Unobstructed View

Ice Crumble

For once, I felt like a stranger in my own turf. In a span of months, windmills takeover the landscape in the gorgeous, idyllic northern towns of Ilocos Norte. We’re seeing an ugly maelstrom, just the tip of the iceberg of the targeted 400 MW power generation capacity by five different energy companies.

Enjoyed the remaining clean vistas, save for that one tacky statue guarding the Blue Lagoon.

ButtonBlue Lagoon, PagudpudCrawfishPicture 164NinaLobstersThe Dried Octopus OwnerNative Fish SaucePicture 110LiliesPicture 050RambutanThe Coconut CutterTwo HutsKoi Pond
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Zipline Flight Across the Blue Lagoon

Zipline

Yesterday, we took the kids to scud across the Blue Lagoon on Hannah’s zipline in Balaoi.

RoadsidePasaleng BayInto the SkyFlightSamahang Ilocano

{Samahang Ilocano. Taga-Bacarra! Below are Maricris and Wilrey, balikbayans from Virginia, USA.}

Maricris and WilreySkyfallBlue Lagoon, PagudpudDone

I don’t want to sound airy, but if you’ve already tried falling from a trembling chopper in the sky, you will delight more in photographing the splendid seascape. Martine and Travis almost changed their minds. All of them were actually more thrilled for the pig out at Berblick in Burayoc Point. Coming from Travis — he didn’t feel the so-called adrenaline rush. Martine’s two words: cheesy, overpriced. She paid 1200 for the two of them. It might be a lot different to other people, however.

Less than perfectBarbedMangga't Alamang

{Mouth-watering mangga’t alamang (mangoes and shrimp paste)!!}

Face-BukBergblick Dinner

Over at Bergblick… tolles essen! The German Restaurant is not in the Blue Lagoon area. It is along the highway going to Saud Cove from Balaoi.

Potato skins are Alexa’s favorite. They got another serving ‘coz she won’t have any of our favorites. Fantastic fish carpaccio, omg!

Bergblick Deutsches Restaurant specialties

{Top row: Tomato Soup, Steamed Salmon with Tarragon and Vegetables in Cream Sauce, Seafood Soup
Bottom row: Sauerkraut Platter, Mango Crepe, Creme Brulee}

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The warmth of tropical living in Casa Consuelo (Sunrise)

Waking Up to Bliss

They say “life is a big sunrise…”

I woke up to an invigorating, most inspiring daybreak! Staying at Casa Consuelo’s “Casa Consuelo” is a once-in-a-lifetime-experience (sigh)! I thank God for giving Armi and Richard the power of creativity in transforming a vision. I saw the beach jungle before it became the homestay that it is now. Most of the exotic plants are still there, well-rooted, and there’s the addition of lovely and soothing spaces, with only salvaged wood, recycled old stuff,  abubut, nature and a whole lot of drive and zest, bringing warmth and soul to beach living.

I’m excited to see more in the future. Just the beginning like a new dawn.

Sunrise (April 20, 2012)Dos Hermanos Sunrise

Sunny-side ups, fresh garlic rice, crispy espada and Leehua's Choco's Ilocos longanza and my love -- oh-so-good bacon! Btw, there's a Choco's Lechon booth within Casa Consuelo -- grillin' daily:)

Armi made it just in time before we motored to Adams for a turnaround.

Oh, lordly, just my luck! When we arrived in Adams, Richard phoned his mom only to say that he caught a whale jumpin’ out of the ocean. Yay!

Stopped by my suki at Gao-oa for seafood and this was what we had for lunch…

Pancit Buko

Leehua’s creation — pancit buko — Chinese flavors infused with exotic coconut, and yet very Pinoy like my girlfriend Leehua:) That’s perhaps what binds us, our forefathers must have had spelling problems (sorry, an in-joke).

God bless your souls, Leehua, Armi, Richard and Vivian… enjoyed the getaway tremendously! I’ll be back to photograph the whale. And some snorkeling. And bumming in style.

Read the first part of The warmth of tropical living in Casa Consuelo.

Casa Consuelo (island reef) Sitio Baniaran, Brgy. Balaoi, Pagudpud Contact: Landline (077) 607-08-84 (077) 676-17-35 CP +639189590757/+639189905385/+639175541860 Check their page on Facebook.

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