Camping life

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Have you ever slept beside the street in Manila? 

It was so hot, humid, polluted by the smogs and noisy with the number of vehicles. In addition if your legs or arms were outside of blanket, it was the food for the insects.... 


However I saw the society of the street venders, have chances to communicate those people who was running the business on the street as spending full day there.

Everyday on the street in manila, many kinds of venders passed with their products. Vender of vegetables, fruits, ice cream, door mats, grasses, clothes, flags, cell phone case, etc.....


I joined one of my friend, farmers family came from their province, laguna with their products, vegetables and fruits, crammed  into their jeep. Once they arrived manila, keep selling untill sold out, get money to live. It had taken about 5 days.

While they left their home, children looked after their home, took care younger sister and domestic animals like their parents did.


During those camping days on the street in Manila, we cooked with fire made by wood around the place. As for water, off course the place was no tap of it, we always brought the big size bottles to the neighborhood building's outside tap.


The life style of camping is not easy, not so comfortable especially street in manila. However I learned how to sell the vegetables, cut the pine for good to selling, script of the conversation of between the vender and customer.


Also learned how to manage tools even if not so clean and safe place, adjust myself for those inconvenient life.

*how to make camp(Japanese)


Sometime I miss the camping life in Manila, because it was full of amazing, to survive.









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Comments: 14
  • #1

    Beverly A. Ballitoc (Monday, 04 April 2011 00:57)

    Wow, at long last, an entry in English that I can understand.

    Reading your entry about camp life has made me smile both out of nostalgia and of irony.

    Remember when you repeatedly dragged me to sleep with the peasants in the camp? It was only then that I have had a first-hand experience of what it takes and demands from one person to live a life much below the poverty line in the Philippines. In the camp, I have seen how people literally sleep with and in the filth in order to scratch for a penny a day just so to survive. And so on...

    What amazes me is that it has taken a non-Filipino to make me better understand the crippling effects of poverty among the marginalized sectors of my society. Prior to meeting you and being acquainted to the PESANTE farmers, all I knew about poverty and its effects were only but theoretical. I know what it means to be poor, but only afte interacting with the people in the camp have I understood the grim reality of being really, really poor as an individual.

    Thank you very much, Semba-san, for being one with the landless farmers in fighting for their cause. Thank you for trying to put yourself in their shoes by means of your self-decided immersion stint.

    Basta, salamat ng marami sa di intensiyonal na pagsasampal mo sa akin sa katotohanang napaka-selfish ko na tao noon dahil sa kawalan ko ng pakialam at direktang pakikiisa sa mga kapos-palad na nakikipaglaban para sa kanilang mga karapatan. Salamat.

  • #2

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    your fairly observation always helped me to consider the situations from various angles.
    Oh, I forgot someone to draw who always sitting and smoking quietly beside the street...hehe;)

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