Saturday, May 06, 2006

Vulcanize



I'm low on money, so I haven't posted in a while.

Filipinos really enjoy the game of basketball. There was a basketball game going on when I went out tonight. There are lots of people and you can usually see vendors and tricycles parked outside the court during these matches. I took a shot at a waiting shed. Basically, this is where people wait (for a jeepney, tricycle, someone, or just stand by) and stay out of the sun. I'm sitting on a ledge that is next to a gasoline station in the photo with a "flammable" tank in the background. The guard there looked bored and restless so I invited him to take a picture with me. I'm at a sari-sari store in the next photo. You can see plenty of these by the roadside wherever you are in the Philippines. It's like a small and third-world version of the stores at gas and rest stops in the US. Regarding the next three photos, my companion that night and I were experimenting with the distance that my camera's flash covers so we used a tree as a subject. We were on a road, and this is why there is a picture of a road because my companion panicked when a Victory Liner bus passed by while taking one of the shots. I stopped by a local vulcanizing shop and was just watching. I then asked one of the workers to teach me how to find leaks in a tire and allow me to find leaks in a few tires. He agreed, and I left the shop knowing how to find a leak in a tire, with 50 pesos for my labor, sweaty, and a few photographs. The last couple of photos are of a cheap furniture store and a greenery.
















7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update.

Wondering why haven't you updated your blog lately.

Life is hard, specially the way you chose to explore our country.

Wish you all the best.

Anonymous said...

mas bagy sa yo pag nakangiti ka sa mga pics. smile more :-)

Anonymous said...

why are you still in the province? Many jobs are waiting for you if ur in the right place.

Leslie said...

just one question, are you planning on living in the philippines or just a little voyage if you may call that? i myslef miss the philippines grately. i havent been there in 6 years. i want to go back but havent got the chance to do so.

Serey said...

Hello David,

I think that I've visited your site before but for only the recipes... but now that I have the time to explore more, wow, you are a pretty impressive guy judging on your resume. But what is more impressive is your desire to experience the homeland in a way that's different from being a balikbayan and that is something to be admired and appreciated because in the end you will end up the more richer in life for having done so. Good luck and enjoy every minute of your stay in the Philippines.

jail_7811 said...

you have a look. why don't you not try to apply as a model.

Mel said...

It makes me feel as if I am a stranger in my own country. when i was younger, i told my folks that instead of going to the states, why dont we just travel around the Philippines. Years later, I still havent done that. Im still an overprotected daughter but I try to get away from Manila whenever I could.

Actually, you're living something I've been wanting to do. At the back of my mind, I know this is not it. There is something waiting for me elsewhere. I dream of going to a place where no one knows me so I can start anew. Hone my skills of living and develop a sense of independence (something I dont really have).

For now, I'd have to say, kudos to you. I hope you find what you are looking for. take care.

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