Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Rio Tuba, Philippines
Under normal circumstances, we wouldn't just give stuff away. If you do that, and the next boat does that, and the next and so on, then eventually, all you have is a group of people that bombard you all day and night wanting stuff that you don't have to give away. The conventional cruiser wisdom is that you give something but you ask for something in return. It could be a fish, a banana, or something as little as a coconut, but it's a trade thing, not a 'give me' thing. But for the life of me, I cannot barter with these 6 year olds…. This is the first time EVER that I have been asked for rice in a country that produces rice. I was asked for chicken and eggs… I wanted to tell them to wait until morning when all the roosters were crowing and they could surely find those darn pesky chickens… I know from my grandmother, just a quick ring of their necks and you'll be good for days….
Anyway, it's way past sundown and we just sent the last boat off with some soap and lotion and a few cup fulls of our pasta dinner (I sure hope they're not muslim…that cup was full of ground pork….).
Tonight we are humbled as never before. We came unprepared. Tomorrow is market day and we'll go in and restock and buy more than we need so we'll be prepared next time. And if there's not a next time, well, now we have rice. We're glad we stopped.
4 more days to Borneo….not sure we're prepared for that either.
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