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So what has life been like for both my wife and myself, living on a tiny 8-hector private island  on the outer-edge of of a mangrove forest? In a nutshell, not boring and amazingly roomy. We are liter

First though this odd tale requires a little back-story to fully appreciate and under the overall layering of unforeseeable consequences, circumstances and little nudges by Karma and an angle or two. 

So now this odd tale forwards. It’s now a mere three months before another Karma intervention and cosmic Nelson “Ha Ha”. As unbeknownst to us, all our efforts to navigate through the road blocks, and

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You learn to improvise, adapt and overcome like a good Marine.  Bravo Zulu Gunny!

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7 hours ago, jamesmusslewhite said:

If this forum proves to shows longevity, then there will be plenty of time to occasionally thread in tubbiest of backstory and projections.

Sounds good.  This forum has been around for a dozen or more years so we can hope for longevity.

Now we know the background behind your enthusiasm for your Dinagat Island lobster farm. :thumbsup:

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   Here everyday life seems like a new episode of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ where I seem determine to obliviously bungled into mastiff, while my ‘Prof. MaryAnn’ always seeming to save the day with intuitive- Intuition and ‘jungle-engineering’.  Just minus the ‘laugh tract’ and coconut cream pies, I’m more of a ‘chocolate cake’ kind of guy myself.  Where unexpected natives show up, never actually resolving issues, but always wanting you in their cooking pots.

   So I chose these photos as they are of my favorite haunts and running-grounds. When I mention my own areas of the Philippines (Surigao and Dinagat Island) you can have a true understanding of my neck-of-the-woods. 

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   This the Northern-tip of the big Island of Mindanao Island and Southern-tip of Dinagat Islands. This Surigao City and Dinagat.

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so when you hear me mention 'head-waters of Surigao Straights' this is where I am talking about.

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and this is what we personally refer to as our local 'Scrounging Zone', and is the primary area where we catch our daily/nightly viddles. My wive calls it her 'corner store'. There are other viddle collection spots (other island's beaches) where we collect various critters and grasses. This is because raising lobster requires a wide variety of divers specie types. They are solely 'live-feeders' and refuse/ignore eating carcasses and spolage. So what we collect to feed them, we also collect for our own table. And Bubba, those sea-bugs eat highest on the hog. For my wife 'scrounging' has become both an art form and an adventure. 

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   This photo is an areal image of our Dinagat Island farm, and they say, an image is worth a thousand words. I believe it is always better to 'show you', than to 'snow you'. So through them I hope you can have a better mental picture of my little odd existence, and possibly find it easier to follow my rantings of an eccentric madman.

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   So with the boring backstory of how I met my soul mate, why I tired and chose walking away from a rat-race enslavement existence, rarely see our farm, for a life of glorious solitude and seclusion. Such that a pandemic has had little effect, on our day-by-day existence. From a dedicated horticulturist to a fanatical eccentric aquaculturist was an easy transition for me. I have always been conservationist a heart, with a deep-seated love for nature. The owner of this island has always been plagued by those pilfering and exploiting an ever dwindling ecology the resources of this island. And he is trying to have the island officially declared a sanctuary, but always an uphill battle. Millions of small-minded ‘Juan Tomads’ always seeking the easiest path, ‘hoorah for me, and the hell with everyone else, robbing and destroying for a mere few fast peso. Bleeding the very futures from their generations without a care or reason, like locus and jackals. This topic will surely come up from time to time in following posts to come.

   Even as a young kid, later as an adult on the Gulf-coast waters of Texas and Louisiana region; the need for conservation was paramount to insure a healthy vibrant environment and ecosystem. So when the wife and I see an injured or stranded animal we simply must try to save and protect them. Whether it is a bird or sea-turtle, that is what is called being a good steward, it is a shame that so many merely choose to do otherwise.

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(wife's sister holding a rescued bird being released on our farm - wife taking the photo)

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   A sea turtle being readied to be lowered into our boat at our little Dinagat Island lobster pole-hut facility. Local fishermen (even though to fish turtle is a punishable crime) were trying to catch this lady. We just happen to be boating by, and instead of diving, she swam directly towards our boat. It was as if she knew we would protect her. My brother in-law simply lifted her up onto the boat. We took her to the hut and placed her into one of the nets. There she was fed well and even swam and played with his children for several days (very gentle al creatures). And when we were sure the fishermen were out of the area, she was loaded back onto the boat where she was taken to be safely back to be released back into the wild just before dusk. The rest is in the hands of the, we were merely being a good steward. 

 

   This video though has a rather sad ending, for such and unexpected happy event. Days after this was taken perhaps the last know specimens of this aquatic plant species of this type species, was pulled up by it's roots for a birthday treat for a low-lifer's drunkard's party. The classic 'quintessential case in point', to this tale...

 

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