Monday, October 02, 2006

Rice Fields after the Rain



The saying goes "Red sky at night, sailor's delight..." Well, the sky was red right before typhoon Milenyo hit, but it wasn't much of a delight. The power was out for 3 days. I took some shots of when it started to rain. I took some with flash, but I like the ones with no flash better. I wasn't able to take any shots when it was really storming because I didn't want to risk damaging the camera. I have always noticed, ever since I was a child and until now, that the rain drops seem bigger in the Philippines. When I was a child, I used to go searching for abaws and salagintos (beetles and june bugs) after a rain, but this time a bug came to me at the beginning of the storm. It landed in my hair. It's the biggest beetle I have ever caught. I looked it up online, and this type is known as the rhinoceros beetle. Milenyo caused some of the yero roofing to come off, the chicken house to crumble, and the papaya tree to fall down, but I fixed all that up within a couple of days.

I was going to take photos inside what looked to be a fighting cock or sabong farm. There were hundreds (probably 500 or so) of fighting cock tee-pees. I asked the caretakers if I could take some shots of the area but they would not allow it (bawal daw). They said that the sabong farm belonged to a certain governor. But I did take a quick zoomed-in shot from outside the lot.

I saw some unique orange-pink gumamelas. Some had the regular-looking pistil but others had what looked to be more petals at the end of the pistil.

Grains are now forming on the rice stalks in certain palayans. I went roaming through some distant rice farms. I didn't see any farmers around, probably because it was too hot since it was around noon-time. It was so hot that the cows were laying down under the shade of the trees and the goats were even sitting on a shaded wooden bench. I took a quick rest at what appeared to be an unfinished small babuyan or pig sty before trekking onwards. I came across what are known as kamyas, and I decided to eat some. They are very very sour tasting, but they're alright after a while. They are nice to munch on while roaming around or gumagala. It was just a nice sunny afternoon to spend gazing at luscious green rice fields, fields that feed millions and millions of Filipinos and contain the crop that is the staple food of more than half of the world's population.

I probably won't be able to update the blog again for a while due to lack of funding, but we'll see what happens.















































37 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi david. just dropping by to say that hope ur ok after the storm, here in manila many places still don't have electricity and water. knowing how filipinos are, i'm sure we'll get through this.

Anonymous said...

someday, I would like to write about your story and your experience while finding your roots in the provinces.

Cheri said...

Hi David,

I came across your other blog while I was searching for a recipe of lumpia wrapper, then it led me to this other site of yours. I admire you, really... you bring my childhood memories back.
As for that beetle, that is called "uwang" in tagalog. I remember playing with those when I was a little kid back in the province. They usually come out after the rains or a storm. And they live inside the trunk of somewhat called to be "bunga" in tagalog region. It is a tree which is similar to a coconut and a palm (a cross of the two), only that the fruits are very small compared to coconut and very hard and solid inside. Old people during my childhood used to pound it in a mortar and pestle, with some lime and "ikmo" leaves. They call it "nga-nga" when mixed all together. That's what make their teeth permanently stained with red color. -- Till your next post.

Jessie said...

Hi, i just read an article about you in a newspaper, PINOY, here in the States. I found it interesting and i thought i'd visit your site. I go to a small college and i am one of the only 2 Filipinoes, and it wasn't until i went to the Filipino store was i finally able to speak tagalog again...nakakamiss. You've got lots of really nice pictures, makes me miss the Philippines alot, too. Who takes the photos with you? Anyways, i really enjoyed looking through your site. God Bless!

jove said...

continue blogging!

DocAllan said...

Got a glimpse of you in an abs-cbn show, can't exactly remember what program. I got curious and googled you and here I am. Reading through your blog was an experience. It brought back childhood memories in Isabela where I grew up, and things you've been doing for months now are exaclty the same things I did way back in the 80s. I admire your courage and your going back to your roots. It makes us realize how the simplest of things make our lives more "liveable". Keep it up and God bless you.

Iskoo said...

a dropby...

cool blog. sayang continue blogging. Phils has good farmlands, hope not all will be converted to subdivisions (housing).

