31 months later….

I had to haul myself out of bed this morning, and very hesitatingly after a long uninterrupted sleep.  The time was well past sunrise; all the research about when the first light of day would shine and the direction it will be coming from, as well as the tide information went with the first alarm call which I’ve slept through.  I might have hit the snooze button.  This is one of those times when muscle memory works to my disadvantage.


I was here in Babatngon in August of 2010.  I was captivated by lovely coastline in the early morning light.  It is a small municipality which relies on fishing as the main source of livelihood and it is also a landing point for nearby islanders who arrive via small boats and take the bus to the city to do some commerce.


These kids sell native Samarnon delicacies while waiting for their companions to come back from the city.

early morning fishing

In the background, fishermen drive fishes to their net with a most unusual tool ….

into the net

…. a toilet plunger.


The neighborhood kids buying some treats at their favorite sari-sari store.

carving floor patterns

Hopscotch for one.   Kids never tire of playing the same games over and over, especially if friends come over to join in the fun.

pearly shells

Still some kids prefer to play by themselves.

under the boards

Low tide in the early morning means there will be headroom under the houses by the water.  It really isn’t a place to go around picking stuff.

on the beach

A strip of seawall divides work and play.

playing by the beach

There’s not enough clearing for a sand castle here, and the other girl is thinking out of the box.  Literally.

open channel

A spectacular view, but only when the tide is high.

today's catch

A fisherman’s catch of the day.  Not really much, about a couple of hundred pesos’ worth.

keeping watch

Another pair of kids, told to wait and watch over the purchases while their father goes off to buy more goods.

I have noticed that I’ve been taking more shots lately, and most likely it is because of the new environment which I find myself in – country roads and the simple life.

(I have posted my 2010 photos at my facebook page.  Click here to view them.)


24 thoughts on “31 months later….

  1. Orly your pictures are getting better and better , love the lone subjects. Minimalist enhance the the surrounding ,thanks for sharing.

  2. you can revisit places several times and you would always find interesting subjects. thank you for taking us back. once again love the kids, the water and fishermen. excellent set..

    • it is, Peter. Well, of course I’m sure you’re familiar with the things found on the seashore when people live alongside it, but it is very laid back and if you see the last photo with the 2 kids by the embankment, there is a big white house across the water. It’s somebody’s retirement home, and I wouldn’t mind having something like that when I retire… if ever I retire from business.

  3. How long have you lived in Babatngon? What drew you to this place? Have you lived there your entire life? The pictures are beautiful. I love traveling and with your pictures I can experience the world from my computer in a real way. Not resort pictures on the Internet. Thanks for giving me this opportunity!

    • hi.. I live in Tacloban City, about an hour away from Babatngon. I first went there to see the place as there has been rumors about opening an international port there, which never materialized. This is my second visit to take photos, and aside from a few business trips, that about sums up my stay in that place. The simple way of life attracted me to this place, and as suggested by a friend, I should take a boat and tour the neighboring islands.

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