Sunshine. Moonlight.


Took the weekend off with Leehua to Casa Consuelo at the low-key end of Balaoi, Pagudpud.

IndigenousThe Pink of SummerSolid as RockReefSea SnakePagudpudCatchDos HermanosPalm TreeBlue Lagoon from a distanceFull MoonEvening ComesNoisy Silence
Photos of author by Leehua Lu, Richard Tamayo and Alvin
Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2015

Ilocos Norte: Like you’ve never seen before

Time and Tide

I took a gazillion photos over the weekend– all within Saturday. I don’t even know where to start. Checked-in at Casa Consuelo in Pagudpud with my bestie Leehiua Lu, who was spending her birthday in Adams, a town in the northeastern side of Norte. Let’s start with the travel magazine kind of photos:) This is what happens when two besties travel on an SUV all by themselves. Will be posting more in the days to follow. So proud of the place I call  home — Ilocos Norte! In my more than three years of blogging, I’ve scratched only the surface.

Casa Consuelo, Sitio Banniaran, Barangay Balaoi, Pagudpid, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Reachin' for a coconutMorning StretchBeachLinapet and CoffeePuppy CrushSun FlareCasa ConsueloKaiCabana

Adams, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Boys in the HoodChildren of AdamsUbog ti Rattan SaladWild Eggplant AdoboExotic Ilocano Mountain FareCrispy Mountain FrogsMaligligay Triplets

Kingfisher, Capirispisan, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

The EdgeBeachy

Hidden Treasure, Capirispisan, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

RusticNature WalkScratchyBench and Cacti

Northwestern University Ecotourism Park and Botanical Gardens, Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Cosmos GardenGolden Ray on MyrtlesWishbone (Saxifragales)

[Photo credits: Photos of Blauearth by Chad Tamayo, Leehua and Brandon]

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

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.

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