We rode the usual tricycle that would take us out of the village and the jeepney bound for Libertad. My mother told me to stop by at UNO-R (sister school of USJ-R here in Cebu City) to get to Libertad. After walking a little, we found a mini bus bound for Mambukal. The fare was 40 pesos.
After a 45-minute ride, we arrived at Mambukal Resort which was the last stop of the mini bus. We paid an entrance fee of 30 pesos each. The officials were pleased to have us that they even gave us a map of the resort. Thanks to them!
|(L-R) Jerson, Erwin, Me, Ryan, Ricco|
It was a tiresome trek but very nature-friendly. We saw lots of fruit bats as we went to the waterfalls.
|Fruits bats in the resort|
|Can you spot them?|
|The fun canopy walk|
|The waterfall-like river|
|The bridge crossing to the 1st waterfall|
|Jerson and I at the first waterfall|
|3rd waterfall (or maybe this was the 4th?)|
|By this time, we were all sweating to death|
|This was where I laid down|
|Are they the new love birds?|
|The boys (and a geng) were enjoying the swim|
|Jerson having a massage from the waters|
In the dining area of the resort, there were various food stalls coming from the different parts of Negros Occidental. We ordered pork belly with rice each, grilled squid and sinigang na pasayan. (I forgot the expenses again :( my bad!)
|Sinigang na pasayan|
|Grilled squid, FTW!|
|One of the flowers they were selling|
|The big swimming pool|
We went back to try their Slide For Life, also known to many as the zipline. It was Jerson and I's first time trying this adventure ride. Unfortunately, Erwin didn't have a partner so he walked from that area to the boating area. The Slide For Life accepts 2 passengers at a time. We paid 50 pesos each for the ride.
|This was what we cross|
|Ricco and Ryan this time|
|Photo of Ryan Valmoria: Jerson and I zipping away|
|Jerson explored the Ishiwata Bath House|
|Jerson and I at the lagoon|
|Photo of Ryan Valmoria: exciting boating|
|Photo of Ryan Valmoria: happy ride|
|Photo of Ryan Valmoria: I think we passed that rock for a couple of times|
|Photo of Ryan Valmoria: brownish butterfly|
|Photo of Ryan Valmoria: Butterflies|
|Photo of Ryan Valmoria: Soon-to-be butterflies|
|Favorite of all the butterflies|
|The dipping pool|
|Photo of Ricco Adrian Sabordo: in the dipping pool|
It was almost 7pm. We missed the last trip of the mini bus that would take us back to Bacolod City. Since we lack out of choices, we opted for the motorcycle ride to Murcia proper. I think we paid 70 pesos each for that ride. In Murcia, we boarded a jeepney bound for Bacolod City for 17 pesos.
Upon reaching Bacolod City, we hurriedly went to Pendy's which was famous for its napoleones. Unfortunately, they ran out of stock and that they're closed at that time. Haha! We walked to Merci's Pasalubong across the famous L'Fisher Hotel. We made reservations on 16 boxes of napoleones and bought other treats. We had a 10% discount since we showed our itinerary receipt from Cebu Pacific. We ate dinner at Chowking which was nearby, across the Capitol Lagoon. We hurried so Ryan could take the 11pm bus back to Cebu City and he did!
It was indeed a tiresome but an awesome day! I'll surely be back to this haven.