Friday, June 13, 2008

an islander's outlook

untangling a 50meter-long fish net looks complicated to me but not for manong Bert. he does this every morning before setting out to the sea. we woke up at 5:00am to capture the sunrise from the beach but it didn't show much as the sky was cloudy. we then decided to walk along the beach front to observe the people's activities in the island. while we were strolling and going farther, we noticed several fishermen preparing to set-off to the sea. that's when we met manong Bert, who grew up in the island of Bantayan. he has seen how the island has evolved from an island that was merely ordinary to them to becoming a beach haven. he is now married and has two children. "growing up in the island was simple" he said. "you wake up in the morning, our mother prepares our food, we go to school while our father sets out to fish". on a weekend they join their father as a time for them to learn the basics of fishing. at the age of 5 he already mastered the maneuvering of a fishing boat. they were not so worried with the economy then. politics was less important and people in their area knows one another. years after that, the island became busier as resorts were being built. transporting people coming in and out of the island became a business. pier expansion led to a busy trading. fishing boats are now motorized and they started to earn more but this time they became affected by the surging gas prices. i asked how much one fishing boat can costs. he said "it can costs around P14,000 (estimated $320) without the motor as you buy it separately" then he showed us the motor and continued "this costs around P5,000 (estimated $113)". but he was blessed enough to have inherited a fishing boat from his father. the crisis doesn't affect them much as they generally get their food from their own catch.few minutes more, his wife arrived and introduced her to us. his wife assisted him. she showed us how important it is to support his husband and we can simply imagine how blessed their kids are to have such good parents.i asked if he has a plan to go and work in the city but he said he has none. but he has good plans for his children. he sees the urban life as a complicated life for a person like him, who is now used to this kind of living. he is is already happy and contented. he enjoys the simple life of an islander.

to brycebugz, thank you for including me on your personal list of Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008. i appreciate that.

52 comments:

nona said...

Wow!! Dong Ho you had a great great photos here. Akala ko tuloy intsik ka :) your name sounds as well. Thanks sa visit.

bariles said...

Thanks for visiting Dong. Your blog is remarkable. If only I could shoot photos like you do, then I could retire and just venture on travelling and photography.

And hey, you're an emerging blogger too!

Way to go! Congrats and thanks for adding me in your blogroll too.

Ciao!

SandyCarlson said...

The fisherman has a wonderful perspective on life. May he always know the peace he shares. God bless.

atticus said...

wow! may shots ka rin ng huli nilang isda? inggit ako.

Dina said...

Sounds like a good life to me.

acey said...

nice story and pic, dh! ^_^

eastcoastlife said...

Gosh, the fish net looks a tangled mess! I could use it for my Friday the 13th Fright Night party! hehe...

EM said...

Wish our life can be as simple as that...

Lalaine said...

simple life... less complication.

nice pics! :)

the donG said...

>hi nona, thanks! parang intsik nga but i'm not. that's not my real name.

>hi bariles, thanks! im sure you can do the same as many say, what's important is your connection with the subject. keep in touch!

it's brycebugz personal list of emerging bloggers.

>hi sandy, yes. a simple lifestyle. i hope for the same thing.

>atticus, oo nga. kaya lang hindi ko na siya nakausap ulit sa hapon para makunan ang mga nahuling isda.

>hi dina, a simple life of a noble fishermen.

>hi acey, thanks!

>hi eastcoastlife, you made me laugh. yes. i remember your post on friday the 13th.

>hi em, a simple noble life. other people look more at life's complexity.

>hi lalaine, yes. most of the people here live a simple life. and is definitely less complicated. thanks!

dave said...

how i wish the complicated status of our society nowadays would then go back to a lifestyle like that of the fisherman.. simple..

Belen said...

Nice photos. ang galing mong kumuha plus the story.
I do admire manong Bert, he's contented of being a fishermen in that island. Not like others, they prefer to seek a better life here in Metro Manila but ended live in squatter.

Panaderos said...

A life that's happy and content on an island. That couple already has something that many of us spend years to attain. I'm happy for them. I hope the place always stays peaceful for their sake.

the donG said...

>dave, a lifestyle that's simple but happy.

>hi ate belen, thank you po. i agree. many people go to manila to seek a better job yet ending up staying in squatters area. that's sad but it still happens.

>panaderos, very well said. i hope that their children will learn to value their outlook in life. we hope for the same thing for the island.

Rebecca said...

yep, that looks complicated...;)

happy weekend dong!

Dakilang Islander said...

oh yeah..island life rocks! heheh but to be honest hinahanap hanap ko na rin yung magulong buhay sa syudad...

Rio said...

simple life with simple dreams..but to untangle a 50 meter long fish net is not a simple thing...kaya mas gugustuhin ko siguro ng complicated life..lol

the donG said...

