Catchup time

Been doing a fair bit of adventuring these past few weeks.

Total travel to date: 1700kms!

As per usual, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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myles pretending to be daddy
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the mesmerising mt mayon
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paid too much for a boat cruise, got free complimentry sunset
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if it moves, they will eat it. this stuff is like superior chicken to my taste buds
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myles and dad being dorks
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although it looks like a nightclub, this was in a van. maybe bcc could be disco theme after 9 on a friday night?
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how do we fill the tank and not wake the baby?
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this lobster defeated our appetites in the end
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cute little tarsiers

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big snake
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little snake
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yep, he could eat myles and have room for dessert!

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This tiger was cute. We were encouraged to pat it, but it freaked out when it saw Myles. I started a line of questioning, which revealed a few disturbing details.

“It looks little?”
“Yah, it is only 9 months old”
“When did the zoo get it?”
“Last week! You wanna pat? Only 50 pesos”

Do I want to pat a juvenile tiger that was recently removed from its parents?

“Maybe later. What about the older tigers? Are they safer to pat?”

“Oh, they are too bitey now.”

I politely declined once more.

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Consumerism in the third world

Sadly, the Philippines has a rather skeletal education system. I have seen too many examples of advertising and television having a more significant impact on society values than anything learned at school.

The hunger for the 1st world pleasures and the modern conviniences is alive and well. I ask about the best restuaraunts in town. I’m proudly told that a McDonalds and KFC has recently opened.

My own sister in law is desperately poor. They regularly have water and electricity cut off and have to make do without. They threw out the rice cooker because it was costing too much electricity. But still, social pressure and aspiration leads her to adopt infant formula (Almost a whole weeks wage!) For her 3 month old bub.

The people here have gadget lust just as badly as we do in Australia.
They paint logos of the latest movies, on their beat up cars.

Sometimes I feel that they emulate the end result in the blind hope that success of the rich will rub off on them. A friend of ours told my wife that she wishes her kids could afford to go to the mall about two times a week, just like the privelliged kids. I can’t convey to her that maintaining a space for homework in her house is more important. And that perhaps it will lead to success that she desires for her children. She just doesn’t see the connection. She will however, transfer them to a school that is considerered more affluent. But she is confused when they don’t get higher marks than at the bog standard school.

As they say: You can lead a horse to water. We have, so many times, with so many people. But they never drink. You can’t change a culture.

I’ve read so much, had so many ideas and now I have have seen them all fail first-hand. Does anyone know any examples of where a culture has become more self aware?

Consumerism in the third world

Sadly, the Philippines has a rather skeletal education system. I have seen too many examples of advertising and television having a more significant impact on society values than anything learned at school.

The hunger for the 1st world pleasures and the modern conviniences is alive and well. I ask about the best restuaraunts in town. I’m proudly told that a McDonalds and KFC has recently opened.

My own sister in law is desperately poor. They regularly have water and electricity cut off and have to make do without. They threw out the rice cooker because it was costing too much electricity. But still, social pressure and aspiration leads her to adopt infant formula (Almost a whole weeks wage!) For her 3 month old bub.

The people here have gadget lust just as badly as we do in Australia.
They paint logos of the latest movies, on their beat up cars.

Sometimes I feel that they emulate the end result in the blind hope that success of the rich will rub off on them. A friend of ours told my wife that she wishes her kids could afford to go to the mall about two times a week, just like the privelliged kids. I can’t convey to her that maintaining a space for homework in her house is more important. And that perhaps it will lead to success that she desires for her children. She just doesn’t see the connection. She will however, transfer them to a school that is considerered more affluent. But she is confused when they don’t get higher marks than at the bog standard school.

As they say: You can lead a horse to water. We have, so many times, with so many people. But they never drink. You can’t change a culture.

I’ve read so much, had so many ideas and now I have have seen them all fail first-hand. Does anyone know any examples of where a culture has become more self aware?

Calapans version of the crazy toowong bagman

Met this lovely fellow today.
The only Philippino I’ve met with dreadlocks. He was a bit smelly, but very polite. Its kinda nice to know that there are crazies everywhere and sometimes, they can be placid, non drug abusing mutterers that keep to themselves and hug garbage bins.

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I asked someone what his story was:
“Oh he crazy”
“Yeah, I figured, but why”
“Oh he crazy, his wife, she make him crazy”

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So there you have it.