Yesterday’s trip started a little wet. We assembled ourselves in my sister’s tiny room and around15 minutes before we’re about to leave, it started raining. Hard. We also got ourselves two new people joining our group. We’re not sure if they’ll continue to join with us in the next future exploring but they’re welcome to tag along anytime they want to. When it stopped raining for a brief moment, we all hurried up and went to the terminal. The rain started pouring again when the bus was pulling out from the terminal and all our eyes were glued to the sky and we were making predictions of our own.
“Look. The sky is bright over Silay. It’s probably sunny there now!”
Well, it wasn’t sunny but it wasn’t raining either. So we were all half right. As per our agreement, we headed straight to Emma Lacson’s for their really tasty fresh lumpia and panyo-panyo . I know that most people and even food magazines have quoted El Ideal’s fresh lumpia to be the best in Silay but we beg to differ. El Ideal’s lumpia is good but Emma Lacson’s is even better. You know, just like how people seem to think that Bong-Bong’s piyaya is “the best” and how tourists and most locals alike are raving about them like mad. But clearly, they haven’t tasted Bailon’s piyaya. But that’s for another post featuring Bacolod. We’ll stick to Silay for the moment.
Emma Lacson’s quite near El Ideal, by the way. If you’ve located El Ideal, you’d know that beside it is the Bank of The Philippine Island building. Then there’s a street you have to cross and the old house at the corner is Emma Lacson’s. There’s all doorbell by the gate and all you have to do is ring it and push the tall gate open. They’re friendly enough to bid you come in.
So after we’ve got our first taste of the many more food to be had that day, we set about to going to Balaring. It’s a small coastal baranggay north of Silay. We took the motor cab and told the driver we’d like to go the ecopark with the bamboo foot bridge over a 5 hectare mangrove plantation. We paid the driver 10 pesos each.
Ever since we first heard about this eco-park, we instantly wanted to get there. So we convinced our dad to drive us there and we even brought lunch with us so we could eat and enjoy the peaceful ambiance there. But somehow, I think we took the wrong turn and we ended up getting to the very last part and end of the coastal road and we had to turn back home, dismayed, needless to say.
The foot bridge is yet incomplete and some parts they’ve closed. They have several cottages every which way and you can eat with your family and friends there if you like. Entrance to the eco-park is 20 by the way and 10 if you’re a student or a senior citizen.
My sister and I both agree that this would be a lovely place to have an engagement photography session on. I for one would like to have my engagement photos shot here.
There were several kids who were not supposed to be there, in my opinion. They look like they were in highschool still and that in itself is not wrong. However, they had a few bottles of whiskey with them and it seemed like they were a little bit off already when we got there. Tsk-tsk-tsk!
We wanted to linger but we were running out of time. We planned to go to the old ruined port so we left after about 30 minutes or so. The motor cab fare on the way back to the city was only 8 pesos. When we got to the city, it started raining so we decided to go back to the old coffee place we went to last week, The New New City Cafe and had coffee and bitso-bitso (the highlight of our day).
We also had chicken skin inasal (barbecue) — hello cholesterol (haha)! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take pictures of the said bitso-bitso. Most were long gone by the time I got back inside from ordering our inasal. But they saved one for me and it was DELICIOUS! We wanted to buy some more to take home with us but turned out the ones we ordered the were the last. But we’ll be sure to come back again next week!
Then we went to Hestia Restaurant. It was a very short walk..about 5 minutes the most. And onto the next food stop we went. It was getting pretty dark by the time we went there so we decided to push the trip to the old port ruins for next week.
We ordered their batchoy, club sandwich, spaghetti and their bihon guisado. We wanted to sample their pork barbecue because we’ve heard that’s their specialty. Unfortunately, they didn’t have their pork barbecue so we had to be content with the rest of our orders. Their bihon guisado wasn’t that great – - I’d still prefer El Ideal’s. However, their Batchoy was yummy and I’d recommend it, even. Their spaghetti wasn’t spectacular, though. But at least, should I find myself craving for batchoy while in Silay next time, I’ll know where to go.
Next and last stop for the day was Cafe 1925. We passed by it last Saturday and we were intrigued with it’s charming and very cozy lovely spot and decided we had to try what they have to offer. So we did.
And we won’t come back for more. Why? Stay tuned and I’ll post another entry telling you why.