Have An Ice Day


Just living is not enough. Fresh air, a walk in nature, those little details around can refresh the spirit. I believe in the healing power of nature, and thanks to Big Bear, Angelenos can conveniently have fun in the snow and bask in nature’s awesomeness. In my case it was a day out with a friend. Ice, ice, baby!

Hope you like the photos.


Nicely done fried ice cream at the local BLT’s Restaurant.



Joshua Tree National Park | Trailing the Sun

Cholla Garden Boardwalk

A happy week to everyone!

Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National ParkMorning Rays
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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!

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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.

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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.

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

No to zoos for me.

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Photographed by V. Lo and Tina Tan
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