Day 9: San Jose – Bacolod (Negros)

Most large towns had a catholic church in exactly this style.

Iglesia ni Cristo church (Tagalog for Church of Christ). Most large towns had a church in exactly this style. Iglesia ni Cristo is a Philippines-orginated religion.

Between us and Iloilo (where we would catch a ferry to Bacolod) there was a really big range of hills, so we decided to catch a bus to the top of the range (at the Antique/Iloilo boundary) - leaving us with a big roll down a hill and a 75km ride to Iloilo.

Between us and Iloilo (where we would catch a ferry to Bacolod) there was a really big range of hills, so we decided to catch a bus to the top of the range (at the Antique/Iloilo boundary) - leaving us with a big roll down a hill and a 75km ride to Iloilo.

Descending the hills towards Miagao - an awesome roll down through jungle and small villages.

Descending the hills towards Miagao - an awesome ride through jungle and small villages.

The valley ay the bottom took us through terraced rice paddies and down to the coast.

The valley at the bottom took us through terraced rice paddies and down to the coast.

Mausoleum and cemetery at San Jaoquin.

Mausoleum and cemetery at San Jaoquin.

A corridor of graves.

A corridor of graves.

Bridge repairs!

Bridge repairs!

While I was taking the photo of the bridge repairs, this guy came up to me and pointed down the road to Hana. 'Your wife?' he asked. 'Ah yep.' I replied. 'How many children?' (I was used to this question by now) 'Um, none yet.' (Look of absolute bewilderment on his face). 'But no children? That is your wife yes? So old ... when will you have children?', 'We'll we're busy seeing the world and having adventures'. (Shakes his head, and smiles).

While I was taking the photo of the bridge repairs, this guy came up to me and pointed down the road to Hana. 'Your wife?' he asked. 'Ah yep.' I replied. 'How many children?' (I was used to this question by now) 'Um, none ... yet.' (Look of absolute bewilderment on his face). 'But no children? That is your wife yes? So old ... when will you have children?', 'Well we're busy seeing the world and having adventures'. (Shakes his head, and smiles).

Keen!

Keen!

The road to Iloilo was smooth and fast, flowing along the coast. We were heads-down and pushing along - not wanting to miss our ferry. It was mostly an uneventful run, except for the unfortunate chicken that ran under Hana's back wheel. It made a strange, stilted squawk as 80-odd kilos went over it.

The road to Iloilo was smooth and fast, flowing along the coast. We were heads-down and pushing along - not wanting to miss our ferry. It was mostly an uneventful run, except for the unfortunate chicken that ran under Hana's back wheel. It made a strange, stilted squawk as 80-odd kilos went over it.

Single cigarettes for sale.

Single cigarettes for sale.

Outskirts of Iloilo, late afternoon

Outskirts of Iloilo, late afternoon.

Abandoned, rusting hulks in the river port. Iloilo. We made the ferry with about 30 minutes to spare and after the confusing process of buying tickets for ourselves and our bikes we were soon on our way to Bacolod - the largest city of our next island.

Abandoned, rusting hulks in the river port. Iloilo. We made the ferry with about 30 minutes to spare and after the confusing process of buying tickets for ourselves and our bikes we were soon on our way to Bacolod - the largest city of our next island.

We arrived in Bacolod early in the evening, found a spot to stay downtown and then got a tricycle to this amazing japanese restaurant in the nice part of town. 'Sleep cheap, eat good' might become our adage.

We arrived in Bacolod early in the evening, found a spot to stay downtown and then got a tricycle to this amazing japanese restaurant in the nice part of town. 'Sleep cheap, eat heaps' might become our adage. I took this while were biking along looking for the right (numerically named) street. Our apparently illiterate tricycle driver had no clue (or couldn't count) - we had to keep telling him to go further.

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5 Responses to “Day 9: San Jose – Bacolod (Negros)”


  1. 1 hanabil August 17, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Poor little chicken… I didn’t want to see what it looked like after getting seriously squashed so started pedalling even faster and called back to Mark not to stop!

  2. 2 Melven August 25, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    The church is not a Catholic church, it’s a church for a religion which was originated here in Philippines called “Iglesia ni Cristo” (tagalog for Church of Christ). For more info of what i’m saying, visit the link below

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iglesia_ni_Cristo

  3. 3 highlux August 28, 2008 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for the info Melven. I appreciate the correction.

  4. 4 Ed Gayos March 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Hi, I’m a Filipino who left 25 yrs ago and now am living in the U.S. Midwest. I love cycling and I was thinking of cycling Vietnam or Malaysia because I thought pinoy drivers will run over cyclists. That’s how I remember MNL. But your trip proved me otherwise. I guess there is less motor traffic outside Manila. I could imagine loading your bikes in or on a jeepney and paying extra, but I can’t figure out how you loaded your bikes in the bus, or on a tricycle. I’m glad you had a fun time in the islands.


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This blog's about a three week cycle touring trip in the Philippines in July 2008. Check out the introduction.

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