Villa Rosa Beach Revisited

“You can’t go home again,” were famous words of the American author, Thomas Wolfe. Home may never be the same as it was when you left years ago but there are locations which never seem to change.

The Sea, as Far as You Can See

For some, the beach is only a place to swim but for me, the beach always offers peaceful tranquility. The sound of the waves, the shells washing up on the beach, the scurrying of crabs across the sand and all the sea life down below, unseen and often mysterious.

Bringing In the Catch of the Day!

A small fishing boat pulled up to the beach to sell their catch of the day. We had already brought our food to grill at the beach, so we did not really need to buy fish.

Fire Up the Grill!

It didn’t matter if we had finished breakfast only two hours beforehand, once at the seaside, it is time to begin preparing food.

Chicken Wings and Pork Chops

Where there is smoke, there is fire. Where there is food and good times, there is music!

The Wandering Gypsy Beach Minstrel

The Philippine version of playing for tips. He was pretty good, actually! Playing a twangy guitar, he reminded me of the Ventures. Hawaii Five-O and Pipeline.

Recognition and a Smile

It isn’t everyday a guy shows up with an electric guitar and a battery powered amplifier ready to rock your house!

Smoking BBQ.

Hot Off the Grill!

Grilled Hot Wings with Mama Sita Buffalo Wing Sauce and grilled Pork Chop. There were six of us at the beach, so we had to be patient with the food. It takes time but well worth the wait.

Ice Cold Beer na Beer

In Barangay Sum-Ag, where Villa Rosa Beach is located, Asia Brewery’s Beer na Beer Pale Pilsen is more popular than San Miguel Beer products.

Frisbee Time

Lost a shoe?

Our son lost his shoe while catching the Frisbee.

Peanut Brittle

Snack time! Many vendors come around the beach cottages the entire day. One after another. They are selling peanut brittle, ice cream, chicharon, garlic peanuts, fried peanuts, fresh fish and other seafood to grill, balloons, toys, chopping and cutting boards and just about anything you can imagine.

Last Wing!

The last wing, the last brewski and almost time to head back to the hacienda!

More Fishing Boats Arriving

We would see what this catch brought in! Some nice prawns and crabs are always nice to take back home for supper.

It will be a few weeks but we look forward to our next day at Villa Rosa Beach. A place we can go anytime. It is always there and so is the tranquility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Villa Rosa Beach at Punta Taytay, Bacolod City

Villa Rosa Beach

Villa Rosa Beach is located at Punta Taytay in Barangay Sum-Ag in Bacolod City. We went to Villa Rosa Beach last week and while it is not Boracay, of course, it is a nice place for a day activity. Admission is P20 per head and all day rental for a beach cottage is P100.

Nipa Beach Cottage

The nipa beach cottage is nothing fancy but good enough! Good enough to have some great fun.

A Row of Cottages

Getting Ready for Lunch.

A BBQ grill is included in the day cottage rental.

Kinilaw

Kinilaw is a Filipino raw fish dish that is prepared with vinegar, lime juice, chopped onions, garlic, ginger and chili peppers. We prepared this as one of our dishes at the beach.

Grilled Mullet

Being from Florida, I prefer smoked mullet but grilled mullet also works for me! Locally, this fish is known as tonkan.

A Jug of Tuba

Our Filipino friends enjoy tuba or palm wine. I can say I have tried it but I am not too craZy about it!

Red Horse Beer

Now, we’re talking! Red Horse Beer any day at the beach for me!

Seaweed and Seawall

Shady Area

More Beach

Pavilion

If you are going to Villa Rosa Beach with a large crowd, there are pavilions available for rent. Sounds like a good place for a Birthday Party! A party is a groovy thing.

It was another great day for us in Bacolod during our visit to Villa Rosa Beach. It really is more fun in the Philippines and especially, all around Bacolod.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Punta Taytay

In Bacolod City, there is a beach resort located in Barangay Sum-Ag known as Punta Taytay. There are actually several beaches there and Villa Rosa Beach is our favorite.

On the road leading to Punta Taytay is a very large restaurant complex known as “The Viewing Deck.” Each section or restaurant is known by a number. We just happened to stop at Viewing Deck 15 to check it out since this was our first time in this large restaurant complex.

Viewing Deck 15

The photo of the actual building of Viewing Deck 15 did not come out well due to the lighting. It was really a bright, sunny day last Sunday.

Behind Viewing Deck 15 were other restaurants, also numbered, so we decided to take a stroll. A lovely, friendly hostess standing outside Viewing Deck 16 greeted us with a big warm and friendly smile. We decided to go inside and take a look at the menu.

Viewing Deck 16 Bar

All the restaurants at Viewing Deck are native structures and this is the bar area of Viewing Deck 16.

We took a seat in the restaurant that overlooked the sea. Across the way was another one of many Viewing Deck Restaurants.

Another Viewing Deck Restaurant

Without a doubt, night time dining on the sea at Viewing Deck would be nice. Lanterns are used to light up the area when the sun goes down. Of course, there is also electricity. 

Hanging Lanterns

Some expats may not find the menus at Viewing Deck Restaurants very exciting unless they enjoy native Filipino seafood. I enjoy most all the native Filipino food, so I was excited! However, the restaurant we chose, Viewing Deck 16, had grilled pork chops on their menu and I think most Americans would enjoy grilled pork chops! We decided to go the seafood route.

Appetizer

We had to battle the sun in our photo taking but this one is not so bad. My best Filipino friend, Randy, was with us, so we started with an appetizer of Beer na Beer in the one liter bottle. It was about 1pm. The sponsor of the Viewing Deck Restaurants is Asia Brewery, so they do not sell San Miguel Beer Products. Beer na Beer, Manila Beer, Colt 45 and Coors Light is available. Of course, Coors and Coors Light are American beers but they are now brewed in the Philippines by Asia Brewery. 

Sinigang

Sinigang, Filipino soup, was the first dish of our meal. This sinigang had a tamarind base and the meat was lison fish. It also included onions, tomatoes, kangkong or water spinach, long green beans, eggplant and green chili pepper. This sinigang was not overly hot and spicy, as it was just right and A#1!

Grilled Pusit

Up next was grilled pusit, or squid, on bamboo skewers. Very tender which is how I rate a good squid dish. I’ve had some squid dishes that was like chewing on a rubber band but these squid were tender and not very chewy.

Grilled Lison Fish

One of my favorite native fish is Lison. I really enjoy it best deep fried, whole, but grilled well also rocks! Kalmansi, or local lime, kicks up the taste of grilled fish and other dishes. I only ran across two small bones in the Lison, so it was a nice fillet.

Randy and Me

Randy is my best Filipino friend and here we are on the Deck. My lovely wife was busy taking the photos and we never did get a shot of her at Viewing Deck of Punta Taytay!

If you are looking for inexpensive, quality Filipino style seafood, check out the Viewing Deck at Punta Taytay. There are many restaurants to choose from. It has a nice view of the sea and it is on the way to Villa Rosa Beach.