antique

Tribal Curl
For a fee of Php 100.00, she can have your hair curl the natural way using madre de cacao.
Nipa hut Kayak Inn
 Nipa Hut Cottage

These Nipa huts are probably the most simple accommodation  we ever stayed but what I like most is the placidity of the place.The soothing sounds of water flowing from the river makes you comfortable and calm before you sleep. Don't expect any luxuries like cable tv, hot shower and internet because there are none. Well you do have one amenity that you can avail, a pet! 

I woke up my hubby and told him that there's a tuko (Philippine Gecko) in our ceiling. He replied that its good to have tuko's around because they devour on mosquito's,flies, roaches and bugs and besides they are harmless. Don't fret, there are no mosquito's around during our stay but bringing a mosquito repellant can come in handy sometimes. Cottage rates can also be found here. Breakfast is free for overnight stays.You can bring food and have them cook for you with a little fee of course. 
 Nipa hut Kayak Inn

Get Ready To Be Cooked Alive!

The following morning, I'm excited to experience the Kawa hotbath with simmering medicinal plants like Alagao leaves and Kamantigue flower. Alagao leaves are known to cure coughs and headache while Kamantigue is known to cure rheumatism, fractures and fingernail inflammation.Perfect for my cough that has been lingering me for two days now. 

Cleo, the kid wearing a jersey shirt fired up the giant wok using "salung" of the tree (tree resin), woods and leaves.
Kawa Hotbath Tibiao Antique
Kawa Hotbath Tibiao Antique

Jacuzzi Wok

A soothing and calm experience. The treatment lasted for 30 min and guess what? my cough went away after a day. The Alagao leaves works well. 
Kawa Hotbath Tibiao Antique
Hanging Bridge

Later that day we bid goodbyes to Ate Shiela and Kuya Edwin of Kayak Inn who treated us like their own family during our short stay. We skipped going to Bugtong falls and fish spa because my pelvis is still in pain and we have to travel to iloilo then to Bacolod using a passenger ferry.

Fun things to do

Go whitewater rafting by Kayak
Hike to Bugtong Falls
Try Fish Spa for just Php 20.00 ( Go to Tibiao FishSpa first and book your eco tourism adventure there).Google Katahum tours for rates and packages.

Go Zipline at Zipline Inn
Kawa Hotbath

Tuklasera Tips 

If you're planning to stay overnight, be sure to contact Kayak Inn in advance for availability. 0921-570-1947 / 0905-9062380 Sheila and Edwin

There is a gasoline station at Brgy. Importante, where you can buy bottled drinks, water and snack.
Habal Habal fare is P100 per way.
Zipline Inn is just few meters away from Kayak Inn.

Rundown of Expenses

• Habal Habal Fare - Php 100 / person /way

• Entrance fee (Zipline Inn) - Php 100 / person
• Nipa hut Accommodation - Php 500.00 / night
• Kawa Hot Bath - Php 200.00 / session
• Food - Php 500.00

How To Get to Tibiao Antique

Tibiao Antique pronounced as TIB-YAW ,AN-TEE-KE a province in the Philippines located in the region of Western Visayas. 

My husband and I decided to spend one night at Tibiao, Antique for a spa after gotten tired tanning ourselves (if you know me well, you wont believe this line hahaha) in Boracay. Tibiao , Antique is 76 kilometer away from San Jose Buenavista and 86 kilometers away from Caticlan Aklan.
Getting there

From Caticlan
• Upon exiting Caticlan Port, turn right and walk your way to San Jose Buenavista Bus terminal. There you will see non-AC buses plying to Iloilo, Culasi and Pandan. Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

From Iloilo City 
•  Take a bus or van from Molo terminal bound for Culasi or Caticlan. Travel time is about 3 hours.

From Culasi
•  Take a bus from Culasi to Brgy. Importante. Travel time is 20 min.


We also asked if  there are aircon buses going to Tibiao, but unfortunately there's nada! It's cheap though! anyways, we paid 163.00 each (Caticlan-Iloilo route with stops along Culasi and Brgy. Importante ).Traveling time is about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Just tell the konduktor (ticket collector) to drop you off at Brgy. Importante.

Brgy Importante

From drop off to Kayak Inn we paid 100 each per habal-habal , we took 2 habal habal since we have huge individual backpacks, but you can haggle it for as low as P75.00 pesos each per ride. Traveling time is about 30 minutes.

Halfway through our trip, we were stopped for tourist log in and paid 100.00 each toll fee and tourist tax! right in the middle of the "bukid" there's "buaya" I really don't understand those charges! oh well, prepare to be broke! good thing when we arrived at Kayak Inn, ate Sheila and Kuya Edwin is so warm welcoming!


