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    More "sea of crowds"

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    On the way down, we passed by some bamboo plants

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    Views during the descent
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    We passed by some streams and waterfalls during the descent. Some ppl from my group (and other groups) decided to get wet.

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    More streams
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    Cacao/ cocoa plantation on the way back to the village
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    Passed by dome some houses. These ppl don't have electricity, unless they buy solar panels, since the electric lines don't reach their place.

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    A few meters down, we reached this junction. It's the end of the concrete road, and the end of the power lines. There's a mom&pop store (sari-sari store) at the corner.

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    Back to the village
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    I had mixed feelings when I saw this tied up monkey. It had become a pet, so its owners probably fed it. But I felt that it should be in the wild. As it is, it's now a genetic dead-end. But if it's in the wild, it would probably be caught or eaten. Sigh...

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    House in the village - one of the relatively large houses there. I liked the combination of concrete base, upper floor dwelling area, and use of light materials, for better aeration. But then also thought, how would that house fare in a strong typhoon or earthquake?

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    Small village eatery and owner-type jeep (it's non a/c, still common in the provinces). Bcos the mountain has been opened to hikers, small stores have opened up in the village, like sari-sari stores and eateries.

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    Some thoughts...

    Whenever I hike, aside from the views and physical activity & achievement I get from the hike, I get grounded to the reality that there are still so many ppl worse off than me.

    The ppl living in the village were mostly poor, simple folk. Most were farmers, trike drivers, etc. Two of our guides were underage. One guide, a young girl, the one who I was following in the mid pack, was only 16 and she was 2 years behind in schooling. She had to stop for a while due to lack of funds. The other guide was her cousin, a 14 y.o. boy. They both serve as guides during weekends so that they can earn some money for school.

    In some of these mountain communities, there are no high schools or middle school, only elementary school. The older kids need to go to the town center (bayan/ poblacion) since it's where the public high school is located. And going to the town center means $$ for trike rides & food. It's either ride a trike or get up early to walk several kilometers (which my parents had to do, as kids). A guide for a short hike earns 400-600 (8-12 USD) for a 6-8 hour hike (with several rest stops). It's humbling to think that if I had a 500-peso meal at a mall, someone had to work 8 hours for that amount.

    My parents / grandparents grew up in similar areas - mountainside, rural communities. I am thankful that my parents studied, and in turn, was able to provide a good education for me. As such, I was able to study, work, see some parts of my country and the rest of the world.

    And now, I'm sharing these experiences with you. Sorry for the maudlin thoughts. But looking back at the pictures, I felt blessed.

    Cheers!

    Edit: BTW, thanks to anyone who can repost the pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Some thoughts...Whenever I hike, aside from the views and physical activity & achievement I get from the hike, I get grounded to the reality that there are still so many ppl worse off than me.

    And now, I'm sharing these experiences with you. Sorry for the maudlin thoughts. But looking back at the pictures, I felt blessed.
    Katie,

    Great news that you've recovered enough to "get back on the bike" so to speak. Ref the poverty, it is a difficult conundrum and i have trekked in some very poor regions around the world. On one hand it can been difficult to see the poverty and you always judge it against your circumstances but on the other hand it is possible to see over time that without the "Tourist Dollar" nothing for them would change and they will still be subsisting without any hope of an improved future.

    At least by mixing with people like your good self and others they get income, insight into the world outside their community and it possibly inspires them that they can have better lives. The problem however is the change does not happen overnight. If you didn't trek and bring in your income then they'd not even have that or the chance to meet you all and the stories you tell and they share. Its not all about the money.

    Anyway look forward to your next Trek, i imagine you'll be taking it easy, no arduous ones until your confidence returns.

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    @toot - thanks for your reply. Re: the hike, yes, it felt good to hike again and to know that I was in the middle pack & not in the sweeper (last) team. I've got another hike lined up for the middle of this month, also a minor hike, so it won't be too strenuous.

    With all the work stuff and three Christmas parties to attend to, I hope I'll be able to squeeze in some jogging or zumba time as preparation for the hike!

    Re: poverty and "tourist dollars", yes you're correct. Tourism activities help the lives of these people, whether it's for the guides or those selling snacks/ drinks. I just hope that it's responsible/ sustainable tourism - anywhere in the world.

    I remember during my Mt Pinatubo hike, there was a 10-12 y.o girl selling iced candy. She & her younger brother both sold them for extra school money. They carried little polystyrene coolers to keep the iced snacks in. They later hitched a ride in our 4x4 offroad vehicle, to get back to the village/ jump off point. They sold the snacks every weekend to tourists/ hikers. I think there's a pic of them in my Mt Pinatubo thread.

    At the moment, I'm working from home, waiting for the brunt of the typhoon to hit my area. As of now, it's still in the Eastern part (Legazpi / Naga cities). It's Typhoon Tisoy/ Kammuri and due to hit Metro Manila and surrounding provinces. It's already a bit rainy and windy, but I think the worst is yet to come. During Typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda in 2013, it hit the eastern seaboard at 6 am and I felt it in my area 12 hours after. We'll see... I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    At the moment, I'm working from home, waiting for the brunt of the typhoon to hit my area. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...
    Katie hope it's not bad and stay safe.

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    Is Katie, Tiz and Davis OK - not much in the UK news. Hope you are all safe.

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    Typhoon was a fizzer here in BGC.

    Not much rain and not even much wind.

    Miss TizShe's home town in Oriental Mindoro didn't do so well, they still don't have any electricity. Her uncle passed away during the cleanup after the storm, a suspected heart attack.

    They had to rebuild their house after the last direct hit by Typhoon Nona in 2015, but the new house handled this one pretty well.

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    @toot - I'm good, thank you. Typhoon brought some strong winds in my area, and some rain too! I was worried that power would be lost, but it stayed on for the whole time. A malunggay (Moringa oleifera) tree on the neighbor's plot fell - that was the casualty in my place. At my mom's house, things were okay too - strong winds but not much rain. I've been busy the past few days due to work, but now it's the weekend, so yahoo! Thanks for the concern.

    I've got another hike scheduled next weekend. Hopefully, that will push through. At the moment, there are not enough joiners, so it may not be commercially viable for the organizer. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    @tizme - glad to know that the typhoon didn't hit hard in BGC. I'm sorry for Ms Tizshe's loss... Condolences...

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