May 1, 2015

PSPCA : Your Friendly Pet Shelter and Affordable Pet Clinic

PSPCA stands for Pet Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and they've been around since 1904 to protect and promote the welfare of every animals in the Philippines. It's also a pet shelter and a pet clinic in one roof.

PSPCA Pet Shelter and Clinic
Photo above is the PSPCA Arch in front of University of the East, get inside the compound to locate the PSPCA Clinic shown at the photo below
The clinic is open everyday and usually close during holidays. Operating hours as follow:

Monday - Friday > 8:00AM to 4:30PM
Saturday > 7:00AM - 10:30AM / 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Sunday > 7:00AM - 10:30AM

Contact No is (02) 7339427

PSPCA Pet Shelter and Clinic
Newly renovated PSPCA

Thanks to PSPCA! Our dogs' medical bills were reduced to more than a half. There was a time when we spent a thousand a week for 3 mos in this popular pet clinic to find a cure for our dog's skin problems that proved ineffective in the long run despite the expensive treatment. PSPCA clinic is the wiser choice whenever our furbabies have health issues and vaccination needs. Their rates are very affordable and you can expect their doctors and staffs to provide the utmost care for your pets.


PSPCA is located at C.M. Recto directly in front of the University of the East. Exact address is 2044 C.M. Recto, Quiapo, Manila.
PSPCA Pet Shelter and Clinic
Map of PSPCA

They had a renovation last quarter of 2014 to improve their services and facilities. Their new look and feel is a welcome sight. I really don't mind if they slightly increased their fees because of this. Although, I would appreciate more if there will be more attending doctors to accommodate more patients faster and lessen the waiting time.

better services and facilities and new rates

PSPCA CLINIC FEES (as of February 1, 2015)


Clinic Fee - PhP 120
Laboratory (Stool Exam/Skin Scraping) - PhP 75


4 IN 1 (Novibac) - PhP 330
5 IN 1 (Recombitek C6) - PhP 330
6 IN 1 (Eurican LR) - PhP 480
Anti Rabies - PhP 220
Kennel Cough - PhP 300


Toy and Small Breed - PhP 2500
Medium Breed - PhP 3000 - 3500
Large Breed - PhP 4500 - 6000


PhP 800 - 2500


PhP 800 - 1500


Cats -PhP 800
Dogs - PhP 1000 - 1500


PhP 1000 - 2000

A Piece of Advise ....

A piece of advise to those planning a visit to PSPCA, expect a long line and long waiting time (like 3 hrs). As soon as you arrived, register at the front desk and then wait for your number to be called. I suggest go there as early as you can, possibly be there just before the clinic opens. Most likely, the volume of people is not as heavy as the afternoon crowd and you and your pet can find a comfortable spot to rest while waiting. As a preventive measure, I usually distance my dog to other sick pets to prevent possible contamination of deadly viral diseases like parvo and distemper. 

There are usually 4 attending doctors, 1 of which is assigned to vaccinations.

I just wish every pet owners and pet lovers can have easy access to all services of PSPCA. Maybe more PSPCA clinic branches and shelters in the future? I hope!

Apr 5, 2015

NEPAL : Humans of Bhaktapur

The moment I set foot in this cultural capital of Nepal, I knew what I have to do: capture the beauty of the humans of Bhaktapur (inspired by the Humans of New York ;D ...). And so I did, while in such a short stay, captured a glimpsed of life for some of them living in this ancient city that dates back to the early 8th century.

With an area that spreads out to almost 7 square kilometers and 1401 meters above sea level, Bhaktapur gives shelter to almost 100 thousand people. The humans of Bhaktapur are mostly peasants, businessmen, handicraft producers and public employees. Majority of them are either Hindus or Buddhists that exist in harmony despite the differences in beliefs. The main identifiers of the city are yoghurt, the black cap (bhadgaule topi), black saree (haku patasi), and pottery and handicrafts.

Here, meet My Humans of Bhaktapur ...

