Memories of Visits Past

Highlights of Bacolod visits past:

  • 8-peso jeepney rides to San Sebastian Cathedral
  • Don Salvador Benedicto.  Visiting the architect’s house and listening to disco music blaring over the dark, silent hills.
  • Celebrating her first birthday ever in Bacolod:  Manong Freddie cooked the most delicious adobo.
  • Taking the Daku Balay secretaries to dinner at Negros Museum Café
  • Punta Taytay
  • Hearing mass in Santa Fe on Dear Departed Dad’s birthday, March 3
  • Meeting Bong Bong, the flower arranger from Sum-ag
  • Discovering L’Fisher Chalet, making it her nest
  • Discovering the Visayan Daily Star
  • Discovering Munsterrific
  • Discovering Bacolod rum
  • RORO to Iloilo, seeing the church at Jaro
  • Visiting La Carlota, seeing a mountain of brown sugar
  • Visiting Mambucal and seeing the trees covered with what self at first thought were fruit pods, but turned out to be sleeping bats
  • Masahe:  It always amazed self that such tiny masahistas can deliver such powerful, bone-grinding strokes
  • Being at Café 1925 in Silay:  While she was in the CR (comfort room), she experienced the full extent of the Zack star power.  There was a whole series of “Hi, Zack!  When did you arrive?” utterances.
  • Driving back to Bacolod from Dumaguete, at night, in hard rain
  • Meeting Clarita, who cooked for self’s family when they lived in Dasmariñas
  • Pancake House on Lacson Street
  • Siquijor
  • South Sea Resort, Bantayan Beach, Dumaguete
  • Tita Lily’s birthday, watching the dancers hired for the occasion
  • Watching, with Zack, Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang (perhaps one of the worst Filipino movies self has ever seen)

Self’s “Nest”

Highlights of the current visit:

  • Masskara:  The Parade of Dancers, the Parade of Giant Puppets, the crush and chaos of the crowd on Lacson Street on Saturday, midnight
  • Lolo Gener’s 129th birthday, celebrating it on the roof of the Daku Balay.  Seeing Manong Eddie dance.
  • Encountering Fredo again (He used to drive for self’s family when she was in college)
  • Trying out a handgun at the Bacolod Handgunner in Robinson’s Mall
  • Artisan Piaya from the Bacolod Organic Market (This was the yummiest piaya self ever tasted)
  • Best coffee, hands down:  Kanlaon coffee, at the Negros Museum Café
  • Having her first ever eyelash perm (Que landi!)
  • Seeing malunggay leaves and impulsively wanting to plant her Santa Fe lot with malunggay trees
  • Thrilling to Dreams From My Father:  A Story of Race and Inheritance, by President Obama
  • Finally having the opportunity to wear the green jeans she bought several months ago, from her current favorite clothing store, Alys Grace in Menlo Park

This trip, self finally appreciates the freedom of not having a driver.  She gets to stay in her hotel room all day without feeling the least bit guilty.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


  1. October 28, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Everything fascinating, including eyelash perm.

    You definitely should write a travel memoir.


  2. October 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Oooh, you liked the eyelash perm? I debated whether to include it! Bacolod is the place where all writers must retreat to when they want to look extra-special nice for that important reading. I was here just before my reading at the National Portrait Gallery, and if you look at the pictures of me taken during that event, I look very glowing. Too bad I have no readings lined up for when I return from this particular Bacolod visit!

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