|Tyrone on coco husks, taken in a koprahan in Cagbalete|
One persistent reaction I get from friends and acquaintances is "I envy your job." Job means being occasionally sent somewhere either to shoot and/or write about places, the food, and the culture. It's true I'm lucky to go places on the expense account of someone else and I consider it a privilege. However, that's only part of the story.
It's still work where quality output is expected no matter if the weather or circumstances didn't cooperate or went contrary to plans. It's waking up before the crack of dawn everyday to catch an elusive sunrise, ride a banca before the sea becomes rough, go island hop in the darkness before it gets too light. One other downside is that no matter how excited I get about shooting or writing about the place or experience is that I will have to wait until the magazine comes out before I can blog, tweet or fb about it. But sometimes you get lucky. Like finding a window of an hour to kayak the shallows of Cagbalete during my previous assignment.
|Kid in a pensive mood in Alibihaban|
|Excited to go to school|