Thursday, May 15, 2014

TO : THE PHILLIPPINES

Among the things I did and experienced over the last fortnight.. 

   Went at it with a pickaxe and shovel clearing debris and leveling the ground. 


   Carried bricks and soil in the smoldering dust and scorching heat. 


   Was burnt by the fearsome blistering dun despite blocking up with double layer SPF50 sunscreen. 


   Got splinters on my butt. 


   Stayed in a little thatched hut, in the middle of nowhere, without any neighbours and isolated from humanity. 


   Bathed in river water out in the open,  unbarred uncensored from nature (literally).

   Slept on bare floor with geckos and roosters.
   

   Seasick for 4 hours on a boat (caught 2 tiny fish).

   Lay down amidst grassy plains surrounded by the chirping of insects and murmuring of animals.

   Marvelled at the incredible clarity of the night sky and blinding brightness of the richly star-encrusted galaxy.
 

   Felt feverish, took meds, fell asleep in the full heat of bright daylight on a white pebbled beach and woke up to discover myself even more burnt.
   

   Toiled and teared while squatting over a smoky, eye-watering, wood-and-charcoal fire that we had to make from scratch on our own, with dogs, cats, and chickens shamelessly coming up to check on our cooking.

***

You demanded much, but graciously if not more so you gave in return.

And I will never forget you.

To,
The Philippines.





                        

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