Monthly Archives: April 2006

How to dry your Rice

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It is this time of the year that people here dry their rice because it’s past the harvest season. They dry their rice for several reasons, foremost of which is to lengthen its shelf life to last until the next … Continue reading

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One-stop-laundry shop

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People here want their clothes “river-washed and river-dried.” By simply smelling, they can identify if it is not. They say, if it is river-washed and dried, it has a distinct smell, it is as if it’s cleaner, fresher and more … Continue reading

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Side by side

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If you’re going to Ilocos by land, you may notice some public cemeteries along the highway. Having traveled many times from and to the province, they have become a familiar sight to me. One place caught my attention lately and … Continue reading

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The big small salt refinery!

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  My concept of a “refinery” totally changed when I saw this, in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte. I stopped along the national highway where there are stalls selling salt (iodized), (sugar cane) vinegar and (fresh) fish. I bought vinegar and salt … Continue reading

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Power Nap – Laoag

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  Even machines have to rest too, right? I took this picture in one of the corner streets in front of Marcos Stadium in Laoag City, at about 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon. It is around this time that people … Continue reading

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Needle in a Haystack

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  “Finding a needle in a haystack” – this is what comes to my mind whenever I see a haystack. Ilocanos pile hay (not to put a needle and ask somebody to find it!) but it has something to do … Continue reading

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“Yes Tito, in three days!” – Laoag

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One of my regular visits to Ilocos is this time of the year. Not only because it is the Holy Week but also to spend time with my family. I arrived yesterday morning by bus and I was surprised to … Continue reading

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Dep’t. of Tourism promotes “Cape Bojeador Lighthouse” and “Wind Farm” in its first travel video ad for 2006

The DOT in cooperation with SMART Communications promotes, among others, the lighthouse of Burgos (Ilocos Norte), otherwise known as “cape bojeador” and the “Wind Farm” of Bangui (Ilocos Norte) which is the latest tourist destination in the North. To add, … Continue reading

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Where the strength of man meets the grandeur of nature

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Many who visit Ilocos may not know this place yet. Me and my friends, Bennette, John, Elmar, with Red and Caloy (not in the picture), had the privilege of being one of the first visitors of this place when it … Continue reading

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Window grills of the “Balay ti Amianan” started it all

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  I took this shot in Summer of 2000 when my hands were still starting to get acquainted with the camera (and continous to be so). I was used to “instamatic” cameras before that, and this was one of the … Continue reading

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My guidance counsellor in college told me…

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  I saw this plant in a sari-sari store in Piddig. I don’t know how is it called, I am not even sure if it belongs to the fern family (although it looks like one) but I was sure that … Continue reading

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In the middle of a “Runway”

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  To those who have gone to “Patapat” coming from the poblacion of Pagudpud, you may have noticed a long, wide and straight road which my local friends refer to as “runway” for obvious reasons. Ajing, a friend who visited … Continue reading

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Ilocos Norte Online says Ilocos Norte is not just churches…it’s true!

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  I was surfing thru Ilocos Norte Online and I was struck by its tagline which goes “Ilocos Norte, not just churches!” That’s true. While many of my friends who have gone to Ilocos or plans to go there recalls … Continue reading

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(More of) My Sister’s Collection

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Ilocos, I must say is a euforbia-crazy province. Upon entering the province, you will notice that almost every house has a euforbia plant in the front yard. Our’s is not an exception. My sister even knows how many stems her … Continue reading

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My Sister’s Collection

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  These are just some of about 50 varieties of a certain plant which my sister call “Euforbia”. This succulent grow abundantly in Ilocos because of the warm (or should I say hot!) climate. Everytime I go home, I always … Continue reading

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Life and Me

I have interest for visual arts and I always wanted to do photography. Throughout these pages, I will be sharing some of the photographs I have taken of anything and everything about Ilocos (and everything and anything not!). Taking photographs … Continue reading

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