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Saturday, August 30, 2014

North of Negros Occidental's Blooms in August


Yellow Orchid at La Vista Highlands, San Carlos City.

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Yellow-Orange Gumamela bloom at La Vista Highlands, San Carlos City

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Yellow Gumamela bloom at La Vista Highlands, San Carlos City

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Sticks of what looks like tiny bamboos at La Vista Highlands, San Carlos City.


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Pink Santan at the Municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto.

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Little purple bells, Municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto.

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Red flowerettes. Municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto.

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Not a bloom. This is a young Balete or Lunok. 
Sipaway Island, San Carlos City.

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Pink hardy blooms. Sipaway Island, San Carlos City.

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Pink Flowerettes. Sipaway Island, San Carlos City.

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Santan. Sipaway Island, San Carlos City.

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Pink Bromiliads. Sipaway Island, San Carlos City.

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Green Leaves with spikes. Whispering Palms, 
Sipaway Island, San Carlos City.

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Pink Banana Heart. La Vista Highlands, San Carlos City.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

People's Park, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental


People's Park is one of the places to stroll around if one has an afternoon to spare in San Carlos City.
For an entrance fee of P5.00, one can walk or jog around the park filled with miniature structures around the city of San Carlos. In fact, it is one of the featured tourism spot in Negros Tourism website

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A gold-crusted engraving of what I can surmise as the city's history.

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A portion of the wall with gold engravings.

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One of the miniature buildings in the People's Park.

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Still one of the miniature structures.

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A Giant clay jar.

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The old train. San Carlos City is also a buzzling place of sugarcane industry. 

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A modern structure inside the park.

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By the seawall. One can stroll by the sea.

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People's Park opens from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

La Vista Highlands of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental


My parents had a blast watching the breathtaking view of the Marapara and Kanlaon mountains and greeneries while sitting in the coffee area of La Vista Highlands in San Carlos City.

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The view of the mountains first enticed the owner Architect Albert Garbanzos 
to buy and develop the property as he likened what he saw to Mt. Fuji of Japan. 
According to the story, the original owner of the land  sold the 24 hectare property to him because of his good purpose of developing it into a resort and of preserving at least 10 percent of the land by planting trees. However, that is only half of the story because the original owners felt good about him and 
it was as if the "diwata" or a mountain fairy has already told them whom to sell the land to.  

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This is what we came for. Although the sun is up at nine o'clock in the morning, 
the breeze coming from the mountains was cool and refreshing.

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To find water source, Garbanzos has to tap a surhuwana (faith healer) from La Castellana, Negros Occidental to look for the source and when she came to look for it, she went near the Balete or lunok tree and she declared that she was told by the diwata that she liked him and she will give him water.  

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A pose against the sun with a backdrop of clouds and the hills.

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The hills where the 750-m zip line is located.

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According to Garbanzos, when the first room of his house was finished, he was amazed when one wee hour in the morning, he saw a pair of Mariposa butterflies perched on the window panels along with a hundred of them. He considered such an unexpected phenomenon,  a welcome for him to his new home from the Diwata.

(End of tale.)

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At the entrance of the resort. I can feel the breeze kissing my face.

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An orchid along our way down.

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A gumamela bloom by the pool.

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Can't resist the water, so cool and refreshing.

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The poolside is enticing.

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That's me at the 4 feet area and there's my mother at the 6 feet area.

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Cool and serene.

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A pink santan-like bloom.

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Inhale the tranquility.

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The Zipline. Aside fromthis, they have cable car ride, 
cliff hanger and horseback ride.

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The rate of the adventure. The zipline is offered in round trip. 
Upon arriving on the other end, there is a 200-step hill going to the station 
where a return zipline ride awaits.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Whispering Palms in Sipaway Island, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental


The beach front. Since it's already low tide, sightseeing is the only way to enjoy. However, we were so happy to find a spot for dipping and swimming. So we did while waiting for our lunch.
We paid P300 for the entrance and set lunch. 
There is no need to call ahead for this offer they have for the day trippers only.

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The entrance to the resort that whispers to us to come in!

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They have bicycles for rent. It is easy to get lost in the Island of Sipaway...
The usual route to the resorts are paved, that is the good news. However, there are no road signs 
and the paved road is escorted by coconut trees on both side. 
Well, this is one fun activity to do, if you happen to book for an overnight stay in Sipaway.

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Giant Machete statue at the entrance of the pool.

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The pool is available for the overnight guests.
But the ocean is open for the day trippers.
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They have a zoo which I did not explore.

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They also have a teahouse but I did not go inside as the beach is enticing me!

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The beachfront has huts with hammocks inside. Nice for daydreaming.
And some diffused thinking ala surrealist painter Salvador Dali...
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This is the specialty of the house.


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Playhut for the little ones!

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Another play area for the tots.

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Strolling under the whispering palms...

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Sipaway is a great sidetrip when one is in San Carlos City 
or Don Salvador Benedicto or Cebu.

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