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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite

I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Zaycoland Resort and Hotel –Kabankalan City trip part 2

Day 1 – We travel by land going to Kabankalan City after we land via Cebu Pacific airline in Bacolod City, I researched already before we went here that the land travel from Bacolod to Kabankalan is around 2 hours. But our land travel was 2 1/2 hours because there are lots of road construction and repair that we encountered while along the way, according to our guide, lots of bridges were under repair, I didn’t get the reason why, but maybe because the bridges needed to be renovated after being damaged by a flood or need to repaired due to old age.

We also saw the 4x4 dirt race site before we arrive in Zaycoland, We were suppose to cover the race but we decided to rest for awhile before we head for another coverage and also tour around the city.

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Here’s our photo inside the van while we are on the way to Kabankalan City, riding with us are three models from Bacolod City, who were hired to be part of the Sinulog de Kabankalan models on stage, and you see here at the 2nd photo, Ron and Raffy, I gave Ron a copy of Avengers cartoons and also a movie, he watched it while we are riding the van on a bumpy road, I just slept during the land trip hahahaha.


Around us are field, farms, rice field, sugar cane fields, mountains and coastal.
My eyes forced me to wake up when I saw the coastal road on the way to Kabankalan City. I just checked my Google Map and there I discovered that we were facing the Panay Gulf while we are in Aguisan town of Negros.

We’re now here in Zaycoland Resort and Hotel
One of the most popular resort here in Kabankalan City.

There’s a big signage outside the gate and also there’s this small signage of the resto posted at the back of this carriage of a tricycle or a kalesa.

At the front desk area, we spotted this vintage car in good condition parked the whole day.
Then I learned that these are props for pre nuptial and wedding events here in Zaycoland Resort and Hotel.

The resort is know for pre nuptial photography activity, wedding and special occasion venues.

Front desk of the resto
The staffs are well trained and good in communicating in English with foreigners.
I’m super impressed on how they handle their guests here in Zaycoland.

Here’s the hotel room area of Zaycoland

hotel door…not yet our room…. ours is number 34
we lived there for 3 days

the girls stayed in the next room….room number 33

Our hotel room key

Our bed!
I sleep there in the middle of the two bed, I love sleeping in the floor hahahaha. Just like in our Baguio trip, I prefer the make shift bed on the floor, because its comfy and soft, and I like to stay there because I can plug my laptop and gadgets to a socket.

Raffy sleeps at the right….then Ron is at the left side.

LCD tv with cable tv
we always tune in to the local cable channel of Kabankalan and Negros City.
We also watch the Cebu Sinulog here and the Sinulog de Kabankalan, all highlights are broadcasted live on CATV

here’s my iconic tradition of taking a selfie of a hotel room

Our CR

Bathroom sink

I’m so glad that they provided some toiletries for their guest, other resort doesn’t have this, that’s why I bring my own soap, shampoo and towel. I’m glad that Zaycoland really follows the hotel standard and provide the guest’s need when it comes to bathroom stuff.

Another selfie moment inside the bathroom….

Most impressive part of the Zaycoland Resort and Hotel is the camp site area. I haven’t seen yet a resort and hotel that offers glamping or glamour camping within the vicinity of the resort.

Adventurous people or backpackers can enjoy the outdoor and nature here in Zaycoland, if you want a place to sleep in for a night, then you can try the glamping area.

There’s another bigger tent for glampers

Swimming pool here in Zaycoland

I want to take a nice photo of the pool, so I climb up to a security guard tower at the far side of the resort

Above the tower, I did a nice panoramic photo of the resort and the other side of the road. You’ll see here the fields and the mountain.

We were so hungry after the long trip, our host, Mr. Tootsie Zayco of Zaycoland, invited us to dine in their restaurant inside the hotel.

Emilio’s Bistro is the only restaurant here in Zaycoland.

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That’s us.enjoying our lunch for day. I will feature the food of Emilio’s Bistro in my next blog post.

Manila Bloggers meets Choose Philippines and Loqal.ph here in Kabankalan City.

Here’s another view of the lobby at Zaycoland
You can ask the staff here if you want a cold water, order a cake or a hot coffee.

Here’s the lounge area of the hotel, I’m glad that they have WIFI here in Zaycoland, the WIFI speed is good and very reliable. We always stay here if we want to check our email, post updates in our social media sites and also post a blog post.

Here’s Raffy of www.pinoytravelblog.com starting to blog our day 1 adventure

Ron of www.wahpinas.com tries blogging for the 1st time using his new Devant Android tablet.

And here’s my iPhone and the password access here in Zaycoland.
I took this photo as my reference because I always forget their wifi password whenever I will log back online.

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Bloggers at work!!!


We are far away from Manila..and here we spotted a very familiar logo…
hehhehe. Zaycoland reviews are up in Tripadvisor.com

Here are the rates at Zaycoland.

Standard room with 2 beds - PHP 1500
Deluxe room with 1 big bed - PHP 1800
Family deluxe room with 1 bed and 1 double bed - PHP 1800
Family standard with 4 single bed - PHP 2500
Bridal suite with 1 queen size bed - PHP 2800
Family suite with 2 kind size bed - PHP 2800
Matrimonial suite with 1 queen size bed - PHP 2800
Swimming day trippers - PHP 100
Extra mattres - PHP 400
check in at 2pm
check out at 12nn
By looking at their rates, I think we are occupying the standard room with 2 beds and then they added 1 mattress.

Selfie time while this Manila bloggers are busy working online

Here’s my Google map plot of Kabankalan City, I just discovered that Zaycoland is minutes away from the plaza and also Gaisano Mall. You can ride a tricycle if you want to go to the main town and the mall.

Kabankalan City provincial government website : http://www.negros-occ.gov.ph/about-negros-occidental/cities-and-municipalities/cities/kabankalan-city.html

Kabankalan City tourism page: http://tourism.negros-occ.gov.ph/places-to-go/cities/kabankalan-city/

Sinulog de Kabankalan Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sinulogdekabankalan

Thanks and credits

*** Many thanks to Mr. Tootsie and Pie Zayco for inviting us here in Kabankalan City. Thanks also to Mr. Alfredo Otea, Kabankalan City tourism officer, for touring us around the city, you may contact him at +63 946 2832510 if you want some info or tour around the city.

Thanks also to my travel blogger mates Raffy of www.pinoytravelblog.com and Ron of www.wahpinas.com for being the best company in every travel and gimmicks…and also nice to meet and thanks to Belle and Renz of www.choosephilippines.com and Nikka of www.loqal.ph . and last.. thanks to Mika, our PR contact for arranging and coordinating with us for this trip.
ts nice to meet you Kabankalan City!!! see you in our next visit.
Visit my travel blog post under “travel” tag - http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/search/label/travel

For more Kabankalan City trave blog post, just click “kabankalan” tag in my blog - http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/search/label/kabankalan
and for Sinulog 2014 - http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/search/label/sinulog%202014
f you love my photos and want to save a copy…or if you need a copy to be published in print, tv or online, don’t hesitate to ask me and email me at azrael@gmail.com

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.

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