BlauEarth turns 9


Thank you to each and everyone who has been a part of BlauEarth since day one! The blog is exactly 9 years old today!

To all that have read a post or scrolled up or down this maze of slipshod stories reflecting the capricious moods of the author, my heartfelt thanks, and hoping you’ll be around for more of my adventures in Los Angeles, or in Ilocos, or anywhere else in this frigging awesome world.


I still do and enjoy the same things, like in this post, I rode the Metro, went to random places like the Hammer Museum of UCLA, and walked through a block of fresh produce and social enterprise goods (benefiting  the marginalized like former gang members) at the Westwood Village Farmers Market, open only on Thursdays (12-6PM), before hopping the bus, again, to an extremely fashionable neighborhood for the previous post.

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Here, buying my favorite diet food. Beet me up!

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Admission to the Hammer Museum is free. It also has a theater. A lot of private Hollywood events happen there as well.


Van Gogh’s 1889 Hospital at Saint-Rémy  where he voluntarily went in for recurring mental illness.

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Again, it’s been wonderful sharing my discoveries and snippets of my daily life with you.

Tina Tan


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

Spot Me In A Crowd


Hello, dear readers! For 5 years I thought it was cool to be the nameless blogger of BlauEarth. I regret not introducing myself properly in the beginning. Reports reached me that a crafty local female tour guide creates a whopper of a spiel to rope in unsuspecting visiting tourists in Ilocos Norte. The author of BlauEarth is the object of this fake’s folly. Though I am a trained ecoguide as well, I don’t do it for a living. I guide for FREE.

My name is Tina Tan. I’m not too young, neither am I too old. I smile a lot. I also laugh a lot. I can look serious when groping for Tagalog.

Please don’t be misguided. Keep safe, everyone.

*Artwork of Khervin Gallandez.

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