They may be a bunch of nosy kids hanging around the Taumadhi Square, checking every tourist who sets foot in their city. However, if you are willing to listen, they carry interesting anecdotes you can learn from.

Humans of Bhaktapur
brotherhood love
I should have jot down her name when I asked her because it totally escapes me now. However, she's one you wont miss if you pass by one of the alleyways of Bhaktapur selling knitted items and donning a beautiful smile and a colorful saree.
Humans of Bhaktapur
lady with a ready smile

To maintain peace and order, the men in uniform are busy commanding their presence.
Humans of Bhaktapur
Nepal Police

Walking around the Durbar Square, this kid approach me and said "Are you from the Philippines?" She mentioned a friend from the Philippines named Katrina. So Katrina, if you happened to see this, she said HI!
Humans of Bhaktapur
"Hi Katrina!"

Just few of the tourists you'll come across enjoying their stroll of this place mostly referred to as a Living Heritage.
Humans of Bhaktapur
one fine day at Bhaktapur

Hardworking humans of Bhaktapur earning their day's worth at the Pottery Square.
Humans of Bhaktapur
at the pottery firing place

He's a Sadhu. In Hinduism, a sadhu is a wandering holy man who have renounced their worldly life, their possessions and their families in search of enlightenment.
Humans of Bhaktapur
a sadhu
They just alighted from their school bus on the way to their homes when I called them and said "hey boys, how's school?" They looked and then smiled when they saw me holding a camera. Apparently, school is fun and they like being photographed.
Humans of Bhaktapur
school boys

In hurried pace with a heavy backload and unmindful of her surroundings, this lady is rightfully minding her own business.
busy Newar
"How much"? I said while pointing to the singing bowls. She seemed lost in thought while holding her baby in her arms.
Humans of Bhaktapur
mother and daughter
They are the beautiful ladies of Heart of Bhaktapur Guesthouse who will gladly assist your every concerns while staying in the city.
Humans of Bhaktapur
beautiful ladies of Heart of Bhaktapur Guesthouse

The nice and unassuming couple who founded SUVADRA, a non profit organization who provides help and care to children with disabilities in Nepal. Together with this, they built Heart of Bhaktapur Guesthouse (where we stayed) to assist in funding the needs of the children's home. By staying with them, you directly support the children.
Humans of Bhaktapur
lovely couple who founded Suvadra and Heart Of Bhaktapur Guesthouse

More than the architectural splendor of  Bhaktapur are the efforts of  the locals to continue to preserve the medieval period charm of this ancient city so that every foreign visitors can experience the lifestyle of centuries back. Regardless of how some might feel like an intrusion to their private lives with the constant clicks of camera thrown their way capturing their way of living, the humans of Bhaktapur have learned to ignore the invasion of their privacy. Tourism is what keeps the city afloat, it's their way of life. Nevertheless, it's always proper to ask and get to know the locals first before hitting that shutter and sharing their stories.

Related Stories :
Malaysia-Nepal Trip Itinerary
Nepal: Finding Beauty Amidst the Mess
Nepal: Caught in a Time Warp at Bhaktapur

Feb 15, 2015

House Decor Finds at Dapitan Arcade

Dapitan Arcade is a treasure trove for homemakers looking for affordable house decors. It's our to go place when hunting for reasonably priced house decors, handicrafts, wood furniture, kitchen wares and even plants and pots. 

We went to Dapitan Arcade last holiday season to look for Christmas decors and some items we could use for our home makeover and we did find some interesting stuffs that aren't usually available at department stores.

Dapitan Arcade
this section is inside Dapitan Arcade

Dapitan ArcadeDapitan Arcade is located at the corner of Kanlaon St and Dapitan St in Quezon City. It's a small building but outside and around the vicinity are several stalls who also sell some of the items you'll find inside but at better prices (well, that depends on your bargaining skills).

