Laoag’s The Boodle Fight

Laoag Street Boodle Fight

Approximately 4.5 km of pinakbet, igado and rice laid on banana leaf-lined tables for everyone to partake at major streets in Sunshine City Laoag was the highpoint of the month-long Pamulinawen Festival celebration. It was a good fight, a major boodle fight aimed to break records.

There’s a secret to eating kamayan style — get with your left and eat with your right. The event was a success if no status barrier is taken into account. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed selfieing, eating, selfieng. Even Marc Logan came!

Congrats, Laoag!

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The new Laoag Parklane Hotel’s Cafe Bonita

Cafe Bonita

Another enjoyable place to stay or to have tea or coffee with someone is the newly redone Laoag Parklane Hotel and the Cafe Bonita.

Parklane underwent a total transformation through the creative hands of the same people behind companies such as Red Dot and MODi. I look at it as a boutique hotel, very contemporary, yet quiet, and so pleasingly comfortable. There’s that subtleness about it that’s refreshing, maybe it’s that young vibe. Will post more photos next time and hopefully will get to talk more about the food.

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MODi (Modern Ilocano) items and other nice pasalubong items that speak about Ilocos occupy a space at Cafe Bonita. Check out those pouches, well shy, but I have a cute story to share on the next post.

Below is my good friend and was my travel buddy in Cagayan de Oro, Lis Pascua, the assistant marketing manager, who you can also talk to about bookings about your stay or events. The function room is sizeable and lovely, so, again, I will have to post another set of photos from a coffee party last night.

Expand your view

Laoag Parklane Hotel Brgy Barit, Gen. Segundo Ave., Laoag City For inquiries and reservations, please call (077) 677- 1099 / +639178832999 / +639175598858 or email

“Expand your view” photo by Ace Rumbaoa
Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2015

Love to Love Laoag

The Laoag Calesa with the Aurora Park in the background

It’s been an overwhelming 2014 for me. The tail end was worst, I joined Christmas dinner in my pajama, counted words instead of minutes all the way to 2015. I have photos (I took of Laoag to accompany the special story I wrote) I was hoping the world would see. Love to share them with you, the BTPs that inspired me to write my most favorite story of all time. It was so much of a challenge, and yet I grabbed the opportunity the very next second without thinking twice.

Love at the Laoag La Paz Sand Dunes and Padsan RiverEvening ComesJust MarriedJust Married - St William CathedralLaoag Sinking Bell TowerLaoag open market 2Burgos gamet vendor in LaoagPancit Dinardaraan

With special thanks to Thea Gloria and Russell Legaspi in Laoag Sand Dune-Padsan River photo and JR and JC Castro, JR, most specially, for  giving me a ride to the church.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2015

Crocodile Hotdog


A crocodile hotdog from the Hero hotdog stand at a Wilcon and your Louis Vuitton crocodile skin bag might come from the same crocodile from a crocodile farm somewhere in the Philippines. I’m not joking.

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What do you think I got? I’m not that daring like you think I am. I got Swiss shublig. For 120, I think I got my money’s worth. It was huge, the bread was nice and hot, and pickle relish and mustard were gushy. I don’t think they even have mustard at places like your favorite fast food.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2015