Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 8, 2016

South-east Luzon

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Samar to Bicol.

Last post was from Catbalogan in Western Samar, Philippines. From there I caught a van to Calbayog, then another one to Catarman. Not much at Catarman, and I could not work out how to get to the beach. From there I caught a bus to Allen, which is at the northern end of Samar.

Home on the river
A home on the river.

This is the other side of the river, some more huts and fishing boats. I really liked Allen. It was only a small town and my hotel was in the countryside a bit, so it was nice and quiet. I wish I had spent more time there.

river village
The other side of the river

The next morning I went to the port and caught the ferry to Bicol. There is no schedule and they just go when they are full of vehicles. This one was coming the other way.

philippines ferry
Ferry to Allen

Just near the port of Matnog on South-east Luzon, I saw this perfect set-up for surfing. This right hand point looked fantastic. Too bad it was only one foot waves. The other side of the island had a left-hander point.

perfect surf setup
Perfect surf set-up.

Here is a roro, Roll on, Roll off ferry at Matnog. Good viewpoint showing how they are utilised.


Now at Sorsogon, just a hundred kilometers up the island of Luzon.


December 3, 2016


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Western Samar. The Philippines.

Another town. They are starting to blend into one another. This is one way to make a garage door – just smash the wall in.

how to make a door
Door-making Skills.

This truck worker wanted me to take his photo, so he stuck a typical film star pose. I think he looks pretty cool.

Cool Truckie
Cool Truckie.

I missed this banca going out against the sunset but it doubled back a bit in time for this great photo.

Sails in the sunset
Banca against the sunset.

These dock-workers were unloading a boat full of cement. Not a job I would like to do.

unloading cement
Unloading cement bags.

Up the river a bit, some bancas had loads of pigs in pens on the boats and people would come and buy them and take them away in tricycles. This pig cost 520 Pesos, about AU$15. The pigs are usually baked on a spit.

This little piggy went to market
Oink Oink.

And a panorama looking over the harbour from the coast guard lighthouse hill.

catbalogan harbour panorama
Harbour panorama.

Another panorama looking inland over the town and the hills behind it.

town panorama
Inland panorama.

An ad for some miracle medicine. A 66 year old Zumba lola and a 99 year old weight lifting lolo use this stuff, so it must work!

Miracle drugs
Lola and Lolo Miracle Supplement!

December 1, 2016

Surf City Eastern Samar

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Borongan. The Philippines.

I have been looking forward to seeing some surf in the Philippines, but when I got here it was onshore and very sloppy. But at least there was something. Yesterday late afternoon, I went for a walk to see if anyone would be going surfing.

Bay Bay Beach
Surfing at Bay Bay Beach

It was raining and horrible but a couple of guys went out and had a go. They were keen as mustard.

Surfing Bay Bay Beach
Sharing the wave.

The next afternoon I went for another walk down the beach. At least the sun was out and the wind had died down a fair bit. There were some kids riding the waves on some home-made boogie boards made out of koolite and wood. This kid even had a fin on it.

Home-made sufing gear
Home-made surfing utensil

The fishermen were coming in on their bancas through the reef.

Bringing the catch home.
Coming home with the catch

It took a few men to carry the boats up onto the beach.

Carrying the boat in
Boat Hauling

These guys were loading into the fish boxes a hundred kilo tuna. It was massive.

100 Kilo Yellowfin Tuna
Hundred Kilogram Yellowfin Tuna

The fishing harbour was inside the rivermouth. It looked like an excellent anchorage.

Fishing harbour
Fishing Harbour.

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