Entry Number 018: A Remedy for Asian Fusion Food Cravings

Have you ever had that day that you specifically craved something?
Well, this pupper did.

SAMOSA!!!! These fried or baked dish with a savoury filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, macaroni, noodles, cheese, minced lamb or minced beef. Pine nuts can also be added. Its size and consistency may vary, but typically it is distinctly triangular or tetrahedral in shape then paired with tamarind dip~

EAST BITES RESTAURANT located at Door 2, Eastwest Ext, Circumferencial Road, Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City is just perfect place for these cravings~

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They also serve indonesian, indian, thai and vietnamese food.

Price ranges from Php65 to Php85 for the samosa~

Have you tried this nomnom?

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Reliving the Love Story of The RUINS, Talisay City, Negros Occidental

Puppy Mood: Feeling the Love in the Air during the month of hearts~ ❤

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Puppy Facts:

Built during the Spanish colonial era, Mariano Ledesma was an attractive young bachelor who owned a 440-hectare plantation in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. In one of his travels to Hongkong, he saw a young, beautiful Portuguese lady from Macau, Doña Maria Braga. It was like they were made for each other so it didn’t take long for Mariano to ask Maria’s father for her hand in marriage.

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Blessed with 10 children, Mariano and Maria lived a life everyone could hope for. Unfortunately, Maria during her 11th pregnancy slipped in their bathroom causing her to bleed and miscarry. Mariano, sent his horseman to fetch the physician for her but the good doctor is about 2 days away. During the 4-day wait, he exhausted all his resources and personally sought for his wife needs. By the time the doctor arrived, Maria and the baby already passed away.

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The brokenhearted and engulfed with grief Mariano thought of building a mansion in honor of his wife. The project would be the salve of his broken heart and reminder of his beloved Maria for the rest of his life. His plan was well supported by his father-in-law and provided Mariano of additional funds and high-quality materials. He even assigned his son, Felipe, to oversee the construction of their new home.

It was later, burnt down by the American colonial masters during the World War II to prevent its use as military office by the invading Japanese forces. It burnt for 3 long days to its current empty cement shell.

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Puppy Seal of Approval:

Love is in the Air as it is February – the month of Love. What is more fitting but to visit a place where love has been cemented and lived for all the years. Those walls were built with the love of that special someone, a wife, a mother and family. It is only fitting to be called the “Taj Mahal of Negros/Philippines”.

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The picturesque grounds and the mansion itself has been a popular spot for prenuptial photo shoots movies and alike. The building became such a strong symbol of culture and history. Indeed, your visit in Negros is not complete if you haven’t seen this piece of art.

I would suggest you either come really early in the morning so you can have the place for yourself or witness the beautiful sunset in this romantic place.

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Rating:
Travel party: Great for choice for family and barkada trip! Perfect instagram worthy place~

Budget: Entrance fee are as follows:  PHP100 adults, PHP 50 students and PHP20 children. There are many tricycle from North Ceres terminal that goes to The Ruins for at least Php 50 per person. Parking space would require you to pay at least Php20 for light vehicles.

Trip: Day-trip! It is open to daily visitors from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

2018 Planner! Now Where to Next?

So every year, the quest for the perfect planner that works for the lifestyle of mum and I poses a challenge. This year, we planned to have more Puppy Adventures for 2018. We have a little windows for travel so we are like on an assignment! It is amazing that we found a planner that have that in mind~ With the year of the Earth Dog as a Chinese Lunar Year turns – how much more good vibes could you ask for?

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#WhereToNext2018 came up with this planner having every travelling puppers in mind with a theme of #OnAssignment. With a sleek brown leather cover with embossed branding and it is just the perfect size of our Tablet, it fits perfectly in our travel bag too!

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Having a dotted journal gives you enough creative freedom to design your pages to fit for your needs. And they have included more than enough pages for you to scribble down your travel itinerary and plans~ Inside you have a map of the Philippines that you can color or shade in order to see if you have visited all the 81 provinces~

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Full span pictures in between months are beautiful~ I love this page. It reminds me to listen to mum~

January and February pages are all swamped already! We are looking forward for the rest of the year and each of ’em pages will contain a documentation of our fun filled 2018! I commend those people behind this creation. Proud to be Pinoy and love the hearts poured in to this.

