COCONUT CLIMBING KIDS of OLD CEYLON

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    NOTE: Although this is not in the Philippines, I am adding it to the OLD PHILIPPINES set due to the Philippine-connected caption I've written below.

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    I love this pic. It was originally shot with a stereo camera 80 to 100 years ago. The composition works well in both 2-D and 3-D. The farther away the kids get, the more they start looking like ants on a twig.

    Photographer unknown to me, but I have an original print. By the way, ALL images on my flickr stream that are from made from both full and half-stereoviews (such as above) are direct CONTACT PRINTS from a 5 x 7 inch glass negative. Darkroom enlargers were never used to make these.

    HERE'S THE FULL 3-D PRINT : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/5725742560/in/photostream

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    [NOTE. Yes, I know I write a lot of silly fiction in some of my goofier captions, but the following is extracted from a real conversation with a real girl from the Philippines]

    Whenever I see this photo, it brings to mind a girl I once met......

    Years ago, I was sitting in a "Filipina Bar" in Okinawa, Japan, having a drink with one of the older women (she looked about....28?) who was complaining to me about the younger women in the bar (they were all about....18 to 22) and how times had changed in the Philippines.

    She: "I can't believe some of the girls here. They are totally helpless. They don't even know how to climb coconut trees."

    Me: "Huh? I mean....they don't?"

    "Well, what are you going to do when you are thirsty?"

    "Uhhhhhhh....."

    "When I'm thirsty, I just climb right up a coconut tree, knock down a coconut, break it open, and get a drink. Can you believe the other girls here don't know how to do that!?"

    Me [Starting to sweat] : "Mmmm...uhhhh.... yeah, that's hard to believe...."

    "They are so spoiled these days. They wait around till they get some money, then go to the store and BUY a drink. Unbelievable!..."

    "So....you are a good climber? I mean, you are walking along, and when you are thirsty, you just climb the nearest coconut tree?"

    "Of COURSE. Any NORMAL person does that. But not these spoiled girls."

    Me [now sweating more profusely]: "So...do you wear sneakers?"

    "No. Just take off your shoes and go right up. Anybody knows that."

    Me [Hoping to turn the conversation before she finds out that I'm just another useless male] : "Well, what ELSE can't these other young bar girls do ?"

    "Well, for starters, they don't even know how to BREATH FIRE. Can you believe one of them actually burned her hair while doing it!?"

    "No Way! [gulp]. Uhhhhh....how about about you?"

    "Of COURSE I know how, I'm a licensed Fire Breather. Those other girls are so dumb they couldn't even pass the test"

    With that, she picked up three pieces of fruit from a bowl on the counter, and started to juggle them high in the air, while changing the subject to something I was more familiar with.....

    "Can you buy me another drink?"

    Me [totally in love] : "Sure !"

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    One more :

    On several occasions while sitting with Filipina in their bars on Okinawa, after a few rounds of drinks, I have had the following humorous exchange (usually without much variation) and always initiated by the bar girls themselves...

    FILIPINA [speaking preemptively]: Ya' know, you're really a nice guy, and I'd really like to go out with you, but since you're a MARRIED MAN, I really can't do that.

    OKINAWA_SOBA : Wait a minute. You have three kids, all of them by different MARRIED men. And since I've been coming to this bar, I've also noticed that you've been dating nothing but MARRIED MEN. So.....

    FILIPINA : Oh. Well...that's different. THOSE married men are all GOOD LOOKING.

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    RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/random/

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    1. Elmer I. Nocheseda ng Pateros 77 months ago | reply

      I think so too. They are more spontaneous, warm, and human. Unlike the trained, cold, mechanical "geisha", But I enjoyed some "geisha" tricks" when I was in an ochaya tea house in Yokohama.

    2. Tom Auer 75 months ago | reply

      Ohh nice shot! I love climbing coconut trees, nothing like Buko in the morning! haha. In our property and my friends, we make copra out of the cocos... So the trees are climbed very frequently, so what most do is bring the itak (bolo) and cut into the trunk some foot holds every now and then.. it makes things easier for future climbing. Thats why most have cuts around the trunk. Another thing for coconut farming is wrapping a tiny strip tin or similar around the trunk, this prevents rats and other creatures from climbing the trunk and eating the prize Coco. hehe!

      Climbing Coconut trees, it seems, most people are expected to know how to (not all city folk i guess), as well as handling the itak around i noticed.

      thanks for the shot, my dads been to Sri Lanka. Its definately on my list to see someday

    3. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 75 months ago | reply

      Hi Cagpotom ! You are a Coconut Tree Climber ? That's pretty cool ! Next time you are up there, PLEASE be careful !!!!!!

    4. joycy:) 72 months ago | reply

      hey! you really like going to bars huh!

    5. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 72 months ago | reply

      Hey! Bars are my second home ! Almost like going to Church, huh ! ;-)

    6. Mella Grow Green 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sri Lanka Photo Collection, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. Eurhie 69 months ago | reply

      Wow! great image.

    8. abej2004 65 months ago | reply

      Ha Okinawa, I was shocked when my 19 year old sister, who now lives with me, didn't even know how to make rice in a rice cooker, and grew up in Japan. Sometimes I wonder what my parents did when raising her obviously nothing. She can neither clean her room and is just as messy if not worse than a guy. I miss the old days OkinawaSoba, even though I never grew up in them.

    9. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 65 months ago | reply

      A 19-year-old female who was raised in Japan, and doesn't know how to use a rice cooker ? Room messier than a guy ? LOL. Normally, a girl like that would be a panelist on Japanese TV Show, and making millions ! ;-)

    10. Ms. Kathleen 63 months ago | reply

      Your photo is adorable!

      I would be honored to have you join our group and post this wonderful photo:
      Natural Kids

    11. stevechasmar [deleted] 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Journey to the Old Orient, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Dang. The parade just never stops! Great photos, captions and comments!

    12. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 62 months ago | reply

      STEVE --- Thanks. My parade is spotty at best, filled with broken Floats, and popped balloons. If you find something you like around here, it's just a lucky hit.

    13. Ben Kimball 61 months ago | reply

      what an awesome illusion! Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ASCENT, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. Korbanski 60 months ago | reply

      wonderful image

    15. The White Wоlf 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Hall of Fame Photo, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Your photo rating is
      5 dots

      You have been selected to be in the Photo of the Month Award contest for July 2010. If you shall win, your photo will be featured on the groups page and on our Hall of Fame.

      hall of fame

    16. limited edition! 58 months ago | reply

      this is wonderful shot!!

    17. 54StorminWillyGJ54 54 months ago | reply

      Wow, now that is unbelievably beautiful. :)

    18. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 54 months ago | reply

      54 STORMIN' WILLY --- I agree. I also should have posted the full stereoview along with it. I will eventually get to it.

    19. JiLLa ZiLLa 51 months ago | reply

      That's perfect- I always feel we are like ants....

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