Friday, October 20, 2006

Champorado



Here is the long article that I've been working on. This article is a little different from the journal entries that I have been writing thus far, so I'd like to advise anyone who reads it to keep an open mind. It covers a micro and macro perspective on some topics in life, and it includes more detailed fragments of the "Coconuter" story.

Champorado

I just had the pleasure of eating my 4th straight meal of champorado, which is a low-cost meal made by mixing rice, water, cocoa powder, and table sugar. It’s not great for the health, but I figure I’d use its mind-stimulating effects to quickly write some of my thoughts down before going back to the much healthier kangkong (water spinach) and talbos ng kamote (leaves of sweet potato plant). I’m low on money, that’s why I’m eating this sugar and caffeine-powered brown concoction. So, as you all may know, I left the comforts of life in the U.S. along with the potential of my accomplishments detailed in my resume for a simple pastoral life in provincial Philippines. I earn the majority of my survival money via this weblog I maintain known as “Coconuter.” Basically, I document my journey here in the Philippines as I try to find my purpose in life here. I get a few donations every now and then through the weblog, and I sometimes write articles for a magazine. Thus far, if the amount of donations is divided by the number of days I’ve been here in the Philippines, that means I’ve been living on approximately a little more than 3 dollars a day. I am not complaining. I am still in support of this radical route of living on my own despite the advantage of hindsight today.

Three Dollars a Day

If you average it out, that is what I’ve been living on--$3 / day. But in reality, the spending is in spurts and if plotted on a chart you’ll see that the spending rate started out fairly high the first month I was here since I was essentially feeding 8 mouths (including myself), as compared to the 2 mouths (including myself) that I feed today. With peaks there are pits and I’ve hit rock bottom a few times.

Hitting Rock Bottom

There’s nothing wrong with hitting rock bottom (or going bankrupt), as long as you know how to handle it. It has happened to me 4 times already since I’ve been here. It’s very important not to whine and wallow in self-pity. It is a rejuvenating process, both mentally and physically if looked at in a positive manner. It’s actually no problem at all if you use your brain and do a little living off the land. You have to look around you and see what can be used. Whether it’d be gathering wood and/or bamboo for making a fire, or utilizing your domesticated animals if you have any, or taking advantage of your skills in order to hunt, fish, and forage, these are some possible options. I have planted some crops and invested in some chickens specifically for the purpose of getting through these situations. I am also fortunate enough to be close to the mountains and jungles where I can forage for fruits and other “ligaw” or wild foods that may be found. Always remember that Mother Nature has provided a means of survival that our ancestors have used and that we can use today. Some Aetas and other natives around the world still live off the raw land up to this very day.

Hitting Rock Bottom Again

Ok, I’m not going to lie. Hitting rock bottom can be frustrating and can be quite upsetting if you don’t handle it right. You might even catch yourself going a little crazy at times. And I don’t blame you. It can get pretty rough and tiring. Losing gas for cooking can be irritating and cumbersome, as you now have to build a fire to cook. Losing electricity will leave you some nights with a lot of time to either do some powerful thinking or crazy talking. Best yet, just go to sleep. Losing water is unsanitary and just plain stinks, so don’t lose that. Fortunately, I have not lost water, and I now get natural mineral drinking water from a nearby mountain. I’ve never run out of soap or toothpaste, but that would be irritating as well if it happened. I think coconuts can save you there. I believe coconut milk and water is good for the teeth and body, being mineral-filled and having antibacterial properties. Some leaves like guava leaves also have antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, just boil the leaves in some water to create a wash. Some flowers can be used for odor issues. And let’s face it, scraping your behind with your fingers because of a lack of toilet paper is not very fun. But it can only go up from there right? I sure hope so, but just remember my advice to live off the land. Mother Nature gave you everything you need to survive if you just use it.

8 Mouths

I said earlier that I was feeding 8 mouths (including myself) during my first month here. These were some of my Filipino relatives. Some Filipinos base their liking of you depending upon your “nakikisama” qualities or how well you get along or mix in with them. Unfortunately this can sometimes be affected by money, especially if you live with them. In my case, it was difficult for my relatives to accept that despite coming from the US, I am not rich nor am I being supported by my parents. And once I stopped providing money for my relatives, “hindi na ako marunong makisama,” or in other words I no longer knew how to get along or mix in. And so this convinced me to live off on my own. It’s unfortunate that we had that misunderstanding. However, I do understand them and understanding can sometimes alleviate bitterness. I’m not angry, and I still have fond memories of them from my childhood.

The Sickness

But sometimes irritation and anger still exists even despite understanding. This leads me to the “sakit ng mga Pilipino” or the sickness of the Filipino. It happens all over the world but is quite prominent in the Philippines. I am talking about theft. Any Filipino can attest to how rampant this crime is here. I once heard a 7 year old Filipino boy chant “Ang lahi ng mga Pilipino ay magnanakaw,” or the bloodline of Filipinos are thieves. I’ve also overheard a policeman talking about killing a certain thief to end his bloodline so he cannot reproduce and pass it on. My first experience was when the house was broken into by three thieves who ate and bagged a week’s worth of my food, rummaged through my documents, took some of my clothing, and nabbed my all-important digital camera (which I luckily recovered at a pawnshop). Other times, the crops that I plant are stolen. One time I left the house for an hour and when I came back 20 chicks and a mother hen was stolen all at once. Chicken eggs also get stolen. Even my dog, which I got to battle theft, was stolen. People will even use the faucets outside to gather jugs of water if I am gone for very long. Fortunately, now-a-days my two dogs are pretty alert and do a good job of keeping passerby’s away.

I’ve been thinking to myself about this problem and whether the boy and policeman have a point. Is thievery really inherent? I think in some cases it may be as the main thief who stole my digital camera has been evading arrest since he was 12 years old. But for the most part, I think theft here in the Philippines derives from the poor socioeconomic situation, which in part derives from the political situation.

There exists a wealth gap in Philippine society. There are the very poor masses and then there are the few rich elitists. Corruption plagues politics from the bottom to the top. You have mayors ordering the killings of competitors, governors bribing for votes, and even more cheating higher up the chain of command. And not only that, the rich elitists and certain family names rule at the top, causing a national misrepresentation in Philippine politics. The hunger for greed and power is then their motivation to protect their interests using any means. The few elitists become richer and more powerful and the impoverished masses become poorer, hence widening the gap. The interest and welfare of the Filipino citizen then suffers. And thus, the breeding ground for corruption, crime, and poverty has been created.

Fool or Be Fooled

The harsh socioeconomic circumstances has everyone looking out only for their own interests and creating two categories for individuals. An old Filipino man once told me that there are only two types of Filipinos, “ang manloloko at ang naloloko” or the ones who fool and the ones who are fooled. One could say that in any transaction there is no such thing as a fair deal; someone is always going to be better off after a trade. In the Philippines, however, (also in other parts of the world) many people are hunting to take advantage of another. Vendors try to fool me everytime I go to the “palengke” or wet market. Fortunately, I now know the fair prices for most of the goods I purchase. It seems it has become second nature to utilizing deception, the ignorance of the customer, and psychology to gain the upper hand. Ironically, that same old man talked me in to buying his over-priced dog.

Pearl of the Orient

Why the Philippines then? Well, despite the vast economic, political, and social problems, the Philippines is a unique and happy place. I am half Filipino and I lived my first 7 years in the Philippines so I have partly a Filipino background that would make my decision to come to the Philippines versus another country a reasonable one. Regardless of the Filipino background as a bias for choosing to come here, the Philippines has an appealing and colorful land, people, and culture. Maybe it's the friendly, easy to get along with attitude , or perhaps it's also their laid back and down-to-earth personality that allows one to quickly befriend a Filipino along the street and have a simple enjoyable conversation with even if you've never met each other before. Because they are known for their smiling faces, Filipinos can make any stranger feel comfortable and welcome. Sometimes it’s fake or “plastic” because of the Filipino people’s custom to please others, but they are truly hospitable, giving, and approachable to visitors and strive to make them comfortable and feel welcome. They are conservative, respectful, and humble, which are in-line with the values I was brought up under. Filipinos have formed a socially cohesive, free-spirited, culturally vibrant, free-spirited, and happy society that is easy to fall in love with. Perhaps because of this atmosphere is why many foreigners enjoy coming to the Philippines and staying in the country for good. The land is simply beautiful and still has some pristine untouched areas. Even though the cities in the Philippines are very dirty compared to other nations, the country still shines through via its many unique sites packed into its relatively small land area.

Filipino-American

But I am also half American and am just as proud of my American heritage as I am my Filipino heritage. The Philippines as well has fallen under a lot of U.S. influence. The Philippines was under U.S. occupation and guidance for a number of years and left a mark within the nation. The most obvious change was the incorporation of English into the Filipino language. A large percentage of the Philippine population is now able to understand and/or speak English. Apart from the language, the Philippines has adopted American-based executive, congressional, judicial, military, and other systems. Despite the U.S.-Philippine cooperation, the Philippines opted not to extend the stay of the Americans. It is perfectly ok to reclaim full independence and control of one’s country, so the Philippine congressional decision was justified in that sense, but some Filipinos miss the job opportunities and economic prosperity to a certain extent that the American presence brought. And I guess this brings me to my next topic, which is civilization. The U.S. is a prime example of a present-day modern civilization and this of course is what all nations want today.

Civilization and Modernization

Civilization and the modernization of it generally brings growth and/or improvement in health, knowledge, and man-made creations.

Survival and maintaining good health is basically the first priority of every living thing. In this day and age, what it takes to survive and maintain good health is, for the most part, known and readily available. Through the years, man and modernization has brought about medicine, new foods, and new habits. When man was physically active before, man in modern civilization is now found sitting at office desks all day and for most of the week, as well as sitting idle in front of computers or the television for hours at a time. Not to mention that through the years, people have been getting hooked on all sorts of degrading man-made addictions. And so we had the healthier regular physical activity of the past replaced by the more comfortable, less active, and less healthy present day routine. Since survival of the fittest is virtually gone for the human race, this caused a decrease in food availability and hence an overall demand for more food to feed the fast-growing human population. And so men created all sorts of new and processed foods. But you see, you can’t cheat Mother Nature. This new less-active lifestyle along with the rising amount of new and processed foods brings about new illnesses, like cancer. And instead of fixing the problem at the root and getting rid of it, man opts to fix it at the surface, despite its reoccurrence, by creating medicines. And so man thinks he’s got it made by making new medicines to battle all the new illnesses. But man can’t seem to realize that he is fighting an endless war because his new medicines only create more new illnesses that are usually stronger and more resistant than they were. You just can’t cheat Mother Nature. Instinctively we already have what it takes to survive. Unfortunately instinct is sometimes over-written by man’s theories and creations. Many of these theories need to be changed because apparently we’re tangled in a web we shouldn’t have been weaving to begin with.

