The tide was unusually high today, and the first thing that came to my mind were the coastal areas surrounding the city. This is Barangay Timex, a place where politicians visit like clockwork – about once every 3 years, during election campaign season.
Safe drinking water is still inadequate, and it is a very common sight to see children walking the streets carrying water jugs.
Water from a shallow well, to be used for washing clothes and also for bathing.
My rubber boots were sitting dry in the back of the car a long way back.
A quick splash to cool off.
Fish: cleaned, salted, and laid out for drying. It is fried until crispy, and goes well with vinegar. It is a staple in any Filipino home.
Mobile phones have become a necessity. It allows people to talk to anyone anywhere on the globe, and is also a tool for ignoring the person nearby.
Learning to swim with a piece of styrofoam. There are no certified swimming instructors here, only life threatening lessons if left unattended.