I easily get bored when stuck at home. When my close friend announced her visit here in Valencia, Negros Oriental – a first-class municipality in the province – I immediately think of a place where I could take her to. She’s practicing her photography skills, so I was thinking maybe we could go some new place in town. I was browsing Facebook.com when an FB friend posted pictures about Bambulo. I was so thrilled to find out that the restaurant was back again. So, let me share to you how we so much enjoyed the place.
From Dumaguete City, you could take a cab to take the 9 km road to Valencia. Once you’re in the town, friendly people would help you locate the road to Bacong. But, you could always take a cab and directly go to Bacong, which was 5 km from Dumaguete City, Philippines. Since I live in Valencia, we took the road from there going to Bacong. The restaurant was located in Combado, Bacong, Negros Oriental. The drive took only 10 minutes, despite the rough road and complaints I got from my friend. I just didn’t mind her, because I knew she wanted to see the place more than I do.
|posing at the entrance|
We finally arrived at the place. A big name - BAMBULO - was decorated outside the concrete fence. It would be impossible to overlook the big name since it’s made of bamboo sticks. The simplicity of the restaurant’s lobby did not change our minds to check out and enter. We were welcomed by a friendly attendant and told us where to park. She diligently ushered us inside and informed that they still offer FREE entrance.
|our bamboo hut|
There was no other guest at that time, so we freely enjoyed roaming around the place. We chose the bamboo hut near the blue swimming pool for a better view. The owners – a Swiss couple with their grandson – were using the pool. While we waited for them to get off the pool, we checked out the native cottages and mini-golf course (not yet functional) area. I noticed that there was a new swimming pool under construction. The management was expanding the area for more recreational activities. An hour after, we got hungry and decided to go back to our bamboo hut. We ordered halu-halu (fruit mix) since we’re both trying to trim down calories.
|on the way to newly constructed area for new pool and mini golf|
|well well well ;-)|
The pool seemed so alluring that we decided to take a swim. You only have to pay $2.50 (100.00 Php) to use the swimming pool. If you only brought yourself and didn’t think of bringing any swimwear, you could always rent a piece. Depending on the swimsuit you would choose, the lease charge varied from $1.50-$5.00.
|9 ft deep|
I went to the restroom to change, and I noticed murals decorated on the wall. I even read again the sign above to check if this was really the right room for shower. There was an Egyptian woman who seemed to be guarding the entrance of the restroom. The interior designs were also fantastic and so clean. It was also dry and neatly packed up with toilet papers and water. I hesitated to take a picture, because I felt so embarrassed with the thought that I was more amazed with the restroom than the lobby (lol).
|Murals on the shower|
We enjoyed swimming and get exhausted. We even played with the owner’s grandson, because he was so friendly. It was during lunchtime, when more guests were starting to come. Most of them were foreigners with their dates and families. Even under the sun, the place was still cool and breezy. It’s one of the great choices if you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon date with a partner. After another round of swimming, we got tired and decided to get home at 4:00 PM.
|i know this is rated PG|
|Gagay with the owner's grandson|
|with my friend Gagay at Bambulo pool|
|bye bye time|
Who would have thought that amidst the Bamboo trees and rough roads, you would find such place to enjoy a whole day!