Dapitan Arcade
glass wares / ceramic wares / wrought iron crafts / Christmas decors
The area isn't overwhelming unlike Divisoria or Quiapo. You'll probably need 30 minutes to scan the place and source for what you need but most likely you'll stay longer because of the many interesting house decors you spotted while going around.
It's more ideal to bring your car when going at Dapitan Arcade because I'm pretty sure you'll buy things that are more than a handful.
Dapitan Arcade
interesting stuffs, right?

Dapitan Arcade
wood letters

Dapitan Arcade
lamps and vases

Dapitan Arcade
Himalayan Salt Lamps
 I was surprised to find Himalayan Salt Lamps at Dapitan Arcade. I bought one when I went to Nepal. You can find this at the 2nd floor of Dapitan Arcade, the only store on that floor.
Dapitan Arcade
Christmas Decors
Hanging Plant Pots
I've been looking for these hanging pots and luckily find them in the area. However, if you're also sourcing for this now, you can already find them in Divisoria, around Sta Elena and Juan Luna for 15 pesos a piece. I got this here at 20 pesos a piece.

Plants and Herbs

And while you're there, a few steps away from Dapitan Arcade, you can drop by at Suki Market for some fresh market finds. You'll also be surprise to see plenty of sushi shops inside and shabu shabu ingredients offered at more reasonable prices.

Suki Market
Suki Market

Sushi Stores around Suki Market


Dapitan Arcade Map

So, if you're doing a house makeover on a budget, Dapitan Arcade is your best source for affordable house decors.

Jan 6, 2015


While still reeling from exhaustion brought by the holiday season, and with a number of draft posts that can't get past a first paragraph, I realized a more fitting way to start the year is a thank you post to people who made my 2014 extra special. Here's a slideshow to cap my best travel moments of 2014 ... the best year yet!


With that said, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to friends and new found friends I met along the way, who made these experiences extraordinary. To one reader who originally left an intriguing comment in one of my posts and eventually become a friend who challenged me and sponsored two items on my bucket list, Thank You and God bless you always! You truly deserve a special mention :).

Year 2014 brought me to places I once dreamed about. May 2015 bless me with the same fortune and continue to keep me and my family in God's good graces.

To find out more stories about the places I've visited this 2014, please visit the links below:






To all my blog visitors specially the ones reading this post now, I wish you peace of mind and happiness. I may not be able to update my blog as often as I wish but I will try my best to come up with more informative posts to help you with your travel plans.

Here's an insightful quote from one of my fave authors that I'd like to share to everyone.

For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.- F.Scott Fitzgerald, Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Thank You 2014. 

Welcome 2015. 

Let us live each coming day with an attitude of gratitude. God Bless us all. Happy New Year!

Dec 9, 2014

NEPAL : Caught In A Time Warp At BHAKTAPUR

Still bewildered by the turn of events while traversing a dusty road on the way to Bhaktapur. Suspended in thoughts that perhaps getting trapped in a time warp isn't science fiction after all, I glanced at my watch for some reality check - 6:44PM? This early? For a moment, it skipped me that Nepal is in a different time zone. I looked for my phone and it showed 4:29PM Kathmandu. Suddenly, a loud thud totally snapped me back to my senses. Our driver alighted from the vehicle and announced "1500 Nepalese rupees each to enter Bhaktapur". He asked for our passports and our payments  and headed to the right side of the road to process our entrance passes. Hmmm, that's quite steep for an entrance fee, I thought. I heard my companions murmured the same concern. Just hoping all the proceeds from this tourism efforts are fully utilized for the preservation and restoration of this living heritage. 
Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley
1500 Nepalese Rupees for Non SAARC members and 500 NRs for SAARC and Chinese (Entrance fees to Bhaktapur)
Receiving our passes after a few minutes, our driver skillfully navigated the narrow and busy cobblestone streets of Bhaktapur leading to our guesthouse near Taumadhi Square. 

