Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Philippines

I get a lot of visitors from The Philippines here at frimmbits. Also, I work with many Filipinos on the job so I feel a bit of a connection to the country. The people I work with are contract workers and sacrifice spending time with their families back home to come to Canada to work and provide for them financially. They are hard workers and they arrive here fluent in English. They are all beautiful and they all sing, some of them have sung professionally. Many of them have worked previously in Kuwait, Dubai, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. Some of them have permanent residency, the holy grail of contract workers, and are trying to get their wives or husbands and children here.

I was at a gathering recently and noted that babies and children were treated so affectionately by both men and women whether they were related or not. One man held onto someone else's tiny baby while he engaged in conversation with other people. His own child, born last month, will be long out of the baby stage when he at last has a chance to hold her.

A normal, everyday, beautiful Filipino family

Filipinos are generous, hospitable and have a great sense of humour. If you knock on their door, and they answer, you are brought inside and treated like royalty. They will feed you, they give up their comfy seat for you. They are all good cooks. Their cuisine is a fusion of Spanish and Asian cultures. Not bland, not over spiced - Chicken Adobo! - for our palate. Well, not for my palate. 

Here is a selection of photos from their country. This is what they give up, along with their families, to make a future for their children. This is what they left behind and for which they endure long, cold Canadian winters.

An island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island (Taal Lake)

Luzon Island, picture above, is one of seven thousand or so islands making up The Philippines, has a large fresh water lake. So large it contains a fairly decent sized island. Which also has a lake with an island in it.

The Philippines has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and some of the clearest water.

Labassin Waterfalls Restaurant



Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Village

Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano, also known as Mount Mayon, is an active volcano in the province of Albay, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Renowned as the "perfect cone" because of its almost symmetric conical shape, Mayon forms the northern boundary of Legazpi City.

Makati City, Manilla

Makati City is one of the 17 cities that make up Metro Manilla, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Makati is the financial center of the Philippines. As the host of various embassies, it is also an important center for international affairs.

Pangulasian Island From El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Grass covered conical mounds that turn brown in the dry season
 and look like chocolate drops

I don't know and my computer froze every time I tried to do a reverse image search

Palawan

Crater Lake, Mt. Pinatubo

Mambukal, Negros Occidental

Boracay, Philippines

Unknown, Philippines. I'll be retiring here

Unknown, Philippines

Boracay Beach

Siquijor Island

Billboard Ad

Perhaps you've seen this photo while surfing the net. I have. It was part of an ad campaign for a newspaper. Philippine Daily Inquirer drew attention to its journalism with “Volcanic Ash”, an outdoor billboard featuring a vehicle driving towards a landscape covered by a huge plume of smoke and ash. The text: “The Philippines Most Committed Newspaper.” The Volcanic Ash advertisement won a Bronze award at Cannes 2006 and Clio 2007.

2 comments:

Tonya said...

Oh that was so pretty it made my eyes hurt. I think we need to reconsider our plans to relocate to Iceland. This is better. Wait! I'll bet it's really hot there.

Frimmy said...

So hot. And humid. But you can jump off your porch into crystal clear water. And the cost of living is cheap! We could live like despots!