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

Green Eggs and Red Lemonade

Northwestern University Ecotourism Park and Botanic Gardens is one place in the city where I can have breathing space and keep my sanity intact. I so love it there especially when horticulturist Michael Calaramo, the park’s manager, is around. Gosh, I envy the guy! He knows by heart the scientific names of all the thousand species he nurtures there. I know at least two plant names — exotic and beautiful.

These might be Nepenthesis, omg, I forgot the next word!! Let’s just call them pitcher plants. They have something similar in Adams.There was a party when I last visited. My childhood friend Glenda Gloria, the veteran Ilocano journalist, was in town and I was going to meet her loves, veteran photographer Melvyn Calderon and Leona, for the very first time. It felt sort of dreamy seeing the place in a different light. Who else but Michael spruced up the wonderful place?Before leaving, Michael handed me fresh eggs with the compliments of the park. I forgot to ask if they had basil so I could have green eggs. I’m so weird; chicken meat give me allergies, but not eggs. Life gives us lemons, and cherries too, so we can make a cherry lemonade.

It’s the last day of the year. I wish you a better, more colorful 2012. Thanks to everyone for the continued support.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2011