Anonymous said...

So you will be on t.v. this saturday

ZELMARQ said...

continue blogging.... you will touch more lives as you have touched mine..

shnaggy said...

hi david, i just saw you on tv and a part of me asks what really brought you "back" here. but the bigger part of me admire your spirit.
btw, i've also come across your sister blog...have you gone to zamboanga? that's where pearls are the cheapest.

Anonymous said...

isa kang mabuting tao......madali mo kasing naaapreciate ang mga bagay bagay na kahit na ang isang simpleng gumamela ang nakakakitaan mo ng kagandahan na ang ibang tao'y ni hindi man lang ito napapansin. Sana madaming pang tao ang maging katulad mo.....

Anonymous said...

I saw your story on tv but I did not get to finish it though. I still think that your story is very inspiring. Keep up the good work. :-)

Anonymous said...

hope you okey david.....
i watched your episode lately in "Kapamilya may nagmamahal sayo"...and I really really admire you! God will bless you and your future family........

Anonymous said...

hello david,
i watched the episode today on filipinos who achieved their dreams or at least tries harder to achieve what they want. when i turned the tv on, batista was there and i learned that he has a tattoo of our flag and that of the flag of greece on his upper left arm since he is half-greek and half-filipino. i was amazed to learn this. then i saw your story. how you attended high school and became a valedictorian. how you managed to work and still focus on your studies and, get this, you worked at nasa!!!!!i am so amazed that you would and could give up those things just tro stay here in our land! i can't even imagine the extent of your courage facing all the people you try to convince that your choice is your choice; try to convince them that this life is what you long for and no wealth,glory,or fame could ever replace it. i got really inspired by you when you said that (i'll just rephrase it) "what a pity others want to get out of the phil. but i want to stay in my native land"

i got struck just by that sentence. i don't even believe that someone could possibly construct a sentence with such feeling.
i am just in second yewar high school and only 14 years of age but i already know some kind of secret in life. not just any kind of life but a happy life. where you feel safe and where you feel you belong.

i'm really glad that there is someone (who is especially is a pinoy) who would turn his back from everything the rest hopes for just for that "something" missing in life.

well david, i justwanna say good luck to your family and godspeed!
solo dios basta! (i'm a yfc member)
sincerely,
joana
ps. sorry for some typos!

Jay-ar ervin Laguna said...

hi...
i watched your episode lately, all i can say is good luck to your journey.

bonggit!!! said...

This is sad that we'll be missing your article "due to lack of funding" if only you are here in manila you can have my PC and write blog all day.. I admire your courage for taking this journey. Kudos to you!

citrus said...

wow! good luck! God bless!

Anonymous said...

hi,i've seen you on tv,it's really a big question to me why you're giving up those kinds of opportunities in life? specially right now that after a few months,you will be father already...you need to be practical nowadays,anyhow,wanna say goodluck in yous journey,may you find what you are looking for...godbless!!!

kurcaiLLe said...

hi! i saw uR episOde on RATED K w/ kOrina sanchez..i wud Lyk 2 cOngratulate u 4 beinG a very bRave, persistent, and magnanimous persOn..i reaLLy admire ur cOurage and visiOn in life..gUd luck..! hOp u'll fiNd the pErfct cOconut fall that u're waiting fOr..

if u wOn't mind, also kindLy visit our bLog at kurcaille.blogspot.com. It's our classroom's bLog..It shows our fancy pictures tOgether as well as our achievements and victories in cOntests due to our SIPAG AT TIYAGA.We're actually from Marawi City, Mindanao.We will really appreciate it a lot if you'll post a comment in our beloved blog.A short message will do.. It's an hOnor to see your comment in our bLog..Pls..Tnx..

-KURCAILLE-

Anonymous said...