Over time, knowledge increases as well. And, for the most part this is good, as the more we know, the more we understand. Man created a system called formal education and this provides most people with knowledge in selected subjects. From kindergarten all the way up to college, formal education is supposed to serve as proof that you satisfactorily understand the selected subjects studied. Even if you cheated all the way through or was passed out of sympathy, as long as you get that piece of official paper then you might get hired by a company to perform a set of tasks that may or may not have anything to do with what you studied all your life thus far. And so, that’s nice, as you may have gotten that job you always wanted, even though someone else who did not go through that schooling is more capable and better at performing your job than you are. I am not nagging about learning because I’m all for increasing knowledge and understanding. The education-to-workforce system is just inefficient, to say the least.

Modernization has brought about more man-made creations as well. Civilization has undergone positive development in many areas. Improved shelter and clothing are a couple. Language was a great development. The taming of fire is another. Agriculture, electricity, light, refrigerators, computers, and the internet are others. The emergence of trade, currency, specializations (jobs), and infrastructure has made our lives run faster. But modernization has also brought about pollution, global warming, toxic wastes, contamination, extinct species, resource depletion, processed foods, antibiotics, plastics, and weapons of mass destruction, to name a few.

Outer Space and the “Universe”

The space and science programs allow us to understand more about the universe and feed our curiosity. In addition, venturing into outer space seems to be a good idea in the aspect that finding resources and inhabitable planets may be a priority in the future with the ever-growing number of people and the ever-vanishing resources. Furthermore, the universe is an interesting thing. The resemblance of solar systems and planets rotating around stars to atoms and how electrons rotate around proton-neutron nuclei is quite striking. What if Earth was just an electron, the Sun a nucleus, the solar system just an atom, our galaxy just a molecule, and our “universe” a piece of matter (perhaps a drop of water or something)? So that would mean our “universe” is just a spec of something bigger, and we could even go in reverse. This piece of paper could be a “universe,” its molecules could be separate galaxies, its atoms could be separate solar systems, its nuclei separate stars, and its electrons could be separate planets. So that would mean these electrons or planets have their own matter or “universes,” which could be water, trees, rocks, or whatever kind of matter. Thinking this way would mean that “universes” exist within “universes” and these exist within other “universes” and so forth. This would essentially mean a never-ending cycle. And this would also mean that we need to replace the definition of “universe.” According to my theory, “universe” means “matter,” and the actual universe in my theory is the never-ending cycle itself. So, is there a God, and who created all of this? And also, if we are essentially part of a bigger “world,” what happens if humans exist in that “bigger” or “higher” level we are a part of and let’s say they detonate a nuclear weapon? This theory brings about a whole string of questions and topics. I’ll elaborate on some, but I could probably write a short textbook with illustrations on my theory.

“Higher” and “Lower” “Worlds”

First, the less touchy subject, which is the situation I just mentioned. Remember, according to my theory, we are a piece of matter within another piece of matter and so on. So our “universe” could be part of a rock (or water, or a hair, or clouds, or any piece of matter) which could be part of a rain drop in the “bigger” or “higher” world/level which could be part of a plant in the next “bigger” or “higher” world/level and so forth. So, what if in one of these “bigger” or “higher” worlds that we are a part of there exists humans or some other being? And what if these humans or other beings have developed and detonate a nuclear weapon? Detonating a nuclear weapon entails the splitting of a nucleus which essentially creates a chain reaction of destruction. So what if our “world” or “level” was a part of or within that nucleus? What would that mean? That would mean we would be obliterated along with all the levels “below” or “within” us. So, what happens when we detonate a nuclear weapon on Earth? Well, that would mean we would be destroying the worlds or levels “below” or “within” us along with all the living things we would be destroying in that area on Earth. It makes me wonder why we’ve even created such weapons. Then we have nations today who think they are world police that tell other nations not to create such weapons of mass destruction that they themselves have been creating for years and are still creating (quite ironic). All nations should stop creating them, not only a select few.

Is there a God? And who created everything?

On to the more touchy subject—Is there a God? And who created everything? Well, frankly, I don’t have and don’t believe in any religion or religions itself. I’m not saying that others who have or believe in a religion are wrong, because everyone is entitled to their own belief. I believe humans came about via evolution, and I think anthropologists have done a sufficient job in digging up fossils and whatnot to support this theory. I think that many holy scriptures depict exaggerations or tall tales of semi-factual events and also fictional stories for the purpose of giving lessons or advice and also to gain a following (in order to gain power). I actually think religions are very inefficient and destructive creations and the majority of wars in human history are proof of this since most wars in human history were started by religious conflicts. It’s silly and a shame that lives are lost over mere stories. So, if I believe in evolution, then I believe that we evolved from apes, which evolved from other species, which originated from microscopic hydro-organisms in the ocean. So who do I believe created the original organisms that we spawned off of? And who created everything? God? Perhaps, I don’t know. Do I believe in God? Well, I’m not atheist. And I pray to God at night. The creation or emergence of everything as we know it is still a mystery to me and all of us. It is something we do not understand, and I attribute this unknown to a super-power or God.

What is the Meaning of Life?

And so what is the meaning of life? That, too, is a mystery to all of us. Is it something we should be trying to find out? There’s a saying that curiosity killed the cat, but curiosity may be innate in animals and especially in humans. So were we meant to be oblivious of it all? I don’t know, but like Thomas Jefferson said, I believe we should all be entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as long as it doesn’t interfere with another’s rights to life, liberty, and their pursuit of happiness.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Life is probably of the utmost importance, because without life everything would be nothing. And so survival and the maintenance of good health are a living things ongoing priority. Survival of the fittest is how life worked for wild animals in the past and also today. The weak, sickly, and inept did not make it, and the strong, healthy, and clever lived on and reproduced. Today, humans are fortunate enough to have progressed and are now able to ensure life for the majority of the populace. This poses a resource depletion problem, but that’s a long way away and many factors can come into play to alleviate that problem if it ever reaches that point. So civilization has ensured survival for most, but being alive doesn’t necessarily mean having good health. Due to new lifestyles, foods, medicines, and illnesses brought about by modernization, human health has suffered through the years. One could argue that due to the large human population and its very fast growth rate that it necessitates the production of new lifestyles, foods, and medicines and thus the rise of new illnesses. Yes, that’s true. So far, it’s a catch-22. It seems the saying “you can’t cheat Mother Nature” comes into play once more.

I believe everyone should be able to pursue happiness. Do or go for whatever makes you happy, as long as it doesn’t infringe upon another’s life, liberty, and happiness.

After mentioning all the aforementioned topics, I think it is time to address why I gave up life in the U.S. and came over to the Philippines since I have already been discussing it. Well, it can be summed up in “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Being healthy should be important for everyone, since a longer life can mean more growth, progress, knowledge, understanding, and time. And I’ve been thinking, if the perfect diet and habits are found (and fatal accidents are avoided of course), is there potential to live forever? Well, anyways, being healthy is important to me. Health suffers in modernized areas, and it’s very expensive and inconvenient to be healthy in such modernized areas. Aside from the fact that I was born in and lived my first 7 years in provincial Philippines, I believe that what it takes to become healthy can be conveniently found in the pastoral setting of provincial Philippines, although other tropical nations or areas may do as I believe an un-modernized tropical environment is man’s natural habitat. I have my developing theory on healthy habits and a healthy diet (that I wish I knew earlier in life), which would probably do everyone more good than what the standard food pyramid and more good than what most medical practitioners would recommend. But I’ll save my theory for another long article or short textbook as it is quite lengthy.

Increased liberty is also something I gained here in provincial Philippines. In the U.S., and other modernized areas you cannot escape the “tracking device” of the government, things like taxes and other bills are always on your tail, and your job eats up the majority of your life. In provincial Philippines (and perhaps other provincial areas), there is no “tracking device” and you only need to pay for your own necessities. It’s also cheaper to live in the Philippines compared in other countries, but wages are also lower in the Philippines. There also exists a lack of job opportunities. But for the lower jobs that are available, there is a work concept that is quite appealing and is commonly found in provincial Philippines. It is the “work when you need money” and “relax when you want to” concept. It is more like doing temporary contract or project-type work and is done in spurts. The pressure of a continuous job is taken away in this concept. Many others of course wish for this continuous money-job and go into the city or abroad to find that opportunity. There are also a few in provincial Philippines that live on self-subsistence or live off the land and are basically self-supporting, which is ideal for some. These people escape modern pressures and expectations to an extent. This simple free living isn’t a bad idea really. Let me share to you a metaphorical example. People who live in modernized areas are like 45-day or caged chickens. They are imprisoned to serve humans (which could represent modern civilization or the government or employers or whatever), and pumped with antibiotics to ensure they live. Sure they don’t have to fear any predators hunting them down and they don’t have to worry about food because they are given plenty to eat and they don’t have to work hard either (which could be perceived as a comfortable and safe environment), but unlike their free-range and wild counterparts, the free-range and wild chickens are healthier, free, and are able to pursue whatever makes them happy. For me, I’m not wholly against the workforce as I find jobs or specializations important in a modernizing civilization, but I find pastoral and simple living quite appealing. Perhaps I will never reach a state where I would able to fully live a pastoral life due to future dependents, but I am making an effort in not giving up all liberty and going back to mainstream modernized urban life. Finding something here in the Philippines that will allow me to hold on to at least a little freedom from the chains of complex civilization and also enjoy the Philippines unique atmosphere would be wonderful for me. And so I dream nightly of some golden coconut to fall to me from the sky. I’m hurriedly looking and hoping for that promising opportunity here in the Philippines. I have gotten invitations to enter Philippine show business (and haven’t declined yet, just placed on hold to act as a last alternative). And of course I could already be performing menial or labor type work or simple office jobs, but I’d rather not be a pawn as I’ve been the most diligent pawn for so long and it gets tiring when you really give it your all and you feel you have the potential to create, maintain, and run a whole business (and plus being a pawn in the Philippines is very cheap because of the low wages). And so whether it’d be a unique export idea, a useful invention, an online business, an opportunity to open and run an internet café (which I could run and maintain solely by myself), an opportunity to open and run a health and wellness center/shop, or any other brilliant idea, offer, or opportunity, I’m hoping and praying for it because I’m running out of time.

Himala (Miracle)

Freedom from modern civilization’s chains, pastoral living, and last but not least, making those who are close to me happy are the things that make me happy. The Philippines has given me the first two; I’m only lacking the last, which is the reason why I’m still striving (frantically searching due to a lack of time) to find a promising opportunity here in the Philippines that will lead to me obtaining an ample and secure income here in the Philippines. And so I’m praying and hoping for this miracle. There is a line that is fitting to end this article from a Filipino song called “Himala” that goes “Himala, Kasalanan bang, Humingi ako sa langit ng, Isang Himala?” or in English, “A Miracle, Is it my fault that, I asked the heavens for, One Miracle?”


Copyright David Eric Poarch 2006

175 comments:

jian. said...

you are soooo HANDSOME!
i watched nagmamahal kapamilya. i saw your blog there. grabe huhh.

Anonymous said...

YOU are so brave and strong and I admire you for that..

God bless.. mr. COCONUTER... wishing you to find youe real purpose In life..

melyx_joca said...

hey..your entry touched my heart so much..may God bless you always..thanks for your entry, the coconuter..i'm inspired to stay in the phils..take care!God bless

melyx_joca said...

thankz

Inchiqueko said...

Hi David, we hit your blog as soon as we saw you on Nagmamahal Kapamilya. Your story is simply amazing, inspiring for the Filipino youth. Hang on there and we wish that you will be able to find your perfect coconut. =)It was so responsible for you to stay with your girl when others of your stature would have just packed their bags and leave. If you need to go back to the U.S. because that is the best thing to do, then go. Follow your heart.

L_I_Z_A_N_N_E said...

i saw you in NAGMAMAHAL KAPAMILYA..your story was nice..like it!!!add more pictures..and r u going home at texas???

im lizanne..please email me your story at lizanne_skimmer2@yahoo.com
please...thanx

Gabz said...

Your story is very interesting and touching. You made a long way just to live a humble life here in the Philippines. You deserve to be an inspiration to a lot of Filipinos, most especially to those who dream the opposite.

May you continue to live your dreams and reach your goals. I know that that's what make you happy and fulfilled. Keep your feet on the ground because living in simplicty, nowadays, is great heroic deed.

I will help you promote your blog, in my own little way, by tagging it in mine. You deserve praises and are worth emulating. I'm proud to shout to every Filipino that you're one-of-a-kind.

-dheng- said...

hi, iv watched the episode of ngmamahal kapamilya that featured ur story and i must say, ur amazing.. a lot have bin wishing for the life that you used to have.. you left it all in search for yourself.. well, i wish you all the luck and i hope ull find what youve ben looking for..

Rjay said...

i've just seen your story in the tv..

you are truly inspiring.. i really salute you for a lot of things..

continue doing good.. and learning more about our country.. our heritage.. from the people around you and the events you'll experience..

kinda long post there but i did like reading it..

also, the photos you have in the blog reminds me of my hometown.. i miss everything there.. our farm, the food, the air.. everything
but i guess i have to finish my school here in manila before i could go back..

keep postin.. more power.. ingat kau!

Anonymous said...

wow! very impressive..was watching that kapamilya ep kanina... so proud of you... hands down...

cant believe there'll be a person who'd leave his everything just to experience life here!;-)

by the way... so impressive resume..i hope u get a job..soon! goodluck in life..and your future baby..;_)

Anonymous said...

i saw you featured in ABS CBN interviewed by Bernadette Sembrano that's why i got your blog. i was surprised to see an intelligent & wealthy young man leave the comforts of the US just to be here in the Phils. i beleive you are looking for "something" within you and as i read you "diary" i just sensed that emptyness inside of you. of course, there is a God who created everything and i beg to disaggre that we came from the apes. if you have your bible or if you dont own one please try to borrow one and read it. i know you are an intelligent young man, so i encourage you to open the bible and spend sometime reading it. im sure you can get all the answers to your questions. God bless you and i'll pray for you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Coconuter. My name is Jewel and I am from Pampanga. I have seen you on TV and have read your October 20 article.

I wrote back to you just to let you know that I care for you man. I also came to a point when I was looking for my purpose. I decided to drop everything off in order to search for the meaning of my life. I don't want to sound religious man, but I found my life in a man called Jesus. I'm not asking you to join a religion or be a fanatic. All that I'm asking is that you start searching for him. And you will find him if you search him with all of your heart. And when you find him you will also find your purpose in life. He loves you man.

I will also pray that you will find your miracle... and find it real soon.

Christian Karlo Mariano said...

Hi david!!! I'm so impressed about your decision in life! You know I cant imagine myself in your situation. When I watched your segement in ABS-CBN its so wonderful! Its a very very hard situation specially that your a successful man now!!! well all I can say is You are one of a kind!! Keep up the good work and I'm wishing all the best for you and your family!!! take care!

Anonymous said...

We saw you on tv, you are not running out of your time..you are still young..the whole world is at your feet..you are just burned out from the complexity of urban living and academe.......enjoy your life..and trust in HIM

Gracey said...

David,

Funny i wrote you a very long comment and when i have to submit it...i realized that i have to sign up to be able to give comments. And now that you're reading this...it means i already signed up just to say saludo ako sa 'yo. I watched "Nagmamahal Kapamilya" and that explains why i'm here writing to you. I am a graduate of nursing second course ko pa nga just to be able to leave the country and here you are wanting to stay here in the Philippines. You made me realized that happiness is indeed a relative thingy...depends upon the people. I wish you and your family more blessings. I still have to finished reading your blog entries... take care. :)

Coconuter's fan said...

that's quiet a long article... I mean very very long. I saw you in the television, you are fortunate in your life... Most of us are working hard just to be in your situation (in america).. but I can't blame you for that... sorry, I can't give any donation for you... I have no money.. I am still a student... hope we can be friends.... You are a good writer man... Can you be my teacher????

Cathy Porras said...

you're an inspiration!! keep up the good work my friend...

Anonymous said...

your story is just as amazing as you

Anonymous said...

Hi again David...I read your article...very nice and it's very true w/c i really appreciate it on how you looks life and the reality itself!As I read over it..it enlighten me and thinks that Life is so beautiful and you are so blessed!Keep in touch,Vee

Anonymous said...

i wish you luck. i am leaving the philippines to live with my husband in the us. and i envy you for choosing to come here and live a life that you want. i hope that my future kids will choose to live in the philippines too and not stay in the us.

most of the filipinos would do anything just to get what we have. i feel sorry for them.

jasmina said...

life is weird but truly dedicated.....


i Idolized u sir...
i think sacrificing everythin is like giving up
everything for god and thats truly wat we call
destiny
from wat the conversation u did wid ms Brenadette sembrano...is really inspiring, sir
u inspired me
and thank u for opening my mind
i idolzed u mr. David Eric Poarch
ur parents must be really proud to u.......


i hope that i could catch u in
friendster or in my yahoo email
umm this is my emaill address (jasmine_astig16@yahoo.com)thank u sir....im jasmina Melegrito/13 years old/Bacoor,Cavite

Mark David said...

Hey david,

Since i've read your life and watch this at Nagmamahal Kapamilya,I realize my weaknesess. It's really hard to live away to your family and to your career. You inspired me on facing my life and looking to my real wants. I hope that we can be a could friends so that you will guide me when im walking on the path of my life.
I wish that you will become happier to your life and to your wife.Thanks a lot!!!
You can e-mail me at:
markdavid_raymundo@yahoo.com

mark david said...

Hey David,
Since i've read your life on your site and i've watch this at the nagmamahal kapamilya, i realize my weaknesses. It's really hard to live away to your family and career just to find your real wants. You inspired me in facing my trials and looking for my real wants. I hope we could me a good friends to help guiding while im walking on the path of my life.
I hope that you will live happier with your future wife. Thanks a lot!!!

Mark David

Anonymous said...

wow man... i saw ur episode in nagmamahal kapamilya... it was such an admiration on our part of knowing a person like u with a great perception of what has life to offer in our nativeland.. i salute u man.. astig tol. hoping i can learn a lot from you.. hope u can advise me too.. post ur email man... thnx. this is jhon from bataan

yojz said...

hey coconuter...today I've watched MayNagmamahal Kapamilya...I have been an avid fan of the show...more so right now, when they've featured your story..my heart touches deeply by your humbling example.. you are truly a Filipino at heart..wish you all the blessings you deserve and your future family.. continue to soar the great horizons of LIFE..stand for truth and righteuoness...stay happy

cocacola8 said...

David, it's my first time to visit your site/homepage through Nagmamahal Kapamilya a while ago, i got your homepage address which they posted in the TV while the story goes on. and again i admire you, your "great" writer.

shark said...

a very moving words...
touched my senses... my being...
im happy that i've found a blogger like you...
continue to write...
thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

you know what....i dunno what happened to you or whatever happened in the past that brought you here in the phils...(as for your resume ---quite impressive!)im touched for the willingness you still have in spite of the struggles you experienced here...but what caught my attention was the tenacity you still invoked yourself into despite all of these...WHY??? i mean..yeah its nice to be back home and nourish the past...but its not enough...i have known a person like you...intelligent, savvy,clever...yet some things arent enough for him as well...he said he wants to find himself...WHAT'S WITH YOU BRIGHT PEOPLE???? (hehehe)...maybe you've gone agog over things...but anyways...thank you for your story...it's quite refreshing...think it all over dude...good luck!

dindo marcelo said...

i enjoyed reading all your stories especially yung topic mo about "fool and be fooled" nakakatuwa kasi, when i was a kid naririnig ko na sa father ko yang line na yan lalo na pag-sermonan times ü.

why dont you try to make a book or a textbook about your theories and your story here in philippines? Im sure maraming bibili ng book mo very realistic and interesting kasi lalo na yung mga topics mo about life,liberty and pursuit happiness,sickness and outer space and the universe.

I also came to a point na I was asking myself if there's a God and miracles, now i know i wasnt the only one na naghahanap ng answers.

you have a very interesting life david. I hope someday magkaron ako ng collections ng books mo. wish you all the best.good luck and may you have a wonderful journey here in philippines.

Anonymous said...

hey there! Wow what a story i saw kanina @ Nagmamahal kapamilya.. I was moved by your story, your the man dude! Like you i loved my family a lot, but there are times that we have to decide for oneself. And i can say that you've already done it. Sana in the future i can live as independent as you are, as independent as the once i witnessed earlier... God Bless You dude and enjoy ur stay in the Philippines!

emphatizer_15 said...

greetings Mr. Coconutter!
I've been so inspired by your story(i just watched it a few hours ago on ABS-CBN), and I must say this to you: Don't regret anything that made you happy or gave you peace of mind. I think i am somewhat like you, kind of wondering if this should be the life I should lead. Like you I am searching for answers. Everyday. others will call people like us nuts, but i think that is one of the prices one should pay for enlightenment(or the quest for it, anyway). i am so impressed that you have the guts and determination to act on your convictions, despite of everyhting you stood to lose. that is greatness of spirit. i agree with you that our free spirit should be let, not only sometimes, but everytime we feel it's wings struggling free. i have not planned to write this long and this may be undistinguishable from others, but i am hoping you would read it.
Mr. Coconutter, the tide turns at the highest swell. hang on there. do what you think is right and what will make you happy.
Godbless on your journey to enlightenment... continue to inspire ariels (free spirit) like us.. God will surely reward you..

Godbless!

Anonymous said...

i think i saw you at the Millenium.. were you there? your mannerisms are the same.. im the girl in blue, but you probably didn't see me.. well goodluck on your job..

i.am.enrique said...

yes, the universe
will conspire to
bless you with
more miracles . . .

i.am.enrique said...

and here's one more:
"eat your heart out
sam milby . . ."

Ramil A. Etchon said...

i am RAMIL A. ETCHON (Ilokano)

I hope to meet you soon David!!! Nakikita ko ang sarili ko sayo... galing na ako sa bukid, nagtiyagang makatapos, ngayon nandito ako sa Manila, iniwan ang pamilya para hanapin ko ang aking sarili... ano pala email mu?
e-mail mu na lang ako if you have time: lombard_dowell@yahoo.com

marion_lyle said...

hI David,


I've never seen a blog such as wonderful as this... a story written
and happened here in philippines.

and the photos, oh the photos they're
so awesome!!! there's art everywhere!
it is showing the very native beauty here.

I felt so inspired. i wish i can visit also that places where you took photos ...

Every pc of your web, shows your many talents... just happened to saw your story in abs-cbn.. actually never had a time to watch coz i work in call center so it was very inspiring and full of intellectual thoughts...

I used to make blogs before but i stopped coz i did not have much inspiration as rich and as risky as these you have ...

anyway ... hope you had always a dedication to keep making these webpages remain soo "natively inspired"...

goodluck to you and your family.

Christian Karlo Mariano said...

Hi david!!! I'm so impressed about your decision in life! You know I cant imagine myself in your situation. When I watched your segement in ABS-CBN its so wonderful! Its a very very hard situation specially that your a successful man now!!! well all I can say is You are one of a kind!! Keep up the good work and I'm wishing all the best for you and your family!!! take care

I wish you have you'r FRIENDSTER so we can be friends!!! hehehhee
image_1989@hotmail.com/image_1989@yahoo.com

cAtHeREsEqUi said...

Hi! You are a child of the universe...No less than the trees and the stars...You have a right to be here... And wether or not it is clear to you...No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should..-desiderata-
We are a universe of atoms but an atom in the universe.
Godbless!!! -catheresequi@yahoo.com-

jA said...

still in awe owing to what i've seen this afternoon.. (abscbn) pretty damn inspiring.

blnavi said...

I am impressed that a young man with only a year in college can write an article (first draft?)as well as you did. You've shown a range of knowledge and depth of perception unique among incoming college sophomores. Pick up where you left off academically - the Pinoys, in particular and the world, in general need more of your kind. BertN

Anonymous said...

u could be a star man.
haha.
u'l be rich haha.
but if ur heart's
not into showbiz or
anything
then dont push it.

u'r so noble.
:)

love u david.

Anonymous said...

ei there..

just wanna say that your story is very inspiring..i watched it in channel 2 just a few hours ago.

anyweiz, keep it up!!not so many people are brave to stand up & find their purpose..as the saying goes, follow your heart.always believe that everything happens for a reason..we just have to keep the faith alive & trust our big boss up there..good luck & may God always bless you & your family.

Katz said...

I think I've extracted a lot from your article. Life is a mystery indeed. Although I've come to a point in my life wherein I've stopped philosophizing because I've been too busy juggling my work and my studies. I've quit blogging, writing about social issues and even thinking about my wretched existence.

When I saw the show that featured you, I thought that your purpose is just to search for meaning in your life. My initial reaction was, "this guy must crazy." But I'm wrong to have that initial judgment. I guess you were meant to be here after all- to be an eye-opener for everyone else.

You will not regret coming here to the Philippines. Even though life here is often disheartening, you will be surprised to find more (opportunites) than what you're looking for.

As I look into your resume, I am really amazed by your versatility. You could easily land a good job.

By the way, I'm a young web developer and designer based in Baguio. I am interested in featuring you some time for a future project, Kuwaderno, a community with the primary aim of educating the youth, promoting social awareness (and other goals which may sound too quixotic).

Anonymous said...

I saw your story on TV this afternoon and I became an instant fan of yours.

That show led me to your blog site where I read your articles. I really enjoyed reading your stories which are well written. It's very informative, very enlightening. It's an eye opener!

I hope that you'll be able to find what you've been looking for here in the Philippines and may you succeed in your dream of taking your family here.

I wish for your success and a good future with your wife and soon to be born child. Continue to be an inspiration...GOD Bless

Anonymous said...

tol..iba ka! asteeeg! :P

- solar

Yankumi of DC FI said...

I'm so amazed! well, I wish you could find happiness with your unusual decisons in liFe-oppurtunities.
suggestion:why don't you ask any signs from GOD to find PERFECT COCONUT? i guess 18 signs will do!(i'm serious)..this could be a great help for you to find PERFECt coconutT!
I LOVE YOU!(frienship hi and LOVE)..
hope u could try this!Remember,
everything IS IN gOD's wILL!!may god be with you always! GOODluck!

nice guy said...

what a strong desire to change the worst of philippine scenario. i salute you for a job well done. may you continue to inspire others. i pray and hope for your success in the the days to come.

Ayan said...

Guess I'm just one of the many who saw your story on tv and it really inspired me so much that after watching it I even sprained my ankle just to get home as early as I can so I can log on and visit your site.

I really envy you for being so simple. I guess living in this modern world made us forget to go back to the basics and live a simple life.

I've been broke so many times and I understand how frustrating it is. Like you I always think that being broke is just a temporary thing. Though sometimes I hate the fact that I wasn't born rich and that I have to work hard to survive.

I do hope you get to publish a book about your life cause I know you will be able to touch people's lives as you touched mine. Saludo ako sayo bro! You made me proud to be Filipino again.

I will like the others promote your site by tagging it to my blog cause you deserve to be heard.

More power and may you find what you are looking for!

AJMDV said...

ibang klase.. don't worry dude. hindi lang ikaw ang may gusto sa pilipinas, ako din. i know many of us wants easy cash. work abroad, earn, earn, earn. but that's not what it's suppose to be, and we know that.. dugong pinoy tayo..

kapayapaan.

mj a. said...

I amdire your strength of character and determination in finding your own solace. Home is where the heart is. You'll be alright cause one day you'll be coming home dignified.

jansen said...

amazingly inspiring. this country needs more people like you. keep the faith. follow where your heart leads you. it will not leave you astray. continue to touch many lives. a life full of life and love awaits you. search for your being. your worth is not measured by men but by God. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

great job! I really admire your ideas and i hope this would inspire others as well, i wished you all the best!!!!

myepinoy said...

Mabuhay ka! Saludo ako sa tatag ng conviction mo sa buhay.

I wish you find that miracle you are hoping and praying for.

Muli, saludo ako sa yo.

I see you and your url while watching Nagmamahal Kapamilya at TFC.

Pare baka ito na yong buko na babagsak sa langit... LOL

Anonymous said...

hello kuya david napanood kita sa nag mamahal kapamilya na touch kami ng family ko...i really admire you becoz you are a true filipino...thanx...

if you have time,can you tell me more about your story..please...coz i was really touched...you had everything but you still chose a filipino LIFE..(cutyeds_95@yahoo.com)

Jason said...

I really don't know what to say - you're truly an asset but you chose to have a lot of liabilities. Filipinos choose not have a lot of liabilities, avoid them at that. Through you, we'll prove them wrong. God bless you and your family.

Anonymous said...

vhew!

great is the man who has this passion....

but as far as i can see it, you're not just a wanderer of your half native land, but your a wanderer of the so-called life...

im not a perfect adviser or teacher, but one thing i need to tell you, believe and have faith in God and everything will follow....

that's all we need to survive and be happy...

life is not about the work or money... it's about believing and loving...

hope nex time i read your blog, you're not just a wanderer of the philippines, but a wanderer of God...

jos-jim said...

Gandang Araw po.

I watched your story in Nagmamahal Kapamilya yesterday. Grabe sir! I salute you mr.eric!

You touched every heart. Remember lang po, "YOU'RE a GREAT PERSON with a BRAVE HEART."

YOu inspired me sir! Keep up!,ANdito lang kami na maging kaibigan mo..

Anonymous said...

Hi David,

Napanood ko story mo sa Nagmamahal Kapamilya yesterday.

I wish you goodluck and to your wife.

God Bless you!!!

Stay happy

email me @ virginblue_25@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I saw you on TV kid and I read your blog too. We often come into this stage in life where we search ourselves and finding what is our purpose in life. I admire your courage, your story can move soul and inspired youth.
You have a open heart and open mind, try "Islam" and don't be intimidated by what you heard or what you read about muslims. May "Allah" opened your heart and find peace in you.

hector tibo said...

ei buddy im hector. tagalog tau ha cause i want you to be more proficient in tagalog.

nakarelate kasi ako ng sobra sa kwento mo at pare sobrang lakas ng loob mo. nakabibilib yung ginawa mo. maraming kabataang pinoy ang nainspire sa kwento mo. sana ipagpatuloy mo ang mga naumpisahan mo na at makita mo na ang hinahanap mong kaligayan at dahilan ng iyong buhay. sana makapagkwentuhan pa tayo. salamat

www.techidely.blogspot.com

johannah_fate said...

hi!i'm johannah
elow pu kuya David...hope ur'e doing great today and alwayz..u know what wen i saw ur story on nagmamahal kapamilya...my feeling 4 u was npakagaan nung loob ko nung i knew hu u really are...u know what you are a very special gift from God..you are truly an inspiration 4 da youth 2day..naisip ko sa sarili ko na wla na atang hihigit pa sa mga ginagawa mo...a perfect filipino citizen dat juzt once in my life dat i knew...ibang iba ka...i admire u so much...parehas tau...masipag nd hardworking,,i love nd i like wat u're doing now in ur lyf...be happy alwayz..nd stay da real you...coz der no one dat will replace u in diz world dat we are living...kip up da gud work dat u started nd continue 2 do it coz u're an inspiration to each nd everyone of the touth today...may God alwayz bless u nd ur family...Benedicite!

Anonymous said...

grabe... nakaka-amazed ka....
God Bless You and don't forget to to call unto Him.

Anonymous said...

You are a very unique individual! God must really have a purpose for you. Hope you'll find what you're looking for in life. Godbless you and your family. *_^ -hqb-

karlandrew said...

i have seen you story and was touched by it. im also willing to make donation. i also like reading that very long article you wrote, very philosphical. i've linked your blog. so i can check out your updates. carpe diem

Anonymous said...

when i saw your story on nagmamahal kapamilya i was inspired.. and now your one of my idols!!...

Anonymous said...

hello kuya david ......

napanood ko po kayo sa nagmamahal kapamilya kahapon .....

na touch po ako sa story nyo ....

good luck po sa inyo at ipagdarasal ko kayo ......


michelle :)

drmcanern said...

COngratulations Mr.Coconuter. I do hope you find your coconut in the Philippines.

Anonymous said...

your the man...
your story is inspiring, it touch my heart and it made me think for my self.
go on and find yourself but remember you have a girl that needed your support, at least find a job for you and your special one...

rei mikel said...

Pangarap ko'y
Makita kang
Naglalaro sa buwan

Inalay mo
Sa aking ang
Gabing walang hangganan

(Hindi mahanap/'Di mahagilap)
Sa lupa ang pag-asa
Nakikiusap (na lang/ sa buwan)

Himala,
Kasalanan bang
Humingi ako sa langit ng
Isang himala?
Kasalanan bang
Humingi ako sa langit ng
Isang himala?

Pangarap ko'y
Liwanag ng umaga

Naglalambing
Sa iyong mga mata


goodluck david!

springfairy said...

hello po.. ganda po ng story nyo ah... ang lakas po ng loob nyo na hanapin yung sarili nyo dito sa Pilipinas. Maganda na po sana buhay nyo sa US, highschool valedictorian tapos nag work pa po kayo a NASA for 2 years, right? but still, you went back here to live in a simple life. Tapos hardworking pa po kayo and malaki ang pangunawa nyo sa mga bagay-bagay. Sana maging katulad ko kayo. You will serve as an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing your life to everyone. I hope you'll be a big influence to every youth and every Filipino citizen in the world. I salute you. God bless.

Anonymous said...

I really admire you for doing what your heart desires. Money isn't everything. Eventhough you have lots of it, you can still feel the emptiness. I have never been in your situation but I know how you feel.
I guess,unsatisfaction is human nature. But this thing will feel the emptiness in you and that is peace of mind which I hope you have now. Just don't lose courage and I know you'll find your purpose here... Always remember that GOD is guiding you..
GOD BLESS!

anne said...

i saw the episode in Nagmamahal Kapamilya and i was so amazed by u..keep being down to earth..go kababayan!!

Anonymous said...

heeeeeeeeellllllllooooooooooo kuya DAVID i hope we can be friend ok im arche 14 yrs old kasi na relate ko yung story mo at na impress aako im my yahoo id is arche_13@yahoo.com sa yahoo messnger ko namn arche_13 add mo lang me tapos we can chat para tayo maging frind kapag d mo add magagalit ako sayo ok maya nalng me register sa blogger mo ok!!!!

felthon said...

good day mr. coconuter! i was touched by your story. you taught me lessons i will tresure forever. thank you so much...

Anonymous said...

Hi,
actually im here coz,i watch nagmamahal kapamilya last saturday
and your episode is so much inspiring for me,and besides becoz of this i admire you so much ...........not becoz your rich and you want to exp.how to be poor ,i admire you becoz your a very hard working man,well im not rich ......but theres something in my mind that like you i still dont know wat a am hoping for with my life ,,,,,,,,,,,your stor is very inspiring ,i like you very much.......good luck to your adventure and you will always be in my heart and honestly you really brought joy to me ,thank you coconuter ,sorry for my grammar but im not shy becoz ,i know you dont mined.good luck ! ang God bleesed you and to your family.

Anonymous said...

u lyf if rEally gReaT!!!!!wiSh u aLL d Luck.....mBuhay kA!!!!!

Anonymous said...

wow grabe ang lupit mo naman...

nainlove ako sayo sana ako nalang ang lucky girl mo....

sana maging artista ka dyan i'm sure isa ko sa fans mo...

i love you..

ingat ka dyan ha baka makidnap ka...

dollars ang buhay mo....

Bobby from Saudi said...

David,

Dati ang sabi ko sa aking sarili ay hindi na ako proud bilang filipino dahil sa mga nangyayari sa Pilipinas, dahil sa ang ating mga corrupt na Politicians at dahil sa mga Filipino walang disiplina. Kagabi habang ako papatulog napanood ko ang Kapamilya sa TFC, teka dito nga pala ako Saudi Arabia nagtatrabaho, at nakita ko ang blog mo, nabasa ko lahat ang istorya mo. David talagang na-inspired ako sa iyong istorya at maslalo ng nabasa ko ang buo mong istorya. David dahil sa istorya mo nakita ko muli kung gaano kaganda ang Pilipinas at kung gaano kasaya. At sa ngayong masasabi ko na mali ang aking paniniwala bilang filipino, muli masasabi ko na masaya at masarap maging Filipino ang kailangan lang natin ay buksan ang ating isipan at tignan ang ganda ng Pilipinas.

Salamat David salamat...

Anonymous said...

hi..David,

Bro i really admired you for what you are doin right now...i would really appreciate your undying love to our country Philippines.

You really such a brave and determined person..i just don't imagine how hard is it..but really i beleive in you...i've learned a lot from you and i will keep it in me...someday... somehow ... i will do the same...

Your such a great man...GOOD LUCK Bro.

I'll Keep visiting your Blog and you know what i recorded the program May Nagmamahal Kapamilya that feautures your life it will help a lot....

NEED a FRIEND? drop me a line Bro

RGDS.
mann.143@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

how can i help you

inspired by the coconuter said...

hello david.. ive been hitting your blog since i saw you in abs-cbn..i was so touched by your story.its like,i want to see you and talk to you personally..i know that you can make it here where you chose to live because you are couragious and a very intelligent person. there isnt much people like you who contemplates deeply about their purpose in life.you inspire me,and many other people..i too,have dreams and longings,but i have no means of pursuing any of it because of the situation that im into right now.i hope that we could be friends..im married with 4 children.
I would love to hear from you..my email is joc_1128@yahoo.com..Take Care and be safe always!

Anonymous said...

hi david u really sucks nice decision experiencing what life is an inspiration. keep it up

Anonymous said...

HEY WHERES MINE?!!CANT FIND WHAT I WROTE HERE LOL. NEWAYS, I ADMIRE YOU DAVID. YOU ARE ONE OF THIS GENERATION'S HERO.KEEP IT UP!!!!

graico_woo@yahoo.com said...

Hi David!

good day bro!

i saw your story in abs- cbn's nagmamahal kapamilya...

wow! you are such a very great man!
you left everything in us para lang to be back here in phil, to relaize what life really is being a PINOY!

I admire you!


honestly, i have do great plans to go abroad to look for greener pasture...


anyway, we will follow what our hearts want to achieve,we keep on dreaming...

eric said...

a word of advice... just be careful out there... coz it's really dangerous/tough the life you chose to live... i hope you find what you are looking for, the sooner the better...

as u can see, i also run a blog.if u got time, check out my blog... i started the blogging scene just this march, after some tragic events that happened in my life...and so far...it has helped me so much....
this is Eric from somewhere in the visayas area... pm me if u wanna catch up...
Xonic Sync Or Swim:
http://xon86.blogs.friendster.com/xsos/

Anonymous said...

good job

sean said...

good job

MARKARSIE said...

hi David......tou really inspired me a lot.since im also alone in my journey to life....seeking true happiness and a placid place where i ca live forever......i pray that you will soon find the coconut you wish to have in your life...tc!

riftwing said...

your story was really moving. it inspired me to pursue things that i really like. thanks for sharing your story on air. i hope things would get better for you and everyone around you.

Anonymous said...

hi mr.davidÜ
wow your story is very inspiring..with a little help from the media of course,you have indeed touched soooo many lives! yup,including mine..thank you for reminding us what "patriotism" really means.goodluck on your future plans!saludo ako sa'yo.
(and you're a very lucky person..don't forget that.)
-eunice, UPstudent

Anonymous said...

go for it pare

Anonymous said...

kaya mo yan mabuhay sa bukid!!!
u have the ideas to survive--syempre honor student e

Anonymous said...

hey david i saw the show last night. i am so amazed, and proud what you did. sana all Filipino's like you, who always look back where they came from. im here in Florida US i dont like it here. Philippines is my home. like what you said "mahirap man ang buhay sa pilipinas masaya naman" yan din and quote ko. and yea im still finding myself what meant for me to be... I'm so glad i watched Kapamilaya last night because you motivated me to persue my goals. good luck and god bless you and your wife

love: Jasmine

Anonymous said...

hey david. after i watched you in nagmamahal kapamilya, i was just so touched of your story. you gave up your life in the states to live a natural and peaceful life in the philippines. your story was just so inspiring. best of luck to you and your family. take care =]

Anonymous said...

Greetings David from the states,

I saw u on TFC's Nagmamahal Kapamilya and thought your story was interesting.

u and i are similar in the sense we are both young mestizos born in the phils, raised in the states and embrace our filipino-american identity.

while i agree that self-reflection/discovery of one's identity is important, esp. for those of mixed identities, i urge u not to dig so deeply that u lose/forget about those who love u.

once upon a time ur parents dreamt up that "american dream" where they brought u up to be the intelligent individual u are today. while u reflect on ur roots, do not forget about the struggles and sacrifices of those who came before u. Remember, not all are priveledged with the cards u were dealt. Perhaps when your journey is complete, u can use that energy to help others who are less fortunate.

good luck at ingatz!

-ang iyong bagong kaibigan sa states

Anonymous said...

hi david, nice blog... have you found what your looking for? try reading the bible, it surely will help you... keep on blogging....

karev said...

i was in my bed, sad, feeling alone, and thinking about different things when my friend texted me to watch your story on tv. at first i thought, why would i watch this guy and what's with him, but after seeing a glimpse of your life, i was crying and i am really touched by you. i honestly envy you for having the courage to do those decisions. hearing your story makes me realize that i'm not the only going thru this stages in life and i admire you really for being true to yourself.

i'm praying taht you would find whatever you're looking for in your life. God bless...

puklo said...

you're the best bro! ido.. :-)

Anonymous said...

hi! kuya david! nung time na nakita kita sa tv program ni miss bernadette at nalaman ko yung kwento mo sobrang na touch ako! grabe! sobrang humahanga ako sayo! sana lahat ng politician ganyan ang takbo ng pag iisip! sobrang nakakainspire ka.....good luck sayo! ang ipagdadasal kita lagi promise! ingat kayo dyan! gob bless kuya!

frans said...

hi david,

may you find what your looking for!!!

Anonymous said...

i saw the episode in Nagmamahal Kapamilya and i was so touched by ur story...i know ur happy and God Bless u always.

Anonymous said...

a heroic decision...you are not a nomad man anymore but a no nomad man...you have found to where you really belong.the PHILIPINES...

follow your heart...the miracles is just around us...just pray to the LORD and ask for guidance and protection also give you wisdom in every hard decision you will make...

I have emailed in your gmail account.

Simon Almazan

Anonymous said...

whoah, hindi ko maisip kung bakit may mga taong katulad mo,pero sa totoo lang naka-inspire sa mga taong feeling nila na ang life is such always difficulties.Sana may mga tao pang katulad ninyo.......sooooo nakaka-inspire, for me lang ha!I don't know sa iba..siguro sa kanila is boring like nasisiraan ka na ng ulo dahil ipinagpalit ang marangyang buhay in abroad.....That's it keep it up,pero sana maagkaroon ka na nang work para magamit mo ang natutuhan mo in abroad malay mo yumaman ka and makakapagpatayo ka na ng foudation, di ba bonga!!!!!Philantropist....

girlalooosh said...

hey coconuter!you're so cute! i saw you on tv! you rock!your lifestory was so interesting & touching. hope you find what you want. goodluck!

Anonymous said...

HEY DAVID...

i just want to tell you that you're a hero...
to live the luxury of life behind is such a great sacrifice on anyone's part...

your story indeed have inspired me to grow more, realizing what i can be, what i really want and 'till where i can be..

you're worth to be emulated for obvious reasons...

"you're the man"...

when i was watching nagmamahal kapamilya, i can't help but to cry, not for pity but, me realizing my dreams also..

someday i'll be a nurse, and i must admit money was my preference also. i wanna go to the states, but just lately after my 1st sem this 2nd year i've realized how hard it is to be a nurse. money won't determine your dreams, but iot will be your heart and passion.

dreaming is a long journey and it's reality...

david, you should know how much you have inspired me, i owe you a lot...

i'm just praying for health, family...

just go on david, GOD is always behind you, just jeep on going...

just have the strength to continue, you do still have lot of things to offer, "For a fall, just rise, for that's the true essence of winning"

hope to meet you in person....

im mhycko, from baguio city, philippines

leahcim_angelo@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

hi!your story was really inspiring...I pray and I wish that in His time,you'll be able to find that promising golden opportunity that you've been looking for..You're a great person and you made me realize how beautiful life is..thank you!!-pam(Bulacan)=)

oscar said...

david fan mo ako.bata ka pero idol kita. tagalog na itong ginamit kong salita hindi ko pa lahat nabasa ang sinulat mo but to me your grate,alam ko kung ano ang hinahanap mo totoong pagmamahal.dont wory thy creator will give it to you, trully yours oscarlanopa

Anonymous said...

wow!!!

hey david.....

you really inspired me a lot. when i saw u in TV and upon reading your stories in ur blog, i was so touched, you show me how to appreciate life in your own little way.
Good Luck and God bless.
i hope to become ur friend...

hope to hear from u soon...
martyjune21@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hi! David me too saw your story in Nagmamahal Kapamilya. God move me to share this that each of us has a purpose. Only JESUS can fill the void in your Heart. There is a living GOD who can satisfy the Longing of your SOUL. If you have JESUS in your LIFE EVERYTHING will be complete. His the only one who can give a perfect PEACE, JOY and LOVE . You can count me as your new friend. God Bless you and your FAMILY. gelisa1805@yahoo.com

len said...

Hi David.

I admire you for what you are doing and for who you are. May the Lord keep you and bless you in your every endeavor. Good luck. Keep on posting your blog as Im sure that many of us will continue to read about your amazing life.

I hope one day I will find the courage to come to a decision and be like you --- pursuing a life to find his purpose.

Thank you Mr. Coconuter

TAMAYO said...

hi. coconuter. ako si Rainier 19yr from pampanga.hindi ko alam ang tunay mong dahilan kung bakit mo pinagpalit ang magandang buhay sa ibang bansa para manirahan dito sa pilipinas pero saludo ako sayo yun lang ang masasabi ko! mabuhay ang pilipinas!

SPENCE said...

HI DAVID UR LIFE IS SUCH AN INSPIRATION ONE , YOU LEFT ALL THE COMFORTS OF YOUR LIFE, ACTUALLY ME AND MY FRIENDS HANGED OUT LAST SAT. AND WE SAW UR STORY ON TV, IT IS REALLY AMAZING AND INDEED AN INSPIRING ONE, DESPITE FROM THE FACT U RELINQUISHED AND LET GO SO MUCH OPPOTUNITIES IN UR LIFE,YOU DO ALMOST HAVE EVRYTHING , A COMFORTABLE LIFE U GO TO SCHOOL ETC.BUT YOU CHOOSED TO REPUDIATE THAT LIFE, MY FRIENDS ACTUALLY ARGUED YOUR STORY , THEY SAID THAT UR STUPID AND CRAZY THAT U QUITED A LIFE THAT MOST FILIPINOS WANTS TO HAVE KUNG MATALINO KA DAW NA TAO JUST LIKE WHAT WE SAW ON TV AND ON YOUR BLOG, YOU WONT DO THAT, KUNG CLA ANG NASA POSTION MO, THEY WONT DO THAT LEAVING ALIFE THAT U USED TO HAVE BUT I DEFENDED YOU AND MAKE THEM REALIZE THTA EVERY HUMAN BEING HERE HAS ITS OWN PURPOSE AND PERSPECTIVE IN LIFE , WE CANT JUDGE A PERSON UNLESS WE HIS INSIGHT. I WAS TOTALLY MOVED BY YOUR STORY. U BECAME FAMOUS HERE IN DAVAO WVWN IN OUR SCHOOL UR THE TALK OF THE TOWN AND IN CLADD UR LIFE WAS DISCUSSED BY OUR TEACHERS , SEE! I SAW YOU BLOG AND YOUR VIDEO SINGING TOXIC UR RELLY FUNNY, I CANT IMAGINE THAT YOUR LIKE THAT I SAW YOU ON TV AS A SERIOUS BUT YO DO HAVE A OTHER SIDE , THE PICTURES U REALLY TAKEN WAS REALLY GREAT IT CAPTURED THE REAL SITUATION IN SOME FILIPINOS. YOU ARE REALLY A GOOD WRITER YOU KNOW WHAT! WHY IM COMMENTING A LOT CPZ I KINDA RELATE WITH U , IM AN HONOR AND DESPITE EVERTHING FROM THE RECOGNITION THAT IGOT I STIIL FEEL ILUCK SOMETHING I WANT EXPLORE LIFE , COME OVER HERE IN DAVAO AND THERES A LOT OF THINGS HERE TO EXPERIENCED THAT U HAVENT EXPERIENCED. PLEASE TXT ME ON MY # 09185809491 OR IN MY FRIENDSTER ADD. WWW.IROCK@YAHOO.COM ILL BE WAITING 4 YOUR TXT. YOUR SUCH AN INSPIRATION. I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT UR LIFE PLS TXT ME AND YOUR EXPERIENCE WILL INSPIRED ME. PLS TXT ME . HOPING WE COULD BE FRIENDS . IF YOU HAVE YOUR PROBLEM JUST TXT ME OR IN MY EMAIL ADD. IM A FRIEND! TXT ME IF YOUR PLANNING TO GO HERE. ILL ASSIST YOU! I THINK I BECOME A HUGE FAN OF YOURS

Lester P. de Ramos said...

i am glad i decided to make a comment to this person for I believe of he does, i AM building a connection to someone who deserves to do that thing that you've done, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. hope we will be friends, i'm so proud that the filipino like you sacrifices all the apportunity that you achieve in the u.s. when i'm watching your story you touched my feeling because even if you already achieve your very high dreams, you sacrifice it, to look for your self and come back here in the philipines to have a more simple life together with your love one ,, your a very strong person.. your an inspiration to every filipino wants to go to abroad, i'm hoping for your bright future together w/ your love one and dun sa magiging anak mo ... LUPT MO TOL! bilib ako syo..

goldie said...

hi david I just watched ur story my gosh naiyak ako anyway wish u all the best I hope you'll find what been looking for & god bless u ...say hi to lisa for me =D

mylife said...

Just saw your story from "Nagmamahal Kapamilya".

-Very Inspiring.

Anonymous said...

kung lahat lang ng pilipino ay katulad mo, eh di hindi na natin problema ang malawakang kahirapan na nararanasan ng bansa natin ngayon. kaya lang naman mahirap sa iba ang mamuhay ng kagaya sa iyo ay dahil na rin sa uri ng buhay na kinagisnan ng karamihan nating mga pilipino. sana nga makapag-dulot ka ng inspirasyon sa ating mga kabataan, hindi pa huli para sa ating lahat, kaya binabati kita sa iyong tapang, determinasyon, at lawak ng isip.

Anonymous said...

david,
i've seen your story on tv man!
and whewh...what an inspiring story of yourself...and somehow..you've changed 'something' in the ideals that drives me in my life...
i have always that american dream i am pursuing..that's why i am taking Bsit so after graduating in college, i'll fly to the states and be with some of my kins who were already there...
but when i watched your episode on t.v., i learned that there is also something more special in life..and that is following your heart's desire...as what you've said...

>>God bless you and your wife and your upcoming child...

chrisvincent_damayo@yahoo.com

kai said...

you are one of a kind. i wish i could be as brave as you are. keep us updated. i wish you all the best.

rome said...

Hello David,

I admire your courage and determination in life.I was touched by your comment about following your heart's desire. Im in the same similar situation as you are,I was planning of going back there to live with my girlfriend also but due to financial aspect,i can't do it at this time.
I have burn myself out also here in San Diego,Ca. and would like to find my happiness back home and do some soul searching. I hope someday i can meet you personally and share stories. If you want to email me, here's my email add.
peppermint_rome@yahoo.com.
Take care and God bless.

Your new friend,
Rome Cardenas

mark said...

It's was quite refreshing to see an episode of a tv program (subtext, mainly, is about american dream or a greener pasture for filipinos) to show an exact opposite. I have nothing but admiration in what you did because only few people in this world would actually have enough courage and conviction in themselves to go against our society's norms; to know exactly what they want in life and where and how to find it.
Your story brought me back to my own realty and not to dwell on superfluous things in this world too much. with recent events in my life, your story has been one of the answers that i was looing for.
May God show your purpose in life finally and to continue to nurture your passions in life in case you've already found it. God bless too in starting your own family and all your future endeavors in life.

Geraldine A. Torres said...

SA MGA KABATAAN,NAIS KONG IPARATING SA INYO NA PAG-ARALAN NG MAS MAAGA KUNG PAANO MAAYOS ANG INYONG BUHAY,UPANG HINDI KAYO MAHIRAPAN SA PAGSUNOD AT HINDI MAGKAMALI SA PAGPILI NG MGA DESISYON NG ISIP AT PUSO...

SA TULAD NI DAVID HINDI BASTA-BASTA ANG NABUO NYANG PAGPAPASYA SA KANYANG BUHAY..MARAMI SA ATIN ANG MAKAKAPAGSABI NA SAYANG.... SAYANG...NGUNIT GANOON PA MAN BAWAT ISA SA ATIN AY MAY KARAPATAN MAGPASYA PARA SA ATING MGA SARILI...KANYA-KANYA NG OPINYON AT PAGPAPAHALAGA SA BAWAT NATING NAISIN...HINIHILING KO LANG NA SANA'Y MAGING INSPIRASYON SA BAWAT ISA SA ATIN ANG KANYANG COLUMN/ENTRY SA BLOG NA ITO AT IPAMAHAGI SA BAWAT KAKILALA O KAIBIGAN ANG KANYANG KWENTO NG SA GANON AY KAPULUTAN NG MARAMING ARAL AT MAGING INSPIRASYON DIN SA BAWAT ISA NA INYONG MAIIMBITAHAN...

SA IYO MR. DAVID ERIC POARCH SALUDO KAMI SA YO...

NAGMAMAHAL,
GERALDINE A. TORRES
gtorres_dreamstone@yahoo.com

coolwaterworks said...

Hi Mr. Poarch,
Seems like they have said it all. :)

You surely went against the wave by choosing to live here in the Philippines to find your purpose in life.

You certainly made interesting observations about the socio-political conditions here. Certainly, a nation cannot rise above the consciousness of its people. All the corruption we see in the Philippine society I believe boils down to one thing: thirst for power. Being repressed for 300 years would explain why even in the lowest stratum of society we would find people rising to take control of others. And this has become a vicious cycle, through the retaliation of the overpowered. Thievery is but a single expression of the the many ills of the Philippine society.

An unexamined life is not worth living according to Socrates. I honor you for taking this momentous step of finding your purpose. With all due respect, let me just point out that our purpose in life is always entertwined to the meaning of life itself. And life would become meaningless if we see it as a mere coincidence of elemental reactions in the primordial soup.

Our individual purpose in life is tied to the purpose of humanity's existence.

Anonymous said...

am jayr romarate of Iligan city
grabe... as in... proud talaga ako sayo... i have learned something sayo... u nid to follow your heart... follow your heart pero wag nating kalimutan ang tumulong sa atin kung saan na tayo ngayon... nakita kita sa nagmamahal kapamilya... salute talaga ako sayo... ikaw pa siguro ang nakilala kong totoong FILIPINO...


email mo ako... heheheh
fan mo kasi ako....
jayr3888@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I accidentally saw you on channel 2. thought you were just a high school kid coz you look very young. But when the segment was finished, I kind of like your story.

I salute you for your courage and spirit in living the kind of life you think will be more meaningful than the norm. I relate to you most when you talked about breaking your parents’ hearts for making your choice.

I mentioned your story to my friend yesterday over coffee. She asked if you look happy. I wasn’t able to answer immediately as I have to really think about it. Then I told her you look tired, maybe a little sad, but certainly very peaceful. There, that’s all I really wanted to say.

I pray that you and your new family will continue to live a peaceful existence. I also wish for you a miracle or two sometimes so you can save enough money to visit other places and continue writing stories about my charming land of birth.

Peace.

jenny said...

dear coconuter

ive watched your life being featured in magpakailanman and it was indeed an inspiring story, at first i said to myself what a waste you leaving everything in the US and going back home here in the phil.but as your story goes on i understood that you wanted to find the happiness you have been longing for and i congratulate you for finding your true happiness in life.

jenny baguio city

Anonymous said...

hi! im kirk from dumaguete city...i love to read you blog. about your life.its so interesting,i hope i can interview in person..ill keep on reding it.

Dea said...

Hi David. You truly inspired me, well, among others, to be contented with life, to be optimistic and to love the country amid hardships, instead of leaving it for a more comfortable life. Hats off to you. I think, in that simple way, you have served a purpose in others' lives already. God bless you in all your endeavors. :]

Anonymous said...

maybe wats been missing in ur life is the one u do not ought to find..the true church..well..at least thats my opinion..hehe..u rili r nice..oh no..ur simply amazing..anu un?smart?ahehe..

well.gudluck..
grabe..u rili are..a..wat..i dunno how to define u now..u rili r sumthing..

if u have spare tym..try to mail me nmn oh..pls?

i rili wud have wanted to hear something from u..

kung hindi nmn kalabisan..

ill be more dan glad..

can i call u kuya too?

Anonymous said...

Hi David...well, i am very proud of you... you are very courageous to drop everything and live in the Philippines... i am now residing in Chicago but sometimes i wish i could just drop everything here and move back to Southern Luzon... i miss the warmth of every Filipino you meet on the streets; forget about thieves or that we all come from a bloodline of thieves, whatever... i still cant compare living there happily even with meager food and sometimes barely getting by... hope you find what you're looking for there...may God bless you always...
NB: i saw your video, you are hilarious ... but good job!!!

Anonymous said...

yes it's so true, though the cities in the Philippines are very dirty, you can still find its beauty, i saw that through your pictures, they're really beautiful.

Even though my parents are both Filipinos, i've never had the chance to experience life in the Philippines.I first visited Philippines last year. I was born in France & i feel more French than Filipino but just like you i love my country. I am so impressed with your courage and determination to live your new life there in the Philippines as a "probinsiyano". I wish i could do what you have accomplished there but i'm not that too courageous enough. You're very admiring, it's very insipring for us Filipinos who grew up here abroad.

I'll keep visiting your blog for some updates of your journey there.

God bless you.

Melissa-Anne G.
Ferney-Voltaire

Anonymous said...

i praise you. your one courageous amazing guy. I love you!

Anonymous said...

hey, I'm Rommel I've read some of your entries. About god, well I think you don't need to have any religion. It's enough that you believe in god alone. Your faith will save you not your religion...... Your pictures there are really nice..... Somehow I see myself in you. Hope we could be friends email me your email add if you have the time. My e-mail add is death_of_gabriel@yahoo.com. Thanks........

zoe said...

Hi Mr. coconuter or simply David. I know that what are you going through now is not easy but i also know that you are very happy because you already proven yourself taht you really can do what you wanna do. Like you I also seek the real purpose of my life( but Im not waiting for taht coconut hehehe) I wanna know why Im here, what shall I do, and what is my mission. It seems that I dont have the answers yet( not like you). well I wish you the best and for your family especially the baby and when you feel bad or problematic just mail or just listen to the song "breakaway" by kell clarkson. byeee

grace said...

your experience, the simple life that you have and by leaving an unwealthy life seems like a taste of living like Christ! its happy to know that there are people like you who finds hapiness in simple things!!
Y dont u join survivor, its like that anyway? :)
Hope that i could talk to you in any msgr that you have, if its ok? grace_soul is my yahoo msngr.

Anonymous said...

WHAT A GREAT MOVE FROM A WORTHY OF A GENIUS. I SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR DECISON IN GOING TO WHERE YOUR HEART IS... OUR BELOVED PHILIPPINES!
YOU GOT THAT SENSE OF NATIONALISM BEYOND COMPARE.... HOPE TO SEE YOU PERSONALLY AND CONGRATULATE YOUR DEED FOR OUR PALANGGA PHILIPPINES.

KEEP N TOUCH!!!!

SHALOM!!!!!

MAKOY

nhel boy said...

Dude,Your story is really inspiring. Since I've watched your story on Nagmamahal Kapamilya. Your willing to forgive evrything juz for that..Very nice!! and also i admire you for your qoutation you've once mentioned.."He who does not look back to his origins will not reach his destination."
dude good luck to you, and go on to your journey..^-^

Anonymous said...

the filipino psyche is an enigma. its difficult to understand.

hanky_panky said...

hope we can be good friends also!!! thnx a lot!! God Bless You Always dude!

d'frosty ritey said...

man, u never fail to amaze me...id like u to be my buddy via mail, im willing to help u if ever u need help dude...

Anonymous said...

ei there jeong ito.....i really really natawa sa report mo o presentation mo nung high school ka galing mo you did that sa mga klasm8 mo?....i watch your story...hmmmm better mag teacher ka nlang habang nan jan ka sa province for extra money... mas magiging helpful ka sa lahat ng mga bata nanjan.teach them how to speak english tagalog(engalog)hahahaha...we know how hard na yung from galing sa magandang buhay then turn into normal na buhay...but for me yang ginawa mo is the best..bcoz your finding your self hir in the philippines...being a pilipino concern mahirap na dito sa pilipinas to earn a money....well anyweis...were proud of you....galing mo pare....gud luck to your soon to be baby and you wife....jordantabayag@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I've read your blog before.
I was surprised to find out that you are already here.
I was more surprised to see you in TV.

One thing I can say, where ever your hunger is leading you I hope that one day, it will feed you with understanding, acceptance and most of all contentment.

Life then will no longer have to revolve around you. As you may have noticed, we have many deprived brothers/sisters here in the Philippines. I hope you will find yourself very soon and be of service to others. You are endowed with so many blessings that so many more dont have. It is up to you, PICK your self up and go and serve others as I am sure you can. Don't waste it, man! You are more than capable of influencing others than maybe half of the leaders in this nation. God bless.

judee said...

I'm so amaze about you're personality and you're ideas about the Philippines. I hope that you still continue to explore the country and love it as well. I hope that you can visit our province, Bulacan. It's a very nice place and it's full of historical and fascinating sceneries. You can e-mail me at dee_jiu@yahoo.com if you have any questions or you're simply interested in our place.
I hope that you will continue to inspire more Filipinos through your own actions.

Shio said...

I am Shio, a Filipino from Athens Greece. Oh yes, like most of the comments here, I'm one of those who were inspired by your story at TFC, pretty amazing. Makes me realize the importance of living a life that I want, regardless of the place and the situation, that I must find my own happiness for others can not find that for me. Some might define that as a "crazy move" but for me it is wonderful! Very Brave! I hope I can have that guts. If you need help for something, I will do my best to reach out. Peace! shio_4@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

David, if there's one advice I can give you is to NEVER SAY YES TO SHOWBUSINESS. I understand why you're doing this and you won't find you purpose in life once you enter the entertainment world. You're not here to entertain other people, you're here to inspire them. You're still young and the travel would still be long. Be strong and live life! I wish you all the best!

Michael said...

Hey, you sure have made quite a few friends here! I'm not the one for these kind of things but I was really interested when I saw you, Mr. Coconuter , featured in Nagmamahal Kapamilya via TFC (thanks to the Filipino Store) I envy you for having such courage to leave all the glory behind you and start a to live a simple life with the purpose of finding your purpose for living.

