Note: All words in blue are mine and the words in red are what I say posted on the café.
Honesty Café has become an icon and it seems that almost all people who dreams of going to Batanes puts this on their “must-visit” list. Who doesn’t want to experience a store like this? A store wherein no one looks after the customer if they are paying the exact amount or not. But to this day we don’t have a news that someone shoplifted any product right?
This tells me one thing, when you trust people and believe in their goodness within they will show it to you. This is true in this café.
As one of the owners said,
Everybody is welcome to this small store:
1. Self-service po lamang dito.
2. Get what you like and pay or drop your payment at the shelf.
3. You give more if you have no exact money. The Lord will give more later on.. so may your tribe increase!
4. In your journey remember the Golden Rule and that Honesty is the best policy.
5. Have a good time and happy trip.
6. Good bye and may God bless us all! Thank you!
I just hope that many will follow this concept and I believe that Filipinos and all people are capable of transacting in the most honest way, you just have to trust them. This goes with the government; I still hope that something good will come out from them unless greed has overtaken them to the pits. I have high hopes that each person in the universe, being made in the image of the truthful God, is au fait of dealing in the most truthful way. Do you?
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. -Harper Lee
After that weighty discussion I want to end this reflection with my personal fave:
This fittingly captured my travel philosophy. I always viewed “traveling” an investment, a learning experience, a personal discovery, an exploration worth my time, effort and resources.
I may not have the latest gadgets, cellphone, iPad or shoes but who cares? I am rich with friends from all over the country. I am rich in experience of culture and traditions. I am rich with stories that are worth telling to the next generation. I am rich not with tangible things but with the intangibles. That no one can take away from me. I may die without money on the bank but I will be smiling on my deathbed because I have lived my life to the fullest.
How about you? How rich are you? Are you living your life to the fullest?
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Visit Batanes is a 9-part series that paints the unfading beauty of Batanes, her citizens, churches, culture and cuisine. Posts are filled with photos that will surely convince readers to be thrilled in islands ata northernmost part of the Philippines. Come! Explore Batanes!
Visit Batanes Series: Colorful Churches / Sabong at Diura Fishing Village / Lola Ida and the House of Dakay / Surviving the Faluwa Ride / Quotes & Reflections at the Honesty Café / Chill Time with the Ivatans / Snapshots from Sabtang Island / 10 Must-Try Foods / Accommodations in Batanes