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.


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?


Thailand 1: “Sa Wat Dee, Pup” everyone!

Puppy Moods: feeling elated for going international

Greetings, Puppy trippers! This will be a 5 part blog special of our trip from Bangkok, Thailand. We will be kicking off these series with introduction of Thailand- the country, it’s people and their culture- all in a point of view of this small puppy. Woof!

Puppy Facts:

Thailand or officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand is formerly called as Siam. This bustling country is smacked in the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia. With a total area of approximately 513,000 km2 (198,000 sq mi), Thailand is the world’s 51st-largest country. It is the 20th-most-populous country in the world, with around 66 million people. The capital and largest city is Bangkok.

Puppy Seal of Approval:

Mom and I always loved learning about cultures. We love to blend in and experience the lives of the people wherever we go. We enjoy walking and talking with the locals so we can live to tell the tales in the hope that we could help you out when it is your turn to visit Thailand.


Thai are very welcoming to foreign noobs in their city. The country is actually aware that tourism rakes in the money for their country’s economy so they are quite used to the fact that there are many of us, foreigners, frolicking around. They are very respectful and more than willing to help out when you ask them. With that said, Thai people are least likely to approach you first. If you need assistance and directions, there are Tourist Help Desk or Toursit Police in all railway stations, malls  and major spots in the city- and I am not joking with the ALL. They can direct you where you are and how to get to wherever. When all else fail, check the map and ask the locals.

Be warned of overly assertive people though, you will just be shocked you are being pulled to wherever and asked to pay outrageous prices and fees.


How else can you perfectly blend in but knowing a little of their languange? Knowing simple Thai would hit you good bargain deals and help from the locals if you need to. Here are some commonly used lines that mom used when we were going around:

  • Hello / Good bye = Sawadee Krahp/Kah (Krap for a male speaker, Kah for a female speaker – add these to the end of each statement to be polite)  This statement can be both “Hello” and “Goodbye”
  • Yes = Chai
  • No = Mai chai
  • Thank you = Kop Khun Krahp/Kah
  • You’re welcome = Mai Pen Rai  
  • Do you speak english = Poot ang grit daai mai
  • Delicious = Aroy /Alloy
  • How much is it = Tao Rai
  • A bit expensive = Paeng pai
  • Discount a little =  Lok Rakka dai mai

Religion and Culture:

Thailand’s  population is mostly Theravada Buddhism. It is an integral part of Thai identity and culture. They are amongst the highest in the world in terms of participation in Buddhism. You will see many beautiful Buddist temples and small altars where people can drop by and pray. You have to stop and appreciate these beautiful architechtures.

Note Worthy: Keeping these in mind, Thai are very particular of these religious places. We are mandated to wear proper attires (no sleevesless, shorts and slippers) in the compound. And in the event that you would want to enter a temple, please be reminded to take off you shoes and conduct yourselves properly(no shouting, no running or touching the relics). Be wary of certain rules like, no flash when taking pictures, do not sit, stand or step on the platform where the monks are occupying during prayers. 


Food there is amazing and caters to all – if not, most of the gastonomic adventurers out there. From snackings to little critters to surprisingly cheap not-so-weird food. You name it. you just have to look for them. I will be posting a seperate Puppy Nomnom entries for my Thai Foodie experience. 

Welcome to Puppy Nomnoms

Dear Beloved Food lovers,

Bacolod City is known as the “Food Tester City” or the “ Food Central” due to the variety of local businesses showcasing their  own twists in food we all learned to love. Many foods from different influences are found in different side of the city making sure to cater for all the cravings of even the most finicky eater. At the same time, Bacolod is the sugar bowl of the Philippines. Sugar and its derivatives being the major product of the island, it is a must that this city is definitely part of the stop of every sweet tooth out there.

That being said, Puppy Trails Ph will be on a quest to find food that would perk-up those taste buds of man and woofers alike.  This section of the blog will be focused on the food. Puppy and friends tend to sniff out some really nice nomnoms so we will share our gastronomic experiences here.

If by any chance that you were able to visit any place we will be able to feature, please don’t hesitate to let us know your experience in the comment sections.

We are also open for suggestions! If you’d like us to try a new place or new food, please don’t hesitate to give us a heads up!

Looking forward to hear from all of you!



Puppy Trails Ph