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?


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.

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.


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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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

Puppy Seal of Approval:

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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


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?

  1. 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!


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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!


Entry Number 014: Coffee Boost for the Caffeine Dependent

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!


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.

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