Wooof! Has it been a year already?
Indeed time flies! I know It is quite late but…..
2017 was a challenge. It was very hard for both mum and I. However, looking back, it has only made our family stronger and grew in faith. Would you let puppy run his little tongue and share a little about our year?
- FIRST INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION!!! I never felt so small in this huge huge world. Good thing I got mum. She taught me how to prepare for this and we went all over Bangkok, Thailand~ It will always have a special space in my heart. BUT!! We won’t stop there! Mum’s brother promised that we will have more trips soon enough! We are looking forward to it! I hope we can meet some of you too!
- BUSY BUSY PAWRENT. Mum warm me that come May 2017, she will be very busy. She had barely some time to sleep – all the more for trips. We weren’t able to post much then because of her schedule. You ask why? Let us say, mum is running after a dream. And I am equally proud and supportive of her endeavors. All these are for me and our more trips to come.
- AN ANGEL IN PAPA GOD’S ARMY. Mum and I lost a great person but subsequently gained an angel to look after us while we take every step towards our goals. Mum’s dad, or my GrandPawrent (lolo) passed away September last year. Being in out of ICU and the hospital – as we see him slowly wither away from a big strong man that we know was so hard for us. It really took a blow on mum. She made sure all comfort and management possible and afforded be given to him but still… his body succumbed to the disease. We will always remember you GrandPawpa. I will take care for mum and everybody like you always does.
- GROWING IN FRIENDSHIPS AND WISDOM AMIDST OF CHALLENGES. We have gained many opportunities and more friends. Remember when we thought we lost our WordPress account? and then someone hacked out IG account? Good thing we got great friends who helped us to start back up.
So now we are ushering a new year!!! TO all of you who have been part of our 2017 – WE CAN NEVER BE MORE GRATEFUL.
Like what mum always say, “Things happen for a reason. You can’t control what life throws at you – but you can control how you react. Ultimately, it will be the basis of your results.”
2018 is the Year of the Dog!
What more positive signs you need?
It is our year, Puppy Trippers!!!!
I hope we could share more adventures together!!
I would love to hear for you! Woof!
Every lives of the sleep deprived worked to the ground and adrenaline pumping humans like my mom deserve a good cup of coffee to boost. Like what my mom always said, "No cup of coffee was created equal. Some are cheap. Some are bad. Some are passable. Some are infused with love. Some are just made like they were handcrafted by a god." From the beans that were roasted to perfection, the perfect timed and pressured process -all the way to the beautiful crema on top and the temperature when you finally get to consume it; they are some of the many elements that makes a great coffee experience. So mom grabbed a cup in Coffee Culture Roastery along Alijis Road and it was one for the books.
You see, my mum is a full espresso coffee junkie so she knows her cup. As a pupper I can’t consume coffee because it is not good for me but mum never failed to teach me these things.
Coffee from pure arabica beans partnered by a rustic interior, this is a great place to work on blogs, meet friends and enjoy that boost of caffeine.
They have wide assortments of pastries that goes with your coffee so you can nibble on cakes while you go ahead with your day.
A good cup of espresso is only Php 70. All the better!!
Good price for a good cup.
How about you?
Are you a coffee warrior like mum too?
Puppy Mood: Out exploring while we have time!
Pambansang Dambana at Parokya ni Santo Padre Pio , commonly known as Padre Pio Shrine, is a parish church and pilgrimage site situated at Brgy. San Pedro, Santo Tomas, Batangas, Philippines. Standing proud with its roof resembling a “salakot”, a traditional Filipino hat used by farmers and fishermen in their respective agricultural activities as their protection against heat and rains – this is surely one for the books for pilgrims in the Philippines and around the world.
|Going to Lucena City
– JAM, Lucena Lines, JAC and DLTB
|> Any point in QC and manila, you just have to find a bus to Lucena
> Travel is approx. 2-3 hours.
