• this upper floor is where the generator is kept. there is no electricity in Sitangkai.
  • rain water used for cooking. there is no municipal water distribution in Sitangkai. water is collected from rain or "imported" from Sibutu island.
  • Camera: Canon EOS 350D Digital
    Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 55 mm
    ISO Speed: 200

    uncropped, sharpened, decolorized to b&w
  • tubig init is hot water in Cebuano and other Filipino dialects (where tubig=water and init=hot)

tubig init

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Let me tell you about the story of 5 "vicious" dogs. Notorious of having bitten at least 2 strangers, they scare everyone. The problem is, the bathroom is separated from the house and can only be accessed through the yard where these guard dogs roam.

There is one technique to chase them away though. Just shout "Tubig init!". When they were young, their owner used to splash them with hot water whenever they get too unruly, with an accompanying scream "Tubig init!" (Hot water!). Strange, funny but true. Pavlovian techniques work!

in the island of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi province, the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, Sulu archipelago, the Philippines

more pics and journeys in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

adlaw, titanium22, PedjaP, Bisse, and 21 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Farl 108 months ago | reply

    dogs are amiable by nature and so far I have been lucky with those I encounter.

    bisse- my thoughts exactly...

    jenny- wahahaha!

  2. Lady Vervaine 108 months ago | reply

    Brilliant photograph - the framing here is great, and I'm so used to seeing your gorgeous colours, it's easy to forget that you do lovely B&W too :)

  3. Monika N. 108 months ago | reply

    Good story and excellent picture. Love it. Fav it.

  4. .stuffed. 108 months ago | reply

    Cute dog. Love the framing.

  5. shangrilaista 108 months ago | reply

    Nice shot and framing. Poor pooch, he does not look vicious.

  6. wantet 108 months ago | reply

    nalingaw ko sa imo story..naka relate ko...

  7. Budi Sukmana [deleted] 108 months ago | reply

    ah...finally bw :)

    beside of that, i love the story telling of this photo :)

  8. kabukiph 108 months ago | reply

    a great eye opening composition!

    a wondeful story (the dogs) and a nice tip on how to be a dog's best friend... =)

    Happy Easter.

  9. alight 108 months ago | reply

    love this image ..but think pouring hot water on a dog is hideous .. your idea of feeding them bread shows so much more compassion and wisdom, farl..

  10. kayodic 108 months ago | reply

    aahhh... BW picture from you :p
    glad to see it Farl.
    i like the dog´s pose, he knew that you took his photo.
    nice framing too.

  11. woolloomooloo 108 months ago | reply

    i love dogs, and the thought of splashing hot water on them makes my heart cry, especially when done to puppies... i prefer the gentler, loving bread-feeding way way much better...
    beautiful shot, though... :)

  12. littlenutbrownhare 108 months ago | reply

    great story! great photo! i guess the true mark of a good photographer is his(or her) being trigger-thrifty? (as opposed to being trigger-happy, like me! i end up with a lot of shots of the same thing. bad bad habit. must emulate farl! Ü)

  13. Farl 108 months ago | reply

    thanks for your comments. the conversations you provide are a delight.

    I also don't like the concept of splashing hot water on dogs.

  14. Eric Setiawan 108 months ago | reply

    nice dog, nice b/w :D

  15. Long gone and be gone 96 months ago | reply

    After discovering this photo and making it my favourite, I put my son to bed and trying to make him sleep. He was resisting my effort. For some reason, the word "tubig init" came to my mind, and I just yelled that at the top of my lung, in the darkness of our bedroom. It actually made him laughed so hard. In the end, he got so tired and we both went to sleep.

  16. twnklmoon 83 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 100 Dog Strangers, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  17. rhea84 80 months ago | reply

    wow gyud imong mga shots..
    it makes me remind my sitangkai moment
    mao nga someday mubalik gyud ko didto
    and I will tell my friends..
    that there is a man who make sitangkai
    an interesting place...

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