Signs of Summer


It’s heating up in the north. This is going to be the hottest summer ever, believe me! I heard some friends have booked vacations abroad. For those who will be left home in the middle of the election fever, it’s time to bring out the summer staples. Shield up, peeps!

Look at what I ate at the Macy’s Diner today. Yummy sloppy joes with limemonade!

Sloppy Joe HotdogFruity

I wasn’t able to catch the Plains and Prints Spring Summer 2013 Preview over the weekend. Went in today and browsed the catalog.  Tip: fruity pastels and watercolors in breezy styles.

Plains and Prints Summer 2013Citrus Spring

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I scream ♥

I had time to take a photo of the third floor atrium view at Hotel Tiffany. I frequent the hotel’s Macy’s Diner on the first floor, but I never got the chance to take a photo in the upper floors. Check out the rooms here.
Sally, the ever efficient manager of sorts let me try their new stimulating Caribbean Salad made of mango, sincamas, and ampalaya (bittermelon) that lent just a faint bitter taste that’s pleasant on the palate. Soo good!
And my two loves are back! Yay, store-made green tea ice cream and fried ice cream with butterscotch sauce! Fyi, I paid for my ice cream☺
Hotel Tiffany / Macy’s Diner Gen Segundo Ave., Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
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The Zapp Family spends Christmas 2010 in Ilocos Norte

Spark Your Dream is a book written by Candelaria and Herman Zapp. It is an awesome story of an Argentinian couple living a dream life around the world. They travel the world in their wooden-wheeled 1928 Graham Paige limited edition. From Argentina to Alaska and many big cities and obscure towns, and to the Philippines… they are enjoying the warm hospitality of the Filipinos. “I am amazed,”  beams Candy. “Filipinos are extroverts.”

I asked what is the most unforgettable part of their journey. “The people,” says Herman.

The Zapps visit The Capitol of Ilocos Norte.

Manang Imee Marcos speaks fluent Latin.

Signing a book for Manang Imee, the 9th of the last books they brought with them to the Philippines. (Happy to have one!)

Spending a night at the Mira de Polaris Hotel of doctors Francis, Jr. and Gretchen Ranada.

After shoppin’ for necessities at the Robinsons Ilocos Norte. “In the Philippines, I am impressed that you have everything,” says Candy.

Their kitchen.

Lunch at Macy’s Diner, where they had steak, bagnet, spaghetti and banana smoothies.

The eldest Pampa. Pampa means plane:) His siblings are named Tehue, Paloma and Wallaby.

Off to Pagudpud for a Christmas Eve by the beach in Saud Beach Resort.

The Zapps love Ilocos. They feel comfortable leaving their car unlocked.

“I wonder how will it be when the children are bigger.”

“We’re taking it one day at a time. We never plan.”

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Food review from my little guest critic

After Alexa and I didn’t find native halo-halo within downtown Laoag, we decided to go to Macy’s Diner. My OC baby checked out the menu, but couldn’t find what she wanted. I asked the waitress if she could make a special sundae for Little Miss OC. She asked for 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and candy sprinkles. When she was in the middle of savoring her idea of a cooler on a super hot afternoon, I was surprised that she had something to say about it. “The sprinkles are yummy crispy, unlike the ones they have at _____ … soft, old… kulbet [makunat].” There goes.

MACY’S DINER Gen Segundo Ave. cor MH del Pilar St. Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
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