Bhaktapur, Nepal
Scenes while traversing along the narrow cobblestone streets of Bhaktapur
He dropped us off to the nearest possible spot where we had to walk a few meters more along a narrow alleyway passing by residential houses and busy locals tending to their poultry, or their day's produce, until we reached our accommodation for our first night in Nepal - the Heart of Bhaktapur Guesthouse. 
Heart of Bhaktapur Guesthouse
The vibe around this area reminds me of a marketplace scene from my fave TV series, Homeland, well, minus the element of suspense and danger.
As soon as we're settled, we headed out the door and explored this cultural gem, Bhaktapur. It is one of the 3 Royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley, tagged as the cultural capital of Nepal and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its best preserved palace courtyards, rich culture and impressive metal and wood artworks.
Nyatapola Temple at Taumadhi Square
Nyatapola Temple, one of the tallest pagoda style temple and a best example of engineering and architecture of multi roofed and square temples
Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur
A view Taumadhi Square taken from Nyatapola Temple and the Bhairabnath Temple on the left
Overwhelmed by such exotic happenings flashing right before my eyes since we entered Bhaktapur - ancient architecture, impressive Newari arts and crafts, regular folks in their traditional garb, beautiful painted faces and Nepali kids who kept tugging on my shirt, armed with a tale to tell and a request to make, I just kept my GOPRO rolling while mounted on the strap of my sling bag hoping to catch all the scenes that were simultaneously occurring while glued to the viewfinder attending to friends' request for some portrait shots to capture those charmed moments.

Bhaktapur, Nepal
Nepali kids agreeing to pose for my cam

When night time falls, the scent of burning incense lingered in the cold air and the glow of flickering candle lights illuminated our way. 
Taumadhi Square at Night, Bhaktapur

We checked the rooftop Cafe of Sunny Guesthouse just within the vicinity of Taumadhi Square and ordered the traditional Nepalese meal, Dal Bhat (which is by the way very similar to Pinoy's favorite Friday dish called Ginisang Monggo) with Chicken curry and pairing it with Chai Masala Tea to keep the chills at bay while enjoying a night view of Bhaktapur before finally calling it a night. 
Dal (Lentils) Bhat (Steamed Rice)
Sleeping through the night was effortless and waking up to the sounds of roosters crow and religious chants reverberating through the air signaled the start of a new day. While still dark outside and room mates still zzzzing, I grabbed my jacket and trooped into the hotel's rooftop terrace as soon as I realized the sun will rise anytime soon. I always look forward to witnessing the sunrise whenever I'm in a new place. Although sometimes it will hide behind the clouds, as is the case, still I knew it's there. Thank you for the new day Bhaktapur! I'm totally delighted to have met you!
A new day in Bhaktapur, Nepal
At the rooftop terrace of Heart of Bhaktapur Guesthouse

Still more of my Bhaktapur accounts on the next post.

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Nov 17, 2014

NEPAL : Finding Beauty Amidst the Mess

The plane circled a few times, allowing me enough time to appreciate a marvelous bird's eye view of Nepal before it's final descent. The Himalayan range was covered with thick clouds and nowhere in sight but that didn't dampen my spirit. The mountainous landscape of mostly hues of green and terracotta from below is more than enough to overwhelm my senses. I'm not climbing Mt Everest, I wish I can, nevertheless, I knew it's going to be a unique experience exploring an epic destination usually reserved for extreme adventures.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal

Air Asia Nepal flight
The nerve-wracking landing is one proof that every activity you experience in Nepal is an adventure in itself.

As we hold on to our seats before the final stop, triumphant mood filled the room as if we conquered something big when the plane skillfully completed a successful touchdown.
 Air Asia Nepal flight
Seemed like everyone braced their arms against the seats during the landing ... we're safe!;)
I wonder, did I just ride Air Asia or entered a time capsule? It felt like I'm in a time warp. I felt giddy when my feet hit the grounds of Tribhuvan International Airport, could be from excitement or the thin air, that, I'm not sure. But maybe it's the anticipation of the very long queues we'll have to endure to formally enter Nepal. 
Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal
We followed the huge crowd walking towards the immigration. There were several long lines of foreigners queuing up to secure a Nepal Visa. I'm glad I did my homework and applied online for the Nepal Tourist Visa, it saved us the hassle of filling up the forms and attaching a passport size photo to it. Still, we have to line up and pay the 25 USD tourist visa fee.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal
fill up the disembarkation card and the Nepal Tourist Visa application form before lining up
Waiting in queue took forever until we found something to entertain ourselves with. 