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Perth Paradise Resort...A Piece Of Paradise in Sipalay

Sipalay is a far flung town, it is a paradise owing to its natural beauty. Among its many attractions is its lengthy stretch of beaches lined with charming resorts ideal for overnight stayers. Among these are sugar beach (haven for backpackers), mountain resorts (like one below) ,caves and hidden tourist traps. 

From Bacolod City proper, we took a short jeepney ride (Shopping-Libertad route) to Ceres south terminal along Lazuriaga street. Not only do the jeeps go almost everywhere in the city, but the drivers and locals are extremely helpful and will get you where you need to go. Buses run every hour so don't worry about it.

There are no direct buses going to Sipalay so we took this route instead.The Hinoba-an bus route includes Bago City, Hinigiran, Kabankalan, Cuayan, Sipalay then finally Hinoba-an. For more detailed information you can visit this post  on how to get to Perth Paradise in Sipalay.

The 6 hour long bus ride will emotionally drain you so better prepare yourself or rather sleep. A useful tip from me :-).

Finally we are here!

Perth Paradise Resort Resto

It was already dark when we reach the resort. Good thing Perth Paradise has its own resto that offers wide choices of delicious meals at a fair price (Php 160-200). However, the cooking time takes around one hour. By the way their chopseuy is a must try! and they provide service water and bucket of ice for your drinks.

Perth Paradise Resort is name after a place in Australia.

Delicious Chopseuy
Hot water is free of charge for your instant drinks (chocolate, coffee, tea etc ... Uhhh cup noodles too).
Perth Paradise Resort Rooms
Cabana Rooms

We reserved a Cabana room for this staycation.Not only the Nipa hut style rooms are tucked perfectly facing the lagoon but it it gave us too a refreshing sensation. This traditional filipino style hut known as " Bahay Kubo" is constructed using bamboos and Nipa Palm materials.The room is pretty basic and fan cooled. Here are the  rooms with rates of Perth Paradise as of this writing.
Early Morning Exercise
The next day, we woke up early and made our way to the infinity pool. Tiring to climb the steps, but worth in the end.

The View
Yes, the place is very relaxing and the view is immensely breathtaking. We had this entire pool ourselves because we were the only guest at the resort. I dubbed this as the "Infinity pool king".

Perth Paradise Resort Sipalay
Absolutely stunning view
Perth Paradise Resort Sipalay
I love this place!
Birds serenade the place from a nearby trees while the early morning sunlight slowly lit the shadowed islands from afar.

Perth Paradise Resort Sipalay
I can stay here for a month or so....
Perth Paradise Resort Sipalay
Aside from the breathtaking view, the serenity and tranquility of the place will surely make you comeback.

Wildlife Residents

We saw 4 kinds of bird species and some insects. The highlight of this shoot is the Mudskipper. A fish can walk on land using their pectoral fins.They move fast so capturing them through your lens is not that easy.
Perth Paradise Resort Sipalay

Perth Paradise Resort Sipalay
After an early morning swim in the pool, we went a little bit of hiking to capture the wildlife residents and people around the lagoon. 
According to the locals, Fishing is the main source of livelihood here in Sipalay. The boy beaming with happiness, sold his catch to the resort staff for for Php 120 per kilo. I'm proud of you kid!

We came back shortly and have our free breakfast. We had a typical filipino breakfast which is usually sunny side up,fried rice and hot dogs. My hubby hates eggs but he loves to eat leche flan which is an egg based dessert popular here in the Philippines. Pretty weird huh?

After breakfast, we went back to our room to prepare our things for our next destination Dumaguete.

Perth Paradise Resort Sipalay
Although our visit was quite short, we had a lot of fun during our stay. The resort staff was great and warm. The facilities are well maintained and there's a security personnel on duty 24/7. So if you're in Bacolod or Dumaguete, be sure to visit to this piece of paradise in Sipalay. A perfect place to disconnect and unwind. 

Fun things to do

• Go bamboo rafting (Php 500.00 whole day)
• Go hiking
• Go Island Hopping
• Rent a Canoe and explore the islets near the resort

Tuklasera Tips

• Crowded months is during January to March
• Perth Paradise can be contacted here and more info here
• Diosdado Peralta | 09217865615 (Our trusted trike driver)

Rundown of Expenses

• Bacolod to Sipalay via Hinoba-an route bus fare Php 234.00 / person
• Cabana Room Php 1,000 / night
• Dinner Php 500-600 for two
• Trike fare Php 400 ( 2 persons | roundtrip)