Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan, Philippines
by Samantha Craven
Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines
by Samantha Craven
It’s been an awesome few days, learning, networking, and getting distracted by the view. Updates to follow!
Pintuyan fishermen on the water fishing for squid as the sun sets over Sogod Bay. This is the super beautiful scene from just outside our house. x
I can’t wait to visit this LAMAVE project in Leyte! Real **wild** whale sharks and everything!
- Waves on the shore.
- Hammers downstairs. Like every morning.
- Cats playing in the roof of my room. Yes in it. Lots of them.
- Kids playing on the beach.
- Cockerels (I can’t emphasise this enough).
- Someone sweeping.
- Someone clearing their nose!
- Pots and pans being washed.
- At least two radios. One of which is playing ‘Ganggam style’. Again.
- Kittens meowing.
As a Cebuana, I can say this.
Yes, it’s only in Cebu. The only place in the world to actively feed whale sharks. What for? A tourist attraction.
The only place in the world that puts profit above the long term effects of feeding a highly migratory, vulnerable to extinction, fish.
The only place to really cheapen what should be a breathtaking experience with one of nature’s Giants. By conditioning them to beg at boats like puppy dogs.
The only place where people complain about only having a 30 minute viewing time with, at times, up to 14 sharks a day.
I’m a proud Cebuana, but not about this. Yes. Only in Cebu.
Mountain View Park Nature Park, Busay, Cebu
The city of sleeping hearts.
This exact view is one of my favourite views in the whole world. As cities go, Cebu, you ain’t bad at all…
Pablo is a big boy. He slowed down for a while, but he’s back up to Super Typhoon (Cat 5) status. He hits the south of Philippines in the morning. The whole country is braced. Strongest typhoon in 22 years. Currently 260 km/hr.
Here’s hoping for the best for those in his path. Stay safe and dry Mindanao, Visayas, Palawan.
Something wicked this way comes: Super Typhoon Pablo (equivalent to Hurricane Category 4/5 in the Atlantic) just entered the Philippines. We’re in for a battering this week.
This typhoon is stronger than Sendong which killed 1,300 people last year. We are, however, better prepared and earlier warned. Fingers crossed.
In typical Filipino style, disaster relief is effected through social media (amongst others). Know your hash tags:
Stay safe and dry everyone!
[Edit: Reminds me of the lyrics from Dan le Sac vs. Scroobious Pip
“Thou shalt give equal worth to tragedies that occur in non-english speaking countries as to those that occur in english speaking countries.” ]
Dugong by Steve De Neef
"From about 2 years ago, a dugong (Dugong dugon) grazing in the seagrass of the Calamian Islands. It took 6 days of 12 hours on a boat to be able to get close to this dugong underwater. Unlike it’s photogenic cousin the manatee, dugongs are usually incredibly shy in the wild. They are also in need of protection, there’s only very few left in the Philippines.”
Current happy place.