>hi rebecca, definitely. but not when you're doing it everyday. hehehe...

>dakilang islander, ganyan talaga pag nagtatrabaho ka sa mga isla dyan. hahaha...

>hi doc rio, hahaha... good outlook. natatawa na naman ako sa yo. kulit lagi.

simple life simple dreams. yes.

Josh of Arabia said...

veri cinematic naman tala ang atake mo bro..i feel like im watching a film..

indeed, your a kudo-worthy pinoy:)

Heart of Rachel said...

Fishing is a not an easy job. I admire hard working people like them

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photographs on your blog and interesting reading! My Great Grandparents lived the same way but without expensive petrol prices :)

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

appears like i was watching the Probe team... very informative and catchy... pics were great too.

redlan said...

ang nakapagdagdag ng ganda sa pics mo ay yung effort mo at ang pagpapahalaga sa tao at sa simpleng situation. It's really great!

keep it up dom! U inspired me.

the donG said...

>josh, maraming salamat. kailangan talagang samahan ng pictures para mas makikita ang totoong tao.

> hi rachel, i agree. many other factors can affect fishing.

>anonymous, thanks you very much. im sure you'll always be proud of them.

>jasper, hahaha... parang documentary pala. thanks!

>redlan, maraming salamat. ito na rin kasi ang isang paraan para maipakita na kaya naman nating mabuhay ng simpleng buhay.

Lawstude said...

great photod dong and a great profile on the townfolks. i just love the sea and the white sand in ur pics.

. said...

nice photos you got there. As well as the story you've covered. Good job! =D

Sandpiper said...

Wow, great blog! You live in a fantastic place! I was looking at some of your previous posts. The scenery is gorgeous.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

the donG said...

>lawstude, thanks! i really love the beach there. i really need to see it again. im really impressed with the island.

>dot, thanks! im glad you appreciate his story. keep in touch.

>sandpiper, the island is really beautiful. at least in one way, i was able to share it to you. keep in touch.

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

It's amazing how interesting a "simple life" can be.

I love the photo of the oar. It's so primitive.

It's so nice how you can just go up to a stranger and start up a conversation with them about their life. It doesn't work that way here.

Sandy B & Dick said...

Hi, Dong! Happy Independence Day, just a bit late, since I have been helping my daughter with the new baby and the toddler! Ansley thanks you for her birthday greetings from the other side of the world. That was very exciting to her:-)

Love your pics, history, and way of life there in paradise.

Richard the Adventurer said...

Nice naman Kuya Dong... Ang saya... galing ng shots!

the donG said...

>hi karen, yes. sometimes we need to realize that a simple life can grant us happiness as well.

i also like the oar. that's nice of you to observe that.

it's not that easy to approach people who we don't know. the best thing to do is first to really befriend them and ask if they can be interviewed.

>hi sandy, thanks! enjoy your time with the kids. happy fathers day to your husband.

>richard, maraming salamat.

. said...

I'll linked you up to get me updated =D

Luke said...

very nice post! this kind of fishing looks fun!

> Vanny said...

yeah..

just like what a great philosopher said, if you know less, you'll expect less. less expectation is equal to simple life.

Raft3r said...

ah, the island life
may ibang magic talaga yan

cool pix, btw

thanks 4 dropping by The Deadbeat Club

care to exchange links?
do lemme know

thankss!

the donG said...

>period, ok. thanks. adding you on my blogroll too.

>luke, fun when you do it just for complete leisure.

>hi vanny, very well said.

>raft3r, thanks! kakaibang magic nga kasi hanggang ngayon may beach fever pa rin ako. hahaha...

exchange links? sure. no problem.

Richard the Adventurer said...

Helllo Kuya Dong.... In-add kita sa Top 10 Influential Bloggers of 2008....

Tapos na ako diyan... I just love your posts...

tutubi philippines said...

ganda naman. pati yung post mo sa baba na kita yung corals sa tubig. i'm planning to go there someday

the donG said...

>richard, maraming maraming salamat! hindi ko alam na marami na rin pala nakaka-appreciate sa blog na ito.

>tutubi, im sure you'll enjoy there. baka pwede kitang samahan dun. hehehe... enjoy!

equilibrium2008 said...

I wish our life will remain as simple as Manong Bert. As we progress, our life also becomes more complicated.

the donG said...

>equilibrium, yes. learning more by living a simple life. sounds odd but im sure it can happen. we can learn many good things from the ordinary things and happenings in life.

equilibrium2008 said...

yes it is possible but very hard aight?

alinaki said...

wow!!! great photos!!! congratulations!

the donG said...

>equi, yes. hard but never impossible.

>alinaki, thanks a lot!

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