A sudden Bacolod weekend.

{ PHOTO HEAVY! Also, a very long post! }

Well.. I seem to have a horrible habit of not posting regularly on here anymore. But I suppose, it’s not too late to post. I don’t really expect to have a regular readership or a hefty amount of subscribers.. so if you are still here, reading this, then thank you! I’m glad you think that my haphazard style of writing is still worth your time!

June 12 here in the Philippines is Independence Day. and since it falls on a Friday this year, it automatically makes the holiday a long weekend. I had been planning to go to Bacolod for a while, because my friends Gax and Chesra had suddenly bought tickets to Bacolod a couple of months ago and I was eager to tag along. Hahaha! (Even though I knew I have classes on Saturday. Yes. The life of a law school student..) I thought of it as a last hurrah for summer.

So, here goes.

I took the 3am Ceres aircon bus to Bacolod from the Dumaguete station. Why 3am, you may ask? Mainly because the trip takes SIX HOURS: 2 hours from Dumaguete to Mabinay, 2 hours from Mabinay to Kabankalan, and 2 hours from Kabankalan to Bacolod. If you check a map of Negros Island, it’s pretty much going from the southeast (Dumaguete) to northwest (Bacolod), cutting through numerous towns and cities, plus traversing a mountain road. Yes. A mountain roadΒ full of dizzying curves and turns and unpaved portions (because they were repairing the road).. ah. My friends were set to arrive around 1030am, and I thought better early than late, right?

Also, I couldn’t fall asleep anymore so I decided to just hop on the next earliest bus I could catch. Hahaha!

Me, at 3am/ Hahaha!

Me, at 3am. Hahaha!

I managed to stay awake for a few hours as the bus sped through the coastal road, though there wasn’t much to see because it was still dark outside. I ended up looking at signs and buildings, and only then I realized how far Bais City was from Dumaguete. (The current Bais mayor is actually an aunt from my mom’s side [Jalandoni] of the family. I’ve been meaning to visit her but well.. time.) By then the sun was barely beginning to peek out from the clouds.

As the bus veered left to go up the Kabankalan-Bais mountain road, I sighed heavily as I tried to prepare myself for the dizzying ordeal. I’d say it was like sitting in a rocking crib, swaying side to side while just outside were fairly steep drops in places where there were barely any people around. Like literally, you could count the number of houses on one hand. There are also parts of the area where there’s no cellphone reception.. (this sounds like a horror story trope, can someone write about that–)

The sun was slowly rising, and I could see the sky and the surrounding hills and valleys. It’s quite a pretty sight, especially through the early morning fog. Though, of course, it did kind of look like another horror movie sight at times..

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A (very) delayed post: My Spur-of-the-Moment Weekend Getaway

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SUPER PHOTO HEAVY!!!

Hello, everyone! Let’s not waste any time with crummy intros that I haven’t really thought out and just jump into the rambly narration! πŸ˜€

It all started around mid-January, when I finally went back to school for the first time after holiday break because after arriving back in Dumaguete, I got wonderfully bowled over by chickenpox. :/ News was already spreading about the Purplehood Ball which, for lack of better things to compare it to, a law school version of prom & seniors’ night rolled into one – to honor the fourth-year students from our college, with matching messages by their representatives and a symbolic passing of the torch to the lower batches. They even had a class prophecy video, which was really entertaining. (I wonder if my grades will ever bring me fourth year so I can see what our class prophecy would be like?) It’s kind of a last hurrah for our seniors before they’re off to their final Finals Week and then off to Bar Review.

This year, we had a “red carpet” theme and, surprise, surprise – I had nothing to wear. But luckily, while looking for a dress with my younger sister Lucille for her Honors Day event (she’s the smarts of the family.. maybe aha), we chanced upon a shop tucked away along Perdices Avenue called Trendsetter. She found her dress – plus the friendly shopkeeper even suggested I try a few on. I found a couple I liked, but contemplated maybe buying them another time.

Then I remembered the Php2000 Forever21 gift card in my wallet still had a remaining balance of over a thousand pesos..

DING DING DING DING!!!!!

I thought to myself, why not trek over to Cebu to find a dress? If not, then.. I’ll think of something.

I immediately texted my dad about my intentions, and he seemed pretty supportive of it. I even asked my younger sister and a friend for advice and directions on how to go to Cebu City from Dumaguete. Taking into consideration that it was soon to be midterm exam week, I decided that I would go on my little trip the weekend after midterm exams, and I would be staying overnight at a hostel (which I found after a few days of frantic searching over the internet and reading reviews and recommendations).

