Lomi break

Because it’s so good, I’m sharing my talented cook’s clever lomi recipe with her permission. It’s basically a Chinese thick soup-based noodle dish with a dash of Ilocanoness. For this, she added ground chicharon skin from the Laoag Supermarket and kikiam from Sarah’s Kitchen on F.R. Castro Street.


Ingredients (for 8 people)

  • 1 k fresh pancit (noodles)
  • 1/4 k squidball halves
  • 1/4 k beef or pork slices
  • 1 pc carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 pc cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 pc sayote, juliened
  • 8 pcs string beans, thinly sliced
  • 2 pcs Knorr chicken cubes
  • a pinch of ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsps Thai fish sauce (or salt to taste)
  • 2 tbsps cornstarch dissolved in 3 tbsps water
  • 1 egg
  • ground chicharon skin (pork rind)
  • 1 pc kikiam roll, sliced
  • toasted garlic bits


  • Bring to boil 9 cups water in a deep pan.
  • Add in meat and squid ball slices.
  • Stir in vegetables.
  • Pour cornstarch-water mixture and fish sauce, and then sprinkle with pepper.
  • Beat and drop the egg into the pan and stir.
  • Put in noodles and serve hot with chicharon, kikiam and garlic toppings.


Recipe by Lynn Coloma. Photographed by Blauearth  Copyright © Blauearth™ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Simple brown sugar face and body scrub

No expensive scrubs can beat brown sugar for a truly luxuriating face to toe skin exfoliation. I got hooked on it after I discovered its wonderful ability to slough off unappealing dead skin cells for my oily and sensitive skin type.

For my bi-weekly ritual, I add some Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to a bowl of brown sugar before exfoliation. Gentle circular motion is recommended.

Depending on your skin type, there are other ways to prepare the scrub. You can use nourishing almond oil in place of Cetaphil. Or you can add in other natural ingredients like oatmeal or lemon juice, which is a natural skin brightener.  Sometimes, I just add a little scoop of brown sugar to my favorite wash to lather up.

You may want to experience the squeaky-clean and silky smooth after-feel from this super easy method.

Photo by Blauearth Copyright © Blauearth™ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED