#MTDoV Series: A Long Day Around Iloilo

I’ll be marking my fifth, but definitely not my last series for #MTDoV. You should have known by now the meaning of those abbreviations. If not, then at least you may want to try to see its meaning here! 🙂

Now, back to travel venture. It’s funny to think how we ended up visiting Iloilo in an unexpected way. When I said “unexpected”, it would mean breaking our original itinerary for the sake of scoring cheaper plane tickets going to Palawan. 😀 Not too bad eh, especially if the place that’s waiting for us possessed such serene beauty! I should say, it’s a world class city in the making!

Our second day was the only day we had to roam around Iloilo. We couldn’t afford to waste our time.

We spent half of the day looking for seafood inside the Robinsons Place Iloilo. Haha So convenient as the mall was just few walks away. Then we spotted sumptuous meals at the mall’s food court. Haha (So bad I had to write this in the middle of the night while imagining the foods. Torture. 😦 )

We savored our “brunch” meal and filled our empty stomachs with lots of sea foods. Guess, I instantly became a seafood addict. 😀

Both of my parents decided to go back to dormitel while I accompanied my sister into buying ship tickets (Iloilo-Cebu), shopping some toiletries and perhaps, two pair of shoes? 🙂 But there’s only one pair for me. Thanks Kuya Himan!

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I loved the shoes for its elegance, sophisticated-look and its use for my future career. Plus, it’s in discounted price! Yehey! In Payless, you’d absolutely pay less. Makes sense? 😀

Okay, move on.

After we bought the tickets, we finally made our way back to dormitel. After all, we had to recharge ourselves as we set for Iloilo’s another destination – The Riverside Boardwalk.

Drum rolls. 😛

The Riverside Boardwalk is located within the Smallville Business Complex and along Iloilo Esplanade. Don’t be surprised as it is also a home for restaurants and leisure alike.  These restaurants offer various Filipino and international cuisines and giving extraordinary experience for guests to dine while having view of the Iloilo River. Aside from that, there are also coffee and pastry shops for your seemingly sweet tooth and live bands to entertain you. What can you say, hah?

Along with the Riverside Boardwalk is their stunning Iloilo River Esplanade. As Wikipedia will have it, Iloilo River Esplanade is an esplanade along Iloilo River in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The 1.2 kilometers esplanade which stretches from Diversion Road to Carpenter Bridge was opened on August 18, 2012. It’s name sounds familiar, right? It’s because the person behind this is also the one who designed Singapore quay and river esplanade. He’s none other than Paolo Alcazaren.

With it’s creator, no wonder why Iloilo Esplanade is one of Iloilo’s top destination. Tourists and locals alike used to maximize this place by doing fitness-related activities such as running, jogging and walking. Others, however, content themselves by taking pictures, sitting on the benches or just simply strolling around the esplanade. Visiting places like this especially at night is really a must, though I must recommend you to bring a handkerchief as the air quality can be pretty tough sometimes.

With our strolling done and the rain’s starting to fall, it’s time for food hunting. Fortunately, aside from the rows of restaurants along Iloilo Esplanade, The Atria also offers lots of food options- including buffet. 😀 😀 Sounds yummy, eh!

Photo by Queyl Jamora

Photo by Queyl Jamora

So this could be my first time to eat in an “Eat  All You Can” Buffet style in I-forgot-the-name-of-the-resto. Haha Forgive me but it’s actually within the Atria. Hahah And the buffet, less than P 300 per person has never been so good!

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Photo by Queyl Jamora

And since it’s the “first time”, I never felt ashamed to try every dishes from appetizers, main course to desserts, fruits and even beverages, leaving no mercy to my tummy. 😀 😀

Poor tummy and me as I suffered LBM the next day! Grrr, that’s what you called “karma”. 😀

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