On Plant Flooring

Hello, 2014! Raine Calucag/Soveraine, Marianne Pasion/Cynosure and myself had our first ever day out to welcome the year.

It took months to bring each one together, yet sunshine poured the minute we decided to shoot in the biggest bread plant in the north. Baker’s Percent was gracious enough to accommodate us on a busy holiday week.

The Laoag store manager, S Acoba-Pacheco, toured us around and fed us the big picture and an insane aroma that satiated our hunger.

Thank you, Baker’s Percent, for passing the yummy on!

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Baker’s Percent supply all the Jollibee outlets in Northern Luzon with buns.

Bloggers' Day Out @Baker's Percent

With the tireless S Pacheco. Big thanks, S!

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We relaxed our overstimulated senses at the Laoag “La Paz” Sand Dunes.

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Love you both!

MarianneSun and SandSucking Up Energy for the New Year

New Hopes in 2014! Thank you so much, dear readers, for the love!

Photos by Soveraine, Cynosure and Blauearth
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The Laoag Sand Dunes By Heart


The Bantay Bimmaboy of our childhood grows with age. But better. In August 2, 2009, a new culture was born. This sandy part of Sunshine City Laoag blossomed into the first ever playground for Ilocos’s indigenous sandboarding and offroading adventure. I think writer Eleanor Leyco of View Travel and Lifestyle magazine October 2013 edition got her geography all wrong when she wrote “Paoay [a town south of Laoag] is the only place where this kind of natural sand formation exists.” In the spirit of fairness, Ilocos sand adventure was born in the Laoag La Paz Sand Dunes.

I had a blast with local kids last Sunday. My dear Raine Calucag brought along Norman Cualteros to enjoy sunshine before he gets swamped at his post in the Senate this week.

Brought Alexa for her first 4×4 adventure. I never even noticed she hasn’t rode the toughest FJ40 on earth (hahah, still hunky after 4 years of continuous service). Eugene and his elementary friends were also there. Nina Luis helped me relive memories of our first 4×4 rides in La Paz pre-sandboarding era.

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Norman, the hardcore sandboarder:)

Photo by Raine

Raine’s photos of us are cool. You might want to check out her glossy blog named Soveraine. We are planning on our next adventure with Marianne Pasion, another talented young photographer in Ilocos.

Miss you, Raine!

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Photos by Raine,  Norman and Blauearth
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Here Comes The Raine


I could have died laughing with this darling of a girl, who I suspect was my daughter at 16 in my past life. I’m sure it wasn’t the tea at three different milk tea places. In all normalcy, that’s how to spend a night out with Raine Mateo Calucag. At our first meeting for her thesis interview with me (and an accidental respondent who happened to be eavesdropping at the restaurant we were in), three hours was extra-mini. Never a dull moment with this journalism grad.

She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines last school year, is currently the baby in UP graduate school and plans to get a doctorate degree. The girl dreams to go to film school, be a photojournalist, specializing in war stories, and own a Casalucag (a heritage restaurant in Ilocos I suppose). Raine’s mom, who lives abroad, and her dad, a head teacher at the Ilocos Norte National High School, back their only child all the way.

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For her graduation, I gave her a (late) present. She got a little too scared of the matte wine lippie. Sue me if you think she doesn’t look good in plummy berries!

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Wabi Sabi’s JV and his sibs.

Our last stop was Wabi Sabi. Then we see JV Respicio, Raine’s former schoolmate at UP.

Me: What do you like cooking at home?
JV: Native.
Me: Like what?
Raine: Ugsa (deer)?

She was serious. We capped off the tea party with pensive discussion about youth empowerment and making a difference in this world. They both stare at me when I said we live in a patriachal society. Now you know why my blog is named such.

When it rains, it floods.

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{Flannel shirt: Cotton On, Aztec top: Just G., denim shorts: F21, mocs: Minnetonka}

I always love her photos of me. (The fauxlaroids are mine). She says this should be for an OOTD) She asks me, are those cheekbones real? Brandon laughs out loud.

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