From the Philippine Islands — A Merry White Christmas

White Christmas... more fun in the Philippinesimage via DOT

White Sands

In my beloved Ilocos, the sands in Pagudpud lend an air of a beachy white Christmas. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sunrise in BanniaranBanniaranThe Cabanas

Leehua, some friends and I did the honors of warming the first cabana of THE CABANAS, the brand-new place to stay in Sitio Banniaran near the Blue Lagoon area. A loft makes it possible to comfortably accommodate up to 8 people.  Breakfast was fine; clean roomy spaces and amenities such as flat screen TV, air-conditioning, hot/cold shower, loads of soft pillows, warm fleece blankets, firm mattresses and thick white towels made our stay cushy and warm. (Contact Espie or Geralyn for bookings at thus number: 0919 387 7528.)

The Cabanas 2The CabanaPancakesThe Cabanas' BreakfastPagudpud

Photo of Blauearth by Ivon Dominngo
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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.

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