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List of Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Manila, Philippines

Posted on 25 March 2015 by Flisha

I am creating this list because I love my Snowy, my white-haired toy poodle, and I cannot bear to part with him, therefore I try to bring him wherever I go. You should see his puppy dog face when he knows I am leaving without him, he has perfected it, and it breaks my heart everytime! He is very manipulative. But then he is so cute that I can’t help but love him all the more!

So here are the dog-friendly restaurants I have been to, so far. If you’ve got any suggestions, feel free to comment! :)

  1. The Original Hawaiian BBQ, Tagaytay City
    Location: The Boutique Bed & Breakfast, 45 Aguinaldo Highway
    Contact Number: +63 46 413 1798

    They have this really nice open space where they allow dogs. It’s got a great view too. Best to come late afternoon when the sun is setting or at night to experience the cool breeze of Tagaytay. If you’re coming here around December-February, be prepared for it to get really chilly! So bring some warm jackets! For your pooch, too!

    Recommended dish: Garlic Mussels (Php 250) – From their menu, fresh mussels marinated in our special sauce then grilled in a wooden bamboo trunk. Served sizzling. This dish has great flavor but I may be biased because I love anything with garlic AND mussels. Combine the two and I am hooked! :)

    Stay away from: Original Crispy Baby Back Ribs (Php 520 / 700) – the breading kind of took away all the flavor from the ribs. Did not enjoy this at all. If you’re hankering for ribs, best to stick with their original hawaiian baby back ribs which cost the same but taste so much better!

    The Original Hawaiian BBQ in Tagaytay City

  2. Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City
    Location: 115 Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West
    Contact Number: +63 922 881 8265

    They have a cool courtyard feel with a mishmash of chairs, tables and dining areas. The vibe is very laidback and cozy. They are so dog friendly that, when the server saw I had a dog with me (on my lap), she pulled up a chair beside me, placed a chair pillow and said, “Why don’t you place him here?” I was very grateful but Snowy only wanted to sit on me (sigh).

    Recommended dish: Salad Astoria (Php 235) – From their menu, Mixed lettuce topped with orange fillet, chopped walnuts and light french dressing. Generous servings, this dish is good for two. The lettuce was so fresh and stiff. Then again, doesn’t Tagaytay often serve great salads? :) To be honest, we only went there once for merienda so I haven’t tried their main courses. When I go there again, I’ll make sure it’s for lunch or dinner.

    Stay away from: Chocolate mousse (Php 110). This mousse was not a mousse at all. More like they emptied a jar of chocolate spread and put it in a cup. Ugh. I could only take a couple of teaspoons before I had enough.

    Bag of Beans

  3. The Lake District, Tagaytay City
    Location: 5915 Aguinaldo Highway (beside Gerry’s Grill)
    Contact Number: +63 46 413 4186

    I did not plan to go here. I wanted to eat at Gerry’s but they had a large sign saying pets not allowed. :-( But then off to the left there was this new restaurant and we asked if they allow pets. Lo and behold they let me bring my poodle in, which was terrific! The server was very sweet to my dog and even picked him up and brought Snowy in himself! The other server was very kind and even told us about his own Chowchow. :-)

    Recommended dish: Fried Squid (Php 200 something). Since it’s a very new restaurant, I could not find their menu online. But I really liked their fried squid. My only gripe is that the serving was too small. Next time I will have to order two! :-)

    Stay away from: None, really. We enjoyed all our dishes here. :-)

    The Lake District

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OK, so all the places I have listed here are in Tagaytay. Hahaha! Now you know where I mostly go during the weekends. :-P I will try to add more places in as I go along.

Thanks for visiting! :-)



Xtremely Xpresso

Posted on 28 December 2013 by Flisha

Gim at Xtremely Xpresso, where the wait for food is xtremely long.


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A cute cuckatoo

Posted on 28 December 2013 by Flisha

From the zoo at Zoobic we went to last Monday :)


Lifeguard Post in Laiya Beach

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A Lifeguard Post in Laiya Beach

Posted on 22 October 2013 by flish

laiya beach san juan batangas


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Tagaytay Bag of Beans

Posted on 22 October 2013 by Flisha

Since Gim and I bought a car over a month ago, weekends are so much more fun fun fun. :)

Two weeks ago, we went to Tagaytay. It’s south of Manila but high up in the mountains so it’s chilly and has a great view of Taal Lake (with the volcano within a lake within a volcano within a lake).

Thanks to SLEX (South Luzon Expressway), we got there in about 2 hours. Actually it would have been faster if we had known the way. :) But since it was our first time to travel to Tagaytay on a private transportation, we stopped several times for directions.

We decided to have a late lunch at Bag of Beans, which was recommended by Gim. On hindsight, I will not eat a meal there again.

I ate Shepherd’s pie, which I thought would be big enough as a meal. But it would better as a merienda for the size. Also it was kind of cold. :(

Gim ordered kidney pie, I think? Not sure about the name now, but he liked it.

We brought my sister along. She ordered lechon kawali rice topping, which was OK but overpriced.

However dessert was great. We ordered a blueberry cheesecake for share, and it was really cold, creamy and very very good. :) Also, their signature coffee to go with it. For me coffee is coffee. But Gim the coffee lover said it was quite tasty, well he’s the better judge of coffee. :)

The view from Bag of Beans is not as good as other famous restaurants, since you can’t really see Taal Volcano, just Taal Lake. But it was very serene and relaxing.

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We dined al fresco since the weather was nice. :)

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My boyfriend Gim and my sister Melisse below.

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Me and Gim. :)

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Me, me, me! :)

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tagaytay bag of beans taal lake view


Proboscis Monkeys in Borneo

Posted on 07 January 2013 by Flisha

I really need to buy new rechargeable batteries. Or better yet, a new camera that doesn’t need them!

This is the best Proboscis monkey photo I have from my Kota Kinabalu trip.


The tour guide picked us up at about 1 in the afternoon for the tour. We traveled around 2 hours to reach the river where the monkeys live. We got to the destination about 4 in the afternoon and boarded a small boat and from there we quietly sailed by the river banks where the mangrove trees grew.

Proboscis monkeys are unique in that they are vegetarian. They only eat the mangrove leaves. Feed them meat or even a banana and they die. They have stomach chambers which break up the poison of the mangrove leaves and allow them to digest the edible stuff.

Here is how they really look like, up close. We couldn’t get up close since the river was full of crocodiles, so we had to stay in the boat.


My travel tip: bring binoculars! Good thing our guide brought a pair of binoculars, and we got to borrow them to see the monkeys clearly. None of the guests brought any!


Proboscis Tour

Posted on 29 December 2012 by Flisha

Today, Gim and I are going on a tour of Mt Kinabalu. We’ll be looking at fireflies and proboscis monkeys. (No marmots though.)

The proboscis monkey has a bit fat nose! Gim is pretty excited to see those! :)


But me, I have never in my life seen fireflies. And to me they are like magical creatures that appear in fairy tales. So I am SOOO excited to see them!! :) I hope I can capture them in my camera so I can show you another time. :)

We are in Kota Kinabalu right now. Mt Kinabalu is one of the major sights here. However we are not going to do a trek up the mountain, we will just be at the base, or at Mt Kinabalu park.

We will also have a sunset cruise with dinner. Total package for the tour is 195 RM per person or about 2600 Php. Kinda steep but hey, we are on vacation. :)

So, very excited for later!! :)


The Palace Hotel in Kota Kinabalu

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Flisha

Doesn’t this look like a place you could just relax and puff famous cigars on?


Right now, I’m relaxing at a room in The Palace Hotel in Kota Kinabalu. It’s a tiny hotel located on a hill, but just near to the city and the shopping malls. Though if you spoke to the people around here, they would say this place is quite far from the city and inaccessible as you have to call a taxi to get to the major shopping malls. But the next shopping mall is a 5 minute walk from the hotel! I don’t need a taxi for ride that is maybe a minute and a half. Hahaha! Maybe because KK is really small, so people think this is far already. But in Metro Manila, a 5 minute walk is already very near!

Anyway, the location is pretty good. Our first room was in the basement, the “standard room”. Don’t book this room. It’s old and dirty and smells musty, and the wifi doesn’t reach the basement, plus no windows. The staff told me that the hotel doesn’t even book those rooms but Agoda pressured them so that the hotel could be “priced competitively”. Well I feel we were duped. We reluctantly upgraded to a “superior room” which is basically just the same but cleaner and has wifi, for an additional 175 RM.

Anyway I will tell you more in the next few days!


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Beautifully Lined Trees of Nami Island

Posted on 15 December 2012 by Flisha

Just a pretty post of trees. :)

I visited Seoul, Korea two months ago and spent a day in Nami Island. Such a gorgeous place, with so many different kinds of trees, all with their own spots in the island.

I would love to go back someday.

Nami Island Trees


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La Paz Sand Dunes, Laoag, Ilocos Norte

Posted on 21 March 2012 by Flisha

Last December, I tagged along with Gim on his medical mission trip to Laoag. One of the places we went to was the La Paz sand dunes.

It was my first time to see such massive amounts of sand – on land! I mean, I’m not used to seeing sand without water. This was hills and hills of sand!!!

Closest I’ve ever gotten to a desert! So naturally, Gim and I had to play! Smile

This was the view on our way to La Paz. Big wide river that later melted into the sea.


Along the way there were some people cooking food right beside the road! Looked like lots of fun! They must have been preparing for a big event like a fiesta judging by the size of their woks!


Here comes the sand…


Manong tricycle driver driving uphill…


We had to stop for a bit. To take photos. But of course! Smile


Sand, sun, and beach! What’s not to like???


I totally felt like Anne of the Island in this photo. Hahaha! Maybe I should make this my Facebook profile photo.


Gim couldn’t help it – he climbed up the hill!


And soon after, I followed suit! Smile


How could you be on the top of a hill and not take a jump shot?!? Amiryt???


Oooo… pretty pink flower!


Alas, soon enough we had to go down… those are our footsteps. As you can see they don’t look like steps. They look more like a big butt which slid downhill. Which is just a coincidence, I swear.


We had to pop down and see the beach for a minute. Yeah, this was really just a minute because we got called away as soon as we stepped on the shore.


The entire trip was just a quick 30 to 45 minutes, even though the number of photos doesn’t really seem like it was under less than an hour. But it was.


I want to go back!!! Sun



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