Do you write notes during your travels? I do. But instead of using a travel notebook, I use my MemoPad on my BB. 🙂
I want to share with you some of what I wrote on my MemoPad while I was in Mati City, Davao Oriental 2 months ago. And guess what? I’m back in Dahican Beach (again).
The following notes and reflections are so random:
August 25, 2012
Sea urchins. Earlier I learned how to harvest tayum (sea urchins), someone made it ceviche and it was our lunch. We brought two large baskets and a pointed tool like an ice pick to get the urchins from the corals/stones.
August 26, 2012
Nemo. We ate Nemo. sorry ;(
August 28, 2012
Cats and dogs. I now call the dogs “iro” and the cats “iring.”
On beach. “There is something in the sound of the waves that is therapeutic to the soul.”
August 29, 2012
The local way. I have learned too that when I take a bath and used soap niknik (sand flies) would instantly be magnetized by the soap smell, so the locals told me not to use soap when taking a bath. Now I just rinse with body with water. Kinda sticky but no sandfly attacks.
August 30, 2012
DISTURBING. “I really find it disturbing when fishermen resort to canned sardines because the catch was not enough or there are no fish for today.”
August 31, 2012
I sat on the beach. I was just there, present at the moment. I was looking at the moon as it shimmered to the sea. The waves were big and came on sets.
Trying to be a poet: “I stare at the sky and think of you. Royal, dark, light and blue. I really hope that I see you soon, but for now I talk to the moon. Bow.”
September 3, 2012
Dolphins. Winston, my friend, woke me up around 5:15am so we can paddle near the dolphins. I saw lots of them at Mayo Bay, undisturbed.
Trashes. When there are people, there are trashes. Please be a responsible tourist, minimize the use of plastics when you’re out of town or better stay at home. (while walking along Dahican Beach)
September 4, 2012
Squid overload. I guess we already tried all types of cooking squid. At first I’m loving adobong pusit, but after two weeks of squid I wish I can eat fish tomorrow.
September 5, 2012
Refections: People don’t know how to take care of the sea. They throw their trash everywhere, cigarette butts are flicked to the shore and they feel good about it. Some collect shells and stones as if they can do something beneficial with it. Some are too foolish not to follow instructions. Unbelievable humans, thought to be the most intelligent of all creations but their ways are foolish and backward. Terrible and frustrating.
September 6, 2012
Of Turtles and Dolphins. A concerned citizen surrendered 3 baby hawksbill turtles that were accidentally caught on fish net. We will release them tonight when there is less threat for these cute creatures. Joining me is AG Sano who just finished painting on the walls of Davao Oriental State College.
September 7, 2012
Aniniput. Visayan word for fireflies. Back home we call it “alitaptap.’
September 8, 2012
Fisherman for a night. I went with some of the fishermen of Dahican Beach. It was a nice experience talking with these locals as we catch fish. They also gave me 4 kilos of fish as my share of the catch. It was a great learning experience and deep immersion for me. You can read the whole experience here: Fisherman for a night.
Let’s end the random blog post with a quote from Isabelle Eberhardt:
“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
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Where? Happened while I stayed for three weeks in Dahican Beach, Mati City, Davo Oriental.
When? August 26 – September 10, 2012
Why? I just love the beach. And I started writing my book, “ISANGDAAN Journey.”