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Of Lotuses and Man’s Kindness

When traveling, there are days when I experience some not-so-great things: delayed flight, unsatisfied itinerary, etc. But there are days when heaven showers me with more than enough reasons to smile. This particular day is one of them.
1 Lake Sebu morning

I was happy to be on the boat which set out one early morning to tour around Lake Sebu. My first encounter with the lake was through a magazine, back when I was in grade school. Though it was just a vicarious experience, I have been fascinated by it since then.

One of the things I was looking forward to in Lake Sebu was seeing its lotuses. The lake, after all, is known not only for its abundant harvest of tilapia, hito, and freshwater shrimp but also for its beautiful lotus flowers.

After about an hour, we were greeted with pink flowers scattered on top of lush green leaves which look like umbrellas floating in water.
2 Lake Sebu lotuses

The boatman stopped the engine. “We can’t go any further,” he said. He explained that there are many fish traps and nets in the area and our boat, a big one, might destroy them. “Only a small boat is allowed to maneuver near the flowers.”

So I just had to content myself pushing my lens to give me the closest shots it could take.
3 Lake Sebu lotuses
4 Lake Sebu lotuses
5 Lake Sebu lotuses

Then came a T’boli man on a small native wooden boat. He paddled his way to our boat and helped us get into his boat. “Balance lang, Ma’am. Balance lang po,” he said. We politely asked for his name but he declined to give it. He just smiled at us.

The man slowly maneuvered the boat through the stalks and as we got nearer and nearer, I appreciated more the perfectly sculpted blooms of the lotuses.
6 Lake Sebu lotuses
7 Lake Sebu lotuses
8 Lake Sebu lotuses
9 Lake Sebu lotuses
10 Lake Sebu lotuses
11 Lake Sebu lotuses
12 Lake Sebu lotuses

On our way back to our boat, the T’boli man asked if we would like to bring some lotus flowers to the resort. Of course we said yes. So he picked three stems for us. “Ma’am, the flowers will close its petals at 10:00am,” he said, reminding me that lotuses in Lake Sebu bloom only in the morning.
13 Lake Sebu lotuses
14 Lake Sebu lotuses

I politely asked the man if I could take a picture of him. But he declined and again just smiled. He also declined the money we we were giving him for his snacks.

I went back to the resort with a full heart. Not only did Lake Sebu give me a glimpse of the beauty of its surroundings. It also made me experience the inner beauty, the kind nature, of man.

Posted 3 years, 11 months ago at 7:11 pm.

20 comments

20 Replies

  1. The lotuses are soooo beautiful! I don’t remember seeing them when we were at Lake Sebu maybe 8 years ago. I should really go back. where did you stay?

  2. Hi Vera! Stayed at Punta Isla. The lotuses are not exactly at the resort. Kailangan umikot sa lake para makita ang lotuses. Yes, you should go back! Ako rin gusto ko bumalik doon hehe.

  3. ChickenFeet May 26th 2013

    Ang ganda pala ng mga lotuses up close. From afar ko lang kasi sila nakita nung nagawi ako sa Lake Sebu. Kakainggit! Buti pa si Guyito nakalapit sa kanila at parang… may 3 stems pa sya ng Lotuses ah! Hehehe. 🙂

    Pero, ang galing! Dahil sa post mong ‘to para ko na rin silang nakita ng malapitan. 🙂

  4. Ay, sayang. Sana lumapit ka pa sa mga lotus. Maganda talaga sila tingnan lalo na up close. Hehe, yes, may three stems siya ng lotuses galing sa mabait na mama 😉

    Salamat sa pagdaan, ChickenFeet!

  5. hala pa, ang ganda ng lugar, ang ganda ng mga larawan at ang ganda ng karanasan ng manlalakbay. ikaw na… 🙂 hellow, Ms. N.

    aliw masyado ang pics no. 5, 2 and 1. ba’t walang like button? gusto kong mag-like, paano yan… kaway-kaway… 🙂

  6. haha! Natawa naman ako dun sa “ikaw na.” 🙂 Hellow rin sa iyo, Ate San 🙂

    Salamat, kaya lang wala talagang like button dito eh. Diskubrihin ko pa kung puwede ba yung ganun hehe.

  7. ay, sows, kundi ba naman dream job ang meron ka, miss… hahaha 😉

  8. Ay, haha! Hindi po ito job-related, Ate San 🙂 Wish ko nga job-related para naman less gastos. Courtesy lang po ito ng promo haha!

  9. Oh wow! These shots are just gorgeous!

  10. Ladyfi! Thank you for the visit. And thank you so much for your kind words. Coming from you, I am very honored.

  11. Hi! ang ganda naman ng mga kuha mo.. ang ganda ng pagkakasulat.. keep it up!! i’ll see you around:)

  12. Hi Janz!

    Kumusta? I remember you have commented here nung bago pa lang itong blog ko. Glad that you found your way here again.

    Maraming salamat! Yes, see you around.

  13. Lovely! Hi! Ms N 🙂

  14. Ana! Namiss kita hehe. Maraming salamat!

  15. Ms. N, masyadong mahiyain si Manong na T’boli man. puro smile lang binigay sa yo (tanong and photo).

    And nice shots ng mga lotus flowers. By the way, ano yung nakakabit sa may stems? Itlog ba ng snails yun?

  16. Salamat, Rogie. Yes, itlog yang pink na yan. Mga itlog ng kuhol 😉

  17. aninipot Jun 6th 2013

    Ms. N, at may itlog pa nang kuhol. Natuwa ako na nakakita ulit nyan sa mga kuha mo.

    Dati tuwing flores de mayo nangunguha kami ng lotus, maraming-marami reserve namin for a week para dadalhin sa simbahan.

  18. Hehe, oo nga eh. nakatsamba lang ako na makakita ng may itlog ng kuhol. Very rich ang life sa Lake Sebu, palibhasa hindi pa polluted. Diverse pa angn mga creatures doon.

  19. Klaudia Jun 18th 2013

    wonderful photos, thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  20. Hi Klaudia!
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I have gone to your blog and you have great photos, too! Keep sharing them with your readers.


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