Indigenous Finds at Tropical Living


If coastal style is your thing, there’s one place I know in Laoag for native coconut shell art, shell decor, local pottery/basketry pieces and other uncommon objects. Lots of decor inspired by the sea at Tropical Living on (eastern) Rizal Street.

It’s also the same location for native Ilocos Putopao, the owners own creation of a mixed breed puto and siopao (Chinese pork bun), which means there’s pork asado and salted egg on a bed of rice cake. Had it with buko shake. Coconut shakes are suddenly so in; the new lechon manok🙂

Coconut Shell ArtPotteryCoconut Shell Art 2Buko ShakeIlocos Putopao

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The warmth of tropical living in Casa Consuelo (Sunrise)

Waking Up to Bliss

They say “life is a big sunrise…”

I woke up to an invigorating, most inspiring daybreak! Staying at Casa Consuelo’s “Casa Consuelo” is a once-in-a-lifetime-experience (sigh)! I thank God for giving Armi and Richard the power of creativity in transforming a vision. I saw the beach jungle before it became the homestay that it is now. Most of the exotic plants are still there, well-rooted, and there’s the addition of lovely and soothing spaces, with only salvaged wood, recycled old stuff,  abubut, nature and a whole lot of drive and zest, bringing warmth and soul to beach living.

I’m excited to see more in the future. Just the beginning like a new dawn.

Sunrise (April 20, 2012)Dos Hermanos Sunrise

Sunny-side ups, fresh garlic rice, crispy espada and Leehua's Choco's Ilocos longanza and my love -- oh-so-good bacon! Btw, there's a Choco's Lechon booth within Casa Consuelo -- grillin' daily:)

Armi made it just in time before we motored to Adams for a turnaround.

Oh, lordly, just my luck! When we arrived in Adams, Richard phoned his mom only to say that he caught a whale jumpin’ out of the ocean. Yay!

Stopped by my suki at Gao-oa for seafood and this was what we had for lunch…

Pancit Buko

Leehua’s creation — pancit buko — Chinese flavors infused with exotic coconut, and yet very Pinoy like my girlfriend Leehua:) That’s perhaps what binds us, our forefathers must have had spelling problems (sorry, an in-joke).

God bless your souls, Leehua, Armi, Richard and Vivian… enjoyed the getaway tremendously! I’ll be back to photograph the whale. And some snorkeling. And bumming in style.

Read the first part of The warmth of tropical living in Casa Consuelo.

Casa Consuelo (island reef) Sitio Baniaran, Brgy. Balaoi, Pagudpud Contact: Landline (077) 607-08-84 (077) 676-17-35 CP +639189590757/+639189905385/+639175541860 Check their page on Facebook.

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