Grace for animals
Trip Start Feb 18, 2010
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We check out of Villa Marmarine (too expensive at $1400pesos/night, like $29usd) and head to Hard Rock Cottages. We get gas along the way. This experience consists of stopping at a shack on the side of the road that has 1L coke bottles filled with green gasoline. Pull up and ask for 1 or 2 liters of green (The bike only takes 2L). Lift up the seat of the bike, they turn the bottle upside down and you give them about 52pesos/liter.
The cottage we are staying in is perched on the rocks with the waves lapping on the bottom. When we arrive it's high tide, but late at night and in the morning it is low tide and you can walk out so so far.
especially love seeing us and they scream and giggle and wave and we go by. The elderly people look a little confused though. There are huts and shacks and very small houses all on the side of the road, along with roosters, hens and chicks roaming around, as well as cows, goats and pigs just hanging out tied to trees. And of course tons of dogs, all pretty mangy looking. We try to avoid the dogs unless we know them because we did not get our rabies shot!
We go to the town of Maria and meet a woman named Gina who runs a small shop there. She has a sister or something in L.A. so she has all this stuff from Costco that she is selling individually. Many things a for sale individually in the Philippines (makes sense because it is a very poor place) especially on this island. We buy Tylenol from her for 10pesos/tablet. We also buy some gauze and alcohol for my foot since it is looking pretty bad.
In the marketplace in Maria we eat some not hot salty food. We walk around and see all the fish for sale and amongst them is a fairly good size octopus. This makes us very sad because we love seeing them in the wild and here it is sitting here and it has not been sold and it is very cheap. (We learn from some people later that it really is a shame that the fishermen catch these beautiful octopus and cuttlefish off the reef because no one really likes to eat them, they are the cheapest thing in the market and always the last to sell, if at all. But these fishermen are very poor so they will take what they can get.) It is lying there on the table and there must still be some life left in it because we can see the skin changing colors.
We love eating all kinds of meat and seafood and are not about to stop (although I considered it for a few seconds), but seeing it all around us, in the water, on the side of the road grazing, lying happily under a tree, then in the market just gives us a new perspective and a lot more respect for what we are eating. We have begun saying a sort of grace before we eat. We take a moment to consider our food, where it came from, how it got here, and say a thank you to the animal. It may sound cheesy but it's better than just blindly consuming food as something that it is not.
Back at the cottage we sit out in the dark night, enjoying each other's company under soooo many stars. There is only one other cottage on the rocks next to ours and it's empty. We have the sky to ourselves. Out on the water however, it's low tide and the locals are out with lanterns and buckets and nets to pick up anything in the tide pools that crawls that they might be able to eat.
Before bed, we play travel Scrabble (double points for words that have to do with the trip). It's a long game and I win by only one point!
My foot is still in a lot of pain and it feels just as bad as it looks.