Fishing for Tourist
It has been always my practice to poke my nose into the lives of the people that accompany me with the travels I make.
This is Mang Tino, he used to do fishing as his daily source of income. But then he saw that ferrying tourist to and from the islands have better gain. So now he only does fishing on the side. He is a bit deaf, and mostly speaks bisaya. Good thing we were able to understand a little of it.
As the island slowly moves towards tourism, it is a common sight for fishermen turned boat drivers. Yes, we may seem like fish to them, just a source of income. But we must remember that these people are the locals in the community. They used to fish for a living, but because tourists/travelers like us revel in the sight of fish-rich corals. Some are pushed to do fishing on the farther side of the sea, and ofcourse not all of them have big boats that can do that. There are many other factors that affect their lives, but the thing is we should atleast get to know them and thank them for giving us a safe ride. I find them no different to an airline pilot that we so graciously applaud to landing an airbus on a rough tarmac.