Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sipalay Geo Walk

Here we come, Sipalay!

Finally, we were able to set the date and got confirmed to go just three days before the event.  So here I am with the GSA Bacolod team (we missed Benj here) en route to a weekend in Sipalay City to map and update resorts and  other tourism establishments.

Sipalay is the jewel of the province of Negros Occidental.  It is a coastal town lined with beach resorts mostly owned by Europeans who have settled cum retired here.  It has also one of the best diving spots in the country which accounts the presence of visiting European dive instructors at the resorts.

On board the slow bus to Sipalay City.

Upon our arrival, we made a courtesy call to Sipalay City Mayor Oscar Montilla, Jr. who provided us with a service vehicle and his staff, Mark, to bring us around the area.

I've always loved island hopping in Sipalay on board a motorboat.  And this view from Perth Paradise Resort is so breathtaking.  Warning for the faint hearted but I'm glad I was able to make it to the top climbing the steps slowly in the early afternoon sun.  But the view is so fantastic!  I could just gaze at this view all day long.

Our tour guide, Mark Torillo, spent his weekend with us bringing us to the various resorts and tourist attractions in Sipalay City.

Our hosts at Driftwood Village Resort who served the best carbonara I've ever tasted.  And the chocolate muffins that Daisy has perfected!

Can you count how many carafes were formed to make this triangle?

Behind is Cansibit Pit, the remnants of the closed Maricalum Mining Corporation.

A resort owner who greeted and showed his place to us.

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