Balikbayan Padaya

Umami lunch

I knew more or less what Tita Sarah’s Fine Foods would be serving at my balikbayan cousin Samantha’s birthday lunch. After all, Tita Sarah (a bilas, our husbands are brothers) inherited most of my husband’s mom and dad’s specialties, and put her own touch. So what else to bring than Lynne’s (my talented cook’s) sushi and sashimi platter? She’s so creative that she rolled some in black and white lenga (local sesame seeds) instead of say roe.

Sam’s relatives in Ilocos like the Lazos, Fabicos and Enriques were there.

MirinBlauEarth's Kitchen Sushi and Sashimi PlatterBlauEarth's Kitchen Sushi and Sashimi PlatterUntitledLeft to right: Tita Sylvia, Tita Josie Carlson, Tita Sipin Fabico, Samantha, Tita Aunong Enrique and my Ninang Leoncia Cu.Fresh LumpiaThere’s my mother-in-law’s fresh lumpia, which is also now one of Lynne’s specialties. Besides Asian-influenced Filipino food, Tita Sarah prepared Ilocano dishes such as imbaliktad (half-cooked beef and offal with papaitan) and there was also crispy pata. Breaded FishAmpalaya con CarnePancit SotanghonImbaliktadMia and JaniceMay and I went to the Holy Spirit Academy of Laoag, but she migrated to the States when we were just starting elementary school.Mia and TinyMia and Tiny 2

Photographed by Samantha Jackson and Blauearth.
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Pagudpud Day Out

Kingfisher Beach

Before posting a few photos from Samantha’s birthday blowout, here are the last from their heritage tour, as in roots tour, with yours truly, their lone cousin on the Abad side who lives in Norte. I always know where to take them. We love the same things as a matter of fact. Tony, their nephew, liked hanging out with us. In fact, he got super stoked about the Laoag Sand Dunes sand adventure, considers it among his top 10 best experiences in life ever, and I’m stoked as well. Thanks, Tony.

Brought them to my favorite spot in Pagudpud. You can quote me on that — Kingfisher Beach — bliss in seclusion. We had tuna kilawen and the boys were so happy with their double-patty cheeseburgers.

May loved BergBlick’s pancit bihon from their last visit a couple of years ago, so she asked to be taken there again. Check out the last photos, hahah, live a little.

Oh, thanks to Andrew as well!

CoconutThe cutest dog on earth, Toby at Kingfisher.CultureZarah Chua, the manager, in red hoodie, and there’s Jana, Eugene’s kitesurfing instructor.PetsSammyAttitudeTobywith JayMet Jay, a United Airlines pilot and a surfer from Hawaii, so May was like she saw a fellow Hawaiiano.Thomas and JacksonTuna KilawinDouble Patty CheeseburgerPicture 376Kingfisher Kitesurf ShopKiting GearJohnPagudpud's Bergblick Deutsches RestaurantBergblick lunchAt BergBlick. Chef Detlev Cotte’s cooking always satisfies. We had baked pork leg (in beer) and as always, the BergBlick Pan and apple butterscotch cake.Baked Pork LegBergblick PanTeaPancit BihonApple Buttterscotch Cake

Photographed by May Thomas, Samantha Jackson and Blauearth.
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Headware Kokoon: The comfiest invention

Wind

Don’t you love it when you’re all swaddled up in the softest, super nice fabric on a chilly day or night? After I got my Kokoon from Jeena Llamas of Headware and creative director Jason Luengo (who were in Ilocos with family and friends last week), I never parted with it. It’s either in my bag or on my bed, or I’m out wearing it. Everyone who saw mine wanted to own it. Hahah, no way, buy your own!

Headware

The Kokoon comes in two different kinds of fabric — reversible poly and bamboo cotton. Mine is from the bamboo cotton Elements (Earth, Wind, Fire and Water). Check them out here.

There are so many ways to keep you comfy. You can turn it into a scarf, a blanket, a sling bag or a pouch, a mat, a cover up or a malong — super adaptable and functional, it can be the best travel pal.

So here are photos with family — from the beach to the mountains. Til the next post.

Beachy DayPropColdfrontCapeConfusion¡Epa chamo!CocoonTwin SharingPicture 179Headware CocoonHeadware CocoonHeadware Cocoon

Check out the Headware FB page, select outlets (here) or you can order online via the Headware website.

Photographed by May Thomas, Samantha Jackson and Blauearth.
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Laoag Adventure: Sand Dunes and Isaw

Peace on Earth

To match the thrills at epic Laoag Sand Dunes, we proceeded to Tayamen’s Place for what else but the cult isaw. We also had fishball and kikiam. Trust me.

Sister ActShout LaoagOn Laoag SandsWritten on the sands of Laoag -- Ilocos Sandboarding 2009-2015

Written on the sands of Laoag — Ilocos Sand Boarding by LEAD. We turned 5 last year. Thank you so much for your support.

DuoSandboard

Tony Daniel, a West Point graduate and a snowboarder says — the sand adventure is one of the best 10 things he’s done in his life.

SamThe ZebraPoot!Laoag Sand Dunes with LEAD MovementGoProLaoag Sand DunesStrollLEAD Sand AdventureTayamen's Place PanoIsawSay Isaw
Photographed by Rommel Felipe and Blauearth. Tayamen’s Place pano, by Samantha Jackson
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