Joshua Tree National Park | Trailing the Sun

Cholla Garden Boardwalk

A happy week to everyone!

Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National ParkMorning Rays
Cholla CactusA Thorny SpotWash of LightCholla Cactus
Cholla Cactus GardenCampingJoshua Tree National ParkFrom A Moving CarVivid YellowLost Palms Oasis TrailLost Palms Oasis TrailLost Palms OasisRockyCalifornia DesertLost Palms TrailJoshua Tree National ParkLost Palms OasisAt the end of the Lost Palms Oasis Trail

With special thanks to Marichi and Jonathan Lo for the adventure and photos of me.

Photographed by Tina Tan © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2015

Hot Palm Springs

Palm Springs

It’s either you’ll envy or loathe my new tan. Enjoyed much a weekend in Palm Springs. Ericke and I woke up an otherwise pacific pool, what with fellow-Laoagueña Anna around (this merits an entirely new story). My gracious sis-in-law Marichi prepared a delicious Japanese dinner complete with shabu-shabu and mochi ice cream. Sangria was a wonderful cap. Before sunrise the next day, we headed to Joshua Tree National Park. It’s actually my next post, breathtaking scenery in a most gorgeous earth palette.

I miss blogging more frequently. It has become a luxury. I hope you are doing well, everyone!

Pink DoorPalm Trees at High NoonDSC_0650=2If the pink door might be familiar to you, it is because it’s been used as a backdrop for several fashion blogs. 

Palm SpringsSucculentsWater and LightDipUntitledUntitledSushi PlateShabu-ShabuLolea sangriaMochi Ice CreamRising SunCholla Gardens at Joshua Tree National ParkJoshua Tree National ParkCoachella ValleyCoachella Valley
Palm Springs

Photographed by Tina Tan. Photos of author by Ericke Tan
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San Diego Photo Diary

San Diego Skyline

My recent San Diego jaunt with my mom and sister was more focused around historic sites and local eats. We drove around town and strolled around touristy places like Seaport Village and Old Town San Diego. Also visited The Del, I first photographed at Christmastime decades ago. Named a National Historic Landmark, the 1888 Hotel del Coronado, a wooden Victorian resort fronting San Diego Bay, looks well-maintained after all the years.

The local food scene was lively, notwithstanding the off-peak season. Ironside Fish and Oyster, a busy restaurant and bar in Little Italy, and the downtown Extraordinary Desserts by Karen Kranse were amazing finds.

DovesSeaport Village, San Diego, CaliforniaSeaport VillageDSC_4895DSC_4928Through Wind ChimesOld Town San DiegoOld Town San DiegoPineappleOld Town San DiegoHotel del CoronadoHotel del CoronadoHotel del CoronadoHotel del Coronado LobbyBeach View from Hotel del CoronadoSan DiegoIronside

At Ironside, my fruity fried oysters complemented my farm-fresh leafy salad dribbled with blue cheese. Clam chowder was also excellent. You can see them bake their own bread at a station.

Sweet cravings led us to Extraordinary Desserts near The Bristol where we spent the night. The place was also full. I got a Shangri-la which was so true to its name. Laced with a not too sweet guava confit, the pastry was deliciously light.

Fried OystersIronside, San DiegoLobster RollIronside DinnerSea UrchinExtraordinary Desserts by Karen KrasneExtraordinary Desserts by Karen KrasneExtraordinary Desserts by Karen KrasneExtraordinary Desserts, San DiegoThe BristolThe Bristol, San Diego

The Bristol Hotel is a nice and comfy place to stay in San Diego. They allow pets, btw.

No to zoos for me.

In-N-OutIn-N-Out BurgerIn-N-Out Animal Style FriesiDessert by Jean-PhilippeiDessertSan Diego, California
Photographed by V. Lo and Tina Tan
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Across the Border

International Border

Tijuana, roughly two and a half hours from LA, and the next-door neighbor of San Diego, is not as exotic as I thought it would be.

“En globalization de Tijuana.”

My sister thought I saw it somewhere. We had Spanish subjects in college, gracias.

Jesus on the road in Baja California

Tijuana is the cultural and commercial center of Baja California. Before exploring downtown Tijuana, we went to Puerto Nuevo for lobsters. Driving can be super stressful. It can be worse than in Manila. People will suddenly appear on the freeway. Men will also try to stop your car at the area where the lobster restaurants are teeming But food was exceptional. Lobsters at Villa Ortega (my sister learned about the place from insiders) are from Maine, the Caribbean or the playas. Bread, tortilla soup or salad, and tortillas with rice and beans are served with every order of seafood.

Puerto Nuevo SeafoodVilla Ortega Window ViewNachosGrilled LobstersTortillasMexican CuisineView from Puerto NuevoDowntown TijuanaAvenida Revolucion is the main street of  the zona centro of Tijuana. In the photo is the Tijuana Arch.

Avenida Revolucion, Zona Centro, TijuanaTijuana StreetA coffee shop in TijuanaMom and I had awesome coffee at this place. Mine was flavored with amaretto, but I know the distinct flavor has something to do with the beans.

TijuanaDulce de LecheTijuana

Shopping in T.J. (Tijuana’s nickname) was so much fun. Didn’t find my size in the blue huaraches I liked. Mom bought us embroidered peasant dresses and tops. I found a white top in abel-like fabric with dainty blue patterns on the neckline. Also got a tote with Mexican artist Frida Kahlo on it.

Tijuana Cultural CenterCentro Cultural de Tijuana

Capping our Baja California sojourn is merienda at the busy Taqueria Franc. Tripe or lengua tacos. anyone? My soft taco with adobado (marinated pork) made any taco I’ve had before so inaccurate.

AdobadaTaqueria FrancTaqueria Franc, TijuanaTaqueriaTacos de TripasTacos de tripas and tacos de adobada with guacamole below.

Tacos de Adobada

I enjoyed this trip with mom and my sister Nikko. Thanks to both.

San Ysidro Port of EntryThe super busy San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Photographed by V. Lo and Tina Tan
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