Gangnam Style Invades the Laoag Sand Dunes

Ilocos Sandboarding Gangnam Style

Exchange students from Korea are in Ilocos via the International Student Exchange Program. Some Gangnam moves… the horse trot on the desert of La Paz. They had the ultimate off-roading and sandboarding experience with the LEAD Movement. The kids had so much fun, they wouldn’t want to leave.

Welcome to Laoag, Korean friends! Awesome 강남스타일!

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Oppa, the Korean school principal with manang Mrs. Sandi, the principal of the host school, the Ilocos Norte National High School.

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Last Days of 2012


The world survived the Mayan calendar — what 2012 was to all of us. An awesome year!

My boy Brandon grabbed a double victory in Vintar’s 9th Siwawer Off-Road Challenge. At 14, the youngest challenger won the modified/tube buggy category besting 13 contenders and sealed a double victory in the reverse track shootout.

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A double celebration — Martine’s birthday and Brandon’s double victory.

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Our holiday photos…

CousinsFamily X-MasFlavorsMiss Chocolate Cake

– Miss chocolate cake.

Green Stuff

– Grasshopper + green tea KitKat.

Wishing everyone the best in 2013! Thanks for all the love!

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

Drew Arellano gives Doorah a sandwich at the La Paz sand dunes

GMA News TV Pop Talk production people were not yet actually done with their La Paz shoot and GMA Network’s AHA starts to roll their camera. Doorah, a funny flamboyant fellow tries his luck on a LEAD Movement sandboard, fails, but regains control faster than I can blink. Riot!

The aircraft carrying AHA host Drew Arellano flies over us. He arrives on the set looking fresh in cool blue. It’s his second time in a La Paz shoot and he still amazingly remembers LEAD’s Benny Arce.

LEAD’s 4X4 expert, MC Manangan, gives Drew an instant off-roading tutorial (a part of the shoot), and then Drew gets the wheel and vamooses in the sandy air. Check out who he meets along the way.

GMA Kapuso AHA's Direk Jepoy Mejia.

Doorah explores the Laoag La Paz sand dunes.

Comical and clever Doorah is Bobay Torqueza Valbuena in real life. An Abreño, he speaks fluent Ilocano.

LEAD Movement with honorary member Samantha Jackson of Los Angeles.

After the hot, hot day at the dunes, we invited the AHA people to have a delish carinderia lunch at Katrina’s near the BJMP. Show host/businessman/triathlete Drew brought out his organic red rice (or was it brown?) to eat with endemic Ilocano food. They ate what we ate, such nice unfussy guys!

Katrina's (aka BJMP carinderia's) Ilocano imbaliktad and insarabasab with papaitan.

Direk Jepoy's pink obsession.

AHA airs Sundays, 9 AM, on GMA Kapuso Network.

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Laoag La Paz Dune Bashing Adventure (amid sunset skies)

Warning: May cause seasickness.

14 year-old off-road racer and NAsFOR (National Association of Filipino Off-Roaders) member Brandon Tan at the wheel.

Photographed by Surprisingly Kitsch Location: Laoag La Paz Sand Dunes, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
© Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012