There are five reasons why Bacolod can never be beat: Joan, Xiaowu, Andy, Kylie and Dylan. On our last night, after a big family meal in a Chinese restaurant, the kids had a blast playing in the park fronting the city hall, feeding the fish, tossing the plastic slingshot as high as they could so it swooshed up and swirled down with a blue light. On our last day, Joan brought us to the hot springs which Jimmy says is his favorite spot because we ate on a table perched on a bamboo raft and he can swoop up tiny fish with an empty water bottle. Amongst the trees, rocks and small waterfalls, we gobbled up a Filipino lunch. Jimmy went with all the kids to the super crowded, noisy kiddie pool while Joshua joined the adults in the super hot, calming spring where you could cool down with a hose of cold water. Joan couldn’t let us leave without coffee and more food. She took us to Cafe La Guada in Don Salvador which has an amazing view and we may have found Jason’s dream home – a bamboo deck hugging the mountain with the sound of flowing stream below. From there to San Carlos port, the drive was the most gorgeous stretch of road thus far in this adventure journey.
We rode our fourth RORO to Toledo, Cebu where we arrived late at night and had a difficult time looking for a place to stay but were rewarded with an available room at the Estrella Beach resort. After the kids had their fill of the sand and jumping into pool, we headed straight to Cebu City where we took our fifth RORO to Ormoc. Leyte was just a way for us to get to the San Juanico Bridge. Spanning 2.16 km, I remember studying about it in gradeschool so I was quite excited to see it. I wanted to stop and take pictures but we didn’t since it wasn’t at all impressive to my companions who are probably used to the engineering feats of China. We just went through without stopping and at the end of it, waiting for us explorers, was Samar which deserves a whole blog entry of its own.
Number six and seven reason why Bacolod will always be special in our hearts — this romantic couple’s love for each other and their family: