Thursday, December 30, 2004

About / Introduction



"Adventures of the Coconuter" is the chronicles of David "the Coconuter" in his epic journey as a modern nomad in the Philippines, USA, and wherever fate may take him, as he searches for purpose and meaning to life encapsulated in an allegorical golden coconut.

Today, the blog has transformed from a pure travelogue into a mini web portal encompassing an array of subjects, while keeping the "Coconuter adventures" as the foundation and still maintaining the philosophical and free-spirited passion that inspired the journal's creation and that initial "leap of faith."

Go ahead and browse around the blog, or read on to discover what started it all:
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The Beginning
(Written 02/2006)

Is it “Nothing ventured, nothing gained?” or “Nothing ventured, nothing lost?” Most people run away from turmoil. I, in this particular situation, am running into it on purpose and willingly. Most people go through some kind of scenario in life where they are peer-pressured into, analogically, “jumping off a bridge.” Well, in this case, everyone's telling me not to “jump” (and logic and reason is on their side), but somehow I feel like I was meant to dive into the pit anyways.

Almost every Filipino wants to get out of the Philippines. It is a small and densely populated nation where more than 85 million drowning people are clawing at each other for a gasp of air. They want to run away from their diseased third-world country, plagued by starvation, crime, low wages, political corruption, poor economic growth, and terrorist attacks, just to mention a few.

They all yearn to go abroad, usually because of the desire to live in a more civilized nation where life is relatively safer, is more comfortable, is more financially secure, has modern medicine and technology, has a higher quality of education, etc.

Well, I had all this and more. And then I sacrificed it all. I have let go of the comforts and financial ease of living in the US, a full scholarship to an elite "Ivy League of the South" US college (Rice University), and essentially the whole American Dream in order to become a modern nomad in the Philippines. I, a half Filipino-half American raised in the US, now will be facing life in a turmoil-infested third world country, and I am doing so willingly.

Furthermore, as this trip is a leap of independence and an emphasis on self-sufficiency, I am going there without any financial help from my family and without any extra money or belongings except what I feel are necessities for survival.

What led to this? I kind of know, but it’s hard to explain completely. Perhaps life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and searching and understanding the meaning to it all is a large part of the reason. My instinct also tells me I may be able to find it in my birthplace, the bucolic provinces of the Philippines. I view the pastoral setting as my “safe haven” although in reality going there may prove to be my undoing. I am clouded by visions of “striking gold” in a country where everyone tells me nothing glitters.

I am trying to find what it is I am meant to do in life in the Philippine provinces where modern civilization has not fully taken over life, and even though everyone tells me I am wrong, my heart still tells me that my purpose may just be found in this radical free-spirited journey and that I just may find that "perfect (golden) coconut to fall to me from the sky" or promising opportunity, rather, that I have been looking for.

My journey begins on February 21, 2006. I will try to document my travels as I try to live in the Philippines and do some self-retrospection in hopes of understanding life and finding myself, meaning, and my purpose at the same time.
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That's how it all started. Come and read the true stories that followed and relive this amazing journey. And join me as I continue today with the ongoing search for the elusive golden coconut

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iya said...

linked ya! ^^

Anonymous said...

joni - lol. my eyes can't concentrate. there's just too many nice stuff to read andsee here. drop me a line when you're in pinas. :) hehehe later. tnx for droppin' by my site btw. :)

Anonymous said...

mmy-lei - goodluck on your travel. being a nomad in our country is not that easy. just an advice, explore more in the provinces, the places are awesome.

Anonymous said...

irish - uhmm...are you the one who tagged me? neway, i must say you're cute, hehe.. :P and cool site by the way...you're really into these...stuffs. neway, tc...

Loumer Ubaldo said...

Hey DAVID!

Just re-visiting your site and was quite surprised you had ilocano stuff here too. Do you speak ilocano? I speak ilocano but those phrases you've put up here are well deep and old ilocano words. I had to read the english translation instead phew!

Loumer

TheOneTrueGay said...

Great site. Too bad pay pal isnt supported here in the philippines (i think).

Anne said...

Goodluck on your travels! Update us often

eloise said...

hey david bakit wala kami sa pictures mo???

gimik tayo paguwi ko day off!

eloi

Anonymous said...

Why do you force yourself to stay in rural ares? Instead you can go to Manila, or more specifically, Makati where people there look for people like you who will probably do good in offices. You could work for big companies and afford your own apartment since your resume is pretty impressive. And if you really want to stay there, then why not get a regular, stable job? youre qualified for pretty much anything you want.

Anonymous said...

wow....good luck with your adventures...

Anonymous said...

Iam also half filipino and half white and have dreams of living in the Philippines as well. Even though it is a third world country, I find a certain attraction to the place. Perhaps its my filipino blood. I cannot say I will go to such great links as you to live there, but I will eventually will. Additonally I will be a regular supporter of your "Feed Me" fund and I also will spread the word to others so they may contribute. You showed me that I can live my dream. For that I thank you.

confidante said...

Dear David
I find your blogs in Tagalog very well-researched. May I link to your blog? Thank you for wanting to live in the Philippines. It's not those who stay who sacrifice, it's those who leave. Because those who stay prefer to live their lives in full, the true meaning of the word, and those who leave really miss a lot. BIG WELCOME

achoo said...

I’m fascinated with the path that you chose to take. It reminds me of the story of Santiago in Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist.” Your mission is noble. Just remember "when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true." Regardless of the financial constraint, or the obstacles that come your way, just enjoy the journey that you are having right now. You are an inspiration!

Wil said...

Good luck with your travels. I hope you find what you're looking for.

Anonymous said...

you are soul searching maybe? if i may use that over-used word?

but you are coming into the philippines with a lot of cultural capital - you have a degree, fluent in a number of languages, huge knowledge about how the net and computers work, and much more. thus, you won't find yourself struggling too much. in fact, the pictures tell me, the people around you has somehow embraced your presence.

i think there are aspects in them embracing you that you are exotic and they are exotics to you. this mutal exoticization is good if you're a visitor, of course, or as a tourist.

and with the kind of knowledge you have, you can turn it into a future novel or something of that sort.

and there's the possiblitly too that you will be a movie star there, if you want. you have some looks. you know how to entertain and your know how to maneuver your charm.

but i don't think you are a nomad in the philippines. i think you're just a differnt kind of tourist. nomads will never settle down, will always feel displaced.

in some ways your life doesn't exist without this blog. and so you are living for this blog, for the sake of the audience, for the publicity, to fill the void in your media-saturated consciousness. what does you life mean, really, without that camera recording your every move?

but you seem satisfied and happy in calling youself a nomad...and i think that's all that matters.

and you know you will get you ph d soon...

be careful out there...:)

miguel

jz ocampo said...

David bro !

Wuzzup?

I find your style of writing impressive. Witty and full of local colors. I also travels a lot (basically almost all continents except Antarctica). I also travel a lot in most of the Phil. islands.

One word of advice : Discern when you travel. Use common sense (this is not common). Keep your values. Stay true and humble.

Ciao
JZ

Roberto Mabanta, Jr. said...

Hello David,

hi.. you are truly a very gifted guy.. keep it up... there are lots of youth here you are an inspiration to them... thanks for your site.. Keep it up..

Roberto

Anonymous said...

very inspiring... :)

Anonymous said...

Hello David,
Hi..how are you? I have known the story of your life from the episode of Nagmamahal Kapamilya, and it inspires me most..hope you will achieved inspite of the path you have chosen..keep up the good work..thanks for your site.

Mailaine

johannah said...

from: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!

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...

mharnie-

hey wazzup, I have watched your story in Nagmamahal Kapamilya. Your story is such an inspiration to us,youth. Goodluck to your journey. I salute you.

Grumpy said...

Hi David.

Had the chance to see the episode today.I thought it was a typical story, but in the end, It provided self realization. You have touched somebody's life with your Journey, including me.

Thanks so Much.

emailto:ronald.de.Leon.david@citigroup.com

Anonymous said...

No More Sleepless Nights
Message: No More Sleepless Nights
Psalm 127:2
2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to
eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His
beloved sleep.

“I was up the whole night — my boy was running
a high fever.”
“I slept only for two hours — I was trying to
improve my presentation.”
“I couldn’t sleep at all — I was worried about the
bills that are piling up.”
The Bible says that God “gives His beloved
sleep”. Who are His beloved? You and I! Because
we are in Christ, we are His beloved. (Ephesians
1:6, 2 Thessalonians 2:13)
God says, “It is vain for you to rise up early; to sit
up late, to eat the bread of sorrows…” In other
words, it is pointless to worry and lose sleep
because the truth is, “Unless the Lord builds the
house, they labour in vain who build it; unless the
Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake
in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)
You see, God is the one who builds your career
and guards your marriage. He is the one who
watches over your children and future. He is the
one who guards your bank account, and watches
over your financial investments and business
ventures. You are not the one!
So don’t worry and stay up late as if you are the
source of the increase or the one who has the
power to make things happen and save the
situation. God is the one and He says to you,
“My beloved child, throw that care, that burden to
Me and go to sleep.” For when you are sleeping,
He is working on your situation. He, who neither
slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:3–4), works the
night shift for you as you sleep!
But because we are such doers and performers, it
is hard for us to let go and let God take over. But
when we actually do, casting all our cares,
anxieties, worries and concerns once and for all
into His hands, we will see how He cares for us
affectionately and watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7) We will
see Him taking care of our problems and working
things out for our good. (Romans 8:28)
So trust your Father’s love for you. Cast your
cares on Him and have no more sleepless nights!

Anonymous said...

ur so brilliant in terms of words and actions... keep it up bro!!! and congrats w/ your wife i think?! and your baby... i watched u in abs-cbn.. the show entitled "nagmamahal kapamilya"... u inspires us yw/ your fellow filipino to do the right thing in this world full of mystery

Anonymous said...

Daniel, your different from the most people I know. Just saw you on TV. Keep up the good work dude. You're inspirational.

Rayri said...

My 12-year old nephew and I just saw your interview on t.v. He is inspired by your story.

I'll continue reading your blog.

Good luck in your travel through life.



Rayri

jdc_blogger said...

wat do u mean by odd jobs!!!

Jasrocks said...

Hi David,
I’m junnie 15 years old from mandaluyong city (Philippines) i've visited your site after being featured in Nagmamahal Kapamilya. You know what, you are extraordinary. I can't believe that there is a person who is willing to leave his successful life in the U.S. and live a simple life in a province. It's everybodys dream to have a successful life in a beautiful and progressive country, the USA. I understand why did you chose to live a simple life. Kaysa naman sa nakakapagod na buhay sa America. I know you have a more profound reason. But if I were you, i'll be more practical. Not everyone has been blessed to have good opportunity; to have a chance to change his status of living. But napahanga ako sayo, siguro kung ako ang may ganung buhay mas lalo kong pagbubutihin. So i could help the poor people. Kung mababasa mo man 'to David, i want to tell you that YOU ARE ONE IN A TRILLION. WHATEVER DECISIONS YOU'VE MADE, I BELIEVE IN YOU. YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY LIFE MEANS THAT'S WHY YOU HAD THIS DECISION. YOU SAW LIFE IN A BETTER PERSPECTIVE THAT OTHERS DON'T. I HOPE WE COULD BE GOOD FRIENDS AND I WANT TO MEET YOU SOMEDAY.

Take care always. God Bless.
Junnie Jasrocks2006.blogspot.com Junnie08@yahoo.com

p.s. why don't you try to have a modeling career? pwedeng pwede ka dun. try sending pictures and fill up an application form at calcarries.com

Anonymous said...

kuya!!!
your an awesome guy...until now i can't believe that someone like you will risk such a life.. but then ..i just wanna say ....welcome poh sa Pinas!!!
...take care!!!..good luck!!!

Anonymous said...

what great courage u have....i envy your spirit man... wish i could do the same thing....but i dnt know where to start coz pressure nd xpectation swirls around me...but u inspired me a lot...ur story made me realize the simplest things that matter most...tnx... and God bles..

Anonymous said...

jamz ocampo


Hey david!
The place were so nice hope you will also visit Cebu ... cge poh .....

Anonymous said...

hi poh!!kuya david

musta na poh???? napanood ko poh! kayo kanina sa ABS CBN may nagmamahal sayo kapamilya at na basa ko poh! ung mganakasulat dun sa coconuter,nakita ko poh!ung mga pics. dun at talagang bilib po ako sa mga naka sulat at mga ginawa nyo, kakaiba poh kayo!!base po sa nabasa ko, ngayon po kasi pagmayayaman ayaw ng makatikim ng hirap pero kahit na nasa magandang buhay nakayo at nasa magandang sitwasyon na poh kayo ay maykulang parin po !!!pero sigurado po ako namakikita nyo rin po yung hinahanap at mga gusto ung makita ,ma-experience,at mapuntahan...
basta po ingat nalang po kayo lagi ,god bless po sa asawa mo at anak mo!!.......


joey

cocacola8 said...

I watched Nagmamahal Kapamilya a while ago, and I'm very much admire you on what u did, inspite of everything you have.....I admire you for being a "Responsible" especially to your family. Your wife is so lucky to you. Continue on what you believe that makes you happy and complete

Anonymous said...

Mysterious gal....

Hello David,
Nice site..sayang,noon pa sana tayo nagkita...too bad to know that you have a wife nah and you're soon to be father nah...i really like you...you're so cuttteeeee....hehehe...how old are u?me im 21......take care always...my number..09206087429

Jojie said...

Hi.. lyk ur syt! hehe, gus2 ko mga ideas & creativnes mo! lyk d pics 2. Prang gus2 q n ring mging photograper ^_^ btw im Jo. sowe wla me web or blog syt, hehe frndster lng ^^ kk, kip it up! enjoy lyf as it goes around u!

XXA Zone said...

your Awesome! ..... a man who lives---eat breath and grow in the world called ART!

Anonymous said...

Hi David,
napanood ko yung story mo sa "Nagmamahal Kapamilya" and its very inspiring. Everybody wants to improve there life, mostly want to be successful and want to visit or maybe be a US citizen. But you, you make a big difference. I admire you for following what your heart no matter how hard. I can't imagine how manage to live in Zambales which is totaly different from where you raise. Keep it up and thak you for the inspiration.


-jennifer
drimer2bckjr@yahoo.com

hen said...

hey there! i really like u! im also from zambales just keep on touch if u like! its me

hen

Anonymous said...

-pipEr
hi der mr. david,
iam piper a teacher from the philippine institute for the deaf and iam really sh0ck and at the same time inspired to your life story. g0dBLess

piper_greg27@yahoo.com

ZAIDEE said...

hi!!!!! like anyther people i also watch you in nagmmhal kpmilya!!!!! and i see your story, i really admire your courage and passion on things. i also love exploring but not as much as you do. its very unusual for any1 to live such luxurious life to a very simple one. i walways wanted to stay in america and find my Life there but on what i saw u may somehow change my perception in life but not all. LIfe also needs some material things to fulfill some dreams. but thanks again.......... :)

julianne said...

hi! i've seen you in the "nagmamahal kapamilya". i got inspired from your story. well keep it up! Good luck to you, to your wife and to your child!

drinkwatersavebeer said...

i love your guts...takecare!

gerald said...

dont stop dreaming t hope you can find you tommorow

smarcute said...

Hi there! I understand what you up to..your such a "brave" person to go on with your own ventures..i really enjoyed reading your blog..and it does served as my inspiration as well..good luck to you..

Anonymous said...

David!!!

I hope u enjoy ur new life in the Philippines. Why not also visit Boracay Island? Goodluck to ur journey. GOD BLESS.

redrose

Anonymous said...

you're sooooo hot.

Anonymous said...

hey..david...its makes me interested reading your article here although i didnt read it all but i will....follow whatever in your heart...just dont mind people around you...if that makes you happy...go on!! you can make it...just pray always to God and trust Him...im sure He will always beside you and guide you all the way!!!

God Bless you always David!!!

Anonymous said...

really admire you're courage..hope that you'll find the right coconut that you really wanted...we- your fellow filipinos- are just here to support every venture you take..god bless and dont forget to pray...good luck to you and to your family..mike here...keep on dreamin and believin' bro! rock on...

Chao said...

i was impressed about your story..i watched ABS-CBN and saw your blogs.. whew... sana you find the right coconut to guide you in the right path of happniess.. God bless ..

Izza said...

i was wow-ed by you and your story, when you were featured in abscbn. my father and siblings are in the states, and in the near future i'll be settling down there too when i gradute.(bs nursing)what we have in common is i wanna stay here---but as of now i think im left with no choice. i wanna stay in the philippines and be a journalist. i can't imagine living elsewhere. the warm,sincere smiles of pinoys are more than enough to make me want to stay. then again, the opportunity for a good life here is thin.

hats off to you, and i hope your free spirit and stong will rubs off on me. mabuhay!

lai. said...

i wrote about you! you're so inspiring and you have great, refreshing insights! i hope you find what you are looking for, god bless!

-lai :o)

Anonymous said...

Hi. i just wanna tell you that your story really touched our lives...i'll be following your blog. May Jehova help and guide you.

ienne243 said...

God bless on your journey!!! it really takes courage to do what you're doing... I admire you for that. i'll pray for you. :)

Anonymous said...

chin-chin here.. i'm from Laguna and I saw the "coconuter" segment at Nagmamahal Kapamilya this afternoon and I was really inspired..and though I dont know you personally, I see you as a person with a very deep personality..Goodluck to ur life and I know you'll be a good dad to your baby soon..and i know that your baby would be very proud of you..
Keep updating your blog, ur an inspiration to many pinoy..
may you find peace and your real purpose in this country..GodbLess!

Anonymous said...

I saw your story in bernadette sembrano's show and i can't help but be amazed by your courage. during this time when everybody's taking up nursing so that they can leave the country, you're here living a "probinsyano" lifestyle. All i can say is, keep believing. People like you will go far in life. (^^)

karl p albais said...

Good luck sa iyong journey Mr. Poarch or should I say soon to be Daddy David, just joking. I wish you with great happiness. Keep on doing you've already started, make things work for you and for the benefit of the masses. Be Happy okay! Chill out.

P.S.
Please after you've decided to leave Philippines please first turn your blog into a novel someday

Anonymous said...

alam mo sayang k?pero very inspiring ang kwento mo

Anonymous said...

Hello David! Im not sure if you will get to read this of all that are posted in here. Ive seen nagmamahal kapamilya a while ago where it featured you along with some other Pinoy prides.But I just read about it thru Pinoyexchange.com some days ago. So I anticipated, cos Im so curious about you, the Pulitzer winner and some Pinoys who introduced Pan de Sal in Oz. At first, I thought that your life in Subic was the typical Fil-am life, huge house with farm, cars, etc. Lo! I never expected that it was all the opposite. But I am in no way turned off by what i found out.In fact I felt so moved by your story. Theres no word that could describe how great what you have been thru. You are right, Filipinos wanted to leave ths country for a greener pasture, I am one of them. But it is for my family. I love this country, I am dreaming of a time I would come back here and give pride and representation to our motherland.thers so much Id like to say, but my time is limited and like what I said, words wouldnt be enough. My message for you is, continue fulfilling your dreams, come out more and show the Filipinos especially the youth, how rewarding it is to take the path of not just what will keep someone alive physically thru material things. Show everyone, that dignity, contentment,faith love and pride could make our life on earth more rewarding. Regards to your wife and your unborn child and soon to be children.Pray always and Filipinos love you.

daydreamer09 said...

nice kuya napahanga mo ako! i admire you for your great courage.. i hope that i will meet you someday coz since i saw you in the tv, there are too many questions that bombards in my mind that i want to ask to you.. kahit na pwede kitang i-email mas gusto kong in person para makita ko sa mga mata mo yung thoughts na naglalaro sa isipan mo.. cge na po.. bye..

Dioscie F. Sison said...

Dear David,

You are an inspiration to many Filipinos. You are blessed of so many talents and you have an angelic look. I also like your partner, she is a typical Filifina, "mahiyain" she is vey lucky to have you! Good luck and God bless!

Dioscie

Rachel Anne said...

I'm one of the pinoys who want to have a better life and want to go out the country to find their luck.. that's why even i don't like to take nursing as my course i took the risk and just hoping for the best. And i was amazed by your decision to leave and sacrifice that great american life which i always dream for me and my family to have. Alam ko na masaya ka na at sana mahanap mo na kung ano man ang kukumpleto sa buhay mo.. you really inspired me.. keep on updating your blog..

christine said...

omg ur so hot!haha!go back here!:D i watched u on ngmamahal kpamilya..well hope ur dscovering ur purpose now..ur so freakin amazing..:D

goodluck!

the_private_press said...

David, your story has deeply touched me. I too am going through what you first went through before your decision to head back to the Philippines. I too come from a privileged life (well off family, unviersity education in design, financially secure, etc). However i've suddenly become disillusioned with the world for its not what I used to think it was anymore (with money and your education being the status of your importance of a person) and for a while I've been dead inside (living without a purpose) until I saw you on Nagmamahal Kapamilya. Your story gave me something to look forward to after I get my degree. I now hope to travel back to Philippines and regain what I once lost and leave this so called "better" life. Feel free to drop a line (www.privatepressmedia.blogspot.com) Good luck on your journeys and God bless - your a living example of whats good in the world.

- Jaime

Jen.. said...

Heh props man. I just finished watching TFC "Nagmamahal Kapamilya" and that's why i'm here checking out your site wondering who is this dude? How weird! (but in a good way!) Stay young 4ever and I hope you find all the answers to liFe's questions. "Someday we'll know.." alright, take it easy! Simple kind of life. =_) peace.

Marie said...

David,
watching the part where you're mom spoke to you, i can't help my tears flow. i remember the sadness & fear when my sons were in Iraq, i know that's the same feeling she is feeling at this time. all i can advice you as a mom is to be careful in your adventures and like i always tell my sons..PRAY . May you find what you are searching for. the phil is a beautiful place but u jut have to be very careful. your family will be there when you're ready to go back, especially your mom.take care.
Nanay Marie CA RN

gtapz said...

Hey David,
I see in you St. Francis of Assisi.....You might want to check on this website: WWW.FRIMMIN.COM

Hope you find your true purpose in life.
May Life Bless And Keep You!
God Bless!

P.S. I saw you in Nagmamahal Kapamilya

Anonymous said...

David Poarch,

i hope you'LL be abLe to read this...i Love your bLog especiaLLy some of the photos... i must say that your story moved me somehow. and i didn't mean just moved man, i mean, it's more Like the aftershocks i experienced the other day...
many may have said this aLready but Let me say it to you too. the opportunity you Left abroad was reaLLy um... how do you say this?... disappointing(couLd that be the word?)...but since it's your decision, i've got nothing against it... i even think that what you did was very brave!!!
anyway, i can't think of some more to say...
maybe i'LL just send you an e-maiL... thanks for your time reading this!!!
keep your bLog!!!
-cLydee

erick_rael said...

HELLO PO..I EMAILED U PO..SENSYA NA MEJO MAHABA..SANA PO MAKAGPREPLY U..MARAMING SALAMAT SA INSPIRASYON NA DULOT NG ISTORYA MO..

GOD BLESS!!

Erick

Anonymous said...

hello david

............i was so impressed in your story,i didn't believe that there a person like you that they leave their great life to a simple one,i was so amazed in your decision,you inspired me a lot,hope that i meet you person to person,hope you amd your wife hasa happy and healthy life,keep upthe good work great coconuter,keep on updating your blog

Anonymous said...

SO I SEE THIS IS ONE OF THE GOLDEN QUESTION..."NOTHING VENTURED,NOTHING GAINED?" OR "NOTHING VENTURED, NOTHING LOST?"
I think the answer depends on a person's situation. There are people who ventures and gained atleast something. Also, there are those who does that gets nothing. Sometimes they even find themselves missing more than they know of at the end. This is just like finding an answer and not knowing of having it all along.

Every question answered opens another. The questioning will remain endless as long as the world keeps spinninnnnnnng around the sun. Let us hope that all the questions we make will get the correct answer... or is there really an specific correct answer for each of them?

HOPE YOU'LL FIND THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS... Don't forget to put it here so all of us, readers, can learn from it too.

***HOPE I'M READY FOR IT***HOPE U R 2 OF WHATEVER IT IS YOU'LL FIND(FINDING)***

Anonymous said...

hey...

dont you have any plans of going back to USA? u'll get a wealthy life there... sayang naman kasi eh...

Richard of Dammam, KSA said...

Richard of KSA

I have watched and seen your epsiode at the Nagmamahal Kapamilya by Bernadette Sembrano. Your story was fascinating and admirable though its was short due to time constraints of the program. But there are questions that was still unclear though by watching the featured program it seems it's not enough to fully cover your story. I know what you exactly mean in living the urban life in such a remote area of subic, zambales. But why??? I haven't finished reading your travelogue and i have to sit back ang relax reading but i have to take a long pause after resuming again to read.

There might be something that you wished to search about yourself. A deep and shallow search of innerself. Is there any help that you wished to extend that people from the adverising world specially those who specifically specializes in certain areas that you wished to go on to. Was it concerns the nature? If this is the case you are in the right track. The sponsored program who featured your story has the foundation to support your needs whatever that maybe or probably join them to their crusade and eventually will help you to fund your own blog to keep on going.

You have a great life ahead and your achievements were immeasurably could not achieve by anyone as what you did. You came back to your roots with a purpose. And that purpose we will support in whatever you wanted it to be.

I have to go back to your blog and fully understand your crusade. Then I will get back to you again David.

clawee said...

clawee,
lam mo napanood ko story mo yesterday at hanga me sa yo kase matapang ka na gawin ang guato mo and your responsible enough to know your responsibility at sayang huli na ng makita kita joke lang!!!he!he!he!seriously your sooooo great!!!! gud luck!!!1 god bless to you and you soon to be family!!!

Anonymous said...

you are a great gift from above.. just continue your journey and always seek guidance from the Lord. youre such an inspiration =)



>mookypai_s4@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Dear david,

I'm so amazed on your accomplisments it life. ang gwapo mo! and ang nakapatataka lang eh mas pinili mong maging simpleng tao kaysa magandang buhay mo sa states.
Congrats na lang, I just hope na magkita tau in person kc u hav the looks and a loving heart for our country.




tweetianne12

rockzmanila said...

The bible says "Seek you first the kingdom of god, and its righteousnes. And all of these things shall be added unto you" (this is what i remembered he he so correct me if i am wrong). This bible phrase has different meaning for different people. But now for me it talks also about nationalism. The love of our country Philippines. You are following the footsteps of Rizal.

Anonymous said...

I got only few words for you David. I envy you so much. I wish got a quarter of your person. God bless you on your journey.

lydjarmae said...

kuya david,
how are you? hope everythings doing fine...
napanood ko ang story mo sa nagmamahal kapamilya in abs-cbn.
it touch my heart and it inspired me.. even of at first, i can't understand sa ginawa mo- leave everything for the sake of sinsabi mong "purpose" sa life mo. but after all, hanga ako sa ginawa mo.
just wanna say that in everything you do believe in God and in yourself that you can do it...
be careful and also to your upcoming family.
updated us, okay?!!

i love your blog..
thanks...

Anonymous said...

i seldom see tv especially on afternoon however, when i heard your story.. it shocked me.. and i told myself that i should see this story.. What I can say is "Naiiba ka iho".. goodluck.. hope that you find what you are looking here in 'Pinas.. God bless..

brian said...

Reading your documentary or so called story of yours was really impressive knowing the fact that you live a life to the fullest..I know how you feel towards the life most Filipinos have in this country and i must say that it's hard to imagine their sacrifices they had for the sake of surving.The life you experienced towards your journey was a fact an achievement to be proud of.With a very good backround from college,so many to mention and a life full of success is something to be envied about, but still you maintain to be a simple man who's happiness depends on searching the real importance of LIFE.I can see that you almost spend ur time here in the Philippines and I hope you continue helping those people who are in need.David,as ur name indicated,can be compared to David who fought and defeated Goliath,full of courage and trusted himself;like you who struggled yet achieved life in a different way.Continue sharing your life and helping them.You are a great man with great dreams.God Bless You..You Take good care of your yourself toward the journey and keep your Faith Always.


-Brian-

Anonymous said...

Saludo ako sayo bro!,nawa'y mahanap mo ang pinaka ninanais ng iyong kaluluwa.lagi mong iisipin na pag wala nang masagot sa iyong mga katanungan,wala nang makapuno ng ng kakulangan sa buhay mo,.Isa lang ang sagot,SIYA lang.Nawa'y gamitin mo ang binigay NYAng talino,talento at lakas sa pagtulong sa mga nangangailangan lalo't higit sa mga kababayan mong pinoy.God bless.

Anonymous said...

gud luck sayo david im yur no.1 fun im alvin santigo from bayanihan,bagong si kat,sanjose,occidental mindoro sana maka puta k dito kakaiba kang tao at isa kang huwarang kabataan i want to be like u.COCONUTER.............yur the one like u said .....NOTHING VENTURED NOTHING GAINED?orNOTHING VENTURED NOTHING LOST? and yur the best david eric poarch

Anonymous said...

Hi Kuya David....
Know what???Your story is poignant!!!I'm proud of you,,,May dugo ka ng isang katipunero na nakikipaglaban...parang isang bayani na kahanga-hanga ang ginawa>>>Maganda ang Pinas, matatalino ang tao pero maraming pero...Kaya maraming gustong mangibang bansa PERO kaw kakaiba,gudlak po!!!

Anonymous said...

hello:-)
Grabe bilib ako sa yo!
Pero di ba ang purpose natin sa buhay darating at darating yan kahit di mo na hanapin. Pero I wish you the best and happiness! Make your life worthwhile.:-)

jun said...

hi kuya david...
ako pla c jun.. frst time ko pa lang nkavisit sa site nyo., napanood ko po kasi kayo nung sabado sa tv eh.. nkita ko rin po pla adres nyo sa tv, kya naisipan ko pong magvisit.. nabasa ko pla tungkol sa inyo sa blog nyo.. at alam nyo po, ang nice nyo.. nasabi ko nga sa sarili ko na sna naging kuya na lng kita. hehe.. nakita ko rin achievements nyo.. hanep!! grabe tlga!! idol na idol ko po kayo kuya!!! sna naging kuya ko na lang kayo, at kung posible man yun, tlgang ipagmamalaki ko po kayo sa mga clasm8s ko.. sna makareply kayo(f posible)..
hav a nice day, kya..!!
ingatzZzZzZZZZzzZ.... ;p

Anonymous said...

Hey David,
I saw the show in which you were featured on TFC and the first thing I told my wife was "this guy is crazy!" How can you leave life in the US in exchange for a life back in the Philippines? But after reading some of your articles, especially the latest one (Champurado), I thought, man, you've got some balls to be doing all this and you're freaking deep, in fact, almost too deep for me to comprehend you. I became an instant fan of yours and I wish you good luck and I'll pray also for your safety there. "KAKAIBA KA!!!" my brotha'! I wish I have your determination and motivation, then I'll probably be a lot happier and stronger. You are so inspiring and we need more people like you. I think a lot of young kids nowadays should use you as a role model. I was really touched with the comment you made on the show and just want to thank you because I really appreciate my life and everything that I have right now. It took a stranger like you to make me realized that. I wish we can meet in person and personally thank you for being who you are, a young man with a great amount of determination, dignity and courage to handle and face his life. Good luck and more power and I really hope that the "buko" you've been searching will finally fall out of the sky and smack you big time on the head (lol!). I want to see you succeed dude, and take care of your self and your new family. Latez. I'm looking forward to get to know you better and maybe even become friends. God bless you and once again salamat ng marami, David.

angelo said...

hi there david! i'm kinda inspired with your story (as featured in Nagmamahal Kapamilya - October 21, 2006). a tough and high-spirited person like you will go a long way. keep it up bro and may you continue inspiring us.

Anonymous said...

you are fascinating!!!!
hope God will bless you...
do u have a frndster?
pls add me at rex_ANTZA09@yahoo.com
I'm rex orville.......

Anonymous said...

wow!!!
ano pa nag masasabi ko sa iyo. BRAVO!
MORE pics pls.

Anonymous said...

hi im jerry caliso from val,city,bukidnon
i love u
im 16 gay i love u

Anonymous said...

im jerry p caliso
u know your so
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Anonymous said...

your great...insperation ka sa mga kabataang pinoy swerte parents mo dahil sa kabaitan mo.. katalinuhan mo and most important is tumitingin ka sa pinag mulan mo.. saludo ako sayo.. sana lahat ng makabagong kabataan katulad mo may pagpapahalaga sa kapwa.continue your mission andGod always protects you kc tama ang ginagawa mo. sana dumami pa ang kabataang tulad mo. salamat sa yo SALUDO KAMI SAYO

James Paul R. Narvasa said...

hey david, i've watched your interview in the show 'nagmamahal, kapamilya' and i was so amazed about what you did. at first i said to my self that this guy is crazy but after i visited and read some of your stuff i came into a conclusion that you aren't crazy after all. It really takes a lot of courage to do the same thing you did and that shows that you have what it takes. Im from
pangasinan and studying here in baguio (do you know those provinces) just ask your 'wife'
if you don't know.
you can visit here in baguio (though it is a highly urbanized place, a lot of REALITIES are present here). wishing you the best regarding your adventure and your wife's health and the baby.

magandang araw!!!

Anonymous said...

hey... kenny here from davao... i saw you on TV, it's really touching... well, it's your choice! keep it UP!!! cool!!!

rjtumaneng said...

hi there... ur story is quite touching... i am so glad that i have found myself in you... one who has his own pronouncement in life, a person who has always loved liberty but with limitations. i admire you... u are really an inspiration. at first, i thought what you've done was outrageous but then i thought, each of us has really the attitude of searching his or her own role, meaning, and dream in life. i am so proud of you... ur mom and dad must have been proud of you too. all the people here in the philippines are proud of you, i am one of them... i home you could visit my blogs sometimes.
thanks sir, for the inspiration...
i hope ur child would be as determined and brave as you do...
http://richmcdo.blogs.friendster.com/richmcdo5254/

Lance said...

hey... U GET MY ATTENTION....

The best word i can say is "WOW". i cant really imagine na my katulad mo pang tao. i saw ur life story sa nagmamahal kapamilya and sobrang na amazed ako sa strong spirit mo. sinunod mo ang sarili mo kahit alam mong maraming maaapektuhan sa decision na ginawa mo...i knw sumhow hindi payag ang family mo but despite of all the oppur2nities n iiwan mo nag go on ka parin. Hanga ako sayo David. pinakinggan mo ang sigaw ng puso at isip mo. kahit alam mong hindi simpleng bagay ang gagawin. Imagine a very smart,intelligent guy pinagpalit ang lahat para sa isang simple at payak na buhay dito sa philippines. i know sum people think n ur crazy.... pro i know may malaki kang dahilan. and dat is to complete ur self as a person.. somehow napahiya ako, i feel little ashame to my self. im dreamin sumday na magiging mayaman ako..yung tinitingala.. to be the gareat person ever...ayon ang hapiness para sa akin.but the moment n pananood ko ang story mo i started to stop dreamin and praying for that.. cant imagine na habang maraming nagpapakapagod para sa tagumpay kahit makasakit na ng ibang tao ay my isa palang DAVID sa mundo ng tinakasan ang lahat to look for the real hapiness in life...diba nakakatawa kung isipin..alam ko malalim ang dahilan mo kya mo ginawa yan...and u really get my attention. sumhow narealize ko na i have evrything to be happy.. my family, the place wer i live ryt now in antipolo, the best overlooking view, the air i breath, the insects around and the people im with ....
bow ako sayo david. i pray na mas lalo mo pang makita ang tunay na ganda ng buhay at hope sa journey ng life mo dito sa pilipinas sana lalo kang maging complete.
my time is not enough para mabasa ko lahat ng sinulat mo.
sa bawat letters, words na ginagamit mo ay mahusay at maganda mong nailalabas ang totoong nararamdaman mo. sa pictures mapapansin din ang sincerity at tooong kulay ng buhay... best best shot....
David bow ako syo... hope maging strong ka sa mga problems na maiincounter mo. kung matapos man ang journey mo hir sa philippines i know n i beliv na marami kang dadalhin at babaunin na memories...
mga alaala n hindi mabubura ng panahon, alaalang bumuo sayo bilang isang mabuting tao....
isang malaking halimbawa ang ginawa mo... nasa likod mo ako sa patuloy na pagsearch mo sa tunay na kaligayahan...
God Bless Mr.Coconuter...

aj_khyle10@yahoo.com-my frenster account
www.friendster.com/lance

d'frosty ritey said...

man, ur one hell of a crazy person to even go here, but i salute you for that...hopefully we cud be in touch, i admire u so much...

eko said...

alam mo sa bawat paglalakbay natin sa buhay ay dumarating ang isang hamon..... hamon ng buhay kung saan nakataya ang iyong matalinong pagdedesisyon. at iyon ang nakita at naramdaman ko sa yong paglalakbay. pinahanga mo ako. mabibilang na lang sa mga daliri ang kabataang tulad mo. ipinakikita mo lang na dapat lang lingunin ang ating pinagmulan. ikaw..... di mo lang nilingon.... isinabuhay mo pa ang pagiging filipino... sa kabila ng kahirapan, kaguluhan...... andyan ka pa rin na patuloy na inaakap ang lahing kayumanggi. di mo man kasama ang yong magulang sa yong pakikibaka sa hamon ng buhay dito sa pilipinas.... nasisigurado ko sa yo, lahat kami na nakapanood ay makakasama mo sa yong paglalakbay at patuloy na ipagdadasal ang yong hangarin para sa pinas at sa yong pamilya. MABUHAY KA!

cristel said...

i was inspird by u.....i want to meet u david....ohhhh....kuya david pla dpat....i want to be as smart like u,,,,,

Anonymous said...

hello david, i watched the nagmamahal featuring you. i much appreciate you as a person. you really quest for your own happiness in life. i hope i have the courage and strength to be who i am. you give many people an inspiration. i wish you will be successful here. i wish you and your family more blessing. you though the show of nagmamahal you shown me a life that is full of excitement and blessing to find the right coconut.

Anonymous said...

hay nako David! ang tigas ng ulo mo!if im your mom, i think palo ka na sa puwit! pero magingat ka dyan ha! may baby ka na kasi, tatay ka na David wahhhhh! i wish bumagsak na yung coconut na wish mo SOON! you are no longer alone david...LIFE is beautiful but we have to let it happen! kaya mo yan!

Lance said...

lance hir again...
hangad ko ang tagumpay mo sa buhay..
God Bles always....
Gud luck sa journey.
its crazy to tell but im one of ur fans...
lookin forward sumday makilala kita..
isa kang bagong modelo sa mga kabataan ngyun...
maging maayos sana ang buhay pamilya mo kasama ang asawa at anak mo...

aj_khyle10@yahoo.com - friendster account
www.friendster.com/lancesky

jalzem said...

jalzem said...
hindi madali ang buhay dito sa Pilipinas, maraming mga pagsubok na siyang hihila sa iyo pailalim pero bilib ako sa iyo biruin mo pumunta ka dito para makipagsapalaran lamang... nagpapakita lamang ito na ang tibay ng loob mo at isa kang tunay na PILIPINO na dapat ipagmalaki...I'm proud of you and don't lose hope and I think that you will be a good role model of our generation (teenagers)... Good luck sa pakikipagpalaran mo sa agos ng buhay and also huwag mong kalimutan
sa Itaas na siyang nagbigay sa iyo ng lakas sa araw-araw mong ginugugol sa mundong ibabaw...

jalzem said...

jalzem said...
Your a good role model para sa mga kabataang Pilipino... Good luck sa pakikipagsapalaran sa agos ng buhay...

k35 said...

ei..im a 3rd yr student studying in a science high school..for students like us, we dream of having a job at NASA or anywhere else related to science organizations..i was amazed with your story...a valedictorian, a NASA employee yet came home here in the phils to live a simple life..just wondrin.. where do you get your payments for the computer rentals and stuff??? im glad that you love our culture very much..why is that some half-blooded filipinos love the filipino culture very much while some of those full blooded ones doesnt even care for our country?!

btw..Godbless and goodluck...i hope you will find your purpose soon! (isaiah 43:1 i have called you by your name,you are mine!) (the mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one - j.d. salinger's catcher in the rye )

p.s. and i know that one of your purpose is to inspire others!!

lance said...

hey David lance hir.....
wow the latest picture is realyy cool...wow ang ganda ng zambales ha.... never been der pa.. hey david can i have ur email add..? gagawa pa kc ng account pag tinatry kung mag email gamit itong site na ito sa nakalagay na "email me".......

thx...
aj_khyle10@yahoo.com
www.friendster.com/lancesky

Allan said...

you are an inspiration kc kakaiba and you are really funny nang nakita ko yung video clips mo. You are a starnge person kasi naghihintay ka para lang sa isang coconut na bumagsak sa harap mo na magtuturo sa yo nang purpose mo sa buhay. NAiyak ako talaga as in naiyak sa kwento mo. Ihope maging safe ang delivery ng baby mo and pakisabi sa wife, Hi! and paki post yung pics ng baby mo sa blog and yung name nya ha! I'm Allan, your FAN

jean karen said...

david,hangang hanga ako syo araw araw kng tinitignan mga pix at mga diary mo naiiyak ako sa tuwa dahil may nakilala akong tao na gaya sa syo.ikaw na ang inspirasyon ko kahit nsa work ako ikaw parin ang nasa isip ko,(sna ganyan din ako gaya mo)lagi akong masaya dahil sayo haha!!!gob bless you always

jean karen said...

david kabsat,ikaw ang inspirasyon ko sa buhay tagal ko na dto sa ibang bansa ilang taong nd ko nakita ang pamilya ko tuwing tatawag ako sa kanila (umuwi kana)yan palagi ang naririnig ko sa kanila pero binabaliwala ko yon pero nong napanuod kita sa nagmamahal kapamilya at mga blogs mo nagka plano na akong uuwi.totoo ang sinabi mo na pag nanjan na lahat parang may kulang ganyan ako ngayon kaya ang buhay ay may kanya kanyang plano ang panginoon pra sa atin. salamat sayo!at saludo ako gods speed!!!!ang cute mo talaga

Anonymous said...

hi david! im so very impressed with your story wc featured in nk you inspire me bcause we have a lttle similar regarding your problem.goodluck and keep believeing in your self and to our god! ok!

Anonymous said...

hello kuya david....
i admired you so much when i watched nagmamahal kapamilya..pinaiyak mo ako nun,ah..
i hope you'll be happy always..
basta trust in God lang,ha...d ka nya pababayaan...take care and we love you...
desiree

Anonymous said...

ingat ka lagi ha.. we love you..
desiree of iloilo

Anonymous said...

i hope you can find your way going to your dreams... good luck and god bless... Erika of Iloilo

jLord said...

nice blog, ive watch the Kapamilya segment about you... it's nice that you've found your true home... life is indeed adventurous and you face it bravely... im inspired on the things you've done and i hope i can find my purpose too... :)
KUDOS...

Anonymous said...

keep posting. you do have an eye to a worthwhile and a good documentary/write-up.

makati guy

Anonymous said...

hey yah! gino here, from general santos city, mindanao! home of manny pacquiao! how are you doing David? anyway, i saw the episode in nagmamahal kapamilya... i was just wondering.... what brought you here in the philippines? i mean, yah, there's nothing wrong choosing philppines, but choosing philippines than U.S is a WHOA! i mean, every pinoy is dreaming to go to the big apple... but you, well, i can;t blame you for that, if that's what makes you happy, then i'll have to respect your decision.... you are a strange yet unique person.... your blog is nice! i can't decide where to start.... hehe.... keep it up! do you have an account in Friendster? add me pls! gino_cute_garces143@yahoo.com
thanks! hope to meet you soon!!!! you RULEZ!!!!!

Anonymous said...

hi im bam
youre one of the most interesting person that i have known..you can be a role model for the youth like me!...good luck..hope to see you in person.. :)

Anonymous said...

hi im grace can i see u n person?..

keil said...

i hope you can read my email... thanks.. be safe always..
KEIL

Anonymous said...

Hi! You are an incredible man, keep your hope for the Philippines, I am with you. I hope you'll be able to answer my e-mail. Miss Sembrano, forgot to ask it, eh.

IMAN said...

hi david...
i had wathed NAGMAMAHAL KAPAMILYA...
n you reli nspyred me a lot!
continue you journey here in the philippines....TC!
GOD BLESS!

Anonymous said...

Hello David and Good Day! I have seen the episode of N.K. of Channel 2 and I was amazed on the fact that you have most of the guys like me wish to attain, good education, impressive achievements, living in a decent comfortable life, having supportive and loving family but still choose to live here in the country, particularly in the rural area with nothing much in hand but only the will, desire and eagerness to fulfill a simple dream. A simple dream that could turn to be big as your journey continues here. As of now I consider the plan of leaving the country to find a much better opportunity that would change the kind of life I've experiencing right now. Yes, its so true about the negative impressions you had mentioned about the political system in the country resulting to extreme poverty, unequal distribution of wealth and power, poor delivery of basic services cause by such irregularities and anomalies of the government which has become a cycle way back several decades ago even up to present times. I commend you for following the desire of your heart and not being pulled off by the pressures of the environment. I will pray hard that may our respective dreams will be realized and I believed that you're a strong man, you can overcome the challenges on your stay here. Regards to your future wife and upcoming child. I know you will take care of them, and give the kind of life they deserve. I'm Lovell 26, male of Laguna-part of Luzon Island. I will keep on visiting your blog and also joining you on your adventure towards your dream. God Bless You and your Love Ones!!! Chow.............

queza said...

david, dont just stay there.. u gotta visit bohol. its the best place in the philippines. its a paradise!

nikkie flores said...

hi mr.coconuter...i rily admire your humility and simplicity in life...after watching ur featured episode on nagmamahal kapamilya..i got inspired in the way u live ur independent yet wonderful life...good luck and godbless..hope you will find a huge coconut that you truly deserve...nikkie

vinvin said...

i think i just found myself a new crush. hehehe. i admire your courage. and your blogs. and everything about you. you're like the straight guy counterpart of bryan boy (of bryanboy.com) i, too, have my own blog site but it's in vinvinjacla.multiply.com

i'll be reading your succeeding blogs in the future. can't wait. you're so mysterious. :)

xi kay said...

david....i really am amazed when i saw your story in nagmamahal kapamilya...

sobrang napabilib mo lang ako.hindi ko lang kasi maisip na kaya mong talikuran ang lahat para sa sarili mong kaligayahan...

aminado ako, lumaki ako sa matatawag nating comfort zone.I am living a pretty good life and halos lahat ng layaw ko nasusunod...and naisip ko lang, hindi naman ako masyadong masaya . ngunit mula nung nagjoin ako ng YFC,at i was able to bring someone closer to God,plus sa mga out-reach program din sa school ko sa Saint Paul,tsaka ang full support ng pamilya ko at mga kaibigan ko, it was then that i felt really contented and happy....
I guess, kanya-kanyang journey lang yan sa buhay sa paghahanap ng sarili mong kaligayahan. And i am glad that you have found your real happiness... As for me, malayo pa ang tatahakin kong daan since i am still a nursing student but i am confident na makakayanan ko to as long as i have my family and friends with me and of course if God will continue to bless me....Til here,sana you can continue to inspire other people with your story.May the Lord Almighty bless you, your wife and your child...and sana magkaayos na kayo ng mga magulang mo sa states... bye bye...

Lance Ondit said...

hey lance hir...

hows ur day david... hope okay ang place dayn coz ive heard na mdyo malakas ang bagyo dayn last few weeks...aniways keep up ur journey men...
dami humahanga sayo....
thx n God Bless...

aj_khyle10@yahoo.com

www.friendster.com/lancesky

Islander said...

just another free spirit wanting to explore the extremes of life.

"nothing's impossible if you're determined to achieve something"

Angela. said...

'as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are God's ways higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts'..we may never understand the purpose of ur stay here but i think its assuring to know that God does..God bless on ur colorful journey..ΓΌ

Anonymous said...

hi david!mula ng napanood kita sa nagmamahal kapamilya nainspired talaga ako sa kwento ng buhay mo.Pasensiya na kung tagalog na tagalog ang dating ko ha!hope we can be friend....... ......im juna,...sana magawa ko rin yung nagagawa mo ngayon,na maging malaya,maging masaya sa buhay,,,,thankzzzzz and God Bless...

absalon_07@yahoo.com

mae_wirdoe said...

Hi david! I'm mae.. I get informed by you through watching "Nagmamahal Kapamilya" of ABSCBN.. and you know, I really am inspired of your story! For me that's very bold to left all those ease, those comfort you already have in the place where everybody wanted to go. For me, that act of yours signals that you are a self- actualized person!! How I wish I would be like you.. Because you know, right now, I feel like I'm enclosed in a box. In a box where I feel all my acts are limited and is easily predicted. I also feel that my life is too safe. There's no much risks involve.. I hope you can help me with you sharing your thoughts... Can we be friends? hehehe.. by the way if you have a friendster you can add me: mhaye_renmaster14@yahoo.com

my e-mail ad is: renren_ritualo14@yahoo.com

Tnx for inspiring me..

Anonymous said...

hi, just want to tell you that i really admire you as a person, and i kinda relate to what you've been doing with your life....i haven't found my real purpose in life yet and am continously searching for it..just a simple gesture, i am spreading your story by posting your site in different chat rooms so that more people can visit and hopefully can give new inspiration to them, as what it did to me..

t.c.

raine

Anonymous said...

hi, just want to tell you that i really admire you as a person, and i kinda relate to what you've been doing with your life....i haven't found my real purpose in life yet and am continously searching for it..just a simple gesture, i am spreading your story by posting your site in different chat rooms so that more people can visit and hopefully can give new inspiration to them, as what it did to me..
t.c.
rein

mary grace said...

hi u my lOve my lYf,..

Anonymous said...

like everyone, we just want to find our place under the same heaven...

rkngel said...

like everyone, we just want to find our place under the same heaven...

Anonymous said...

Uhmmm...what can i say first is...ang ganda ng blog mo...it's so inspiring...
coz i'm a nursing student and planning to work abroad in the future to sustained the demands of my family, and of course, to be free from turmoil...
...before i have the glimpse of your adventure in the phils, i saw it first in the commercial break in ABS-CBN...i've wondered why you left the states behind despite of all the things that you have in abroad, which is craved for by many filipino people like me...
...after i have seen ur blog and watched you in nagmamahal kapamilya, nag dadalawang isip tuloy ako pumunta ng abroad...pipz(hindi kita sinisisi na ginugulo mo ang isipan ko ah)...i've just realized that escaping a problem isn't the best remedy to cure it...
hehehe...
nakaka iggit ka talaga xe ikaw marami ka ng achievements sa buhay mo...marami ka ng napatunayan...sana mahanap mo na ang hinahanap mo...hahaha...and take care olweiz!!!godbless

Anonymous said...

hey human beings are unpredictable and so u r. have a happy life coconuter.

Anonymous said...

Dearest kuya david,
wow...im sp proud with you. Im fhorjevedem from cebu city. I salute you. I wish that you find your happiness here in the philippines. Kuya david, ang galing galing mo talga, you inspired so many youth people specially me. Sana marating mo pa ang lahat na mga pangarap mo sa buhay. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

i love your story when i watch nagmamahal kapamilya.....
saludo ako sayo......
na-inspire din ako.....

Anonymous said...

hi i'm april
Uhmmm...what can i say first is...ang ganda ng blog mo...it's so inspiring...
coz i'm a highschool student and planning to finished my studies to work abroad in the future to sustained and help my family, and of course, to be independent someday...
...before i have the glimpse of your adventure in the phils, i saw it first in the commercial break in ABS-CBN...i've wondered why you left the states behind despite of all the things that you have in abroad, which is craved for by many filipino people like me...
...after i have seen ur blog and watched you in nagmamahal kapamilya, nag dadalawang isip tuloy ako pumunta ng abroad...pipz(hindi kita sinisisi na ginugulo mo ang isipan ko ah)...i've just realized that escaping a problem isn't the best remedy to cure it...
hehehe...
nakaka iggit ka talaga xe ikaw marami ka ng achievements sa buhay mo...marami ka ng napatunayan...sana mahanap mo na ang hinahanap mo...hahaha...and take care olweiz!!!godbless
i love your story.....promise......

Anonymous said...

heyah...new layout...gud luck

believer!! said...

you rock!!! gud luck!!!

Ms. Rengie from Masbate said...

David

Just don't forget to pray and always put the Lord at the center of your life...

Take care,God bless!

Ms. Rengie from Masbate

Anonymous said...

Dear David,

You touched the hearts of million of Filipinos all over the globe. God Bless.

Sheggz Nepomuceno said...

Having read your posts made me a lot more proud of being a Filipino.
Continue inspiring people with your adventures and posts...

May God continue to bless you while you're up there saving lives and saving souls...

I'll regularly visit this site for more enriching views! Can add this as link to my blog site, too?

http://www.sheggz.i.ph

ee452lab said...

..i admire you a lot,
..But why dont you try the fact that God gave you almost everything a Filipino was hoping for?..maybe our God gave you that decision to find Him on your native land... I do believe that the very essence of your coming here is to seek God and His true church..

..gud luk!


'59

Exbee said...

dude..

Im sO inspired din d2 s story ng life mo.. meron kang gustong ptunayan..kaya ka umwe ng pinas....Im also a teen ager but working abroad na.. napunta ako d2 dahil s Mother ko.. ung gusto kong i achieve s buhay n mkatapos isinantabi ko dahil s alam ko Na Maari ring makabuti s kin ung decision Niya...
u said my kulang pa s ung life.. mrame k n ngang achievements accordin to ure resume.. hope ma hanap mo ung hnhanap mo... suggest ko lng why dont u try to open a bible bka skaling mkapag bIgay s iyu ng konting paalala..
then.. tama ka jan.. we lived na here only to escape poverty in pinas.. pra maranasan ung nde nmnin nranasan jan sa pinas...kse lumake kami n unang na experience ang khirapan.. kya kaw cguro ganun nauna mo lng nranasan ang buhay n mgamda kaya ka anjan s tin..
kung ttgnan mo msaraap ang buhay sa simula nghihirap kse mararanasan mo lahat.. to survive at ma achieve ung goal mo!! so gud luk n lng po...

Adrich said...

Hi David the coconuter,

I just visited ur site awhile ago,so i decided to post a comments. As i've read about yourself and you main goal. I also watched the episode at the Nagmamahal kapamilya weeks ago. Nice to knew that u've chosen to settle down ur life here in the Phils. Every person is responsible to make a decision. Ur really great!!! I know you will be happy here for the rest of your lives. I would love to meet you. Salamat po!!! if u have time just add me po sa friendster; angcutekodaw29@yahoo.com

Take care always and Goodluck for your chosen field!!!

God Bless you and your loveone!!!

its me;

Adrich

ituloy angsulong said...

wow! are you the one featured on Rated K with Korina Sanchez??

Anonymous said...

What more can i say...You're such an inspiring being.. Goodluck "Smart Guy"..(hugs and prayers)

Anonymous said...

hi kuya david,

i love what you are doing.. believe ako sayo kuya..
i admire you very much.
hope na maging ok kayo palagi..

karla marie

Anonymous said...

helo david, grabe nakakabilib k naman..iba k s mga mayayaman na hindi p kuntento kung ano ang meron cla. ikaw? iba k tlaga...hope mahanap mo n yung hinahanap mo.and God will always in you..
go brod!


maricel saldom..

von said...

hey.. yoour name is david right?

ayt. i hope that you find that perfect 'coconut'. we all have our own 'coconuts' but not all of us are us brave as you to do something about it and try to find it. i admire you and hope i could be lke you.

i wish for you to have good health and a good life. :) God Bless.

jesz said...

Good luck dude! Some people may not thoroughly understand why youre doing what youre doing but who cares, right?! I wish you find your purpose for doing all these, living this kind of life that youre were not really born and raised with.. Really inspiring.. Stay cool.. -jEsZ

Jan Marie Salvilla said...

Hey Coconuter...I have no account in blogger, so hard to register kasi eh...
HEHEHE...I tried many times to see your blog pero parang sira sira ang mga server sa internet eh...
Anyway, I'm luckcy to see your blog now, thanks to Nagmamahal Kapamilya.

So, kamusta ka na?

Before anything else...You're one of a kind!!! Grabe ka talaga!!! You're the best FILIPINO ever!!!!

Well...Got to view more of your pictures still..
Till again...

Anonymous said...

:-)

whew!! whatta great page!!
its so cool tlagang wala akong masabi pa!!

TWO thumbs up!!

Rob said...

Galing ng Blog mo...

Anonymous said...

you make me cry young man, let God lead you to the right place you wanted to...i remember this one from BARNYARD, "STRONG man care for himself but a STRONGER man cares for others..." i see how happy you are right now... i'm still searching for that happiness, hope GOD will give it in time...GOD bless your family!!!

jac of IRELAND

Anonymous said...

Hey,
you proved the true essence of nationality and a true nomad. Good luck dude...

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. David Coconuter... Finally, nkpag-email din syo... Noon ko pa gustong mag-post ng msg pero wlang time... I've watched your story in one of the episode in Nagmamahal Kapamilya, i really was impressed and had goose bumps as i heard all what you've said. I really cried all through out... Sobrang bihira nlang yung mga taong katulad mo, imagine, iniwan mo yung marangyang buhay sa America kpalit ng simpleng buhay d2... Kung tutuusin nsayo na ang lahat, i assumed others will think your crazy by doing such thing because alam nman natin na mraming nanga2rap mkarating sa America at mgkaron ng mgandang fortune, pero ikaw, knalimutan mo yun... which is so amazing!!! I myself's dreaming of going abroad when i finished my Nursing course (im 2nd yr now)... And money is simply the reason... Pero habang nakikinig ako sa story mo, somehow, para bang naumpog yung ulo ko... gets mo ba? Hindi ko ma-explain eh but you simply, influenzed me... my decisions, my life........ Sna maging katulad kta....

Hey, one thing that really made me cry is the fact that you already had a wife!!!! Huhuhu... Balak ko pa nman pmunta jan pra bisitahin ka kaso may nagmamay-ari na pla syo!!! Ang sakit naman!!! Dont laugh at me, im really serious.....

david.... you really are an inspiration... so continue what your doing, isa ko sa mga sumusuporta syo... (obvious ba??) At sna makita mo d2 yung purpose mo sa buhay....
Mahal na kta kya wag kang magbabago.. okay? be HAPPY....


See yah....
-spider_gurl03-


P.S.
Sa next tour mo d2 sa urban area...
Try mo sa MARIKINA (my place)
I'll offer you simply the best city among all the cities!! =)

Devon Caoile said...

Hello! Kumusta? Can you give me your address. I'll send a gift for you...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

nakakamangha ka, david! ang dami ko ring pinagdaraanan ngayon...hinahanap din ang sarili... pasasaan ba't matatagpuan ko rin ang aking kahulugan...at magsasanga-sanga ang ating mga landas! patuloy lang, kapatid!

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. coconuter alam mo matagal ko nang napanood ang tungkol sa'yo in television and im amazed kasi kahit napataas mo patuloy mo pa ring pinagpatuloy ang pangarap mo ang mag-soul searching and because of that you found yourself here in the phillipines.Sana matagpuan mo na ang perfect coconuter mo.

MaceL said...

hands down ako sa yo! i wasn't able to watch your story on tv but a friend of mine told me about it.. grabe, ibang klase ka.. ^_^

-MaceL-
http://bluetickles.blogspot.com
http://metalmouthpinay.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

oh hi there! you know what?! it's been a long time that i saved ur blog address in my cp but then i didn't get the chance to email you..


i just wnat to say "saludo ako sau" my hats up on you.. hehe..

anyway, i saw your story sa tvp matagal na.. and i'm so impressed of what you're doing.. imagine!? a fil-am like you whose lifestyle out there at US which is so abundant chose to be here in this land?! nakakashock ka tlaga.. and oh, what's your name again? i forgot.. sori.. hehe..

if you have time, after a long, hard days work, you/we could chat or just drop me a mesg... this is my email address, www.rodj_1988@hotmail.com.


thank you for reading...
hope we could keep in touch through our email adds..

ciao!

Anonymous said...

I really impressed to your instinct to the real meaning of LIFE!!!!!

Nakaka inspired ka talaga!!!

You know what? For me you possess the characteristic of being a HERO!!!!!

reca said...

hi david!
i actually came to know about your blog thru a local tv program wherein you were featured..

kudos to you & your blog..it would take a lot of courage to get out of your comfort zone and venture into god knows where.

i'm kinda like struggling like you, i mean i can't say i have a great life, it's also hard but you know, my parents are just so dead focus on me getting into college, with the degrees and all..but unfortunately, for them, i'm not going to school now (but i would go to school this coming school year).

all i want was to write songs and perhaps even books, but they think otherwise..

well, enough with all the sentiments. i hope you continue your blog, it's quite an inspiration..

i hope someday i could get the courage that you had when you decided to "venture into the unknown"..

gud luck to you & your family here in pinas (i heard you have one already) & keep rockin'...=D

armovil said...

David,

Nice blog! I havent seen any of your episodes in ABS-CBN, just come across your blog last night and it is worth to read. I am a teacher and would like to teach in America this year in North Carolina. I will recommend your blog to my high school students here.
More power!

arlan
http://www.arlanvillanueva.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is a wonderful blog.

Keep on sharing your experiences David!

--jm--

Anonymous said...

i learned about ur story when i was in budai, i was new to the place and i was feeling the same sentiments as u wer, trying to live life in a different country, then i was searching for my real purpose, but i guess i didnt find my happiness in dubai.. went back home to try to make things on my own here too.. looking back and thinking bout ur story always uplifts my spuirit

Anonymous said...

wala akong masabi. ang gwapo mo talaga!!! hope to see you in person

Anonymous said...

Hey David,
Santa Fe is a good & great town. People there are shy but friendly. Also, they have a market day. Anyway, you might have to plan your Pinatubo trip better. Try going to San Marcelino city hall for help. Just a reminder..don't jusdge people on how they look like from the outside, you have to know them first...........good luck

Yesenia said...

I can't believe you dropped out of Rice to go live in the pines! That is so crazy, but actually i commend you because deep down inside I want to do the same, but have no guts! I fear it. One day i shall be in a 3rd world country eating beans and preaching the gospel. =p

I can't wait to tell Zenny about this!!!

