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Saturday, February 02, 2008

PhotoHunt 95/2: Narrow

On the way to Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya- some 200-plus-odd kilometers north of the Philippine capital of Manila, the 4x4 we were riding in had to stop to give way to the oncoming downhill traffic, given the limited width of the gravel road.

These farmers and sellers are about to bring themselves and their produce to the lowlanders' markets. They gamely tossed two pieces of a local citrus fruit called dalandan our way as they passed, perhaps to thank us for letting them through, or perhaps to send a lifeline to a weary-looking bunch of travelers. We were on the road for at least eight hours already.

Regardless of the reason, their generosity, in the midst of their own economic hardship, is refreshing.

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Blogger Katney said...

Those in most need are often the most generous. I can just see that bus with the farmers riding together in and on it. I saw similar conveyances when I visited rural India.

Saturday, February 02, 2008 1:54:00 PM  
Blogger jmb said...

Interesting story to go with your photo for narrow. Quite the vehicle they have there.
Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, February 02, 2008 2:12:00 PM  
Blogger eastcoastlife said...

I saw similar vehicles with men sitting on them when I was in a village in Philippines years ago. The villagers were very hospitable. Offering us food and drinks even though they have little. They were very happy despite not having much to eat.

Saturday, February 02, 2008 6:06:00 PM  
Blogger YTSL said...

Generosity from strangers. Thanks for sharing the lovely tale!

Saturday, February 02, 2008 6:24:00 PM  
Blogger ian said...

oh yeah- i forgot to include that their riding what we call in the Philippines a JEEPNEY- an erstwhile refurbished vehicle of GIs from World War II. Their one of the main modes of transportation in this part of the globe... I hope to post pictures of our humble jeepney in the weeks to come =]

thanks for visiting everyone! you are likewise personifications of generosity from strangers =]

Saturday, February 02, 2008 9:43:00 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

That's a great photo!

Saturday, February 02, 2008 9:51:00 PM  
Blogger AndrĂ©e said...

I see another bus behind that truck. What a dangerous situation. I am glad everyone is safe. My Photo Hunt is here. Thank you.

Saturday, February 02, 2008 9:52:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

What a great story to go with the picture! I enjoy reading explanations behind the pictures. That was certainly nice of them to throw their thanks!

Write From Karen

Saturday, February 02, 2008 10:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Yen said...

Oh..nice photo! Mabuhay:)

Saturday, February 02, 2008 11:43:00 PM  
Blogger Joyismygoal said...

What a fun little thing to have happen and a cool and scary picture

Saturday, February 02, 2008 11:47:00 PM  
Blogger Sarge Charlie said...

I would not want to ride on top....

Saturday, February 02, 2008 11:49:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Wow, that is amazing!

Sunday, February 03, 2008 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger Utah Mommy said...

Are those kind of jeepneys still exist in the province? i never tried that in my life though. Happy weekend!

Sunday, February 03, 2008 1:00:00 AM  
Blogger denz said...

wow! you have a very nice picture and I love the way you put consistency of the picture, indeed you have a great post! keep it up!!!

here's mine:
Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

Sunday, February 03, 2008 1:50:00 PM  
Blogger ian said...

to everyone-

yes, these jeepneys are still very much a part of many a Filipino's daily commute, but the daring roof-rides are more reserved for areas with fewer vehicles plying their roads.

yes, safety is always a concern. but as the addage goes- beggars cannot be choosers...

yes, photos by themselves tell myriad tales and are subject to as many interpretations... but there's always an insider's account and it's a pleasure to share them with interested-interesting people =]

have a great week everyone

Sunday, February 03, 2008 4:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wonderful story to go with a great picture. It's very true I believe that those who have least are often the most generous.

Thanks for your visit to mine earlier :)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 2:02:00 AM  

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