Survival Techniques

Life isn’t all too blithesome sometimes. But as they say, we need to be awake to be alive.

I guess my seatmate Pao Pao sensed that I got up from the wrong side of the bed, he offered me a bar of Snickers.

The 7 Eleven right across the school.

For the body clock out of whack.

Thanks, Mommy Grema for lending me the magazine I wanted to have, but I couldn’t have — Smile Cebu Pacific Air in-flight mag, October 2010 issue.

Feeling so close to home.

Sunshine City Laoag!

Okay, it’s the hubby on one of the pages.

Stretching before school.

Ag-Ilocano tay met ngarud a. My Ilocano speaking buddies from Region I and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (with Malaysia’s pioneer ecotourism man and Secretary and Treasurer of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Anthony Wong, and  participants from Bicol, Tarlac and Bulacan).

They say mangroves are boring, but Triboa was my favorite part of the ecotour.

A sense of security. Imagine the oceans without mangroves and seagrass…

A smile from nature.

Sugar rush!

Hmph, scene stealer!

Robin and Danny de V?

In case you don’t know, the guy on the right was the model for the world-renowned barrel man of Ifugao.

Tee-hee. That’s Philip Bartilet from Lake Bulusan National Park, Sorsogon. He’s the President of the newly-organized Philippine Eco Guides Association (PEGA).

The VP for Luzon, LOL.

My friendship sarong from my sweet roommate from Zamboanga. Thanks, Ddick, for the frequent tète-à-tète. Hope to be able to photograph your famous regattas someday.

At the end of the day, humor and hope are the best survival tools — my closing spiel for the oral presentation during the final challenge of the program.  For the first time, I was speaking as an  ecoguide, and JEST (Jungle Environmental Survival Training) Camp was my turf.

Proud to be wearing this on our last day☺

Photos by Blauearth and Co. Copyright © Blauearth™ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

6 thoughts on “Survival Techniques

  1. CONGRATULATIONS FRIEND FOR COMPLETING THIS COURSE!!! I’m sure you’ll be an asset to the promotion of eco-tourism here in Ilocos. Now you found your niche…((; and im’ sure you are enjoying a lot!

    • Thanks, friend! My co-participants were supportive, inspiring and very professional. (Thanks to each and everyone, including Ma’am Mina, the force behind ISST, DOT ASEC Jasmin, Donald and Jimmy of the DOT Standards Development Division, and we’re grateful for the generosity of PATA’s Sir Anthony Wong and the guidance of Roslan and Suhaimi who were always there all throughout the training. Special thanks to the DOT Region I office for the endorsement.)

      Compared to other countries, Philippine ecotourism is young. I hope the aim of the program will be realized. It should be a collective effort if we want change.

    • it was a special course, the first in the Philippines actually. the participants went through pre-screening. the school opens in March next year, but i’m not too sure about what regular courses they will be offering.

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