When I booked this trip, it was supposedly a dream trip that is coming to be true, but as it was fast approaching, conflicts happened. To cut this short-he was not able to go.
Good thing I’ve got a kaladkarin cousin - so here we go….
I considered this trip as my super tipid trip. My cousin and I agreed that we will spend less in as much as we can.
Arrived at the Iloilo International airport at 7:52pm. As instructed by Doy, We took the van going to SM City Iloilo ( fare is Php 50 each). Stepped in SM City at exactly 8:40 pm and like we usually do, took a pictures first with the SM logo (“,)
after which, we hurriedly looked for something to eat, a native dish of the city…LA PAZ BATCHOY!
We ordered for an extra super that costs Php70 and a pandesal which is Php8.
One thing that is advantageous when you’ve got a lot of friends is the “connections” (“,). Before I left Manila I already arranged with Doy thru his cousin Venus for a place where we’re gonna spend our Friday night.
for 500 per night (a bathroom, 2 single beds , electric fan ) - not bad.
It was cold in Iloilo, so we really don’t mind having an electric fan instead of an aircon , actually, we even turned it off because it was really really cold (“,).
The place is so quiet, that the sounds of the leaves dancing with the soft blowing of the wind, woke me up the following day, It made me go back in time when I was a kid, that same sound made me fall asleep hahahah!
going back, we got to taste the night in Iloilo by walking at the Iloilo river esplanade.The esplanade stretches 1.2 kilometers from Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue to Carpenter’s bridge in Mandurriao District.
I’ve never been to Singapore yet, but I happened to see a picture of Singapore quay river esplanade and at that moment I told to Kenneth - “this is just like that (“,) “. Sayang, I was not able to take a photo of it in the morning.
next place was the MoloPlaza. It was kindda romantic place (“,) Best when you just want to walk around or sit for awhile, might be looking at the sky above..hahahah!
The Molo Church at night.
The Church of St. Anne , the patron saint of Molo is said to be a “women’s church” because of the presence of 16 images of female saints inside. Also it is said to be the oldest in Iloilo.
we survived and enjoyed our first night.
(Total expenses for that night: Php 443 )
Saturday, Jan 11
We have the luxury of time, so I didn’t set my alarm clock, I just woke up at 6am, that’s my usual, body clock it is (“,)
We looked for something authentic to eat breakfast,
I bought 5 pcs of pancho rolls. ( it’s like pan de coco). Still wanting for some more to eat, we passed by the Sto Nino de Arevalo Church.
I went inside and looked around. Just as I was about to say a prayer, a guy came near me and touch me in the knee and tap my shoulder, I was shocked and asked him why? but he didn’t said any word. I moved away from him, but there’s something in me that says I need to tap him back and so I did and it made him looked shocked too…hahahaha!..I don’t know I just saw it on Aga’s Pinoy Explorer when he featured Antique or Siquijor.
I was not able to say my prayer =(
Near the church was a mini carinderia where I ate arroz caldo with egg (php20)
at 8am we headed to the Ortiz Wharf to our destination, Guimaras.( thank you to the lady at the carinderia for instructions on how to go to the Ortiz wharf)
It only took us 15 to 20 minutes to Jordan Guimaras (fare - Php14).
We registered and a lady welcome and helped us on our itinerary. Total package for renting a tricycle was Php400 that includes: dropping us first on Small Wings where we stayed ( room rate at 300/night), the Trappist Monastery, where we also bought our pasalubong. ( this time, I said my prayer ^___^ )
Camp Alfredo, we just took a photo. We didn’t try their Zipline as it costs Php450, hindi pasok sa budget (“,)
The mango plantation where Ernie, the tricycle driver just pointed out. We didn’t stopped, sayang I thought I could took picture as I did in CDO for the pineapple plantation. and the farthest as agreed, the Rayman Beach Resort.
as we are approaching the place,ewan kung sino ang me balat sa amin - we’ve got a flat tire,it’s good na nakarating pa kami sa lugar. That time, the beach was not so inviting,cloudy weather it was and so we decided that we went back with Ernie, anyway it will costs us Php500 instead of 400, that’s my understanding but when paying time we misunderstood it, we pay him Php700 though he’s not asking for specific amount we can sense that the agreed payment was not what he is expecting, I felt a bit irritated, we gave it anyway. so that’s a total of 750 as he asked us for 50 at the start of our travel for his gasoline. In fairness to him he was polite, maybe because of the flat tire that he wanted a bigger amount or it was really us who did not understand. ( Ernie Pabraquel - 09306394891 )
We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring San Miguel, the center of Jordan.
Museo de Guimaras
Guimaras Provincial Capitol
a must see and taste The Pitstop (“,)
I’m a pizza lover, Mango Pizza is the best. (“,)
As early as 5pm, we’re at Small Wings. I think a slept a lot hahaha…with that kind of weather, so cool. Also the gate closes at 9pm and I guess there’s no where to go during that time in Guimaras.
We left Guimaras at 7am. We wanted that early as it is raining already and we don’t want to be stranded, with God’s grace we landed the Ortiz Wharf safely.
(Total Expenses : Php 766) - Pasalubong was a big shocked, how can this be??? hhahaha but I can’t resist - I want my family and few friends to taste Guimaras’ delicacies - so it broke my wallet (php 1500) heheheh. BUT made my heart happy.
At dahil madami na kaming bitbit, we looked for a place nearby to stay..
(Room rate - Php 895 / night - 2 single bed)
Immediately after logging off our things, we looked for Pansit Molo - We tried at Deco’s but they only offer La Paz Batchoy and the crew said that it was usually cooked at home but told that we tried at the robinson’s food court-and so this was it!!!!
After eating breakfast, we passed by Starbucks and I can’t resist, I’ve never been having coffee since we arrived- caramel macchiato pls?? hahaha! and then off we go to San Joaquin. Both of us never knew how to go in there but Ilonggos are very hospitable and kind to help us.
Old churches in Iloilo Amazed me,though there were rain showers at that time, both of us enjoyed and mesmerized by those churches and thought of my sister and Ta Petit, sana mabalikan namin ito kasama sila =)
We visited 6 churches
we also took a moment in here: A church in campo santo.
I was thinking, is the mass offered here? how does it look inside? Does anyone dare to have their pre-nup here? (“,) -
We had our lunch-dinner at Ramboy’s ( costs us less than 200 each meal) before we heard mass at Molo church (last church that we visited)
Late dessert at MAridel’s
Frozen lemon meringue
(Total expense for that day-Php 703)
Grand total expense= Php 2362 - wohoo!!! plus my pasalubong - rounding off to 2000. (airfare is not included)
Masaya na nagawa kong mag-super tipid sa isang trip.Kaya naman next time siguro mas magtipid pa hahahaha!…
Thank you Iloilo (“,)