I hope that everyone who is lost in this world will have a chance to sip the water of enlightment from Mr. Coconuter.
I wish you all the best man. May God shower you with "Golden Coconuts"
And hey, you wouldn't mind another person in your friend's list do you? The name is Michael I don't have a blog so you can reach me trough my e-mail, fallenondeafears@gmail.com. That's if you're interested. It's cool to come accross individuals who see this world in the same manner as you do. Take care man.

Dana said...

Hi David. It's me, Dana. For some reason you were weighing heavily on my mind and I had to search though old messages to find your blog. I'm comforted by the fact that you are content and I hope that you do indeed find what you are searching for. I just wanted you to know that I miss you being around. I wish all the best for you. Stay safe and if you ever get a chance, please write me or send me a message just so I can hear from you. I plan to send you some money soon. Hopefully, it will be of some assistance. Take care of yourself, David. You are in my prayers.
-Dana

Anonymous said...

i was flabbergast by your story.Until you understand who God is into your life. LIFE will never make sense. Hope youll find the right one.

cassidydelrosario said...

hi der, how are you doin? youve got a very inspiring story,

MOM TATA said...

Dear David;
I saw your story on Chan 2 "Kapamilya". I was really touched. our family is from Zambales too. I read your Blog and I am proud of you. You are a gift from God to inspire the young generations and the elders as well. How luck is your parents are for having you as their son. With all the Awards and Experiences that you have had, the luxury and good life, still you opted to live a very simple and low-profile life. As a mother, I feel so proud of you, as a son. I pray for your success and more blessings from Above. Keep up the good work and follow the path to your dreams.

MOM TATA

Anonymous said...

ur 1 great guy....

Anonymous said...

hello there.....!!! im john alan,i am just 16yrs old, a 4th yr highschool student from imus,cavite....i haved seen you on nagmamahal kapamilya...i was very touched on your story of your life...i dont konow why...i think i can relate my life to your life....cause i also want to find the true hapiness but i dont kow where am i going to find that certain hapiness that ive been looking for...and i am very curious about your life and hmmmm...it's hard to explain...i don't know why...i think that your one of those people who can understand me....i hope well see each other sometime!....even though your place is far...? hehehe....so, thank you very much for your time....and have a great day and god bless you!

my email add is jey_i26@yahoo.com
mobile no. 09214302662

Anonymous said...

hey bro im so proud of you i saw your story at television.."astig" i dnt know what to say kasi sobrang ganda ng mag gnagawa mo...i admire you because you didint forget hwre did you cam from..bro i wanna share i have some pic that i already capture..composed of native people heer in my province..if you wnat to get it...text m 09263214644...godluckk..continue your good job..

Anonymous said...

hi david....it was really nice knowing somebody like you exists. I know you're a very deep & sentimental person who loves to repflect a lot...well, i knid of do the same too. When I was younger i often contemplate on the true meaning of life, life's purpose...etc, the sort of topics discussed in Philosophy. I hope one day, you'll come to find the real purpose of our lives here on earth...for me, when I learned of the miracles & messages of Our Lady of Fatima & Medjugorje (hope I spelled it right)... I then stopped thinking of those things I read about in Philosophy books...there is only one truth & that is we're all created by God to be with Him one day in heaven...forever...hope you'll try also to search sites in the internet pertaing to the miracles of Our Lady of Fatima & Medjugorje, I tried to post the internet sites here but due to some technical probs. I can't at the moment...I'll try again some other time...I'll always pray for you...I know you're a good person at heart..May God bless you always!

geo said...

i initially found it weird and unreasonable of coming back to philippines to live in a rural area and leave the luxury, the convenience in america. i still believe that you have more than a reason of staying there than what you actually posted in your blog.whatever that is, its just you who knew it well and hope that you will succeed to that.having said that, it also inspire and touches the heart of every filipino abroad.
we have the opposite experience as i grew in the community of philippines like where you are now. i grow in a farm, and i must admit that i did enjoy my younger years where there was freedom to play around and feel the breeze of nature. i still remember riding my grandfathers cow,swimming in a river,catching fish with a bait,cook rice using bamboo trunk, feed the chicken, duck and even dozens of pigs.it was a very nice experience in life and that must have you been missing.you will feel the real success and changes in life if you have been through to this. and for that, i do admire you taking the risk of experiencing it opposite to what the majority of filipino are dreaming of to get away from this kind of life.i hope you will find whats missing in yourself. im coming home to philippines in few months time, will spend few weeks and like you, would like to explore and see some of the natures beauty, and feel back the younger years.
goodluck coconuter.

psychfriends@yahoo.com

Delon said...

Kuya David

Sikat ka na sa pinas!!!

grabe idon na rin kita gaya ng iba

i hope we could be friends

tc!!

Manuel Jeffrey Ordaniel Sistoso said...

David,

Hi MR. COCONUTER! Im Jepoi, from Bacolod City.

I may not fully understand you, but your decision to leave the US is really amazing.

When I knew your story, I lookd down to myself. You're really amazing. I hope you will find what you're looking for. Im a student journalist. When Im there alredy in the mainstream media, I hope to do something out of your story. A dcumentary, or watever.

More power!

Best,
Jepoi

www.laserb0y.multiply.com
www.jepoi.thespectrum-lasalle.com
je_poi@yahoo.com

tawiz said...

hi...napanood ko ang iyong life story xa nagmamahal kapamilya at namangha ako xa sayo because you have your own decision and you want a simple life.I admire you for what you have done

Anonymous said...

how nice is your story,finding yourself!

shadow_friend said...

Miracle? is that what you are looking for?
then help me pray the "Holy Rosary"

...according to Mother Mary, if you pray the Holy Rosary everyday--all your prayers and wishes will be answered...

shadow_friend said...

Miracle? is that what you are looking for? then help me pray the Holy Rosary. can you help me?

...according to Mother Mary, if you pray the Holy Rosary everyday then all your prayers/wishes/dreams will be answered...

have faith!!!

Anonymous said...

hi....
tnx 4 a nice story grbe im so amazed!!!!
God bless

Anonymous said...

elow!! your story in Nagmamahal Kapamilya is truly inspiring to the viewers especially to the youth.. Thanks for letting others to know the Philippines is truly a great country... tnx!!! your so nice!! Idol!!!-JOJO from Dasmariñas

Anonymous said...

nicely made!!! Kudos Mr. Coconuter, you have perfectly captured the true essence of a Filipino on your blogs. Well narrated, expontaneous and very realistic.

Marc said...

I can't believe myself i just waded through your wonderfully-written article. I think this makes a great eye-opener for all Filipinos. Continue inspiring Filipinos in search for their golden Coconuts.

PS. May we know the gist of your theory on Healthy diet and Healthy habits? hahaha!

Anonymous said...

keep it up man...

someday I just like you am planning to live a life full of bliss and solitude...

saludo ako sa iyo...the society nowadays is very materialistic.the society todays recognizes us in the car we drive, the chicks we score, how much money we have in the bank, as well as the contents of our wallet.

keep it up man...

thanks for becoming an inspiration...





-puzzledhead-

Anonymous said...

All these deep thoughts just from eating champorado? I should eat it more often then. :-)

I'm sorry I missed the TV show in which you were featured. A friend told me about your site, and it's really interesting. Your Catharsis video made me laugh out loud, too.

Best of luck! I hope you do find whatever it is you are looking for here in the Philippines.

Anonymous said...

Hi pare,
I'm a father of 3 young kids. I live now in Norway. Thanks sa story mo at ngayon pa lang nagpaiisipan ko na ang tamang gawin o magandang plano sa nga anak kong maglalakihan sa ibang bansa. Salamat sa maganda mong story at good luck.

Anonymous said...

People who live in modernized areas are like 45-day or caged chickens. They are imprisoned to serve humans (which could represent modern civilization or the government or employers or whatever), and pumped with antibiotics to ensure they live. Sure they don’t have to fear any predators hunting them down and they don’t have to worry about food because they are given plenty to eat and they don’t have to work hard either (which could be perceived as a comfortable and safe environment), but unlike their free-range and wild counterparts, the free-range and wild chickens are healthier, free, and are able to pursue whatever makes them happy.

Well said man... I like this part. keep it up. :)

Jezer said...

As far a i know, atoms (solar system) are quite stable, they cannot be easily break, they just give or receive electrons (your so called planet) from other atoms whenever change occurs whether it be from a nuclear reaction or just plain burning wood. Or correct me if I'm wrong, can atoms really break or vanish. Im just relating it from our chemistry in high school.

My (supporting) theory:
You say we are part of a higher matter and we got lower matters or worlds in us too. What if that higher world is part of god. (I dont know what part for we dont even know if god has parts like animals or humans do.) From that we can say that god is everywhere because we are part it. We can also say that god is the universe which is composed of indefinite numbers of lower universe', then indefinite numbers of galaxies, then on one of the millions of galaxies is where are solar system is located. Millions or bilions of years ago, from chemical reaction, life is formed. From simple life forms, complex life forms emerge until the tree of life grew to what is is now.

You really inspire me. I hope your golden coconut is somewhere near and you'll find it soon.

lateralus said...

call me evil, but i think there is a need to pacify the islamic countries. a islamized world is way too scary, imho - the potential for radicalism is off the charts compared to the status quo. I hate the RCC as well, but they are very necessary evil.

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people will criticize you for every single thing that they could throw at you. They may be right based on their principles, and sooner or later you might realize something that is inline with their thoughts, but at the end of the day, this is your journey and this is your life. People could call you stupid, a scammer and all those horrible names but they can't take away that you're doing a gutsy move. It will be suicide for most people. I laud your ability to just seize the day and do what you want without turning the selfishness dial on overdrive. I'm in awe.

Anonymous said...

hello!

I admire you as a person, as a Filipino. I have read your resume. You make me proud and make me realize that there are still people who wants to be "real" Filipinos and live for the Filipinos.

thank you for inspiring me...

Anonymous said...

alam mo ang galing mo naman kc ang ganda ng explanation about the relationship of atom (the nuetrons, protons, and electrons) napaka well rounded naman ang personality mo kahit kahit san ka isabak alam ko you will excel into it.

God bless!

Anonymous said...

hey,

i just chanced upon your blog, never heard of you or watched nagmamahal, kapamilya (yeah, where in the world i am... man, i don't even know the show exists... holy crap!)

peeped and browsed a little... i must say, you're "some" guy!

more power to you, man and good luck on more adventures and misadventures headed your way! =)

Lone Wolf said...

I wasn't able to finish all of your writings here but all I can say is "wow"...
You're one of a kind... Can't believe you've done such thing. Have you written here any blog regarding on your relationship with your partner? I mean, the love story? lol
Are you going back to the US? When?

positive affirmations said...

It is my birthright to live fully and freely. I give ti life exactly what I want life to give to me. I am glad to be alive. I love life!

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