BlauEarth, the blog, contains the most original posts about anything relevant and cool in Ilocos, also the author’s firsthand experiences from Laoag and Los Angeles, and anywhere in between.
I’m Tina Tan, a native of Ilocos Norte, Philippines, now a transplant in Los Angeles.
The blog has opened more doors for me. My work has been published on Conde Nast Traveller ME, Vault, Playboy Philippines, Appetite, etc. A most memorable, wonderful experience — I was signed up to write “Loving Laoag”, the cover story of the Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Magazine February 2015 issue.
At the start of this blog in 2009, I wrote:
I love everything about my hometown (quirks included). We have idyllic places, pristine beaches that can rival Bora Bora or Harbour Bay, untouched forests that host a high amount of biodiversity, vast sand dunes that were locations for scenes in movies such as Tom Cruise’s Born on the Fourth of July and Mel Gibson’s Mad Max, elegant structures that speak of a rich cultural past, a forward-looking capital city (Laoag), yet our way of life has remained laid-back. It gets too hot here in the summer, but I really don’t mind.
I’m a member of the LEAD Movement. Trekking, discovering more about my hometown, taking photographs, writing, attending ecotourism development workshops, joining environment-related endeavors take most of my time – my way of giving back. I want my grandchildren to love and enjoy living in Ilocos Norte the way I do.
I also do normal stuff: I read; I watch movies; I hang out with my BFF’s; I cook; I watch the news; I occasionally indulge my appetite for sweets, tall watermelon smoothies, rootbeer floats, Ilocos empanada, and anything from Sam’s kitchen; and I listen to music to dose off. Celtic harp music is incomparable for the insomniac in me.
Umay kay tu manen.
I still like the same things
Hope to have you around again for another decade.