David,
Your series of thoughts are very stimulating. I, for one, have to ingest if not processed the wide scope of understanding that you have shared from the "eye" and the mind that never rest. I truly admire how you detail and give justice to every vivid exploration. Isn't life a continous journey? like the air you breath, you dont see it but you feel it....you learn new things every step you make...that is the beauty of life....to discover things that was never planned...and how you learn from them of course. It seems to me that your battle or the search and hunger for knowledge and experiences are far from over...May I say that you can only feel self-worth, peace, and achievement if you teach your heart to be contented of the lesson that this journey has offered...God bless, I will surely browse your site from time to time to regain sanity from this crazy world we all live in...may your convictions shine on each and everyone who takes time in reading and feeling your pursuit. Theres a lot of "DAVID" out there, but they dont take time to feel and make sense of their world. I hear you.....

Anonymous said...

hi!i was able to watch ur video and read some of ur stories.i was also able to watch a short story of ur life in TFC here in Abu Dhabi.I was really amazed and surprised about what u did.We r almost of the same character..looking for something that i havent seen in my life yet.I am married with 4 kids.The only difference we had is that u came back to Phils. to seek something u wanna know while I went out of our country just to find myself.I am not rich..I am unemployed when I was in the phils. my hubby is unemployed too.I asked help from my brothers here in abu dhabi thats y I was able to work here.U already have proven something to urself..u have achieved almost everything...but me i have nothing to be proud of.and ur story affected me that much.WE both wanna know what our purposes in life is...but we r in the opposite direction...u r from a rich and famous life to a very simple one while I am from a very simple one looking for a way to be famous and rich.Hope u find the real happiness and contentment u r looking for.I know u will still be back in the states so u can give good future to ur wife and kid.Who knows we can meet there personally..Ill be going to Canada next year and maybe and if God permits..Ill be in the US too...my American dream!Good luck!keep posting on ur blog..im always checking!

athena said...

I watched ur story in TFC...good kid!

raffy said...

hey there david.man,now yer famous!expect to recieve more comments to come flooding here in the next few days and weeks.my officemates watch you on tv yesterday and most of the girls at work already have some crush on you, would you believe that?but of course,with a face like that,you could really melt an iceberg :-) but after reading your blog here,i realized that you're more than just a pretty face.life's a mystery dave,and i admire you for being one of it.but i most admire you for being so brave.you took the path where most people choose to avoid,you took the road less taken and being able to take a thousand steps on that road is really brave,perhaps stupid,but brave :-) there are still questions of course,questions that most people who lost faith in this country will surely asks.but yeah...you broadcasted your reasons on tv clearly yesterday and i hope,those people who'll asks why'd you came here will understand.
i personally admire the choice that you made,no matter how mundane will that be for other people but i for one,admire it.the choices that we made truly speaks for what kind of person we are and you on your part showed us here that you are a truly admirable person.
keep on taking pictures david.keep on exploring the fields and rivers which for most people in this country choose to ignore.keep on walking on that road,you'll meet more people along the way and i hope you will inspire them as you have inspired me :-) and congratulations on your coming baby!
take care always and we'll be looking forward for more postings here,ok
i'm out for now.
ciao!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I watched your story on ABS- CBN... I salute you dude for your choice. It is very encouraging to relize that while many of us Pinoys wanted to leave our land, there you are coming home and finding a simple life in the remote Zambales...

Life indeed is full of surprises... But I believe somehow that the future is determined by our choices... no matter how we want our lives to be filled with favors, it is genuine joy in our hearts that matters most.

Im really inspired with your story being a pinoy...

alf76red@gmail.com

kalvin said...

DAVID
bro,,,

ur such a a dfffrnt kind of person..
napaka lawak ng isipan mo po..
sa kabila ng lahat ng yaman,,karunungan,medalya,papuri,, mas pinili mo pandng mamuhay ng simple..pinili mong mamuhay ng wla ang lahat ng ito..

mas pinili mong 2mayo at mabuhay d2 sa pinas..

na qng saan ito ang iyong lupang sinilanagn,,

alam mo po.. minulat mo ang mga puso at mata ng mga taong namumuhay sa kadiliman namumuhay sa matinfing nasa sa makatapak sa ibng bnsa,, nagkukumahog na mamuhay sa malayong lugar..

iba ka kapatid..

hindi mo isinayang ang pagppakabayani na gnawa ni DR .Jose Rizal...

hindi mo hinayaang masayang ang monumentong nsa luneta,bagkus ay pinagtbay mo pa...

sana ay nadaming pilipino ang 2lad mo..

im prouf of you,,
im proud to be a pinoy..

isigaw mo kapatd..