Anonymous said...

hi sir DAvid POarch... im Jasmina one of your million fans.. i really admire you in fact your'e the guy who inspired me... you change my "pananaw sa buhay" sa totoo lang po nang makita ko yung exclusive interview niyo sa nagmamahal kapimilya i realized that im not the only one na gustong mangyari un... yung titira sa probinsya.. hindi pa kasi ako nakakarating sa mga probinsya eh.. and ive been dreamin to go all over the Philippine most especially the bukidnon, vigan, zambales, bataan and all the part in Mindanao and visayas. ever since parang ako na ang pinaka baliw na taong makikilala niyo...
kasi parang ako na ang maituturing niyong alipin! ive been hoping everyday that someday i could join you in your great adventures but unfortunately right at this moment i cant cause im just only a kid a 13 year old girl who wants a great adventure with the guy who is she really admire to.. but then again when i grow up i hope i can see and join you! all i can do now is look at you at your pics and write comments.. but all this are tru and im really serious 'bout it...
even if u checked out my friendster ull see ur self there in the featured friends.. i hope that u can reply back and could give me some advices in life! it will be the best day of my life... sana hindi niyo to ituring lang simpleng comment... dahil galing to sa isa sa mga milyon niyong fans... who will be there watever happen... ill keep up the good work so someday i could go there!

Jasmina of CAvite
13 yrs old
student

Anonymous said...

Hi David...i like your site, its impressive. I'm a Filipino here in Texas also, pero baliktad tayo, i grow up, graduated college in the Philippines, but moved here in the US to practice my profession. Am not a Nurse ....am an Engineer. I admire you, you gave up all the luxuries and ease of living dito sa US, of course the Philippines is a nice place to live, theres no such place like home, but opportunity wise mas satisfied ako dito.

Anonymous said...

i think reincarnation ka ni JOSE RIZAL.

Rizal's smart, he has a very good insight about the world and the environment, he's talented like you, and do you know that he is a WRESTLING champ too... what a coincidence di ba?

malay mo ikaw na pla magcontinue where Rizal left off...

Anonymous said...

i'd have to say those crabs have to be worst pinoys in life. they can't help themselves and won't help you succeed your goals. Just like you i've gone on journy of my past and my forefather and it is realy hard looking for information about Philipines.

may you live well and continue your journeis in Philipines.

nicely said...

hi, interesting intro! i love your posts! keep it up and more power!

dharmadreams said...

It's nice to have people like you promoting our country :) cheers!

glass hive said...

david --
just wanted to commend you on your courage and your initiative. you're doing a great job! like many filipinos, i did run away from the difficulties of living there. it took a while, but miss na miss ko na ang pilipinas. and reading your blog makes me miss it more!

xo

probinsyano said...

i've been away from my family for a year now to experience life on my own. . .
i just saw this blog just browsing through the net and i find it very inspiring. wow! i never imagine someone like you could leave behind all the luxuries that is within your grasp. beacuse of that, i salute you!!

IDOL PARE!!!

Erika said...

Hello from Arkansas USA! Hi David, once I saw your busting out video I knew I had to keep track of you by adding you to my feeds. You are unique in many ways.

Thank you for showing me the Philippines. I am in a wheelchair so I didn't get around well in the Philippines while growing up. I really appreciate you showing off the beauty that I never really saw.

I will be reading up on you, do know that I am wishing the best for you and Liza - prayers and positive thoughts your way.... Be safe.

Erika

Erik said...

David,

You got it right when you said that there is nothing compared to really coming home. It gives you a sense of fulfillment no amount of "foreign" compensation can give. Keep up the spirit bro! I know your parents will be proud of you. Just trust yourself and trust your wife and your future children. They will give you the love you have been looking for. Just a thought, I think that golden coconut is actually love - so primal, so ancient and yet so ever new.

Anonymous said...

I really hope you find what you're looking for.You're still young kaya GREAT BIG ADVEnTURES AHEAD of YOu..don't worry bout things that don't LAst..I know it'll come to YOu. :)

Zoe

Anonymous said...

hi gud day!!! i'm your new fan... ya...i've just read your personal info..i'm really interested on yur journey factor,,,i love the way you enjoy life here in the pPhilippines you nknow what i've bee in the Philippines for 19 years but i've been one of those beautiful places only few of them...good luck to your journey and God speed.. more power!!add me naman sa friendster...chad_grencio16@yahoo.com.ph...friends!!!

travelphilippines said...

hi there i was surfin around youtube till i get to the videos of nagmamahal kapamilya and watched your story nd all i can say is keep it up and hope you will find the perfect coconut you are lookin for. i will link you up on my blog. thanks and more power to u.

CHETz said...

Good luck and i hope you find the perfect coconut :-)

dhomzkie said...

i just read the article from the philippine star today october 13, 2007...i saw you in nagmamahal kapamilya before and i was happy for you had done to your life..u remind me of siddharta..such a cool guys at young age...hope to see you soon and more of good things you posted on your blog

Allan of San Francisco, CA said...

Ang buhay nga naman, taon man ang lumipas tahanan ay babalikan. Sa panahong ang Pilipinas ay napag-iiwanan, nakuha mo pang buksan ang iyong kaisipan at harapin ang hamon ng bayang ang patutunguha'y hindi malaman.

Humahanga ako sa iyo kaibigan sa iyong katapangan at determinasyon na lumaban sa hamon ng buhay na ang patutunguhan ay walang katiyakan.

Saan man ako dalhin ng buhay kong hiram, ang bayan ko'ng sinilangan ay hindi malilimutan magpakailanman. Wala man ako sa sarili kong bayan, puso't isipan maging dahilan ng aking paglisan ay ang mapagsilbihan ang aking bayan sa munti kong kontribusyon gamit ang talento, sipag at tiyaga na Kanyang ipinahiram.

Only God Can Judge Me said...

Hey, I stumbled upon your blog. Alam ko huli na ako sa balita pero I'm not really sure. You're the guy who got featured in a TV program, right? After I watched that show, I made up my mind to give you a shout-out as soon as I got here in Ortigas but alas, I failed to take note of your site addy. Well, I found you anyways, hehehe

So I was browsing through your posts and I read what you wrote on how a majority of Filipinos would sacrifice a lot just to flee our country, I find that sad because it's true. Personally I love the Philippines, I see no reason to leave at all.

When I was a college student, most of my peers (not to mention my titas and cousins who seems to have a long-standing obsession with living in the US) can't wait to get the fuck out and they actually found it odd that I don't have any plans on leaving the country unless I go on occasional vacations.

A cousin of mine who is presently a law grad went as far as saying she'd readily do odd jobs (even as a care taker/janitress) just to make it abroad. Here's this girl, whom I admired growing up because she's so smart and all, telling me now she'd actually do that just to get out of here. The thing that confused me is she's not poor, they're actually pretty well-off. To put it bluntly, This is the kind of thinking that got this country screwed-up in the first place and I was disgusted.

Hindi naman sa pagiging makasarili pero I would always say na I'd rather stay here para makatulong sa ekonomiya ng Pinas kesa tumulong sa mga Amerikano kasi mayaman na sila, hahahaha! They take it as a joke (cuz I'm quite the comedian) but I actually meant what I said.

Anyways, didn't mean to spill my life story, hahahah! Just wanted to show some love and say na what you did before, y'know, leaving all those opportunities and moolahs behind and decided to return to your roots was quite admirable. Not a lot of people have the balls to do what you did. Respect.

Anonymous said...

hi! David, you really inspire me, your life is so great! God bless you always and your family! its Aries!

dack said...

hi david, you have really good sets of pictures here... i am also intrested in photography but i am not really good. hahaha. is there a chance that you're blog's been mentioned on the TV? because i think i have visited your blog before but since i am a really busy person i hardly find times to go back to the blogs ive been to. owell, now im trying to manage my schedule to have some time blogging again because i really love to write and inspire people, but i am not really a good writer, i just think that sharing my thoughts somehow move a person no matter how simple it'll be. owell, hope to hear from you! i also love to travel just so you knoe, ive been to almost every part of luzon. hahaha, i hope i can go to visayas and mindanao areas. hehehe... ingat!

Anonymous said...

Mas magaling ka sa lahat sa'min dito sa US.

Takot pako'ng pumunta dyan; pero in time baka umiba ako; thanks to you.

You are a role model & an inspiration for young filipinos.

Best wishes pare.

Anonymous said...

hello! ibang klase ka! =D i enjoy ur blog. hhmmm.. nsa pinas ka pa ba hanggang ngayon? prang gusto sumama sa mga trip mo dito sa pinas. hehe

Particle said...

hi nice blog. purely pinoy. keep it up bro. Goodluck!

Anonymous said...

Very good blog! Nice to learn ur history / background. U have done a gr8 job! keep it up.

Anonymous said...

You really are nuts... we all are entitled to be stupid and by being so, we then realize the purpose of what we've permanently lost. I have nothing to lose yet and I won't let myself fall into an "unwise" decision. But, because of how you deal with the consequences, I am personally moved by your firmness in sticking onto your decision whatever reason may be challenged.

I salute you, bro. You are such an inspiring man. Someday, when that golden coconut you are looking for falls, be sure to catch it and never let it roll into another pit. Good luck and God bless. More power.

armand said...

hey bro, u inspired me with your story. I maybe one of those souls hanging around and searching for the real meaning of life. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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