> Tell the driver to drop you off at Padre Pio Shrine
|Php 100-150 per head
Puppy Seal of Approval:
Have you ever implored for something so fervently that it makes your heart flutter after you knelt down and pray? Being in a place where you can be surrounded by people who also have their hearts heavy with love and praise feels comforting. So with this, the puppertripper stamp our seal of approval on the following:
- A celebration. Padre Pio has been known for healing masses and prayers for special intentions. When you come here, make sure you check the mass schedule. We recommend not to miss the chance to celebrate the sacrament with your Pawmilies here. There is something about the place where solemn prayers are whispered that it soothes the troubled heart. The beautiful well-lighted high-ceiling church would take away the usual constricting feeling of traditional churches. Beautiful religious images surround the place so take time to see them.
- A wish and a promise. There is the wall where people put on their locks and rosaries as a forever reminder of their wishes and promises in this place. Though it is not a reassurance for anything, but for a person who has been heavily laden with their problems and challenges they face – anything would make them feel better.
- A pause from all the hustle. Mom has been so busy. We are equally guilty of not being able to fulfill our spiritual duties due to the demands of work, school and family. Mom would say that it was never an excuse but human (and pupper) as we are… we come short. I would usually see mom dragging herself home and then taking a bath then sleep off because she was so tired. She would always tell me that we would go for a puppytrip when things get a little bit bearable. So on trips like these, give your adrenaline pumps a vacay and pause. It is a time where we can just pause and reconnect with Papa God.
Travel party: Great for choice for family trip! The compound is big so there are a lot of things that can be visited. It is a good spot for children and puppers too!
Budget: It cost us 150 for the bus fare and no entrance fee in Padre Pio. If you plan to bring a car, there is a paid parking space for only 50 pesos.
Trip: Day-trip! Check the following mass schedules so you can pace your trip.
Something unique in Bacolod are foodstops featuring “SuTuKil”. It is the short cut for “SUgba” (grill), “TUla” (soup) and “KILaw” (Fish Ceviche). These three ways of cooking are always the blockbuster in any Ilonggo buffet.
Now imagine this… SuTuKil – SEAFOOD STYLE!!!!! Wooooofff~~~ **Tail wagging**
Me and mum love sea foods! We practically eat whatever we see food that is sea food! Get it? Get it?
Diotay’s Eatery located in 12th st., Gatuslao Bacolod City 6100 is just the place to be. From Scallops, big fishes, squids, crabs and prawns, they have it. You can buy the fresh supplies and have them cooked right then and there.
What is your favorite? This pupper loves the Grilled Blue Marlin and the Calamares.
Have you tried eating here?
Puppy Mood: Needing some recharge of positivity!
There are only two predominantly Roman Catholic nations in Asia, Philippines is one and the other being, East Timor. Philippines have been ranked as the third largest Roman Catholic country in the world and stays as a conservative to the religion. Roughly 82.9% of the population of the country professes Catholicism.
Christianity in the Philippines was introduced by Spanish missionaries and colonists, who arrived in waves beginning in the early 16th century in Cebu. It has been deeply embedded in the culture of most Filipinos ever since. This is very much displayed with varied beautiful churches all over the country. Every province brags of their churches as it serves an emblem of their heritage.
Puppy Seal of Approval:
This pupper has out! Mom said we get to visit pretty churches during break. Every puppy tripper must spend time to thank Papa God for all the blessings and the safe trips we had. So here are my Top 5 favorite Bisita Iglesia (Church Visits) for 2017! Click the linkies to see the detailed puppy trip! Woof!
- Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, popularly known as Simala Shrine or Simala Church, is a castle-like church located in Marian Hills of upper Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu. Boasting its architecture that is like straight from a Harry Potter set – it is both a place for devotees and tourist alike.
- Pambansang Dambana at Parokya ni Santo Padre Pio , commonly known as Padre Pio Shrine, is a parish church and pilgrimage site situated at Brgy. San Pedro, Santo Tomas, Batangas, Philippines. Standing proud with its roof resembling a “salakot”, a traditional Filipino hat used by farmers and fishermen in their respective agricultural activities as their protection against heat and rains – this is surely one for the books for pilgrims in the Philippines and around the world.
- Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in Manaoag, Pangasinan. It houses the ivory image which bears its title since 16th century and is presently enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag. Many devotees of the blessed mother comes to this place with their prayers in their hearts.
- Regina Rosarii Institute of Contemplation in Asia or more commonly known as Regina RICA. A 71-foot-tall statue of the Queen of the Holy Rosary oversee this place with a church that held regular healing masses for those who would have a breathe of peace away from the hustle of the city.
- Our Lady of the Philippines Monastery is the only Trappist monastery in the country is located in Guimaras. It was founded in 1972 where about 35 monks lives in the monastery who held masses with the parish priest. This self-sustaining monastery produces a number of products, selling under the brand “Trappist Monastic Products”, includes their pineapple and mango jams, that is definitely something to take home. Guimaras is famous for its sweet golden Philippine mangos.
Mom said that there are even more beautiful churches out there and we are not even half on one province. Mum promised not just churches but Mosques and temples. For now, these are my favorite stops.
Visiting these places of worship, my mom taught me a very important lesson. Mum and I maybe Catholic but we should never see anybody for the religion they practice, habit they wear or the name they call their god. Respect is the key for peace to happen. We should find it in our hearts to see the beauty of each culture and the heart of what they profess.
How about you puppy trippers out there?
Can you send me a picture of a nearby pretty church or house of worship that is close by?
Maybe we can get to visit it soon.
Have you ever felt that craving of something in particular?
Mom grew up in Manila. She told me that there is this type of pancit that has been popularized in Malabon and it taste delish~ ❤ Apparently, there is a place in Bacolod that serves the in famous Pancit Malabon and it is close to legit.
Tita’s Beth Pancit Malabon is located along Lacson Street nearby Rolling Hills. This savoury noodle dish that originated in the City of Malabon. It resembles the Pancit Palabok but instead of meat – an array of seafood toppings, egg and chicharon on the traditional tough and thick rice noodles distinguishes this dish.
Price ranges from Php 75 (solo serving) to Php 600 for hefty serving for groups~
All the love for food that we miss!<3
Have you ever tried this one before?
Puppy Mood: Out exploring while we have time!
Sitio Pata-an is a quaint little town hiding in the outskirts of the Barangay Maao. It’s best to ask for directions from the locals because the road going there is unpaved. The ride going there was not a smooth one. Most of the dirt roads are left rough and unkempt.
A guard stays in a small waiting shed that serves as their entrance. As you go in, you are led by a winding pathway to the pool and overnight cottages.
|South Bound Ceres bound to:
|> It is approximately 1 hours of travel.
||Php 25-35 per head
|Barrio Maao – Pata-an
||> There are tricycles/habal-habal going to Pataan. They are parked along the road near the Terminal of Ceres Liners – by the marketplace. Ask the locals which one is going to PATA-AN.
||Php 50 per head
Puppy Seal of Approval:
A day out with mom with a nice weather is great! Pata-an Falls is a stop for puppertrippers who just want to sit and commune with nature. There is no signal there so be prepared of being detached from civilization which is FUR-fect for anyone who doesn’t want their boss calling them. Woof~~
Pata-an falls doesn’t form a belly – which is very unique. The water falls on a unique rock formation where people can lounge and enjoy a massage from the downpour. The falls provides a cool refreshing mist in the surrounding area that is sure to extinguish the heat from any summer. ❤
What I love about this place is the old century tree that stands near the base of the falls. It provides the shade and a picturesque background for your Instagram worthy pictures! Woof!
Travel party: Great for everyone!!! It is accessible by commuting or by those big cars for families. This place is pretty much straightforward and safe for little puppers and children alike.
Budget: Entrance is Php 50 per head. Day trip cottages range from Php 250-500.
Trip: Day-trip and overnighters. Overnight rooms would be Php 1500 to 2500.