Holy Week Sightings: KA-BLOG’s Mico Aytona, sandboarding and other bloggables on Ilocos sand

3/31/2010 Mico Aytona shoots an episode for GMA Kapuso’s Ka-Blog, a teen magazine show. The Laoag Sand Dunes sandboarding/off-roading feature is scheduled to air on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 9:00 AM.

“Astig!!!!” was all he could utter after driving the mean machine on his own. Overwhelmed, perhaps.

Sandboarding, the new board sport on sand to try in Ilocos! Developed by the LEAD Movement.

A ladybugged tourist. I think she got ’em from here.

Chucked… or Converts? One and the same. Laid-back chic personified.

Now they can wear their scarves, which were ubiquitous on the streets  in 2007.

Fashionable size… MINI! Ewww, if you bring the whole bottle!!!!!

4/2/2010 I spotted the roving Havaianas team 🙂 They ended giving me one of those flip-floats.

Fit and fab Alma Oida in surfing mode. Surfing lessons in Kapuluan Vista Resort, anyone?

The most adorable reusable water bottle I spotted at the beach. It belongs to Red Dot’s fashion guru, Me-Ann Cua Macaraeg. It’s from Pylones (pronounced pee-lone), her fave store for the cutest knickknacks.

Photography gear envy! I have to get a DiCAPac SLR Pack Waterproof Camera Case for myself, too.

One of these surfboards belongs to ABS-CBN kapamilya Jericho Rosales.

Or, maybe, one of these. Surf’s up photos of Echo. *inserts* I had to check… he was on a purple one.

Henna tattooing by Tattoo de Iloco found at the Villa del Mar beachfront in Saud, Pagudpud.

Skin art masterpiece by no less than Janer Santos, The Premier Tattooist of the North, a PhilTAG member.

The leading handy phone dealer in Ilocos Norte, Vertext, also set camp in Villa del Mar. Mixing business with pleasure 🙂

I overheard that kapamilya  Enchong Dee and Victor Basa were on the other side of the Saud Beach stretch. Promise to post photos if Ericke was lucky.

Wishin’ you all a happy Easter and a bright summer!

Sandboarding Contact #s 0919-873-5516 / 0932-358-7521. P2500/hour – maximum of 4 persons/jeep. Price includes 4×4 & sandboarding adventure.
Janer Santos Tattoo de Iloco contact # 09203466607
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Kapuluan Vista Resort’s Yummy Healthy Menu

Dining at Kapuluan is always a great gastronomic experience and never complete without  their famous margarita. Alcohol, in moderate amounts, is good for the heart 🙂

Mike and Alma grow their own veggies… and flowers.

These organic veggies make their eats extra special.

I had this garlic and sun-dried tomato pasta. I wanted to have a second serving but we were running out of time. I’ll have it again next time. Mike says they dry their own tomatoes.

For non-vegans, the best burger in Ilocos, promise!! Consistently grilled the way we like it — kinda burnt on the outside but very juicy inside, and with lots of fresh greens. ♥

Their homemade bread toasted the French way.

proper waste segregation

In a lot of aspects, eco-conscious Kapuluan Vista Resort leads.

Read more in the previous post.

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“Fort Ilocandia Iced Tea please”

Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel

Like an indomitable fortress, Fort Ilocandia Resort, the only five-star resort in the northernmost part of Luzon has had various permutations, yet it continues to attract an affluent clientele.  Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers were once guests at this renowned  holiday spot. In the province,  it is still the preferred venue for big weddings and other special events.

A few years after the much celebrated wedding of Irene Marcos and Gregorio Araneta III in 1983, its cuisine underwent considerable changes depending on its new proprietors. For awhile, it was the only place where one can have beef stroganoff and cassata milanese or baked alaska.  And then the succeeding Chinese owners introduced the Flamingo restaurant. Who could forget  their Kobe beef, the finest beef around at that time?  Another extraordinary gastronomic experience the resort offered was the Mongolian rice bar at the al fresco Coco Lobster. Chinese, Japanese and Korean chefs were also brought in. One could savor the bests of Asian cuisine like hakaw, chai tow kway, ho fan noodles,  peking duck, gyoza, assorted sushi and sashimi, teppanyaki, sukiyaki, bibimpap, bulgogi, etc. all under one roof. The latest company that manages the resort has simplified its menu sticking to the old but reliable Chinese, Filipino, American and Italian favorites; although sushi is still available in the delicatessen shop.

Sports BarIn Fort Ilocandia’s 26 years of existence, what hasn’t changed is the first-rate service and its iced tea– one of the best tasting iced teas I’ve had so far. It still has that same tangy and sweetish pomegranate taste. I’ve had roughly 7000 glasses of it!

the Fort Ilocandia iced tea

One Hundred Meter Dash fried mozarella cheese sticks, salsa and the Fort Icolandia Iced Tea

One Hundred Meter Dash (fried mozarella cheese sticks), salsa and the Fort Ilocandia Iced Tea



I love this photo - "Ericke in a fanciful moment with famous personalities

I love this photo - "Ericke in a fanciful moment with famous personalities"

[photos by blauearth]