Arwat by Jaynny Lao opens shop in Laoag

Jaynny Lao Creations

Much sought after fashion designer Jaynny Lao is now the proud shopkeeper of Arwat. In the vernacular, the term fashionably means garb. She’s the best model for her fatally feminine designs.

There is a story behind the creation of the black dress in ruffled fabric (in photo above). It was made in 25 minutes flat for her sister-in law who needed something new to wear to an event. That’s how passionate and creative she can be with her craft

I was pretty late for the party. As always, the lovely family of Jaynny were there to celebrate with her.

Congrats, Jaynny!

Jaynny LaoArwatVince, Jaynny and KenArwatwith HandyFoneAlvin and BrandonArwat Opening
Photographed by Brandon and Blauearth
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Laoag welcomes Samsung

Laoag Samsung store

The first Samsung store in Laoag opens. Catch the Buy One, Take One promo on or before December 8 at the store located at the ground level of Puregold in the centro!

The Galaxy SIII impresses, hihih, the hubby who’s a Samsung user might want to change his outdated phone, so I can use it as a cam (hello, I’m the only lifestyle blogger not on Instagram!?). It is a known fact that I’m not a cellphone user, but I do have a laptop and I want a notepad.

Samsung Laoag OpeningSamsung Laoag Opening 3Samsung Laoag Opening 2Samsung CupcakesVertext family

I wish to thank Handy, Jonel, BJ, Jaynny and the whole Lao family for the lovely time at the store opening. Warm wishes, Samsung,  from BlauEarth!

Samsung store opening in Ilocos

Photo via Jonel Lao.

Trying out SamsungSamsung Laoag Opening 4Taken with a Galaxy SIII

A photo taken with my friend Marianne Lee’s Galaxy SIII. Cool, no?

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

Palpalokada, Burgos: A photographer’s paradise

BTS: Ericke-Ivon fashion shoot in Palpalokada, Burgos (2)

Ilocos Norte’s best-kept secret is out. I first featured Palpalokada on on March 6, and surprisingly, it was the number 10 story on The wRap Your World in 10 March 7, 2012 Edition.

I later posted another story here in BlauEarth and since then, I’ve been receiving emails with all sorts of inquiries about the place which Mayor Cris Garcia introduced to us in an exclusive fam tour.

Three Sundays in a row, we were there to take photos. I tell you, time is never enough… there’s just the superabundance of natural beauty!

Last Sunday, Ericke invited her soul sister, photojournalist Ivon Domingo, to go with us to Palpalokada. OMG, you should have seen Ivon’s face as she got nearer the stage-like  edge of ‘paradise’… naloka, literally! If I heard her right, she  muttered, “kayat kon sa nga iyimot.” Understandable, that was also my initial reaction when I saw the place. It’s more of  fear of losing Palpalokada to exploiters and capitalists. I pray I didn’t commit a grave mistake by featuring this national treasure… keeping my fingers crossed.

BTS: Ericke-Ivon fashion shoot in Palpalokada, BurgosPalpalokadaIvon Domingo, young Ilocano photojournalistIvon gets down to the Earth.The blau-est backdrop I could ever find in IlocosI’m nearing my 4th year of blogging; hence the new look of my blog inspired by this photo. My friends Edna and photog Marianne Pasion suggested I should use this, but then I couldn’t just crop out that beautiful sky. It’s a good thing I realized I have a wonderful alternative, shot by Marc Nicolas the very first time we visited Palpalokada.RestIvon and ErickeEricke and IvonIvon and her museHikerTrekking in Palpalokadabeach forestIn bloomFather and daughterFather and daughter.

(Ericke’s own yellow Convertible Wrap Dress was designed by Ilocano fashion designer Jaynny Lao, who was featured in Style Files in this blog just recently. Check out her multi-way dress here.)

Watch out for the Ivon-Ericke collaboration on their  respective blogs, surprisinglykitsch and, soon.

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