Browsing through the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram, we were provoked to ask a question that appears to be lurking under our consciousness for some time now — are we will to give up our day job and just travel year-round? It’s probably going to be boring, with travel becoming ordinary, a chore even, when done on a daily basis. We still have to resolve that issue, and feel free to tell us your opinion through the comment section below, but let’s assume we love that prospect, what are the dream jobs we’d like to have in the Philippine travel circuit?
When you visit the Calauit Safari near Coron, Palawan, your safari tour includes a stopover to feed the giraffe. Beautiful animals. Even more gorgeous photos when you pose feeding those beautiful animals. What if you get paid doing what you love to do? Travel can be expensive, you know. So, why not have those instagram-ready photos, enjoy a year-long stay in the beach-paradise called Palawan, and be a giraffe feeder? Pwede?
That’s Maine during her on-the-job training, feeding the majestic giraffes at the Calauit Safari in Palawan (check her Instagram account, @mainecation, for more photos). You don’t have to go to Africa for a safari. We got it here in the Philippines.
[See also: Calauit Safari Park (Busuanga, Palawan.]
Of course, you can choose other animals to care for. At the Ocampo Deer Farm in Naga City, as we can see from this photo by Erwin Navalle (check his Instagram account, @erwinnavalle, for more photos), you can serve as zookeeper for deers. He said: “An hour ride from Naga City, Ocampo Deer Farm shelters more than 300 stags which originated from Australia and now locally bred in a 5 hectare land for their meat. Entrance is free and the experience is priceless.”
Sea Level Tester
Sandbars grow in size, some even vanish completely, with the ebb and flow of the tides. Ain’t lovely to have a photo with just the sea, with the sandbar deep down under. A big problem for travelers who don’t consult their tide calendar (or ask their tour guides). How do you make sure that tourists get awesome shots when they visit the sandbar? You measure the seawater level.
That would be a great job. Waking up in the morning, rubbing on your sunscreen, wearing your shades, and slipping into your favorite bikini/trunks, on a daily basis. You not only get a pass from paying the usual tourist fees, you get a salary for doing it. Dream job, yes. You’d look like RoxC in her photo at Manjuyod White Sandbar in Bais, Negros Oriental (check her Instagram account, @rox_cute, for more photos).
Selling taho (tofu), a local delicacy, may not be prestigious like, say, a banker or engineer. What if we sweeten the deal? What if you sell taho while on the best beaches in the world? Remember that the Philippines holds a number of beaches ranked as the best in the world. Best job ever.
On second thought, how about a photographer in a tropical paradise like the Philippines? Before you say yes, check out the awesome Instagram photos of @walkthisplanet, who tagged us with this photo.
[See also: Tahoooooooooo!!!!]
What do you call the person, waiving those orange batons or paddles on the airport tarmac, guiding the plane to stop on a specific spot? A quick search reveals a few names, including Marshaller, Signalman, Plane Captain, Ground Handler, “the guys sitting inside playing cards.”
Now, what do you call a marshaller if he/she is doing his job on top of the mountain? Mountaineer, we say. There are many mountaineering options in the Philippines. One is the beautiful Mt. Pulag up in the North. At 2,926 metres (9,600 ft) above sea level, Mount Pulag is Luzon’s highest peak, with an amazing view of the clouds from above. We won’t be surprised if Lenstagram, is really guiding some flying object to where they should go (check her Instagram account, @jiglypuff16, for more photos).
[See also: Climbing Mount Pulag the Second Time.]
Perfect, right? Problem is, we’re just inventing that job, or all the other jobs mentioned here. Just for fun.
Water Quality Checker
Water is crucial in life. Water is indispensable for our survival. It’s an active ingredient for fun. This is why somebody has to test its quality. Right temperature? Check. Enough water pressure? Check. Fun factor? Check. Sufficiently clean? Of course.
If you can do all those, you’re on your way as a water quality specialist, just like Ivy Martinez in this photo (check her Instagram account, @ayveeeeeee, for more photos), doing a great job testing the waters at Kaparkan Spring Terraces Falls in Lagayan, Abra. We would gladly apply if there’s a real work like that.
The beauty of the Philippines, as always, is the wide range of choices of location for the same job. Ivy did her job on the mountains, waterfalls to be exact, and Key Ylanan (check her Instagram account, @ikeydy, for more photos) chose to work as a Water Quality Specialist on a Masbate beach, with the added bonus of a great tan. Lovely. And it will probably make you reflect. This photo by Key is captioned: “You can’t prepare for everything life’s going to throw at you. And you can’t avoid danger. It’s there. The world is a dangerous place, and if you sit around wringing your hands about it, you’ll out on all the adventure.” Well said.
Don’t be surprised to see similar on-duty water specialists. There’s just so many beautiful beaches in the Philippines, like the Virgin Island of Bohol, where Denise (check her Instagram account, @ydenisemp, for more photos) was recently on duty.
We’re also thinking of another fun job, a boatman, but there’s a separate post for that (see The Boatman in Paradise: Philippine Travel Stories).
As an archipelagic country, the Philippines has a lot of bodies of water, which means we also need a lot of life guards. In this tropical paradise, however, the life guard doesn’t get the usual chair. Simply look for the nearest coconut tree (you’ll find one anywhere) and you’ll have your guard post. Here’s how it looks like, in this photo courtesy of Cliff Stephen Pike in this photo (check his Instagram account, @clifftoncloud, for more photos) at Malpacuya Island in Coron, Palawan.
A worker’s level of salary depends on a number of factors. It can be based on your relationship with the boss. Nepotism has its perks, yes? For those who believe on pure merits, benefits will depend on the difficulty of the job.
How much do you think does a Wave Catcher deserve? Depends on how difficult the job is. We think the task of a Wave Catcher is simple: sit on a rock and wait for the wave to hit you. Voila! you’ve caught a wave, like in the photo above by Oma (check her Instagram account, @omabonita, for more photos) in Salagdoong Beach, Maria, Siquijor. You should try it.
We’ll be revising this post to include other jobs we see, so tag us in your photos and tell us your dream job.
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