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~ ❤ 


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.

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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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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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.

Quest for the GUITUBDAN FALLS, Barangay Ara-al , La Carlota City

Puppy Mood: Needing some recharge of positivism!

Puppy Facts:


La Carlota City is a 4th class city of Negros Occidental, Negros Island Region. The city is about 45.9 kms via San Enrique route and about 43.2 kilometers  using the Maao, Bago City route from Bacolod City can be reached at about an hour and a half with a public transport. Legend has it that she was well-loved by the natives for her social works so that they named their settlement after her when it was created as a municipality near the end of the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines. In line with the Spanish practice of adding an article before a proper noun, “La Carlota” became its official name.

Destination Landmark Rates
Ø  Ceres South Terminal –          You can ride San Agustin Jeep or Taxi from any point of Bacolod City. –          Php 7.00
Ø  Bacolod – La Carlota Trip –          Step off the bus upon arriving at the Ceres Terminal in La Carlota. This will be 45 mins to an hour trip. –          Php 35-50.00
Ø  La Carlota to Sitio Guintubdan, Barangay Ara-al –          Ride a Tricycle going to the “ TINDAHAN” or market. Ride the jeep going to Guintubdan. You will be dropped off in the Pavilion where the main reception is located. –          Tricycle Ride : Php 10.00

–          Jeep ride: Php 50.00

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Conquer the falls Guintubdan!!!
I thought it was an easy feat but noooooo…. Walking about 143 steps down and up again for the 1st falls was feat! Make sure you pack light and bring a small water bottle with you. Enjoy the scenery! The cool wind and shades provided by the trees will make everything tolerable.


The feeling is so rewarding when you strived hard for something and that was exactly how we feel when trekking through every falls of Guintubdan. Take the plunge in each of the 7 falls and enjoy the cool waters and pollution free environment.

But little reminder: As much as we are there to enjoy. Let us do our share to keep everything clean by not leaving trash behind. There are plenty of collecting bins where we can dispose them.


Party: This is a family spot. Just be careful of small kids and puppers with you if you plan to trek all the way through the falls.

Rates: Entrance fee for the pavilion or camp sites is PhP 20.00 for adult and PhP 10.00 for kids. Those who would like to stay for a night, check in time is from 2:00pm until 6:00pm and check out time is at 12:00nn.

  • Family Room – Php1,500.00 per day (good for 4-6 persons)
    • Standard Room – Php1,000.00 per day (good for 2 persons)
    •             Extension Room – Php1,000.00 per day (good for 3 persons)
    •             Annex Room – Php600.00 per day (good for 3-6 persons)
    •             Additional beddings – Php100.00 per person per day
    •             in excess of room capacity – entrance fee will be charged
    •             picnic table – Php100.00 per table


Puppy Mood: Out exploring while we have time!


Puppy Facts:

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.


Destination Landmark Rates
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

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday




5:30-6:30pm 5:30-6:30pm 5:30-6:30pm 5:30-6:30pm 5:30-6:30pm 5:30-6:30pm



Puppy Mood: Needing some recharge of positivity!

Puppy Facts:

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Exploring the Hidden Beauty of PATA-AN FALLS, Mailum, Barangay Maao, Negros Occidental

Puppy Mood: Out exploring while we have time!

Puppy Facts:

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.

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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.


Destination Landmark Rates
South Bound Ceres bound to:

Barrio Ma-ao

> 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.