Cooky, look behind me, I whispered. 
"Ohlalaaaah!", he muffled, obviously excited with what he just saw. 
I think he's following us, I whispered again and then we laugh like thrilled teenagers kidding ourselves.
paying for Nepal Tourist Visa
And before we become delirious, it turned out the tall, model-like, mestizo looking guy was indeed following us, well, not exactly how we envisioned it, hahaha.  He's also a Filipino and he saw us holding the same passport among a huge crowd of different nationalities. We exchange pleasantries and learned that he's there to model and compete for an event called Nepalinked. He showed us a photo of the huge tattoo on his back which reminded me again, I need to get inked real soon and I feel having it in Nepal would add value to that tattoo. Too bad, I missed that once in lifetime chance, time was not on my side.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal
here's where you need to muscle your way to the front of the baggage conveyor
Getting past the immigration was a relief and waiting for our checked-in baggage was more challenging than I thought. The influx of people of different looks and varying built, all wanting to get in front of the lone baggage conveyor is hard to get past at. You need some manly force to muscle your way to the front (I did!), otherwise it will take us forever waiting for that baggage to arrive. After almost an hour, we got out.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal
Finally, a breath of strange air welcomed us, as we stepped out of the airport. The weather is cold and dry, the dust-like atmosphere filled the air and the chaos outside tripled in number, everyone is busy doing their own business while we seemed lost in another dimension.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal
feeling lost in another dimension
Several guys approached us offering a taxi ride. I said yes readily to the first guy who agreed to 1000 rupees who will bring us to the doorstep of our guesthouse in Bhaktapur. We need a bigger taxi to accommodate the four of us including our baggage.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal
our taxi ride
Seeing everything peculiar happening right before our eyes is overwhelming enough. I knew this is going to be one helluva ride. Brace ourselves, NEPAL it is! Love it or hate it. My choice led me to find beauty amidst the chaos and the mess. You'll find out more in my succeeding posts.

Nepal is madness, as is love.

Nov 4, 2014

Malaysia - Nepal Trip Itinerary 2014

This itinerary might help those planning to do the same route as ours; Malaysia and Nepal for a total of  9 days. I've itemized our expenses per pax based on a group of four for easy reference and budgeting ideas. For now, while I'm still gathering my senses after the trip, this will serve as a primer for my Malaysia and Nepal series. 
Asian Map


1RM =14 PhP

1 USD = 98 Nepal Rupee 1 USD = 45 PhP
Date Time
Activities Particulars Cost / Pax
Day 1 (Oct15) 4:00 AM Leave for NAIA T3 Airport Fees 49USD

10:25 AM ETA KUL (KLIA2)

11:25 AM Airport  to KL - Hotel drop off Star Shuttle RM15
2:00 PM Check In Hotel Orange Pekoe Guesthouse 38USD
2:30 PM Lunch
10:00 PM Jalan Alor / Dinner 15 RM
11:00 PM
Back to Hotel

Day 2 (Oct16) 7:00 AM Breakfast unlimited basic breakfast

8:00 AM
Leave for KL's Bus Central Terminal Bandar Tasik Selatan Terminal

9:00 AM
Leave for Melaka TBS Bus Terminal
11:00 AM ETA MELAKA Sentral Shuttle Bus Ride 1.50 RM
11:30 AM Lunch at the famed JONKER 88 Full packed diners 15 RM
12:30 PM
Walking Tour while raining / eating 15 RM
7:00 PM
Leave for Kuala Lumpur Taxi /TBS Bus Terminal/LRT 18.3 RM
9:00 PM
Dinner at Nagasaki Curry House near our guesthouse 18 RM
11:00 PM
Overnight Orange Pekoe

