[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ A TYPICAL TOURIST-DAY SCENE IN STRAWBERRY FARM
Just before you get close to the entrance of the strawberry farm, you may experience traffic jam and see these numerous tourist vans and private vehicles parked along the way especially during the peak season.
Just before you enter the farm, there are vendors and hawkers alluring you to buy their products—all for tourists.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ THIS VENDOR ATTRACTS TOURISTS TO TRY HIS STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ HE FLIPS HIS STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM DOWN TO ENTERTAIN TOURISTS.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ SHE SELLS STRAWBERRIES FOR A LIVING.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ SHE PUTS THE PRODUCES IN SMALLER BOXES.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ A VENDOR LOOKS AFTER THE PRODUCTS SHE SELLS
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ AN ARRAY OF STRAWBERRIES WITH BOTTLED GOODS IN FRONT
In the tourism industry, there is an economic activity. Both macro and micro businesses benefit. So when you see an untidy looking woman coming close to you to sell her strawberry key chains or freshly fried turon and it so happened that you're not interested, refuse politely before you raise your eyebrows and shoo them away. Hey, without you as tourist, they're not here anyway.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ SEEDLINGS NURTURED
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ LETTUCES GROWN UP
, have space here. This place is an unorganized, spontaneous trade fair.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ GREEN RICE FROM IFUGAO
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ PASSION FRUITS ARE PASSIONATELY HERE...
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ ...EVEN MARBLE POTATO, AND THAT MARVELOUS GREEN THING THERE.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ PASALUBONG ALL YOU WANT!
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ SOUVENIRS NEVER RUN DRY.
TOURISTS COME HERE TO SATISFY their curiosity; some to just have fun. But most of the non-tourists you see here aren't here just for fun. They have a purpose. They have a motivation.
Sometimes, you see these people tilling the fields and harvesting the crops. They're not doing this for a show but because they need to do it because it's their livelihood.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ FARMERS UNDER THE HOT RAYS OF THE SUN
Sometimes, we fail to appreciate what these people do. Some tourists are even disappointed if there are vendors chasing after them or if the strawberry farm has no good view, because there are farmers in the middle, for them to take selfies. The truth is, this is their land, not ours visitors.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ CHILDREN SELLING FRESH LETTUCE
These children will not do this job for nothing. I know they need something that's why they need to do something. You see great hope in their eyes. They surely love meeting tourists because the more tourists they see, the more chances they can sell their fresh lettuce. You know, this is no longer about trade and commerce, this is already their chance to turn the hope into a bright future. At a very young age, they can now appreciate the importance of hard work. I'd say, these children will go far. And as tourist, we can bring hope and be part of their journey in life. ▬ to be continued...
INDEX: INSIDE THIS BLOG SERIES
[UP NEXT] ▬ THIS IS ANOTHER FARM BUT THE PLANTS CAN'T BE EATEN.
[BAGUIO] ▬ VIP Treatment Vacation the Azalea Way
TEASER ► Inside the room, I felt like I'm a VIP again. This is probably one of the best rooms in Azalea. I felt privileged. This staycation kicks ass.
| Part 2
[BAGUIO] ▬ Ilocano Food Reigns at Kalapaw Restaurant
TEASER ► This restaurant highlights the Ilocos heritage and culture in spite of the fact that it's located in Baguio City.
| Part 3
[BAGUIO] ▬ Night Market at Harrison Road: What to See and Expect?
TEASER ► The foot traffic is huge. Merchants shout to encourage passersby to purchase their products. But some are just hawkers.
| Part 4 | Part 5
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Bahong Flower Farm: Rose Capital of the Philippines
TEASER ► ...they will transform into beautiful, fully-bloomed flowers and that will be the end of their life because they will be cut and head straight to the flower shop.
| Part 6
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Restaurant: Non-Igorots Should Eat Here!
TEASER ► Say anything you want to say and this cool restaurant along the main road in La Trinidad will still find its way to become superior.
| Part 7
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Museum and the Maid-to-Millionaire Story
TEASER ► Greatness does not only come from huge quantities and fat funds. My conviction is something is already great when you are able to put up that something from scratch with a purpose to educate and inspire.
| Part 8
[BAGUIO] ▬ Discovering More of Baguio the Amazing Race Way
TEASER ► We've explored the city under time pressure yet we were awed by these destinations that are truly timeless.
| Part 9
[BAGUIO] ▬ 2600 Gastropub: When Zip Code Turns Into Night Life
TEASER ► Then, the playlist went on and it made me wild, almost shedding tears, remembering the good old days in favor of nostalgia.
| Part 10
[TUBA] ▬ BenCab Museum: History, Arts and Culture
TEASER ► ...everywhere is a learning realm. Everywhere is an answer if you have questions. Everywhere is a definition if you look for meanings.
[BAGUIO] ▬ Tam-awan Village: Old-School Igorot Living of Today
TEASER ► The present has almost erased all the things of the past but some individuals have always been interested in bringing the old back to present.
| Part 12
[BAGUIO] ▬ Tree Top Adventure: What to Expect? + Things You Must Know
TEASER ► The facilities are well-engineered—truly a work of the experts. Pine trees are part of the activities and they claim that no tree was harmed.
| Part 13
[BAGUIO] ► Azalea Residences Hotel Review: My Experiences in Details
TEASER ▬ The room where I stayed is even bigger than our house—complete with a kitchen, a dining area, a sala (with a couch and a twin bed) and another two rooms within the room. Swanky!
 The maps I used below as well as those that appeared on tooltips are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2 | 3
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[TACLOBAN] ▬ San Juanico Bridge and the Philippines' Long Battle Against Corruption_________________
TEASER ► I hope that our long struggle against corruption won't be as long as San Juanico Bridge.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Benguet: Impressions to the Strawberry Capital_________________
TEASER ► I was also browsing the internet some pictures of the Swiss countryside and I can say that La Trinidad is like a Swiss town.
[INSIGHTS] ▬ Reasons Why I love Traveling with a Motorbike_________________
TEASER ► As I drive, I can clearly see the road ahead; and appreciate the scene at my left and at my right - a thing I can never do while inside a jeep or a bus.
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