Shout out to my friends @laranovales2 and @Lukecepheid for being equally planner geeks like us. It pays to have these bunch. They understand the importance of having a planner that works for our lifestyle. Do check out their pages~

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Do you keep a planner too?
Do share your planner ideas in the comments below~

Happy puppy!
Happy Chinese New Year!!

Entry Number 016: Craving that Piece of Ilocos

When we are asked for something iconic about Ilocos – Mom and I would answer you, ILOCOS EMPANADA. Farina’s Ilocos Empanada serves these babies freshly made and piping hot in the heart of the city to appease the growling stomachs of Manilenos.

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The crust is made from rice flour or galapong crust with grated green papaya inside. Chorizo Bilbao, Crispy Bagnet, egg and bean sprouts were later added. Now pair that with spicy Sukang Iloko (Ilocano Vinegar) – that, my puppy trippers, is a picture of a perfect snack.

Price Range: Php 80-150

Though we are still to feature the one from Batac, for now this will do.

Have you tried Ilocos Empanada?

Bathing in Comforting Presence of OUR LADY OF MANAOG CHURCH, Pangasinan

Puppy Mood: Off to see more pretty churches!

Puppy Facts:

The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag, located on top of a hill in the town, has been canonically affiliated with the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome since June 2011. The parish encompassing Manaoag and the surrounding towns is administered by the Order of Preachers under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. It was officially declared a Basilica on February 17, 2015.

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Some of the miracles attributed to Our Lady of Manaoag are depicted in murals inside the church’s transepts and nave. The Paschal Chapel beside the south flank of the church has icons of the Black Nazarene similar to that of the Quiapo Church, the Santo Entierro (Dead Christ), and other statues of the Virgin Mary. The sanctuary on the left side of the main entrance has a large image of the Crucified Christ.
 

Destination Landmark Rates
Dagupan Bus  to Manaoag Shrine.

 

 

 

Hourly departure from Trinoma: Trips starts at 5am

 

There are 2 major stop overs for wee-wee breaks: Dau bus terminal and SM Rosales.

Php 314 per head

 

Puppy Seal of Approval:

I love my mum!!! Can I be more obvious about it? I love my Grandmum and the Mother of all Christians out there, Mama Mary!

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So when we had some time we went on to one of the most visited churches named after the Blessed Mother. Our Lady of Manaog has been known for the number of prayers that has been answered through her intersessions.

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If you come by and visit Mama Mary, you should really at least has half a day here. There could be a large number of devotees who regularly attend masses here. Spend time to go all the way up the image of Mama Mary where you can have some time for yourself and your prayers with her.

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More than just being able to touch the mantle of the image, you can appreciate the effort, talent and culture surrounding this place. Both locals and pilgrims came together making this place both a spiritual home and a tourist spots that helped the people a lot.

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Puppy Reminder: Faith is not about how many churches you visited, or candles you lit. Faith is also not about how you call your god, or how you call yourselves. Faith is about having that relationship with Him – regardless of the race and name you know Him of. It is about love and respect of our brothers and sisters. Let us not limit our growth in faith and love limited by the four walls and high ceilings of places of faith.

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Rating:
Travel party: Great for choice for family trip! This is a good chance for every family to educate their children.

Budget: Going to the place is free. However, finding a parking space might cause you 50pesos at least. Fare per person would range about Php 500

Trip: Day-trip! Check the following mass schedules so you can pace your trip.
Daily Mass starts at 5:00am every hour until 12nn.

Entry Number 015: Padding around Thailand for Pad Thai

A visit of any backpacking pupper in Bangkok should include a trip along Khao San Road. But along this side of the city, you must have a take on a serving of an authentic, street served piping hot Pad Thai!

Pad thai is a stir-fried dish with soaked dried rice noodles, which are served with with eggs and chopped firm tofu, and is flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar and served with lime wedges and often chopped roasted peanuts. It is topped by shrimp, chicken, crab meat or squid.

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I swear this is so yummy! Served hot and ready for nomnom time is the best!

Along Khao San or within China Town in Bangkok, there are many eatery who serve this dish for only 80-150Baht. There are more fancy version in hotels and restaurants but hey… where is the fun in that?

Have you tried eating one of these??

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