Because I have a new theme, thanks to my friend, Andro, I will be having a new feature too here in my blog called STRANGE[R] ENCOUNTERS.
It is as simple as this: I met these individuals as strangers (locals who do their own thing) then we bid “good-bye” as friends. Happy that they became part of my journey.
So let’s start with these two brothers:
Strangers who became my friends: Joven and John Robert
Meeting: Yato Island, Guimaras
Date: July 2010
I was doing my Western Visayas Php250 Challenge when I found myself exploring Yato Island coming from Negros Occidental. A boatman told me that I can camp in the island for free and so it got me excited. The boatman brought me to Yato and was welcomed by Joven. Joven, 15 years old, became my guide in the island. He then called his younger brother, John Robert. They brought me to places I never imagined exist in this place, like what I call the Yellow Rocks. Showed me different sea creatures.
- At the first meeting, we spent the afternoon trying to get to know each other under a dilapidated nipa hut (where the first photo was taken). Since I can’t speak their dialect, most of the conversation was by sign language and laughter. They were asking where I came from. These kids haven’t been to a city (there’s no city in Guimaras) and don’t know where Manila is, so I brought out my Philippines map and explained how I was able to get to Yato Island. I can see the awe from their eyes. I guess Joven captured the message very well and told me that he wants to do the same when he grow up. I said to myself, that’s what I came here for.
- Joven wanted to try sleeping on my hammock, so we exchange places. I slept on the papag (makeshift bed) while he went inside my hammock. He even offered me his blanket and pillow. I had a very deep sleep.
- I noticed that John Robert’s slippers are already broken. So even if I was on a tight budget (Php250/day, all-in), I bought a pair for him before I go on with my trip. I even treated him a bottle of cola.
This is my addition to the “Unforgettable Human Encounters on the Road,” a blog carnival by Pinoy Travel Bloggers which is hosted by Marky of Nomadic Experiences.
You can also check out our past entries by clicking the blog carnival logo.
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STRANGE[R] ENCOUNTERS is a new feature on JourneyingJames, recounting the encounters I had with the locals in the places I visit. It’s my aim that the reader would meet the individuals I will talk about. They have become a part of my journey here on earth.
We met and said “hello” as strangers; we bid “good-bye” as friends.