Day 3 (Oct 17) 7:00 AM Breakfast unlimited basic breakfast Free
8:00 AM Leave for Batu Caves KL Sentral /KTM Komuter Line-Last Stn-Batu Caves 8 RM
9:00 AM Explore Batu Caves

11:00 AM Lunch at KL Sentral LRT / Pepper Lunch 30 RM
12:00 PM Explore Mercato Supermarket Milk Coffee & Tea Tarik 80 RM
1:00 PM Merdeka Square Masjid Jamek Station
3:30 PM Central Market 25 RM
6:00 PM Bukit Bintang / Dinner Chicken Rice 15 RM
9:00 PM Back to Hotel

Day 4 (Oct 18) 7:00 AM Check Out/ Breakfast unlimited basic breakfast Free
8:00 AM KLIA2 Airport Terminal

11:50 AM ETD KUL

2:00 PM ETA Kathmandu Taxi to Bhaktapur 1000 NPR
3:00 PM
Check in Hotel Heart Of Bhaktapur Guesthouse 16.17 USD
4:00 PM
Explore Bhaktapur Entrance Fee : 1500 NPR
7:00 PM
Dinner Sunny Rooftop Cafe 320 NPR
10:00 PM
Overnite Bhaktapur

Day 5 (Oct 19) 8:00 AM
Breakfast nice breakfast :) Free
9:00 AM
Explore Bhaktapur more

Checkout / Lunch Cafe Nyatapola 350 NPR
1:00 PM
Taxi to Nagarkot/ Check In Hotel Peaceful Cottage & Cafe De Mont 72 USD
2:00 PM
Explore Nagarkot / Sunset View
4:00 PM
Merienda Peaceful Cottage & Cafe De Mont 230 NPR
10:00 PM
Overnight Nagarkot

Day 6 (Oct 20) 5:30 AM
Sunrise Viewing at the terrace of Peaceful Cottage with free coffee/tea
8:00 AM
Breakfast very nice breakfast with a superb view :)) Free
Lunch Peaceful Cottage & Cafe Du Mont 520 NPR
1:00 PM
Walk Around Nagarkot

5:00 PM
Sunset Viewing / Merienda
150 NPR
7:30 PM
Dinner Peaceful Cottage & Cafe De Mont 230 NPR
9:00 PM
Overnight Nagarkot

Day 7 (Oct 21) 7:00 AM*
Breakfast very nice breakfast with a superb view :)) Free
9:00 AM
Check out Nagarkot

10:00 AM
Early Check In Thamel HOTEL TAISHAN 4USD/dorm
1:00 PM
Walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square(750NPR) then hire a taxi to Swayambunath(200NPR), Pashupatinath(500NPR), Boudhanath (250NPR) - (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES)
2:00 PM
Explore Thamel

5:00 PM
Pasalubong Shopping
7,000 NPR
8:00 PM
Dinner /Socials Hotel Cafe Norling 390 NPR
10:00 PM
Overnight Thamel

Day 8 (Oct 22) 8:00 AM
Breakfast Big Belly Restaurant 300 NPR
10:00 AM
Prepare for Checkout

11:30 AM
Leave for Tribhuvan Int'l Airport Taxi Cost is 400 NPR 100 NPR
3:15 PM
Depart Kathmandu

10:15 PM
ETA KUL / Dinner
16 RM
12:00 AM
Sleepover at KLIA2 Airport while waiting for flight to MANILA

Day 9 (Oct 23) 8:00 AM
Breakfast at Popeye
26 RM
11:45 AM

3:00 PM
ETA Manila


2USD - 5 USD Average Cost of Meal in NEPAL

6 RM - 15 RM Average Cost of Meal in Malaysia

NEPAL VISA on Arrival - 25USD

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