....

bro,continue living wd peace
take care of your family..

continue capturing the photos of lyf the photos of truth ,,,the reality of tomorow..

add me up inmy fwenster..
kalvin22@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

hey, don't give up. you're on your way to discovering your purpose! self-discovery is a long, arduous process. to some, it would take forever. and to some lucky few, it comes to them early, just like you. i believe you are up to something bigger. God bless you and keep you safe. evelyn

Anonymous said...

David,
Like I promised, I will surely browse your blogsite from time to time to regain some sanity...here I am kiddo...
You have gained quite a crowd here which Im quite sure everyone will agree...the response is extra ordinary...very overwhelming indeed...and why not...I myself became attached to your life journey. As if it was a rude awakening....whatever you call it...Perhaps because we all share some sort of yearning on something very complex. It is quite a shame though...not everybody has the same ability to cope and response to challenges like you did. Most of us succumb in a sheltered bottle sort of speak...is afraid to come out of their shell and challenge the inevitable...like the domesticated elephant...you can free and cut their chain... and you would expect that they will walk far away to regain their freedom...instead, they run around in circles, either lost, and dont know how to get out from the barrier that have enclosed them for so long....we all need to CHANGE...

kc1800base@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

i admire ur courage.. when i saw on tv ads re ur story in KAPAMILYA at ABS-CBN i really put a reminder in my cp so that i will not miss the episode.. Yeah bro.. i cursed ur courage somehow, i thought ur stupid.. bec we're extremes logically for what is life is.. my name is dreamer and i am a Brown American Dreamer.. in thoughts only.. coz no possibility on it. I am from the northern part of the philippines.. laoag city, ilocos norte at that.. so many historical sites here.. if u want to come here and visit the area feel free.. i am willing to accomodate you.. only on saturdays and sundays bec i am working during weekdays. i really admire ur perspective in life.. a NOMAD at that.. u really inspired us of what u did.. A FILIPINO AT THAT.. i am also dreaming that someday our country (phils) will change out from corruption. so that i wont dream of coming out the country.. of which i am planning to do the sooner sana. i also want to help u in some way, baka in ur ways matauhan ang mga nasa government na corrupt officials. u insprired me re blogs so i also register as "the-brown-american-dream or e-mail me at r23wh19e26@yahoo.com.

Kieran said...

I'm getting a lot of people from the Philippines visiting my site having searched for "coconutter". I'm guessing they were after you, since that post is over a year old, so I've put a link to you.

Anonymous said...

Hey David! When i saw your lifestory on ABS-CBN, i was heartily touched. hope you'll find your perfect coconut as soon as possible... good luck... and God bless...

Lex said...

Hello, David. I've gone through your Article and resume. I admire your courage and conviction. Maybe you just know too much that you end up not knowing what you really want and how you want your life to end up. Looking for answers or meaning of life? Maybe they were just right in front of you all along. You are a perfect example of person who is swimming in a large body of fresh water and still claims he's thirsty.

Anonymous said...

David, i really appreciated your courage...to do what you want and leave your perfect life Texas...
I idolized you dude....
tc

Anonymous said...

hi! ive watched the nagmamahal kapamilya program and i was really amazed and at the same time i feel proud of you! keep up the good work coconuter! im sure many people become inspired bcoz of your story. follow your heart! we love you coconuter!!!!!

rangics said...

continue blogging friend! And uh by the way, try to smell your environment after the pouring rain..smells like a fresh new start.. it cleanses my souL you know. Hope yours too.. Godbless friend! ^_*

Anonymous said...

I admire your bravery in facing every challenges of life. Goodluck Kid!

Anonymous said...

what a nice website!!!!!!!!!!!This is where I got some of my articles which I share to my classmates.Very inspirational and amazing

Jasper said...

Nice blog david.
Saan ka na ngayun? Still in Zambales? I wish you all the best and be strong all times. Your a good guy with good heart.

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