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Entry Number 021: Homey Place like Grandma’s

They said that more than the food, the place makes a meal worthwhile. Memories that can be invoked by warm food is always something you can never ignore.

BALAY BINTANA in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City reminds me grandma’s home cooked meals and her living room. From the stained glass windows, lined dog-earned books, wooden sets and colorful mosaiced floors it will make you think if you have been transported back in your grandma’s little cantina.

You and your friends can come are play a good ol boardgame while enjoying your meals. They even have a book exchange so that you can give your old reads a new vibe and pick a new one for yourself. Woof~ Talking about how to be off your phones are doing an actual conversation.

My personal favorite is the Sate babe. Skewered marinated pork served with peanut butter sauce is a bacolodnon’s take of the these goodies. The sweetness and texture of peanut butter is a must try.


** Heads up for those allergic to peanuts!!! **


Entry Number 020: Magic Potion Lemonade

Magic. Nothing better that having to experience it in real life – with the help of chemistry. ^_^

SHED TWENTY THREE located in Hilado St, Bacolod, 6100 Negros Occidental. This a new place opened and is already creating a buzz. They take pride with their good food, rustic ambiance and color changing lemonade!! So this fluffer is so excited to try it out!


The food is great!!! Prices are reasonable too~


And the magic of lemonade color changing thing!!! Lookie~


Unleashing My Inner Legolas at DMZ, Quezon City

Puppy Mood: Feeling like Legolas~


Testing out the bow~

Puppy Facts:

DMZ means DeMilitarized Zone. This is an 18 meter span standard indoor fully air-conditioned archery range that caters those who are seriously pursuing the art, people who would like to get the feels of wielding a bow or those who would like to be Legolas for a few hours.


Located in heart of Quezon City, people doesn’t need to go far to experience this.


Grabbed from their FB page~ 


Puppy Seal of Approval:

Someone asked me, what do I do if we are not travelling.

Do I end up getting bored at home?
I replied saying, who said our adventures ever stopped?


One weekend, my mom and her brother brought me to a place where we can learn about archery. And what makes you learn better?

  • Hold that bow and Shoot some arrows!
    • This place are equipped to the brim to help you learn your basics and they have equally competent staff to assist you every step of the way. They will give you 10-15 mins of orientation so can be sure of a safe and fun-filled experience.
  • Take time to adjust to the bow and the technique.
    • It feels weird to hold the arrow and the technique to pull the strings. You have to understand that you will probably start questioning your visual acuity after a few tries but it is just a learning curve. You will get a hang of it.


  • Keep calm and just enjoy the whipping of the wind as your arrows fly.
    •  Weirdly enough, this art takes so much focus that your mind pushes other thing out and zero in the experience. It is calming but trainig your mind at the same time.

Proud of my mum!!!

Follow the staff’s instructions! Tell them your concern and don’t just go ahead with whatever that comes to mind. They only have your safety as their priority so safety first.


Mum regrets nothing~ ❤ 


We are back in Bangkok, Thailand!!!For this special entry of Puppy Nomnoms, Mom and I will feature our TOP 5 FAVORITE STREET FOOD BUYS IN BANGKOK!!!

It is said that if you want any travel to count, you must wear your comfy clothes then walk the backstreets to experience their  local street foods. Not only you get to see the people and how they live their lives, you also see diverse cultures converge for a common love of food.


YES! Food! Like any budget puppy trippers out there, everyone would agree that you get to save a lot of money this way. And  you get to be up-close and personal with these amazing people for a day. So off we go and explore the streets of Yaowarat, where come nightfall, the main thoroughfare in Bangkok’s Chinatown transform into street food haven.


TOP 5: Spring Rolls (Poh Pia Tod,  ปอเปี๊ยะทอด)

For only 10-15 Baht, you get to eat a wide variety of skewered treats from Spring rolls, mushrooms, spicy sausages and tofu deep fried into golden perfection in giant woks. But among these, our favorite is the Deep fried Spring rolls. This is Thailand’s take on the iconic Asian spring roll. It is mostly made from glass (mung bean) noodles, bean sprouts, wood ear mushrooms and shredded carrot with meat of choice.


TOP 4: Mixed Fruit Smoothie (Nam Pban Ponlamai Ruam)

Mom and I love these. The finest seasonal tropical fruits blended with ice and sweet coconut water makes for the finest and freshest treat ever. From Banana, pineapple, watermelon. kiwi, dragon fruit – they have it!


TOP 2:  Grilled Pork (Moo Ping, หมูปิ้ง)

These tasty treats can be found at smokey roadside grills which occupy Bangkok’s streets. Delicious bite-sized cuts of pork meat are marinated, skewered then barbecued on the Bangkok Street Food grills. The marinade consists of oyster sauce, dark soy, coconut milk, garlic and palm sugar. The early morning vendors grill and sizzle these sticks over fiery charcoals until the meat starts to caramelise.


TOP 1: Thai Fried Noodles (Pad Thai, ผัดไทย)

Our top fave! We never miss our chance to eat a nice pipping hot Pad Thai! The basic Pad Thai comes as stir fried egg noodles with beansprouts, egg and other Thai flavourings such as dry shrimp. The dish is simple, flavorsome and a serving of Thai signature flavours added with squeeze over lime or sprinkle some chili flakes. Ground peanuts also give it more crunch.



We love food! We love to experience it by the streets, up close and personal. So we still have a few more food articles that, I must say, grab a spot in my runner-upper! Woof~

a. Oh I love these breads~ you have 18 spread to choose from!!! Best eaten when still warm and fluffy. I don’t know what exactly they are called but – I love them! We ate em all!


b. Khanom bueang or their version of crepes are precious!!! They have the sweet which has sweetened coconuts and caramel or the savory one~


c. Pork Rind – this is their version of Chicharon! We usually bring these babies home for pasalubong!


Bangkok, Thailand has been a hub of different cultures and food. Expect to see more of these food selection to choose from since they have everything and anything somewhere! Woof!!!


How about you?

What is your top street food from Bangkok?

Tell us about it!

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~


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

Price ranges from Php65 to Php85 for the samosa~

Have you tried this nomnom?


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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?


#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!


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~


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~


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

Happy puppy!
Happy Chinese New Year!!