Once, I met a German girl who visited Bohol, Philippines with her boyfriend. I asked her what she does for a living, and she said, she milk cows… Wow… that’s what she do and yet she can still travel around.
Well, times are changing too in Asia.. Farmers that were once contented sleeping in their rice fields and enjoying the abundance of Mother Earth are now curious species wanting to travel the earth too! The lives of these awesome young lady farmers will struck you.. are you surprised when I mentioned the Gender? ;D
Let’s start with this Thai lady named Netting Jaruwan Supolrai, otherwise known as Mekong Nomad. She is currently traveling the Mekong area, meeting friends from the Asean region, and visiting farms and eco villages.
View more about her here in the video:
Then we go meet Kendra Nilufer, a Malaysian energetic lady who loves to do urban farming. I do hope she gets to have a large farm one day so I can visit her again and do some experimental cooking sessions together ^_^
I have met Kendra when I couchsurfed her place in Klang, a place 1 hour away from Kuala Lumpur. You can see her passion when she shows you her garden that is full of different plant varieties.. Couchsurfers who visits her place gives her seeds too so its like a garden with plants all over the world.
Kendra has been to different countries including Europe due to her corporate work.. but she dreams of becoming a proper Farmer someday.. She said that Farmers are one of the most generous people on earth…. And looking at my Aunt who is a farmer, and mingling with other farmers when I travel, I actually agree with what she said.. Maybe because Mother Earth is also generous to these people too..
The next pretty Filipina is a Veterinarian who once studied in Egypt and have awesome stories from Africa. Dr Evangeline Esguerra once invited me in her wee island in Samar during Fiesta where it was my first time to meet her Auntie who owns a nipa hut with furnished appliances including aircon inside ;D
Feel free to do a homestay if you are curious to see her exotic far flung island too.
Currently, she works in a farm in Rizal and she also is a freelance vet consultant, visit this posh lady farmer if you fancy.
My succeeding article will feature Farm Tours or Homestays around the Philippines where you can do slow travel and immerse with local culture, and contribute back to Mother Earth as well. Sorry for the delayed stories, I was preoccupied with other stuff that I temporarily lost the art of story telling.. I’m slowly going back to regular programming though yay! If you’re still reading, thanks for the patience. ^_^
My travel and life quote for this journey: Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it. – Ellen Goodman