Which was VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND.
Cue exasperated sighs.

My first solo trip would be on the commercial holiday in which loads of couples are out to do some lovin’ over dinner, coffee, or whatever floats their boat. So what does that mean for me, single and totally LOST??

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2 Story Kitchen in Dumaguete!

Before anything, I’d like to thank my readers for being so patient, because I can’t exactly go online as often as I would like to type up blog posts. School’s been really hectic, and I finally have some free time now that it’s our semestral break. And I’m also back in Manila so it really feels good to be home!

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2 Story Kitchen, located along Sta. Catalina St., Dumaguete City, is actually the former Cafe Noriter (which also had a branch in Manila). It is a restaurant that serves mainly Korean and also Western cuisine, as well as retaining the coffee and beverage menu from their days as Noriter. As for prices, I personally think they’re fairly steep when you’re on a student’s budget, but I would definitely recommend this place for when you have a little extra cash. (Also, keep in mind that my favorite comfort food is Korean food. Heehee.)

Korean food..

Korean food..

..and Western food.

..and Western food, plus their cafe beverages.

The first time I ate at 2 Story was for lunch sometime in June, with my sister Ate Imee, and her son Matthew. Β I ordered bibimbap, and Ate ordered a Shrimp & Mushroom pasta for her, and an American-style grilled burger for Matthew.

Ate Imee and I, while waiting for our food. We got Matthew to take our photo, heh.

Ate Imee and I, while waiting for our food.Β Notice the place looks a little.. cramped? I’ll get to the interiors later in this post!

I was already hungry by this time and so I had no choice but to wait. Besides having some time toΒ chika with Ate, I got to make use of 2 Story’s free WiFi for its customers and tended to my farm on Hay Day. Matthew also made use of the WiFi, using his iPad mini to watch Minecraft videos on YouTube. Ate Imee opted to just check Facebook. πŸ˜€

But when the food arrived.. TA-DAAAAAAAH!!

YES, BIBIMBAAAAAAAP! (MBLAQ Hello Baby comes to mind whenever I eat bibimbap, actually.)

YES, BIBIMBAAAAAAAP! (MBLAQ Hello Baby comes to mind whenever I eat bibimbap, actually.)

As you can see, the bibimbap has the following as mix-ins: julienned cucumber, stir-fried ground beef, julienned carrots, bean sprouts, a fried egg, and sliced mushrooms.

As you can see, the bibimbap has the following as mix-ins: julienned cucumber, stir-fried ground beef, julienned carrots, bean sprouts, a fried egg, and sliced mushrooms.

It comes with a small bowl of soup (I don't know what it is exactly but it's spicy and pretty good), a small dish of kimchi, a bit of sesame oil, and of course, gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)!

It comes with a small bowl of soup (I don’t know what it is exactly but it’s spicy and pretty good), a small dish of kimchi, a bit of sesame oil, and of course, gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)!

Happy kids, happy eats.

Happy kids, happy eats.

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ONL Today – Dumaguete shop now open!

WARNING: Photo heavy!

Now, if you are a close friend of mine, you will know that I have gotten into makeup fairly recently. And you would also know that I am a sucker for Korean cosmetics and skincare shops and am a face pack/mask hoarder!

NOW IMAGINE MY HAPPINESS WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT THERE WAS A SHOP THAT SELLS THAT IN DUMAGUETE. YES. MY MANILA HEART IS BEATING MADLY FOR THIS SHOP.

Even though I don’t have spending money, I just couldn’t resist taking a look at the new store above Penshoppe, along Perdices Street (it’s walking distance from Lee Plaza, and very near McDonalds).

A photo of ONL Dumaguete's stairway up to the store! Photo grabbed from Nessie of Shades and Highlights. (Click the photo to view her post!)

A photo of ONL Dumaguete’s stairway up to the store! Photo grabbed from Nessie of Shades and Highlights. (Click the photo to view her post, there’s an ongoing giveaway!)

The stairway leading up to the second floor. Photo by Nessie of Shades and Highlights.

The stairway leading up to the second floor. Photo by Nessie of Shades and Highlights.

 

And once you’re through the doorway, up the stairs, and in past the door.. you get a whole lot of this:

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